Developing the financial business case for a wholly owned development company

The Assignment

LBBD had ambitious plans to provide significant new housing in the borough. As part of this, they wanted to set up the Council’s first 100% owned development company, BeFirst.

The Role

We were appointed to provide financial analysis to support the business case for the formation of BeFirst. We provided an overarching financial and risk model that assessed the likely development within the borough over the next 50 years. The model covered housing developments both on Council owned land but also on privately held land, as well as wider infrastructure and capital projects.

We estimated costs and incomes associated with the development programme as well as forecasting the BeFirst company costs and likely returns to the Council.

Key Outcomes

This assignment provided LBBD with the confidence to proceed with the formation of BeFirst. The Council had a baseline budget, a development plan to challenge officers throughout the set-up process and a high-level risk tool to assess the main inhibitors to the success of the project going forward.


investment over 10 years


residential units


of commercial space