Adlington Retirement Living has appointed James Heyworth as land director as part of its ambition to achieve six retirement community sites a year.
Heyworth joins the business with more than 27 years’ experience in the development sector, having led land acquisition for projects in the North West, including The Hacienda, 1 Deansgate, and Alderley Park.
In his role, he will be responsible for reviewing sites, opportunities and appraising their potential in line with Adlington’s criteria. He will report to Josh Kite, land and planning director.
‘I’m excited to move from open market housing to land acquisition for independent retirement communities,’ Heyworth said. ‘The senior living sector is experiencing obvious growth that is set to continue as we address the housing needs of our ageing population.’
The appointment is part of a move to scale up Adlington’s land team.
Dr Ed Gladman, Adlington Retirement Living managing director, said: ‘Since 2009, we have launched 14 independent retirement communities across the North West, Yorkshire, Wales and the Midlands.
‘We’ve already moved from one new site every two years, to three sites every year. Our ambition is to move to six new sites each year and we’re growing our team as part of our commitment to make that happen.’
In the past five years, the business has grown from 45 employees to more than 120, including its in-house land employees, planners, architects, designers, construction team, and sales and marketing colleagues.
Gladman added: ‘Our vision is to empower the older generation to live a long, happy and healthy life. We do this by creating quality retirement communities in safe and secure environments and providing our homeowners with stimulating activities, extensive communal facilities and beautiful private gardens.’