Southwark Council was among 50 public sector organisations to attend an annual property event on 10 February at The Shard.
There were 384 pre-booked 15-minute “speed-dating” style meetings, as well as many more impromptu meetings on the day, where developers discussed how to collaborate with the public sector in bringing 2,186ha of land to market.
Landowners were made up of 22 councils from London, and 17 authorities from outside of the capital.
Southwark was represented by the council’s head of property, Jeremy Pilgrim and colleagues.
Pilgrim said: “Southwark Council has been pleased to take part in Sitematch since its first year and has had many worthwhile discussions as a result. The latest event in The Shard was no exception and during a full day of meetings we talked about a number of opportunities for building on the success of the borough. We hope Sitematch will be repeated on many more occasions and look forward to welcoming delegates to a Southwark venue again in the future.”
Out of 238 delegates, there were 136 private sector representatives in attendance, mostly made up of housebuilders, but also including retailers, leisure and hotel operators and financiers.
Keynote speakers were secretary of state for communities and local government, Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP and founder of the Sellar Property Group and co-owner of The Shard, Irvine Sellar.
Sellar said: “London’s population is growing at a rate of 100,000 a year and initiatives like Sitematch help bring the public and private sectors together to meet the demands of our rapidly growing population. I can’t quite stress the importance of this Sitematch forum enough, as it enables you to operate in a non-political environment. It should be a match made in heaven.
“I truly believe by working together we can deliver the needs for Greater London and beyond, while at the same time satisfying the aspirations of our citizens, through more housing, better infrastructure and public buildings; against the framework of attractive and necessary commercial development.”
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