Tony Pidgley

Tony Pidgley CBE, 1947-2020

Tony Pidgley CBE was Berkeley Group's founder and led the business for 44 years.

He left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director, before leaving to form Berkeley in 1976. He grew the business into a highly sustainable FTSE 100 company that builds thousands of high quality homes each year.

At Berkeley, Tony shaped some of the country's most challenging and celebrated regeneration programmes, including the reinvention of the Royal Arsenal munitions site in Woolwich, and the revival of Hackney's Woodberry Down estate. He was passionate about placemaking and working in partnership with local people to create welcoming communities where people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy a good quality of life.

Tony advised successive Governments on regeneration, placemaking, housing and developing public land. He was a member of Lord Heseltine's Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission and the Mayor's Outer London Commission. He was the longest serving President in the history of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for "services to the housing sector and the community".

His philosophy and vision are deeply embedded in Berkeley Group.