The next Genr8-tion: Genr8 welcomes two new recruits to the fold

Joel Chandler and Lauren Gavaghan

MANCHESTER-based developer and regeneration specialist Genr8 has made two new senior appointments, following a period of sustained growth.

Lauren Gavaghan MRICS joins the company from Peel Land & Property, where as Leasing Executive, she was responsible for leisure provision across three key projects – Salford Quays, Gloucester Quays and Glasgow Harbour. Previously, Lauren worked in the JLL Retail & Leisure agency team in Manchester with a variety of clients.

Joel Chandler MRICS began his career with Lambert Smith Hampton in Sheffield, before moving to Manchester to work with the Canal and Rivers Trust on its UK portfolio of regeneration and development projects. Most recently, Joel was land buyer at McCarthy & Stone, focusing on the Greater Manchester region.

Mike Smith, Partner at Genr8, said: “We’ve had a great few years here at Genr8 working on some landmark projects, including the regeneration of Rochdale Riverside and the development of Smithfield in Stoke-on-Trent.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to join the company, with a number of fantastic pipeline opportunities, and we have no doubt that Lauren and Joel will make a significant contribution to the continued growth of the business.

“We look forward to welcoming them both into the fold.”

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 will open for trade at Easter 2020, while at Smithfield, Stoke-on-Trent the company is delivering a first phase of 150 build to rent residential units, together with a 140 bed Hilton Garden Inn, where Genr8 is acting as both developer and investor.

Genr8 is headquartered at Parsonage Gardens, Manchester. For more information, please visit

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