DARRAN LAWLESS, PLACEFIRST | Is responsible for driving UK growth for the leading and award-winning build-to-rent provider. As well as overseeing new developments, Darran has responsibility for building strategic relationships, working with external providers and managing existing partnerships.

Peel L&P’s Lawless resigns

The firm’s development director Darran Lawless is to join the board of build-to-rent specialist Placefirst having headed up the £5bn Liverpool Waters regeneration project for the last three years.

He will leave Peel L&P in April before joining Placefirst as development director in May. In his new role, Lawless will have a national remit and is to fill the position vacated by Paul Westhead.

Lawless said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Peel L&P but I’ve decided it’s time for me to move on to my next challenge at Placefirst.

“It has been a privilege to lead Liverpool Waters over the past three years. I’m very grateful for the support of my team, colleagues and external advisers.  Peel L&P is a great company with dedicated and professional people and I wish everyone at Peel L&P every success.”

Lawless joined Peel L&P in January 2018, replacing Lindsey Ashworth as development director and Liverpool Waters lead.

Since then, he has overseen the development of several projects within Liverpool Waters, a 20m sq ft mixed-use development spanning 150 acres of the city’s docklands.

Everton Stadium East Stand

Lawless oversaw Everton’s plans to relocate to Bramley-Moore Dock

These include Regenda’s 105-apartment Plaza 1821, which is now complete, and the 31-storey Patagonia Place, plans for which were approved last year.

Lawless also played a part in the proposed relocation of Everton FC from Goodison Park to its recently approved stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, part of Liverpool Waters.

James Whittaker, Peel L&P’s executive director of development, said: “Darran joined Peel L&P at a pivotal time for the Liverpool Waters regeneration project. I would like to thank him for all his efforts during his time with Peel L&P and wish him the best in his new career.”

Earlier in his career, Lawless spent 14 years as a director at Muse Developments between 1998 and 2013, followed by a two-year stint as managing director of Engine of the North, Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned development company.

Placefirst has been contacted for comment.

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