After more than two years of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, no one could be blamed for wanting some relative steadiness in the property market. But with record inflation levels, rising interest rates and the continued threat of recession, real estate could be in for a bumpy ride. But where there is challenge, there is always opportunity.
In this EG Cities Live debate we will be gathering experts from across the Scottish real estate market to understand how investors, developers and financiers can find value in a changing real estate environment.
We’ll discuss how the investment market in Scotland has changed over the past year, what sectors and geographic locations are providing the biggest opportunities – from the small but growing BTR market to Aberdeen’s healthy retail park sector, and how the country is tackling the economic struggles that the whole of the UK is facing with its typical gusto.
Director, operational capital markets, Savills
Crockett joined Savills in 2022 as a director in the operational capital markets division, providing advisory services across the residential investment and development spectrum. Prior to joining Savills, he spent 15 years in fund management roles on commercial real estate portfolios before setting up a UK residential investment business in 2014, growing residential assets under management to £1.3bn and advising on multiple change of use strategies across the commercial mandates. Crockett brings a client perspective to his role, alongside a wealth of operational knowledge. He uses this to assist development clients to refine their schemes and to ensure institutional clients access the highest-quality opportunities.
Head of ESG, Vita Energi
Johnstone is an experienced ESG professional with more than 20 years’ experience in environmental and sustainability consultancy, with a particular focus on the built environment. She has held positions in leading environmental and building consultancies andran her own business supporting real estate funds through the implementation of ESG and net zero strategies before recently joining Vital Energi as head of ESG.
Partner & head of Glasgow office, Shoosmiths
Barry heads up Shoosmiths’ Glasgow office and is an experienced real estate lawyer with a broad spectrum of expertise, with a particular focus on the commercial development and investment markets, residential development and housebuilding (including market-leading BTR) and also renewable energy. He has acted for developers, landowners (both in the private and public sector), funders and investors with a key emphasis on complex development arrangements, including conditional contracts, option arrangements, joint ventures, leasing, property finance arrangements and lending, as well as tax efficient property structures and vehicles.
Shoosmiths was named Law Firm Of The Year at the EG Awards 2022.
Monaghan is responsible for leading RSM’s corporate audit portfolio in Edinburgh and ensuring a high-quality audit service. She represents clients in the professional practice, infrastructure, manufacturing, food & drink and retail sectors. Monaghan focuses on understanding the challenges faced by her clients, as well as their future plans in order to provide a tailored service. Monaghan also acts for a number of UK subsidiaries with international parent companies and is responsible for overseeing the group audit reporting.
Project lead – space and digital, Ayrshire Growth Deal
The Ayrshire Growth Deal is a partnership being driven forward by the Scottish government, the UK government and East, North and South Ayrshire councils. The deal secured £251.5m of funding to help realise Ayrshire’s potential as a world-class business region for the aerospace and space, energy, tourism, manufacturing and engineering industries, and reaffirms its commitment to strengthen the Ayrshire, Scottish and UK economies. Targeted co-ordinated investment throughout the region will act as a powerful catalyst to stimulate growth, resulting in increased job opportunities and prosperity for Ayrshire, Scotland and the UK as a whole. Its vision is for Ayrshire to be “a vibrant, outward-looking, confident region, attractive to investors and visitors, making a major contribution to Scotland’s growth and local well-being, and leading the implementation of digital technologies and the next generation of manufacturing”.
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