BCO NextGen Webinar | Inspirational Leaders' Series: Simon Silver & Simon Allford

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A conversation with Simon Silver and Simon Allford, founders of Derwent London and AHMM, who will take us through the interesting history and growth of their successful businesses and careers.

Start Date / Time 07 May 2020 16:30
End Date / Time 07 May 2020 17:30
Venue Online Webinar via Zoom
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Derwent London plc owns 82 buildings in a commercial real estate portfolio predominantly in central London valued at £5.5 billion (including joint ventures) as at 31 December 2019, making it the largest London-focused real estate investment trust (REIT).

Our experienced team has a long track record of creating value throughout the property cycle by regenerating our buildings via development or refurbishment, effective asset management and capital recycling.
We typically acquire central London properties off-market with low capital values and modest rents in improving locations, most of which are either in the West End or the Tech Belt. We capitalise on the unique qualities of each of our properties – taking a fresh approach to the regeneration of every building with a focus on anticipating tenant requirements and an emphasis on design.

Reflecting and supporting our long-term success, the business has a strong balance sheet with modest leverage, a robust income stream and flexible financing.

As part of our commitment to lead the industry in mitigating climate change, in October 2019, Derwent London became the first UK REIT to sign a Green Revolving Credit Facility. At the same time, we also launched our Green Finance Framework and signed the Better Buildings Partnership’s climate change commitment. The Group is a member of the ‘RE100’ which recognises Derwent London as an influential company, committed to 100% renewable power by purchasing renewable energy, a key step in becoming a net zero carbon business. Derwent London is one of only a few property companies worldwide to have science-based carbon targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Landmark schemes in our 5.6 million sq ft portfolio include Brunel Building W2, White Collar Factory EC1, Angel Building EC1, 1-2 Stephen Street W1, Horseferry House SW1 and Tea Building E1.

In 2019, the Group won several awards including EG Offices Company of the Year, the CoStar West End Deal of the Year for Brunel Building, Westminster Business Council’s Best Achievement in Sustainability award and topped the real estate sector and was placed ninth overall in the Management Today 2019 awards for ‘Britain’s Most Admired Companies’. In 2013 the Company launched a voluntary Community Fund and has to date supported 95 community projects in the West End and the Tech Belt.

For further information see www.derwentlondon.com or follow us on Twitter at @derwentlondon


Simon Silver is the creative force behind the successful property investor Derwent London plc. At December 2019 the portfolio comprised 5.6 million sq ft and was valued at £5.5 billion.

Simon’s role focuses mainly on Derwent’s projects which have all been concentrated in urban areas of central London. Under his direction, the company has commissioned a wide variety of contemporary architects resulting in a series of innovative and interesting schemes. Due to its strong architectural patronage, Derwent London has become well known in the industry for its strong design-led philosophy and has won numerous awards. Flagship buildings in the company’s portfolio include Tea Building, Angel Building, White Collar Factory and Brunel Building. Projects on site this year include 80 Charlotte Street, Soho Place and The Featherstone Building.

Simon is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.



Established in 1989 with offices in London, Bristol and Oklahoma City, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris makes buildings that are satisfying and enjoyable to use, beautiful to look at and easy to understand. The practice designs very different buildings for very different people to use in very different ways, making places as well as buildings that work over time and have lasting qualities intrinsic to their architecture.

Winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize and recipient of many other awards for architecture and design, the practice has received public and media acclaim for its work across sectors. AHMM is known for its reinvention of buildings and places including the Angel and Tea Buildings, Television Centre, the Barbican, and New Scotland Yard, as well as key new commercial, residential and education developments in London, around the UK and internationally including White Collar Factory and the forthcoming Soho Place, both for Derwent.


A founding director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Simon leads a studio working in London and internationally on a wide range of scales and typologies. Recent projects include the University of Amsterdam and White Collar Factory; current work includes the Post Building, Soho Place and buildings for Google in London, Berlin and India. From 2013 to December 2019, Simon was the Chairman of the Architecture Foundation, and has been a trustee of the Architecture Association Foundation, was RIBA Vice President for Education and Chair of Design Review at CABE. He is a frequent writer, critic and advisor, and a visiting professor at The Bartlett and GSD Harvard and is currently a Trustee of the LSA and Chickenshed Theatres Trust.