Property Interviews

Interviews with leading figures from commercial property and residential property.

Andrew Percival UPP

A man on the UPP: Andrew Percival interview

Andrew Percival has every right to feel nervous. It is his first major interview since being appointed managing director of UPP Projects last July and he now leads a company that has been responsible for the development of a portfolio of 36,500 student accommodation rooms, not to mention a further £1bn of projects in the development pipeline.

Redrock Stockport leisure complex

A northern soul: Eamonn Boylan interview

In 1979, Eamonn Boylan came to Manchester to study English and American literature. And but for a brief sojourn across the Pennines, Cumbria-born Boylan has stayed in the city that has become his spiritual home ever since.

Tim Rodber (left) and Matt Dawson

Instant results: Tim Rodber and Matt Dawson interview

The word ‘disruptor’ characterised the whole playing career of former England rugby international back row Tim Rodber.


Irvine Sellar interview: My battle to create The Shard

Irvine Sellar talked to Property Week in 2012 about his epic battle to create a global landmark for London.

Ian Worboys

The battle of Britain: Ian Worboys interview

Ian Worboys is indulging in a bit of well-deserved dolphin spotting. The chief executive of P3 Logistic Parks is speaking to Property Week from a boat off the coast of the Maldives, days after his company was acquired by GIC from TPG and Ivanhoé Cambridge in one of the biggest real estate deals of 2016.

Howard Phillips

Flying high: Howard Phillips interview

It isn’t often that a chief executive of seven years’ standing - and one, moreover, who has worked for their company for 25 years - decides to jack it in and start again. But that is exactly what Howard Phillips did four-and-a-half years ago when he quit retirement living housebuilder McCarthy & Stone to set up a rival.

Killian Hurley

At the peak of his powers: Killian Hurley interview

In 2013, Killian Hurley, co-founder and chief executive of London developer Mount Anvil, stated that his ambition was to build an average of 500 homes a year. Any more than that and he would worry about losing control.

Rob Shepherd

Shepherd's watch: Rob Shepherd interview

Rob Shepherd may not look as though he deals daily with the likes of Mad Max, but ‘road warriors’ are precisely the demographic the development director for Europe at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) says it caters for at its Holiday Inn chain - with a good deal of success, it seems.

Gary Yardley

Court in the spotlight: Gary Yardley interview

It is fair to say the redevelopment of Earls Court has encountered its fair share of challenges over its decade-long gestation, from concerns over the number of foreign investors buying London’s newest housing stocks to Deutsche Bank issuing a special note last year warning that it would be affected particularly badly by the Brexit vote.

Matthew Crichton-Brown and Mark Allnutt

American apparel: Greystar interview

To some, it is the private rented sector (PRS). To others, it’s the professional rented or build-to-rent sector. With the arrival of US giant Greystar in the market, another moniker is rapidly gaining traction: multi-family housing.

Five minutes with...

Dan Davies

Five minutes with: Dan Davies of Metis Real Estate Advisors

Metis Real Estate Advisors’ director of leisure on lateness, DIY and the joy of a crisp sandwich.

Ed Cooke

Five minutes with: Ed Cooke of Revo

Revo’s chief executive on crazy French waiters, passion for retail and the impact of technology.

Alex Verbeek

Five minutes with: Alex Verbeek of IDI Gazeley

IDI Gazeley’s senior vice-president on Richard Branson, the impact of ecommerce and dog walks.

Ben Wiley

Five minutes with: Ben Wiley of Strutt & Parker

Strutt & Parker’s head of industrial agency on inflatables, young Wasps and the need for speed.

Julia Wilkinson

Five minutes with: Julia Wilkinson of Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury’s restaurant strategy executive on Kingly Court, cupcakes and the night of 300 gins.

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With Crosslane, Amiri Capital & UPP all involved in major student accommodation deals this week, is the sector set to eclipse its record £5.7bn-worth of annual deals in 2017?