Blackfriars May 2017 Meeting
My journey and how to find award winning deals – Kevin Edge
How did he get here, well, it’s a journey that’s taken almost 30 years!
Kevin started in construction in his teens, and about 20 years ago set up Civic Design + Build. The idea behind Civic was to offer the highest levels of workmanship, along with a bespoke approach that could encompass everything from architectural designs and planning applications through to interior design and specialist trades – as well as project management. Not every building firm really, truly listens to their clients’ aspirations and concerns, and certainly few have the kind of relationships with planning departments that he has built up. That combination of proper attention to the little details as well as the large, and a strategic insight into planning, has served Civic and its clients well.
Property development was always an avenue Kevin wanted to investigate, but he didn’t want to come to it prematurely. The time felt right a couple of years ago, but rather than leap in, he expanded on his project management studies by taking courses on finance, property development and land sourcing. He even had some mentoring with a well-known property entrepreneur. Making the investment in a really thorough understanding of every element of property development has given him a more strategic approach to development – without that he might not have the complete knowledge needed to deliver the developments to the standard that led to this award.
From product design entrepreneur to property disruptor – Stuart Scott
Over the last 10 years Stuart has built two successful product design businesses working with brands such as Porsche, Microsoft, GAP, Nike, Aardman, Tom Dixon and Penguin Random House.
After 7 years of side projects in high-end refurbishments he decided to exit his company and follow a dream to go full-time into property. His portfolio now covers HMO’s, single lets and commercial.
The HMO world is about to go through an evolution into a new type of product. Stuart spotted a gap in the market to innovate and raise the standard of shared living. He set up Co-Living Spaces to be at the forefront of this micro-living movement as we transition to flexible co-living and co-working.
In this seminar you will learn:
How the HMO market is changing
How to create a unique product on market
How to use bespoke design in your projects
How to achieve market leading rental
Stuart will demonstrate that it is possible to disrupt the market and create something unique no matter what the size of your project.