People who make places for people

Press Release

Argent co-founder awarded CBE in Queen’s Honours List

Argent co-founder awarded CBE in Queen’s Honours List
1 January 2020

Peter Freeman, who founded Argent with his brother Michael in 1981 has been named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List, in recognition of his services to ‘Housing and Communities’.

This Honour comes 24 years after the first industry-wide Property Week Awards announced Michael and Peter jointly as Property Personality of the Year and Argent as Developer of the Year and Innovator of the Year.

Peter is currently an active non-executive director of both Argent and its highly-regarded area regeneration project King’s Cross.

Outside Argent, Peter continues to champion exemplary, sustainable development that puts people at its heart. He is chairman of Mayfield Market Towns, an exemplary new development in Sussex. In 2019 he was the co-ordinator and co-sponsor of the Housing Sprint, a pioneering project bringing together the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Berkeley Group, Clarion, Knight Frank, Savills and academics from the Oxford Business School, London School of Economics and the Bartlett School of Architecture to generate ideas to radically improve housing delivery in England, with an emphasis not just on numbers and building quality but on community engagement and land deal structures which provide maximum community benefit.

Peter’s CBE is the second honour from Her Majesty bestowed on an Argent Director, after Roger Madelin’s CBE for ‘Services to Sustainable Development’.

Peter commented on the award of his CBE: “It’s a great honour and is a reflection not just on my work but on everything everyone at Argent has contributed since Michael and I started the business nearly 40 years ago. The move from developing individual buildings to creating whole places began with our development Brindleyplace (Birmingham) in 1993. With the transformation of King’s Cross, we have the reward of seeing people enjoying its ten public squares every day.”

Press Releases