Laura Corr has been working for Ballymore since 2014. She is a development manager on London City Island and Embassy Gardens. She grew up in Dublin and went to university in Bristol. Laura is a qualified chartered surveyor.
How did you come to work for Ballymore?
I liked its story. I guess being an Irish company helped but I like what it does. I’m really attracted to developments on the river because it reminds me of Dublin and Ballymore does that well.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m a practical person. I never saw the point of education for education’s sake. I wanted a qualification that would take me somewhere.
What does a development manager do?
I need to get involved in every stage of a project from pre-planning stage right through to handover. A lot of it is to do with the budget and the construction and this means working closely with all our consultants, like the QSs and architects. But I also need to understand the sales and marketing strategy band which retailers we’re going to let units to. It’s about being keeper of all those things.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
It’s the variety. I usually spend three days in the office and two on site. No day is the same. One day I’ll be in a planning meeting until late in the evening and the next I could be putting a list of architects together for a new project.
What keeps you awake at night?
We’re always seeing if we can do something better and that means I have a long list of things I have to do and people I need to chase.
Development takes so long. How you stay focused?
It does takes a long time but it’s quicker than you think. I wasn’t here at the start of London City Island but I remember Embassy Gardens in 2014 when we put up a Christmas tree and all of a sudden there’s a Waitrose here. Where did all that time go?
There’s been a lot of criticism of tall buildings in London . What’s your view?
I love tall buildings and if you go to a city like New York you realise that London still doesn’t have that many towers. But if people don’t want to move to the suburbs they’re going to have to get used to living high.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it say?
There are very few people who can credibly say they worked on changing the skyline of the best city in the world.