Regenerating & Investing in the South West
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Residential Development Director, South
Duncan joined Muse Developments in June 2009 as Residential Development Director. He brings a wealth of residential experience to the company and is advising on new and existing schemes across the Muse portfolio as well as running the day to day development management of the English Cities Fund schemes at Canning Town and Plymouth and is a Director of the Joint Venture vehicles that are developing out Wapping Wharf in Bristol. To date, Duncan has overseen delivery of over 1,200 homes alongside all the commercial and community uses on these important schemes.
Previously development director at Crest Nicholson, Duncan led a development team ultimately responsible for the identification and acquisition of opportunities through the submission of planning applications to delivery of planning consents and handover to the construction team.
The team increased acquisition targets from 230 units in 2003 to 520 units in 2007. The portfolio was a mix of brown and green field land and ranged from the CABE gold standard award winning 1,300 unit Ingress Park scheme near Dartford, Kent to four large detached houses in Coulsden, South London.
Other projects include successfully leading a Crest Nicholson project team in a design competition set up by English Partnerships on their Sixty K House project. This resulted in one of the country’s first applications of off-site manufactured SIPs panels in an EcoHomes ‘Excellent’ scheme. He also helped set up, and held a directorship of, a joint venture company between Crest Nicholson and Bioregional Quintain to develop a trailblazing scheme in central Brighton to promote sustainable good practice and with ambitions to be one of the UK’s first truly Carbon Neutral schemes. Duncan led large consultant teams from project inception and throughout the development process.
Stuart heads up Umberslade, a leading, family-owned property development, management and investment business, which has overall responsibility for Bristol’s Wapping Wharf regeneration project. One of the most significant developments in the city, Wapping Wharf is a harbourside community featuring high quality homes, as well as independent restaurants, cafes and shops. Already known as Bristol’s new foodie quarter, Wapping Wharf has created a new connection between south Bristol and the city centre via Gaol Ferry Steps, and, when complete, will include over 600 apartments. Founded over 20 years ago, Umberslade has a track record of supporting the independent retail sector and many years of combined knowledge across the residential, industrial, retail and commercial sectors. The firm plans to retain a long-term interest in Wapping Wharf.
Assistant Director Inward Investment and Growth
Sedgemoor District Council
As the Chief Planning Officer and Assistant Director for Inward Investment and Growth at Sedgemoor District Council, Claire is responsible for major projects, economic development, planning strategy, infrastructure and development management. With a reputation for positive planning, investors enjoy a collaborative working model under Claire’s leadership.
Current priorities are ensuring Sedgemoor remains at the forefront of planning reform, maintaining the highest performance nationally, whilst continuing to deliver new jobs, homes and infrastructure. The role involves Hinkley Point C (HPC), taking an overview of implementation and compliance; ensuring a positive legacy consistent with the Council’s vision and long-term ambitions to transform ‘place’, and inspire communities.
Building on capacity and capability generated through HPC, the mobilisation of the Enterprise Zone within the M5 corridor (J.23) will be a key strategic opportunity to showcase the delivery of the Government’s Industrial Strategy - specifically energy enabled clean growth, creating a unique UK proposition for foreign direct investment at the centre of the South West.
Claire previously worked for Somerset County Council and prior to that in a number of private and public sector roles across the South East, which involved strategic planning, economic development, large scale mixed use schemes and major transport infrastructure projects.
UK Head of Development
AXA Real Estate
Harry is the UK Head of Development at AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets. Over the last 8 years, AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets have overseen over 1.5m sqft of mixed use commercial development in the UK, winning several industry awards including the ULI global award for excellence. AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets has a current UK development pipeline in excess of 2m sqft focused on workplace and mixed use environments, which includes the Assembly Bristol scheme in Bristol City Centre.
Burges Salmon (CHAIR)
Liz specialises in development, in particular infrastructure and energy and major redevelopment projects. Her practice areas include advising on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), planning obligations and infrastructure agreements, planning appeals and judicial review, including appearing as a planning inquiry advocate. Recent projects in the region include acting for YTL on the development of the Filton Airfield site, Engine Shed 2 and Temple Square for Skanska, the University of Bristol’s new campus in Temple Quarter and Redcliff Quarter. She also advised Bristol City Council and Wessex Water on their renewables developments in Avonmouth.
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