Sarah Gaventa, Goldman Sachs executive and L&Q director all hired

Andy Chorley - trio

New signings: (Left-right) Andy Chorley, Sarah Gaventa, Georgina Scott

The developer behind the revamp of Earls Court in west London has brought in a Goldman Sachs executive and former Cabe director to beef up its leadership team.

The Earls Court Development Company said the former director of Cabe Space, Sarah Gaventa, started yesterday as its new creative director.

Gaventa was most recently the director of the Illuminated River Foundation, London’s largest public art and public realm project, which saw London’s Thames bridges lit up by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and US artist Leo Villareal.

Gaventa, an expert in public space,  was previously an associate at Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, joining the practice from Cabe after it was merged into the Design Council 10 years ago under the so-called Bonfire of the Quangos by the then coalition government.

She also founded Made Public, a public space, cultural curation and place-making consultancy.

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Andy Chorley will join at the end of next month as director of project management and operations.

He joins from Goldman Sachs Asset Management where he has spent the past four years as executive director heading the European development and construction team.

Before that he spent 18 years at Lendlease Europe where he was commercial director working across both its construction and development divisions.

And joining next week is Georgina Scott as the developer’s new finance and commercial director. She comes from L&G’s affordable housing business where she was finance director.

The 10ha site, and the Earls Court Development Company, were bought from Capco by Delancey and Dutch pension fund manager APG in December 2019. They ditched original masterplanneer Farrells and held an international competition for a replacement team. That was won by Hawkins Brown and Studio Egret West.

The first homes at the Earls Court redevelopment received planning permission earlier this year, with Kensington & Chelsea council giving the 51 units designed by architect Pilbrow & Partners the all-clear in May.