Dandara Living appoints Operations Director

Dandara Living appoints an Operations Director who has responsibility for the company’s current portfolio.

Sam Smith, Operations Director, Dandara Living | BTR News
Sam Smith, Operations Director, Dandara Living.

Dandara Living appoints Sam Smith back to its senior leadership team as Operations Director. He will be responsibility for the company’s current portfolio of almost 3,000 units under management.  

In addition to heading up Dandara Living Management, Sam will also work with company’s business development unit, to explore opportunities to expand the management arm of the company through offering services to other development partners.

“This is a pivotal time for the business as we continue to develop our pipeline and opportunities to further evolve our operational management platform and offering. Sam has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sector, and I am very pleased to have him on board.”

Jim Davies, CEO, Dandara Living

Sam joins following a busy last 12 months for the company. This included the completion and launch of Dandara Living’s second Build to Rent development in Birmingham, and the forward sale and funding of Renshaw’s Yard, a 391-unit development in Staines, to Greystar Real Estate Partners.

“In spite of the challenging economic and regulatory environment, Dandara Living has ambitious plans for the future.

“Having successfully launched a further development in Birmingham and secured the forward sale of Renshaw’s Yard to Greystar at a time when year-on-year transaction volumes were significantly lower, is further recognition of Dandara Living’s ability to attract major industry players and the confidence in our brand, quality and offering. This is a very exciting time to be part of the team.”

Sam Smith, Operations Director, Dandara Living

Dandara Living has a growing portfolio of almost 8,000 home and student beds across the UK. The company currently operates six Build to Rent developments in the UK and has a further 17 sites in the pipeline.

The company’s next Build to Rent development of 342 units and 5,597 sq ft of resident amenity at Granary Quay on the Clyde waterfront in Glasgow – which topped out in September 2023 – is now nearing completion.

It’s Stafford Yard Build to Rent scheme, which includes 295 apartments and 5,164 sq ft resident amenity, topped out in October 2023 and is set to complete later this year. The development is the company’s first scheme in Bristol.

Recently, Dandara Living also secured a five-year renewal instruction from ECE Real Estate Partners to continue to manage their Build to Rent portfolio in the UK.