Urban Splash bolsters land team with senior hire – as more than 25 new colleagues join the business
As it continues its pursuit of talented colleagues across multiple property disciplines, award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash has announced the hire of David Warburton as land director, focusing on acquisitions in the South West of England and neighbouring areas.
David has moved to the business from Homes England, having spent the last two years on secondment at the West Midlands Combined Authority. He joins the newly formed land team, established by director Katie Dean to support Urban Splash’s aggressive land acquisition strategy which has seen the company take on more than 20 new sites in recent years.
An associate of RICS, David qualified as a Chartered Town Planner via Lovell Partnership Homes graduate programme, before helping the company deliver complex housing and regeneration schemes throughout the Midlands region. He subsequently worked across the UK as Director of Development and Regeneration for The Prince’s Foundation, and held roles with English Partnerships, and ultimately Homes England. Speaking of his appointment he said: “I am thrilled to join Urban Splash at this exciting times, helping the team continue its pursuit of land and new opportunities across the country.
“The track record of the business mean that we’re poised to take on diverse new sites, with green credentials and maximise the potential of our innovative products such as the House by Urban Splash homes; all of which contribute to brilliantly designed, sustainable communities. I am truly excited at the prospect of delivering these developments.”
Added Urban Splash director Nathan Cornish: “David brings so much expertise to our business and joins the brilliant team that Katie has curated over the past year, helping us to secure new sites in Warrington and Windermere. Our diverse team is rich in people with extensive knowledge, including professionals like David who can help us deliver big things in the coming years.”
David is an active supporter and member of the Urban Land Institute, and volunteers as a mentor to young leaders in real estate.
His appointment comes after an active year in recruitment for Urban Splash so far, in which the company has hired 27 new colleagues since January across a range of departments including assembling its development team in Cambridgeshire where it will soon commence work on the creation of a new neighbourhood at Inholm, Northstowe.