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Wates Residential appoints development director

Wates Residential has appointed Lia Silva as development director as part of its plans to expand operations across London and the South.

Ms Silva has more than 10 years of industry experience in addition to a Master’s in architecture from Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, Milan.

She joins Wates from Ballymore Group, where she was responsible for leading development management teams on major regeneration schemes in the capital including the 16 ha Royal Wharf development in east London.

Wates’ current housing development portfolio includes the Erith Park regeneration programme in Bexley in partnership with housing association Orbit.

It is also part of Cardiff Council’s living partnership, which is working to create 1,500 homes, as well as the Daedalus Village scheme in Lee-on-Solent that will see 200 properties built.

Wates Residential managing director Paul Nicholls said: “Lia is joining the business at a very exciting time as we grow our portfolio of development projects.

“Her role will be crucial in ensuring that we grow our development activities sustainably while continuing to provide our clients with the high standard of delivery to which they have become accustomed.”

Ms Silva said: “Wates Residential has an excellent reputation for delivering excellent quality, nurturing its people and building great places to live as part of wider regeneration schemes.

“The business’ uncompromising approach to putting local people’s needs at the heart of every development to ensure that we generate the greatest social value is something that I am proud to be a part of and look forward to working alongside the team to deliver.”

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