DIY job for Berkeley chairman

The boss of building group Berkeley took DIY to the extreme last year by calling in his own firm to carry out £1.32m worth of repair work on his luxury home. Tony Pidgley took advantage of the firm’s “own build scheme”, where employees can get good rates on construction work, according to the firm’s annual report. He was paid a total of £2.25m last year, while Rob Perrins, managing director, collected £1.1m, both in line with last year. Berkeley recorded pre-tax profits of £110.3m in the period, a decline of 8.4 per cent.