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Steve Watts
Partner / Tall Buildings Leader, Davis Langdon, London
“The Economics of Sustainability & Mixed-Use”

Davis Langdon’s cost model for tall buildings is a seminal reference tool in the industry. In addition, a complimentary reference for sustainable-economics in the context of tall is being developed as part of the CTBUH Sustainability working group. Steve updates us on both these initiatives, as well as demystifying the relationship between costs and ‘green’, in the context of projects such as the mixed-use London Bridge Tower – now moving full-steam ahead towards becoming Europe’s tallest.

Steve Watts, Cost Consultant, is a Partner at Davis Langdon LLP, heading their global Tall Buildings Specialist Group. This group captures knowledge and information from the company’s numerous high-rise projects around the world, including the majority of the landmark tower schemes that are currently in various stages of development in central London.

Steve led Davis Langdon’s team on the HSBC Tower at Canary Wharf from inception to completion, an appointment that covered all aspects of a ‘turn-key’ project, and successfully moved 8,500 employees into a new headquarters building on time and on budget.

He has worked on many tall building proposals at feasibility stage, both in and outside the public domain, and is currently closely involved in the Leadenhall Building for British Land and The Shard at London Bridge for Sellar Property Group.

Steve has contributed to a number of studies and publications, including Davis Langdon’s latest High-Rise Cost Model (published in Building in April 2007) and the recent British Council for offices book: Tall Buildings – A Strategic Design Guide (for which he wrote the ‘Cost’ section). He recently became the UK Country Leader for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and will sit on the organisation’s Steering Group (based in Chicago).
He is regularly asked to present on the economics of tall buildings at conferences.

He also leads one of Davis Langdon’s Commercial Offices Teams in London, and co-wrote the company’s Central London (low Rise) Office Cost Model, and his CV includes a number of high profile City schemes.

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