Living Space Housing appoints Senior Design Manager
Living Space Housing has appointed Ian Jones as a Senior Design Manager to strengthen its rapidly growing team. Ian will be responsible for managing external architects, engineers, specialist consultants and all stages of sub-contractor designs.
Solihull-based Living Space is a development-led residential planning, design and construction services solution for Registered Providers, PRS Funds, the NHS, Universities and Defence Estates. Having launched to the market earlier this year, the company is already on site at its first two developments and has deals in place for a further three schemes. The combined construction value of its development portfolio is in excess of £27million. Four out of five of the schemes are anticipated to start on site before the end of 2019, delivering 166 new homes to the market.
Ian Jones has joined Living Space from Colmore Tang Construction, where he also held the position of Senior Design Manager. Prior to that he was a Technical Manager for Spitfire Homes. Previous roles were Senior Design Manager for Bouygues UK (Thomas Vale Construction), Galliford Try and Wates Construction.
Ian Jones, Senior Design Manager for Living Space Housing said: “I am really excited to join Living Space because I’ve got the opportunity to input into the team procedures and create a culture of best practice right from the outset. I will be managing planning matters and working through all the various tasks required to bring our development sites forward to the construction phase.
Living Space’s first two developments comprise 51 homes and a new playground at Pixiefields in Cradley, on the outskirts of Malvern, Herefordshire and 45 homes at the former Victoria Carpets Sports Ground on the outskirts of Kidderminster town centre in Worcestershire. Both mixed-tenure schemes are in conjunction with leading affordable housing provider Stonewater, while Living Space’s remit covers all aspects of land acquisition, planning, development and construction.
Steve Davies, Managing Director of Living Space Housing said: “Over the past year we have been assembling development sites, agreeing deals and getting everything in place to launch this new business. We then reached the stage where we needed to recruit a team of senior managers to bring these developments forward. Ian Jones has a very strong track record and excellent industry experience, so he has a lot to bring to this pivotal role. “Ian and the wider team will be working to varying needs and specifications to deliver homes for rent, shared ownership, retirement living, as well as homes to be sold on the open market. We are on target to complete a total of 250 homes by the end of 2020 and are very excited about how quickly the company is growing.”