The origins of the business go back to 2001 when Craigewan’s founder, Jamie Buchan, was supported by Visionary Properties Ltd to undertake the transformation of the London International Exhibition centre Plc (ExCeL London).
Mr Buchan built a highly competent management team at ExCeL which turned the business around, gaining international acclaim and respect in the process. Mr Buchan and his team capitalised on their success by working with the London Borough of Newham and the London Development Agency to gain approval for the £150m Phase 2 extension of the Docklands facility. Advised by DP9, Phase 2 was designed by Grimshaw Architects and a building contract was negotiated with Sir Robert McAlpine. In 2008, Visionary Properties introduced a new investor which acquired ExCel and undertook the Phase 2 development which had been prepared.
It is this philosophy of working with the best people which Jamie sees as central to delivering the Craigewan vision.
Craigewan – our work
Craigewan advises on the £1.5bn GDV residential development of the former St John’s Wood Barracks, on behalf of its client, St John’s Wood Square Ltd. Working since 2012 as development manager alongside Lendlease (Construction), DP9, EPR Architects, Squire & Partners, Wilkinson Eyre Associates, Andy Sturgeon, Landscape Design, Hurley Palmer Flatt and Robert Bird Group, this exceptional development gained planning consent from Westminster City Council in 2015 and is anticipated to commence in 2019.
Craigewan continues to invest behind its development, design and project management capabilities, and also advises clients in the leisure, hospitality and commercial property sectors both in the UK and in Europe.