Nathan Wilkinson is a Director at Brewster Bye, an award winning architecture practice in Headingley, Leeds.
1. What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire?
The prospects for Yorkshire are very positive and we are seeing increased activity across all sectors in our own business and the work of our partners. After a difficult period there is much greater confidence and sense of stability to the market.
2. What is your favourite building in the region and why?
Yorkshire has a lot of fantastic buildings including the Hepworth Gallery and Broadcasting Place but, my favourite building is the Fountains Abbey visitors centre by Edward Cullinan Architects. I think it is a brave and contemporary building for a sensitive historic site and I love the dry stone walls, sweeping roofs and cloister. What I particularly like is that it is clearly identifiable as being a Yorkshire building.
3. If you could change one thing to improve the property industry in this region, what would it be?
I don’t think it is necessarily something I would change, but I hope as the upturn in the market continues that as a region we remain focused on delivering quality and value and do not forget this in the rush to start building again.
4. Whom do you most admire in property in Yorkshire?
I admire people who are brave and show conviction. I admire the team that had the conviction to deliver Trinity at a time when there was not much building of any scale, let alone one of the biggest shopping centres in Western Europe, and they seem to have got the timing perfect.
5. What is the best project you have involved in?
The Gables is a residential scheme for Muse Developments that forms part of the Cultural and Civic Quarter in Doncaster. We won this scheme in competition and I think it is exciting in the way it provides 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses in a city centre context, focussed around courtyard gardens and a less traditional relationship with the urban realm.