Construction and regeneration specialist, Vistry Partnerships North East, has bolstered operations by appointing a new director and adding five further professionals to its team.

Mark Rutledge, 40, from North Northumberland, has taken up the Operations Director role and joins the growing business at an exciting time.

Vistry Partnerships North East is currently active on 10 projects across the region, with more sites due to start throughout 2022. With a gross development value of almost £400 million, it will deliver approximately 500 homes this year to customers and clients across a number of tenures.  Major ongoing projects include a 350 home development at Bracken Grange, in Middlesbrough and a 375 home scheme at Kirkleatham Green, in Redcar.

High profile projects in the pipeline include:  270 homes on Gateshead’s old rail freight depot site, 275 more on the former Sunderland Civic Centre site, 331 new homes at Bishops Park, on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland and a 75 home supported housing village, also at Kirkleatham Green, in Redcar.

Mark originally worked in the commercial building sector before joining Keepmoat Regeneration (which was then bought by Engie), where he progressed from Site Manager to Construction Manager and finally to Operations Manager, within just four years.

He says: “I’m very excited to be joining Vistry Partnerships North East and look forward to supporting and continuing the success that the business has enjoyed.

“The business model – where land buying plays a big part in generating future work – really appealed to me, as well as the opportunity to work on projects that deliver such a varied mix of housing tenures. With some prestigious, high-profile projects coming on stream this year, it is an exciting time to be joining the business.”

Also joining the business is:

Senior Finance Manager, Emma Punshon, 34, from Winlaton, who has over ten years’ experience in the accounting and finance sector.

New Estimating Manager, Jason Davies, 36, from Durham, who has over 18 years of experience in quantity surveying, working for a number of well-known housebuilders. He will now head up Vistry Partnerships North East’s estimating team.

Senior Estimator, Andy Robson, 31, from Lanchester, who has worked in estimating for nine years, including with a large, national regeneration company for five and a half.

Buyer, Mark Race, 34, form Whitley Bay, who has managed the purchase of materials for construction sites for over 16 years, for a number of well known housebuilders.

Graduate Development Manager, Natasha Cooper, 31, originally from Kidderminster, who is a Chartered Surveyor and worked in lettings with Grainger PLC for 10 years. Alongside this, she studied part-time towards a degree in Real Estate Management from The College of Estates Management, in Reading, which she completed in 2018.

Dave Brown, Managing Director with Vistry Partnerships North East, said:  “It gives me great pleasure to welcome our new recruits into the business.  All have significant experience, positive attitudes and a drive to succeed, which made them stand out during the recruitment process.  They have been warmly welcomed by the team, and I look forward to seeing them contribute to our aims and objectives, whilst further developing their careers with our ongoing support.”

*Picture caption 2: At the back (L-R) Jason Davies and Mark Rutledge. Front (L-R) Mark Race, Andy Robson, Emma Punshon, Natasha Cooper and Vistry Partnerships North East Managing Director, Dave Brown.