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Our extensive experience coupled with our commercial approach, empowers our clients to deliver successful regeneration projects time and time again. 

From local authorities and other public sector bodies, through to developers and institutions our team of over 200 lawyers is currently involved in advising on some of the largest regeneration projects in the UK.

We’re known for our expert advice delivered with an uncompromising commitment to achieving your commercial objectives. Our group of multi-disciplinary regeneration specialists spans all legal disciplines from corporate vehicles, finance, planning, compulsory purchase, public law and governance through to procurement, real estate, regulatory, state aid and tax. 

It is our approach, however, that really sets us apart. From large scale, long term projects to smaller stand alone transactions we bring a depth of understanding that few can rival. Our partner-led approach ensures you benefit from our market knowledge and extensive experience from inception through the whole lifetime of a project. Acting for a wide range of both public and private sector clients, means we understand both sides of the coin – enabling us to act as an effective extension of your in-house teams anticipating issues and providing robust tax effective solutions quickly. Our appointment to the CCS Framework (and other government procurement frameworks), helps local authority clients to procure our services in a simpler, more transparent way.

But it goes deeper than that. We understand that what matters most to you is the delivery of your regeneration projects on track and within budget; which means clear and effective project management is key. We work alongside the wider project teams to manage the delivery of workstreams efficiently and cost effectively. 

“Highly regarded team with significant experience across a range of property matters, from residential development to large-scale regeneration.” 

Chambers and Partners Guide 2015

“They have excellent knowledge of specialist legislation that affects our business and combine this with a great ability to solve problems.” 

Chambers and Partners Guide 2014

“Bond Dickinson LLP’s London real estate practice operates as part of a large national offering, with areas of focus including major mixed-use development/regeneration schemes, particularly acting for local authorities.”

Legal 500 2014

“We are indebted to our lawyers for coordinating and driving these deals to a successful conclusion. The team were astonishingly determined to get these deals over the line.”

 Major public/private sector JV client (on the successful closing of three regeneration projects simultaneously)

Get in touch

T:+44 (0)20 7788 2460

What we do

  • Procurement and state aid
  • Mixed use developments and specialist residential investment including PRS
  • CPO strategy, site assembly and compensation
  • Joint ventures, LABVs, PFI/PPP etc
  • Estate management structuring
  • Social housing
  • Development agreements, pre-letting, forward funding/forward sale
  • Rent sharing leases
  • Construction procurement
  • Prudential borrowing.

Sector expertise

Examples of work

Westgate Oxford

Advising on the £500m redevelopment of the Westgate Oxford shopping centre anchored by John Lewis. We negotiated a new development agreement with rent sharing lease with the developer (Land Securities / Crown Estate) and advised on CPO, planning and highways aspects. Our advice has extended to construction, environmental, tax, procurement and competition law aspects. 

Tower Hamlets: Wood Wharf (Regeneration)

We acted for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on Canary Wharf Group's proposals for a major mixed-use re-development of Wood Wharf, which received planning permission on Christmas Eve last year. The £5 billion scheme will increase CWG’s Isle of Dogs estate by around 20%, and is expected to deliver over 3,000 new homes together with commercial, retail and leisure and community uses. The development is expected to take up to 15 years to complete and reserved matters applications are already being submitted for early phases of the scheme.

Our team advised on a range of issues throughout the planning application process, including environmental impact assessment, heritage, phasing, conditions and issues relating to land ownership and planning obligation requirements. We also handled the negotiation of a complex, high value Section 106 Agreement dealing with a wide range of issues, including the delivery of on-site health facilities, a 420 place primary school and affordable housing with a review mechanism to secure greater provision if finances allow.

Watford Borough Council 

We advised Watford Borough Council and intu Properties PLC on the redevelopment of Charter Place Watford to provide a £100m extension to the existing intu Watford retail centre. The extension was required to increase the retail offer and also provide much needed leisure through F&B and a new nine screen cinema provision. The scheme received planning permission.

Our work was to advise on the land assembly through the use of compulsory purchase powers and related property agreements. There were a number of sensitive receptors with neighbours who will continue to operate and service through the development requiring a proactive and flexible consultation and access plan. The public inquiry for the CPO was held in November 2014 with a decision awaited. The centre is planned to commence construction in 2015 with centre opening in 2017.

Hartlepool Borough Council 

We have advised Hartlepool Borough Council over ten years on both its overarching strategy and acted for Hartlepool Borough Council in respect of Compulsory Purchase Orders under s226(1)(a) TCPA 1990 promoting Housing Market Renewal in Hartlepool.

The Council undertook four major site assembly exercises to address fundamental housing market instability in the area and promote sustainable communities. In essence this involved the replacement of old back of pavement terraced houses for which there was relatively little demand with modern housing more suited to promoting sustainable communities.

Detailed evidence, both quantitative and qualitative, was called for in respect of the Hartlepool housing market. Demand was primarily driven by private investors, riding an inflationary national wave of house prices, rather than as a result of demand for properties in the declining areas per se. The redevelopment scheme addressed the sustainability agenda by providing modern, quality housing meeting residents’ needs and aspirations. In parallel with preparation of the CPO a development partner was selected and a modern housing scheme prepared and planning permission obtained after appropriate EIA screening.

Four contested public inquiries were held at which the Council accordingly led detailed evidence in response including updated housing market data and assessment of the non-viability of other options. The Secretary of State accepted the Council’s case and confirmed the Order that was subsequently implemented.

Surrey Canal Triangle (London Borough of Lewisham and Renewal Group) 

We advised the London Borough of Lewisham on the £900m plus mixed-use residential / leisure / retail redevelopment at Surrey Canal. This included a national standard sports centre over six floors, various community facilities, health centre, bars and restaurants. 

Clients include: Oxford City Council, Leeds City Council, Portsmouth City Council, London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster City Council, London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London Borough of Newham, Reading Borough Council, West Berkshire District Council, Watford Borough Council, Broxbourne Borough Council, Town Centre Securities and Wykeland.