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Who's at MIPIM 2016? Developer Trevor Silver of Landid

Trevor Silver of Landid

Landid’s managing director Trevor Silver on why he targets transport hubs for his company’s growing portfolio of office-led developmets

Where are you based?
We work out of our central London office near Carnaby Street in Soho.

What is your current focus and what projects are you working on now?
In 2013 we entered into a joint venture (JV) partnership with Brockton Capital. This JV has become the market leader in speculative office developments in the Western Corridor, with 55,000m² of speculative development portfolio.

Our core mission is to create great, contemporary, sustainable, well-connected workspaces in order to help our customers improve their businesses – this includes staff attraction and retention, productivity, wellness. Our current developments, from Hammersmith to Reading, offer a genuine alternative to central London-based occupiers that are sick of paying high rent prices for poor quality workspaces. They also fill a gap for indigenous Western Corridor occupiers. There really haven’t been strong offerings for the strong talent pool in this region, so we’re seeking to provide a genuine benefit to their environment, experience and budget.

We have three ongoing projects along the Western Corridor: Thames Tower in Reading; The Charter Building in Uxbridge and work has just started on our latest project, The Porter Building in central Slough. We have also recently completed the refurbishment of One Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith.

How high on your agenda is design – and do you think the people who use your buildings are becoming increasingly more design savvy?
Very high. It’s not rocket science, but we’ve found that good design is essential when it comes to creating workspaces that appeal to discerning, forward-thinking occupiers. What many people haven’t caught on to yet is that this doesn’t just apply to creative and digital companies. Businesses in banking, legal and professional services, accounting and so on are looking for modern spaces that you would traditionally associate with the creative industries.

Millennials are a discerning generation in many regards, and they’re making up more and more of the decision-makers in our current workforce. Shrewdness regarding what they want in where they work is just one of many ways their different for the previous generation.

We set design high on our agenda as a way address this shift. Our developments are genuinely pleasant places to be. They focus on sustainability and wellness - for instance our Porter Building in Slough is investigating the creation of a ‘green lung’ central atrium - and they reflect the growing collaboration of work and life with building amenities focused on the individual. And, it’s important to remember that these aren’t just aesthetic features, they are cost effective workplace benefits – utility overhead is lower with green technology and concierge services can streamline administrative tasks.

You have previously targeted proposals around transport nodes.How do you intend to capitalise on this?
Connectivity is key. The property markets in Crossrail towns like in Slough and Reading are getting the benefits of central London, but with lower costs and easier journeys.

Really, we think of Crossrail like the tube – uncomplicated transport that allows people to move quickly and easily… but on this line it’s from city to city. With our investor partners Brockton Capital, we will continue to think ahead to areas where occupiers will want to take advantage of this new connectivity – Whitechapel is on our hit list.

How do you go about finding and selecting your architects?
We have strong relationships with the architects in our current design portfolio [like dn-a architects]. We’ve known them for years and we trust that our visions are aligned. However, we are always happy to meet new architects that understand our development ethos and could help us expand our portfolio of next generation workspaces.

Do you ever run design competitions?
We have not in the past, but it’s not something we’d rule out…

What forthcoming projects/opportunities are in the pipeline?
We have three ongoing projects along the Western Corridor: Thames Tower in Reading; The Charter Building in Uxbridge and work has just started on our latest project, The Porter Building in central Slough. We have also recently completed the refurbishment of One Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith.

The future of the office sector is very bright indeed, both for developers and occupiers. Today’s modern workforce will no longer accept a dingy, poorly lit and cold office space. Instead, they rightly demand stimulating spaces that increase wellness, productivity and overall happiness.

What do you want from an architect?
Flair, creativity, attention to detail and willingness to work as part of a team are essential attributes for any architect.

What don’t you want?
Dogma – we want architects who will work with us and listen to our plans and ambitions. The last thing anyone wants is to be preached at.

What is your favourite building of the last ten years?
Angel Building by Derwent and AHMM – a game changer.

Which of your own schemes are you most proud?
One Valpy Street in Reading was a real achievement for the Landid and Brockton partnership. The building was a tired and outdated office when we took it over, and we were able to refurbish and reposition it into an award-winning office space that is genuinely loved by its tenants.

What would you like to be known for?
Liking new ideas; tough but fair.

Landid

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One Valpy Street in Reading by Landid

 

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