Regeneration projects are one of our key areas of focus. We have a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers who specialise in regeneration projects. This includes lawyers specialising in competition, construction, corporate vehicles, finance, planning, projects, public law and procurement, real estate and tax.
Our team is exceptionally well resourced and has been involved in some of the country's most high profile regeneration projects to date. As a result of their continual involvement in projects of this nature, we have specialist expertise in the areas of PFI/PPP, state aid and grant schemes, procurement issues, CPO, outsourcing, housing and mixed use schemes across the full range of disciplines. We are independently recognised by the legal directories as the go-to firm for major urban regeneration and mixed use schemes.
The extensive experience we have of advising on innovative structures means we ensure delivery of successful regeneration schemes. We advise on many complex regeneration joint ventures and have been involved in some of the most innovative public/private partnerships of the last decade. We have a dedicated specialist cross practice team both in housing and in structural partnerships between the public and private sectors.
Our in-depth understanding of regulatory and accounting frameworks, under which public bodies must operate, enable us to offer our clients market leading advice at the cutting edge of developments. This is particularly key at a time when many projects are facing viability issues.
Clients we work with in this sector include Liverpool City Council, Grosvenor Limited, Great Portland Estates, Homes and Communities Agency, Olympic Delivery Authority, Bath and North Somerset Council, Crawley Borough Council and Bracknell Forest Borough Council.
Once completed, the 12.8 acre redeveloped Chelsea Barracks site will have up to 448 homes, five acres of gardens, a public sports centre, shops and a children’s playground. We have been advising in relation to all design and construction aspects of this high profile and politically sensitive £3 billion scheme, including developing a flexible procurement strategy for multi-phased development of residential accommodation together with associated infrastructure and public realm aspects. We have also advised them on their master planner and other professional team appointments.
Acted for the Homes and Communities Agency on its 10,800 home development on 150 acres fronting the River Thames, one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects.
Advising Bracknell Forest Town Council on its major town centre regeneration which includes retail, restaurant and bars, leisure, housing, a new town hall, and library, a food superstore, significant public realm, a new bus station, police station and magistrates court as well as ancillary uses and extensive highways works.
The mixed-use development of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank for Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar is one of the largest developments in London. It will comprise up to 798 homes, 76,000 m sq. of office floor space including a new headquarters building for Shell, up to 6,000 m sq. of retail floor space and up to 2,500 m sq. of community leisure space as well as associated basement, plant and infrastructure. We have advised the Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar joint venture on the planning, forward funding agreements and provided strategic construction procurement advice including developing template professional appointments and trade contracts for multiple phases of development.
Potentially a 15 year project, the University of Cambridge's 120 hectare major development project will comprise a million sq ft of research and development space, 3,000 residential units (1,500 of which are to be for key worker), student accommodation, retail uses and community facilities. We have been advising on planning, construction and real estate aspects of project.
Advised in relation to all aspects of the high profile project for the regeneration of the 200 acre Greenwich Peninsula site, including the CPO for the land assembly, sale of the Millennium Dome, the PPP with Meridian Delta, interface arrangements with LUL, estate management and utilities. Subsequently advised on the acquisition of Lend Lease’s interests in the Greenwich Peninsula joint venture and the establishment of a new joint venture with Knight Dragon.
Advising King's Cross Central Limited Partnership and Argent in connection with the £2 billion development of King's Cross, including the development of the new Google office building. King's Cross is one of the largest urban regeneration areas in Europe and includes 50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes, 20 new streets, 10 new public squares, a district heating system and over 67 acres for 45,000 people who live, work and study in the area.