Meet the developer: Nikki Bewsey, Guildmore
Wed 29th November 2017, 2:34 pm
One of the leading UK construction companies, Guildmore is a family owned business with interests spanning the care sector, property development and investment. What brings it to Sitematch 2018?
Why are you taking part in Sitematch 2018?
Guildmore have an ambitious growth strategy for the next five years, focusing on a combination of main contracting, land led opportunities and joint ventures. We are taking part in Sitematch 2018 to expand our pipeline of potential development projects and joint venture opportunities with local Councils and Housing Associations.
How do you think your participation in Sitematch London will benefit Guildmore?
We hope that Sitematch London will provide visibility as to future opportunities in our areas of interest and align with our growth targets, while also raising our industry profile and connecting with potential project partners.
On what projects is Guildmore currently working in Britain?
We have been selected as development partner by Lewisham Council to restore the Grade II listed Ladywell Playtower, turning it into a three-screen, 220-seat boutique cinema with events foyer and cafe, separate restaurant, and accompanying residential development.
In housing, we are working with Metropolitan Housing Trust to deliver 27 apartments at Rye Green in Peckham and 104 apartments at Barrington Road, Brixton.
Our private developments include building 10 apartments on the site of a former pub, The Cricketers in Mitcham and six mews houses at George Lane in Lewisham.
What are you looking to discuss with the local authorities at Sitematch?
We would like to explore the future pipeline of land disposals, joint ventures and contracting opportunities, the processes and timeframes by which they will be procured, and to understand what they are seeking in a private sector partner.
What are some of the qualities that make a local authority attractive to work with?
The local authorities possess an attractive asset base with enormous potential to realise value by taking a collaborative approach.
Working with local authorities who understand the needs and drivers of their local communities and who can provide an early opportunity for discussion with statutory consultees, allows the formation of development proposals which are tailored to these needs and which stand a better chance of a successful planning outcome.