Centrick appoints Director of Build to Rent

Centrick appoints a Director of Build to Rent who joins its Build to Rent and residential asset management team.

L to R: James Ackrill, Founder and Neelam Saihjpal, Director of Build to Rent at Centrick | BTR News
L to R: James Ackrill, Founder and Neelam Saihjpal, Director of Build to Rent at Centrick.

Birmingham-based business Centrick has appointed Neelam Saihjpal as its Director of Build to Rent following major client wins, to lead the company’s growth in the booming Build to Rent sector. Investment in Build to Rent schemes has soared in recent years in cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Southampton, Leicester and Reading. Centrick, which has been investing into Build to Rent technology to deliver best in class client and resident experience, has identified the sector as a target for sustained, measured growth.

“It is wonderful to welcome Neelam to our Build to Rent team and I know she will prove to be a major asset in driving our strategy to gain a greater foothold in the exciting Build to Rent sector.”

James Ackrill, Founder, Centrick

Neelam has 20 years’ experience as a property professional. During her career, Neelam has mobilised and managed purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) schemes across most of the UK. In 2009, she joined Watkin Jones Construction and worked on launching student facing management platform Fresh Student Living. 

Since then, she has worked in senior operational roles at CRM Students, becoming Client Management Director in 2021. In that role she was responsible for the operations across 40,000 beds.

“It’s an exciting time to join Centrick and the Build to Rent sector, with the demand for high quality accommodation continuing to increase. Despite the Build to Rent market growing, demand continues to outweigh supply, so we expect to see a lot more development activity in the sector. I am looking forward to driving our strategic growth alongside the team here at Centrick.

“Centrick has been delivering solutions and services for Build to Rent clients for many years and has successfully managed a number of Build to Rent sites. Crucially, we’re not just advising clients, we’re operational experts at every stage, letting and managing these developments with a strong focus on community engagement.

“It is a fast-growing sector and there is a huge amount of investment going into it. We are therefore excited about what the future has in store as we take our service up to the next level.”

Neelam Saihjpal, Director of Build to Rent, Centrick

Centrick’s Build to Rent and residential asset management team successfully advised on, marketed and managed one of the first Build to Rent schemes outside London. By undertaking a full analysis of the market, researching local demographics and the level of supply and demand for a Build to Rent development, the company provides tailored advice, connections and assistance from initial concept into operation and beyond.

It also offers assistance and consultation throughout the development process, as well as pre-launch advice, research and forecasting. Following the launch of a scheme with a full marketing campaign, Centrick carries out a post-completion review and analysis, with ongoing bespoke reporting utilising cutting edge technology.

Since opening its doors in 2005, Centrick has grown consistently by successfully prioritising innovation, expertise, and building trusted relationships with its clients to deliver high quality service and results. The agency currently has over 20,000 properties across the UK on its books and manages over £3bn in client assets.