About Us

 

The Owner/ Founder

 

Voon Fui Lai has over 20 years experience as a development manager, architect and urban planner. A significant number of those years was with International Award-winning consultancy, Gensler. Voon acted as Development Manager and Sustainability Advocate to lead integrated teams in delivering diverse mixed-use cultural communities in locations across the globe.
 
Clients included Glasgow City Council, Birmingham City Council, Blackpool Regeneration, Hackney City Council, Frogmore, Resolution Properties, JP Morgan, Wanda Group, Dubai International Financial Centre, Ritz Carlton, Msheireb Properties, Sberbank, Shell, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, New Giza Developments to name a few.
 
Voon has led project teams of architects, urban planners, landscape architects, multi-disciplinary engineers, cost consultants, market research consultants to drive innovative real estate solutions and maximise development value. He has delivered a number of high profile real estate projects based on the following liveability themes:
 

Work

Dubai International Financial Centre, Johor Iskandar Financial Centre, Hoxton Tree House, Calton Gate mixed-use quarter, mentoring digital start up communities with Canary Wharf’s Cognicity

 

Live

Msheireb Downtown Doha, Vasilievsky Island Expansion, Brent Cross Cricklewood, Southern Gateway Birmingham

 

Play

Clyde Gateway Regeneration Framework, Saadiyat Island Cultural Resort

 

Learn

New Giza University Campus, Delft University Innovation District

 

Wellbeing

Minsk Eco-Communities, Hyde Park Cairo

Images above courtesy of Gensler

 

To complement his large scale urban regeneration/ place making experience,

Voon also has experience as a property entrepreneur at the domestic scale:

  • Acquired, developed and managed a property portfolio of 5 terraced houses in Battersea
  • Dealt with planning and party wall agreements
  • Construction delivery of the refurbishment of residential properties. This involved commissioning and managing trade-contractors for 1st fix, 2nd fix works and the eventual snagging prior to completion

 

Other Interests:

  • Trustee of Almitas Life SSAS Fund to invest in SME Joint Ventures and Property Development Opportunities
  • Member of the Institute of Directors to collaborate with other SME owners to drive entreprise and partnerships contributing to national GDP from the grassroots
  • Member of the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Council to promote innovation in the UK’s neighbourhoods development
  • Investing in SMEs such as Morpher folding bicycle helmets, ManiLife Argentinian peanut butter, Aduna super foods, Humble Grape wine bar and Den smart home switches
  • Making a Mark in the Arts: Patronage to complete the construction of the Rambert Dance Company Studio and the Royal Academy 250th Anniversary Lecture Hall

 

Blogs

Professional Affiliations

RESIDENTIAL LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION | ASSOCIATION FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT | ROYAL TOWN PLANNING INSTITUTE | ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS | INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS

Contact Us

 

Voon Fui Lai  

MAPM MRTPI RIBA

Managing Director

Bricks & Peops Ltd

Trustee of Almitas Life SSAS

 

Email: voon@bricksandpeops.com

Tel: 07843 528352

www.linkedin.com/in/vflai

 

Companies House No: 10516737

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