Property entrepreneur Martin Skinner has died at the age of 42.
Skinner founded and ran London developer Inspired Asset Management and was a pioneer of micro apartment developments. Inspired was one of the largest firms undertaking office-to-residential conversions in the capital during the mid-2010s and converted five Croydon office buildings to micro-flats.
Skinner also acted as a adviser for a short time to The Collective, the UK’s largest co-living provider, and worked with the British Property Federation to interpret its published definitions for micro-living.
However, in August 2019 he was jailed for 22 weeks for careless driving after a high-speed crash that left a passenger in his car with serious injuries.
Months later his property firm collapsed into administration. Skinner said that the company had been badly hit by Brexit and government changes to the buy-to-let market.
Away from the business world, Skinner, who was named on Property Week’s ’40 under 40’ list in 2015, was involved in a number of charity events at conferences including Mipim.
Just four days ago, Skinner posted on social media that he was in Dubai “to get deals done”.