Jewellery Quarter

SLC Property is advising a developer on a project taking place near the railway to navigate all the complexities and regulatory requirements that are required when building on or near the railway.

Background

The project involves a development of 395 apartments in a phased scheme in the Jewellery Quarter area of Birmingham. The scheme lies adjacent to the Jewellery Quarter railway station and provides a new access to the station. Issues have arisen regarding additional payments required by Network Rail and SLC Property has been engaged to provide advice.

Services provided

  • Valuation Advisory services for Shared Value negotiations.
  • Advising on Station Change and other regulatory requirements.
  • SLC Engineering has advised upon the impacts of altering the proposed scheme to help meet the rail industry’s requirements.

Key accomplishments to date

  • Understanding grounds of claim and how they match the evolution and creation of the scheme.
  • Developing a negotiating strategy which adequately explains the benefits of the development to the rail industry.
  • Utilising the expertise from the wider SLC group has meant we’ve been able to assist the developer in understanding other issues.
  • Advising the developer regarding the impacts of additional payments upon Development Appraisals.

Challenges

  • Many changes are currently taking place within the rail industry, which has meant we have had to continuously adapt our negotiation approach.

People involved on this project

Matthew Creedy MRTPI

Planning Manager

Matthew Creedy MRTPI

Planning Manager

Matthew is a Chartered Town Planner with a comprehensive history of managing multidisciplinary teams of consultants and in doing so securing planning permission for complex mixed-use schemes. He is a specialist in assembling applications and gaining consent for developments in designated areas. He has an extensive knowledge of local authorities and has experience of working with both county, district and unitary authorities. Matthew works extensively with SLC’s clients, sharing his expertise in advising and managing projects that require planning permission, listed building consent and other related consents. He is focused on ensuring the continued high-quality delivery of SLC’s Planning and Environmental Services to meet the demand of an increasing project portfolio. Matthew is currently engaged on various high-profile projects on behalf of SLC clients, with roles including planning and environmental research, advising on the scope of the planning applications, and supervising the contributions of environmental specialists.

Peter Eustance, MRICS

Senior Property and Development Surveyor

Peter Eustance, MRICS

Senior Property and Development Surveyor

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in Commercial, Property, Valuation, Infrastructure and Compensation and is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association. A considerable element of his background has been to value property with a view to then negotiate with a variety of stakeholders. At SLC Property, he is responsible for the acquisition of a number of sites for the Northumberland Line, which are to be used for stations and car parking. He is also agreeing temporary Land Requirements to enable line works by Network Rail and Ground Investigation Access Licences. He also provides property and valuation advice to other areas of SLC to facilitate development and additional services for property and stations.

Russell Mills MRICS

Head of Acquisition and Development

Russell Mills MRICS

Head of Acquisition and Development

Russell is the lead for our Land Assembly and Development Advisory services. He is an accomplished Chartered Surveyor with approaching 20 years’ experience, a large proportion of it within the rail industry. He is also a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association. Russell specialises in land assembly and infrastructure delivery and has played a key role on several major projects such as HS2, Midland Mainline Electrification and East Coast Mainline Power Supply Upgrade. He has a successful track record working within senior roles and has managed teams both when leading on large scale projects and in delivering diverse and complex caseloads. Russell is the land and property lead on the Northumberland Line project, the major third party led rail scheme. With a background in regeneration and development viability, Russell also advises local authorities and transport bodies on the redevelopment of property assets surrounding stations, where value can be reinvested to improve passenger facilities.

Rob Smart

Managing Director

Rob Smart

Managing Director

Rob is the Managing Director, of SLC Property and is an experienced director with a proven track record of managing complex capital plans and programmes for several large organisations both as a consultant and client-side.
Rob has previously held director positions at Turner & Townsend and Cambridge Assessment (part of the University of Cambridge). He has been the Managing Director of SLC Property since January 2021 and leads the team of property specialists, providing advice to clients including local authorities, developers, train operating companies and third-party investors.

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