What is Sitematch?
Sitematch London is a property event which helps to create working relationships between public sector landowners and private sector developers and investors. Each participating London council (26 of which attended in 2017) is given a table, where senior officers of regeneration, economic development and planning can be found. They are joined by private sector developers for a series of 15-minute meetings, where discussions about possible future regeneration and development projects take place. Councils have 12 meetings and delegates have up to five, spread throughout the day. Once the meeting time is up, developers move onto the next council. It really is as simple as that.
Why should I attend?
If you’re a developer, no event is as beneficial as Sitematch. A rating of ‘excellent’ was given by 95% of our previous delegates. Executive director of regeneration and housing at Ealing Council, Pat Hayes, stated that Sitematch is a great opportunity for developers "to talk to the people in local authorities you need to talk to". He added: "You will often end up wasting valuable time talking to people lower in the organisation, who won’t give you the decision that you want. At Sitematch you get an immediate steer on whether a scheme is a good idea or a bad idea and how to take it forward. If you’re not at Sitematch you really are missing out."
The standout project from previous events is the new High Street Quarter project in Hounslow, a £210 million scheme to develop more than 500 new homes, as well as shops, restaurants and a cinema. "I think you can say this was our first big project to be promoted through Sitematch and resulted in us partnering with Barratt and Wilson Bowden," said director for regeneration, economic development and environment Brendon Walsh.
Sitematch has been sponsored by the likes of U+I, BNP Paribas and Willmott Dixon Knight Frank, who stated that "by supporting the event, we have been able to facilitate and participate in conversations between the private and public sector that we find enlightening and of value. This is the sort of event that we are proud to be associated with."
Mark James, development partnership manager
Giles Holloway, building survey
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Kate Dean, project director Basing View and Commercial
Huw Lewis, managing director, BexleyCo
Graham Ward Deputy Director for Services and Programmes
Kevin Munnelly, head of town centre renewal
Michael Watkins, interim real estate principal client
Cllr Paul Seeby, Cabinet Member for Housing, Environment and Community
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Chris Bolton, Programme Manager
Coastal West Sussex Partnership
Caroline Wood, director
Lise Sorensen, economic development officer
Susannah Wilks, Director
Opama Khan, inward investment
Pete Smith, head of development management
Lucy Taylor, director of regeneration and planning
Henry Kennedy-Skipton, head of regeneration
Jessie Lea, Head of Strategic Property Services
Mark Bradbury, Director Property and Economy
Essex County Council
Adam Thompson, senior development operations manager
Daniel Taylor, senior development operations manager
Justin Carr, Senior Manager Public Land
Kuheli Mookerjee, Senior Project Manager (Small Sites)
Gatwick Diamond Initiative
Rosemary French, executive director
Hampshire County Council
Philippa Lau Brown, Pipeline & Programme Manager
Andrew Palmer, Assistant Director – Housing & Built Environment
Jolly Choudhury, Business Development Officer
Perry Scott, Deputy Director Infrastructure, Procurement, Waste Services & ICT
Marilyn Smith, head of development management
Isle of Wight Council
Reniera O'Donnell, Assistant Director of Regeneration
Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Executive member for housing and development
Cllr Martin Klute, Chair: Planning Committee
Marc Cooper, Regeneration Officer
Mohammed Lais, Property Consultant
Douglas Collins, Senior Acquisitions Manager
Cllr Barry Answer, Portfolio Holder for Housing
Richard Hicks, director of regeneration
Paul McGarry, head of future Merton
Tara Butler, deputy Future Merton manager
Cllr Martin Whelton, Cabinet Member for Regeneration
Mid Sussex County
Mark Healey, regeneration and economy programme manager
Ministry of Justice
Laura Birnhaum, Property Deputy Director
Saira Ahmed, Head of Acquisitions and Disposals
Faith Brewer, Disposal and Acquisition Manager
NHS Property Services
Dan Hoston, senior transaction manager
James Bolt, principal planner
John Deady, area programme manager
Ellen Tilney, Economic Development Manager
One Public Estate
Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director Disposals
Portsmouth City Council
Tristan Samuels, Director of Regeneration
Sharon Strutt, strategic head of delivery
Susan Shaw, business and enterprise manager
Sevenoaks District Council
Cllr Roddy Hogarth, Portfolio Holder for Economy & Community Development
Slough Borough Council
Simon Hall, economic growth and enterprise manager
Tim Rignall, capital programme manager
John Farrer, Framework Manager, Orbis Procurement
Daniel Doris, Regeneration Project Manager - Major Schemes
Stephen Taylor, strategic lead - economic development
Transport for London
Graham Kauders, senior development manager
David Wakeford, senior property development manager
Jonathan Martin, director, investment and delivery
Will Teasdale, head of strategic regeneration
Dale Thomson, senior project manager
Setareh Neshati, head of development
2018 Private sector attendees:
Hadley Property Group
Mayfield Retirement Villages
Newlon Housing Trust
Wilkinson Construction Consultants
Registration opens for all delegates
Opening speeches, Toby Fox, managing director, 3Fox International; Ric Blakeway, chair, Bexley; Ian Sutcliffe, group managing director, Countryside PropertiesCo
How can I book?
Sitematch London is confirmed for the 7 February 2019. To attend the event, contact James Morales or Jake Westhead. The cost of attending is £899.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Paul Gussar.
The event is free for London's public sector landowners. If that is you, secure your place by contacting Natasha Pullan.
Topics for briefing sessions will be announced in due course.
09:45 - Public private partnerships: case study on the £1 billion joint venture between the London Borough of Havering and Wates
11.20 - The art of delivering growth, hosted by Inner Circle Consulting
14.00 - Urban futures: affordable living solutions for economic longevity, hosted by Knight Frank
"Sitematch gave us some excellent introductions to potential partners for the three big sites we own and we're bringing forward. I was particularly impressed with the level of PRS expertise we could pick up on through the day."
divisional director of planning, London Borough of Harrow
"It has been a great pleasure to see Sitematch evolve and it has become a real fixture on the development event calendar. Sitematch stands up against any event of this kind in the world."
executive director regeneration and housing, London Borough of Ealing
"The venue was superb and the speakers where excellent. Toby and his team at 3fox international helped me organise meetings and showed me around without any fuss. All I can say is that I thought the whole event was overwhelming at first with all the attendees, as I have never attended this type of event before. It’s like speed dating, but on a professional business level. It was a breath of fresh air to be able to talk straight and get to speak to the decision makes without having to jump through hoops."
managing director, Harper LUXE
"From a developer’s perspective the event was a fantastic opportunity to engage with Local Authorities from across London and the South-East. Bringing together such a large number of them in one place at the same time effectively condensed many months of hard work into just a few hours. I will definitely be attending the event next year and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to both private developers and local authorities."
development director, Strawberry Star Developments
"The market is extremely hot right now and competition is fierce. There are a few new entrants, for example registered providers. With huge cuts to their budgets from Whitehall they are under pressure to generate income from property, and we find ourselves bidding against them all the time. Sitematch is useful as we can meet the councils and find out in advance what opportunities they have."
land director, Barratt London