Astir makes trio of new hires as business expands in London

Astir has made a trio of new senior hires as it looks to grow its development footprint and expand business in the city.

Pictured left to right: John Lahiff, Percy Mullany and Chris Chapman who have just joined Astir | BTR News
Pictured left to right: John Lahiff, Percy Mullany and Chris Chapman who have just joined Astir.

London-based residential developer Astir has appointed Percy Mullany, John Lahiff and Chris Chapman within its senior team and will be focusing on new land acquisitions across the capital.

Astir is a newly established developer, owner and manager of multi tenure and Build to Rent schemes with an aim to transform the living sectors in the UK.

It aims to develop mixed use multi tenure developments at scale that are designed, built, and operated in a highly sustainable way.  

Percy joins Astir as Land Director to head up the land and planning team.

He brings a depth of experience sourcing and gaining planning on major residential Build to Rent developments.

“There are not many opportunities to join an innovative and dynamic new company, so I jumped at the opportunity to be part of Astir. The team has a hugely impressive track record with aspirations that align to my own ambitions.”

Percy Mullany, Land Director, Astir

Most recently Percy worked with Countryside as Development Director for the company’s West London Partnership business. 

He established a career spanning 11 years at the Berkeley Group, working his way up from a graduate position to Land Director.


“Having worked with Percy previously I know he can help drive Astir with his excellent experience, broad skill set and entrepreneurial spirit. I am very pleased that he has joined Astir and look forward to many successes in the future.”

Travis Crawford, Partner, Astir

John Lahiff joins the Astir team as Senior Land Manager.

He has over 15 years’ experience acquiring both unconsented and consented land across London predominantly on an off-market basis.

John brings with him an extensive network of personal relationships with agents and introducers.


“Having met the guys, I immediately felt a great rapport, and I was extremely impressed with their experience and track records, but also the vision they had for the company. What really interested and excited me was the opportunity to join that journey at an early stage and bring that vision to reality.”

John Lahiff, Senior Land Manager, Astir

The most recent addition is Chris Chapman, who joins as Senior Land Manager.

Chris has an established career securing numerous land opportunities for multiple tenures through a variety of structures across London and the South-East.

Chris has an excellent reputation across the industry and long-term relationships with landowners, agents and funders.  

“I am thrilled to embark on this new chapter of my career and join Astir. I am genuinely excited about the opportunities this role will bring and look forward to contributing my expertise and knowledge to further enhance the company’s success.”

Chris Chapman, Advisor/Consultant, Astir

Astir is nearing completion of its West Hampstead Central scheme – an exclusive collection of 94 high-spec one- and two-bedroom apartments in the heart of West Hampstead village.

The scheme includes flexible office and retail space.

“Both John and Chris bring an excellent network of personal relationships across the industry. Their depth of experience uncovering off market deals in all Living sectors makes them an excellent complement to our existing team and help drive our ambitious land acquisition programme in London. We are delighted to welcome them on board.”

Alan Shad, Partner, Astir

Astir has also acquired Tesco’s 4-acre superstore site in Lewisham where it is working with Tesco to secure planning consent.

The developer plans to bring forward a multi-use scheme including a new Tesco store, a Build to Rent scheme, hotel and student accommodation, alongside co-working and community uses to support the retained supermarket chain.