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James Burke

B.A. (Hons), M.Sc, MRICS


Residential - Development

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Professional Summary

James has worked within the property sector since graduating from University in 2010. Initially working in the UK Retail Development sector. James joined Colliers International in 2013 and Heads the Residential Development team.

James has worked on a range of projects for both private and public sector clients across the south of England, helping clients maximise the value from their assets through strategic development advice and considered disposal strategies. James specialises in residential development agency, including acquisition & disposals advice, options analysis and modelling, site specific marketing & sales strategies tailored to our private and public sector landowner clients.  


  • Acquisition advice for LGIM in the purchase of Macbean Street, Woolwich. The site was purchased subject to planning and is expected to deliver c.650 BTR units.  Guide price £44,000,000
  • Disposal of Bond House, New Cross Gate for £12,900,000, a site with planning permission for 89 residential units on behalf of Private Clients.
  • Acquisition of Homebase Wandsworth on behalf of LGIM. The site had planning for 550 apartments, and will be replanned with additional land to delivery over 1,000 new BTR units. The acquisition price was £77,750,000
  • Disposal of the former Vauxhall Motors Headquarters, Luton. The site sold with a positive pre application for 1,000 residential units to Prologis UK for £28,500,000.
  • Providing consultancy and disposal advice to NHS Trust client in the sale of the Former Severalls Hospital. The largest UK NHS site to come to the market, a 120 acre site with outline planning consent for 1,500 new homes. The site was sold to a consortium of housebuilders for £35,000,000.
  • Acquisition and subsequent disposal advice on behalf of Danescroft Land Limited. A 4.5 acre unconsented site, purchased unconditionally before selling with planning permission for 77 residential units. 
  • Agreed unconditional purchases of industrial land on behalf of Berkeley Homes in South East London. The wider site is set to deliver in excess of 1,100 new homes,.


MSc Real Estate - University of Greenwich (Merit)

BA (hons) Environmental Management - University of Leeds (2.1)

Memberships & Involvements

Royal Insititution of Chartered Surveyors; Residential Development Agents Society


Danescroft Land Limited, Southern Grove, Inland Homes

Berkeley Homes, London Square, Fairview New Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Lend Lease, Bovis, Crest

LGIM, Grainmarket Asset Management, Canada Life




Mike Powell, Senior Transaction Manger - LGIM

I have worked with James for a number of years in my capacity as Transaction Manager at Legal and General. James has worked with us on the three largest acquisitions made to date for the L&G Build to Rent Fund including two sites in Wandsworth and one in Woolwich Town Centre. Based on this work I would rank him as one of the leading consultants we have worked with, bringing off market opportunities forward, partnered with invaluable advice which has enabled us to secure the above sites. James always comes across as highly intelligent when acting for us on transactions. His superb analytical and communication skills have built a strong relationship not just with myself but also with personnel across the BTR Fund team. This has been reflected in the number of deals done with James and Colliers, who have been the principle consultant instructed on acquisitions to date.   

Des Wicks, Group Land Director - Inland Homes

Over the past 5 years I have worked extensively with James on a number of acquisitions and disposals for Inland Homes Plc. In particular over the past year James has acted for us on a disposal of a 60 unit scheme in Meppershall where we achieved a sale price in excess of our aspirations despite a challenging marketplace and transactional timeframe. James was a crucial part of the team which ensured the transaction concluded in a timely manner in line for our financial year end. More recently James acted for Inland on a £28m unconditional acquisition which had considerable technical and legal issues which he provided comprehensive advice on throughout. I would consider James to be a key contact of our business and look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.

James Trelfa, Director - Danescroft Land Limited

I have known James personally for now over 4 years and consider him a key contact. He is well known in the industry and has a reputation for getting deals done in a discrete and efficient manner.  James is an important source of land opportunities to Danescroft and we consider him a key contact. In the last 18 months he has acted for us on an important acquisition in Newport Pagnell, which he is subsequently now selling with the benefit of planning consent, as well as transacting with us on another land deal, which he is instructed to dispose of once consented. We consider James a trusted adviser and in addition to the above transactions’ he advises the company on the viability, desirability and indeed eventual demand for the majority of our acquisitions. He provides important and considered advice, in a timely and efficient manner.




Development Advisory, Disposal Advice

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