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Darren Simmons

Head of Design & Construction, Student Housing

Darren joined LSPIM in March 2016 and is responsible for acquiring new sites and delivering new large-scale developments. He is also responsible for managing a supply chain of consultants, contractors and other providers.

With over 18 years’ construction experience, Darren specialises in developing student accommodation. A strategic thinker, he uses his planning skills to manage projects in a way that minimises risk and delivers innovative yet practical solutions. Darren also has an in-depth knowledge of design and construction technology, building pathology, sustainability and property legislation, which he employs to manage risk and resolve problems.

He joined LSPIM from Greystar where, as leader of the capital projects team, he successfully renovated over 2,000 rooms a year across several sites and created numerous new high-quality amenity spaces with a capital spend of over £20 million a year. Prior to that, Darren worked at the Mansion Group where he built and refurbished over 2,500 high-quality student beds in 11 sites throughout the UK.

His experience also includes property consultancy. Following qualification as a Chartered Surveyor, he was appointed as team leader at AECOM, an international multi-disciplinary construction consultancy.