Who are the bright new faces in the property market bringing commissions and fees to architectland? According to the Observer, four stand out: Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash; Harry Handelsman of Manhattan Lofts; architectdeveloper Roger Zogolovitch; and Roger Madelin of Argent.They are light years away from what the paper categorises as old-style developers, with their tables at Claridge's and parties at Harry's Bar.These guys all went bust in the early '90s, with only the most tenancious making a comeback - for example Paul Reichmann and Irvine Sellar.
Some of these details are not completely right (Irvine likes the Dorchester), but no doubt there is a generational difference.Will the new gang be more successful than the old? Tom B likes a taxpayer subsidy, Harry gets all upset if somebody builds a tower next to one of his, for Roger Z if it doesn't have an interesting section it's a non-starter.
Roger Madelin looks most like an old-style big developer - except that he rides a bike and will happily spend huge amounts of his time talking to amenity and other minority groups, instead of getting lawyers to do it.