Leading names in property have been reacting to the death of industry legend Irvine Sellar.

He passed away yesterday after a short illness and was self-made and from East End of London, moving into property having run his father’s glove shop, created retail chain Mates by Irvine Sellar before creating The Shard and the Paddington Cube.

His friend John Slade, BNP Paribas Real Estate UK CEO, said: “Irvine Sellar was the nicest and most unreasonable man I have ever met. I’m terribly saddened and will miss him enormously - as I’m sure the whole industry will.”

Charles Begley, executive director of the City & Westminster Property Associations, added his condolences and delivered the following statement on behalf of the CWPA: “Irvine Sellar was a giant in property whose boundless energy, vision and sheer determination ensured the Shard succeeded against all odds. He leaves a lasting legacy which has expanded the reach of central London into Southwark and helped transform our city.”

There was also widespread response on social media, where you can tweet @propertyweek with your reflections as well: