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Creating a different class of housing where renting a home becomes a choice and not a financial necessity.


To be Astir is ‘to be awake and out of bed’. The words encapsulate the energy and enthusiasm that we engender by our passion and vision for creating places for living, working and playing.

The Astir team are invested in our business. We are highly motivated, talented, multi-disciplined developers with more than 100 years of combined experience of operating in London.

We are focused on a single and simple vision that drives everything we do: ‘making living better’.

OUR VISION

imagine a place…

  • where living is fun and happy; in a home and community that is conveniently located, diverse and vibrant with a perfect balance of live, work and play
  • where you can be yourself, feel secure and at home; where you can connect and make friends, yet still enjoy your privacy when needed
  • that works for all stages of life; is flexible and designed around your lifestyle and enhances your wellbeing
  • that is sustainable, evolves with your lifestyle and is not harmful to our planet

We look at living and working from a different perspective from traditional developers and it is this inspiration which brings our vision to life. We are challenging the short-term model in which all developments are sold; to one in which we hold our properties for the long-term and make them available for rent.

This longer-term approach aligns interests, creating and curating special places for our residents that are designed and managed, to create thriving communities.

We aim to attract lower cost long-term capital seeking to participate in the stable long-term investments we create.

WHAT WE DO

We operate across the entire Living sector meaning we find the right product mix for the land, the scale of opportunity and the location. We are not constrained to a specific product type and have experience of developing build-to-rent, build-to-sell, purpose-built student accommodation, co-living, aged-living and co-working with a consistent approach that is aligned with our vision of ‘making living better’.

We understand the requirements of long-term investors and our model aims to align us with their aspirations and appetite for risk and return. We view the long-term property management, place making and place curation as fundamental to both the development design and the investment case. It is far too important to outsource this process, and our approach means we can create places that work from the concept stage through delivery and occupation.

OUR VALUES

We are creative, we embrace and encourage fresh ideas empowering our team to make decisions and do the right thing. We are honest and fair and always make time for each other, our team, our stakeholders and customers.

We are industrious and productive. We get the job done. We live and breathe what we do – because we care about it. We don’t quit, we fix. We make a difference. We continually strive to leave our customers and stakeholders feeling that engaging with Astir was a great decision.

We praise each other, recognise achievements and we celebrate team and individual successes. We are passionate and motivated.

WE ARE ASTIR

Astir was formed in 2017 by a team with more than 100 years of combined residential development experience having been involved in the delivery of many of the iconic buildings and regeneration schemes across London.

Since 2010 the team has been at the forefront of the nascent build-to-rent sector, delivering and managing over 1,000 homes now in institutional ownership and used exclusively for rent.


MEET THE TEAM

Nic Simpkin

Position: Partner
Email: nic.simpkin@astir.co.uk

Previously CEO of Be:Living Ltd and prior to that, CFO of Berkeley Group Holdings Plc. Nic brings a wealth of finance and development experience including establishing the initial rental property portfolio for M&G, one of the UK’s first PRS investments in 2010, managing the 1740-unit BtR pipeline for Be:Here and executive responsibility for finance for the Berkeley Group during their expansion from 2009 to 2015. Nic was the architect of the Berkeley Group strategy to return £1.7bn of cash to shareholders while maintaining growth to in excess of 42,000 plots.

Nic Simpkin

Partner

Previously CEO of Be:Living Ltd and prior to that, CFO...

Alan Shad

Position: Partner
Email: alan.shad@astir.co.uk

Previously co-founder of Spring Residential and prior to that, Land Director at Berkeley Homes. With unparalleled access to the London land market built from over 30+ years experience, Alan has a broad-based land, planning and technical background. This, together with experience in concept-to-completion Development-Management including acquisition, planning and construction delivery, Alan has operated in all sectors including retirement, starter homes, student and high-end prime residential and has also acted in a DM role on behalf of Receivers and Financial Institutions. Prior to Spring and Berkeley, Alan held land positions at McCarthy & Stone and Laing Homes.

Alan Shad

Partner

Previously co-founder of Spring Residential and prior to that, Land...

Travis Crawford

Position: Partner
Email: travis.crawford@astir.co.uk

Previously the Managing Director of St Edward Homes (part of the Berkeley Group) and prior to that multiple Director level land and planning roles within the Berkeley Group.  Travis has extensive expertise across the whole development spectrum in multiple residential sectors, from land acquisition and planning, sales and marketing, through design, delivery and ongoing management. Gained from over 15 years experience leading large scale residential lead mixed use projects in London and throughout Australia. Travis bring a value add approach and key eye for detail focusing on site acquisition, scheme design and conception, planning and optimisation, along with marketing and sales.

Travis Crawford

Partner

Previously the Managing Director of St Edward Homes (part of...

Tim Simpkin

Position: Partner
Email: tim.simpkin@astir.co.uk

Previously a Partner at Greenstone Capital Tim brings a diverse finance and accountancy experience to the team with a background in Mining and Metals investment. Prior to Greenstone Tim held senior roles at Glencore and Xstrata Plc. With a Mechanical Engineering and Accountancy background Tim has worked in Switzerland, Chile, Russia and Australia. Tim managed the global integration of Xstrata and Glencore Plc with a combined market cap of £51 billion and held responsibility for originating, acquiring executing and asset managing 70% of Greenstone’s funds under management across 7 copper mines around the world. Tim brings consummate investment committee and investor-management expertise.

Tim Simpkin

Partner

Previously a Partner at Greenstone Capital Tim brings a diverse...

Chris McGovern

Position: Project Director
Email: chris.mcgovern@astir.co.uk

Previously Project Director at Spring Residential and prior to that, Project Manager for St James (part of the Berkeley Group). Chris has a wealth of project-management experience in residential development including roles at Burro 4 acting for The Dorchester Collection and King’s College London and mixed-use residential-led projects such as Riverlight at Nine Elms for St James together with one-off bespoke homes for high-net-worth individuals at Spring Residential. With a first-class honours degree in Construction Project Management, Chris’s experience across all residential sectors brings an invaluable resource to the team.

Chris McGovern

Project Director

Previously Project Director at Spring Residential and prior to that,...

Rob Wyke

Position: Partner
Email: rob.wyke@astir.co.uk

Previously co-founder of Spring Residential and prior to that, Land Director at Linden Homes and Try Homes (both part of Galliford Try). Rob has a background in Architecture and 25+ years experience operating across all aspects of residential development including land acquisition, planning, design, marketing and branding. With a keen eye for detail, space-planning and scheme optimisation, Rob brings a multi-disciplined experience of acquiring and developing complex urban regeneration schemes, mixed-use retail/residential developments and uber-contemporary one-off houses. His design-based experience combined with his land acquisition skills puts scheme optimisation and good design at the forefront of our offering.

Rob Wyke

Partner

Previously co-founder of Spring Residential and prior to that, Land...

Brandon Shad

Position: Project Manager
Email: brandon.shad@astir.co.uk

With a PhD from the University of Birmingham and as a specialist in research, Brandon brings a unique offering to the team. Coming in from outside of the residential sector, Brandon brings a different perspective with a supreme ability to gather and analyse market data across all sectors of the industry including BtR, student, aged-living, co-working and mixed-use residential giving us quantifiable information as to the current markets, current trends and current competition.

Brandon Shad

Project Manager

With a PhD from the University of Birmingham and as...

WE ARE ASTIR

Astir was formed in 2017 by a team with more than 100 years of combined residential development experience having been involved in the delivery of many of the iconic buildings and regeneration schemes across London.

Since 2010 the team has been at the forefront of the nascent build to rent sector, delivering and managing over 1,000 homes now in institutional ownership and used exclusively for rent.

Nic Simpkin

Position: Partner
Email: nic.simpkin@astir.co.uk

Previously CEO of Be:Living Ltd and prior to that, CFO of Berkeley Group Holdings Plc. Nic brings a wealth of finance and development experience including establishing the initial rental property portfolio for M&G, one of the UK’s first PRS investments in 2010, managing the 1740-unit BtR pipeline for Be:Here and executive responsibility for finance for the Berkeley Group during their expansion from 2009 to 2015. Nic was the architect of the Berkeley Group strategy to return £1.7bn of cash to shareholders while maintaining growth to in excess of 42,000 plots.

Nic Simpkin

Previously CEO of Be:Living Ltd and prior to that, CFO...

Partner

OUR LATEST PROJECT

Located in the heart of West Hampstead, 180 new homes and 11,000 m2 of commercial space, delivery commenced in 2021 and due to complete in 2023).

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Astir Living Limited
First Floor
85 Great Portland Street
W1W 7LT

enquiries@astir.co.uk

Astir would love to hear from you if you share our vision and values.  We are looking to recruit like minded people who share our passion and have experience in Land, Planning, Production and Place-making.

For an informal and confidential chat please contact: careers@astir.co.uk 

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