Realis Estates – the Birmingham-based retail developer – is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Directors – Robert Taylor, who joins the firm for the first time, and Mark Worsfold, who has been promoted from Project Manager.
Taylor will work with Realis’ managing director Duncan Mathieson to provide strategic advice across the company’s portfolio of retail assets, including the £350 million redevelopment of the East West Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, which is creating a new regional shopping & leisure centre. He will also be actively seeking new retail development and investment opportunities for Realis throughout the UK.
Taylor has more than 22 years experience in commercial property development, investment and asset management. He previously worked for Abbey National plc, where he led the property development team in new branch acquisitions. He joined Highland Developments in 1996 where he worked with Duncan Mathieson on a range of retail projects including schemes in Covent Garden and Norwich, before setting up his own retail development and investment company Chase Park Properties to undertake major retail projects including schemes in Nottingham and Kensington.
Worsfold joined Realis at the beginning of 2010 as an internal Project Manager to provide project management support for Realis schemes including the East West Centre redevelopment. Previously, as a Director at Gardiner & Theobald, he had overseen for Realis the successful progression of the Stoke-on-Trent scheme from outline concept to planning approval in less than 18 months.
Worsfold has over 20 years project management experience having previously worked for Davis Langdon and EC Harris before establishing his own management consultancy, MWM, specialising in project, risk and value management. With a wealth of experience in the timely delivery of commercial, retail and leisure developments, Worsfold will advise on scheme viability and oversee project delivery as well as seeking development and investment opportunities for Realis.
Realis Estates Managing Director Duncan Mathieson said: “Robert and Mark have extensive experience in the property sector and I am confident that as directors they will help me drive the success of Realis and our diverse portfolio of retail and leisure projects. I am delighted to be working with Robert again, he will be a real asset to the business as it enters an exciting new phase with big announcements due shortly on the East West Centre redevelopment and a number of new projects in the offing.”
Enabling work has already begun on Stoke-on-Trent’s new bus station, which is the first phase of the 650,000 sq ft East West Centre redevelopment which will deliver a new department store, more than 80 new stores of varying sizes, eleven cafés and restaurants, an 80 bed hotel, a multi-screen cinema and parking for 1,000 cars.
One of the most important new schemes in the retail development pipeline, the £350 million project is set to transform a prominent city centre site and propel Stoke-on-Trent up the retail league tables to become a top 30 UK retail destination.