UK residential and commercial property developer Godwin Developments has announced the appointment of highly experienced property lead Michael Jones to the position of construction director.
Based out of Birmingham, he will take charge of the business’ construction and development functions and will work closely with a wide range of external property partners and consultants nationwide.
Throughout his career, Michael has led the delivery of a range of commercial and residential projects, including the regeneration of thousands of acres of brownfield land across the country, resulting in the construction of over 10,000 new homes and 10 million sq. ft. of distribution, manufacturing, commercial and retail space.
A chartered quantity surveyor, he has more than 35-years of experience in the strategic management of large-scale construction and development projects gained in directorship positions with well-known real estate brands such as Harworth Estates and Castlemore Securities Ltd.
As construction and development director with Harworth Estates he managed sizeable projects such as the delivery of the 740-acre new community and advanced manufacturing park in Rotherham, the 250-acre strategic logistics hub scheme in Bolton and a 107-acre brownfield regeneration development in Doncaster. During his time with Castlemore Securities, he oversaw the firm’s commercial schemes along the M4 corridor, including the mixed use Grenfell Island redevelopment in Maidenhead, which featured 110,000 sq. ft. of office space, cinemas, health club, bars and MSCP, and was also responsible for the 175,000 sq. ft. 40 Holborn Viaduct project in London. Later in his career, Michael headed the technical team for the sale and regeneration of the Filton Airfield for BAE Systems, creating 3,000 homes and 24 hectares of industrial space for high-tech industry giants such as Rolls Royce, Airbus and GKN.
Commenting on his new role, he said: “I am really pleased to have joined Godwin Developments at a time when the business and its portfolio are undergoing a period of exciting growth. With further expansion planned and many new projects in the pipeline, there is a clear opportunity to increase our market share across both the residential and commercial property sectors nationwide – something I am looking forward to playing an active role in straight away, working closely with the Board, colleagues and external stakeholders.”
Stuart Pratt, group development director at Godwin Developments, added: “I am thrilled that our business has been able to attract such an accomplished construction lead. Michael brings with him a huge amount of experience and an outstanding reputation both of which will significantly boost our capacity and delivery rate moving forward. His appointment is part of our programme for continuous investment in our in-house capabilities, supporting our ambitions to become a nationally leading development company. I am incredibly pleased to welcome Michael to the team and wish him every success in his new role.”
The announcement of Michael’s arrival follows the recent appointments of Robert Birch and Lindsay McCombe as senior development directors, Owen Michealson as regional chairman – London, and the promotion of James Mulcare to the position of head of residential capital markets.
In addition to his roles in the industry, Michael also devotes a considerable amount of his spare time to voluntary and charity work and has mentored teams and individuals in conflict resolution and negotiation techniques.