CREation at Regeneration Brainery

Throwback to 1st July - the first day of Wimbledon, the first day back in work after Glasto and the start of Regeneration Brainery's very first London Brainery!


The Brainery kicked off in incredible fashion with a site tour of East Wick and Sweetwater at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a joint project by Balfour Beatty and Places for People, which formed the basis of the Brainees' case study project for the week. CREation Ambassadors John Guest (Harper Harrison) and Janine Zager (Equiem) donned their hard hats to accompany the Brainees on their site tour and enjoyed a great talk from Regeneration Brainery Mentor Samantha McClary (Editor, Estates Gazette).


Lambert Smith Hampton were next to host the Brainees on Tuesday, with the brilliant Nick Mullins (Executive Director for Business Transactions, LSH) and Nick Walkley (Chief Executive, Homes England) providing insights into their careers in the property industry and talking about the various opportunities available to the Brainees, including apprenticeships. Sarah Thorley (Savills) and Hope Ayers (Cushman & Wakefield) were on hand for CREation to add their own experiences and to assist with sessions on masterplanning and site analysis too. David Lunts (Executive Director of Housing & Land, Greater London Authority) also called in during the afternoon.


Wednesday saw the Brainees take a seat at the negotiation table at DLA Piper. Manchester CREation Committee Member Cherry Swift was joined by her DLA Piper colleagues Tom Gatenby (also part of our London CREation Committee), Faye Priestley and Nick Haringman and CREation Ambassador Jodane Walters (Cushman & Wakefield) for an exciting mock-negotiation which saw the Brainees take on the roles of a developer, neighbouring landowner or local council in connection with a proposed development. The Brainees (and our Ambassadors!) got very into character and excitedly battled it out for their respective teams before agreeing a commercially acceptable position. The Brainees were then joined for the afternoon by Olajide Alade (NHS Property Services), Michael Chang (Public Health England), Nicole Norman (A2Dominion Group) and Tosin Ojun (Technology Student), who all kindly volunteered their time through the CREation Ambassador programme, and Regeneration Brainery Mentors Debra Yudolph (Partner, SAY Property Solutions) and Jonathan Northey (Partner, DLA Piper). The final stop of the day was a tour of one of WeWork's amazing co-working spaces.


The Brainees travelled back to Stratford on Thursday for a day at UCL's Here East campus, featuring the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Institute for Sustainable Heritage. The Brainees spent the day working on the design of their very own East Wick and Sweetwater buildings with the wonderful assistance of Mentor Louise Wyman (Design Lead, West Midlands Combined Authority) and CREation Ambassador Scarlett Doyle (Howard Kennedy).


The week came to a close with the Brainees presenting their design projects to a panel of judges at Homes England's offices, bringing together everything they had learnt during the week in relation to planning, financing, sustainability, use of building materials, construction and placemaking in the context of regeneration. The judges were thoroughly impressed by the innovative, thoughtful designs that the Brainees put forward, many of which brought the ideas of community and social wellbeing to the fore.


A huge thank you to all of our CREation Ambassadors who gave up their time during the week - you were all fantastic and your enthusiasm and pearls of wisdom were invaluable for the Brainees.


If you're interested in getting involved with Regeneration Brainery in the future, please get in touch with Cherry Swift (


Harri John