CABE’s busy BEES offer a great blueprint

The Design Council has written to me this morning (and presumably to another several hundred of its closest friends) to tell me it has entered “an exciting phase”. Well, how marvellous is that? The round-robin goes on to outline that: “Trustees have agreed a new strategy and a suite of services focused on addressing issues […]

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Remembering Bryan Thomas

Me and ’imself attended a memorial service yesterday for Bryan Thomas, who sadly died last week after a long illness. It was only fitting. For those of you who didn’t know Bryan (although most of us of a certain age did) he was head-hunter-supremo to the property industry, back in the day. It was he […]

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It’s taken a while – but Ebbsfleet is on its way

I have written before of my – ahem – character building sojourn as the chief executive of Kent Thameside, a “local delivery board” in the Thames Gateway in the early noughties.  I started there in late 2003, under the chairmanship of the sainted Sandy Bruce Lockhart (proof positive that every cloud has a silver lining), […]

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Inspiring Urbanistas mark another milestone

I am the biggest ever fan of the Urbanistas (see also blog 8 June 2015), a veritable army of young (well, mostly young, they do let old gimmers like me in as well) women involved in urban regeneration, hell bent on sharing best practice and feminising the industry. They are energetic. And they are passionate. […]

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The high street’s future is a constant concern

Sigh.  The recent news regarding British Homes Stores and Austin Reed has sure got us all going again.  I may be a bit bored and jaundiced with it all, but there is no question that one debate in urban regeneration that will never ever go away is that of the future of the UK’s high […]

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A new motor for housing construction?

Forgive my absence. I was away last week, rummaging around the Community Land Trust agenda, mainly on the west coast of Scotland. Blimey, it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. A proper blast of exposure to some of the most beautiful scenery on this earth? Well, that never did anyone any harm. And the food was simply […]

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A fine and moving tribute to Sir Simon

As you can see from this photo of moi with The Pidge and the esteemed sculptor, Philip Jackson, I attended the unveiling of the statue of Sir Simon Milton at One Tower Bridge yesterday (see blog also 23 April 2010 and 15 April 2011). And I am so very glad I did!   You will see […]

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Gateway to opportunity – so get in early

The second leg of Brandon Lewis’s exhausting MIPIM whirl last Thursday (see Tuesday’s blog) was to launch the prospectus of the Northern Gateway Development Zone opportunities to investors and developers. The Northern Gateway is an extraordinary partnership to promote the investment potential arising from HS2 infrastructure throughout Cheshire and Warrington, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, on the […]

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The tyranny of Microsoft, the joys of MIPIM

Apologies for my radio silence for this past couple of weeks. This was due partly to the amount of work necessary in the run-up to MIPIM (followed by MIPIM itself of course) but mostly due to the fact that Microsoft saw fit to visit Windows 10 upon my home computer from which I write my […]

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A sure sign of regeneration in E17

It was very good to see that the neon 1950s lights on the Art Deco gateway to the old Walthamstow greyhound stadium site have been switched on for the first time in eight years. This is a rather compelling story about local sign maker Andy Cook who was commissioned to restore this iconic (apologies for […]

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