Phenomenal Welsh Streets wins Best Residential Development at Liverpool City Region Awards

Over 700 of the region’s top property professionals gathered on Thursday 7th June at The Titanic Hotel, Liverpool to celebrate the Insider Liverpool City Region Awards. The awards, now in their 15th year celebrate the best developments and companies working within the Liverpool City Region.

Placefirst’s transformation of the Welsh Streets was awarded Best Residential Development of the Year, beating off stiff competition from Russell Homes, Sovini Homes and Chancery House LLP.

The Welsh Streets is breathing new life into over 400 empty homes in Toxteth, Liverpool and raising standards in private renting for the growing number of households who rely on this sector for their housing needs. The transformation of this once decrepit estate was hailed by the judges as “phenomenal”.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst commented:

Placefirst set out to shake things up in the private rental sector by offering families great homes and a personal service so they can call a rented house a home. At Welsh Streets we have completely reimagined the Victorian terrace, preserving rich heritage features whilst introducing a number of modern design interventions that family life and community at their heart.

To be awarded Best Residential Development across the Liverpool City Region is a genuine honour and exciting news for the Placefirst team who strive every day to make renting better and a genuine alternative to home ownership”.

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Placefirst Construction makes trio of senior appointments as it targets £110m turnover.

Frank Mondino (pictured left), former area director of Keepmoat, heads a trio of senior appointments by Placefirst Construction, the construction subsidiary of Placefirst, to drive the company’s growth plan. The award-winning Manchester-based developer, which began life refurbishing derelict terraced properties in small northern towns, now benefits from a strong national pipeline of development sites that will enable the company to build 4,000 homes for market rent by 2022.

Placefirst Construction is the in-house construction arm of the business and currently acts as the principal contractor for all of the company’s developments. The growth plan will see Placefirst Construction turnover grow from £28m in 2018 to £110m by 2020.

Charged with delivering that growth will be Frank Mondino, former North West area managing director of Keepmoat Regeneration, where he managed a development portfolio worth almost £100m and a 1200-strong workforce, including subcontractors.

During 22 years at Keepmoat Regeneration and its predecessor Bramall Construction, Frank worked across several sectors including residential and commercial, with achievements centred around housing. Typically delivering around 500 residential units annually within a mix of tenures including rented and open market sale, retirement and supported housing, alongside refurbishment and maintenance of around 5,000 properties, across the North West of England for both private and social landlords. He will take up the newly created post of managing director of Placefirst Construction, joining an already established and high quality senior team.

Joining Frank at Placefirst Construction are commercial director Pete Adams (pictured right), and senior technical manager, Johnson Mulk (pictured centre).

Pete was formerly commercial manager at Wates, where he played a key role in major schemes such as £60m high-spec student accommodation at Circle Square, Manchester for Select Property Group and an £82m project to deliver 1500 homes and apartments. Prior to his time at Wates, Pete held the same post at Galliford Try Partnerships having been regional chief quantity surveyor with Lovell Partnerships.

Completing the three senior arrivals at Placefirst Construction is Johnson Mulk, formerly technical manager at Prospect (GB) Ltd, where he was solely responsible for the technical performance of the business and specialised in key areas of expertise including, planning, surveying, civil infrastructure, structural engineering and the delivery of feasibility reports on brownfield and greenfield sites.
Frank will head a team of 21 specialists in the construction division of Placefirst, forming a key element of a total workforce of 44.

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