Archive: Mar 2016

Built With: Refurbishments

With Croydon office availability dropping from 1.8 million sq ft two years ago to below 200,000 sq ft today, it’s slim pickings for occupiers wanting decent floor plates.

M&G’s project at 8 Bedford Park is one of the many developments expected to transform the Croydon office market. BW are realising M&G’s vision for the space with the formation of a dramatic new reception building and a full Cat A refurbishment, including a new rooftop plant and services.

With rumours of tenants being signed for the space, BW are on target to handover the new office in early September.


  • Duration: 37 weeks
  • Size: 57,000 sq ft
  • Project Manager: Constructive Management
  • Quantity Surveyor: Constructive Management
  • Architect: Barr Gazetas
  • M&E: Watkins Payne Partnership

Built With: Stamina – Surviving MIPIM

It wasn’t chosen lightly: back-to-back meetings, late nights, the occasional glass of rosé, seminars, walking up and down Cannes all day, this year with the added pressure of ducking the rain. Stamina is needed to survive our industry’s longest week of the year. Each year we all ask ourselves: why do we do it?

We think of it as living in a small community, a village perhaps. If you wish to play an active part in village life you need to participate in the annual village fete, even if that fete sometimes seems to have more in common with a Bacchanalian frenzy than a funfair on the village green!

Reflecting on our week at MIPIM, we definitely needed that stamina but during the long week caught up with some old friends and made some new business contacts that we will develop further. There was a distinct note of caution with lots of discussion about the ‘In-Out referendum’, the London Mayoral election and the US Presidential election; no sense of crisis but some uncertainties that will all be resolved to some degree before we all return to Cannes next March. Aren’t you missing it already?

Built With: Bonding! Just an average day in the BW office…

One hundred targets were launched over 10 stands with some super-quick combinations. In true British style, the weather was treacherous! Luckily the group had their Barbours, Hunters and sloe-gin on hand to shield them from the thunder, lightning, hail and snow.

Amelia, the only female of group, was the clear underdog and became a top shooter by the end of the day. Our famous Steve on the other hand, wasn’t quite so agile with his weapon and had to negotiate a trade for a BB alternative. Top Gun for the day was Guy Bonser, drummer and director of Gleeds.

The overarching feedback from the event was that it was a fun, memorable day for all involved, and a great team bonding experience. We are already looking forward to hosting our second extravaganza in September. If you think you have what it take and are interested in getting involved next time around, please email

Both extreme shooters and complete novices are welcome.