Mark O’Grady is one of the founders of Lane Castle and has over twenty five years of experience in the property industry, across a range of specialisms including site acquisition, design, planning, sales & marketing and management. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Previous to running Lane Castle, Mark worked as Land Director (being one of the original team of six) at the then Berkeley Group/Thames Water joint venture, St James Group, where he was responsible for the acquisition, planning and design of some of London’s premier developments: New River Village in Hornsey North London; New River Head in Islington; Grosvenor Dock in Westminster, amongst others.
One particular project that Mark worked on, was the development of OneSE8 in Lewisham. The scheme grew significantly through careful planning and negotiation over three years from 497 units to almost 1,000, plus 14,000 sq ft of office space, 8,000 sq ft of restaurant and a gymnasium. The project is one of the most successful residential developments in South East London and acted as a catalyst in the wider regeneration of the region.
Mark’s subsequent roles included managing a team, which secured planning permission for the redevelopment of the Creekside area of Deptford. This development further assisted the evolution of the area.
Mark is keen cyclist: Having completed the London to Paris ride, together with fellow riders over £135,000 was raised for charity. He has also completed various endurance walks, including the 3 Peaks Challenge and the 4 Inns and enjoys off road driving in Iceland in his customised Land Rover Defenders.