Interviews

  • Cala chief executive Alan Brown
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    Interview: Alan Brown

    2014-04-25T06:00:00Z

    With two investors behind it and the recent purchase of upmarket housebuilder Banner, Cala Group has come a long way from its precarious refinancing in 2009. Alan Brown talks about delivering volume at the top end of the market, and plans to treble turnover to £800m a year

  • Peter Rees interview March 2014
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    Interview: Peter Rees

    2014-03-20T06:00:00Z

    Peter Rees’ 29 years as head of planning in the Square Mile have been nothing if not controversial. In his first interview since announcing his departure, he talks about transforming the City, his legacy and why his critics are wrong about him

  • Neil Martin, Lend Lease
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    Interview: Neil Martin

    2014-03-14T06:00:00Z

    It’s been all change in Lend Lease’s European business, with recent years marked by management instability and falling profits. Can the managing director of its construction arm Neil Martin succeed where others have failed and turn the business around?

  • John White
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    Interview: John White

    2014-03-06T07:08:00Z

    After 30 years heading Persimmon, John White was never likely to spend his retirement at home in his slippers. But few expected him to take the helm at troubled retirement housebuilder McCarthy Stone

  • John McManus
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    Interview: John McManus

    2014-02-19T07:00:00Z

    Architect BDP has had a miserable few years, with offices closing and a good many staff redundancies. But as John McManus, the new chief executive, takes over the reins, things are finally looking up - just don’t expect any sudden changes

  • Deal maker
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    Interview: Ian Sutcliffe

    2014-02-13T08:30:00Z

    Countryside is set on a rapid path to growth, announcing its merger with Millgate Developments last week. Joey Gardiner talks to the boss, Ian Sutcliffe, about aligning his agressive expansion plans with the Cherry family tradition of quality housing

  • Guy Austin
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    Interview: Guy Austin

    2014-02-05T09:04:00Z

    Property and construction consultancy Ridge works for clients who build, test and race the world’s fastest cars. And with turnover for the business as a whole rising by 20% last year, you’d expect it to be happy to just cruise along. But partner Guy Austin has other ideas

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    Interview: Emma Reynolds

    2014-01-31T06:00:00Z

    Housing is shaping up to be a key election battleground for Labour, and new shadow minister Emma Reynolds will be leading the charge. She tells Joey Gardiner why she is not afraid to take on the big housebuilders. Photography by Astrid Kogler

  • Brendan Kerr
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    Interview: Brendan Kerr

    2014-01-24T06:00:00Z

    In 2010, Keltbray, the company Brendan Kerr had bought and built into the UK’s biggest demolition contractor, was in a very tough place. Now it’s poised for its busiest year ever. So what went right and what’s Kerr got up his sleeve next? Joey Gardiner reports

  • Lee Polisano
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    Interview: Lee Polisano

    2014-01-15T09:10:00Z

    Lee Polisano’s high-profile departure from KPF at the height of his success seemed a daring decision. But nearly five years on, and with big projects and cash coming in, he’s actually rather happy