Swan Group is highly-focused - actively managing the entire process for clients from design and development through to construction. Each project is informed by extensive market research and strategic planning tools to ensure that our collaborations with local authorities and housing associations deliver projects that are of the highest standard and meet client and community needs.

Swan Group staff


Swan Group has evolved from the launch of its Private Investment Company in 2013. Early on, the business recognised the opportunity to bring a progressive, flexible and innovative approach to the UK real estate market through specialising in the affordable housing sector.

Swan Group combines local and national market knowledge with more than 90 years property development and acquisition expertise. The team back this with a proven ability to provide the necessary capital to deliver market-leading developments that maximise site potential and meet the needs of local communities.

With one in five UK households likely to be living in rented accommodation and housing providers increasingly financially constrained, Swan Group is ideally positioned to unlock the potential of sites by using our investment and development skills to convert plans into affordable homes.



Swan Group has a strategic focus on being socially responsible as well as commercially driven. We believe that the most effective way to achieve this is to harness our people, processes and expertise to contribute to wider social development and drive added value outside of the business.


Identifying projects with potential to deliver high-quality, affordable housing. We stand at the forefront of our sector and are early adopters of new technologies and best practice. We are curious, willing to explore new ideas and challenge the ‘impossible’ to deliver success for the communities we build for.


Swan Group’s success is strengthened by our close working relationships with industry leading professionals and corporations. These institutional partners provide Swan Group with access to specialised resources to underpin our objective of generating revenue and high quality results by leveraging partnership benefits.

Our partners include:

A successful law firm with 15 offices across Scotland, England and Ireland, Dubai, Germany and Brussels.


Since Swan Group started, with the specific aim of building more affordable housing and creating homes for social housing, we have been very aware of the challenges faced by many individuals and families in securing a place to live. This is why we are raising funds in aid of Shelter Scotland. We’re proud to be supporting Shelter Scotland and their vital work campaigning for everyone’s right to a safe home.


Phil McGinlay - Swan Holding Group

Phil McGinlay

Phil is a property investor with over 20 years’ industry experience investing in land and property development. He began his professional career in property sales before moving into construction.

Derek Smith - Swan Holding Group

Derek Smith

Derek, joined the Group early 2017 as Land and Development Director and has been in the housing and development industry for 35 years.

James Weal - Swan Holding Group

Colin Anderson

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor for over twenty five years, Colin has extensive experience of delivering social and integrated housing developments in partnership with Registered Social Landlords and Local Authorities.

James Weal - Swan Holding Group

James Weal

James has worked with Swan Group since 2015 and became a full time employee in October 2016 as part of the Land and Development team.

Phil McGinlay - Swan Holding Group

Andrew Matheson

Andrew, a Chartered Quantity Surveyor has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry delivering multiple projects across Scotland for both social landlords and private developers.

Gerry McGinlay - Swan Holding Group

Gerry McGinlay

Gerry joined Swan Group in 2018 as a Key Account Manager.

Leanne Alexander - Swan Holding Group

Leanne Alexander

Leanne has been Head of Administration for the Swan Group team since 2016 and provides support across all divisions of the company.

Oliver Weal- Swan Holding Group

Oliver Weal

Oliver has recently graduated from Kings College London after successfully obtaining a degree in International Development.