Advantage Home Construction Insurance expands to Northern Ireland

With over 40 years of industry experience, structural defect warranty specialist Advantage Home Construction Insurance (AHCI) has expanded to Northern Ireland

This decision follows the opening of the Advantage office in London last year. The company, which is headquartered in Warrington, also has offices in Birmingham and Huddersfield.

David Sumner, sales director for Advantage, said the structural defect warranty specialist’s strong growth and expansion into new territories was “a credit to our hardworking team”, adding that the opening of new offices in strategic locations and creating new hires in their Warrington office were part of the company’s long-term expansion plans.

With over 40 years of industry experience, Advantage specializes in providing Structural Defects Warranty and Trade Assurance worth up to £50 million – as well as sewer and performance bonds to property developers, building contractors, housing associations and self-builders.

AHCI is a sponsor of the CTSI code

Backed by industry-leading insurers, Advantage is a CTSI Code Sponsor, having gone through the rigorous CTSI Consumer Codes Approval (CCAS) process, providing a new level of customer protection and business accreditation, providing additional peace of mind to customers. The company has covered a wide range of residential and commercial programs – from single-family homes to large-scale developments.

Renowned for its fast turnaround times and highly competitive quotes, AHCI provides each client with a dedicated relationship manager, ensuring a tailored and efficient experience.

For our May issue, Advantage Regional Manager for Northern Ireland, Alastair Clements, spoke to PBC Today about his experience in the property sector and shared his outlook for the months ahead.

Can you tell us about your career before joining Advantage?

I started working in the property industry in Northern Ireland in 2003 as a residential estate agent. Then in 2010, I co-founded a residential real estate agency in Belfast, of which I was the managing partner. By 2014 I had acquired two more agencies and expanded to three new offices between Belfast and North Down. I sold my agency property in 2018 to specialize in structural warranties.

In 2021 I joined Advantage – a company which fills a gap in the Northern Ireland latent defect market with the range of products and financing options they can offer – some of these services were not previously not available to the construction industry in Northern Ireland.

Could you share an example or two of interesting projects you’ve covered since working with Advantage?

I was delighted to provide guarantees for Radius Housing Association at the Gardenmore Road development in Belfast. The subtle intricacies of this scheme were brilliantly handled by the design team and it was a pleasure to work with everyone involved.

In addition, custom self-builds are always interesting. Liaising directly with the owner throughout the building process is very rewarding – it’s a different dynamic to dealing with someone building their own home for the first time.

What does a typical day consist of for you?

Attention to detail is absolutely essential in this industry. So, as a point of contact for my clients, I typically spend my days on the phone making sure the parties involved have all the information they need to ensure the process goes smoothly. I take great pride in simplifying the process for my clients.

Has your way of working changed a lot since covid?

Only in the sense that there are not enough hours in the day! Since July 2020, demand in the property and construction sector in Northern Ireland has been incredibly exciting and challenging. In general, residual values ​​from sales here have increased dramatically, which is very encouraging – but I’ve also seen periods of customer hesitation about the sustainability of these residual values ​​against the increased cost. materials.

Do you have any predictions for the construction industry in Northern Ireland in the coming months?

Construction costs and delivery times have been a concern for many industry players here – but while buyers are still able to secure mortgages, there is still healthy demand for new homes. I think we can expect a little turbulence from the current rate of inflation – but speaking with my clients there is still a general feeling of confidence and sustainable levels of growth.

I have seen an increasing number of my clients focusing their attention on renewable energy – and I predict this will become a major focus for local industry over the next few months.

For Northern Ireland inquiries email: [email protected]

Clement Alastair

Regional Manager Northern Ireland

Advantage Home Construction Insurance

Tel: 0845 900 3969

[email protected]


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