Siglion has made two senior appointments, as it steps up its work in the city.
Honor Massarella and Lowri Bond have been appointed to the Siglion team, to drive forward key developments and ramp up community engagement work. The company is also looking to add a project manager to the business soon.
Siglion is leading the redevelopment of the former Vaux Brewery site in the city, as well as a leisure-led, mixed-use development at Seaburn and a residential development at Chapelgarth.
Honor joins Siglion from Igloo Regeneration, which is the management company responsible for the day-to-day running of the joint venture, formed by a partnership between Sunderland City Council and Carillion. Honor is a trained chartered surveyor and chartered town planner, and has previously sat on the planning and development board of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Her latest project saw her oversee the planning of a multi-million-pound development in Leeds, which will see the arrival of a new residential development in Leeds’ South Bank. Her development director role with Siglion will focus on the Vaux site, with work already started to get phases two and three underway.
She said: “I am thrilled to join the Siglion team at such an exciting time for Sunderland.
“There have been huge strides forward, with work underway at Vaux that really will extend the footprint of the city centre, and create a vibrant new space that can be enjoyed by people who live, work, study and play in Sunderland.
“My role is to help build and maintain momentum, by targeting and attracting further investment that will spearhead the start of phase two of the site by the end of this year, and hopefully phase three not too far behind it.”
The phase one development, of 60,000sq ft, which will help attract new businesses to the city centre, is progressing well with work starting on-site last December.
Lowri Bond has also been appointed to Siglion to increase the organisation’s engagement activities with people and businesses keen to steer and shape the plans for all the company’s developments.
She has worked with communities and young people in the voluntary and cultural sectors throughout the North East for over 18 years and has worked with Siglion on a number of projects already.
Lowri, who joins the team on a part –time basis, said: “I am really passionate about the role that people and communities can play in shaping redevelopment, and I know that Siglion is absolutely committed to developing spaces that can be influenced, and ultimately, enjoyed by people who live in and enjoy the city.
“We’re already working on a joined-up approach to engagement in Sunderland, working with community groups and individuals to create developments that people feel a real sense of ownership for. I’m really excited to take that engagement to the next stage, and work with the development team to create sustainable, happy communities.”
John Seager, chief executive of Siglion, said the appointments will help build on the momentum the organisation has already achieved, with developments like Vaux already underway, and plans for Seaburn and Chapelgarth moving through the planning stage.
He said: “We are starting to move forward now, and that’s fantastic to see. Lowri and Honor’s appointments will build on that and allow us to work with communities and developers to create spaces that help reimagine Sunderland, and redefine it as a modern, European city that has spaces that people want to enjoy.”
To find out more about Siglion, visit www.siglion.co.uk. Or to find out more about the project manager vacancy the company is looking to fill, email email@example.com.