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Planning and development consultancy Montagu Evans has recruited residential land specialist Richard Thomas as part of its increasing focus on the housing sector.

Formerly a Partner at Cushman & Wakefield, leading its London and South East land team with responsibility for Residential, Student and Co-Living land transactions, Thomas originally started his career on Montagu Evans’ graduate training programme and has also worked with BNP Paribas/Strutt & Parker.

In this new role, he will lead the partnership’s land team, working closely with investment, planning and advisory colleagues, as well as Montagu Evans’ landowner clients, to help unlock value and deliver development opportunities across all areas of the housing lifecycle.

His appointment follows Andrew Ludiman joining Montagu Evans in January to spearhead its residential markets activity. The partnership is increasing its focus on providing a fully integrated offer to public and private sector landowners to tackle complex requirements in the housing arena, as well as developing strategies to provide institutional capital flows to unlock housing-led regeneration.

Adrian Owen

, Partner at Montagu Evans, said: “Underlying the significant opportunities that the housing sector currently presents is the need for broader thinking about land and site supply. The ability to put in place new transactional and funding structures to deliver high-quality development is essential. Richard’s wide-ranging experience on behalf of some of the largest London and regional developers, his recent focus on sectors such as student housing and co-living, and his deep technical and legal knowledge will be an advantage to clients exploring new approaches in this area.”

“There is always potential for better connections throughout the land, planning and development lifecycle, so while the team at Montagu Evans is already very well set up, I’m looking forward to adding an extra dimension that will support both private and public sector clients with land and funding as part of this joined up approach. It’s good to be back.”


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