Some of Gary’s earliest developments, undertaken while he was still playing at United, also provided valuable insight into what it takes to bring a project all the way from conception to completion. In 2004, he bought a plot of land near his home in Bolton and converted cottages and farm buildings into luxury dwellings at The Hollins and Harry Folds Farm.
Buoyed by the success of these first forays into development, in 2010, and with an eye on creating a carbon neutral environment, Gary began work on the experimental PPS7 project.
“The idea of zero carbon homes was a bug that I caught,” says Gary. “I love development and the idea of creating homes that were energy efficient, environmentally friendly but still of stellar design really appealed to me. It was a development project, but in a new way with modern thinking and design.”