Quintain appoints development chiefs

By Paul Norman - Monday, August 20, 2012 9:43

Quintain has appointed Anthony Gill and Ben Giddens as development directors at its two large scale London regeneration projects at Greenwich Peninsula and Wembley, respectively.

Quintain said Gill, 46, will play a leading role at Greenwich, its 14m sq ft of mixed use riverfront development, comprising 10,000 homes and a 3.5m sq ft commercial district as well as schools, shops, hotels and upgraded transport infrastructure.

Gill joins Quintain from Grosvenor where, during the previous eight years, he oversaw several large-scale joint venture projects including the 400,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme at NEO Bankside and residential schemes at Alpha Place and Camden Hill, London.

Prior to Grosvenor, Gill worked in various roles at Thornfield Properties, Tesco and Healey & Baker.

Giddens, 35, joined Quintain in 2006 as senior development manager and has increasingly been taking on more responsibility at the Wembley scheme.

As development director, Giddens is now responsible for managing Quintain’s 85 acre development programme in North West London, which is already underway and will include 5,500 new homes and London’s only Designer Outlet alongside Wembley Stadium.

Over the last year, he led the outline planning application to secure permission for the next phase of development at the site, which will comprise 1.7m sq ft and deliver up to 1,300 more homes, 300,000 sq ft of retail, and student and hotel accommodation.

Gill and Giddens are part of Quintain’s newly created operating board, working with James Saunders, chief operating officer; Rajesh Shah, transactions director; and David Crump, construction director

The operating board will work closely with the Quintain executive directors, Maxwell James, Rebecca Worthington, Richard Stearn and Nigel Kempner, to ensure that delivery maximises value for shareholders as both schemes build momentum.

Maxwell James, chief executive of Quintain, said: “Today’s appointments further build and strengthen Quintain’s development expertise. Anthony brings with him a wealth of large scale, mixed use development experience from over two decades in the property industry which will be of enormous benefit to Quintain as we drive forward the transformation of the Peninsula over the coming year.

“Meanwhile at Wembley, Ben Giddens was instrumental in delivering the outline planning permission for the next phase and we are delighted that he has agreed to accept the responsibilities of Development Director at this important and exciting time for the project.”

James added: “As we continue to build momentum at Wembley and Greenwich Peninsula it is critical that we have the right operational structures and team in place. Today’s appointments and the creation of the operating board ensure Quintain is well placed for delivery.”


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