Wates Residential appoints new development director

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Baerbel Schuett has been appointed as Wates Residential’s new development director, with immediate effect

Baerbel Schuett will join the Wates Residential senior leadership team and will be responsible for leading Wates Residential’s developments across London and the South.

Schuett will focus on ensuring each development meets a high standard of placemaking, quality and sustainability.

She has over 25 years’ experience and joins the business from real estate developer, Londonewcastle where she led multiple complex, mixed-use, residential-led projects at a board level.

Schuett has also worked for Sweett Group and JLL, delivering medium to large scale residential, high rise, office and school buildings.

She is a trained architect and has practised in both Germany and South Africa, before moving into senior development management positions in the UK for over 20 years.

Putting wellbeing at the forefront of design

Helen Bunch, executive managing director of Wates Residential, said: “We are delighted to welcome Baerbel to the Wates Residential senior leadership team and to our highly successful development team, particularly during such an exciting period of growth for the business as we continue to expand our development activities.

“She brings with her a strong set of development management skills, a talent for delivering ground-breaking planning consents and a strong desire to put placemaking and wellbeing at the forefront of design.”

Baerbel Schuett, development director for Wates Residential, added: “I am excited to be joining such a strong and highly diverse team at Wates Residential.

“It is perhaps one of the most gender-balanced businesses that I have experienced in the UK property industry for a long time and this inevitably has an impact on the business’ industry-leading approach to social value and sustainability.

“I look forward to working with new and existing partners to help them address the crucial need for high-quality new homes in and around London, drawing from Wates Residential’s extensive place-making expertise and leading partnership housing offer.”

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