Sitematch London is "speed dating for developers and public sector landowners". A website details a database of development sites across London, either publicly-owned or privately-held but prioritised for development by a local authority. The website is used by developers to browse for development opportunities and background information, and book meetings with the appropriate local authority and/or public sector landowner.
The 15-minute meetings take place at special Sitematch London events held each year. The first event in March 2012 brokered 486 meetings between 166 developers and advisors and 590 officers and members from 28 London councils. The second event on 6 November added the GLA and a number of NHS Trusts to the mix and brokered another 399 meetings. Successful London events took place in March 2013, June 2014 and in February 2015 and '16. The event expanded to include over 50 public sector landowners by 2016, including a dozen from the greater London economic area, representing places such as Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, Reading, Brighton & Hove, Medway, Maidstone and Essex.
Spin-off events include Sitematch Scotland, at which Scottish cities hosted "speed dating" style meetings in London, and Sitematch UK which hosted government departments offering surplus land for development.
As well as offering developers an opportunity to research possible areas of investment, and providing councils with an opportunity to promote their offer, Sitematch has made introductions that have eventually led to deals, and hosted meetings that have directly led to deals.
Sitematch London evolved from discussions with Ealing Council and the Greater London Authority about stimulating the release of public-sector land, helping councils think commercially about their land assets, helping developers and councils communicate with each other and supporting regional and national government housebuilding objectives.
"Very helpful and fast way to make contact and for both parties to assess whether or not there is a reason to meet again. Thank you for that."
Affordable Housing Director
"Good use of my time as it would have taken much longer to set up similar introductions with the same number of councils."
Town Planning Manager - Acquisitions South East
"Sitematch staff and representatives could not be more helpful."
Senior Development Manager
Greater London Authority
"We found the event surprisingly useful thanks and we are keen to participate more actively at the next Sitematch gathering. It was a very illuminating event. "
"The new venue [The Shard] worked very well and the superb organisation made the day run like clockwork"
Alan Hill & Co
"Sitematch was a very efficient way of meeting useful people in a good ambience"
"It was good to have the right people to speak to at the event"
Fairview New Homes
"It was a good all round event, with useful discussions"
head of development management
London Borough of Islington
"Sitematch stands up against any event of this kind in the world."
executive director regeneration and housing
London Borough of Ealing
"I was impressed with the organisation of the event and its best feature was how informal and relaxed Sitematch was"
new business manager
"Sitematch London exceeded anything we could have hoped for"
Nicholas Boys Smith
"It was a really good event and it is getting better each time"
London Borough of Waltham Forest
"It was another good event for us with 12 meetings and contacts made during the networking."
investment development manager
London Borough of Redbridge
"Thank you for today. We learned a great deal and found it very productive."
Assistant director neighbourhoods and investment
London Borough of Lambeth
"Thank you so much for another excellent Sitematch."
"It was definitely the most worthwhile Sitematch I've been to and I'm optimistic that some deals will take place on the back of it."
Fairview New Homes
"Thank you... another hugely successful event"
National Leisure Sector Lead
Willmott Dixon Construction
"I thought the event was incredibly well organised and ran like clockwork! This was my first Sitematch event and I am really pleased I came and have made some great contacts which I will be following up. I look forward to next years event!"
Project manager, regeneration delivery
London Borough of Bexley
"I was very impressed with the format and the selected individuals from the councils."
Business Development Manager
Ad Hoc Property Management
"All round excellent event."
"Fantastic! I came away from Wednesday's Sitematch and wondered why we hadn't attended before — we've missed out on so much!"
"Thanks for organising another excellent event."
"I believe it was a worthwhile event and there were certainly one or two developers whom I am sure will be interested in the pipeline of sites we are likely to bring forward over the next year or so."
Head of Property Strategy & Projects
London Borough of Hackney
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