David Cameron welcomes Gordon Brown's Glenrothes reprieve - Sir Stuart Lipton
In spite of losing their deposit and seeing their vote cut in half in the Glenrothes by election there were few signs of despondency amongst senior Tories attending a fund raising dinner in Glasgow on Friday night.
By Alan Cochrane
Guest of honour David Cameron made plain his satisfaction that Labour's astonishing victory meant that Gordon Brown's leadership would remain unchallenged. In spite of the continuing improvement in the Prime Minister's ratings, Mr Cameron still thinks he has the beating of him in the long run.
"The last thing I wanted was for Labour to lose badly and for them then to get rid of Gordon Brown," the opposition leader said as he mingled with guests at the black-tie dinner.
The Labour triumph has been put down to a variety of factors. Principal amongst them was voter unhappiness with the way the SNP are running Scotland's devolved administration since their victory in the Holyrood election 18 months ago.
They are also in charge of the local authority in Fife and have introduced big cost increases for council-run care services. Voters were also believed to have been happy to back Gordon Brown as the 'local boy' – his own constituency is next door.
There is also no doubt that the nationalists' main aim of breaking up the United Kingdom is proving unpopular with the voters.
In his speech on Friday night Mr Cameron re-affirmed his total support for the maintenance of the Union and repeated his pledge that he wanted to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, not the Prime Minister of England.
To this end he insisted that he would continue to visit Scotland and boasted that he was the first Tory leader ever to have walked down the entire length of the Buchanan Street – Glasgow's main shopping precinct. Earlier he had been told by Sir David McNee, former chief constable of Strathclyde, as well as an ex-Commissioner at Scotland Yard, that when he was Tory leader Edward Heath had tried the same walk but had had to give up only one third of the way along the street because of fears for his safety.
Mr Cameron also stressed - to an audience that has grown suspicious of right-wing policies in recent years - that he was determined to keep his party on the centre-right of the political spectrum.
However, if the Tory leader was reasonably content with the overall political picture after Glenrothes he cannot have been too pleased with the showing of his own party in this high-profile contest.
Mr Cameron was polite, but cool, about the Scottish Tories' third place in the by election. The fact that they have now finished ahead of the Liberal Democrats in both the Glasgow East and Glenrothes contests is giving comfort to the Tory leadership north of the border that they are now the third force in Scottish politics.
But they are third by a very long way and the truth is that there is still no real sign of the Cameron effect, so-called, giving much of a boost to Tory fortunes beyond the Tweed.
And when someone said that traditional Tory supporters in Glenrothes had voted tactically to beat the nationalists, Mr Cameron joked: " I think the Tories voted tactically in every direction."
There may also have to be a re-appraisal of Scottish Tory attitudes after Glenrothes. Thus far Annabel Goldie, the party's leader in Scotland, has sought to ring concessions from the nationalists by supporting First Minister Alex Salmond on some issues. The pressure will now be building for a much more aggressive approach towards the SNP.
But although the Tories in Scotland have still much to do to emulate their counterparts south of the border, there are some signs of improvement. Friday night's dinner, organised by Glasgow industrialist Sir Jack Harvie, was attended by over 800 businessmen and raised over £500,000 for party funds.
How pillar of society was laid low - Sir Stuart Lipton
Nick Mathiason explains why Sir Stuart Lipton, one of Britain's biggest developers, was forced to quit the government's building design watchdog
* Nick Mathiason
It is hard to get more 'establishment' than Sir Stuart Lipton. The 61-year-old property developer is equally at home in Downing Street, amid powerful businessmen and rubbing shoulders with the aristocrats of London's art world.
Patrician in the mould of an old-style one-nation Conservative, Lipton was instrumental in bringing about ambitious new schemes at Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the Royal Opera House.
It is Lipton's majority-owned firm, Stanhope, that built the new Treasury building and is now Gordon Brown's landlord. His backers for a string of landmark schemes include Schroders and Legal & General. But his friends in high places last week failed to prevent what was for Lipton a hurtful kick in the teeth. Last Tuesday he resigned as chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe), the government's champion of good design. While the property mogul claims he left having overseen the arrival of a new chief executive, few believe it.
It seems one of the country's most successful property developers was brought low in a conflict-of-interest row. This left him with no option but to resign. The day after his resignation a parliamentary audit revealed that many of the key decision-makers at Cabe had business dealings with Lipton companies. That in itself would have been tolerable were it not for the fact that an increasing number of Stanhope schemes came before these commissioners. It was their job to pass judgment on whether Stanhope schemes were well-designed.
What's more, Lipton is an unpaid adviser to Network Rail with which Cabe, as the report said, 'has regular contact'. In addition Stanhope and Cabe use the same law firm, Herbert Smith. The report said Lipton was wholly innocent of any inappropriate practices but that there was a 'perception' problem.
Cabe does not have the power to stop major developments on the basis that they may be badly designed. But its approval or otherwise shapes planning decisions. Brought into existence by Labour in 1999 after it abolished the 150-year-old Royal Fine Art Commission, Cabe quickly became a major player. With Lipton and former chief executive Jon Rouse at the helm, the quango punched above its weight. It has just been given statutory consultee status.
Some insiders believe the government should not have reappointed Lipton as chairman 18 months ago when it became increasingly clear his business interests would put him at risk of conflict of interests accusations.
But Lipton revelled in Cabe's brief to be 'a bad boy in government'. In the midst of the biggest building boom in more than 40 years, Lipton warned that the wave of private finance initiative schools and hospitals could create 'the next urban disaster'.
It was a brave step that carried resonance and forced the government to take seriously design issues in the £42 billion building programme.
Cabe's influence grew in tandem with Lipton's property business interests. When Lipton joined Cabe at its inception his business was primarily project management. But as London's economy expanded he reverted to development. And not small-ticket schemes. Lipton is involved in some of the biggest projects within the M25, including the London Stock Exchange's new headquarters in Paternoster Square and the building of 4,500 homes and more than 6 million sq ft of offices and shops in Stratford, east London, next to the Channel Tunnel rail terminal. The projects increasingly came under the scrutiny of Cabe, sowing the seeds of his present difficulties.
Lipton is one of few developers who garners wide-ranging respect from his peers. Schemes such as Broadgate next to Liverpool Street have stood the test of time. But it was Broadgate that nearly ruined him.
In the early Nineties Stanhope was hit by high interest rates and the economic slump that also claimed the scalps of a string of millionaire tycoons such as Gerald Ronson and Lipton's one-time partner, Godfrey Bradman.
Lipton's business nearly went under. It had bank debts of £140m. It was snatched from the jaws of the receivers when John Ritblat at British Land bought out Stanhope for a bargain basement £3m.
It is probably the biggest disappointment of his business career. Lipton has told friends that one of his biggest regrets was failing to refinance the project earlier. If he had, Lipton would have retained Broadgate's ownership and today would be a billionaire.
Instead his fortune is put at £70m. His most lucrative deal was buying a site close to Heathrow on the M4 for £8m with Elliot Bernerd and Lord (Jacob) Rothschild. Five years later, Lipton and his partners sold what had become Stockley Park for £356m.
His fan club says Lipton's research on a project is exhaustive, his depth of knowledge about clients unparalleled and that he is skilled in knowing the best and most cost-effective building techniques.
It has led him to slam housebuilders, who he accuses of using outmoded methods and charging too much. Lipton believes he can cut 25 per cent from the cost of building homes in his Stratford scheme.
Insiders at Cabe feel Lipton has been unfairly treated, that he has done nothing wrong and that the controversy surrounding his departure will dissuade private sector figures from taking high-profile public appointments.
Lipton, a shy man, has refused to talk publicly about his dismissal. But friends have made clear he is 'very hurt'.
But what they take with one hand, they give with another. On Friday, three days after he left Cabe, Lipton was honoured for his contribution to the quality of architecture in London in the Architecture Biennale award.
Lipton to a tee
· Lipton has advised Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, the Barbican, Tate Modern, the National Gallery, and the Camden Roundhouse
· He was a Conservative government property adviser 10 years
· Stanhope, Lipton's company, is involved in projects worth £4 billion which cover more than 17m sq ft
· He is director of 30 companies
· Lipton is credited as one of the visionary property developers of his generation
· Triumphs have been interspersed with failure. He tried to rejuvenate King's Cross and the South Bank but failed.
· Lipton made his biggest fortune at Stockley Park, an office campus in west London in partnership with Elliott Bernerd. He has teamed up with Bernerd to repeat the trick in a massive development in Stratford, east London
· Describing his childhood as unhappy, Lipton's parents divorced and he took his mother's surname
· When Lipton is thinking hard, it is said, he flexes his ears
Sir Stuart Lipton - director.co.uk
by David Woodward
He created one of the most successful and progressive property developments in the City, lost it during the recession of the early 1990s and then re-built his business from scratch. Little wonder that Sir Stuart Lipton is lauded by his peers
If Sir Stuart Lipton ever gets stuck for inspiration, he can always look out of the window. Through the office blinds he can see the streets of London's Mayfair below, which he says provide the perfect example of what commercial developers call mixed-use development. To the uninitiated, mixed-use means retail, residential and office buildings all in one place—a combination designed to encourage communities to prosper. As a veteran of the property business, Sir Stuart knows a successful community when he sees one. Mayfair's Grosvenor Street, and in particular, Grosvenor Square, are in his eyes the pinnacle of 18th century planning. "The Grosvenor family in the 1770s knew how to build something interesting," he says. "They knew how to create value."
He's right of course. In what the EU now calculates as the richest urban zone on the continent, it currently costs £95,000 to buy a car parking space. Boutique jewellers line the streets, punctuated by yacht showrooms and secretive hedge funds. In pure planning terms, the Grosvenors were aiming high. "They knew that to create value they had to create squares and spaces, civic buildings, and churches. In that plan they produced the best mix-use centre in the country," he says.
It's an interesting history lesson—not least because it underpins the philosophy of one of our most feted commercial developers. Sir Stuart's unmistakeable stamp can be found on more than 15 million sq ft of London office space, including some of the country's most ambitious developments. The City's Broadgate, west London's Stockley Park and Chiswick Park are projects that define the capital as much as they define the developer. To fellow property tycoon Elliott Bernerd, Sir Stuart is an "architectural mentor", while the architect Lord Richard Rogers, who designed the Millennium Dome and Heathrow's Terminal 5, reckons "you'd be hard pressed to find a developer that's raised the bar as high as he has". He is an architectural alchemist, able to manufacture relevance and order from desolate scraps: Broadgate was built on a car park, Stockley Park on a rubbish dump and Chiswick Park on an old bus station.
Now reunited with former business partner Bernerd at Chelsfield Partners, he retains his view that commercial developments must invoke a sense of belonging. "You need communities: you need what I call a village green," he says. Two of the firm's current schemes, the redevelopment of Camden, north London and the renovation of Kensington's Commonwealth Institute, focus heavily on community creation, although the latter project is more about modification than transformation. "There were plans to demolish [the Commonwealth Institute] but we love it as a building—it has an iconic roof," he says. "The challenge is, how do we keep the main element of the building and create something adjacent that is just as daring as the [original] 1962 build?"
Sir Stuart is difficult to gauge. His precise, considered responses are delivered in a husky whisper completely at odds with his huge frame. "There's a steely hand inside the soft glove," warns Lord Rogers. You detect an amiable sense of impatience, too—an eagerness, perhaps, that stretches back to his formative years. Sir Stuart skipped university in favour of a quick start in estate agency. From there, he discovered a passion for development, and in particular an interest in the "efficiency of space", eventually founding Sterling Land in 1970, and Greycoat, in 1976, both alongside Geoffrey Wilson.
It was at Greycoat where he first revealed a desire to do things differently. Mere development didn't sustain him: Sir Stuart wanted to "invent". The key was persuading talented, institutional architects to work with him. It wasn't easy. Back in the late 1970s, all the best architects considered the act of pairing up with a developer sacrilegious. "Philistine developers like me were never thought to be appropriate clients by what I call institutional architects. They didn't want to get their hands dirty," recalls Sir Stuart.
Gradually, internationally renowned architects, such as Arup, began to "cross the line". It proved to be the defining point in his career. That these institutional architects were actually more efficient than their "commercial" counterparts was a bonus. "Their building costs were lower, their construction periods were faster, their innovation was much higher, because intellectually they understood the subject. The commercial architects turned out to be much less commercial."
The 1980s, of course, was a period of mass-deregulation, and the City of London, with its labyrinthine, old boys' network was far from immune to Thatcherite tinkering. With the so-called Big Bang of 1986 came the rapid globalisation of the City, and with it a new appreciation for acres of prime office-space, filled to the brim with shiny new trading floors. Trailblazers such as Sir Stuart's Greycoat and Godfrey Bradman's Rosehaugh, cleaned up. Cutlers Gardens, Greycoat's £75m commercial development near Bishopsgate, was the first of many innovative projects that used new materials, new design and new techniques to transform the landscape of corporate London. Borrowing fast-track modes of construction already used in the US, the projects were ambitious in both scale and design, and, unlike any other office space on the market, they incorporated Sir Stuart's "Grosvenor" methodology.
With its brand new trading floors and civic core, Cutlers Gardens was in many ways a preparation for the Arup-designed Broadgate, an office development integral to the modern make-up of London. At the time, Margaret Thatcher dubbed it the "largest single development in the City since the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of 1666."
With its ice rink and pavement cafés, Broadgate redefined the boundaries of what corporate tenants expected from developers. It also gave Sir Stuart a new perspective: he saw the potential to use buildings as a vehicle for social change. "With Broadgate, I started to see the social side of life—the awareness that you can make a difference. What I could show you if I took you to decent projects is people behaving in a totally different way." People walked further, it turned out, to reach Broadgate than any other commercial development in the City. It was less a development than a destination.
Peter Rees, city planning officer for the City of London, summed it up perfectly last year when he praised Lipton for his ability not just to build, but to create: "Most developers understand the need to put up buildings, and some understand the need to create spaces, but few understand how to make a new place." Or as Sir Stuart himself puts it: "What we're trying to do is invent."
Broadgate won a string of awards, but all that commendation is nothing without a little bit of luck. "We used to say location was everything," says Sir Stuart, "now we say 'timing, timing, timing'."
It was timing that ultimately lost him control of the City's new centrepiece. It might sound an oddly anti-capitalist approach for a property developer, but Sir Stuart's investment attitude over the past decade has largely been to look after the customer and let the finances look after themselves. That has meant steering clear of ownership and favouring more simplistic profit-share agreements with the client and its backers. Although at Chelsfield that cautious approach has been tempered slightly—Bernerd's proven eye for a deal, and a team of private backers that includes HBOS Corporate chief Peter Cummings, has allowed Sir Stuart to at least reconsider acquisition and portfolio management—it hasn't gone away; and its roots lie in the loss of Broadgate.
After the spending boom of the 1980s came a fierce property recession. Sir Stuart's Stanhope and its partner, Rosehaugh, had begun work on the redevelopment of Ludgate Hill in the City. The project required a huge investment in improved infrastructure, including a kilometre of railway lines. But, says Sir Stuart, they missed the market. In 1992, "office margins crumbled, and with it the company folded at a huge loss," he recalls. Rosehaugh went under and Sir Stuart lost the iconic, debt-laden Broadgate to Sir John Ritblat's rival British Land for a paltry £3m. The experience shaped his approach to debt-heavy investment.
Nonetheless, he is still energised by risk: "It's a risk business. If you don't take risks you don't get rewards." Having lost a fortune, Sir Stuart set about winning it back. He picked up the Stanhope name, plus a few office furnishings, for £325,000, and promptly started again. The reinvigorated company enjoyed some significant successes, notably the Football Association's Soho Square headquarters and the Treasury building in Whitehall. There was also the odd personal frustration: Paternoster Square, a controversial development project Sir Stuart chaired on behalf of the Mountleigh Group, succeeded only after a protracted, idealistic battle—with firebrand-in-chief Prince Charles famously demanding to know why the current fashion for "architectural idleness" meant we had "to be surrounded by buildings that look like machines".
Stanhope also won the bid to redevelop King's Cross—at the time, the largest urban regeneration project of its kind anywhere in Europe—but was forced to sell the rights after numerous planning delays. But the company's resurrection was swift considering the severity of its fall. Sir Stuart was recognised for his contribution to London's landscape with a knighthood in 2000, and became chairman of the influential Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe), the government's champion of good design. That he was forced to resign after five years in the post, following allegations of a conflict of interest, is one of the few blots on his CV.
Critics argued that too many—eight of 15—of the key decision-makers at Cabe had links with Lipton companies. A parliamentary report cleared Sir Stuart of any wrongdoing, but highlighted a "perception problem". While Sir Stuart was chairman, records show that 11 Stanhope projects, including Stratford City, were put before Cabe's commissioners. Sir Stuart insists that he was never responsible for reviewing projects—"I was the policy maker," he says. "I never had a conflict of interest, because the rules that I set myself said that I would never be involved in reviewing design."
Sir Stuart clearly regrets his untimely exit, but maintains that running Cabe was "a hugely enjoyable" experience, one which he says gave him a much broader view of modern planning requirements. Even now, he doesn't pull his punches. "The planning authorities have systems that are so complex that the end result is not beauty. It is effectively the application of the lowest common denominator: it's [a case of] 'how do I comply?'"
We can get back on track, he insists, but we're following the wrong model. His ire extends to the £9bn Thames Gateway scheme, a plan to build 160,000 much-needed new homes in the south east. Sir Stuart is concerned that these "cheap, isolated" estates will lack a sense of community. "The developing world has an opportunity to join with our house-building friends to build communities that reflect the age we live in rather than the past. We live in the age of Google and iPod; we build in the age of Romans."
Building in the age of the Grosvenors would be a start.
Master of Place Making: Sir Stuart Lipton Is the 2007 Laureate of the Urban Land Institute J.C.
Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
LONDON, October 5 /PRNewswire/ --
Sir Stuart Lipton, one of the London's most influential developers, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Urban Land Institute (ULI) J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
The ULI Nichols Prize recognizes a person or a person representing an institution whose career demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of responsible development. The US$100,000 prize honors the legacy of legendary Kansas City, Missouri, developer J.C. Nichols, a founding Urban Land Institute (ULI) member considered to be one of America's most creative entrepreneurs in land use during the first half of the 1900s.
Lipton, deputy chairman of Chelsfield Partners in London, was awarded the prize at a celebratory luncheon today in London. Well known for being a visionary, creative and committed developer, he began reshaping London's landscape in 1983, when he founded Stanhope Properties LC. Under his guidance, the Stanhope team developed, either on its own or in partnership with others, more than 50 office buildings providing more than 20 million square feet of commercial space in central London and the London environs.
"It is fantastic fun being in real estate. It is emotional, it is every piece of humanity you can think of," Lipton said. "If you understand what people like, you can provide the right development with the right services. There is a slight art form in this. It is providing something [people] like, but have not thought of yet. You have to be a little inventive."
ULI Nichols Prize Jury Chairman Jeremy Newsum, group chief executive for the Grosvenor Estate in London, noted Lipton's ability to successfully blend his passion for modernism with the architecture of an old city. "Building in London has always been a process of new development fitting in with the old. Having a view about what is there before creating something new is part of Lipton's makeup. He believes his work must improve the environment, help it adapt and evolve, meet the changing world around it, and be prepared to change again in the future," Newsum said.
The 400-acre Stockley Park and 33-acre Chiswick Park business campuses, and the 29-acre Broadgate financial center in London are among many of Lipton's developments designed with engaging public spaces as the focal point, spaces that appeal to visitors as well as workers. Lipton has long understood that the way people use space between individual buildings can be an energizer, providing an element of appeal that ultimately produces a greater return on the overall venture.
"Everyone should be able to enjoy public space. It should be simple in concept, and perhaps complex in delivery and in variety, so it can be used by different people in different ways," Lipton said. "(As a developer), if people are enjoying your project, you have fulfilled at least part of your obligation to society."
He views making places as honoring the civic, drawing on city building methods used not just by previous generations, but previous civilizations. "One of the responsibilities of developers is that we must remember that cities should be a series of places ... the greatest places are those that generate civic pride."
Lipton is the first individual outside of the United States chosen as the Nichols Prize laureate. "The selection of Stuart as this year's laureate reflects the broad reach of the prize. It is a recognition of the extraordinary achievements in design and development made by land use professionals around the globe," said Richard Rosan, President, ULI Worldwide. "Stuart's accomplishments in land use have raised the bar, not just in Europe, but worldwide. He is a wonderful choice for the Nichols Prize."
One characteristic that distinguishes Lipton is his uncanny ability to see potential in sites that have interested few other developers, said William Kistler, President, ULI Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Stuart has completely transformed derelict sites into thriving employment centers that have uplifted the entire city," Kistler said. "Few in the industry possess his ability and determination to turn a vision into reality."
Lipton considers himself a risk taker, rather than a developer who sticks to the predictable. "In development and design, it is easy to go for the lowest common denominator. You make the most money by not taking risks and by building boring buildings. Those of us who do take risks ... have enormous satisfaction in knowing that our projects are playing their part (in creating a thriving city)," he said.
For decades, Lipton has worked with renowned architect Lord Richard Rogers, chairman of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in London. "Stuart is probably the most creative developer I have ever worked with. He understands the difference between merely building, and the implications of building on society. That is quite unusual, not just for developers, but for people," Rogers said.
Along with Jeremy Newsum, other 2007 Nichols Prize jury members were: Bonnie Fisher, principal and director of landscape design at ROMA Design Group, San Francisco; Christopher B. Leinberger, founding partner of the Arcadia Land Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, visiting fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, and director of the graduate real estate development program at the University of Michigan; Witold Rybcynski, Martin and Margy Meyerson, professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania; and former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, strategic advisor for NBBJ, Seattle.
"Open space is the one element that gives staying power to a development," said jury member Fisher. "What Stuart has done, more than many other developers, is to create environments that make places more memorable over time. He has demonstrated how they (open spaces) become the framework, the heart of all the activities in the buildings surrounding them. His work is not just about development, but about civic contribution."
The ULI J.C. Nichols Prize is funded by an endowment from the family of J.C. Nichols to the ULI Foundation. A management committee including ULI representatives and members of the Nichols family directs the prize program. More information on the prize program is available at http://www.nicholsprize.org.
The Urban Land Institute (http://www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 38,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.
'Build village greens' says Sir Stuart Lipton
16:39 | 15.09.08
By Jennifer Rigby - propertyweek.com
Developers must return to the 'village green' ethos to create successful offices in the future, according to Sir Stuart Lipton, speaking at Offices 08.
Lipton, who has been involved with developments such as Stockley Park and Broadgate, said that the 'Animal Farm' atmosphere of some offices was a real concern.
He said: 'We must stop thinking of offices as workhouses. We have to be holistic in what we can do and of course we can afford it. Grass is relatively cheap.'
He said that the best developments of the past, including recent examples such as Potsdamer Platz alongside Ancient Rome and the city of Bath, were all 'great public spaces, fun, with good quality of life.'
Building the schools, offices and libraries close together, he said, was key.
He accepted that the curent downturn could be a setback, although he expressed confidence in the major developers.
'It will take two years, it will be painful, and the reality is that rents will fall further,' he said.
He also reiterated his belief that the Thames Gateway project has some problems, and said the planning system needed simplifying.
'We stood at Excel a year ago and said, what's the vision, who is is charge, and where is the money.
'A year later, I don't think anything has changed.
'It needs a heart. Someone's got to make a decision and pick regional centres,' he said.
Stuart Lipton Re-Appointed As Architecture Champion
Sir Stuart Lipton has been re-appointed as Chairman of CABE, the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced today. The re-appointment will be for three years until 19 August 2005.
CABE was formed in 1999 to champion architecture in England and to promote high standards in the design of buildings and the spaces between them. Under Sir Stuart's chairmanship, CABE has achieved much in its first three years and, in particular, has succeeded in raising the public profile of architecture. The work of its Design Review and Enabling Committees has resulted in numerous examples of good new architecture in all parts of England.
CABE has worked closely with central Government, local authorities and the private sector to make better standards of design a more central element in the construction agenda. Through its contribution to the Government's cross-cutting review of public space, CABE has fuelled a debate on the positive role of architecture and design in improving quality of life and on 'liveability'.
Tessa Jowell said:
"The difference that good architectural design can make to improve the lives of ordinary people and to deliver 'liveability' is at the heart of CABE's work. Sir Stuart's Lipton's knowledge, enthusiasm and experience have made him a strong and imaginative leader. He is passionate about the importance of good design and he enjoys great respect in the development community and built environment professions. He has served CABE with distinction and will play a crucial role in CABE's continuing development. He has established CABE on foundations that will stand the test of time, and his experience and expertise will enable CABE to meet the exciting challenges it faces in the future."
Stuart Lipton said:
"I am delighted that the Secretary of State has re-appointed me for a second term as CABE Chairman and I am more enthusiastic than ever about the built environment. CABE has come a long way in short time, but there are still mountains to climb. I believe that everyone has the right to be educated in a well designed school, to live in a high quality home and to be cared for in an exemplary hospital where doctors and nurses feel helped by their building, not hindered. These ambitions may seem romantic, but they are achievable. I am determined as Chairman to make sure that we lobby actively, energetically and cleverly to make this vision a reality."
Sir Stuart Lipton was appointed as CABE's first Chairman in May 1999. He has been Chief Executive of Stanhope plc since 1995 and has been a commercial developer since the 1960s.
An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Sir Stuart's knowledge of architecture and the built environment is demonstrated by the positions he has held in several architectural bodies. As well as serving as a member of the former Royal Fine Art Commission from 1988-99, Sir Stuart has also been a Trustee of the Architecture Foundation since 1991 and served as a Board member of the Royal National Theatre from 1988-98. He is a Board member of the Royal Opera House with responsibility for its development. Sir Stuart has been involved in a number of arts buildings including the Glyndebourne Opera House, the Sackler Wing of the Royal Academy and the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery.
Sir Stuart Lipton receives honorary degree from London Met
Sir Stuart Lipton, Deputy Chairman of Chelsfield LLP, was awarded an honorary degree by London Metropolitan University, at a ceremony held at the Barbican Centre on Tuesday. Sir Lipton received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design.
Sir Stuart is among a wide range of public figures from the world of business, sport, the arts, politics and public administration set to receive honorary degrees this year, including Lord John Stevens, ex-Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and acclaimed artist Tracey Emin.
London Metropolitan University chose to recognise Stuart Lipton for his services to architecture design. For more than 40 years Sir Stuart has been creating buildings which provide enjoyable living and working space, as well as being successful economic structures.
Stuart Lipton became company director of Sterling Land Company while he was still in his twenties. He later moved to First Palace Securities, and then to Greycoat plc, where he was appointed Managing Director. In 1983 he became Chief Executive of Stanhope Properties plc, and its successor company Stanhope plc. He was chairman of Stanhope from 2003 until last year, and he is currently Deputy Chairman of Chelsfield LLP.
Sir Stuart Lipton, Baroness Vadera and Rudi Klein in sustainability showdown
The fact that venerable property developer Sir Stuart Lipton is knight of the realm obviously got the better of him last week, as he chaired the launch of the government's Strategy for Sustainable construction.
He had a battle with SEC Group chief executive Professor Rudi Klein, the fire-breathing dragon of the construction scene, when Klein cornered construction minister Baroness Shriti Vadera to ask her a question. The professor wanted to know how the government would stop its new targets being missed in the same way as Egan's.
Thinking he had spotted a damsel in distress, Sir Stuart promptly rode to the rescue and refused to let Baroness Vadera answer.
It was "an old question" Sir Stuart said, and had already been answered. Klein protested and most of the audience, including Vadera, looked stunned. But Sir Stuart was having none of it. All very chivalrous of him. Yet I had to ask myself, why choose to defend Vadera in the first place? A former investment banker, she is renowned for being able to handle herself.
Luckily Klein caught up with the Minister as she was leaving and got to put his question across to her anyway. She was reportedly "livid" at Sir Stuart's intervention. If I were Sir Stuart, I'd invest in a new suit of armour...
Sir Stuart Lipton loses case
2005 issue 11
Stanhope chairman Sir Stuart Lipton has failed in his attempt to bring a charge of professional misconduct against a local politician who drew attention to alleged conflicts of interest at CABE.
The Royal Town Planning Institute inquiry was established after Lipton’s solicitor, Linklaters, sent it a dossier accusing Adrian Dennis, a member of the institute and the cabinet member for regeneration at Croydon council, of professional misconduct.
The complaint centred on evidence submitted by Dennis to the House of Commons housing and planning select committee’s inquiry into CABE in which he accused Lipton of “engaging in activities for personal gain which have brought the planning system into disrepute”.
But the institute has dropped its investigation after it was advised that it was in danger of breaching parliamentary privilege if it disciplined a member for comments made to the House of Commons.
The select committee is also preparing a report on what steps it could take against Linklaters.