igloo appoints development director to help lead the sustainable Oakfield project

By Jamie Hill - 5 June 2023


With major mixed-use regeneration projects such as its central Winchester scheme, and Oakfield in Swindon with Nationwide Building Society, igloo’s presence in the South of England continues to grow at pace. As a result, it has appointed a dedicated development director to lead its project teams and manage the delivery of its community - and climate-positive projects.

Matt Woolgar joins the team from Hadley Property Group, where he was project director. With more than a decade’s experience in the property industry, Matt’s previous roles include associate director of development for CA ventures, as well as working on projects for Pocket Living.

Focusing on igloo’s projects in the South, Matt will be responsible for establishing and leading the team through the full acquisition, design, planning, procurement, construction and sales phases of the development cycle.

As part of his role, he will be overseeing the central Winchester regeneration scheme, which will include the implementation of a wide-ranging mix of uses including flexible work and creative spaces, food and drink offerings, a hotel and new high-quality public spaces, to create a once in a generation opportunity in the historic city centre. He will also be working with Nationwide on Oakfield, delivering its first UK housing scheme on its behalf in the organisation’s hometown of Swindon. 

As well as leading on existing and pipeline schemes, Matt will also be working with igloo Director, John Long, to expand igloo’s growing portfolio, working with local authorities and joint venture opportunities to continue to create sustainable places that work for the people that inhabit them.

On his appointment, Matt said: “I am delighted to be joining igloo at such an exciting time for the business. I am already impressed with the level of creativity and shared value of doing well by doing good! I can see it is a point of principle that motivates the whole team, and I look forward to being part of it.”

Earlier this year it was announced that PfP Capital, the social value and ESG-focused real estate fund manager, had acquired igloo following a successful five-year joint venture partnership. Now part of PfP Capital, igloo is aiming to build on relationships with new investors and continue to work on fresh, innovative, impact-led schemes. 

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