I’ve been to a marvellous party…

Soooo… The MOST amazing party last night to celebrate Sir Stuart Lipton’s 50 years in the industry. The MOST elegant affair in the National Gallery. The MOST glittering array of guests.  The MOST extraordinary up swell of good will and bonhomie. What a wonderful and uplifting occasion. And what a terrific idea. We just do […]

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The Daddy steels himself for the Tees Valley

Lord Heseltine (The Daddy) has published rather an upbeat report to support inward investment in the Tees Valley, following the closure of the steel plants last year.  It is seriously worth a read.  And those of you out there in the market who pride yourselves on being the early bird who catches the worm should […]

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A boost for the venerable GVA name

Like most of us in the industry, I am rather a fan of GVA (see blog 11 September 2014). And I am fervently hoping that this week’s announcement that private equity player EQT has acquired the venerable real estate firm will land well for the practice, with its serious regional network (850 fee earners in […]

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Pride in their alley – and a green inspiration

My hero may be Greg Clark. But Greg Clark himself has a new hero. Or should I say, a new heroine? Greg was speaking at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week. He likes the Chelsea Flower Show. And he loves the RHS, which has  supported him before (notably in his anti-garden-grabbing campaign of 2011).  […]

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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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