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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 I meet?

Councils:

Barking & Dagenham

David Harley, head of planning and regeneration (acting)

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Sarah Steele, marketing manager - inward investment

Bexley

Chris Ashman, programme manager, regeneration and delivery

Brent

Gordon Cooper, project manager

Bromley

Kevin Munnelly, head of town centre renewal

Camden

Jeremy Shapiro, head of community investment and regeneration

Crawley

Stacia Baldock, partnership development officer
Clem Smith, head of economic and environmental services
Lise Sorensen, economic development officer

Croydon

Amena Matin, head of development

Doncaster

Jo Miller, chief executive

Ealing

Pat Hayes, executive director for regeneration and housing

Enfield

Rupert Brandon, head of development and estate renewal

GLA - Homes for Londoners

Lauren Noble, senior development manager

GLA - Housing Zone

Asiyah Ally, housing zones manager

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Laura Birnbaum, property deputy director, property directorate

Hackney

Natalie Broughton, strategic policy manager

Harrow

Tobias Goevert, head of regeneration and design

Havering

Christopher Barter, economic development - programmes and projects manager

Hounslow

Marilyn Smith, head of development management

Islington

Geraldine Knipe, majors team manager

Kingston

David Horkan, development manager

Lambeth

Neil Vokes, assistant director, housing regeneration

Lewisham

Jeff Endean, housing strategy manager

Merton

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

Newham

James Bolt, principle planner

Opportunity South Essex

Gloria Ighodaro, growth partnership director

Southwark

Bruce Glockling, head of regeneration and design

Sutton

Christopher Rhodes, head of asset management

Waltham Forest

Jonathan Martin, director, investment and delivery

Private sector attendees:

Ad Hoc Property Management

Airey Miller

Ardmore Construction

Barratt London

Bellway Homes

Bioregional

Bulger Developments

Dandi Living

Durkan

Ebury Holdings

Galliard Homes

Genesis

Greystar

Henley Homes

Mount Anvil

Mulalley

Orbis Project

Rockwool

Rydon Construction

Safestore

Shurguard

Tailored Living Solutions

Telford Homes

The Collective

Thorncliffe

Village Hotel Club

Timetable

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. Networking passes are available at £499.

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.

Workshops

09.45-10.15am - Financing your residential development - Urban Exposure

10.25-10.55am - Investment and Development Opportunities in Doncaster - Doncaster Council

11.25-11.55am - Don't be CIL-ly or it will cost you - Montagu Evans

12.05-12.35pm - South Essex: THE place to invest - Opportunity South Essex

2.05-2.35pm - Greater London Authority (GLA) Housing Zones Loan Finance - GLA Housing Zone

2.45-3.15pm - Density intensification, the Suburbs and offsite manufacture: A major opportunity for housing delivery - HTA Design

Testimonials

"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."

Paul Nichols
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."

Pat Hayes
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."

Oliver Harper
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."

Kenny Oke
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."

Simon Guest
land director, Barratt London