Placefirst makes new senior hire

Build to Rent provider and regeneration specialist Placefirst appoints an Investment Director to drive forward its ambitious growth plans.

Henry Marshall joins Placefirst as its new Investment Director | BTR News
Henry Marshall joins Placefirst as its new Investment Director.

Placefirst appoints Henry Marshall as its new Investment Director to drive forward its ambitious growth plans. The appointment of Henry will see him join the senior leadership team in this newly created role at a key moment for the business which looks to build on recent success.

He will be based in the London office and will be responsible for leading Placefirst’s expansion geographically, which will include working with third party delivery partners. With over 15 years’ experience in real estate investment, Henry will be specialising in the living sectors.

“I am excited to join Placefirst at such an important time following significant recent growth. Having already delivered numerous award-winning schemes, the business has many successful neighbourhoods across England where people are proud to live. I look forward to working with the team to expand our position as leaders in the Build to Rent sector through further high-quality schemes.”

Henry Marshall, Investment Director, Placefirst

Henry was most recently at property investment firm Realstar and was responsible for the acquisition and asset management of residential investments, helping grow the business to over 4,000 units. Prior to this, he held transaction roles at Quintain and Deloitte.

This is a pivotal time for Placefirst which has established itself as a leader in the single-family Build to Rent market and has ambitious aims to reach 6,500 homes in the coming years.

“We’re pleased to welcome Henry to Placefirst, bringing with him over 15 years’ experience and knowledge of real estate investment. He will be fundamental to our next phase of growth in this newly created role. With a strong pipeline of developments currently underway and demand for quality rental homes ever increasing, it’s important that we continue to create thriving communities by delivering best-in-class single-family Build to Rent neighbourhoods across the UK.”

David Mawson, Chief Executive Officer, Placefirst

The pipeline includes 122 apartments at Cow Green in Halifax where planning was approved in March, 146 homes at Benwell Dene in Newcastle with planning submitted in April, and 366 units in Wolverhampton.

Placefirst are also currently on site delivering over 300 homes in five locations including its Central Street scheme in Bolton, where the company broke ground and is now progressing on 167 homes in partnership with the council.

Earlier in the year, the company also appointed a new Assets and Strategy Director.