About Us

Poppymill has been formed specifically to bring forward this development. Led by Nick Tubbs, who has been working in the property industry since 1979, Poppymill combines a number of industry experts. Most notably, Nick Tubbs led his team to gain a planning consent to build Sherford, a development of 5,500 homes with schools, shops and workplaces as well as a new 500 acre country park, in Devon, promoted through the company he formed in 2004, Redtree LLP.

Poppymill now own much of the site and have secured landowner agreement across the rest of it, so they are able to deliver an exemplary scheme. Poppymill are committed to working alongside both local stakeholders and the Council to develop a comprehensive, inclusive and high-quality vision for a 21st century community.

The Team

Ben Bolgar

Ben is a qualified architect and has experience in planning, construction and engineering. For the last 25 years Ben has led over 50 projects for the Prince’s Foundation, where he still works part time as Senior Director.

These award winning schemes range in scale from new urban extensions and university campuses as well as heritage and healthcare buildings. All projects were designed and developed working closely with local stakeholders.

Ben has pioneered a number of areas in the development industry including housing strategies, developing community engagement methods and design coding to improve quality. Ben previously sat on the Prime Minister’s design and estate regeneration panels and is adviser to a range of prestigious institutions on design and delivery. Ben also sat as an adviser on the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission and has been helping to pioneer high-quality mixed-use, mixed-income new places. 

Gerard MacCreanor

As a founding director of MacCreanor Lavington, he understands the importance of communicating with clients. He regularly leads complex discussions about the built environment, often in sensitive locations or within communities that require careful and thoughtful responses. Gerard has nurtured successful processes to facilitate informed decision making that is particularly effective for working with multi headed client groups or in collaborative partnership with other architects. He leads many of the offices most complicated projects and directs and facilitates joint review on all projects.

In 2012 Gerard helped the studio establish sister company; MLA+ with Markus Appenzeller, more recently opening offices in China, Russia and Brazil.

Gerard sits on a number of Design Review Panels including Southwark and was recently appointed to join the NLA’s expert Panel for Tall Buildings.

Alister Kratt

Alister is a director at LDA Design. He is a landscape architect and masterplanner with significant experience in project leadership including DCO and EIA. Alister sits on the HS2 Design Review Panel and the Design Commission for Wales (DCfW). He is an experienced expert witness, an author on best practice and a regular speaker on design and landscape matters.

He is an advisor on nationally significant infrastructure and development projects including most recently, Sizewell C nuclear power station, the redevelopment of HS2’s Euston Station, major settlement expansion in Northamptonshire and is advising on the future growth of Oxford.

Andreas Markides

Andreas Markides is Managing Director at Markides Associates. Andreas was President of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation in for 2017 – 18 and is experienced in the planning, design and management of major development projects, urban extensions and town centre regeneration schemes. He has also been involved in the design and supervision of infrastructure works.

Andreas has been an active member of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation for close to 15 years. He has been a Trustee for the last 3 years and he was Chair of the Greater London branch for the period 2005-2007. He is on the Transport Panel of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is also a founding member of the Academy of Urbanism. 

Andrew Cameron

Andrew is an engineer with a background in transportation, architectural engineering and urban design. He has more than 20 years’ experience in how we can plan for movement while at the same time creating great streets and enjoyable places.

He has been involved in many regeneration and masterplanning projects for villages, towns and cities in the UK and around the world. These include the £8bn Earls Court redevelopment which will stitch new London streets into the fractured fabric of this part of the city. Andrew has acted as an advisor to the government for The House of Commons Select Committees on Housing and Sustainable Communities. 

Roger Hepher

Roger is one of the UK’s most experienced planning consultants. Having led large teams as a Director within a number of top planning organisations he is recognised as an innovator and mentor. Twice a Government adviser, Roger is called upon professionally to counsel RICS, RTPI and the British Property Federation in the planning and development arena.

 

 

 

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