Company adds to its council skill-set

Be Living has appointed one of Hounslow’s top directors, Brendon Walsh, as strategic consultant to help expand its private sale and build-to-rent portfolio.

Previously Hounslow’s director of regeneration, economic development and environment, Walsh is an established figure in the world of regeneration, having delivered complex schemes across west London and South Oxfordshire over the last 16 years.

His track-record includes mixed-use town centre developments such as The Orchard Centre in Didcot, Dickens Yard in Ealing, Acton Town Hall, Brentford Football Club (picture below) and phase 2 of Hounslow Town Centre. He has also been pivotal in commissioning master plans that have led to significant investment into the Golden Mile on the A4 and around Heathrow Airport.

It’s another major appointment for Be Living following the arrival last year of former GLA deputy mayor for housing Ric Blakeway, also as strategic advisor. With over 12 years combined experience in Ealing and Hounslow, Brendon will add his know-how and experience at unlocking land opportunities and town centre master planning to support Be Living’s land strategy as well as provide strategic counsel to support Be Living’s work to achieve planning on a number of current developments.

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Be Living has a significant presence in developing homes for sale and rent with 7,500 units in construction or at planning. Deputy chief executive Andrew Telfer explains,

“Brendon is a brilliant addition to our team, bringing an impressive track record of taking major developments from concept stage through to reality. Brendon’s insight in getting complex, multi-phase regenerations through planning and onto site will be invaluable, helping us turn brownfield sites into thriving new communities.”

“His breadth of knowledge of housing and unlocking opportunities, alongside that of Ric Blakeway, gives us high-level input to take forward our plans to create new communities that allow thousands of people to buy and rent a Be home across London.”

Brendon Walsh says, “I’m proud of what I helped achieve at Hounslow in the last five years and feel this is the right time to accept a new challenge. This is a fantastic opportunity to play a part in Be Living’s growth by unlocking the potential they have to deliver a significant quantity of homes.”

The company’s development track record includes leading the 1,176 home regeneration of Aberfeldy Village in Tower Hamlets and being Brentford FC’s development partner for its 20,000 seat stadium and 900 home master plan. The company is also development partner with Westminster City Council to create two new leisure facilities at no cost to the council by cross-funding the facilities with 156 homes and has planning to create 600 homes for rent in the centre of Barking.