Sitematch reaches new heights

Developers, housebuilders and investors will meet with senior representatives from 33 London councils and public sector landowners at The Shard for Sitematch London on 2 April, in a series of pre-booked speed dating-style meetings.

In previous years the event has taken place in London’s Living Room at City Hall, with the endorsement of Boris Johnson, but Sitematch has expanded rapidly, necessitating a larger venue for the fourth London event.

Executives from Barratts, Wates and Jones Lang LaSalle, among others, will take part in meetings with 26 councils, including the London boroughs of Islington, Camden, Southwark and Ealing.

Other public sector landowners attending Sitematch include the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, NHS Property Services and the Ministry of Justice.

The event is free of charge to the public sector.

In advance of Sitematch, developers book their meetings with the public sector organisations they are the most keen to meet, up to a maximum of twelve meetings on the day.

Sitematch London has an advisory panel made up from BNP Paribas Real Estate, GVA, Knight Frank, Lambert Smith Hampton, RE and Willmott Dixon. A member of the panel will join each meeting to provide technical assistance on the sites that are being discussed.

Pat Hayes, executive director of regeneration and housing at Ealing Council, said:

“It’s important for Ealing to be involved in the fourth Sitematch London. Since the first event – which Ealing helped to establish – we’ve found that Sitematch works really well for us because high profile developers pre-book their meetings and therefore, are really keen to meet us and explore how they can contribute to the regeneration of our sites. It’s the beginning of the process but meetings at previous events have eventually resulted in deals for us.”

Simon Webster, managing director of real estate, Goodman Group, who attended a previous event, has said:

“What really impressed me was that in two hours I met senior representatives from five London boroughs. For someone trying to invest in London it’s often very difficult but here the councils want your attention and they are here to do business. You can meet the person who can help you get through the door to meet other people in the borough, which is invaluable and difficult to achieve with a cold call.”

James Leaver, head of public sector at Sitematch advisor Knight Frank, said:

“We are delighted to take part in Sitematch London for the first time this year. Sitematch has become an important date in the calendar for public authorities and developers in London. It is a novel way for authorities to introduce their disposal pipeline and to network with the development industry.”