John Smart MBE

29 August 2018

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It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of John Smart MBE, one of South Wales’ premier speculative property developers, on 6th August 2018. He was the founder and chairman of J R Smart Builders Ltd, responsible for many of the city’s major regeneration schemes, including Capital Quarter and Capital Business Park.

For more than 40 years his company has been responsible for developing around 2.5m sq ft of commercial property in South Wales and his sons Gareth and Alexander have become an integral part of the family business. He was also a long-time supporter and benefactor of Cardiff RFC and the Cardiff Blues.

Roger Thomas, Consultant with Cooke & Arkwright said, “John was already making his presence known in Cardiff in the early ‘70s when I started work.

“He was a man of great integrity, whose word was his bond. Huge energy and a passion for building the best quality product, be it offices, industrial property or residential, in and around Cardiff and South Wales. He was never afraid to put his money where his mouth was!

“His contribution to the region is immeasurable and his legacy will endure for many years. The business is in safe hands with the family team he created and I know he would be proud to see it prosper.”

Mansford has expanded its investment portfolio over the last few years. Over this time Andrew West has provided us with a full rating valuation service which has involved giving a view on liabilities prior to acquisitions, as well as conducting negotiations with Valuation Officers on our UK estate. The portfolio includes a wide range of properties from shops, offices and pubs to major leisure schemes. He has been particularly successful in mitigating our liabilities to empty property rate, which has been an issue on acquisition prior to implementing our development and letting strategy. I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew's expertise in rating valuation for all property types. The profile of property within his portfolio and the successes achieved are testament to his position as an extremely accomplished rating practitioner.

Leopold Hall, Partner, Mansford LLP