IMPERIAL College has appointed one of Britain’s most successful firms of planning consultants to advise it on the Wye Science Park.
Gerald Eve, a London-based company of chartered surveyors and property consultants, will advise Imperial on the value of its landholding in Wye and, working with architects SOM, handle any planning applications for the campus.
The company — which aims to ‘make as much money as possible from property’ on its clients’ behalf — is a specialist in handling difficult development proposals. Peter Dines, one of the firm’s partners and an expert in planning and development, is working on the Imperial account.
On the firm’s website, Mr Dines is said to have ‘specific experience of residential development land, planning application and development plan representations — both urban brownfield and greenfield sites’. He has previously worked on the Millennium Community regeneration plan in Hastings, extensive residential and leisure development in Merton, south London, and out-of-town retail and cinema developments for, among others, House of Fraser, Cineworld and Waitrose. He has acted as an expert witness in public local inquiries and the Land Tribunal.
The company has worked with Imperial College before. Last year it fought a successful campaign on behalf of Imperial for the demolition of Southside Hall — a grade II listed building in the Knightsbridge Special Conservation Area. The building, which was built in the 1960s, was demolished to make way for new halls of residence. It became the first ‘modern’ listed building to be demolished in Britain.
One of the Gerald Eve partners, Hugh Bullock, has worked with Imperial College before and is an expert on Planning Gain Supplement — the obligations that the Government proposes to place on developers to provide infrastucture, health and leisure facilities for communities at the centre of large-scale development.
Gerald Eve’s website is here