One thing we do know is how to build a team…
I think I must know every high street in the land after my time spent managing property portfolios for retailers like Next, Virgin and Arcadia. I’m a Chartered Surveyor but my experience in retail gave me a taste for development and regeneration
When you look around the country you can quickly see that there’s so much opportunity to make improvements to the built environment. If only the regulatory and planning approvals were less complex it might be quicker… but I think that reveals the real skill in development management: you have to be able to accommodate detours however good your roadmap for the scheme may be.
The degree of complexity in regulations and in planning now rival the challenges in land assembly, remediation, funding agreements and even securing tenants. I’m not sure that any aspect of development requires any less resilience or tenacity than another but that is the operating landscape we’re in today, and those are certainly qualities that we champion at TPS.
My recent projects include: £10M Lowestoft Gateway and £16m conversion of two office buildings in Enfield to create 67 apartments.
It’s more about loving what you’re doing than pursuing massive growth targets, for me—ironically that brings us more repeat business than anything.
I tend to save my drive for delivering ambitious projects. I get involved early on, often working as an extension to the client, bridging the gap between development management and project management. I think that ability to cross over from one discipline to another helps keep projects aligned to the core objectives.
I’m 100% focused on delivery and that influences every step, from creating clear project briefs, setting out a route map that everyone can be confident in and leading the project through the inevitable challenges along the way.
The approach works and we’ve a great reputation for unsticking difficult projects, for galvanising the team and achieving outcomes for clients. You can’t really ask for more from a role.
My recent projects include: £300m+ Lewisham Gateway Phases 1& 2, £300m Blackwall Yard, Tottenham Hale
To do your best, you have to get the best out of others—the relationships are the most important element in any project. More than the design or the concept or the plan, it’s how you work together to deliver the project that I believe is critical.
Underlying what we do there has to be resilience and creativity in the thought process. In any development we get a lot of problems to solve, whether through changes to the plan or the brief, that demand an ability to negotiate and identify compromises that will keep the project moving. All the while we have in mind the client’s objective and sometimes we have to piece things together to keep moving in what often turns out not to be a straight line.
I like the dynamism of how we work; we have to be flexible and light on our feet. We find ourselves drawn deep into our clients’ business, helping them find the best way to achieve their objectives. That gives us a big opportunity in every project to influence the result.
My recent projects include: £XXM A PROJECT
It’s not exactly common to run the business and work in it, but I think that’s why all of us are here. We’re very much in it to solve problems for clients from planning to contracting, and we want to see it through.
From a client perspective, knowing that the people you meet at the pitch will be doing the work instills confidence. I think we genuinely care about the projects we work on to the extent that we work hard to make sure that the construction design is right and that guys on site understand how it’s going to work. As project managers, we can’t use finance or contracts to influence the outcome, the only lever we have is personality—it’s a cultural issue really, encouraging everyone to want the project to be the best it can be. That has to come from us first.
I’m naturally inclined take every project personally and invest a lot into it every time—for better or worse. But I believe in that kind of commitment, which for me is about respect for the project and the client. Such things are the source of long term relationships. Well, you’re not going to get it from a golf day, are you…
My recent projects include the £58m Bishopstoke Park Retirement Village, a £35m new build residential development in Tottenham Hale for Argent and 115 new Residential Units in Hounslow for Addington Capital LLP.
I started as an Engineer but I found I was more interested in people than in structures, and in why more than how.
Curiosity is what drives me, I think, in interrogating the brief and in a desire to understand everyone’s outlook on a project. It’s a fundamental part of how we work and is very different to corporate companies. Instead of straight-line processes with little or no flexibility, we approach projects with a greater willingness to listen.
As a business we are also more agile by being independent. It makes us a good match for clients who want to do things differently. It’s a very fluid environment at the moment and there’s scope for alternative approaches to everything, from planning and design, procurement and construction. It’s wide open and there’s advantage to be gained by thinking unconventionally.
My recent projects include the £85m North Wharf Gardens Hotel and School, £10m Dundonald Church and Residential Development and the £10m Lowestoft Gateway Retail Park.
Kevin is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s and has over 20 years experience in the commercial property profession. Having worked for King Sturge / Jones Lang LaSalle, Wilson Bowden Developments and Aviva he has gained valuable experience and knowledge in development management, investment valuation, asset management, site finding and commercial agency.
These key skills enable Kevin to offer solid advice to clients on the viability of a development and to manage projects on their behalf to maximize value. He enjoys taking on and overcoming complex challenges when they are presented and delivering successful results.
His current projects include working as part of the TPS team tasked with delivering the next phases of two new major care villages in southern England for a key client.
Away from the office Kevin enjoys and active lifestyle and the ups and down of following the England and Derbyshire cricket teams and Derby County Football Club.
“ I am a qualified engineer, which is unusual for a project manager in property development. But we’re not exactly your everyday firm, as you’ve probably gathered.
I began my career as a Mechanical Engineer at ARUP, soon fronting teams for large scale development projects. Added to my education in engineering it added design management experience, which I progressed further at Buro Happold on Education and Infrastructure projects and then into project management at Buro Four on mixed-use developments, providing me with a wealth of experience and knowledge which inform my present projects.
The technical skills are an important foundation for the role; they give you a clearer understanding of the challenges that different parties in the project team face. But when it comes right down to it, project management is about people, about their individual leanings—it requires a facility for appreciating different motivations and being able to orientate everyone around the client’s objectives.
I much prefer to be a team player myself, we’re not a very hierarchical organisation and we see projects in a similar way. I’m just as happy to provide input to the project as to take care of its smooth running. As an engineer with a design background I’m better able to understand the impact of changes, and equally to be able to listen to the project team’s needs and help present those to the client.
My current projects include: £200m Lewisham Gateway Phase 2 mixed-use development, £50m Westgate, Dartford mixed use development and £1.5m 3 Henrietta Street, London Grade II Listed refurbishment project.
Tom graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a Masters Degree in Property Development and Planning. Tom has experience as a development manager working with Anchor, Hanover and Freshwater to deliver schemes across the retirement living, residential and commercial sectors.
Away from the office, Tom is a sports fanatic, playing both football and cricket in his spare time. He is also a keen music festival goer.
Simon is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Registered Valuer who has over 5 years’ experience in the commercial property profession. Simon has worked for Bromwich Hardy and Lambert Smith Hampton and has gained valuable experience and knowledge in valuation, commercial agency and landlord and tenant matters.
This experience has provided Simon with a wide variety of skills and a solid understanding of values in the property market. These skills enable him to advise clients on the viability of a development with an aim to add or enhance the value of their assets.
Away from the office Simon is a Director of a family run care home business and is an active gym goer and enjoys lifting weights and boxing in his spare time.
Liam has joined us here at TPS after graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2019, with an Honours degree in Real Estate. As an assistant development surveyor, Liam will be assisting the team in all aspects of development management and in particular will be responsible for appraising new land opportunities from a location, site analysis and financial perspective.
A student member of the RICS he will be embarking on his professional assessment to become a fully qualified Member of the RICS.
Outside work, Liam leads an active lifestyle whilst following Nottingham Forest Football Club and fulfilling his love of travelling – he recently travelled around Asia.
I’ve joined TPS as a Trainee Project Manager and am working towards an HND in Construction and the Built Environment at Leicester College on a part time basis which I will follow up with a degree in Building and Construction Management at Nottingham Trent University.
With over three and a half years’ experience within the accounting & finance sector, Lorretta is a soon to be AAT qualified accountant. Having previously worked as a management accountant in a practice specialising in monthly management accounts production for a range of businesses across the UK. Her clients ranged from small businesses to large companies with turnovers of over £2 million. She has also previously worked internationally within Europe.