Savills Southampton highlights opportunities for the central south
Savills Southampton office hosted a webinar for over 100 cross-sector clients, focusing on the challenges that lie ahead for the central south and what opportunities there are for the development industry to assist with the recovery of the region.
The panel discussion, held on June 18, was chaired by Sarah Beuden, planning director, with panel presentations given by heads of department from Savills Southampton office, including Alan Watt, residential development sales, Colin Wilkins, south coast development, Gavin Hall, planning, Kevin Marsh, licensed leisure, Martin Hastelow, head of office, commercial agency, Nick Ireland, building and project consultancy, and Peter Frankum, master planning and urban design.
The presentations covered a range of topics including the opportunities that exist within the local land market; the demand for offices and flexible work space; emerging trends in the local housing market; the changing function of our high streets and leisure industry; and opportunities for mixed use development.
Martin Hastelow, head of Savills Southampton office, said: “It is the first time that all our heads of department have been on the same panel for a webinar and it was fantastic to be able to share with our clients a cross-sector perspective on opportunities that exist for the central south region as we focus on the recovery effort.”
The panel reflected on key local trends as Savills sales teams across the south coast have seen an increase in viewings from London-based applicants over the last month. This demonstrates the attractiveness of the central south to those drawn to out of town locations, given its coastline, spectacular natural environment, and access to London as well as national and international transport links. The accessibility of the central south also creates potential opportunities for inward investment into the region as businesses consider their changing workplace needs and the benefits associated with a shift in working practices.
Sarah Beuden added: “The ability to seize opportunities for the central south are reliant on the public and private sectors working together, to ensure that there is sufficient land supply and sensible policy approaches to enable growth, attract investment and bring forward developments in the region that cater for the desire to live, work and enjoy ourselves in well designed, healthier and sustainable places.”
You can listen to the webinar here.