Introduction to Cityheart

About Us

Founded in 2005 by Managing Director, Mark McNamee, Cityheart specialises in working with the public sector. We have been particularly successful in regeneration projects and have delivered specialist Healthcare, Judicial and Student Accommodation buildings across the United Kingdom.

Whilst Cityheart is primarily a development company, we also provide property development consultancy advice and invest in the property market. Reflecting our success in our choosen field, the company now also delivers purely private sector projects including direct let student schemes and retail.

Cityheart has a strong ethos of working closely with its partners, understanding their needs and aspirations and delivering sustainable, cost effective solutions on time and offering real ‘value for money’ for its partners.

Property Development

Cityheart is an established and successful property development and investment company which has been developing and delivering public and private sector projects for more than a decade.

As a relatively small company we have been able to develop innovative and bespoke solutions for our clients particularly in design and funding. Through this we are able to drive value for money into projects by testing all aspects of the market as well as seeking the most competitive funding terms through both Institutional and other mainstream funders to ensure we deliver the most competitive terms available for our clients.

We are able to provide our partners with a full development service including site identification, acquisition, design, planning, funding, construction and ongoing asset management services.


Mark McNamee

Managing Director

Mark is the founder and Managing Director of Cityheart Limited which he formed in the autumn of 2005. The Company was set up to provide property development and consultancy advice and also to develop and invest in the property market.

Mark McNamee was previously Managing Director of David McLean Developments where he was responsible for delivering over 5,000 student beds. He was also UK Regional Director for Equity Bank and has a wide breadth of knowledge of medium and large scale regeneration projects, including Princes Dock Liverpool: Masshouse Circus, Birmingham; St. Austell Town centre; Rotherham Westgate Demonstrator Project and Lime Street Station regeneration in Liverpool. He brings to the company a huge array of experience of working in Partnership with the public sector including Liverpool City Council, many NHS Trusts, the Welsh Assembly Government, SWERDA, Liverpool Vision, Yorkshire Forward and English partnerships.

Mark McNamee - Cityheart Partnership

Patrick Hughes

Group Development Director

Patrick is a Director of Cityheart and partner in Cityheart Living and has served in the property and facilities management sector for thirty-five years. Patrick is responsible for all Cityheart Living’s operations to University clients.

Patrick has seventeen years’ experience in UK universities working at Director level in property and facilities management. For just under five years Patrick was responsible for all facilities management operations for The Queen’s University of Belfast, with responsibility for all soft services to approximately 17,000 students and 3,500 staff. Patrick also served for twelve years as Director of Property & Facilities for Edinburgh Napier University, with responsibility for all hard and soft services, including the management of student accommodation and summer lettings. Patrick was National Property Services Manager for Royal & Sun Alliance for just under 3 years.


Hilton McCarthy

Development Director

Hilton is a qualified Chartered Surveyor, with the last fourteen years specialising in property development. Hilton’s role as Cityheart’s Development Director involves the implementation of all commercial elements relating to a development, from initial inception through to financial close. Also, overseeing the construction period to ensure projects are successfully delivered, on programme and within budget.

Previously, Hilton worked in the PPP sector on development projects with multiple stakeholders on behalf of Sapphire Primary Care Developments; Primary Asset (MedicX) and Community Solutions for Primary Care (a subsidiary of Morgan Sindall Investments). In the commercial sector, Hilton secured contracts to deliver specialist Extra Care, Respite and Dementia schemes for private clients and securing planning approval for two developments in Merseyside totalling 25,000m² with a combined value of £55m.

Cityheart team - Hilton McCarthy

Annie Morris

Office Manager

Annie is the cornerstone of the business, she ensures the daily operations of Cityheart run smoothly.

Annie joined the firm as Office Manager in 2011 with vast managerial and administrative experience. In addition, Annie maintains accounts, handling billing, invoicing, dealing with clients and where she has a strong customer service record.

Cityheart Team - Annie Morris

Doug Walmsley

Regional Manager

Doug is a recent addition to Cityheart and he has strengthened our team with his hotel management and customer service experience. Doug has over 14 years’ experience in hotel operations, most recently at Deputy General Manager level. Doug has worked extensively in the areas of Quality and Health and Safety and was responsible for significantly increasing scores in each of these areas.

Doug’s experience has been with Village Hotels and Holiday Inn Express in Newcastle and Inverness. Doug is dedicated to significantly enhance the student experience for Cityheart’s developments and in streamlining our process to deliver the best services we can to our student residents.

Cityheart team - Doug Walmsley

Mariam Johal

Accommodation Manager

Mariam has a varied and extensive employment history with careers spanning being a State Registered Nursing, Welfare, Town & Country Planning, Land Use Research, Banking, Recruitment and now Accommodation Manager. Mariam also has skills and experience in Property Development with hands on experience in construction, from ground works and foundations, building walls in brick, block and timber, pitch and flat roofing, timber and natural flooring and tiling and decorating.

Mariam is a keen walker of the many trails in and around Inverness, her favourite being her local Seven Lochs Trail and can often be found scrambling up mountains and wading through burns.

Cityheart team - Mariam Johal

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