St. Modwen Properties

St. Modwen Properties PLC
Public (LSE: SMP)
Industry Property and Regeneration
Predecessor Clarke St. Modwen
Redman Heenan International plc
Founded 1966
Headquarters Birmingham, United Kingdom
Key people
Sir Stanley Clarke CBE, (co-founder)
Jim Leavesley, (co-founder)
Bill Shannon, Non Executive Chairman
Bill Oliver, CEO
Revenue £287.5 million (2015)[1]
£255.0 million (2015)[1]
£217.3 million (2015)[1]

St. Modwen Properties plc (LSE: SMP) is a British-based property investment and development business specialising in the regeneration and remediation of brownfield land and urban environments. It is headquartered in Birmingham, has a network of seven regional offices across the UK and, as at 30 November 2015, owned a 6,000 acre land bank and a £1.7bn property portfolio.[1]


The business was founded by Sir Stanley Clarke CBE and his brother-in-law Jim Leavesley in 1966 as a property development business called Clarke St. Modwen.[2] In 1986 the management reversed the business into Redman Heenan International plc, a listed former engineering concern that had become a shell company.[2] At that time, in 1986, the name was changed to St. Modwen Properties plc.[2] In the 1980s the company developed the Stoke-on-Trent Garden Festival site.[2]

In January 2004 the company acquired a 230-acre site at Longbridge from Phoenix Venture Holdings.[3] The land at the Longbridge site was obtained by St Modwen Properties at a fraction of the actual value after the company paid a £100,000 property commission to a firm run by an associate of the Phoenix Four.[4]

In January 2013 the company entered into a development agreement for the New Covent Garden Market site in London[5] and in March 2013 the company entered into a development agreement for the first phase of Swansea University's Bay Campus.[6]

In June 2016 the company entered into development agreements for (i) the Spray Street Quarter in Woolwich, a regeneration project in joint venture with Notting Hill Housing to create a mixed-use development,[7] (ii) Chippenham Gateway in Wiltshire, a 79-acre site to be developed into a 1 million sq ft industrial park[8] and (iii) Stanton Cross, Wellingborough, a project involving 1 million sq ft of industrial accommodation.[9]

In 2016 the company has established a Private Rented Sector (PRS) business unit.[10]


The company has a strategy to add value to the properties it owns through remediation, enhanced planning approvals and asset management. The company's £1.7bn portfolio comprises the following categories of assets:

The residential part of the business creates value through four routes to market:[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Annual Report 2015" (PDF). St. Modwen Properties. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "History". St. Modwen. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  3. "St Modwen buys 230 acre slice of Longbridge". Property Week. 6 January 2004. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  4. MG Rover report reveals lies, cover-up and bribery Daily Telegraph, 11 September 2009
  5. "St Modwen and Vinci JV sign contract for New Covent Garden Market regeneration". Property Magazine. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  6. "St Modwen confirmed as developer for first phase of Swansea University's £450m science and innovation campus". Wales online. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  7. "Regeneration of key Woolwich site between Crossrail and existing stations moves forward". South London Press. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  8. "New owners drawing up plans for 1m sq ft distribution park on M4". Swindon Business. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  9. "Developer which brought Lidl to Wellingborough signs up for Stanton Cross". Northamptonshire Telegraph. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  10. "Half Year Report 2016" (PDF). St. Modwen Properties. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
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