Rula Developments is a privately-owned development company with offices based on the border of the East midlands / South Yorkshire and with their registered office just south of Chester. The company was set up in late 2016 to combine the strengths of the founder of the company, Ben Ward, along with their investors whose background was in Warehouse and Logistics.


The company is extremely well resourced financially and the team has a wealth of experience in delivering a wide variety of successful developments. The company has grown and has secured and delivered a variety of exciting projects. Being an independent company, Rula are able to move quickly and make things happen.

We are always looking for new development and investment opportunities

Rula Developments are actively seeking new opportunities. If you have land, buildings, an existing investment or any development opportunity, then Rula can assist with maximising the sites potential. We can discuss your aspirations and requirements and tailor make a solution that works best for you.

We would be delighted to hear from you with any ideas. Please click here to contact us.

Meet The Team

Ben Ward - Managing Director

Ben, Founder and Managing Director of Rula Developments oversees all aspects of Rula Developments from conception to completion. He is responsible for sourcing and structuring new acquisitions and joint ventures, while also leading the day-to-day management of the business.

Ben started his career over 20 years ago and latterly worked at Henry Boot Developments Ltd as a main Board Director based in Sheffield. Whilst at Henry Boot Ben oversaw the Markham Vale project and delivered numerous schemes including the 500,000 sq. ft. unit for Great Bear Logistics with a project value of circa £40 million. Ben was responsible for the acquisition and re-development of the former Terry’s Chocolate Works site in York along with 50 acres of development land in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

His expertise spans the whole investment and development process, from funding, purchase and sale, through to design, planning, financial appraisal and leasing.

Ben has significant experience in assembling and successfully delivering investment and development projects in multiple sectors including industrial and office, through to large-scale mixed use and residential.

Mark Hawthorne - Development Director

Mark is the Development Director at Rula Developments joining the company in October 2017. A qualified chartered surveyor with over 25 years of experience having spent the last 18 years working in Commercial Development and previously working as a Commercial Agent in Nottingham for 7 years with various well-known firms.

Mark has a wide variety of experience in the delivery of multiple Industrial Warehouse units, offices as well as roadside and retail schemes. Mark has experience working across the UK but has gained most of his experience in the greater Midlands and South Yorkshire areas.

Mark has been involved with and overseen all aspects of the development process, including site assembly, acquisition, planning, letting, and funding. He has been directly involved with a variety of commercial development projects, extending to over 2 million square feet which includes the delivery of over 1.5m sq. ft. of industrial development as well as several retail schemes, to include the delivery of a 115,000 sq ft Out of town retail scheme in North Lincolnshire, as well as a variety of small office developments.

Mark Otter - Strategic Land Manager

Mark has over many years worked alongside farmers and other landowners adding value to their landholdings through the planning process. With increasing demand in this digital era for distribution units and for factories required by manufacturing companies re-shoring their activities, there is a balance to be struck where possible in offering mixed use schemes to meet the housing needs of the families attracted by the jobs created. Though the Planning Process has become ever more complex, Mark believes that thoughtfully conceived development proposals can be of major long term benefit to the host community.