Josh Downes Promoted To Board Of Langtree As Development Director

Josh Downes has been promoted to the board of Warrington-based commercial property business Langtree following almost four years with the company as senior development manager.

The move presages further recruitment to the development team as the company’s on-going and anticipated workload ramps up, says chairman Tim Johnston.

“I’m delighted for Josh, who has demonstrated his ability and commitment on a range of key projects, such as Parkside, Hollinwood Junction and Sci-Tech Daresbury.

“Our model of development partnerships with key public authorities is in greater demand than ever as the country seeks to utilise its brownfield sites whilst bringing its stock of industrial and commercial buildings up to standard.  Our expertise in delivering BREEAM ‘excellent’ buildings and meeting demanding ESG requirements has proven critical to our growth.”

Downes studied law at Liverpool before securing his Master’s in real estate at Reading.  He joined JLL in Manchester from there in 2016 and qualified as a chartered surveyor in 2018, before joining Langtree in 2020.

Forthcoming projects for Langtree include:

  • A planning application for a 1.6m square foot second phase of the giant Parkside logistics and advanced manufacturing development in St Helens – a key component of the new Liverpool Freeport.
  • A further phase of the campus at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Halton, with tenders out to build a speculative 40,000 square foot laboratory and 20,000 square foot office building.
  • Development of 190,000 square feet of industrial units at Hollinwood Junction in Oldham and a new store for Lidl, announced last week.
  • Refurbishment and redevelopment of the 80,000 square foot St James Business Centre in Warrington into the new Warrington Digital Hub.

Commenting on his appointment, effective April 1st, Downes said:

“We have a demanding programme to drive through and real ambition to deliver on the regeneration and job creation that comes with it for our partners.  I’m looking forward to welcoming new members to the team as the year unfolds.”