Developer Native Land has poached project manager Peter Chapman from Taylor Woodrow after the residential firm's decision to cut back its mixed-use team.
Chapman joins as associate director and will head project management at the company. Its schemes include Bankside 4 by the Tate Modern, designed by Richard Rogers Partnership, and the £1bn Silvertown Quays in east London.
At Taylor Woodrow, Chapman project-managed high-profile residential schemes such as Kensington Green and Rogers' Montevetro building in Battersea.
Alasdair Nicholls, Native Land chief executive, said Chapman would help the firm to expand in the capital. He said: "Peter has an excellent track record in the industry and his appointment is a key part of our expansion strategy."
Chapman's appointment comes after Taywood decided to reduce its involvement in high-rise schemes and halve the size of its 10-strong mixed-use team.
The firm recently sold its 50% stake in the £500m Lots Road power station to joint-venture partner Hutchison Whampoa.
A spokesperson confirmed Taylor Woodrow would reduce the proportion of apartment schemes.