Under construction

Mark Collins, chairman of residential at CBRE, has taken over the reins of LCCI’s property and construction committee.

The committee acts as an advisory panel, influencing Chamber policy as the organisation puts forward views and lobbies to local and national government for the best interests of businesses in areas such as housing, skills shortages, and London’s infrastructure.

Collins (pictured speaking at MIPIM in Canne last year) has a specific focus on the central London market is known for advocating the benefits of building private sector housing to rent as a means of getting people into homes quickly. He has been a big supporter of SMEs who have a key role, alongside larger developers.

Top end

Before joining CBRE, he was managing director at Harrod’s Estates property business, focusing on the top end of the London residential market.

Collins said: “This committee addresses the most pressing issue in London today and it is an honour to chair it. Affordability in the housing market is a very real concern to many Londoners who see becoming a homeowner a diminishing reality.

“Over the last decade the population has increased by a million, yet we have only built around 200,000 new homes. The new mayor will need to find some innovative ways to bring forward housing supply in a way his predecessor couldn’t and we hope to be able to help him towards a solution.”

LCCI will once again have a significant presence at MIPIM 2017 in Cannes when Europe’s largest property exhibition will run from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 March. To join the Chamber’s delegation as a sponsor contact: Angela Reed, Sponsorship and Promotions Manager areed@londonchamber.co.uk

To learn more about the LCCI’s property and construction committee and programme of events contact Nick Charles: ncharles@londonchamber.co.uk or see www.londonchamber.co.uk/propertyandconstruction

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