The South West

Our Regional Board in the South West is using its professional skills to create 11 contemporary apartments to provide much-needed affordable housing for young homeless people in Bristol.  East Street Mews is a ground-breaking initiative on Bedminster Parade, the property has been empty for many years and needs significant restoration and improvement.

Led by LandAid’s South West Board’s Chair Gavin Bridge of Spatia -  a team of local businesses, charities and property experts with support from Bristol City Council are all working together free of charge on East Street Mews.  

When complete, the apartments will be offered at low rent levels set according to an amount young homeless people can afford to pay.  East Street Mews will provide a solid foundation on which its residents can move on to the next stage of their lives in education or employment.

The apartments at East Street Mews will be managed by a local charity Developing Health & Independence (DHI) which runs innovative services to help disadvantaged people turn their lives around.

The ground floor of the property will include space for local businesses and provide employment opportunities for residents and the local community alike.

If you want to find out more about the East Street Mews project you can visit their website here.

You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.

Interested in doing a project like this yourself? Contact Paul Morrish for more details.

See whose on our South West Board below.

  • Jay Ridings

    Acting Board Chair

    Jay Ridings is a chartered building surveyor specialising in commercial TDD and development consultancy working for TFT in Bristol, having started his career in London.

    Jay sits on the editorial panel for the RICS’ Building Surveying Journal and has been a speaker on Landlord and Tenant matters for RICS.   

    Jay was a keen volunteer for the London Borough of Camden visiting the elderly in his local neighbourhood before moving to Bristol, where he has carried on his voluntary work by instigating and hosting meetings with local homelessness charities and property professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities that face the city in a time when homeless is growing. 

    He is passionate about the role that businesses can play to improve their industry and local communities and how this can create a better workplace for everyone.


  • Paul Arthur

    Board Member

    Paul serves as a Director at Paragon Building Consultancy. He moved there in 2011 after roles as a Surveyor in JLL and King Sturge.

    Paul is very active in his support of LandAid, serving on the committee for one of our biggest annual partner events, PropSki, and helping to promote our mission in a number of ways.

    Paul is an avid sportsman and sports fan, dabbling in cycling, tennis, snowboarding and more.

  • Rachel Bell

    Board Member

    Rachel is a director at Stride Treglown and applies her varied sector experience to her work as head of business development and head of transport. An architect at heart, Rachel has been an outward facing personality for the business since joining in 2000. As 2017/2018 chair of Women in Property in the South West, Rachel hosted over 100 successful events, grew membership by 29% and established herself as a role model for women in the construction industry. Rachel is looking forward to supporting the SW regional board for landaid using her network and event organisation skills to raise awareness for youth homelessness.

  • Nigel Dyke

    Board Member

    Nigel Dyke joined Alec French Architects in 2000 and was appointed Director in March 2002.

    Before joining Alec French Architects he was an Associate of Nealon Tanner Architects, Bristol, where he worked on a number of educational and community projects. Prior to that he worked as a Project Architect for Jestico + Whiles in London, principally on residential, education and low energy projects.

    At Alec French, he has been involved in a number of high profile projects in Bristol for both public and commercial clients including Quakers Friars and the refurbishment of Grade II listed City Hall on behalf of Bristol City Council. He has a particular interest in workspaces, low energy design and the creative use of existing buildings.

    Nigel is an active member of various business and design groups in Bristol; he was a visiting critic at the Centre of Alternative Technology and UWE Bristol and is a member of the Steering Group of the Bristol Urban Design Forum, member of Academy of Urbanism and Honorary Business Fellow at UWE Bristol.

  • Matt Joyner

    Board Member

    Matt has 17 years’ experience in property, finance and asset management, including 8 years in institutional, corporate portfolio management. He has utilised his wealth of knowledge to adhere to a variety of different clientele needs and requirements ensuring value extraction in terms of both capital appreciation and yield, managing in excess of 5000 properties across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Matt has a strong network of third party suppliers from contractors through to inventory clerks, and experienced in pulling various resources together to deliver projects on time and to budget. Matt works closely with Andrews Charitable Trust and supports Bristol charity 1625 Independent People.

  • Chris Mitchell

    Board Member

    Chris is an Architect Director at AWW Architects in Bristol, where he has worked for more than 20 years.

    He has worked on a variety of building types but with a particular emphasis on Education and major Commercial projects. Chris is the Director responsible for Sustainability and Quality at AWW.

    Chris has responsibility for the Debut (Lend Lease) Regional Prime Contract South West. This contract is for construction and maintenance across the MoD estates in the Southwest of England and AWW has undertaken a wide range of construction projects on a number of MoD sites.

  • Owain Morgan

    Board Member

    Owain is a Managing Associate at the Bristol offices of Simmons & Simmons, a law practice based in London. Owain has broad experience advising on acquisitions and disposals of key real estate assets and development sites, high value lease transactions and asset management work.

    In particular, Owain specialises in real estate finance transactions working for domestic and overseas banks, funds and other institutional investors providing both senior and mezzanine debt.

  • Alexandra Notay

    Board Member

    Alexandra is an internationally recognised expert on Build to Rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development. She has 14 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients in the UK, US, Europe and Australia and now leads the BTR fund for PfP Capital, part of Places for People Group. Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of the ULI UK Residential Council, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation and non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy. Proudly West Country born and bred, she is delighted to be an inaugural SouthWest Board Member for LandAid.

  • Ian Wilkinson

    Board Member

    I am a partner at Osborne Clarke LLP, I am chair of the Underfall Yard, a charity which looks after an operating Victorian boatyard in the centre of Bristol, promoting marine skills and heritage education.  I live in Bristol with my wife and two school-age children. I love everything to do with water: sailing, swimming, surfing badly, paddle boarding and when it gets cold, skiing.  Recently I have become addicted to playing sub-standard tennis too.

  • Stuart Wilkinson

    Board Member

    Stuart joined WWA as a Regional Partner responsible for the Exeter and Salisbury regions. 

    One of his previous roles was as a Senior Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager for PSP Consultants where he started in 1998 and gained much of his experience working on projects in central London and the M4 corridor. His main role there was the delivery of the larger projects that came in to the office with values ranging to £70million.

    Stuart has extensive pre and post contract experience working with variety of contract forms and with a diverse base of clients from all sectors including local authorities, private residential developers, commercial developers, housing associations and various end user clients.

    Stuart is commercially astute, recognising the importance of fostering business relationships and achieving business benefit from project expenditure and effective management of large budgets.