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Podcast series: The secret to successful development projects

Podcast series: The secret to successful development projects

Published: 21st Jan 2022

Delivering a high-quality development project for a client on time and on budget is no mean feat. With so much to consider, and so many moving parts and contributors, it can be difficult to know where to begin and, once started, how to keep track of what’s going on. And how do you plan for the best possible outcomes from the outset?In this podcast series from Muckle LLP, our lawyers, clients and guest speakers, will discuss some of the key considerations, touching on all aspects of the delivery of a development project, calling on their expertise and experience.

About this podcast series

We’ll be releasing episodes in this series on a regular basis. You’ll find all the latest episodes linked here at, once released, and they’re also available wherever you get your podcasts from including Buzzsprout and Spotify.

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Episode 8 - Project sites - The secret to successful development projects

Joanne Davison, partner in our Education team, is joined by James Armstrong and Richard Nixon, partners in our Real Estate team. They cover topics such as early identification of potential legal and practical problems, the differences between option agreements and conditional contracts and the usefulness (and limitations) of indemnity insurance, and offer tips to make the process run smoothly.

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Episode 7 – Public procurement frameworks

In this episode, Alison Walton, partner and head of procurement at Muckle is joined by Jonathan Parker from Pagabo, a framework provider catering specifically to developer-led projects. They discuss the frameworks used by public sector bodies as part of their procurement process and how developers and contractors can get appointed.

Episode 6 – Procurement considerations for development projects

Procurement can sometimes get slightly overlooked when planning a development project, often seen as something only relevant to the public sector. However, it can have implications for developers, contractors and professional service providers, particularly when dealing with the public sector in any capacity.

In this episode Leah Heatley, partner in Muckle LLP’s dispute resolution team talks to Alison Walton, partner and Head of Procurement about the challenges development projects face and how to get the best out of your procurement process.

Episode 5 - Setting up your development project team

What do you need to consider when appointing individuals to your project team? In this episode, legal experts from Muckle LLP’s Employment team discuss the intricacies and the legal implications of the various ways you can recruit to ensure you’re getting the right people with the right skills for your project team.

Episode 4 - Project structure

In this episode, Jason Wainwright, managing partner and real estate lawyer at Muckle LLP, talks to Matthew Walsh and Adam Rayner, both partners in our corporate team about structuring your development project. They share tips and advice on what you need to consider, and what options are out there in terms of structure and corporate vehicles when setting up a construction project.

Episode 3 - Financing your development project

In this episode, Gail Bennett, Partner in Real Estate at Muckle LLP is joined by Louise Duffy, Partner and Head of Banking, and Will McKay, Partner in Real Estate.

Episode 2 - The importance of setting clear objectives and outcomes before starting your development project

How can you make sure you’re delivering in the right way, on time and on budget when working on a development project? Lucilla Waugh from Muckle LLP is joined by Carol Cairns from Northumbrian Water Group who shares her experience when it comes to ensuring successful delivery.

Episode 1 - The key to the successful delivery of a development project

What are the key considerations to ensure everything runs smoothly on your construction development project? In this first episode, we introduce some of the factors we’ll be exploring in more detail in future episodes.

Still to come...

Across the rest of the series, we’ll be taking a look at the structure of your project, the project team, procurement and subsidies, frameworks, your site, appointments, contracts, disputes and getting you set for success as you move to operation, maintenance and occupation.

To find out more about the help and advice we can give on your development project contact Lucilla Waugh on 0191 211 7984 or e-mail [email protected].

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