FEC puts finishing touches to team which delivered £200m Angel Meadow

Harriet Kingsbury PA to Gavin Taylor, Tom Fenton project director, Gavin Taylor regional general manager, Tom Pool development manager, Hilary Brett development manager, and ToonHuat Ang, commercial manager

Developer Far East Consortium has successfully completed recruitment of its senior management team responsible for delivering its £200m residential development bordering Angel Meadow park north of Manchester city centre.

Expansion of the team to six executives persuaded FEC to relocate from its previous project office in Portland Street, Manchester to larger, 4,000sq ft offices in the grade II-listed Northern Assurance Buildings overlooking Albert Square.

Headed by FEC regional general manager and Mancunian Gavin Taylor, the team is charged with the delivery of 756 apartments, penthouses and townhouses in the MeadowSide development overlooking Angel Meadow, Manchester’s largest open green space and part of the 20-acre NOMA neighbourhood.

The team is also responsible for the Northern Gateway, an investment partnership between FEC and Manchester City Council to provide another 10,000 homes across the northern side of central Manchester over the next decade.

Taylor said: “As a proud Mancunian I’m genuinely honoured to have recruited such outstanding talent to deliver a landmark scheme to breathe new life into the biggest green space in central Manchester by creating a new residential community and neighbourhood.

“Angel Meadow is a hidden gem in our city and our homes will provide a unique opportunity for residents to enjoy the rare benefits of city living and park life.”

Taylor has more than 15 years of experience in development, construction and property portfolio management including being operations director for Beijing Construction Engineering Group International, where he played a key role in the introduction of the business to the UK and was the first non-Chinese citizen to be a director of a Chinese state-owned business.

Working alongside Taylor are:

Project director Tom Fenton – Fenton previously led major residential projects for Capital & Centric including its Crusader scheme and NOWHAUS housing concept. Prior to his role there, he was project director of Sheffield Housing Company, a joint venture between Sheffield City Council, Keepmoat and Great Places, having previously been development director at Urban Splash

Development manager Hilary Brett – Brett has more than 10 years’ experience in the delivery and project management of large scale planning applications, environment impact assessments and masterplans. She led the environmental planning team at Manchester planning consultancy HOW Planning before joining FEC

Development manager Tom Pool – Pool joined FEC from Urban Splash where he worked across major projects including the Grade 1 Listed Royal William Yard in Plymouth and the modular housing scheme Irwell Riverside in Salford. He was also in charge of the Urban Splash Energy Company responsible for delivering heat and power to over 1,500 units nationwide;

Commercial manager ToonHuat Ang – responsible for the development of MeadowSide and the Northern Gateway, Ang has more than 20 years of experience in project management, client relationships, forecasting, budgeting, risk and value management, commercial management, subcontractor management, procurement, contract cashflow and cost analysis.

PA to Tylor and office manager Harriet Kingsbury – with more than 10 years’ experience in administration and hospitality, Kingsbury has worked internationally in the travel and tourism industry.

LJ Partnership, owner of the Northern Assurance Buildings, was represented by property agents JLL.

The Manchester offices of JLL and Cushman & Wakefield are joint property agents on MeadowSide.

With a head office in Mayfair, London and its UK regional office in Manchester FEC, which specialises in property development, hospitality and car parking ventures in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, is set to develop circa 11,500 homes, and 400 new hotel bedrooms in the next decade.