1st December 2020
Jonathan Smart joins as land director, bringing over a decade of experience working with blue chip names including Crest Nicholson (Central London), Taylor Wimpey and Berkeley Homes (Capital) providing significant airspace development knowledge. Working alongside development director Neil Fanning and managing director Mani Khiroya, and using new data-driven technologies, Smart will seek out new land and airspace opportunities while also identifying partners, who can benefit from Fruition Properties’ expertise in unlocking site potential.
Jonathan comments: “Fruition Properties has a long-standing reputation as a leading boutique developer that adds value and unlocks opportunity through everything that it does, with particular specialism in the airspace and partnerships arena. I am excited to join the business during this period of growth and look forward to working closely with Mani and Neil to deliver exceptional projects.”
Joining Smart’s new land team are Kirill Reshetov and Ella Lord who both join as land associates. University of Cambridge Graduate Reshetov brings a technical knowledge of airspace delivery to his new position coming from Apex Airspace where he worked across acquisitions and real estate finance. He brings a robust understanding of design and policy having previously worked as a researcher for e-architect and worked on a Liberal Democrat Policy Working Group that put forward recommendations to Lord Shipley on national housing policy.
Originally from Australia, Lord studied architecture at the University of Sydney. Following graduation, she worked in practice and completed several medium-density housing projects, including government-funded international research and a commended scheme in a national design competition. In 2018 she moved to London to study at the Architectural Association and after graduating with Distinction, joined Fruition Properties in the land team. The pair will support Smart in land acquisition, site viability assessments and project management.
The appointments come during an exciting period of growth and technological development for the business. This shift in strategic direction for Fruition Properties, which currently has £47m of GDV currently under construction, has been cemented over recent months and the focus is to increase the development pipeline by £39.5m GDV.
Mani Khiroya, Managing Director of Fruition Properties, comments: “Jonathan, Ella and Kirill bring an impressive collection of skills to our team as we continue to work on a number of exciting partnership and airspace schemes across the capital, continually building our strong in-house capabilities across land, planning and development. Their expertise and experience will be hugely vital as we look to evolve and ramp up our strategic work with partners, unlocking sites and bringing much needed new homes into the capital.”