New hire for Genr8 as growth streak continues

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MANCHESTER-based developer and regeneration specialist Genr8 has made a further senior appointment to its development team, as it continues forge ahead through a period of planned, sustained growth.

Senior projects manager Kev Le Voi joins from Zerum Consult, where as associate director, he delivered on a number of high-profile schemes – including UA92, the joint venture between Lancaster University and the Class of 92; St. Michael’s; and the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester city centre.

More recently, he delivered a 284-bed residential scheme on behalf of Panacea Developments in Sheffield.

Prior to Zerum, Kev held a position at Deloitte Real Estate, during which time he worked with clients including Chetham’s School of Music, Herriot-Watt University and the University of Warwick.

Kev said: “It’s great to be moving client-side and joining the team at Genr8, which has an excellent reputation nationally for forward-thinking development.

“The team is spearheading several major regeneration projects currently, and also has a brilliant pipeline, so I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck in to my new role.”

Alan Hall, projects director at Genr8, added: “During these uncertain times, we are really excited to announce a further senior appointment at Genr8 and welcome Kev to the business. 

“Kev has worked on some landmark projects in both the delivery and client side of the development process.  This combination will make him a valuable asset to our growing team, as we expand our in-house delivery team to take our current and future regeneration ambitions forward.

“His arrival also marks another step forward in Genr8 further bolstering our project management services offering to external clients.”

Kev joins Lauren Gavaghan, Joel Chandler, Alan Hall, and Matthew Brennan on the development team, who took up post in 2019 off the back of an extended period of expansion for the developer.

Genr8 Developments was founded in 2008 by partners John Early, Mike Smith and Richard Ingham.

Genr8 has delivered over £100 million of development in the last five years and currently has projects with a construction value of £80 million on site. Helping to regenerate Rochdale town centre is the Riverside development, 200,000 sq. ft. of retail and leisure space which opened for trade at Easter 2020. Plans are currently underway to develop the next mixed-use phase adjacent to the scheme.

In Stoke-on-Trent, Genr8 is currently delivering Clayworks, the first phase of 151 build-to-rent apartments, together with a 140-bed Hilton Garden Inn at its Smithfield scheme.

Smithfield is a new £200m mixed- use quarter for Stoke-on-Trent, which  Genr8 is delivering in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, with Genr8 acting as both developer and investor. Upcoming  phases will see a 78,000 sq. ft. commercial office building recently submitted for planning permission, and a 730-space multi-storey car park.

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