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First Brit joins Council for Tall Buildings

Davis Langdon’s Steve Watts has become the first Britain to be named on the board of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Mr Watts, who is global head of tall buildings for the Aecom owned consultant, becomes the first European to sit on the nine strong board.

The CTBUH is widely recognised as the global leader on skyscrapers, with a board membership spanning a range of disciplines including financing, development, ownership, design, construction and operation.

Mr Watts joined Davis Langdon in 1997 and during his time with the business he has worked on numerous towers in and outside of the UK.

His key London high-rise projects began with the HSBC Headquarters at Canary Wharf, followed by the Leadenhall Building in the City and The Shard at London Bridge, on which he first provided advice in 2002.

Davis Langdon chief executive Jeremy Horner said: “The evolving London skyline over the past decade has been nothing short of dramatic and Davis Langdon, led by Steve’s tall buildings team, has been closely involved in a majority of the City’s new towers.

“This appointment is a well earned recognition of Steve’s unrivalled expertise in the economics of tall buildings as well as his excellent project work over the past 14 years.”

Mr Watts said he would use his position to help take the CTBUH in new directions “geographically and otherwise”.

“I am passionate about the subject and have a particular interest in buildings that are not only efficient and sustainable, but also fit-for-purpose in that they provide a space in which people enjoy living and working,” he said.

“Creative design can reconcile quality in these terms with cost, and the Council has been at the forefront of such thinking for some time,” he added.

Mr. Watts will be formally inducted as a trustee at a board meeting on 11 October, which is being held in conjunction with the CTBUH 2011 Korea Conference.

He has also accepted the position of treasurer for the council and will continue in his role as the CTBUH’s UK Country Leader as well as chairman of the council’s finance & economics working group.

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