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Matthew Higgs has been appointed by Countryside as Managing Director of its Partnerships South business - to spearhead the expansion of delivering affordable, sustainable homes for those who live and work in London and the South-East.

New MD joins Countryside Partnerships as it gears up for expansion

Countryside has a track record spanning 30 years of delivering more than 45 major urban regeneration projects to deliver mixed-use and mixed-tenure schemes, mainly through estate regeneration, in partnership with public and private sector organisations, including local authorities, housing associations, and local communities.

Matthew will be responsible for driving the performance of Partnerships South, providing strategic advice to Richard Cherry, Chief Executive of Partnerships, and the main board of Countryside, while focusing on delivering and enhancing the five-year growth plan for the business. He joins Countryside from the St James Group, part of the Berkeley Group, where he was a Managing Director. He also brings a wealth of experience, gained in the UK and internationally at Laing O’Rourke and Ove Arup & Partners, in managing and delivering large brownfield mixed-tenure schemes and developing best practice for sales and marketing and customer service.

His priorities will include strengthening and expanding relationships with local authorities. Matthew Higgs commented: “The Partnerships business is well placed to build on its existing strong relationships with boroughs and seek out further opportunities to work with new local authorities on estate regeneration and public land.”

Richard Cherry, Chief Executive, Countryside Partnerships, said: “Our Partnerships division is performing exceptionally well and continues to expand its pipeline. Countryside is proud of its ethos in bringing sustainable prosperity to communities and we are looking forward to Matthew focusing on helping to promote Countryside as the urban regeneration partner of choice to deliver new homes, transform neighbourhoods and benefit many more thousands of people who want to live and work in London and the South-East.”

Current regeneration sites include Acton Gardens in West London, a joint venture partnership between Countryside and L&Q - delivering one of the largest estate regeneration projects in Britain, replacing 1,800 properties on the South Acton Estate with a new urban village of over 2,500 new homes - with 39,400 sq ft of social and community facilities at its heart. In East London, East City Point is a key part of the £3.7billion regeneration of Canning Town and Custom House, to create more than 10,000 new and refurbished homes across all tenures, with vibrant town centres, more green spaces and more choices and opportunities for both new and existing residents.


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