Tony pidgley, one of the united kingdom home industrys many successful and well-known numbers, died on friday aged 72.

Mr pidgley founded the berkeley group, the ftse 100 housebuilder, in 1976 and remained as the companys president up until his demise. under their stewardship, berkeley happens to be among londons biggest private housebuilders, and had a significant impact on the citys skyline.

Tony ended up being an excellent man just who i have already been lucky to get results closely with for 20 years, said rob perrins, berkeleys chief executive,in a statement to your market on friday afternoon.

He understood however never ever retire so he ensured that their tradition ended up being embedded in organization for if this unfortunate day came. berkeley and i also owe tony a massive debt, added mr perrins.

Robert jenrick, the housing assistant described mr pidgley as a colossus of residential property world, and a fantastic, self-made man.

Shares in organization dropped 3 % on development associated with death of mr pidgley, who was simply regarded as an expert dealmaker but still seen as a directing hand on berkeleys strategy which had recently included the company branching into creating prefabricated standard housing.

There is no concern he ended up being still working it, directly to the conclusion, stated peter bill, mcdougal of globe property and previous editor of trade name estates gazette. mr pidgley was a guy of great fascination and drive...he had been always one step before other individuals, he added.

Berkeleys success was constructed on canny land purchases. the company has moved away from step with other builders, pulling straight back from the market early and investing huge when prices fall, such as in the years pre and post the financial meltdown.

The builder stopped purchasing land in 2004 and announced intends to get back 1.4bn to shareholders. when the market crashed in 2007 the business was better put to soak up the impact and introduce a land purchase spree.

The companys share cost has grown nearly six times since that time, from 6.53 in the middle of the crisis to a lot more than 43 these days. berkeleys return had been virtually 3bn just last year.

Mr pidgley came to be in 1947, and lifted for the first many years of their life by barnardos, the childrens charity, before being followed by travellers. he left college at 15 and began a haulage company, which he offered to crest homes, which later became crest nicholson. he founded berkeley before he was 20.

The business built 3,698 brand-new houses this past year, as well as in the last few years was responsible for establishing an amazing quantity of londons luxury apartment blocks, including one blackfriars.

In 2013, mr pidgley ended up being granted a cbe for services into the housing sector while the neighborhood.

Glyn barker, berkeleys interim chairman, said mr pidgley had developed a distinctive business and his values of ambition and quality will make sure the company will continue to thrive.