About us

We’re a wholly owned subsidiary of VIVID (previously First Wessex) - one of the South’s most prominent housing associations. 



Our roots were formed when First Wessex took over completion of 42 flats in Fareham, after the contractor entered administration. From there, we led the first project to be delivered under the Homes and Communities Agency’s ‘Homelessness Change Programme’ – refurbishing Portsmouth’s All Saints Direct Access Hostel.


VIVID Build was established as a company in 2012 (then called First Wessex Homes), following the success of these developments. Since then, we’ve taken home several Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards. We’ve grown significantly; operating two regional construction teams in South and North Hampshire. Our expansion is ongoing, and we continue to provide a building contracting service to VIVID.


Information for suppliers and sub-contractors

VIVID Build Ltd is registered with Companies House (registration no.: 7930319). See our latest Financial Statements for the year ending 31 March 2016. Our parent company is VIVID. First Wessex merged with Sentinel Housing Association to form VIVID in 2017. VIVID has around 70,000 customers, 30,000 homes and 1,000 staff. It is the largest provider of housing association homes in Hampshire.


VIVID Housing Limited is registered in England and Wales as a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 under number 7544 with exempt charity status and as a registered provider of social housing with the Homes and Communities Agency under number 4850. You will not be able to find information regarding VIVID at Companies House, but you can find out more via the VIVID website.

VIVID Build Ltd can offer a Parent Company Guarantee. 


Our vision and purpose

VIVID was formed in April 2017 with the merger of First Wessex and Sentinel Housing Association. The new organisation is a strong regional housing association with a clearly defined social purpose of helping people meet their housing needs and aspirations - and VIVID Build is a fundamental component. 

The VIVID vision reflects this ambition: ‘More homes, bright futures’. 

Behind this vision is our purpose. It helps drive us forward as we aim to bring about a new organisation with increased capacity and resilience, delivering new homes and services that customers value. Summarising that driving force, VIVID’s purpose is ‘Maximising opportunities to make more housing available and affordable to everyone.’ 

We hope VIVID’s vision and purpose gives you a clear picture of what the new organisation sets out to achieve.

Our parent company

Our parent company

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First Wessex and Sentinel Housing Association merged in April 2017 to become VIVID.

Join the team

Join the team

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We're seeking talented people to join our growing business and help deliver more homes and bright futures. Find out more...