Lendlease makes senior hire in prep of launching new scheme

Lendlease welcomes a new BTR Operations Director and prepares to launch another Build to Rent community.

Valerie Cseplo-Jeffrey, Operations Director of Build to Rent, Lendlease | BTR News
Valerie Cseplo-Jeffrey, Operations Director of Build to Rent, Lendlease.

Lendlease announces the appointment of Valerie Cseplo-Jeffrey as its new Operations Director of Build to Rent. Valerie brings two decades of experience in the property industry to the role, most recently with Bozzuto and Greystar in the US. Valerie received her MBA from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University, and holds several accreditations and certifications, including that of Certified Property Manager (CPM®) from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

Reporting into Stephanie Barbabosa, Head of Build to Rent at Lendlease, Valerie will oversee a talented team that launched Park Central West and Park Central East in vibrant Elephant and Castle in 2021. With the motto ‘service is our signature’, Valerie will ensure that the day-to-day operations of the communities live up to the promise of providing a rental experience not previously seen in the UK.

“I’m so pleased to be joining the award-winning Living by Lendlease team at this exciting time. I can’t wait to bring all I’ve learned from the US to the UK market and make a meaningful contribution to both Living by Lendlease and the emerging Build to Rent sector.”

Valerie Cseplo-Jeffrey, Operations Director of Build to Rent, Lendlease

Valerie’s appointment comes as Lendlease prepares to expand with another Build to Rent community. Revealing for the first time, the name of the new community will be City Lights Point – reflecting its commanding views of London’s dramatic skyline. The new Build to Rent scheme will deliver 118 luxurious pet-friendly apartments next to the lush and leafy 2.5-acre Elephant Park.

“We’re delighted to welcome Valerie to the Living by Lendlease team. Her wealth of expertise will be a huge asset to us as we launch our brand-new community, City Lights Point, and continue to expand across the UK and Europe. Valerie is dedicated and passionate about the sector, and I am thrilled that she will be ensuring that all of our residents continue to experience the highest standards of renting in this exciting new community.”

Stephanie Barbabosa, Head of Build to Rent, Lendlease

Every apartment at City Lights Point feature underfloor heating, roller shades with blackouts in the bedrooms, extra closet space, a full suite of modern, integrated Grundig appliances, wood floors throughout, and each home will include a private terrace or balcony. Residents can rent it like they own it – with the freedom to paint their walls and hang pictures in their apartments.

Setting Lendlease’s new community apart is the amenities in the Sky Lounge which is located on the 18th floor, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Other amenities at City Lights Point – which are included in the monthly rent – include a 24-hour gym with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, a private dining room, games room, and stylish lounge complete with a projector and 68” screen, which opens out on to an observation terrace boasting breath-taking views across the city.

Reflecting the increasing move to hybrid working, the City Lights Point community will also feature a generous co-working space and conference room on the podium level that leads to the private garden. The ‘service is our signature’ ethos extends to residents benefitting from a 24-hour maintenance guarantee and a skilled and professional onsite team who can deal with all resident needs. 

The range of retailers on the ground floors of the communities are also carefully curated by Lendlease to act as an extension of the living space above, and embody the same values that residents prioritise – with a focus on sustainability, wellbeing and the local economy.