IAN Baird has joined Keepmoat as Partnering Solutions Consultant to coincide with the firm’s Scottish housing growth plans.
Keepmoat say he will be tasked with identifying new business opportunities, working with local authorities and housing associations to help “maximise regeneration and efficiency” within local communities.
Ian said, “I am delighted to be joining Keepmoat at a time when there is a growing demand for all forms of housing in Scotland. The amount of housing that’s been built has reduced dramatically since 2007. The need for new homes in the rented and ownership markets is steadily increasing and Keepmoat is determined to identify and develop a wide range of projects that can deliver high quality affordable housing.”
Originally working as a chartered quantity surveyor in Edinburgh, Ian worked for Miller Group’s Urban Regeneration Division, Mansell Partnership Homes and Bett Partnerships before setting up his own affordable housing consultancy in Perth.
Eamonn McGarvey, regional managing director for Keepmoat’s regeneration division in Scotland, added, “Ian’s track record speaks for itself. He has excellent experience in the sector and we are delighted to have him come on board at Keepmoat. We’ve had a really busy start to the year and we are looking to keep this momentum going with Ian involved.”
Keepmoat’s current projects include a contract to build 45 new homes in Greenock, a £17.5m project with Aberdeen City Council to refurbish seven multi-storey tower blocks and a £13m internal and external improvement project in Glasgow with Queens Cross Housing Association.