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13 JUN 2018

Collaboration to sustain housing supply

Ahead of his appearance as a panellist at the upcoming RICS Residential Property Conference, Killian Hurley, CEO of Mount Anvil, shares his views on the need for collaboration within industry to help meet the demand for housing supply.

We’re all very aware that in London, we are in the midst of a housing crisis and we can’t just afford to rely on a small number of large housebuilders to solve that housing crisis. Instead, I believe we need to think broader, try new things and give the smaller parties a chance to collaborate and to bring together a range of skills.

In our experience at Mount Anvil, it is when our industry works collaboratively that we achieve the best results collectively. Successful joint venture developments including public and private sectors shows just how much we can achieve. Only through working collaboratively can we create the much needed, and better, homes and communities across London.

Successful collaborations

One of our most recent collaboration projects is in the Royal Docks. The Royal Victoria Dock is in the midst of redefining itself as a connected and aspirational place to call home. We’ve developed 105 mixed tenure homes, and aim to deliver up to 1,000 homes in future phases, as part of the ongoing regeneration of the Docklands. We surely couldn’t have done it alone.

We’ve collaborated with a landowner and investment partner London International Exhibition Centre as well as the London Borough of Newham and the GLA to create a new development offering high-quality homes, retail space and public realm, which will add to the extensive regeneration already underway here.

Successful collaborations are sustainable. We’re proud of the fact that we have repeat joint venture partners, such as A2Dominion a residential property group with a social purpose, who’ve chosen to work with us multiple times. We partnered with them on Queen’s Wharf, a development opposite Hammersmith Bridge

That collaboration resulted in the opening up of the Thames path in front of the redeveloped Riverside Studios, allowing Londoners to walk beside the river all the way from Barnes Bridge to Craven Cottage. A2Dominion are also our partners on Keybridge, in Vauxhall, which will deliver the UK’s tallest residential brick tower. We always say that the telling point isn’t in the first partnership - it’s in the repeat collaborations.


What does collaboration really mean?

For me it’s all about the people, it’s about respect for people, putting our egos to one side and looking to achieve the best outcome as supposed to ‘how do I get my idea implemented first’.

As Einstein said, and he’s much quoted for a reason: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.” Therefore, I believe it is vital that our industry collaborates so that we can learn from other people, working side-by-side, and deliver high-quality legacy developments across the capital.

I strongly believe that if you have a shared vision, provide a great work environment, share the risks and returns and ultimately evolve a community through developments, you can only succeed. And succeed better than ever before.

London of the future needs collaboration

At Mount Anvil we are committed to delivering on our promise to treble output from 500 homes to 1,500 homes a year, but we can only do this through collaboration. We therefore are constantly looking forward and working on more projects that enhance the vision of joint working and partnership in our industry. We are committed to lead the way on the discussion and share how particular collaborations have come about and how they have helped to shape not only the current landscape but also that of different methods of working in the future.

London has earnt its status as a world-class city, and it’s up to us to keep it that way.

Join the conversation

Attend our Residential Property Conference taking place in London on 4 July 2018, where Killian Hurley will be sharing his views at the CEO Forum panel debate which will cover the housing supply shortage as well as the biggest issues impacting the residential sector. The conference brings together leading experts to debate and analyse how the latest policies, innovations and future trends can solve the housing crisis.