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Mark Tant joins Wates as residential managing director

Exclusive: Former Shepherd Construction managing director Mark Tant has joined Wates Construction to lead up its work in the private residential sector.

Construction News revealed Mr Tant was one of four senior managers to depart Shepherd in a reshuffle in September, having held the post of regional managing director at the contractor where he had been for almost three years since joining from Willmott Dixon.

Mr Tant, who has been named Wates Construction managing director of residential, will head up plans to expand into the residential market on the back of relationships with key clients, which include Knight Dragon and West Hampstead Developments.

Wates Construction chief operating officer and managing director Dave Smith said: “The gathering pace of the recovering economy and the rise in investment in the private residential market presents us with an opportunity to broaden our extensive expertise in the sector.

“Mark’s appointment will bring fresh perspective to substantially boost our expansion into this rapidly growing market, to develop new client relationships and ultimately build on our excellent work in the sector to date.”

Mr Tant said: “I am delighted to be joining such a respected market leader and I bring with me a breadth of experience in and enthusiasm for managing growth amid changing markets.

“The rising investment in the private residential market presents Wates with an opportunity to significantly build upon its current portfolio in the sector and I very much look forward to facilitating this.”

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