Kings College London - Director of Real Estate Development

Director of Real Estate Development Candidate Information Pack

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King’s College London

The King’s Estate

Estates & Facilities

Real Estate Development

The Appointment of a Director of Estate Development

Job Description and Person Specification

Further Information & Application Process


Since its foundation almost 200 years ago, King’s College London has been central to the establishment of London as one of the world’s foremost centres of academic excellence.

Situated in the heart of what, by any measure, is one of the world’s most dynamic and international cities, King’s benefits from being shoulder-to-shoulder with London’s great institutions.

While King’s has a proud history, which has served the King’s family well for generations and made a profound contribution to modern life and society, King’s is neither captured nor defined only by its past. Indeed, King’s aspires to tackle global challenges and serve society in a way that is contemporary, forward-looking and unrestrained. King’s is: • one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016-17 QS international world rankings) • the fourth oldest university in England • research-led and based in the heart of London. King’s has over 27,600 students (including nearly 10,500 postgraduates) from some 150 countries and almost 6,800 employees. King’s provides world-class teaching and cutting-edge research: • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings • Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*) • The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million. King’s has a distinguished reputation in: • the humanities • law • the sciences, including health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry • social sciences, including international affairs.

King’s is in The Complete University Guide’s Top Ten for: • Business Management Studies • Classics & Ancient History

• Dentistry • Education • Food Science • History • Law • Music

King’s has influenced many of the advances that shape modern life, such as: • the discovery of the structure of DNA • research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar • being the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe.

King’s Health Partners

King’s, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King’s Health Partners. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration. For more information, visit the King’s Health Partners’ website.

World Questions | King’s Answers

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise.

Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year.

King’s Strategic Vision 2029

By 2029 King’s will be: • A recognised community of learners in which students and staff across disciplines collaborate and connect to change the world • Home to the most able and innovative researchers delivering valuable insight and ground breaking discovery in state of the art infrastructure • Known as the university that makes a significant and innovative contribution to

society and to business, beyond education and research • Regarded throughout the world as London’s leading civic university • Making a significant difference on the world stage

The King’s Estate

King’s is most central university in London, with five campuses in the heart of London including four thames-side campuses within a single square mile.

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King’s College London’s arts and sciences faculties. King’s Venues Strand is adjacent to Somerset House,

close to the Royal Courts of Justice and just a few minutes’ walk from Covent Garden.

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy’s Campus, next to the Shard. Close to London Bridge on the South Bank of the River Thames, next to Guy’s Hospital, this is an increasingly fashionable area, with many bars, restaurants, markets and creative businesses. The Florence Nightingale Museum is based at St Thomas’, along with continuing medical and dental teaching. The Campus is located in central London, overlooking the River Thames, next to Westminster Bridge and opposite the Houses of Parliament. The Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and Estates & Facilities department as well as other faculties conveniently placed close to London’s South Bank Centre, Waterloo Station and the IMAX Cinema. Denmark Hill Campus is the home of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the Champion Hill Residence. Denmark Hill is situated in Camberwell, in the London Borough of Southwark. In the last few years this and the neighbouring areas have undergone an incredible process of regeneration and are now one of the most exciting places in London to live, study and work.

King’s has a large scale residences portfolio of c. 4000 rooms spanning sixteen locations located throughout London, with most near our teaching campuses.

Estates and Facilities

Led by the Director of Real Estate Ralph Luck, OBE FRICS, the Directorate of Estates & Facilities is responsible for efficient and effective acquisition, disposal, management and operation of the university’s infrastructure assets and the environment within which the university’s students, staff and researchers operate. The department has two main functions:

Real Estate Development

Led by the Director of Real Estate Development, this team leads development projects to meet the academic needs and university strategy. This includes the acquisition, development and the disposal of land and property. The Capital Projects team delivers major refurbishments for King’s owned and occupied buildings, from initial briefing and concept design through to tendering of contracts and management of construction work. King’s is committed to achieving BREEAM “Excellent” for all our new buildings and BREEAM “Very Good” for our refurbished buildings where the cost of the project exceeds £1 million.

Real Estate Management

Nick O’Donnell MRICS MCIBSE IEng leads the Real Estate Management team, which has a broad portfolio of responsibilities which range from security and daily cleaning and mail services, to small building projects and creating and sustaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff and visitors. Our main areas of operation are: • Campus Operations: Ensuring that all campus buildings and services meet the needs of staff, students and visitors. • Infrastructure, Assurance, Contracts & Performance: working closely with our partners for security, cleaning and associated services and PFI partners for two of our buildings, delivering major planned and critical reactive maintenance and the long-term planning and implementation of the university’s capital investment, asset improvement and project delivery. • Sustainability: Managing the energy, waste, and promoting better use of our resources to minimise the effect on the environment. King’s Venues & King’s Food: Providing retail and hospitality services through King’s Food and conference and summer lettings. They also manage internal and commercial events held in the university space and summer residential lettings.

Real Estate Development

A £1 billion redevelopment programme is transforming King's estate. Since 1999 over half the university's activities have been relocated to new and refurbished buildings.

The current programme will see an investment of £500m and £700m over the next 5 years. Projects include:

Bush House Buildings

King’s is leasing the five iconic Bush House buildings, next to its historic Strand Campus. King’s will occupy Bush House, former headquarters of the BBC World Service, Strand House and King House on a phased basis from September 2016, and adjacent building Melbourne House from 2025. The initial term of the lease is 50 years. We aim to consolidate our position as a top 20 global university by providing world class education and research facilities. Acquiring the Bush House buildings will create a wonderful and dynamic campus in the heart of London by uniting two prime central London locations, the Aldwych and our historic Strand Campus, to create state of the art education and learning facilities for our students. This development will give King’s much greater flexibility both to expand in line with our ambitions for growth and to minimise disruption as we redevelop and upgrade our existing Strand estate. Once King’s takes full occupation of the four main buildings, the Bush House buildings will provide approximately 300,000 square feet of additional space for student study and social space, new teaching facilities and academic accommodation.

St Thomas' Campus project

King’s has unveiled plans to refurbish and develop one of its prime properties in the heart of London to increase space for health education and training.

Architects have drawn up plans for the refurbishment and redevelopment of Block 9 and the Prideaux Building, located on Lambeth Palace Road, which is the last King’s-owned development opportunity on the St Thomas’ Hospital campus. The plans will provide additional education and training space for King’s and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust which would be achieved through the re-development of the Prideaux Building, the refurbishment of the Listed Block 9 building, the removal of the poor quality extensions to the Listed building which detract from the heritage setting and their replacement with more appropriate structures and the creation of a courtyard.

Canada Water – The Mulberry Site

King’s has an ambitious strategy to grow and is also committed to provide more and better quality student residential accommodation to meet both current and future demand.

King's is now developing the former Mulberry Business Park site at Canada Water to create 770 new student rooms, office space, affordable housing, retail units, a health care centre and landscaped public space.

In addition to the student accommodation and office space at the Mulberry site, the long term plan for Canada Water is for a mixed-use facility that will provide new, high quality teaching and learning facilities and indoor sports facilities. In order to drive academic value, the College would use these facilities flexibly for multiple purposes over the course of the academic calendar. The space would also enable the College further to embrace world leading collaborations such as The Francis Crick Institute and the London Life Sciences initiative, which will require additional capacity near central London, and to extend public-private partnerships such as Imanova, the new state-of-the-art imaging centre formed collaboratively by King’s, UCL, Imperial College London and the Medical Research Council.

Science Galley London Project

Science Gallery London will be created on a prestigious site at the foot of the Shard and opposite London Bridge Station within Boland House, one of the wings of the 18th century historic Guy’s Hospital on St Thomas' Street.

The Gallery will include flexible exhibition, studio and performance spaces, a theatre with retractable seating, a 100 cover café, a shop and a newly restored Georgian courtyard to be enjoyed by the Guy’s campus communities, local residents and workers as well as members of the public visiting the Science Gallery.

London Bridge (Guy’s Campus) Masterplan

Masterplanning for 347,200 sqm of medical, educational, academic, research, student, retail and office accommodation.

Westminster Bridge (St Thomas’ Campus) Masterplan

Masterplanning for 227,970 sqm of medical, educational, research, academic, residential, retail and office accommodation.

The Director of Real Estate Development

Reporting to the Director of Real Estate, the Director of Real Estate Development will take responsibility for the leadership of the College’s £100m+ p.a. real estate development programme across a diverse estate portfolio including research and teaching facilities, student accommodation, social and hospitality space, commercial property, mixed used developments and historic buildings.

Projects are varied and will include mid-sized and major capital projects spanning new build, refurbishment, adaptation and fit-out schemes with several individual developments in excess of £50m in value.

You will lead a high calibre client side development team responsible for delivering one of the largest, complex and diverse real estate development programmes in London.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leading the successful delivery of large scale real estate development projects and programmes for industry leading organisations in a client side capacity.

You will have a high degree of commercial acumen honed in the construction industry, with a history of driving value during planning, procurement and delivery stages of projects.

Exceptional, interpersonal, communication and stakeholder management skills are essential together with the capability and experience to effectively lead and motivate internal and external teams of property professionals.

King’s alumnus Professor Peter Higgs jointly received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013 for the discovery of the mechanism of the Higgs boson


Post title: Director of Real Estate Development

Department/Division: Estates & Facilities

Faculty: Operations Hours of work: Full time

Grade/salary: Competitive salary, excellent benefits

Period of appointment: Permanent Responsible for: Development Team

Responsible to: Director of Real Estate

Campus: Waterloo Campus James Clerk Maxwell Building

Role purpose

The post will be based with the Real Estate Team at the James Clark Maxwell Building (Waterloo Campus) however it is a requirement of employment that the post holder be prepared to work at any additional or different location owned or served by the College either on an ongoing or temporary basis. The post holder will be required to travel regularly between the main site base and other College premises. This post is a key post within the Estates & Facilities Department Senior Management Team and reports directly to the Director of Real Estate. The Director of Real Estate Development will take lead responsibility for the development and delivery of the College’s £100m+ p.a. real estate development programme.

Role profile

Key responsibilities and objectives of the job.

• To lead in the management of the Estates & Facilities Department’s development programme and to represent the Director of Real Estate when called upon to do so.

• To be responsible for the management of specific the projects and of the Project Managers and other development professionals, comprising surveyors, other employed staff (either temporary or permanent) to provide a professional Project Management and Development Management service to the College in the acquisition, management and disposal, provision of new buildings, refurbishment and improvement of its estate.

• To provide professional advice to the College in respect of all development matters as required for time to time.

• To establish and manage the effective delivery of a variable new build and refurbishment programme of his / her projects to ensure the operation and planning of the College Estate. It will be expected that the post holder will take responsibility for project management and other development staff and consultants to ensure the delivery of a project management and service on budget, to an agreed standard programme. • To lead and manage the delivery of capital projects across the Development division to include a consistent approach to capital project delivery, including the management of consultants and contractors and proactively managing supplier performance. • To take specific responsibility for student residences schemes and offices for professional services staff and the effective management of staff, consultants and financial resources to ensure the College meets its Real Estate obligations whilst achieving value for money.

• To be responsible for all Health and Safety matters on construction sites and buildings.

In particular, the post holder will be required to: • Be responsible for leading a team in the management of a contract and project management services for a buildings work programme, including new build, conversion, alterations, refurbishment and improvement schemes. • Develop and implement strategic management and co-ordination of major project activities across all campuses, working closely with the academic and administrative staff. • Take a proactive role in the development of the Estate to ensure the Department is up to date with higher education and statutory requirements. • Identify and diagnose building defects and their rectification. • Manage and coordinate the delivery of a programme of projects to agreed specification, achieving time, cost, quality parameters and fully compliant with health, safety, statutory and environmental obligations and best practise. • Ensure all projects represent best value for money and appropriate effective risk management, corporate governance and audit controls are in place. • Establish client briefs for projects and carry out feasibility studies of building works, including producing a range of alternative solutions for each project. • Ensure multiple projects interface correctly and that the overall construction logistics are managed. • Calculate budget estimates and prepare business cases on projects. • Obtain all statutory and legal approvals to enable works to proceed. • Prepare or oversee tender documentation, including drawings and specifications using standardised master information. • Obtain tenders, draft reports on received offers and prepare contract documentation. • Project Manage and/or administer contracts, including supervising contractors, exercising financial budget control to ensure approved sums are not exceeded and preparing valuations and final accounts. • Liaise with and appoint consultants and ensure works are carried out in accordance with statutory health and safety regulations, codes of safety working practices and College safety policies. • Contribute towards the development and maintenance of the Estates Department’s construction cost database and maintain up-to-date manual and digitised master record drawing system for all assigned projects. • Assist the Director of Real Estate in the preparation of the Estates Strategy and to cost information to ensure the continuity of the College Estate function of the department. • To be directly accountable for the budget contract administration management and liaison for any projects (including personnel and consultants). • To assist the development and management of a system for the evaluation of completed building projects to continuously improve the service provided by the Estates & Facilities Department and the contractor/suppliers used. • To represent the Estates & Facilities Department on relevant committees and working groups. The above list of duties is not exhaustive and the post holder will be required to carry out such other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time. In addition to the above, the post holder will: • Promote good departmental relations at all times. • Carry out his/her duties in accordance with the College policies, procedures and regulations and Estates & Facilities Department policies and procedures. • Carry out all of the above in a demonstrably cost-effective and sustainable manner.


Criteria Essential Desirable How identified / Assessed *For ‘How identified and assessed’ use: AP - application, AS - assessment, I - interview, P - presentation, R - references Education / qualification and training

Relevant professional construction and property industry qualifica- tion



Knowledge / skills

Building industry, statutory and health and safety regulations



Budget and finance control



Contract and project management



Computer literate



Organisation skills



Good oral communication and presentation skills



Ability to produce written reports



Experience Significant experience and track record of leading large scale, com- plex real estate development projects and programmes Demonstrable senior staff management to include budget manage- ment experience Familiarity with working in environments possessing comparable characteristics (particularly complexity, diversity and scale) to the real estate portfolio at KCL Strong relevant strategic planning skills with experience of master- planning, option appraisal, the planning approval process and brief development in a comparable context. Extensive construction industry experience











Personal characteristics/other requirements Exceptional leadership skills Self-motivated and capable of motivating others


I, R I, R I, R I, R I, R

Well-developed stakeholder management skills


Articulate, tactful and diplomatic when dealing with staff at all levels

An organised and methodical approach to work Flexible attitude and a good team member


I, R

Prepared to work and travel anywhere within the King’s College estate Prepared to undertake any necessary training which may be re- quired



King’s College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and one of England’s oldest. Located in the heart of London, it has an outstanding reputation for world-class research and teaching and

is rated one of the world’s 20 most international and outward-looking universities (Times Higher 2016).

It was sixth nationally in the ‘power’ ranking of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), and is among the top seven UK universities for research earnings (£193 million in 2014–15), with an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

Further Information and How to Apply For a confidential conversation please contact our advisors; Ben Duffill (E: or Nick Coppard (E: of The Management Recruitment Group on T: 0207 959 2368.

Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than 4 pages) and a covering letter (of not more than 2 pages).

Applications should be sent to and

Interviews will take place at King’s College London in May 2017.

68 King William Street, London, EC4N 7DZ.

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