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Birmingham – Major Developments 2013

Tuesday, 30th April 2013 @ 1600hrs - 1900hrs

Council House, Birmingham, Victoria Square, B1 1BB

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Rob Groves; Senior Project Director; Argent

Rob Groves, Senior Project Director with Argent has over 25 years of planning, design and construction experience. Prior to joining Argent in 2007 he was an Equity Partner at a large multi-disciplinary consulting engineer practice. His experience includes mixed use residential, commercial, industrial schemes as well as major public sector infrastructure.

Rob has led schemes from feasibility through to planning, compulsory purchase, which includes expert witness work, detailed design and construction. Current Rob is responsible for Paradise Circus which is a joint venture with Birmingham City Council for a new development of up to 2 million sq/ft in the city centre.

Nathan Cornish; Director; Urban Splash

Nathan graduated from Reading University in 1996 and started his career working for Slough Estates plc. (1996-1998) and then Saville Gordon Estates plc. (1998-2001) working on a variety of development projects throughout the UK.

Tired of traditional corporate thinking, Nathan wanted a change. Because of its growing reputation for quality, and doing things differently, Nathan joined acclaimed property development group, Urban Splash in January 2002. Urban Splash is renowned for transforming old buildings rather than raising them to the ground and has created over 5,000 new jobs, 2,000 new homes and two million square feet of commercial space. The company, along with partners, continues to be active, despite the downturn, and has spent over £100m in regeneration projects across the country in the last 3 years.

Today, Nathan is Managing Director ‘Urban Splash’ Midlands and South West responsible for Urban Splash’s development operations. Notable projects to date include:

  • The Rotunda – conversion of the famous landmark into 234 apartments above Bullring Centre
  • Fort Dunlop – conversion of the iconic 500,000 sq ft old tyre factory into offices / retail
  • Royal William Yard, Plymouth – redevelopment of 450,000 sq ft of a grade 1 listed, historic dockyard
  • Chimney Pot Park, Salford – redevelopment of run down terraces in 349 upside down houses!

Nathan, relishes tackling varied and tricky projects especially if the market experts say can’t be delivered. Nathan is a Member of the RICS, loves architecture and is a keen fan of Nottingham Forest Football club and bungalows!

Waheed Naziz; Director of Planning & Regeneration; Birmingham City Council

Waheed Nazir is Director for Regeneration in Birmingham City Council.   Working in the largest local authority in Europe, he is responsible for the development planning, regeneration and employment support in the City.

He has been instrumental in shaping a new dynamic approach to transformational change across the city, promoting a city-wide approach to strategic development opportunities.  In particular Waheed is the lead for the Big City Plan, a spatial strategy for the City Centre, that will provide the strategic framework for delivering several key regeneration projects of national importance, culminating in over £14billon of private sector investment in the City Centre.

He also ensures that sufficient infrastructure, business and employment opportunities are available through the development and implementation of Area Action Plans for Aston, Newtown and Lozells, Bordesley Park and Longbridge as well as development frameworks for Ladyport, Perry Barr and other areas of major transformational change.

Prior to his appointment as Director, Waheed held the post of Assistant Director, and previously Chief Executive of the SRB6 North West Corridors of Regeneration Programme, the largest SRB programme in the country.

Waheed graduated from the University of Westminster with a first class honours degree in Urban Planning.

John Dodds; Regional Director, St Modwenteam_j_dodds

St. Modwen is the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and an expert in brownfield renewal. The Company operates across the full spectrum of the property industry from a network of seven offices, a residential business and through joint ventures with public sector and industry leading partners. John Dodds is Midlands regional director for St. Modwen. Of the company’s 5,800 acre developable land bank, around 1,500 acres is situated in the Midlands comprising over 30 development and regeneration projects, including a number of income producing managed estates providing an annual rent roll of over £17.5 million.

John, has been responsible for delivering projects from acquisition, master planning through development, leasing and sale of the investments across all sectors. He is responsible for the £1 billion mixed-use transformation of the former MG Rover Factory at Longbridge, the regeneration of former Goodyear plant in Wolverhampton into a £150m urban community and the £100 million redevelopment of the Long Marston Estate in Warwickshire into a leisure-led community comprising 500 homes.Prior to joining St. Modwen, John was the Hammerson Director responsible for the Bullring, Birmingham, taking it from initial site acquisition in 1996 through site assembly, CPO, Highway Closures pre-letting, marketing to placing the building contracts in 2000.


Birmingham – Major Developments 2013 | Details



Tuesday, 30th April 2013
1600hrs - 1900hrs


Council House, Birmingham
Victoria Square, B1 1BB + Google Map


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