Construction firm’s development arm announces senior changes in Birmingham

HBD, part of Henry Boot, has announced a senior move in its Birmingham office, with Simon Raiye promoted to head of region.

Raiye joined HBD in 2015 as a development manager, quickly making his mark on the business. He played a key role in the company’s regional growth, earning a promotion to development director in 2020. He has been an integral part of HBD’s Birmingham team, bringing extensive experience across industrial and logistics, urban regeneration, and residential sectors.

The shift follows the forthcoming departure of director Justin Sheldon, who, after a decade of notable contributions to the business, is taking on a new role elsewhere. Sheldon helped deliver a series of major developments for HBD, most notably the regeneration of the former Imperial Tobacco Factory, which was transformed into a 426,000 sq ft industrial and logistics scheme, Power Park.

Vivienne Clements, executive director at HBD, said: “Justin has played a key role in helping establish HBD’s presence in the Midlands, and we wish him all the best in his new role.

“We have no doubt Simon will excel in his new position as Head of Region; he is a key player in the Midlands market and has been instrumental in bringing forward a number of major projects such as SPARK in Walsall, Setl in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, and our exciting new residential scheme, Neighbourhood. We look forward to Simon continuing to build HBD’s presence in the Midlands, expanding our development and investment pipeline, and building further on his successes to date.”

HBD operated from six offices, including Birmingham. Its development pipeline currently sits at £1.3bn, focusing on industrial and logistics, residential, and urban regeneration projects, delivering high-quality, sustainable schemes that meet stringent ESG requirements.