The Team

Eastside Locks is a Joint Venture between Goodman, The Homes and Communities Agency and Birmingham City Council. Goodman has been appointed as the preferred development partner under a Development Agreement between the parties to deliver the Eastside Locks masterplan – creating a place of vibrancy, beauty and to stimulate long-term benefits for Birmingham. The new city quarter will provide businesses and the local community with an outstanding location in which to live and work, as well as visit.

James Raven

Development Director

James is responsible for the overall delivery of planning, development, sales and leasing activity in the UK.

James joined Goodman in 1994 as a Development Surveyor, and has been involved in the delivery of over 3 million sq ft of office and industrial accommodation and the masterplanning and sale of hundreds of acres of assets. James has also worked for MEPC and started his career in the Project Management and Development Team at Chesterton, where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.

James has over 20 years' experience in property, mostly commercial office, mixed use and urban regeneration.

Nigel Allsop

Regional Construction Director

Nigel is a Regional Director and responsible for all construction activity across all Offices in the UK.

Nigel, a chartered surveyor, has over 25 years' experience in the construction and property industry, with particular emphasis on large multi-disciplinary bespoke projects for individual end users. His skills include managing both construction teams and direct suppliers alike and have seen him deliver many complex projects on programme and within budget. Nigel joined Goodman in 2000 and since then has been responsible for a number of bespoke projects including the R&D and headquarters for the McLaren Group, a turnkey rationalisation of the logistics function for Direct Wines involving the procurement of a 17,000m2 facility and the management of the full internal team/direct suppliers and new 45,000 sq ft UK Headquarters for PZ Cussons at Manchester Business Park.

In addition Nigel was responsible for the new Force Headquarters and Divisional Headquarters buildings for Greater Manchester Police totalling approximately 400,000 sq ft.

Paul Barber

Development Surveyor

Paul is a Development Surveyor within the UK Offices team and is responsible for development, sales and leasing at Manchester Business Park, Manchester Central Park and Eastside Locks.

Paul has 19 years in commercial property having commenced his career in property development at the Welsh Development Agency before joining Colliers CRE's Business Space team in London.

He then took up an associate director position at Innes England Chartered Surveyors in Leicester before moving to Wilson Bowden Developments. Paul joined Goodman in late 2007 and has been involved in the initial creation of the Eastside Locks Masterplan which is now moving forwards into the delivery phase with the 45,331 sq ft speculative Phase 1 office under offer and Alumno Developments already on site with a student residences scheme comprising 659 rooms.

Paul has also successfully completed development, sales and leasing in Manchester Central Park including a 5 unit scheme at Madison Place and 400,000 sq ft to Greater Manchester Police in addition to 41,630 sq ft for PZ Cussons and 23,543 sq ft for Emirates at Manchester Business Park.

Paul is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has a BSc (Hons) degree in Estate Management from Nottingham Trent University.

Luke Schuberth


Luke Schuberth is a Managing Director of Aukett Swanke and sits on the Group Management Board. He specialises in masterplanning and architectural design for commercial office buildings. Known for his commitment to design excellence, he leads projects that range from wider mixed-use masterplans to individual architectural commissions throughout the UK.

Luke has worked on the Eastside Locks project from the beginning, overseeing the initial masterplan in 2008, which led to an outline submission and approval in 2009. He was also at the helm when the scheme achieved reserved matters detail consent for 'plot B' – a hotel and refurbishment of Belmont Works as a first phase. In 2014 the team achieved reserved matters detail consent for 6 Cardigan Street, a 70,000 sq ft speculative office and 8 Cardigan Street, a 100,000 sq ft office with retail at ground level.

His role as masterplanner involved extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including CABE, the Birmingham DOG (Design Officers Group), multiple neighbours, heritage bodies, highways, and British waterways. The proposal has received a lot of public interest as it creates a new urban quarter that faces onto the canal, changing the hierarchy of the existing street pattern and bordering the new millennium park. Aukett Swanke were able to guide and lead the design to create a series of different spaces drawing upon the character of the area and setting up the opportunity for high-quality architecture.

In partnership with

  • Birmingham
    City Council

    As a forward-thinking local government body, Birmingham City Council have long championed the redevelopment of the Eastside area of the city, first identifying its potential in the late 1990s. To date, the council have invested over £40 million in the infrastructure surrounding the new Eastside Locks development, and see the project as further enhancing Birmingham's already impressive business and leisure offering.

    Birmingham City Council

  • Big City

    Launched back in September 2010, the Big City Plan is a 20 year vision for Birmingham's city centre, supporting transformational change to create a world-class region to deliver sustainable growth, improved connectivity, authentic character, environmental quality, new residential communities and a diversified economic base. The ethos behind Eastside Locks reflects the ethos of the Big City Plan in many ways, with a shared vision of a forward-thinking, burgeoning, 21st century city which is the pride of all who live and work there.

    Big City Plan

  • Homes &
    communities agency

    The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) helps create successful communities by making more homes and business premises available to the residents and businesses who need them. Therefore, the HCA is a natural partner both for Goodman and the Eastside Locks project as a whole. Further solidifying the HCA's backing for the project is the Eastside Enterprise Zone – offering a range of business incentives to all companies who choose to locate in Birmingham's newest and most vibrant mixed-use hub.

    Homes and  Communities Agency (HCA)

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