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Stuart Robinson on station place-making

TfL Commercial Development's Strategic Planning Adviser, Stuart Robinson, will be speaking at our 10th October forum at White City Place, London.. He will join a panel discussion on rail station-led regeneration with Richard Marsh of Bristol Temple Quarter, Liam Harrison of SNC-Lavalin Atkins, and Alexandra Reitman of Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation. Stuart has carried out important research with Danish urban designer Jan Gehl and surveyors CBRE on place-making around station sites.

Stuart has been a practising planner for forty years, with most of this time spent as Head of Planning at CBRE, the world’s largest property services company. During his time at CBRE, he grew the firm’s planning consultancy into one of the country’s top centres of planning advice with teams of nearly sixty people in six offices.

Whilst at CBRE he was also involved in some of the UK’s headline projects such as Kings Central (Argent), Regent Street (Crown Estate), Spitalfields (SPG), Royal Arsenal (M & D), Tate Modern (NE), the Bull Ring in Birmingham and Victoria Quarter for Hammerson in Leeds.

Stuart has recently started his own consultancy specialising in planning, place-making and development. As part of this he works with TfL as a Strategic Planning Adviser on their vast development portfolio and running a research study into Placemaking for CBRE his former employer. In addition, he is advising on a garden village in Hertfordshire as well as work for Howard de Walden estate, Blackstone and Schroders. Last month he was asked by the Government to join an advisory panel on development around the proposed HS2 stations.

On a pro bono basis, Stuart sits as a member of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’s planning committee and advises Tonic, a company aiming to be the first LGBT care provider for the elderly.

Stuart was included in Property Week’s Top 50 most influential professional & legal figures. His citation read: “Stuart Robinson’s clients read like a Who’s Who of Property; The Crown Estate, Minerva, Argent & Canary Wharf Group. He has spent three decades at CBRE and in that time has become an authoritative voice as developers seek new ways to survive in the planning system”. More recently Stuart was shortlisted for London Planning & Development Person of the Year in the London Planning Awards 2014.

Stuart is a frequent contributor to the national media as well as the professional press, and his advice has been recognised by the Mayor of London and on two occasions his projects have been given the Mayors Planning Prize specifically in relation to planning at Regent Street and Kings Cross respectively in 2010 and 2012. This year, one of his schemes, the Francis Crick Institute, won the RTPI’s award for planning excellence.

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