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Development Management

There is no typical development management role. The specifics required on a particular project vary depending upon the type of development and the role a client wishes to undertake itself. The two constants are that clear leadership be given to a scheme’s professional team and a close working relationship be maintained with a client.

Development Management can encompass all or any of the following roles.

  • Developing a project strategy
  • Site identification and appraisal
  • Feasibility preparation and financial monitoring throughout a project
  • Site acquisition
  • Recruitment of a development team
  • Planning negotiations
  • Obtaining statutory consents
  • Instructing lawyers on matters as diverse as restrictive covenant negotiations to lettings
  • Supervising a project manager and the design team and contractors
  • Marketing
  • Sale

Each Development Management project will have a director who reports directly to the client and interfaces with that client. Regular meetings and formal reporting takes place as well as more informal contact depending upon a client’s specific requirements.

Issues that have been tackled include:

  • Site assembly including multiple ownerships and a requirement to achieve vacant possession
  • Negotiating the release of restrictive covenants
  • Acquiring air rights
  • Negotiating third party land acquisitions required to open up a site’s access
  • Road stopping up
  • Taking out insurance to cover a range of risks from contractors default to title issues
  • Negotiations with Network Rail to secure access rights to the railways
  • Interfacing road construction with Highways England Trunk Road Works