Working with partners
In addition to activities undertaken in joint ventures, the Property Development team is very experienced in working with other partners from both the public and private sectors in the delivery of exemplar waterside development schemes, often either leading or assisting in the regeneration of entire areas.
Some of our sites, particularly those with listed buildings, which have become disused and/or are no longer suitable for their original purpose require innovative solutions to bring about their repair and reuse. In such instances a partnership approach is often essential, involving both local stakeholders and funders to attain the desired result.
The Sowerby Bridge project involved two such buildings which, because of their condition, were not attractive to developers because it was not commercially viable to restore them.
At this site, which is owned by the Canal & River Trust, success was achieved by partnership working between the Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire Forward, English Partnership, Regeneration through Heritage, Calderdale Council and existing tenants. This was a very lengthy but ultimately rewarding partnership which assembled the required cocktail of funding, project management skills and local stakeholder involvement culminating in the successful restoration of the two buildings and their subsequent occupation by local businesses.
Kings Cross, London
Kings Cross, London is a major strategic transport interchange and a major growth area. The completed mixed use development, covering 27 hectares, will include commercial, residential and educational uses as well as 10 new areas of public realm and the restoration of 20 historic buildings and structures. The canal, which runs through the heart of the development site, will also benefit from improvements which will include new and refurbished moorings, new towpath furniture, tree planting and lighting.