U+I welcomes Martyn Evans back into the fold as creative chief


U+I, the specialist regeneration developer and investor, is delighted to announce it will welcome Martyn Evans back into the fold as Creative Director in March.

Evans is currently Estate Development Director at the 1,200-acre Dartington Hall Estate in Devon, a Medieval estate which was re-invented in the 1920s by a visionary couple working with some of the most innovative architects in the world. Since 2016, he has been building a regeneration development programme for the experimental rural community there to support its housebuilding, social enterprise, retail, tourism, live Arts and education offer.

Evans also currently holds positions as Deputy Chair of the London Festival of Architecture and co-founder, with former RIBA President Jane Duncan, of the Young Architects and Developers Alliance (YADA), a large networking and learning programme that brings young architects and developers closer together. He is a regular columnist for BDOnline and has contributed to The Architects’ Journal and Estates Gazette.

In January 2019, Evans was appointed to succeed Jayne McGivern as Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Brick by Brick, Croydon Council’s development company.

In his returning role as Creative Director, Evans will deliver the creative strategy to support U+I in its ambition to deliver purposeful, world class regeneration throughout its development portfolio.

Martyn Evans commented:

“I’ve spent the last three years learning a great deal in a place that's very different from the city centres where U+I traditionally operates. But I come back to the company at a hugely exciting time, full of ideas, inspiration and purpose to sort out what feels, for me, like unfinished business. It feels very good to be back together with a team that I have always felt are the best in the industry.”

Evans was a member of Cathedral Group’s board when it merged with Development Securities in November 2015 to create U+I.

U+I has since built on both companies’ experience and heritage to build a £11billion pipeline of complex, community-focussed and mixed-use regeneration across Greater London, Dublin and Manchester. Some of the renowned projects it is currently working on include the regeneration of the former headquarters of the London Fire Brigade at 8 Albert Embankment, and the former Mayfield depot in Manchester city centre.

Last year U+I delivered its best financial results to date and the company is determined also to deliver on its ambition to be the best property regeneration company in the business. With the pipeline to achieve this now in place, Martyn will play an essential role in driving U+I’s ambition forward.

Richard Upton, Deputy CEO at U+I, commented:

“It has been over three and a half years since Matthew and I co-founded U+I and our determination to deliver exceptional regeneration that celebrate place, history and community, while driving socio-economic growth, has been unwavering. Ultimately, we want to create great places that bring long-lasting change for local people and businesses, and that deliver for our partners and shareholders. To do that successfully, we need the best possible creative talent, which is why we’re delighted to welcome Martyn back to U+I. Quite frankly, he is best in class and being best in class is our corporate ambition.”