Tony Pidgley – founder of Berkeley passes away

Tony Pidgley CBE, Berkeley Group’s founder and chairman, has died suddenly, the housebuilder has announced.

In a note to colleagues on 26th June, Berkeley’s chief executive Rob Perrins said: “It is with the greatest sadness that I have to inform you of the sudden death of Tony Pidgley.

“Tony suffered a catastrophic brain haemorrhage yesterday evening and died peacefully today.

“On behalf of everyone at Berkeley, I have extended our deepest sympathies to Sarah and the children.

“I know this will come as an awful shock to you all and it is important that we support one another in this difficult time and ensure that by our actions and behaviour we continue Tony’s legacy.

“He shaped our culture, our values and Berkeley’s unique long term business model which underpins our success. His vision, passion and philosophy are deep within Berkeley’s DNA. Tony knew he would never retire and he prepared the company for this sad day. The Board is the strongest in the industry and every operating company is led by an exceptional and autonomous management team who live and breathe the Berkeley culture.

“Tony loved Berkeley and we owe him a great debt. Together, we will ensure the debt is honoured by continuing to create fantastic places and being a company of which he would be proud.”

Stewart Baseley, HBF’s executive chairman, who spoke shortly after the announcement, said: “I am deeply shocked to hear that Tony has died. I have known Tony for some 40 years. He was one of the first homebuilders I ever met when I was a young land buyer and he has always been an inspiration to me and a good friend.

“Tony’s contribution to the industry has been immense. He grew Berkeley into one of the greatest homebuilders and his presence will be sorely missed by everyone. My thoughts are with his wife Sarah, his family and his colleagues at this very sad time.”