Berit was formerly an Associate Director within the Northern Development Team at Savills where she handled the disposal and acquisition of development land on behalf of landowner clients and housebuilders.
She has extensive experience of large residential led, mixed use development projects as well as the promotion of strategic land opportunities and land assembly.
As Development Director at Hillcrest Homes, the luxury homebuilding business within the Nikal Group, Berit will lead on existing projects as well as source new development sites and Joint Venture opportunities across the North West and West Midlands.
Says Hillcrest Managing Director, James Payne: “We were introduced to Berit a few years ago and were enormously impressed by her enthusiasm, efficiency and professionalism. She skilfully orchestrated a highly complex land deal which left every party involved satisfied that their individual requirements had been fulfilled.
“She joins us at a critical time in our growth. We have over 300 homes in the immediate pipeline and are actively looking to secure further opportunities. Berit’s expertise is exactly what is needed to fulfil our ambitions. She knows what is required to get a deal done that works for all parties, and we have first-hand experience of this,” he adds.
Hillcrest Homes was established in 1985 as the homebuilding arm of Cruden Construction. In 2015, the business was acquired by Nikal, a privately-owned property investment, regeneration and development business formed by Nick Payne and Alan Murphy, who recognised an opportunity to expand the Group’s residential development offering across the North West and Midlands.
James Payne, formerly Development Director with Nikal, took on the role of Hillcrest Managing Director last year, leading the evolution of the company’s offering by widening its offering to include homes for those at all life stages and expanding into new territories, including the Ribble Valley where Hillcrest is on site in Hurst Green delivering thirty one new homes at The Warren.
Hillcrest has recently secured the go ahead for a development of 34 new homes off Albert Road in Bollington and has planning applications in for the redevelopment of the Leigh Road Library site in Hale into six semi-detached homes with retail and 115 new homes on Cumberland Street in Macclesfield. Hillcrest has also formed a partnership with Bruntwood to bring forward residential development on its Booths Hall site in Knutsford, with plans in draft for 150 new homes.