Project Etopia appoints James Pikett as development director

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Project Etopia has appointed former Berkeley St Edward’s head of development, James Pikett as its new development director

Having spent over a decade in the industry, James Pikett has held positions at Weston Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Countryside and latterly at Berkeley Homes, working across a diverse portfolio of complex, mixed-use projects.

In recent years, the UK housebuilders have increasingly embraced sustainable living and renewable technology — values that are central to what Project Etopia delivers with its ‘energy positive’ MMC homes that can produce more energy than they use.

Responsibilities

  • Spearheading Project Etopia’s acquisition of new land
  • Engaging with local authorities on the planning and delivery of new homes
  • Leading the team that will drive forward the development process, including obtaining planning permissions

Joseph Daniels, CEO of Project Etopia, commented: “The appointment of James is really important for us. The research and development that has been going into our properties is on-going but we have arrived at the moment where we can look to expand our pipeline of new land.

“We will be relying on his extensive experience to identify the right opportunities for schemes that we hope will become destination developments for both ecologically conscious homeowners as well as those who just like the energy bill savings these properties offer.

Seismic shift in the industry

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James Pikett, new development director of Project Etopia, commented: “I was delighted that, during my time at Berkeley homes, the company took its sustainable responsibilities so seriously and Project Etopia is a natural progression for me.

“It is clear that the environment and homes that are ‘beyond zero carbon’ are going to come to define this sector. Helping to put a relatively young company like Etopia at the forefront of this pretty seismic shift in the industry is exactly the challenge I was looking for.”

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