Archive | November, 2011

Cardiff developer targets £20 top rents with boutique offices

Andy Giles is hoping to bring a bit of Mayfair to Cardiff. Think Park Lane in London but with a location of Park Place in Cardiff.  His agents Cooke and Arkwright and Savills say he, along with his business partner Richard Williams are delivering boutique suites to the Wales office market of the sort you […]

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EG’s Question Time Midlands: regeneration, enterprise zones and is Birmingham the most boring city in Europe?

The EG team is up in Birmingham today at the city’s Think Tank for our Question Time Midlands  Editor Damian Wild is chairing and joining him on the panel is:  Waheed Nazir, director of planning and regeneration at Birmingham council Bill Oliver, Chief Executive St Modwen Andrew Whelan, Santander regional director real esatte midlands Barry […]

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Guest post: Onus on developers to stop NI Assembly wrapping buildings in cotton wool

Angela Dunbar is an associate director in the Belfast office of planning and urban design consultancy Turley Associates.  adunbar@turleyassociates.co.uk The plight of heritage property in Northern Ireland  made headlines over recent months following a spate of suspected arson attacks on protected properties and deliberate damage from rogue developers.  So worried is the Northern Ireland government that its […]

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Hammerson talks about a cohesive “seismic” scheme in Croydon.

As promised earlier in the week here’s the podcast with Robin Dobson, director of UK retail development at Hammerson. In it Hammerson talk about Westfield, working with Whitgift and how Hammerson can set itself apart from the rest of it’s peer group by providing a town centre retail plan. The REIT said it would invest […]

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Guest post: Misleading claims over dangers of Wales business rate review

A few weeks ago Andrew Hetherton at GL Hearn wrote a guest post claiming the proposed Welsh business rates review could undermine development and growth. It has proved to be quite the hornet’s nest. Cardiff and Co, the city’s marketing company, strongly disagree. Managing director Richard Thomas, says the claims are misleading. Here’s what he thinks: […]

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Pics: City West Edinburgh, spec development starts

Speculative developments are few and far between these days, so it’s always nice to see when someone puts their neck on the line and actually starts building. This is C&W Assets, the development arm of  J Smart & Co, City West in Edinburgh. Work has just started on site for the 25,000 sq ft, five-storey […]

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Next development hotspots in the UK revealed

Want to know where to develop for a return in the next couple of years? Or get a guaranteed end date for the recession? Wouldn’t we all? Well, Lambert Smith Hampton think it has the answer and it says, now is the time to build (£). Grade A stock is thin on the ground and getting […]

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Today’s top regional EGi stories (£)

Here are today’s top regional stories from EGi. Subscribers can read the full story by clicking on the headline. A selection of stories are free or you can sign up for a free trial. Muse’s Blackpool regeneration set for approval Planning officers in Blackpool have recommended approval of the first phase of Muse Developments’ £220m Central […]

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Hopes for Hammerson after Westfield wades into Whitgift, Croydon?

Should we be feeling slightly sorry for Hammerson? Yesterday’s Develop Croydon conference was all about Westfield. London mayor Boris Johnson bounded on stage to tell everyone he was “delighted” that Westfield had chosen Croydon to build their third London mega mall.  Westfield’s John Burton was helicoptered in to a prime slot in the conference at the […]

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Listen: Croydon mulls land acquisition fund to tackle mountain of redundant office stock

About a third of Croydon’s office stock is old and redundant. That’s a quite a lot.  Jon Rouse, the council’s well respected chief executive, reckons that anywhere between 20% and a third of the town’s offices need to be razed or refurbished.  The council now has the unenviable task of trying to tackle this. Maybe […]

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