Wates Residential appoints new Development Director

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Lia Silva has joined Wates Residential to lead delivery of one of London’s biggest housing regeneration projects

Lia’s appointment reflects the business’s decision to expand in the residential development market across London and the South.

With over 10 years of industry experience in addition to a Masters in Architecture from Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, Milan, Lia brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.

Commenting on her new role, Lia Silva, Development Director, Wates Residential said:“Wates Residential has an excellent reputation for delivering excellent quality, nurturing its people and building great places to live as part of wider regeneration schemes.

“The business’ uncompromising approach to putting local people’s needs at the heart of every development to ensure that we generate the greatest social value is something that I am proud to be a part of and look forward to working alongside the team to deliver.”

Joining the team from Ballymore Group, Lia was responsible for leading development management teams on major regeneration schemes in London including the new 40 acre Royal Wharf development in East London.

She will lead the business’ development management team – responsible for delivering one of the largest joint venture regeneration schemes in partnership London, with the London Borough of Havering.

Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Wates Residential, said:  “Lia is joining the business at a very exciting time as we grow our portfolio of development projects.

“Her role will be crucial in ensuring that we grow our development activities sustainably while continuing to provide our clients with the high standard of delivery to which they have become accustomed.”

In March 2018, Wates Residential announced its investment in a £1 billion joint venture with the London Borough of Havering to regenerate 12 Council estates, providing 3,000 new homes across the borough over the next 12 years.

The joint venture has recently held a series of consultation events across the Waterloo Estate in Romford, Serena, Solar and Sunrise Courts in Hornchurch, and Napier and New Plymouth Houses in Rainham. It has also recently completed the delivery of its first 11 apprenticeships and work experience placements.

Wates’ current housing development portfolio across the UK includes the Erith Park regeneration programme in Bexley in partnership with Orbit; Cardiff Council’s flagship Cardiff Living partnership to create 1,500 new homes and the Daedalus Village scheme in Lee-on-Solent that will see 200 new homes built at pace at this historic location.


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