17th June 2021

Yorkshire Post - Property Q&A

Miho Sugiyama, Junior Architectural Technologist answers Yorkshire Post's Property Q&A

What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire?

Despite the recent pandemic, the future for the property sector seems pretty optimistic. With significant investment in the North and big names, like Channel 4, moving their headquarters to Leeds, there are plenty of opportunities for jobs and growth in the region.

What is your favourite building in the region and why?

My favourite building is the ‘Candle House’ in Leeds, which some call the ‘Candlestick House.’ The 20-storey circular building at Granary Wharf is something I see every morning as I enter Leeds on the train. I love the non-traditional circular apartment plans, and the spiralling façade. It’s a real design statement.

If you could change one thing to improve the property industry in this region, what would it be?

I would like to see more environmentally friendly design concepts and building materials becoming the norm – not something just a handful of developers commit to. Quality design with an environmental conscious is the future.

Whom do you most admire in property in Yorkshire?

I admire charitable organisations like St George’s Crypt in Leeds that work with the property industry to solve a problem. Vulnerable people are so exposed to numerous difficult situations, but with a collaborative approach, long-term solutions can be found through the design and build of bespoke buildings.

What is the best project you have been involved in?

A project in the historic village of New Earswick, for the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. Working on the planning, preliminary construction drawings and 3D street views for the 117 affordable homes in York has been really rewarding. Known as Willow Bank, our design forms part of a development strategy to deliver 1,000 new affordable homes in the York area during the next 10 years – something we can all be proud of.