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Kevin Fox

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Kevin is head of the Real Estate team in Sheffield. He is an experienced solicitor with over 15 years’ experience in handling extremely complex and varied real estate projects across a variety of sectors with his client ranging from large international corporate entities, PLCs, off-shore funds through to SMEs and smaller private developers and individuals.

Kevin is also a member of our National Housebuilding & Strategic Land group and advises clients from across the housing sector from housebuilders, commercial developers, promoters and join venture stakeholders through to various land owners (including public sector bodies) selling land for residential development.

Kevin also has significant experience in the wider housing sector, including advising clients in connection with strategic land and land promotion schemes, plus purpose large scale, purpose-built student accommodation and build-to-rent projects.

As well as the private sector, Kevin also have considerable experience in the public sector advising NHS Trusts, local authorities and charitable bodies. He has a particular specialism and experience of advising higher education institutions on all manner of real estate transactions and estate management, including a number of high-profile, large value and complex projects.

Legal Services

Regeneration

Recent Work

  • Advising Urbo Regeneration in connection with a £340m mixed-use sustainable regeneration scheme – in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council – to be delivered across 16 hectares set on a canal-side environment on the edge of the town centre.
  • Advising a former high-performance materials manufacturing Plc, on various planning promotion agreements across its extensive portfolio and land bank, most recently in connection with a promotion agreement with Harworth Estates to promote a 53 acre site in Swadlincote to create a major new road link; 300+ new dwellings and over 12 acres of new employment space.
  • Advising Urbo Regeneration in connection with the regeneration joint venture project with the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council of a 200-acre site, to create a new £250m sustainable settlement designed around two transport hubs and over 1,000 new homes.
  • Advising Urbo Regeneration in connection with a mixed use, £300m urban regeneration scheme in Sheffield City Centre to create approaching 1m sq. ft. of new space to include offices, retail, leisure, hotel and living space.
  • Advising a private family trust in connection with a £10m shopping centre acquisition in Coalville as part of a wider town centre regeneration scheme working in conjunction with the local authority. Since the acquisition of the centre, further phases of the on-going project have seen land acquired and taken under option to deliver new infrastructure, improving the public realm and vehicular access. Further land options have been entered into with adjoining land-owners to deliver (subject to planning) a new bowling alley, residential apartments and a new convenience store

Housebuilding & Strategic Land

Recent Work

  • Advising Homes by Honey Group in connection with the acquisition of multiple sites for the delivery of design-led, sustainable residential developments
  • Advising Harron Homes in relation to numerous site acquisitions, which often include multi-phase sites including third party land promoters and contractual arrangements relating to the delivery of scheme-wide and also site specific infrastructure. Most recently advising Harron in connection with the acquisition of the third phase (of four) totalling 8 acres of a multi-developer scheme in Shipley, Derbyshire.
  • Advising a private landowner in connection with the disposal of a greenfield site in Mansfield to a regional housebuilder to create up to 350 new houses, with ancillary retail and leisure facilities. The scheme was particularly challenging from a planning perspective, with the Planning Inspectorate granting consent on appeal subject to agreement of a detailed and complex Section 106 Agreement requiring significant contributions towards traffic infrastructure and upgrades to local schools.
  • Advising an international development company in connection with the acquisition of a prominent city centre, canal side development site in central Birmingham. The site will see the £95m development to create a 23 storey, 266 contemporary apartment building.
  • Advising a major student accommodation developer and operator in connection with several forward-funded development projects to create new purpose-built student accommodation and BTR buildings. Most recently, a £40m+ forward funded deal to acquire a prominent city centre site in Edinburgh, to create a 285-bed development.
  • Advising a local PLC former ceramics / brickwork manufacturer over many years in connection with its strategic disposal programme of its land bank following the closure of its manufacturing operations across the UK including: the disposal of a 37-acre, former brick refractory and its former head-office on the border of Sheffield and the Peak District for a low density, executive housing

 

Sectors

Education

Cases

  • Advising Sheffield Hallam University in connection with the acquisition and development project create a world leading research, innovation and design centre for physical activity, health and wellbeing known as the ‘Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre’. The facility is the centrepiece of the 38 acre, £100 million ‘Olympic Legacy Park’ innovation district for health and wellbeing research and learning. The project was supported by UK government who provided £14 million of grant funding.
  • Advising a Russell Group university on the £10 million investment acquisition of an out-of-town industrial site to form a strategic and key part of the University’s investment portfolio. The project also saw a tri-partite lease re-gear involving a FTSE 100 international infrastructure group, to secure long term multi-million GBP rental income for the University.
  • Advising Sheffield Hallam University in connection with a £9m restoration and regeneration project to restore an iconic Grade II listed, former Head Post Office building, to create 70,000 square feet of new teaching, office, workshops, exhibition and display space to provide the new home and environment for the University’s entire Arts & Design Faculty and the Sheffield Institute of Arts. The University initially committed to a 25-year lease, with future option to acquire the freehold reversion.
  • Advising one of the UK’s largest universities in connection with various nomination agreements relating to third party owned purpose-built student accommodation buildings to secure dedicated access for the University to premium accommodation for its students. Also advising the University’s corporate trading subsidiary on its contractual agreements for the running, management and operation of third party owned purpose-built student accommodation buildings.

 

To contact Kevin or for more information…

Call: 0114 263 9499
Mobile: 0771 866 7921
Or email: Send an email

 

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