1) What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire?
The positives are there for all to see, especially in Leeds, with the likes of Sky announcing a major expansion in the city and the Victoria Gate development progressing well. The residential sector is still catching up but hopefully this will see further growth in the coming months. I’m also looking forward to seeing the proposals for the Yorkshire Post’s former site on Wellington Street which is a major gateway into the city.
2) What is your favourite building in the region and why?
Leeds Bridge House. I first saw the Flatiron building in New York 17 years ago and this building always reminds me of the trip. The brick detail is superb, it is beautifully proportioned and it actually predates its American cousin.
3) If you could change one thing to improve the property industry in this region, what would it be?
The Planning system. Decisions and advice are increasingly difficult to obtain which can be frustrating for both clients and ourselves. Investors in the region could be tempted to go elsewhere unless things change.
4) Whom do you most admire in property in Yorkshire?
The late David Bye, one of the original Directors at Brewster Bye Architects and the man who gave me my first job after I finished University. He had strong principles, a solid work ethic, a great sense of humour and he’s dearly missed by us all.
5) What is the best project you have been involved in?
It’s always the next one!I’m currently working on a 300+housing scheme which blends both high quality private dwellings and also affordable units so it will be nice for Brewster Bye if that comes off as it fits right into what we are all about!