Jackson Living, the exclusive residential arm of Jackson & Jackson Developments, appointed head of residential development, Paul Mundin a year ago. Paul, from Lincoln, reflects on his first 12 months with the firm, his wider experience and discusses the residential landscape in Lincolnshire.
1. Why did you want to join the Jackson Living team and how have your first 12 months been?
I have been working in the housing industry for many years and I was keen to take on a new challenge. Jackson Living is a proactive developer with a varied portfolio of schemes. The company’s mission to create quality, statement homes across the region is what attracted me to the firm.
The last 12 months have flown by and I’m looking forward to the future with the company. The Jackson Living team are a great bunch and have a real passion for the industry, which makes them a pleasure to work with.
Jackson Living is one of the area’s most active developers and we continue to work on a range of impressive schemes across the region that act as catalyst for further growth and development.
2. You’ve got over 50 years of experience in the housing and construction industry, how has your career developed?
I started in the industry as an apprentice joiner and progressed through site management to contracts management and then onto commercial and technical management. I have worked on a variety of housing and accommodation schemes throughout my career, including large student residential schemes for colleges and universities across the Midlands, including the first three phases of accommodation at Lincoln University, as well as a variety of general residential schemes in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond.
With a colourful career so far, I am now proud to say I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and work as the head of residential development for Jackson Living.
3. What projects have you delivered in the last 12 months?
I have been working on a number of Jackson Living’s projects including Bailgate Mount; a development of nine luxury town houses in Motherby Hill in Lincoln, and The Parklands; a new 155 home residential community in the village of Sudbrooke. Two very different developments that have their own challenges.
Construction works on the Bailgate Mount site have begun now that extensive planning and ground works have completed.
The Parklands, which will feature a restaurant, kitchen garden, community allotments, open spaces and an outdoor gym, is almost ready for construction works to start after gaining full planning permission in 2017. The Parklands will be an incredible place to live and it’s fantastic to be involved in its development so early on. Like other Jackson Living schemes, the 46.7-acre development is being delivered by a local team of contractors.
4. What makes Lincolnshire a great place to live?
I have lived in Lincolnshire all of my life and although I enjoy travelling it’s always good to return back to my home town. Lincoln and its surrounding villages are very desirable places to live and we continue to see a growing amount of investment in the region, which is vital to helping the community grow and prosper.
The bustling, compact city offers plenty of entertainment with a strong retail, leisure and cultural offer, plus with a number of excellent schools and an award-winning university, Lincoln and Lincolnshire continue to attract an increasing amount of out of towners moving to the area. There is therefore a growing demand for homes in the region and I’m pleased to be working with Jackson Living to help address this.
Lincoln and Lincolnshire have a real sense of community, which is inspiring and is what we are working to create at The Parklands. In short, the area is a great place to live and work.
5. How is the residential market performing in Lincolnshire?
In my personal opinion, the residential market in Lincolnshire is performing very well. I have noticed a significant number of sites selling off plan, which is great to see. Whilst developments in places like London are starting to struggle, Lincolnshire doesn’t seem to be affected and continues to flourish.
6. Is there a lack of or demand for certain types of homes in Lincolnshire?
There is certainly a lack of luxury homes in Lincolnshire, people don’t want to compromise on high-end, quality homes and for many years that has been missing in the region. But now that there is much development and expansion taking place, that is being addressed.
What do you think the housing sector will look like in Lincolnshire in 10 years’ time?
Lincolnshire will continue to be a popular place to live and developments will increase in-line with that demand. Jackson Living will bring new house types into the area meaning more choices for those looking to purchase a property. More homes mean more people, more businesses, employment opportunities and a stronger economy. It’s an exciting time for the region.