Gracewood Construction appoints new Commercial Manager from Berkeley Homes

Residential developer and contractor, Gracewood Construction, part of the Gracewood Group has appointed Jason Smith as its new Commercial Manager.

Smith joins from Berkeley Homes and brings over 20 years’ experience in quantity surveying, management and commercial planning. He has worked with many of the national housebuilders including Bellway Homes, Fairview and Lovell Partnerships and with main contractors such as Mansell, Crispin & Borst. Most recently, Smith was commercial manager for Berkeley’s Kidbrooke Village development, managing 19 surveyors and responsible for the cost control of the billion pound regeneration project. 

The former quantity surveyor will bring a wealth of commercial acumen to Gracewood combined with measured cost planning, package tendering and subcontract management across all developments.

The appointment comes during an exciting period for Gracewood as it begins work on the largest airspace development scheme in the UK, building 142 new homes on the Eric Estate in Mile End, delivering over 80 per cent of homes for affordable rent and intermediate homes opportunities.

Commenting on his appointment, Jason comments: “I am incredibly excited about assisting Gracewood Group at a time of growth. It is great to bring my cost management skills to a company that is open to alternative methods of construction, and one interested in challenging projects like at the Eric Estate. We are already looking at several interesting new sites and different methods of construction such as light gauge steel frames.

“Gracewood Group has a refreshing ethos to its approach in delivering construction projects and I look forward to working with the team, and the Housing Associations it partners with to create much needed quality homes.”

Daniel Grix, Managing Director of Gracewood Construction, comments on the appointment: “Jason will bring his expert eye of procurement to our projects ensuring each one is using the best fit for purpose methods and materials. His commercial sense will ensure Gracewood Group moves with the times and help us to transform cities from the ground up.”

To find out more about Gracewood Group, please visit www.gracewoodgroup.com

About Gracewood Group

Gracewood Group is a residential developer and contractor, experienced in developing, building and managing residential property and leading the way in much needed affordable-led, innovative airspace home schemes. Since 2000, Gracewood has delivered high quality, mixed tenure developments and rooftop schemes across London and Essex.

The team is led by industry experts with combined 75 years of experience. From land & planning specialists, technical experts, lettings agents and an in-house construction team, Gracewood has the expertise, experience and capability to deliver challenging projects with efficiency and minimal disruption.

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