Award winning property and construction professionals; Gemma and Matt have a combined working history of over 40 years within the Construction and Development Industry
With Matt’s throrough knowledge of overall construction across multiple sector and Gemma’s comprehensive understanding of the planning and feasibility phases, we have a unique blend of skills to be able to provide detailed and bespoke services across a variety of projects
Dowlas collaborate with a wider team of professionals who can be drafted into projects as and when required, thus enabling Dowlas to work efficiently in both time and costs, We work with Landowners to unlock potential sites, Business Owners to assist in site relocation or expansion ans Investors to make their funds deliver strong returns
Dowlas are much more than just a developer, we are ambitious Property, Land and Investment Consultants. Helping our Clients to realise the full potential of their portfolios and to support local communities. We enable growth in the leisure, commercial, and retail sectors which compliments residential development to provide great places to work, live, socialise and relax.
We feature throughout various stages of the development process to help a concept plan become a reality. We have a proven history, to be able to draw and piece together challenging sites in order to achieve maximum returns.
The Dowlas team are based in Somerset and have strong working relationships with all the local authorities that will need to be approached in order to gain a successful outcome when applying for planning consents. Having operated in this region for the past 10 years, we also have great links with the various stakeholders who will also need to be consulted on the project; colleges, businesses, residents etc.
Dowlas works at its best when we are part of the entire life cycle of the project, supporting land owners and end users to manage the development process from coordination of pre planning phase on to full planning consents and construction tendering right through to the management of building processes. We break our services down in to three core areas:
- Develop – Working collaboratively to ensure we agree a route to maximum value. Whether this is simply securing a land sale or by preparing any site for ongoing development
- Design – Coordination of every element needed to move the project forward. This stage includes overseeing all Planning and Design Consultants, advising on best routes for funding and the attraction of operators or occupiers.
- Deliver – Entire project management of all relevant parties to ensure the development delivers its full potential.
We offer all or part of these services depending upon our Clients’ needs and requirements. This means that we can provide an agile, bespoke service tailored to each individual project. In our experience, by approaching projects in this way we can bring much more added value as we always have sight on the final delivery phase which ultimately saves money and keeps the project always striving to achieve its key values.
Weston Gateway Business Park
Project Value £30 million
Dowlas were appointed and retained as both promoter and preferred Developer of this newly created Business Park. Dowlas oversaw all initial infrastructure designs and construction as well as managing the entire sales process for the landowner. Dowlas have also worked with various occupiers to support their ongoing development including LiveWest HQ, Police Rapid Response Centre and Greene King Pub/ Restaurant
Off Market Opportunity
Project Value £15 million
Dowlas have been appointed to support the land owners in the disposal and/or development of site fronting on to the Seafront. To date, Dowlas have successfully secured interest and offers from a number of Developers to buy the land and are currently working up options for the land owner to develop themselves in order that they can draw a comparison to identify their preferred route forward.
Holiday Inn, Weston Business Park
Project Value: £11 million
After successfully securing a land sale over £0.5 million above the market rate for the land owner, Dowlas were then appointed by Zeal Hotels to support them to secure amendments to existing planning consents. After initial conversations with the local authority, Zeal were asked to submit a new FULL application. Dowlas supported them to override this decision to become a simple MMA approval which was turned around in under 12 weeks.