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.”

The Leekes Retail and Leisure Group have substantial property assets within the group and have engaged Andrew West to appeal against rating assessments on these properties since 2010. We have consistently been impressed by Andrew's knowledge of the property market and his negotiating skills have been exceptional. Given Andrew's outstanding performance, we would not hesitate to recommend Andrew to any business large or small seeking to appeal their rates liabilities.

Mike Fowler, Group Finance Director, Leekes Group