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FIRST BASE

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First Base is a privately-owned mixed-use developer specialising in placemaking and urban regeneration. 

Its current development pipeline includes the regeneration of the Soapworks site in Bristol, which is being re-imagined as a mixed-use district of workspace and over 160 homes, and Edward Street Quarter, which comprises 170,000 sq ft of creative workspace and 168 homes in the heart of Brighton.

Further information about First Base is available at www.firstbase.com


Core Team

Olaide Oboh Director of Partnerships

Olaide Oboh

Director of Partnerships

Olaide Oboh is a skilled strategic thinker and problem-solver with a 15-year record of successful delivery in public and private sector organisations. As Director of Partnerships at First Base, she is focused on establishing and nurturing relationships with partners and growing the company’s pipeline in new and existing locations across the country.

A qualified project manager, Olaide’s experience is varied ranging from managing communications at Marks and Spencer to working on large scale regeneration in Hackney and leading the external relations for East Village, the new neighbourhood on the Olympic Park. 

More recently, Olaide is delivering an arts and culture hub in Bristol to grow and support the local economy and enabling a tech-led offer at the heart of the Ox-Cam Arc in Milton Keynes.

 

Liam Ronan-Chlond Head of Engagement

Liam Ronan-Chlond

Head of Engagement

Liam is engagement lead at mixed-use developer, First Base. Since joining in 2018, he has supported an expanding project pipeline, including Brighton’s biggest placemaking project in over a quarter-of-a-century and ambitious proposals for a new mixed-use district in central Bristol.  

First Base specialises in placemaking and urban regeneration to create a genuine mix of uses to revitalise high streets and town-centres across the UK. Partnership is key, working with local residents, businesses and stakeholders to create places that are future-enabled.

Liam’s began his career working for an MP in Manchester, followed by senior policy roles at Sheffield, Brighton and Camden Councils.

He joined First Base from Public Relations firm Quatro, where he spent four-years supporting a range of major built environment clients with political and stakeholder engagement, public consultation and strategic communications, on projects across the country.

Steve Eccles Project Director

Steve Eccles

Project Director

Over the past 18 years, Steve has been responsible for a number of high-profile schemes across London and the South-East, ranging from estate regeneration to large mixed-use town centre redevelopments. 

All schemes have had a strong focus on placemaking, ensuring long-term success through seamless integration of development into an urban area.  Steve’s particular focus is the impact of social value and how it should be fully considered in the development process.

Currently Steve is leading the redevelopment of the £110m Edward Street Quarter Development in Brighton which will deliver 168 apartments, 110,000sqft of offices, and 40,000sqft of retail, leisure and restaurants.

Joel Colthart Project Manager

Joel Colthart

Project Manager

Over the past 9 years, Joel has worked across a number of sectors including commercial offices, industrial warehousing, hotels and estate regeneration schemes across London and the South-East. After gaining experience and his MRICS at a global consultancy company, Joel recently joined First Base as a Project Manager and focuses on design and construction.

First Base specialises in placemaking and urban regeneration to create a genuine mix of uses to revitalise high streets and town-centres across the UK. Partnership is key, working with local residents, businesses and stakeholders to create places that are future-enabled.

Currently Joel is Project Manager on the redevelopment of the £110m Edward Street Quarter Development in Brighton which will deliver 168 apartments, 110,000sqft of offices, and 40,000sqft of retail, leisure and restaurants.

 

Edward Street Quarter

Edward Street Quarter

A £120m development being built with a target to achieve a BREEAM Excellence rating.

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What people are saying about FOOTPRINT+

What people are saying about FOOTPRINT+

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    MP for Hove, Shadow Minister for Justice
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