About Macar Developments
Our ethos is to design homes, which are in harmony with their surroundings. This principle is evidenced by the exacting standards we set in every aspect of our buildings and our attention to detail. We combine contemporary with traditional to create homes which are sympathetic to the local environment and community.
Macar Developments is a company with integrity, working with landowners, Local Authorities and the community to provide homes, which complement local surroundings. Our homes reflect these values in their architecture, their location, their interiors and their finishes. We know that our pleasure in creating them will be matched only by the pleasure you will experience by living in them.
Macar Developments feel strongly about helping the local community. We have supported a number of different charities and are delighted to announce our sponsorship of AFC Walcountians where we have provided new equipment and kits for their 23 teams which range from 7 years old to adults.
The Team at Macar Developments
Alex MacDonald – Managing Director
Alex has been successfully involved in the South London and Surrey property markets and has expertise in working with architects, local authorities, planners, builders and the public.
He specialises in land acquisition, development, planning and finance and knows what is required to achieve a successful result. Due to Alex’s knowledge and experience of dealing with complex land deals, government and local authority have sought his advice on development.
Alex leads the team with a strong focus on customer service, along with the growth and development of the business. He is passionate about supporting his local community and assists with many different charitable projects.
Paul Lewis BSc (Arch) BArch (Hons) DJCA ARB RIBA – Head of Design
Paul qualified as an architect in 1995 and has been part of several award-winning teams, including the Simon Jersey building and the Hungerford Bridges. Other projects have included Prism (a Harvey Nichols Restaurant), Crossrail, Goldsmith University Arts Complex, Strata (the tallest residential building in London) and a host of residential schemes throughout London and Surrey.
Paul was also a finalist in the New London Architecture awards for a residential extension in Surrey and has spoken at the NLA on architectural design. Paul has also been an RIBA awards short lister and a judge for the International Property Awards.
Sam Carr – Land & New Homes Manager
Sam has worked in the property industry for over 15 years and has an intricate knowledge of the South London and Surrey markets. His expertise and understanding of the often complex field of land and new homes purchase and sales is invaluable for guiding and advising clients. Sam has worked with both large corporates and small independents at a senior level and brings with him vast experience of dealing with a variety of different customers.
At Macar Developments Sam is responsible for sourcing and negotiating potential development opportunities in addition to overseeing the planning process from start to finish.
Natalie Gentry – Planning Director
Natalie started her career in a London local authority planning team whilst gaining her 1st class degree and masters. After 10 years she moved to City Hall to advise the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson followed briefly by Sadiq Khan, on major and strategic planning applications in London. Whilst there she was involved in many high profile projects including the redevelopment of West Ham’s former ground at Upton Park, the third phase of London Bridge Quarter (Fielden House) and the Mayor’s largest regeneration site, Barking Riverside, amongst many others.
She made the crossover to the private sector in 2016 where she has worked in consultancy advising clients on the planning prospects of land and managing the planning application process for all types of development proposals, including major residential and mixed use development.
Ross Ladbrook – Construction Manager
Ross has worked within the construction industry for the past 15 years and has a vast amount of experience as a project manager. Ross’ role within Macar is to oversee and manage the construction process to ensure delivery of the highest quality. He is highly effective at finding the best possible methods to complete exceptional construction projects and has strong knowledge of mechanical and electrical principles and concepts in construction. He leads teams of general contractors and labourers on large residential construction projects and also collaborates with architects, clients and construction staff, to complete multi-million pound projects.
Rachael MacDonald – Pre-Construction
Rachael has worked for 10 years for one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK. Working in pre-construction, preparing proposals and tenders for customers across the south of England, Rachael has liaised with a range of clients including housing associations and local authorities to address the UK’s urgent need to deliver more homes for affordable rent and sale.
Rachael is an expert in controlling information flow between numerous parties and ensuring tight deadlines are met.
John Merriman IEng ACIBSE MinstR – Director
John is a consulting engineer bringing nearly 40 years of experience to the team. He has a wealth of design, technical and compliance knowledge having delivered a multitude of high profile residential and commercial projects across the UK and overseas.
During the last 10 years before joining Macar Developments he has, as an independent property developer, completed various luxury residential schemes in the South East and Europe.
Scott Wilson – Land & Partnering Consultant
Scott is a former Local Authority Housing Enabling Manager, he assisted very closely in creating what has now become Clarion Housing Group, subsequently managing the Development Department for the first 8 years from its inception. He then took over as Chief Executive of a small Housing Association for 4 years increasing its portfolio by 30%. He has spent the past 15 years in the private sector either as Land Director or as Land and Partnering Manager for local developers. He also worked for a short period for a national house builder acquiring sites, taking them through planning or putting together "package" land-and-build contracts to Registered Providers. At Macar, Scott uses his experience and expertise to ensure that, where necessary, developments are partnered with Registered Providers to ensure the delivery of affordable homes.
Joe Grant – Construction Coordinator
Joe started his career in the construction industry as part of the logistics team at Biltons Office Solutions. During this time their main client was IPC Media. During IPC Media’s large-scale change of address, from Kings Reach tower to the Blue fin building in Southwark, Joe played an integral role in the strategic planning of the move which was ruled by a strict time scale. Joe was then a ground services supervisor at London’s Gatwick airport for 8 years honing his skill at organising and problem solving under time constraints. Joe is also experienced in many aspects of the construction industry and has recently been a part of a successful residential development from demolition to completion.
Michael Lordan – Health & Safety Consultant
Michael is Macar Development's Construction (Design Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) and Health and Safety consultant who specialises in construction health and safety practice. Over the last 5 years, Michael has provided health and safety advice on Construction projects with build costs ranging between £250k-£30million and is a technical member of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH). At Macar, Michael works closely with our design team during the pre-construction phase and is a regular presence on-site, providing advice and support during the construction of our developments. Macar Developments, put the health, safety and wellbeing of all our employees, contractors, visitors, clients and associates, at the forefront of what we do, and Michaels involvement with the business is integral to achieving this.