Last week Profile held an event hosted by Collyers Bristow on the “re-make, re-model – re-purposing of buildings to meet the needs of a changing market“. The lunch seminar was full with over 50 guests from many different sectors of the property market. There were the following four speakers on the panel:
Tim Burgess from Cove Burgess spoke first showing his impressive slides on re-modelling buildings giving us examples of his recent projects – Harbour Exchange in the Docklands and also Kingsmead Business Park – taking an under-utlised roundabout in a car park and transforming into an eye-catching cafe.
Claire Palmer-Smith from Graphicks spoke next giving us another fantastic slide presentation on re-purposing old buildings, such as the old school building ‘Starcross Yard’, and changing its identity to fit in with the client’s needs and aspirations.
Richard Bourne from Martin’s Property gave a fascinating presentation on the history of his company and how they re-developed up and coming areas of London such as Islington “The Old Sorting House” and The Kings Road – bringing life to retain its character. Projects included re-developing “Henry J Beans” and “The Ivy Chelsea Garden”. He also spoke about the mix of use in challenging buildings giving an example of putting medical space in basements.
Mark Phillipson from Colliers International spoke last about his perception of the retail market and the state of the High Street with an opinion that there is 30% too many physical retail shops across the country which are technically redundant – some need to be re-positioned. He also outlined the current challenging market conditions. There were questions whether this was just in the South.
Afterwards, Duncan Lamb led a Q&A session followed by a delicious lunch & wine served by our generous hosts Collyer Bristow.
Thanks again to our hosts, Collyer Bristow, and to all our speakers. We had some great feedback about how interesting and informative the seminar was and also how there was such a buzz in the room.