Bristol Based Development Company



Bristol Based Development Company



Bristol Based Development Company



Bristol Based Development Company


Quite simply: to build homes that we are proud of. This core principle underpins everything that we do.

We build beautiful, peaceful homes where residents feel happy and secure.
Always looking from a resident’s perspective, we keep the need for light, space and functionality as a priority.
We price our homes fairly ensuring that they represent great value for money for our residents and investors.
We respect the environment by sensitively restoring and refurbishing old buildings, constantly seeking new ways of making our homes as energy efficient as possible and minimising carbon footprint.
We take old abandoned buildings and breathe new life into them. We respect the architecture and micro-culture of the neighbourhood. Our partners strive to be ‘good neighbours’ during their working hours.

“You are not here merely to prepare to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.”

Woodrow Wilson. 1913

Meet the Team

Nick Barnett


Nick studied commerce at University College Dublin. He relocated to Bristol to work as a management accountant before joining the world of financial services. Seventeen years later, Nick’s astute business mind and negotiating skills have led him into the world of property development. He set up Barnett Developments to allow him to use his flair for the financial to create the sort of homes he would want his children to have. Nick is passionate about his family, beautiful cars, restoring decayed urban areas to its former glory, and housing the homeless in Bristol.

Lorna Barnett

Design Director

Lorna’s career began with the study of law at University College Dublin. Four years later she switched paths and qualified as a Special Needs and Montessori teacher. After a spell working in Tokyo, she moved to the UK and set up two private pre-schools, both achieving Outstanding reports from Ofsted. Lorna has now joined Barnett Developments, bringing a fresh approach and a wide range of skills to the business. Lorna loves art and has a real flair for interior design.

Richard Bullough

Business Development

Richard is our business development director. He has a wealth of experience in property with 25 years’ experience in both the commercial and residential markets and has been involved in all aspects of development. Richard has a particular interest in working within a heritage framework, developing places to live and work that are sympathetic to their environment that enhance the areas they are in. He is focused on the development and progression of new projects for Barnett Developments. Richard is married with 3 grown-up children and has recently become a grandad.

Neil Smith


Neil qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 and has held board level positions in SME companies since 1998. He has been involved in the construction sector since 2003, having played a significant role in a number of financing initiatives, including Private Equity buyouts, and M&A transactions. Neil is tasked with using his analytical and finance skills to source finance for Barnett’s various development schemes and to develop Management Information to assist in the Company’s decision-making process. Neil lives in Cheltenham with his wife and 3 children, enjoys skiing and is an avid football fan.

Adam Barnett

Business Strategy

Adam studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford and currently works part-time as an Anaesthetist in London; he brings extensive experience in the healthcare and NGO sectors to the team. Adam joined Barnett Developments in 2017 to work alongside his dad, Nick, to shape the long-term strategy of the business and spearhead development fundraising in the City and elsewhere. Adam is also a Medical Advisor to the HALO Trust, an international landmine clearance NGO, and is writing his second book: a science fiction novel (which will hopefully be more of a page-turner than his first, a medical textbook!). Adam enjoys writing, fine dining, and new adventures.

Guil Nascimento

Marketing and Communications

Guil hails from the beautiful country of Brazil. He moved to the UK in 2006 and began working in the financial services industry. He has been with Barnett Developments from the beginning and helps to create and develop all of our external and internal communication material. In addition to focussing on marketing and public relations, Guil works closely with our selling agents to manage the sales process. Guil’s passions are music and motorsport.

Jonathan Gazzard MRICS

Head of development

Jon heads up our development team, assessing and developing new projects in strategic areas for the company. With his long history in the construction industry as a qualified surveyor and his experience in a wide variety of sites and projects, he is ideally placed to identify and assess the viability of the type of developments that enhance and develop our portfolio in both the residential and commercial sectors. Jon has 2 children and enjoys most outdoor activities including mountain biking and surfing.

Steve Rodd

Life Coach

Steve worked in the world of finance as an IFA for 20 years. In 1993 he changed his career path and works with Barnett Developments as a HR consultant specialising in strategic development of personnel and is now an integral member of the team. He is a black belt in Karate and is a science fiction enthusiast.