Neil’s areas of expertise are development monitoring, technical due diligence (TDD) and dilapidations. He also has a keen interest in sustainability. He is a Partner, head of TFT’s Edinburgh office and part of the firm’s TDD and dilapidations working party. He is a member of the Scottish Property Federation Building Standards and Sustainability Committees.
Neil’s prominent clients include Nuveen, APG, Tishman Speyer, Aviva, Steinhoff, Tesco, Legal and General, Amber Infrastructure and Homebase.
Neil’s principal instruction is the Project Monitoring of St James Quarter, Edinburgh, a mixed-use development in the heart of Edinburgh on behalf of the investors, APG and Nuveen. Neil’s involvement started at the construction contract stage in October 2016. The leisure and retail element of the development is due for completion in Spring 2021 with the other elements (Hotel, Residential, Cinema and Aparthotel) due for completion in Autumn 2022. Development costs are in the region of £1billion and comprise 850,000sq ft of retail, 214 room Hotel, Cinema, Aparthotel and 152 Residential Apartments.
I enjoy doing what I do due to the variety of the work, from a small dilapidation assessment for £30k to a massive development for £1bn. We also get to work alongside a whole variety of different people.
In terms of my approach, I have a friend who says I am able to explain the dark art of dilapidations in a way that they can easily understand rather than be a remedy for insomnia.
Outside of work, I’m interested in art and I helped St Columba’s Hospice Care in Edinburgh organise an exhibition last year. My Twitter account sums me up pretty accurately: ‘Poor golfer, unfit cyclist, surprisingly quick swimmer, tired father of twin daughters, keen photographer and above-average surveyor.’