Profile

Michael Gibbens is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has worked in commercial property for over 25 years.

Michael graduated from the University of Westminster with a BSc (Hons) in Urban Estate Management and his professional experience was initially gained at the property consultancies Chesterton and Edwin Hill. He subsequently went on to work at the property companies Land Securities PLC, Equity Estates and Goodman Group.

At the latter three organisations, he was responsible for industrial, warehouse and office development from inception to completion, principally across the southern part of the UK.

This experience covered turnkey, pre-let and speculative development and totalled in excess of 2 million sq ft of built space.

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Clients

Taurus Developments acts on behalf of a variety of clients including institutional real estate funds, quoted and private property companies and occupiers of industrial and commercial real estate. Our clients include:

Osborne has worked with Michael Gibbens over the last ten years both as a client during his time at Land Securities and Equity Estates and as an adviser to us since he established Taurus. Michael’s attention to detail and personable approach is highly regarded by Osborne and, in providing development acquisition and consultancy services, he gives clear, professional, balanced and considered advice.

David SarsonManaging Director, Osborne Developments (Part of Geoffrey Osborne Limited)

I have used Taurus to provide advice relating to planning and feasibility on an existing holding in Greater London. I have found Michael to be very knowledgeable, professional and diligent on this particular instruction and am convinced that his insight and endeavour will provide added value for the Fund that previous advisers have been unable to extract.I would have no hesitation in recommending Taurus in terms of assessing development viability.

Edward BrownCBRE, Global Investors

Tarmac has worked with Michael Gibbens of Taurus Developments for five years. Michael is a personable professional. He is tenacious and innovative in his approach to negotiations and sound in assessing development viability. He is very effective in converting tentative discussions into meaningful engagements between owners and occupiers and his market knowledge is a genuine asset to clients.

John DuffieldProperty Estates Manager, Tarmac

Michael has been a rock throughout the eighteen month project and his ultra-professional, pragmatic, positive and level-headed approach has been a key ingredient in the success of this project. I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Michael for his expert advice and patience throughout this process.

Ashley WheatonPrincipal, University College of Estate Management

Partners

Taurus has established a bespoke professional team of consultants who work in partnership to provide advice when looking at potential development acquisitions or development management projects.

The consultancy team has worked with Michael Gibbens over a number of years and covers the main disciplines of architect, quantity surveyor, structural engineer, mechanical and electrical engineer, planning and highways together with ecological, arboricultural, landscape and environmental services.