Sitematch is speed dating for property developers, public sector landowners and planners aimed at:
- Helping local authorities commercialise and develop revenue streams;
- Accelerating the governmentís programme of surplus public land disposal;
- Helping achieve the government's target of building 100,000 homes on public land by 2016
Sitematch is free to the public sector and was launched in 2011 by 3Fox International working with Ealing Council and the Mayor of London.
Sitematch offers a combined approach:
- Firstly, a website listing publicly-owned land for sale and development. Additional information about the sites with planning and other conditions affecting them is available to subscribers.
- Secondly, an event at which those meetings take place. The first three events were held at City Hall, London, in 2012 and 2013, where Londonís councils and other bodies such as NHS trusts, Transport for London and the GLA hosted 1,234 meetings with 443 developers and advisors. A fourth event was held at the Hilton Euston, London, in June 2013, at which senior officers from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth, Stirling and Inverness plus the Scottish Cities Alliance met with developers and investors to attract them to Scotland.
As a result of these events, hundreds of subsequent meetings have taken place, leading to detailed negotiations and already some deals. The fifth Sitematch event - Sitematch UK - focused on government departments, all of which own land directly and in many cases through other bodies such as NHS Trusts. It took place at HM Treasury, Horse Guards Road, London, on 22 November 2013.
Another event that will include London councils will take place in April 2014.