Cardiff-based housing developer and regeneration specialist Lovell has announced the brand new regional leadership team who will drive the company’s continuing expansion across South Wales and the South West.
Kevin Smith has been appointed as commercial manager, responsible for the commercial, financial and legal aspects of the business across the region, including heading up the regional surveying and estimating teams. During a sector career which has spanned more than 30 years, Kevin has extensive experience of managing the successful delivery of high-quality new-build open market and affordable housing developments as well as of housing refurbishment and regeneration programmes. He joins the region from his previous role as area manager for Lovell in the East of England.
Shane Jay has joined the region as technical manager from his previous position as pre construction manager for Kier Living in Bristol and South Wales. In his new role, Shane leads the design and technical delivery of Lovell residential projects across South Wales and the South West. He brings significant technical expertise having held a number of senior management roles including working previously for Lovell as technical manager in South Wales between 2003 and 2011. He has also held the position of special projects manager for Redrow Homes in South Wales.
Julie Bowen has also joined the senior management team as sales manager for South Wales and the South West, having been promoted from her previous position as field sales manager for Lovell in the region. Julie, who has worked for Lovell since 2009, has extensive knowledge of the local new homes market and will use her considerable know-how to drive sales and marketing activities for the region’s developments of new homes for sale.
Kevin, Shane and Julie join regional director Kate Rees, operations manager Nick Barrett and business development manager Gemma Clissett to make up the new senior management team for Lovell in South Wales and the South West.
Regional director Kate Rees says: “Our new senior management team possesses a wide breadth of expertise and experience and puts us in an excellent position to capitalise on the opportunities now presenting themselves across the region. We are strongly placed thanks to our ability to offer the full range of housing solutions supported by comprehensive geographical coverage and, with the focus very much on planned growth, I am excited by the possibilities ahead.”
Major schemes for Lovell in the region include the company’s appointment by the Tirion Group to transform a former paper mill site in Cardiff with 800 brand-new homes, creating a £100 million new urban village. One of Wales’ largest city regeneration programmes, the development will transform the 53-acre former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site, in Canton, Cardiff, with a brand-new sustainable community featuring houses and apartments in a riverside setting, as well as providing new business, commercial and recreational space. Lovell is also working on the second phase of the 250-home, £28 million Loftus Garden Village development in Newport, for Seren Group. In housing refurbishment, Lovell continues to work on a £10.5 million framework contract with Vale of Glamorgan Council for internal and external refurbishment of homes and a £38.9 million housing refurbishment contract carrying out work at 15,000 Bristol City Council homes.
As part of its expansion, Lovell will relocate its Cardiff regional office – currently in Gwaelod-y-Garth – to the Greenmeadow Springs Business Park, Tongwynlais, from 14 March.