Our Company

Almacantar is a property investment and development company. We specialise in large-scale, complex investments in Central London, with the potential to create long-term value through development, repositioning or active asset management.

Since we launched in 2010 we have acquired over 1.5 million sq. ft. of prime assets in the heart of London including; Centre Point, Marble Arch Place, CAA House, One and Two Southbank Place, Lyons Place and 125 Shaftesbury Avenue.

Our Strategy

Our strategy is to transform assets into prime products with sustained value, in the best locations in Central London.

Our Vision

We strive to motivate, inspire and excite all those involved with our delivery of world-class projects for a world-class city.

Our Properties

We have a unique portfolio of properties including
some of the most iconic architectural landmarks
within Central London.

Investment and development team

Rahma Begum

PA to Asset Team

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Elle Bishop

Project Receptionist

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Harry Chichester

Asset Director

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Harry is a Chartered Surveyor with 15 years’ experience in fund management and asset management. He brings wide-ranging knowledge of the London and UK markets.

Before joining Almacantar, Harry worked at real estate fund managers Invista, where he ran the HBOS Fund Management Team, which was responsible for £2.4 bn of UK assets, and the Office Sector investment and asset management team, which managed a £2 bn Central London and UK office portfolio.

Prior to that, Harry worked with various property advisors, including Jones Lang LaSalle, CB Hillier Parker and Healey & Baker, in a variety of investment agency and valuation roles.

Harry graduated in Theology from Oxford University and achieved a Masters in Land Management from Reading University.

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Brooke Collins

Development Surveyor

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Brooke has gained a wide range of experience within the property sector over the last few years.

Having graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in Real Estate, Brooke joined Almacantar as Development Surveyor in 2016. She works across Almacantar’s portfolio, including Centre Point and Marble Arch Place.

Nigel Earp

Project Director

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Drawing on a wealth of experience from major London mixed use developments over the last 20 years Nigel brings expertise in obtaining planning consents and delivery of those projects renowned for their complexity.

Nigel joined Almacantar from Land Securities in November 2013 as Project Director. At Land Securities he delivered their Cardinal Place project in Victoria and also masterminded the obtaining of planning consent for their Nova project - a mixed use scheme of 1.3 million square feet (130,000 sqm) partly built over assets owned by London Underground and a major London trunk sewer and designed by three different architectural practices.

Nigel is an Engineer by training and has worked throughout the world in development and construction on a diverse set of projects ranging from the Britannic Office Headquarters in Birmingham, Terminal 5 airport, township construction in South Africa and diamond mines in Botswana.

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Jonathan Evans

Office Leasing Director

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Jonathan joined Almacantar in 2016 as Office Leasing Director and brings over 30 years experience in the development and leasing of mixed use developments in Central London.

During his career he has worked both as an advisor and principal, having spent 16 years as the lead Director of the West End leasing teams at JLL and DTZ and was also Head of Asset and Property Management for the London Office Portfolio at Land Securities.

Jonathan has held a number of senior posts in the property industry including Vice Chair of the Westminster Property Association; Chair of the Office Agents Society; member of the BCO Research Board; member of the Mayor of London’s Office Review Panel and member of the Family Office Real Estate Advisors Forum.

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Matthew Filkin

Transactions Director

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Matt has extensive experience in the real estate sector. He has broad transactional expertise, having negotiated as both principal and adviser on property and debt transactions totalling over £6bn.

As Transactions Director Matt is responsible for negotiation and delivery of all transactions at Almacantar including acquisitions, leasing, debt, joint ventures and disposals.

A lawyer by background, Matt has worked in real estate investment banking, legal private practice and operated at General Counsel and Legal Counsel level in the European office of one of the world’s largest real estate investors.

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Linda Flavell

In-house Solicitor

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Linda is a solicitor with over 20 years of legal experience working in the City practice Dechert LLP, acting for developers, funds and occupiers on large scale commercial acquisitions, development projects and general asset management. Her work has involved all aspects of property development and investment work including joint ventures, cross-border corporate acquisitions and off-shore trust structures.

At Almacantar, she is responsible for the instruction, co-ordination and supervision of external legal advisors and has day to day responsibility for the management of legal aspects of Almacantar’s property portfolio.

Linda graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1988 with a B.Sc (Econ) Hons. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1993, prior to which she spent six months as a visiting associate attorney with a US law firm in Washington DC.

Tracy Hughes

Residential Sales Director

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Tracy joined Almacantar in 2016 and is responsible for sales at Almacantar’s residential schemes, including Centre Point Residences, Lyons Place and The Bryanston.

She has in-depth knowledge of the international property industry from her substantial experience working with renowned property and development companies Marriott and Starwood throughout Europe, North America and Asia specifically responsible for sales in London, Spain, Hawaii, California, Manhattan and Indonesia. Since arriving back in the UK in 2012, Tracy has advised clients on residential purchases with John Taylor UK and Keller Williams International both in Mayfair focusing on the Prime Central London Residential market.

Sara Ilton

PA to Marketing & PR

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Rachelle Kells

Marketing Manager

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Emily Nesbitt

Marketing Director

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Will Painter

Legal Counsel

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Will joined Almacantar in 2016 and is a qualified solicitor with experience in debt, corporate and commercial matters. He provides transactional advice and is responsible for the Group’s corporate governance.

Prior to joining Almacantar, Will was a Legal Counsel at one of the world’s largest infrastructure services businesses. He trained and qualified at Allen & Overy LLP, where he was an Associate in the Project Finance group.

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Chris Ruffle

Project Manager

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Chris has significant experience in the field of post contract project management, project controls, and contract administration, as well as a great track record of delivering highly complex schemes from inception through to completion. He is a Chartered Surveyor by background and has a deep understanding of the London market.

Chris joined Almacantar in 2016 from Arcadis where he was an Associate Project Manager and Team Leader in their London Property division working on both commercial & residential developments. During his time at Arcadis, Chris delivered Land Securities’ flagship “Kingsgate" and "62 Buckingham Gate" developments in Victoria, leading all aspects of construction through to completion. Chris has also been involved with schemes as far afield as Egypt and the Middle East where he worked to set up the project controls for an $8bn real estate development.

Chris graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Property Development.

Claire Scicluna

Press & Communications Manager

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Claire has a wide range of corporate and financial communications experience, including brand reputation, corporate positioning and financial transactions. She has a strong background in media relations and stakeholder engagement.

Claire joined Almacantar in 2015 from communications agency Finsbury, where she advised listed and private clients in the Property, Leisure and Retail sectors on high profile situations including takeovers, restructuring and crisis communications. She started her career at Marks & Spencer, working in its International and Property department. Claire graduated from Leeds University with a BSc in Psychology.

Gavin Sinnott

Project Director

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With over fifteen years of experience in the property and construction industry, Gavin has in-depth knowledge of the sector.

Prior to joining Almacantar in 2016, Gavin worked at M3 Consulting where he worked on a variety of projects, from feasibility through to delivery and occupation. His projects have ranged from small fit outs to large-scale mixed-use schemes including Broadgate Circle, One Carter Lane, 199 Bishopsgate, 100 Liverpool Street and Streatham Hub.

Gavin graduated from City University with a degree in Civil Engineering and began his career as a consulting engineer working on a variety of brownfield regeneration and infrastructure projects around the UK.

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Rachel Stewart

PA to Development

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Geoff Taylor

Project Director

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Geoff brings extensive experience in design, construction and procurement, after a career spanning nearly 10 years in structural design and over 25 years in development and project management for client organisations.

Before joining Almacantar, Geoff was Project Director with Land Securities, where he completed c£1.3bn of capital projects, including BBC Broadcasting House, BBC Pacific Quay and 500,000 square feet for the Ministry of Justice in Victoria.

Prior to Land Securities, Geoff worked as Director of Development and Construction at Wembley National Stadium. Earlier roles have taken him as far afield as Iran, Iraq, Dubai, Germany, Portugal, Australia, India, Greece and Turkey.

Geoff is a graduate and chartered civil engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a graduate of Harvard Business School. He enjoys the complexity of large-scale development projects and has an instinct for getting to the heart of the matter quickly.

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Rupesh Varsani

Development Manager

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Rupesh has extensive knowledge of the property industry having worked across the development, construction and engineering sectors. His expertise lies in the planning and design of large-scale projects.
 

Before joining Almacantar in 2016, Rupesh was the Development Director at Craigewan Consulting, where he secured planning consents for the redevelopment of the former St. John’s Wood Barracks. Prior to Rupesh was part of the Lend Lease development and project management team for the Elephant & Castle regeneration scheme having earlier held roles as a structural engineer with the construction team. Rupesh is a Chartered Engineer, has a MBA from Imperial College and is a graduate of the University of Bath. 

James Waite

Project Director

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With a focus on managing teams to deliver an exceptional end product, James brings a key skill set as developments progress from feasibility, through the planning process and onto construction and launch.

James joined Almacantar in November 2012 from Land Securities, where he was a Project Manager in their London Portfolio working on residential and commercial developments.

A Chartered Surveyor by background, James was involved in high profile schemes at Land Securities, including Victoria Transport Interchange, Wellington House and Kingsgate House, and led all aspects of construction to secure delivery of the project as well as managing key stakeholder interfaces.
Prior to Land Securities, James worked for Jones Lang LaSalle and delivered schemes for both occupier and investor clients including Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, SWIP and Sun Microsystems.

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Finance and executive support team

Laura Brunt

Project Finance Manager

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Laura-Kate Cotcher

Office Manager & PA to Jonathan Paul

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James Fear

Finance Manager

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Anthony Hanson

Financial Controller

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Anthony is a Chartered Accountant with seven years' experience in Finance.

At Almacantar, Anthony is responsible for group reporting, budgeting and forecasting and works closely with external service providers and banks.

Anthony previously worked in the group finance team at St Martins Property, the real estate investment arm of the State of Kuwait. 

Anthony Graduated from University College, London in 2004 with a degree in History and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2008.

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Gbemi Kasanga

Management Accountant

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Magda Neale

Management Accountant

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Shahram Nozarian

Executive Assistant

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Marco Pombo

Assistant Accountant

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Sarah Rhodes

PA to Mike Hussey

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Pei-Wen Yen

Corporate Analyst

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Pei joined Almacantar in March 2014 from Rothschild, where she was previously an analyst in the infrastructure and real estate debt advisory team.

As the corporate analyst, she is responsible for financial analysis, reporting, due diligence to support decision making for investments, forecasting for our development projects and business planning at a corporate level.

Pei graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2012 with a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

Natalia Wituszynska

Reception

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Kai Young

Accounts Payable

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