What is Sitematch?
Sitematch London is a property event which helps to create working relationships between public sector landowners and private sector developers and investors. Each participating London council (25 of which attended in 2016) is given a table, where senior officers of regeneration, economic development and planning can be found. They are joined by private sector developers for a series of 15-minute meetings, where discussions about possible future regeneration and development projects take place. Councils have 12 meetings and delegates have up to five, spread throughout the day. Once the meeting time is up, developers move onto the next council. It really is as simple as that.
Why should I attend?
If you’re a developer, no event is as beneficial as Sitematch. A rating of ‘excellent’ was given by 95% of our previous delegates. Executive director of regeneration and housing at Ealing Council, Pat Hayes, stated that Sitematch is a great opportunity for developers "to talk to the people in local authorities you need to talk to". He added: "You will often end up wasting valuable time talking to people lower in the organisation, who won’t give you the decision that you want. At Sitematch you get an immediate steer on whether a scheme is a good idea or a bad idea and how to take it forward. If you’re not at Sitematch you really are missing out."
The standout project from previous events is the new High Street Quarter project in Hounslow, a £210 million scheme to develop more than 500 new homes, as well as shops, restaurants and a cinema. "I think you can say this was our first big project to be promoted through Sitematch and resulted in us partnering with Barratt and Wilson Bowden," said director for regeneration, economic development and environment Brendon Walsh.
Sitematch has been sponsored by the likes of U+I, BNP Paribas and Willmott Dixon Knight Frank, which has sponsored the event for the last three years, and will do so again in 2017, stated that "by supporting the event, we have been able to facilitate and participate in conversations between the private and public sector that we find enlightening and of value. This is the sort of event that we are proud to be associated with."
Who can you meet?
David Harley, head of planning and regeneration (acting)
Chris Ashman, programme manager, regeneration and delivery
Gordon Cooper, project manager
Kevin Munnelly, head of town centre renewal
Jeremy Shapiro, head of community investment and regeneration
Stacia Baldock, partnership development officer
Amena Matin, head of development
Jo Miller, chief executive
Pat Hayes, executive director for regeneration and housing
Rupert Brandon, head of development and estate renewal
GLA - Housing Zone
Asiyah Ally, housing zones manager
Greater London Authority
Lauren Noble, development manager
HM Courts and Tribunals Service
Laura Birnbaum, property deputy director, property directorate
Natalie Broughton, strategic policy manager
Tobias Goevert, head of regeneration and design
Christopher Barter, economic development - programmes and projects manager
Marilyn Smith, head of development management
Geraldine Knipe, majors team manager
David Horkan, development manager
Neil Vokes, assistant director, housing regeneration
Jeff Endean, housing strategy manager
Paul McGarry, head of future Merton
Ministry of Justice
Andy Holdsworth, property director, prison estate transformation programme
NHS Property Services
Dan Hoston, senior transaction manager
James Bolt, principle planner
Opportunity South Essex
Gloria Ighodaro, director
Bruce Glockling, head of regeneration and design
Christopher Rhodes, head of asset management
Jonathan Martin, director, investment and delivery
Private sector attendees:
Ad Hoc Property Management
Tailored Living Solutions
Village Hotel Club
08.00am - Registration for breakfast guests opens
08.15am - Sponsors breakfast (invite only)
09.00am - Registration opens for all delegates
09.20am - Opening speech, Eleanor Kelly, chief executive, London Borough of Southwark
09.30am - Speech, Richard Upton, deputy chief executive, U+I
09.40am - Meeting one
10.00am - Meeting two
10.20am - Meeting three
10.40am - Meeting four
11.00am - Break
11.20am - Meeting five
11.40am - Meeting six
12.00pm - Meeting seven
12.20pm - Meeting eight
12.40pm - Lunch
14.00pm - Meeting nine
14.20pm - Meeting ten
14.40pm - Meeting eleven
15.00pm - Meeting twelve
15.20pm - Closing speech
How can I book?
To attend the event, contact Josie Brewer. The cost of attending is £799.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Paul Gussar.
The event is free for London's public sector landowners. If that is you, secure your place by contacting Jade Comben.
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"Sitematch gave us some excellent introductions to potential partners for the three big sites we own and we're bringing forward. I was particularly impressed with the level of PRS expertise we could pick up on through the day."
divisional director of planning, London Borough of Harrow
"It has been a great pleasure to see Sitematch evolve and it has become a real fixture on the development event calendar. Sitematch stands up against any event of this kind in the world."
executive director regeneration and housing, London Borough of Ealing
"The venue was superb and the speakers where excellent. Toby and his team at 3fox international helped me organise meetings and showed me around without any fuss. All I can say is that I thought the whole event was overwhelming at first with all the attendees, as I have never attended this type of event before. It’s like speed dating, but on a professional business level. It was a breath of fresh air to be able to talk straight and get to speak to the decision makes without having to jump through hoops."
managing director, Harper LUXE
"From a developer’s perspective the event was a fantastic opportunity to engage with Local Authorities from across London and the South-East. Bringing together such a large number of them in one place at the same time effectively condensed many months of hard work into just a few hours. I will definitely be attending the event next year and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to both private developers and local authorities."
development director, Strawberry Star Developments
"The market is extremely hot right now and competition is fierce. There are a few new entrants, for example registered providers. With huge cuts to their budgets from Whitehall they are under pressure to generate income from property, and we find ourselves bidding against them all the time. Sitematch is useful as we can meet the councils and find out in advance what opportunities they have."
land director, Barratt London