St. Modwen has appointed the former Legal & General and CALA Homes executive, James Lidgate, as senior director – strategic land & planning, to support the ongoing development of major residential schemes and drive future initiatives.
Lidgate, who starts on an initial 12-month contract, will join the board of St. Modwen’s dedicated Strategic Land & Regeneration business unit.
Sitting alongside St. Modwen’s other industrial and logistics and housebuilding businesses, Strategic Land & Regeneration focuses on promoting and master-developing new residential communities, including releasing land for housebuilding and other housing tenures, as well as delivering transformational regeneration projects. Over the past five years, St. Modwen has prepared over 1,600 acres of land for development and completed over £400m of residential land sales.
Lidgate was most recently CEO of Legal & General Homes and regional chairman of CALA Homes’ Chiltern and South Home Counties business, as well as being responsible for Legal & General’s Strategic Land and Major Projects business.
He also worked on developing L&G’s Build to Rent platform and helped to shape its approach to modular construction. He was previously a land director at Bellway Homes, managing the acquisition of all land opportunities and was has held roles at the St George and Berkeley Group.
Guy Gusterson, managing director – strategic land and regeneration at St. Modwen, said:
“With his blend of housebuilding, mixed tenure and strategic land experience, James joins us at an opportune time to help develop our approach to creating future communities that respond to the evolving needs of customers. James will support new and existing projects, and further strengthen our relationships with strategic partners as we look at new opportunities. James’s decision to join our business further reinforces the trajectory we are on and the team and I greatly look forward to working with him.”