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Island-based business Captiva Homes has delayed a return to its building sites putting the safety of the community before construction.

It was the first home builder on the Isle of Wight to send its teams home during the current pandemic and despite many of the national builders already back at work, Captiva has taken a more cautious approach waiting for further guidelines from the Government to ensure the safety of the community before announcing a restart of works.

Director James Pink said:

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“As Islanders, we care about our communities and despite increasing sales at our current West Acre Park development in Ryde, we knew halting construction was the responsible thing to do.

“We have been advised by the Government that we can restart on site, but we want to reassure everyone that our commitment to our Island-based workforce, employees, our residents and our neighbours hasn’t changed. We want to do our bit to get the economy on the Island up and running but only after significantly increasing our safety measures.

“We are hoping to reopen our construction sites on May 18 and have planned very carefully for how we do this as safely as possible for our communities.

“We are putting processes in place to significantly increase our handwashing facilities and cleaning procedures and even plan to temperature check every member of the team.

“We know that the next few weeks will continue to be difficult for the UK, and our plans will remain flexible to ensure we react to Government and the Construction Leadership Council advice at every stage.”

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Captiva Homes launched its West Acre Park development in February and sold 7 homes off plan over the first weekend. By lockdown the whole of the first release was sold out.

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Ruining enough of the Island to be able to afford to do so.

Andrew Vanner

Funny that as the COVID-19 pandemic started the farmer of the farmland that Captiva are now building on was identified as a KEY worker, as they should be, producing a sustainable milk source on the island. But now, before the pandemic is even over, that will no doubt soon be forgotten with stories like this. The real story is that Captiva are putting Construction before Community by beginning to eradicate another island dairy farm with this first phase of construction. If future phases are allowed to go ahead, this dairy farm will cease to exist. Think about what should be… Read more »


Nobody these days are buying much island products ie milk ,so the farmers are slowly giving up and selling on lots of land.
Hopefully first time buyers will be helped out on a big plot like this 🙂
Keep all the building Going on the island it makes up most of the employment on the island!!!

Boris Sense

Well that’s a depressing thought – Building sustains most of the Island’s labour market. What a vicious circle that is.


Shame but it’s just reality 🙁

Michael Gilmartin

Yes maybe so,but has Captiva the funds to carry out the work & see it complete.Idoubt so.Banks are not going to lend money when houses if they get to completion stage cannot be sold.

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