Lovell has announced two key appointments to its team creating a new riverside community of 800 houses and apartments for sale and rent near the city centre.
Louise Harris joins Lovell as technical manager and Mark O’Neill has been appointed as senior site manager. Both will have key roles at The Mill, Canton, west Cardiff, where Lovell is delivering a brand-new urban village of 358 homes for open market sale by the company and 442 homes for rent for the Tirion Group.
Mark, who joins Lovell from housebuilder Barratt Homes, will manage the construction team and consultants working on the development, which is one of Wales’ biggest regeneration programmes. Having held senior construction and site management roles with developers including Carillion, McLaren and Mace, he has substantial experience of leading site management teams on high-end, large-scale residential, retail and commercial developments.
Mark, who lives in Llandaff, Cardiff, close to The Mill, says: “I feel privileged to be working on this major development. Being local to the area – I live around the corner – I know the site well and am very excited to be helping bring about its transformation. With such a strong team on board, I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be working.”
Louise, who joins Lovell from South Wales-based developer Morganstone, will manage and coordinate the design process on The Mill. With more than 16 years of construction industry experience, she has wide-ranging technical expertise gained on a broad variety of construction schemes including high-profile new-build housing and refurbishment projects. Her previous career has included senior roles with residential developer Kier Living and specialist construction company Castleoak.
Louise, who lives in Llanharan, near Pontyclun, says: “I’m thrilled to have joined Lovell at a time of huge opportunity for the business in South Wales and the South West and particularly excited to be a member of the team working on The Mill, Canton. This flagship development will bring new vitality to a major brownfield site in Cardiff and deliver much-needed new homes close to the centre.”
Lovell regional managing director Kate Rees says: “Louise and Mark both have outstanding track records in the delivery of large-scale, high-quality residential developments and possess impressive professional expertise. I’m delighted to welcome them to the team at The Mill where they will play pivotal roles in this major regeneration development which is bringing new homes for sale and rent to Cardiff.”
The Mill, Canton is being delivered by a partnership of not-for-profit residential developer, investor and estate manager Tirion Group, Principality Building Society, partnership housing developer Lovell and Cadwyn Housing Association. The development will provide 358 homes for open market sale by Lovell and 442 homes for rent for the Tirion Group. The homes for Tirion – which will be managed by Cadwyn – are made up of 325 properties for discounted rent, 42 homes for open market rent and 75 homes for social rent. Tirion acquired and cleaned up the long-derelict paper mill site with a commercial loan from the Welsh Government and financial backing from Principality Building Society, and is developing it in partnership with Lovell.
The Mill’s brand-new apartments and homes will regenerate 53 acres of brownfield land – the former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site – with much-needed new homes. The development’s marketing suite and show homes are due to be completed in early summer 2017 while the first homes for sale are expected to be ready for residents to move in this autumn. The first rented homes are scheduled for completion next spring.