James is a Development Manager with over 10 year’s investment and development experience in office, retail and mixed use schemes in Central London and the UK. At Land Securities he is responsible for the delivery of 260,000 sq ft offices at One New Street Square, as well as an office refurbishment in Holborn and a major planning application in Westminster. His previous experience at DTZ, Thornfield and Hammerson has included Principal Place, Smithfield Market and Bishopsgate Goodsyard, and town centre schemes at Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes and Lakeside, Thurrock.
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The increase in capital values and rents in the mid town area over the past five years has led to an increase in development activity which is set to continue for the foreseeable future. The opening of Crossrail stations at Farringdon and Tottenham Court Road in 2018 is already proving a significant driver for investment.
Midtown is preparing for a step-change in its popularity that will arrive with Crossrail. But it is already becoming a richer and more varied place for tenants – measured by an influx of new creative occupiers and a new ‘beardwatch’ index.