Ross Castle

Ross Castle

Ross has over 20 years’ experience in mixed-use property development and is a Chartered Surveyor covering the full lifecycle of real estate development management, including initial feasibility, land acquisition, planning, and delivery into operational handover or investment sale.

Ross has worked with some of the UK’s leading public and private sector organisations, including Land Securities, Grosvenor, Sainsbury’s, TfL, and Network Rail, along with national housebuilders such as The Berkeley Group, Barratt London, and Bellway Homes. Ross possesses extensive experience in leading large-scale, urban regeneration projects, and has a proven ability to balance commercial returns with delivery of complex infrastructure or enhanced operational assets.

Ross is currently the aspireDM Development Director for the design, procurement and delivery of the high profile, John Lewis Partnership 428 unit BTR scheme in West Ealing - working closely alongside Andrew Pryce as Project Director, to deliver a comprehensive DM/PM offer. Under Ross’s leadership the planning application for the West Ealing site has just been submitted and validated by West Ealing planners.

Ross is also providing development management services for clients on a variety of other projects including a new community of 1,500 homes and biotechnology facilities, expert witness case work involving high density residential buildings in London, and development opportunities for various retailers and funds. Ross s also assisting TfL with addressing potential third party development interface issues on some of their operational assets, with current focus specifically on the redevelopment of Elizabeth House and other property ownerships around Waterloo station.

Immediately prior to joining aspireDM, Ross, as Senior Development Manager within the Solum JV between Network Rail and Kier was responsible for a 15-acre, multi-phase regeneration project at Bishops Stortford Goods Yard, delivering 600 new homes, 60,000 sq ft of commercial floor space, a new hotel, a new link-road and enhanced public realm and new station facilities including links to the town centre and a new multi- story station car parking for circa 1000 cars. The project involved relocation rail infrastructure and station facilities within a live operational environment.

Along with financial appraisals, land purchase/sale agreements, pre-lets, funding agreements, and all planning and legal matters affecting the site, Ross was responsible for the interface with Network Rail and the train operating company, including station changes, legal agreements to facilitate relocation of rail infrastructure, asset protection, and land transfers.

Ross has also worked as Senior Development Manager within the Property Development team within Transport for London’s Commercial Development division leading complex over-station developments including:

• Redevelopment of Vauxhall Bus Station with 3 towers of up to 45 storeys of BtR/office accommodation above the Victoria Line running tunnels & Vauxhall tube station, forming part of the Nine Elms tall buildings cluster. An innovative engineering feasibility approach was taken to the feasibility stage, with a thorough understanding of below-ground constraints being used to determine the full development potential of the site and the air space above.

• Super-prime residential and retail development on Oxford Street/Marylebone Lane above a new entrance to Bond Street tube station and the new Bond Street Elizabeth Line station.

• Working jointly with The Grosvenor Estate to establish the redevelopment potential of the Grade II listed Victoria Coach Station, for a major mixed-use scheme including new homes, offices, and a luxury hotel along with a new leisure quarter complementing the existing area.

Prior to this, Ross spent several years working for major retailers - Sainsburys and B&Q - where as senior DM he led on all aspects of new store and mixed use development. For the latter, Ross was responsible for negotiating wayleave agreements to divert the main town supply 133kv overhead power cables under the rear of the store service yard in order to facilitate delivery of a new flagship B&Q in Kings Lynn.

This followed successful tenures for The Berkeley Group and Land Securities as development manager and portfolio manager respectively, focused on Gunwharf Quays, the catalyst project for the mixed-use regeneration of Portsmouth Harbour, and major regional shopping centre developments such as Princesshay Exeter.