Osborne+Co is a privately owned Irish company that has developed $2.5BN of end value projects across four continents. Internationally renowned Danish architect Henning Larsen has created an impressive masterplan for The Waterside, and a host of Belfast based experts including Turley, Lambert Smith Hampton, Colliers, and Fourum are helping to refine and shape this plan. Chairman of Osborne+Co and placemaking expert Chris Kane leads The Waterside team in Belfast.
A truly global player, the founding directors have delivered more than 20m Sq Ft of real estate developments across four continents worth £2.5BN to date. The company is currently working on 15 projects in seven countries but has its sights set on Belfast for the biggest and most important project in the company’s history - The Waterside.
Driving the vanguard of change in the global real estate property market, Osborne+Co’s vision is to deliver best in class developments, across all regions, with a specific focus on the end user client. That end user may be a city such as Belfast or one of the biggest commercial companies in the world such as HSBC, IKEA or Santander.
Its senior team has unparalleled expertise and includes place-making visionary Chris Kane (ex BBC & Disney) and Flan McNamara, Project Director on the £2BN London Bridge Quarter (& The Shard). So far, The Waterside project has involved a wide range of collaborating experts including internationally renowned Danish architect Henning Larsen and Belfast based Lambert Smith Hampton, Turley, Fourum, Colliers and Aecom.
Around the world Osborne+Co delivers property solutions directly to global multinationals including HSBC, Nestle, Citi Group and Standard Chartered, thus creating a new, global build-to-suit disruptor model. It sees real estate solution as a tool to drive workplace, business and cultural evolution with projects that help to rejuvenate a city and attract and retain the best global talent.
Chris specialises in the art of workplace strategy and placemaking. He is also a founder of Six Ideas, a community of strategists committed to tackling complex problems arising from the convergence of work, the workforce and the workplace.
Formerly Head of Corporate Real Estate for the BBC, where he led on the development, financing and implementation of the BBC’s £2bn property strategy and estate transformation; plus he led on the BCB move to MediaCity UK. The BBC became the anchor tenant at this major new media community at Salford Quays, transforming the entire perception of Greater Manchester.
Chris started his career with JLL, was a founding partner in Corporate Real Estate Services and VP Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company. He has previously served as Board Member for Laganside Development Corporation, NHS Property Services, Network Homes and Reach2 Academy Trust.
Having lived throughout Europe, New Zealand and US, Patricia has global business experience across both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
Her extensive property marketing experience began with Shelbourne Development in Ireland, which went on to create a $500 million global property development portfolio. She brings extensive business strategy and marketing expertise to Osborne+Co having worked in blood stock trade in the US and subsequently creating and selling a very successful equine nutrition business in NZ. She is responsible for the strategic communications and marketing of the global Osborne+Co business.
Driving the vanguard of change in the global real estate property market, Jim’s vision is to deliver best in class developments, across all regions, with a specific focus on the end user client. In the case of Jim Osborne that end user may be a city, such as Belfast or Glasgow, or one of the biggest commercial companies in the world such as HSBC, IKEA, Santander etc.
His unconventional practice of investing 20-25% total equity in each development creates a compelling alignment of interests with occupier partners. Collaborating with companies directly to strategically help define, identify and deliver their international real estate design, build and fund requirements, Jim has created a new, global build-to-suit disruptor model, in international real estate. He has delivered more than 20m Sq Ft of real estate developments across four continents worth £2.5BN to date.
Conor has worked extensively in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, India and Europe and brings a diverse track record, as a principal of nearly 10 years, in the development of and investment in major, high profile real estate projects globally. He takes a collaborative, hands-on, approach whether that is with landowners, occupiers or in Joint Ventures with best in class local partners.
His global network of senior property development and investment partners, nurtured through region specific partnership projects, means that Osborne+Co can uniquely offer global expertise and deep local partner knowledge, to meet the needs of multinational clients. In 2014, Conor established the group’s London office, which has now become the global HQ of Osborne+Co, and has led the identification and acquisition of many of Osborne+Co’s key sites and projects. In addition to his existing role as a Director and shareholder, Conor will lead the expansion of Osborne+Co into the new asset classes and operations.
Flan has more than 35 years experience in design and construction management and joined Osborne+Co as Construction & Design Director towards the end of 2017.
Prior to this, he was Project Director for the £2bn London Bridge Quarter scheme incorporating both The Shard and The News Building with their extensive public realm and rail/underground related works. Flan was previously Project Director on schemes including the £340m Peterborough hospitals PFI and at ISG, then known as InteriorExterior, where he oversaw its £110m Albion Riverside residential scheme in Battersea, designed by Foster+Partners.
Wade has a uniquely global perspective gained from more than 20 years’ experience working in senior leadership positions for global occupiers and leading real estate firms across the world. He has a proven track record of driving improved business performance and investment returns through large scale and complex real estate initiatives. Prior to joining Osborne+Co, Wade spent 6 years as MD at Citigroup, most recently as Global Head of Retail and Design and Construction and previously APAC Region Head. Sitting on the Citibank Retail business and CRS operating committees, Wade oversaw a 3,000 global branch network and led the global capital and workplace program.