Ben Simpson with St. Bourke on Radio

Placemaking an Important Part of Land Planning at St. Bourke

President of St. Bourke Ben Simpson joins the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio podcast to discuss the land planning, St. Bourke’s history and its contribution to placemaking in metro Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Simpson joins hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick for the All About Real Estate segment.

Passionate business owner, property developer, community builder and placemaker are just a few things that describe Simpson. With a 25-year track record of leading great project teams and stakeholders, Simpson strives to create vibrant communities and developments for clients.

Simpson took on the role of president at St. Bourke after working with Australia’s largest residential community builder and diversified property group, Stockland, for 16 years. In his previous role, Simpson was responsible for the design, management and development of a significant property portfolio valued at more than $16 billion, which included 23,000 residential lots across seven major master-planned communities.

Before working with Stockland, Simpson held various private and public roles in the real estate industry and contributed to several projects with international and national significance.

A professional services business and consultancy agency, St. Bourke specializes in asset management and property development, primarily focusing on residential communities and commercial assets. The developer also has a qualified construction and management team that consists of civil engineers, landscape architects, land planners, market researchers and analysis and business finance experts with over 200 years of combined experience.

Simpson said, “Today, our focus is on problem-solving stalled or abandoned communities that were the victim of the downturn.”

St. Bourke was founded in 2015 by Drapac Capital Partners to work on all the assets they acquired during the great recession. Drapac is an international property investment firm that expanded to the U.S. in 2011 to acquire undervalued assets. In need of an in-house team to oversee all assets and accompanying stakeholders, Drapac Capital Partners established St. Bourke.

Created as a property investment firm, St. Bourke holds a unique position in the real estate industry, assessing the market through an investment lens. As well as creating enduring communities, the property developer seeks to ensure all projects are commercially successful and viable ventures for clients.

Simpson said, “It’s a really healthy thing for us to do to make sure our first measure of success is it needs to be able to be funded [and] commercially successful… That gives us our license to continue what we’re doing.”

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