Property club sees a packed Portsmouth meeting 

Construction and Property Breakfast Club'(From left) David Ardley, Nick Groves, Richard Summers and Shane Mason greet members at the Marriott in Portsmouth.
Construction and Property Breakfast Club'(From left) David Ardley, Nick Groves, Richard Summers and Shane Mason greet members at the Marriott in Portsmouth.
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MORE than 90 developers, planners, land agents and other people in the construction industry discussed the future of the industry at a packed networking morning. 

The quarterly meeting of Southern Construction and Property Breakfast Club saw a boost of members as it was held at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel in North Harbour. 

The delegates looked at a range of issues affecting the construction and property industry, as well as appraising 2018 so far and predicting growth in 2019. 

 David Ardley, director of consultancy company Gleeds, said they would be holding club meetings in various towns and cities over the next 18 months to enable their members to link up with other construction industry professionals. 

Richard Summers, urban designer and director from Southampton-based Boyle+Summers, and Nick Groves, director at consulting civil and structural engineers WFBA in Romsey, agreed that trying different venues was an interesting idea that they hoped would see an increase in numbers and diversity of attendees from across the region. 

Nick said: ‘A key factor in the success of the organising members, is our ability at being more creative with our solutions to maximise the use and value of land for our clients. This is a message we wish to share.’ 

Shane Mason, regional director with Acheson Construction in Chandlers Ford, said that the club was becoming an important event for any developer.

He said: ‘It’s a very quick way of reaching experienced and knowledgeable professionals who can make a difference to the degree of success of a building project and its viability.’ 

Nick added: ‘We are fortunate the southern area is still a vibrant region for development in most sectors including commerce, leisure and residential properties. 

‘None of us can afford to be complacent in the current economic cycle and it remains important to continue offering competitive fees commensurate with the high quality service we provide, whilst ensuring a reasonable profit margin.’ 

The next club breakfast will be held at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on December 13. To book email claire.bayly@gleeds.co.uk