Dominvs appoints CBRE’s former Chairman and CEO to its Board

Dominvs Group appoints its second Non-Executive Director to its Board this year, the former Chairman and CEO of CBRE.

Martin Samworth, Non-Executive Director, Dominvs Group | PBSA News
Martin Samworth, Non-Executive Director, Dominvs Group.

London-based real estate investor and developer – Dominvs Group – appoints Martin Samworth, the former Chairman and CEO of CBRE’s Advisory business in APAC and EMEA, to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. Martin is the second senior Non-Executive Director to be appointed to the Dominvs board, following the appointment of fellow industry titan Martin Meech earlier this year.

Dominvs is looking to continue to expand its £2.4bn pipeline across the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), residential, retail and hotels sectors with capabilities spanning acquisitions, design, planning, development and asset management. Martin will be advising on strategy, operational efficiency and governance, as well as helping the company to expand its £2.4bn pipeline across the UK. Martin brings with him almost 40 years of experience at the helm of CBRE’s advisory business across APAC and EMEA.

“Martin’s wealth of experience in the global investment and development market and his knowledge across a range of asset classes will be invaluable as we look to expand our £2.4bn cross-sector development pipeline across the UK. The sector agnostic approach we’ve taken over the last 18 months is owed to an agility to reposition our portfolio during the market changes caused by the pandemic, and we’re confident Martin’s counsel will take us from strength to strength.”

Preet Ahluwalia, Principal, Dominvs Group

Recently, Dominvs completed the UK’s largest ever PBSA forward funding deal – £173.25m for Dominvs’ Hammersmith 713-bed scheme. The company reworked the Hammersmith site in west London after initial planning consent was secured for two hotels. One of these hotels went ahead and after the support of Imperial College London, Dominvs won unanimous consent from Hammersmith and Fulham Council in March 2022 to deliver the PBSA scheme at the southern end of the site.

Last week, Dominvs also received unanimous consent from Wandsworth Council to deliver dual-branded hotels in Nine Elms that will deliver 837 rooms to pan-European tenants.

“Dominvs Group sets itself apart as a dynamic, well-funded, investment and development company, that understands the value of pace and scale. The rate at which Dominvs is securing sites, forming partnerships and its deal-making capabilities, is a promising window into the company’s future as it grows its exposure to the living sectors. I’m excited to be part of the journey, supporting the Dominvs team with strategy and execution.” 

Martin Samworth, Non-Executive Director, Dominvs Group