Cordia Blackswan bolsters team – showcasing growth

Developer Cordia Blackswan bolsters its team with four new hires and a senior leadership promotion, showcasing its growth.

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Cordia Blackswan team.

Birmingham-based property developer – Cordia Blackswan – reports year on year growth by 143%, with the expansion demonstrating the company’s commitment and return on its unique approach to create outstanding places to live. The developer now announces four new appointments and an internal promotion to strengthen its senior leadership team.

The new appointments brings the Cordia Blackswan team up to 17 members, with plans for further growth in the new year as it acquires new sites for development. The senior leadership team has also been bolstered with the promotion of Ben Marton from Finance Manager to Finance Director. Joining Cordia Blackswan in January 2021, Ben has a wealth of experience gained in previous roles – including Corporate Finance Manager at Student Roost and working over six years in audit at firms including BDO and PWC.

To broaden and diversify the developer’s offering, Alexa Woodward joins as Head of Design. In line with the company’s commitment to truly great people centric design, Alexa brings vast experience of designing and delivering innovative and contemporary design, while also understanding the real value and benefits high-quality design can have on environments and communities.

With a passion for creating unique and inspiring spaces which reflect Birmingham’s diversity and history, Alexa has worked on a number of the city’s most notable projects. Some projects include the redevelopment of the Rotunda, The Exchange (Former Municipal Bank) – as well as contributing to the Birmingham City Councils Design, Conservation and Heritage Panel.

Cordia Blackswan has also made two crucial hires within its property development team. The appointments will lead key projects from site acquisition to completion. Catherine Howe held roles as Project Manager at Projex Buildings Solutions and Turner and Townsend, and now joins the company as Project Manager. Abita Robinson joins as Development Surveyor. He has a wealth of experience, holding previous roles at West Midlands Combined Authority and Citizen.

Ravinder Khatkar also joins as Legal Manager – from Eversheds Sutherland and Wright Hassall LLP, with experience of working in the residential and commercial property sector.

“After a strong first half of 2021 and a series of new appointments earlier in the year, we are thrilled that the Cordia Blackswan team is continuing to strengthen and grow. Our new additions bring a wealth of knowledge to our team of placemaking experts, so it’s great to have them on board.

“With our project to transform Great Hampton Street into an appealing, contemporary urban setting in the planning stage, it’s crucial that we have a strong and experienced team to support the execution of our vision. The strategic growth of our team allows us to do this, and to continue to expand our work in providing much-needed housing to support the city’s growth.”

Marcus Hawley, Managing Director, Cordia Blackswan

Cordia Blackswan has an ambition to deliver a pipeline of 2,500 residential and commercial units in the West Midlands in the next five years, supporting the growth of the region. This is being led with the regeneration of Great Hampton Street, which Cordia Blackswan are transforming into an appealing urban setting with support from Jewellery Quarter BID. The Cordia Blackswan team are based in the centre of the action, at their head office at The Bank, 22a Great Hampton Street.

As well as working within the Jewellery Quarter, Cordia Blackswan is expanding to other parts of the city. In November 2021, the company also announced its acquisition of a 1.89-acre site in Digbeth, which will deliver a 366 Build to Rent apartment scheme.

Committed to thinking ‘beyond the red line’, Cordia Blackswan considers the wider impacts of its developments on the community. In practice, the developer minimises disruption during construction and maintains the local heritage in retaining characterful developments. To continue this approach post construction, the developer ensures commercial spaces are filled by a mix of retailers, bars and restaurants – to boost the economy of the area and make it somewhere that the community can enjoy.