Argent

People who make places for people

Argent (Property Development) Services LLP is a limited liability partnership. The Partners own the business, which is run by a senior team of eight. Many of the Partners have been working together for more than ten years.

Richard Meier</

Richard Meier

Since joining Argent in 2003, Richard has worked primarily on the King’s Cross redevelopment, where he is responsible for coordinating and delivering some £600 million of projects, including major residential, retail, public realm and infrastructure projects.

Notably, Richard oversaw the delivery of the new £155 million campus for Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London).

At a corporate level, he is responsible for development management, securing new opportunities and resourcing. He also leads several strategic initiatives, such as development of a new Residential Private Rental model and the roll-out of Building Information Modelling.

Richard read Engineering at Cambridge and has a Masters in Property Law and Valuation. He is chair of the ULI Residential Council, a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and sits on the King’s Cross Construction Board.

Will Colthorpe</

Will Colthorpe

Will joined Argent in 2006 and works on Argent’s mixed use schemes.  He also leads on commercial developments and leasing at King’s Cross where he is responsible for development totalling a gross value of £1.5bn. Will is also a specialist in refurbishment and re-use of historic buildings and structures.

At a corporate level, Will is involved in internal learning and development as well as strategic initiatives. He is also involved in new opportunities, commercial review, and structuring.

Will read Architecture at Sheffield University, and has a Masters in Planning and Development. Before joining Argent will worked in valuation, town planning and architecture.

He is chair of the British Property Federation’s Development Committee, sits on CoreNet’s UK Executive Board and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

David Partridge</

David Partridge

David joined Argent in 1990, he was appointed Joint Chief Executive in 2006 and Managing Partner of the new Argent LLP in 2012 and is Joint CEO of the new Argent Related Partnership. He has overall responsibility for all Argent business, including structuring and establishing financial and management programmes. He oversees the sourcing, master planning, building design, financing and legal aspects for all projects.

David is ex-President of the British Council for Offices and sits on the Policy Committee of the British Property Federation and on the Advisory Board for the UKTI’s Regeneration Investment Organisation (RIO). He was one of the founding members and now ex-Chairman of both the Piccadilly Partnership in Manchester and the King’s Cross and St Pancras Business Partnership Ltd and is ex-Chairman of CityCo in Manchester.

David read architecture at Cambridge and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has served on a number of RIBA practice committees.

In May 2015, David was awarded NW Insider Property Personality of the Year, and in April 2014, David jointly won the Property Week Personality of the Year Award with Roger Madelin.

Anna Strongman</

Anna Strongman

Anna leads the asset management team and drives the performance of the investment assets, estate management, property management, placemaking and regeneration initiatives at Argent’s King’s Cross development and is developing strategies for Argent’s new schemes. Anna also leads the development of the Coal Drops Yard, a unique retail scheme at the heart of King’s Cross. She works closely with the marketing, public realm and retail leasing teams as well as the development team. She has an in-depth knowledge of all asset classes, from development to management, and works at a strategic and operational level.

Before joining Argent in 2008, Anna worked for the planning and development team at Arup leading a number of planning and regeneration projects for the public and private sector. Anna did a degree in economic history and has an MPhil in economic history and an MA in property valuation.

Anna believes passionately in creating successful places for all who live, work and visit them.

André Gibbs</

André Gibbs

André joined Argent in 1998 and became a director in 2004. Over the years he has worked on Argent’s London projects, including two office developments in the City of London.

Since 2001, he has worked primarily on the King’s Cross redevelopment – in particular on land assembly, business planning, finance, infrastructure and environmental sustainability. He is responsible for integrating these aspects into the construction and delivery of the scheme.

Before joining Argent, André was a structural engineer at Arup, working on Hong Kong and Zurich airports and the Osaka Maritime Museum. He also worked in the Caribbean delivering a new port facility in Montserrat.

André is a director of Metropolitan King’s Cross Limited, the energy service company at King’s Cross. He is a member of the British Council for Offices and sits on the British Property Federation Construction Committee.

Nick Searl</

Nick Searl

Nick joined Argent in January 2008. He leads the commercial team at King’s Cross, primarily dealing with the definition, strategy, leasing and management of the office and retail components. He is also closely involved with the branding and promotion of King’s Cross.

At corporate level, Nick is involved in securing new development opportunities and is jointly responsible for marketing.

Before joining Argent, Nick worked with Chelsfield and European Land at Paddington Basin as development manager for the 1.8 million sq ft Merchant Square development, and The Point and Waterside buildings.

An architect by training, Nick has worked in the UK and Asia. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Council for Offices Management Board and also sits on the Cycle to MIPIM Executive Board.

Mike Lightbound</

Mike Lightbound

Mike joined Argent in 2007 and is a founding partner of the Argent (Property Development) Services LLP. As Finance Partner Mike overseas the financial aspects of Argent and its projects including cash flow, allocation of budgets across projects, reporting and the raising of third party funding. From 2007 to 2014 Mike was responsible for managing the overall business plan for the King’s Cross project.

Before joining Argent, Mike worked at Swiss Re where he was a member of the management team within the Global Operational Risk Group and, prior to this, he spent seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK and the Caribbean.
He is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Structural Engineering.

Mike is a Governor at the King’s Cross Academy school, a new school built as part of the King’s Cross project.

Outside Argent, Mike enjoys a range of sports, including skiing, sailing and cycling.

Robert Evans</

Robert Evans

Robert joined Argent Group PLC in 2001 and became an Executive Director in 2004. In 2012 he became a founding Partner of the new LLP. Robert has overall responsibility for its residential projects and oversees communications and public affairs. He is one of the Partners charged with seeking out and securing new development opportunities.

Robert has led the planning work at King’s Cross since 2001 and sits on the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership Board. Robert has also been involved in Argent projects in Manchester and the Thames Valley.

Robert is a Member of the King’s Cross Academy Trust that sponsors the King’s Cross Academy school. He is also Chair of Governors. Robert is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Before joining Argent, Robert worked in planning and environmental consultancy and gained experience in a wide range of public and private sector development and infrastructure projects in the UK, Canada and Norway.