Meet our team of dealmakers, developers, and architects. A seasoned and ambitious bunch, no question. But also a team that approaches every project with humanity to ensure a positive impact.

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Andrew McDonald MRICS

Property Acquisition & Disposals
Project Coordinator

Andrew has more than 25 years in the property investment and occupational markets. With a specialism in the retail property market, Andrew’s knowledge of the UK’s high streets, towns, and shopping centres is considerable. He is co-founder of Tandem Real Estate, a highly experienced commercial property agency focussing on Capital Markets.

Andrew has a wide range of experience across various asset classes and transaction types, including complex mixed-use property investment portfolios and leasing major London shop units, to advising on shopping centre developments. He also has an extensive network of contacts across property institutions, pension funds, and high profile property companies.

As Co-founder of Tandem Real Estate, Andrew has watched towns evolve and seen our work and home lives increasingly overlap. He believes that the repurposing of defunct commercial properties is key to tackling the current housing shortage.

Andrew is a Certified Master Practitioner of NLP, qualified in Effective Coaching & Mentoring with the ILM and a Fellow of the RSA.

When he’s not touring the UK for work, Andrew rides his motorbike or runs trail races for ‘fun’ near his home in Surrey. He’s completed the Marathon des Sables.

Paul Norbury MRICS

Property Occupier Services
Project Coordinator

Paul has worked within the retail property sector for over 25 years with various corporate agencies, including Cushman & Wakefield and Strutt & Parker. He now runs a boutique commercial property agency, Norbury Sansom, where he advises landlords and occupiers on leasing and acquiring trading space.

Paul also acts as a consultant for developers, providing up-to-date market information and analysis on occupier demand and trends, ensuring they have their finger on the pulse through the bidding and development process.

With a specialism in the retail warehousing sub-sector of the retail property market, Paul is conscious of the sensitivities of our high street to external threats. He believes the town centres of the future will look radically different, providing an eclectic mix of experiential retailing, F&B, residential, and community uses.

When not touring the towns and cities of the UK looking at retail space, Paul can be found walking his dog on the local trails of west Berkshire or riding his motorbike, taking in the sites. He’s partial to a bit of fly-fishing, too.

Alex Hurn MRICS

Building Consultancy Lead

As Founder and Managing Director of Sillence Hurn Building Consultancy, Alex has experience in project delivery across all property sectors, most notably commercial, retail and residential. Alex is a champion of innovative practice and using latest technologies to complement best practice. He has a broad range of clients including Mint Property Finance, Lendwell, Eastleigh Borough Council, Bournemouth Airport, LIDL and eurofund group.

Alex graduated from the University of the West of England with a BSc (Hons) Building Surveying and is a qualified member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a Chartered Building Surveyor. Alex also previously served as chairman of the RICS Matrics Hampshire and IOW Committee and has recently been shortlisted for RICS Young Building Surveyor of the Year 2021.

You can often find Alex catching up with clients on and off of the fairway, battling to keep that single figure handicap.

Dicky Lewis RIBA, ARB

Architecture, Design & Planning

Dicky co-founded Shoreditch-based White Red Architects, unifying the large-scale project experience of his fellow directors into an energetic practice engaging in exciting projects in the UK and internationally.

He began his career at Foster + Partners in London, working on a variety of projects from conception of designs, such as the competition win of 425 Park Avenue Office Tower in New York, McLaren Production Centre through to delivery, the technical design stage of Tocumen Airport in Panama.

Explorative and playful with a strong commercial head, White Red Architects offer contemporary design through a refreshingly efficient, ideas-led yet pragmatic process.

Ben Richards M.Eng

Architecture, Design & Planning

Ben has worked for 12 years in the construction industry with Architects, Structural Engineers and as a Technical Manager for the Berkeley Group before starting his own businesses.

He has extensive experience in development projects ranging from £50k refurbishments through to £1Bn mixed-use schemes in central London.

Ben Founded Aura Architecture which is a London based Architectural and Interior Design practice excelling at assisting clients in achieving maximum value from their projects in a sustainable and energy efficient way. He has also been a member of the BRE Academy (Building Research Establishment) providing ‘Education for Excellence in the built environment’.

Ben holds a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering, he is highly motivated and a natural problem solver. As well as his architectural work Ben is an experienced property developer, having completed numerous residential developments and commercial to residential conversions for his own portfolio.

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Giovanni Patania RIBA

Architecture, Design & Planning

Sienna-born Giovanni has worked for architecture firms worldwide—most notably as Lead Architect with Foster + Partners on various Apple stores, including the Champs-Élysées retail outlet in Paris. Based in London, he’s co-founder and principal architect at award-winning WindsorPatania Architects, which has offices in London, Cambridge, and Liverpool.

As the Lead Architect on the Champs-Élysées Apple store, Giovanni oversaw the design, MEP, and structural coordination for this $60m residential-to-commercial project, managing every step of the process. He has also been part of design teams of over £1.2b worth of projects from the UK, EU, and China.

Luke Masters

Development Consultancy & Business Development

Luke has always had a keen interest in real estate, having started his career at a national property company in acquisitions and disposals of commercial assets. Luke then moved to a regional company as a development consultant advising on a wide variety of mixed use and residential schemes.

Luke’s most recent role was acting as acquisitions Director for a privately funded property developer undertaking conversion and new building schemes, this experience led to Luke developing his own projects as a private developer. He also heads-up business development at Chartered Building Consultancy, Sillence Hurn. Luke’s approach over the last decade in the industry is one full of assisting and helping others. Luke’s knowledge, experience and tenacity ensures businesses get the best results.