Martin Crews has been appointed as development director and Luke Piggin as finance director of the investment firm building a 55-storey residential tower at Salford’s Greengate.
One Heritage Property Development, which backed by a Hong Kong-based fund, made the new hires as it prepares for a public listing in the coming months and completes the acquisition of a development site on Manchester’s Chester Road. The company also bought a site on the edge of Oldham town centre in April.
Crews joins the company from CityBlock Group, a developer specialising in student accommodation, where he worked for more than four years. Prior to that, he was director of HAAS Group in Manchester, after three years as a project manager at Cheadle-based property investor The Mansion Group.
At One Heritage, his focus will be on delivering the firm’s development pipeline and expanding its portfolio. The 173-metre One Heritage Tower at Salford’s Greengate was approved by the council in January and is to offer 545 apartments. Construction by the main contractor Laing O’Rouke is targeted to complete in 2023-24.
Meanwhile, Piggin has been appointed as finance director and joins from Johannesburg-listed investor and developer MAS Real Estate, where he was senior manager. He has previously held roles at Big Four professional services firm KPMG and at Tailorbet. Both directors joined One Heritage just over a month ago.
One Heritage in the UK is led by chief executive Jason Upton, based in Manchester, and in Hong Kong by Yiu Tak Cheung.
Upton said: “I am really excited to have Martin and Luke on board. They bring exceptional experience that complements the existing team.
“I have been impressed at how quickly they have hit the ground running and look forward to them contributing towards the businesses growth over the coming years.”