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About Development Discovery

Development Discovery is helping to solve the acute UK housing crisis by building residential developments in areas with significant demand.

Extensive Network

Our extensive network of dedicated and specialist acquisitions partners ensure we have a steady stream of high quality development and investment opportunities. Combined with our in-house specialists these are all thoroughly vetted and analysed before progressing.

Well-Rounded Services

Our area of expertise is medium sized developments and high cash flowing properties. We are proud to offer a specific but well-rounded range of services, including investment advisory solutions, asset management, asset value enhancements and specialist investor/developer training.

Attractive Returns

With the ability to deliver attractive returns on both loan and equity based investments, we are seeking to establish long term relationships with like-minded individuals who share our core values. To those partners, we offer transparency, integrity and the promise of solid returns in a strong asset class.

Our Story


Equipped with over a century of combined construction and development experience, our partnership is continuing to expand across the UK. Acquiring and developing quality opportunities in a variety of locations and sectors.

We believe, based on all of our years of experience, that property is a stable and successful asset class over the long term and we serve both the residential and commercial markets in the UK. Our specific area of expertise is medium scale developments, as our specific process allows us to mitigate risk and deliver quality stock.

With the top development network in the country, all of our projects go through a rigorous review process that allows us to select the highest quality deals nationwide.

Construction Team


Alan Christie

Alan Christie

Involved in property development since the early 1990’s, Alan heads up our internal development team. During his time he has created multiple estates that hundreds of families now call home, ranging from small 12 home rural communities all the way up to developments of 75 homes. Having developed across Scotland and England he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our senior team.

He has been involved in every aspect of the development (and economic) lifecycle, including residential, commercial and industrial developments. With further experience managing construction teams and developments for other people he knows how to get the job done.

Ronnie Bennett

Ronnie Bennett

Ronnie has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, having worked in private practise and local authority contracting. At Laing O’Rourke Scotland Limited, Ronnie managed a company with a turnover in excess of £250 million, prior to which he was commercial director at Amec Group taking responsibility for joint ventures within the business unit, with turnover in excess of £40 million and total projects value over £100 million.

Ronnie has a direct approach to management and has been accountable for some of the largest projects in Scotland. Including Cumberbland Infirmary, Hyundai, Rolls Royce, Inchennan, Defence Estates Framework, Quartermile, Xscape, Edinburgh Schools, Perth Schools, Marks and Spencers Fit Out, Bothwell Street and Forth Valley Hospital.

With a wealth of experience, Ronnie has led and commercially controlled two of the largest construction businesses in Scotland. He is now applying that expertise with Development Discovery.

Brian Jukes

Brian Jukes

Brian is a qualified HNC Civil Engineer and has been working in the construction industry since 1965, where he started as a trainee to site engineer.

Since then he has been instrumental multiple large scale development projects across the whole of Scotland. Rising to Regional Operations Director as soon as 1980, where he managed a business unit with a £40 million turnover.

With experience in both the public sector and private sectors Brian is a key member of the development team ensuring smooth and efficient operations. Having worked his way through the ranks, he has a deep understanding of the construction process including PFI bids, planning and construction related activities.

Stuart Amos

Stuart Amos

Stuart is a qualified CDM Co-ordinator and has been in the construction industry for over 10 years starting as a general foreman in 1994.

He has experience across a wide range of construction activities and is responsible for supervising a large number of management staff to successfully deliver projects ranging from just £500,000 to over £60 million (South Lankarshire Poniel Whisky Blending and Maturation Facility).

With experience across a broad range of sectors from roads and bridges, retail parks, housing and hotels through to large scale industrial projects and engineering plants Stuart directs the overall supervision of each project ensuring co-ordination of all parties involved.

Investments Team


Charles Zhao

Charles Zhao

After graduating with a 1st class honours in Economics from the  University of Cambridge, Charles has specialised in risk and finance by assisting top tier UK banks (including HSBC, Barclays and Lloyds) in setting up post crisis risk management systems.

Charles is now applying that risk and finance expertise to the field of property development and investment.

Aidan Heron

Aidan Heron

Aidan was brought up in the property industry, with his parents investing since before he was born. After graduating from Loughborough in Physics he set up a property business and focused on high yielding assets.

Aidan transitioned away from a full time PhD in Quantum Technologies to focus on expanding Development Discovery and it’s sister companies, spending his time focused on the technical or ‘geeky’ aspects of the business.

Acquisitions Team


Pauline Heron

Pauline Heron

With a strong entrepreneurial and creative streak, Pauline has run a number of businesses alongside a 25-year military career. In the early 1990’s she began actively investing in property, primarily focusing on single lets and title splits. As her portfolio grew and after her husband left the military they established a letting agency that has since expanded to multiple locations across the Midlands.

Working in a number of different sectors as a business psychologist after leaving the military, Pauline has been instrumental in growing stable and successful businesses across the country. She is now dedicating that experience to growing Development Discovery.

Eduardo Prato

Eduardo Prato

Eduardo has a passion for building successful businesses that are efficiently run by a loyal team and a strong customer base. Eduardo started his business ventures in the UK in 2004 with a property business and before that was a Navy helicopter pilot instructor and examiner.

Initially enrolled in the Venezuelan military, for the past 17 years he has worked in the Oil and gas industry in the North Sea. Where combining discipline and standard operating procedures in a high-stress environment is the only way to complete a task successfully. Eduardo now actively applies that same mentality and skill set to Development Discovery as it expands.

Our unique supply chain leverages the power of an extensive network of specialist suppliers across the UK. As part of this network our partners receive dedicated assistance from specialist development and investment experts. Plus the exclusive opportunity to partner with Development Discovery. We already have a vibrant network of over 50 partners, involved in well over £10 million worth of development projects.

Interested? Contact us for more information.

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