Our approach

Reputation matters - 
this is why the thrust of our business is risk averse
 

All of our schemes are pre-let to major operators in the retail, leisure, residential, hotel and office sectors thus minimising risk to all stakeholders. This approach allows us to obtain banking finance or source financial capital from major pension funds and occasionally we combine this with our own financial resources.

Our team brings together experience in all aspects of property development – acquisition, funding, letting, construction and post-construction management. Our directors have worked on projects in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Turkey. We take pride in our ability to forge successful, long-lasting relationships and we are highly regarded for the skill with which we manage our development programmes. Our ambition remains the same.


Our people make
the difference

Toby Baines

Toby Baines
Chairman
 

Toby helped found the business in 1990. He started his working life in 1985 as a chartered surveyor at Jones Lang Wootton. Since the early 1990s Toby has specialised in the acquisition and development of leisure and retail development projects for institutional clients with a combined value in excess of £750 million. Toby is also a board member of Burgopak, a fast-growing packaging company.

T +44 7831 551882
E tobybaines@citygrove.com


Andrew Rennie

Andrew Rennie
Managing Director
 

As Managing Director Andrew is responsible for the day to day management of the company’s UK development programme. Before he joined Citygrove in 1996, Andrew worked for Conrad Ritblat & Co and Dixons Stores Group Plc.

T +44 7785 582366
E andrewrennie@citygrove.com


Héctor González Gaya

Héctor González Gaya
Managing Director (Spain)
 

As Managing Director of Citygrove Spain, Héctor is responsible for the day to day running of the Spanish development programme. Prior to joining Citygrove in 2007, Hector worked for Jones Lang LaSalle, Knight Frank and Chamartin. Héctor is member of the Organizing Council of Madrid Real Estate Exhibition (SIMA) and a board member of the Spanish Shopping Centre Association (AECC).

T +34 659 215 144
E hectorgonzalez@citygrove.com


Rob Lane

Rob Lane
Deputy Managing Director


As Deputy Managing Director Rob is responsible for sourcing and delivering commercial and residential projects across the UK and abroad.  Prior to joining Citygrove in 2015, Rob worked for the Terrace Hill Group and Conrad Ritblat. To date he has developed in excess of 1.5 million sq ft of floor space and created £500 million of sales. 

T +44 7768 233116
E  roblane@citygrove.com


Daemon Sheehan

Daemon Sheehan
Group Construction Director
 

Daemon is Citygrove’s Group Construction Director responsible for the management and implementation of on-site construction programmes. Work-in-progress has an estimated value in excess of £500 million. Prior to joining Citygrove in 2007, Daemon worked for Capital & Regional, Tweeds and Cyril Sweet Project Management.

T +44 7825 892721
E daemonsheehan@citygrove.com


Philip Waddell

Philip Waddell
Finance Director
 

Philip is responsible for the financial control of all companies and projects in the UK and Spain. Prior to joining Citygrove in 2007 Philip ran his own accountancy firm and was a partner at Smith & Williamson.

T + 44 7786 513544
E philipwaddell@citygrove.com


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George Hardcastle
Development Director
 

George is a Development Director at Citygrove responsible for securing new development opportunities, occupier liaison, leasing and project implementation. Prior to joining Citygrove in 2011 George worked for King Sturge and Lyndal Mount Properties.

T +44 7901 005491
E georgehardcastle@citygrove.com


Simon Lanyon

Simon Lanyon
Development Director
 

Simon is a Development Director at Citygrove responsible for securing new development opportunities, occupier liaison, leasing and project implementation.  Prior to joining Citygrove Simon was at Segro PLC, Brixton PLC and Atis Real.

T +44 7920 811509
E simonlanyon@citygrove.com


Ben Robinson
Construction Director
 

Ben is Citygrove’s Construction Director responsible for the management and implementation of on-site construction programmes.  Prior to joining Citygrove in 2016, Ben was a Partner at Deacon and Jones LLP.

Tel: +44 7827 885028
E benrobinson@citygrove.com


Manuel Gonzalo de Ligne

Manuel Gonzalo de Ligne
Associate Development Director (Spain)
 

Manuel is an Associate Development Director at Citygrove Spain and is project manager for residential, office, industrial and hotel projects in Spain. Prior to joining Citygrove in 2008 Manuel worked for Grupo Lar and Morgan Stanley.

T +34 670 977 188
E manuelgonzalo@citygrove.com


Tom Burn

Tom Burn
Associate Development Director
 

Tom is an Associate Development Director at Citygrove and is responsible for sourcing and securing new development projects across all sectors, occupier liaison, leasing negotiations and project delivery. Prior to joining Citygrove in 2015, Tom worked in Birmingham and London at DTZ and Savills.

T+44 7471 350319
E tomburn@citygrove.com


Mark Farrugia
Associate Development Director
 

Mark is an Associate Development Director at Citygrove and is responsible for securing new development projects, occupier liaison, leasing negotiations and project delivery. Prior to joining Citygrove in 2016, Mark worked in Sydney at RG Property and Stockland. 

T +44 7544 176994
E markfarrugia@citygrove.com


Oliver Weston

Oliver Weston
Development Surveyor
 

Oliver is a Development Surveyor working on sourcing new developments, occupier liaison, leasing and project implementation.  Prior to joining Citygrove in 2013, Oliver studied for his MSc in Real Estate at Cass Business School.  

T +44 7588 484499
E oliverweston@citygrove.com


Sebastian Schoenbach
Development Surveyor
 

Sebastian is a Development Surveyor working on sourcing and securing new development projects, occupier liaison, lease negotiations and project implementation in Germany, Spain and the UK.  Prior to joining Citygrove in 2017, Sebastian studied for his BA in International Business at the European Business School, London. 

T +44 7825 346784
E sSchoenbach@citygrove.com


Clare Hawtin

Clare Hawtin
Administration Manager
 

Clare is Citygrove’s Administration Manager. Prior to joining Citygrove in 1993 Clare worked in PA and administrative roles in companies including Anderson Consulting and Fitch Design.

T +44 7770 754537
E clarehawtin@citygrove.com


Sophia Kiknadze

Sophia Kiknadze
Office Manager (Spain)
 

Sophia is Spain’s Office Manager. Prior to joining Citygrove in 2015, she worked as an account manager for System One World Communications.

T +34 91 576 16 30
E sophiakiknadze@citygrove.com


Lavinia Kortlang

Lavinia Kortlang
Accounts Assistant and Marketing Executive
 

Lavinia is Citygrove's Accounts Assistant and Marketing Executive.  Prior to joining Citygrove in 2009 she worked for a number of property companies including Savills.

T +44 7980 139620
E laviniakortlang@citygrove.com


Anibal Maseda

Anibal Maseda
Transport and Logistics
 

Anibal is in charge of Citygrove's transport and logistics.  Prior to joining Citygrove in 1998 Anibal worked for Victoria Wines, Golden Travel and London Transport.

T +44 7771 725322
E anibalmaseda@citygrove.com