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.”

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing Newport City Council with rating advice for over 20 years. Andrew, Jane and Huw provide a personal and professional service and have an excellent knowledge of the Council’s assets which has enabled the Council to achieve substantial rate savings. A useful service offered is the status report which provides us with a snapshot of what appeals have been made and appeals outstanding throughout the life of the List. I would recommend Cooke & Arkwright Rating Services to any company wishing to procure up-to-date and professional rating advice.

Eirian Jones, Estates Team Leader, Newport Norse