Placefirst has hired former Keepmoat Regeneration managing director Frank Mondino as part of three senior appointments to drive the company’s growth plan.

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Placefirst’s new trio (L-R) Frank Mondino, Johnson Mulk and Pete Adams

The Manchester-based developer, which has a national pipeline of sites company to develop 4,000 build-to-rent homes by 2022.

Placefirst Construction, the construction subsidiary of Placefirst developments, is targeting turnover growth from £28m in 2018 to £110m by 2020.

Charged with delivering that growth will be Mondino, former North West area managing director of Keepmoat Regeneration, where he managed a development portfolio worth almost £100m and a 1200-strong workforce, including subcontractors.

During 22 years at Keepmoat Regeneration and its predecessor Bramall Construction, Mondino worked across several sectors including residential and commercial, with achievements centred around housing. He will take up the newly created post of managing director of Placefirst Construction, joining an already established and high quality senior team.

Adams and Mulk also appointed

Joining Mondino at Placefirst Construction are commercial director Pete Adams and senior technical manager, Johnson Mulk.

Adams was formerly commercial manager at Wates, where he played a key role in major schemes such as £60m high-spec student accommodation at Circle Square, Manchester for Select Property Group and an £82m project to deliver 1500 homes and apartments. Prior to his time at Wates, Pete held the same post at Galliford Try Partnerships having been regional chief quantity surveyor with Lovell Partnerships.

Mulk is the former technical manager at Prospect, where he was responsible for the technical performance of the business and specialised in key areas of expertise including, planning, surveying, civil infrastructure, structural engineering and the delivery of feasibility reports on brownfield and greenfield sites.

Placefirst has existing and occupied rental residential schemes in Accrington, Lancs, Welsh Streets, Liverpool, West End One and West End Two, Morecambe, Cross Heath Grove, Leeds and The Green, Hartlepool. 

The business has 693 houses built or under construction and has a land pipeline of 2,085 units.

David Smith-Milne, managing director and founder of Placefirst, said: “The essential and additional skills and invaluable experience of Frank, Johnson and Pete will help our excellent construction team to realise our ambition of doubling our housing output in just two years thanks to a strong and growing pipeline of projects in the private rented sector of the North and Midlands.”