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A list of the bidders for the Brill Place site | January 6, 2011

The information below was extracted from data released under the FOIA by the DCMS. Unfortunately, they provided this on sheets of A3 with the data spread across the longer side of the paper. Hence, it was impossible to scan it into a computer document in any useful form. Consequently, I have copy-typed the details of the names of the bidders, their compliance with the Camden  planning brief and the type of development proposed. I have left the DCMS wording intact. Please note that the documents the DCMS supplied are a shoddy piece of work with  gaps in the information provided, an inconsistency of  treatment and some unexplained abbreviations. In addition, the words “No details beyond the area of the plan” are my addition to clarify the position.

The list is of all the bidders who expressed an initial interest.  This  was whittled down to a short list of 9 from which UKMRI were selected. The DCMS has refused to release the names of those on the short list.

There were 27 bidders. With regard to the planning brief the breakdown was:

12 comply with the Camden planning brief 

1 appears to comply with planning brief

7  do not comply with planning brief

4 failed to provide enough information to make a judgement

2  resulted in no opinion stated

1 indeterminate comment (Thornsett Group)

Those meeting the planning brief  included obvious serious players such as Redrow, Barratt Homes and  Wimpey.  Therefore, the DCMS cannot claim that there was no realistic chance of selling to a bidder who met the planning brief.

The bidders, their proposed developments  and whether these met the planning brief

Securities Plc  and Granger Plc (JV)

No details beyond the area of plan  – 713,374 sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? No

2. Oracle Group                       

No details beyond the area of the plan 450,000 sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

3.Minerva                             

No details beyond the area of the plan – 750,000 gross

Complied with planning guidance? No

4 .Tudorvale properties               

Not stated (scheme does assume development of  720 flats and 650 studios for students)

Complied with planning guidance? Not stated

5. City Lofts Group                    

No details beyond the area of the plan – 434,466 sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

6. Thornsett Group plc/CIT Group plc

                                          2 Schemes

                                        Bridge Scheme

                                        Residential – 206k sq ft

                                        Office/Hotel – 190k sq ft

                                        Retail – 57 k sq ft

                                        Community – 15k sq ft

                                        Tower Scheme

                                        Residential – 320k sq ft

                                        Office/Hotel – 204k  sq ft

                                        Retail – 55k sq ft

                                        Office/Leisure – 51k sq ft

                                        Community – 29k sq ft

                                        Total 667k sq ft

                                        ‘Outreach facility ‘ for the British Library

Complied with planning guidance? Not stated

7. Terrace Hill Group plc            

Office – 286k sq ft            

Student – 108k sq ft

Residential (social) – 83k sq ft

Residential (private) – 77k sq ft

                                Total –  536k sq ft

Larger 677,000 sq ft potential scheme illustrated

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

8. The Partnership/ Cancer Research UK/Medical Research Council/The Wellcome Trust

No details beyond area of  plan –720,761 sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? No

9. Henderson Global Investors  (With First Base/ Notting Hill Housing Association).

No details beyond area of  plan –720,761 sq ft

Complied with planning guidiance? No

10. First Regeneration Homes/ Princeton Investments Ltd/ Tiger Developments Ltd

No details beyond area of  plan –972,946 sq ft (gross external)

Complied with planning guidance? No

11. Splendid Hotel Group               

837, 014 sq ft

50% Hotel/Offices

25% private housing

25% social housing

Complied with planning guidance? Not stated

12. Pantherlee Ltd                            

No details beyond area of  plan – 650,000 sq ft gross

Complied with planning guidance? No

13. Barratt Homes                            

No details beyond area of  plan –352,903  sq ft (NIA)

Complied with planning guidiance? Yes

14. The Merchant Property Group/Capital and Counties    

Not stated

Complied with planning guidance? Cannot tell from info provided

15. Redrow Regeneration    Commercial partner –  Commercial Estates Group

452,438 sq ft   50% residential, 46% offices ,4% mixed use

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

16. Bee Bee Developments Ltd         

No details beyond area of  plan – 330,00 net sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

17. Leander                                             

Commercial – 180k sq ft

Residential  –   180 sq ft (50:50 private/affordable)

Total 360k sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

18. City  & Docklands/Scarborough Development Group (JV)

Scheme not stated

Complied with planning guidance? Cannot confirm from info provided

19. Taylor Wimpey Development    London Region. Partnered by  Bride Hall Developments           

Residential (affordable) – 83k sq ft

Residential (private) – 97k sq ft

Student – 21k sq ft

Retail 41k sq ft

Office – 50k sq ft

Hotel – 55k sq ft

 Total 347k sq ft

 Enhanced scheme 415,000 sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

20. Criterion Capital Ltd              

3 x hotel towers  (21 storeys  ) 676 rooms                                                             

2 x residential blocks – 592k sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? No

21. Places for People (RSL)         

Up to 40 storeys

550 dwellings (350-400 per hectare)

50% affordable homes,

70% of which would be “affordable rent”   (should  be social rent)

 160,000 sq ft of commercial space

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

22. Landmark Developers with  Ability Group  `    

628,180 (GIA) sq ft

10 storeys

50%  Residential

50% retail/office/hotel

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

23. Marcol Group/Nicholas James Group Ltd            

No details beyond area of  plan – 486,800 sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? appears to

24. Community Housing   Association

Scheme unknown

Complied with planning guidance? Cannot tell from info provided

25. Coexist Foundation                 

No details beyond area of  plan – 440,893 (GEA) sq ft

Intending to create a world class centre for Judaism  Christianity and Islam

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

26. St James Group (Berkley Group)                                                                  

Area of plan 508,351 sq ft

54% Residential/46% Commercial (hotels/offices)

Gymnasium/swimming pool/public open spaces

Complied with planning guidance? Yes

 27. London and Regional  Holdings Ltd

No details beyond area of  plan – 568,200 sq ft

Complied with planning guidance? Cannot tell from info provided

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