A multidisciplinary team of project managers to help you with your project in Portugal

John Gilsenan

Co-founder & Partner


John founded Westgreen Construction in 1999 — his London-based construction development company which specialises in high-end and super prime projects. He has overseen the successful growth of his London business (which has evolved to include a Royal Instititute of British Architects Chartered Architectural practice) and a portfolio of residential and commercial developments for some of the world’s most discerning brands. John brings with him top quality service delivery standards. He has a naturally innovative and intelligent approach to problem-solving and project delivery and is always focused on achieving optimum results in terms of safety, quality, programme and cost. John divides his time between Lisbon and London, looking after both Westgreen and VerdeOeste businesses.

Qualifications & Selected Projects
  • ONC Building Studies
  • HNC Building Studies
  • CIOB Member Parts I & II
  • CIOB Project Evaluation & Development
Selected Projects

WESTGREEN LTD (Managing Director):

  • Private residence in St John´s Wood, London, total budget of £25m
  • Ermenegildo Zegna London Global Store, New Bond Street, total budget of £3m
  • Conversion of a hotel into apartments and mews in Queens Gate, SW7 London, total budget of £13.3m
  • Duke of York Restaurant, Duke of York Square (Chelsea) for Cadogan Estate
  • Private residence in Tregunter Road, SW10 London, total budget of £5.3m
  • The River Cafe, W6 London
  • Private residence in South Kensington, SW3 London, total budget of £6m
  • Multiple galleries and exhibition fit-outs for Gagosian Gallery (including 1,700 sqm flagship gallery in Mayfair) and Pace Gallery
  • Studio Wayne McGregor HQ dance studio in East London, total budget of £3.3m
  • Lafite, art installation for Joana Vasconcelos, Waddesdon Manor
  • ETRO store, Old Bond Street, Mayfair

All projects managed by John (as Managing Director) at Westgreen and Westgreen Studio can be found at the respective websites.

Ermenegildo Zegna London Global Store, New Bond Street

Luís Prudêncio

Co-founder & Partner


Luis is a Senior Project Manager and Engineer with more than 35 years of construction experience within the areas of project planning, project management, technical direction, team supervision and client liaison. With an extensive CV of high-profile Hospitality and Residential projects, Luis has demonstrable expertise in all elements of project management, dominating areas such as constructive solutions and processes, legal requirements, cost management, programme, site management, quality control, contracts management, performance management and inspections & certifications.

During Luis’ illustrious career, he has worked as contractor, client and consultant on a range of high profile and successful project. Luis has strong leadership skills, a multi-task & detail-driven approach to project management, a very effective focus on the client’s needs and expectations and excellent communication & interpersonal skills.

Qualifications & Selected Projects
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • PMP certification, Project Management Institute (Massachusetts, USA)
  • Engineering Project Management Course, Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Managing Engineering for Organizational Excellence Course, Ordem dos Engenheiros (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Real Estate Investment Course, Imomaster (Lisbon, Portugal)
Selected Projects

BELTICO S.A. (Project Director, Construction and Management Executive Manager):

  • Praia D’El Rey Resort, including a 5-star Marriott hotel and 800 hi-spec houses, Óbidos, total budget of €300m

  • Falésia d’El Rey, total budget of €230m, planning stage

COLINAS DO ALVOR S.A. / HN GROUP (Project Manager):

  • Quinta da Praia, tourism development located in Algarve, comprising a 5-star Hilton hotel and 32.300 reserved for villas and apartments, total budget of €150m, planning stage


  • Quinta Marques Gomes, Real Estate project, Vila Nova de Gaia, total budget of €120m, planning stage

  • Vimiero Touristic Project Resort, Torres Vedras, total investment of €70m within the first phase, planning stage

Praia D’El Rey Resort, Óbidos – Aerial View

Praia D'El Rey Resort

Praia D’El Rey Resort, Óbidos

Paulo Nunes

Engineer, Manager


Senior Civil Engineer with more than 20 years of International experience as Chief Inspector, Construction Director and Maintenance Manager in several engineering projects – Housing and Offices Buildings, including hospitals, commercial areas, sports grounds, roads, water infrastructures and sewage and dredging works. Wide experience in teamwork, leadership skills and easy adaptation to new work environments.

Qualifications & Selected Projects
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering – Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • RCCTE Energy Certification Course – Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Real Estate Appraisal Course – Instituto Superior de Educação e Ciência (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • CCS Course – Budgeting and Planning System – CCS – Construction Computer Software (Lisbon, Portugal)
Selected Projects
  • 850 sqm villa in Cascais – Project Manager and Site Manager
  • Hilton Hotel in Cape Verde – Project Manager and Site Manager
  • Two Hospitals in Baghdad – Iraq – Project Manager and Site Supervisor
  • Construction of Tomar’s multi-sports pavilion – Project Manager and Site Supervisor
  • Refurbishment of a 23 floors office building in Lisbon – Site Supervisor

Villa in Cascais

Hilton Hotel, Cape Verde

Teresa Cabido

Architect, Manager


Teresa has more than 30 years of experience as an architect working for prestigious residential and hospitality projects in Portugal.

She began her career as an Architect for the Technical Office of the Quinta da Penha Longa where she worked for three years. There, she developed several projects such as Caesar Park Hotel in Sintra, and intervened essentially in providing support for the Single Family Housing projects in the villages under construction, namely the villages A, B and C.

Thereafter Teresa was part of Praia D’El Rey’s Architecture & Engineering Department for sixteen years. While at Praia D’El Rey, Teresa also collaborated in several projects for Quinta da Penha Longa, specifically in Single Family Housing projects, the Convento, SPA and Hotel.

Qualifications & Selected Projects
  • Degree in Architecture, Universidade Lusíada (Lisbon, Portugal)
A selection of Teresa’s projects:


  • Integration in the Praia D’El Rey’s Department of Architecture & Engineering for 9 years. Teresa worked on the development’s Master Plan, on the compatibilisation of different infrastructure projects and on the general overseeing of single family housing projects and hospitality units.


  • Collaboration within several housing and hospitality projects, including a hotel

Private Residence in Óbidos

Teresa Silva

Engineer, Manager


Teresa is a Civil Engineer and Project Manager with 18 years of experience working for Portuguese main contractors in major public and private projects. Having also experience as a Cost Manager, Teresa has worked within several different segments, including high-end residences, major public works such as health units and schools, leisure infrastructures, rehabilitations and extensions.

Teresa’s experience makes it easy for her to understand the different points of view within a project team, anticipating and mitigating potential problems or conflicts and offering people & information management skills that will contribute decisively to the project performance. Also, the multitude of typologies in her portfolio allows her to be comfortable around any project, making use of the right project management tools and solutions.

Qualifications & Selected Projects
  • Degree in Civil Engineering, Universidade da Beira Interior (Covilhã, Portugal)
  • Post-Graduation in Civil Engineering, specialisation in Structures, Geotechnical & Foundations, Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal)
A selection of Teresa’s projects:
  • High-end villa in Carcavelos, Cascais
  • Level Health Club gym in Almada
  • Rehabilitation and extension works within several public health and care facilities in Lisbon
  • Rehabilitation and extension works within several public schools in Lisbon
  • Multipurpose pavilion in Sao Miguel, Azores
  • Construction and rehabilitation of 114 villas in Lajes affected by an earthquake, island of Pico, Azores

Multipurpose pavilion in Sao Miguel, Azores

David Cardoso

Marketing Manager


David has worked with John Gilsenan at Westgreen in London as a Marketing Manager. After an experience of three years in the UK, David returned to Portugal and is now focused on VerdeOeste’s marketing endeavours. David has more than ten years of experience in Marketing, most of them spent in the construction industry, having previously worked in a Lisbon-based consultancy company specialised in cost management for architecture and construction. At VerdeOeste, David oversees all marketing and communication, providing also strategical support to the partners. He is also responsible for assisting the partners with the continuous improvement of VerdeOeste’s service standards.

  • Communications degree, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Marketing masters, IADE (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • SME Management & Entrepreneurship, Upskills (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Digital Marketing, RED Academy (London, UK)
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