“We are a niche consultancy that works globally for developers, property managers, local authorities, central government agencies and a variety of place development partnerships. We have worked on the development of new settlements, complex mixed-use developments in towns and cities, “experience retail” developments, town centre and high street regeneration, tourism and cultural developments. We are collegiate in our way of working, often involving other professionals in our projects such as architects, landscape architects, development consultants, market researchers and designers, depending on the needs of our clients.”


Placematters works closely with a small group of independent consultants who have complementary skills to ours, which, in combination, comprehensively meets the increasingly sophisticated needs of our clients who are dealing with the development of complex places.



Placematters was founded in 2012 by Malcolm Allan. Malcolm is a qualified town planner who has worked as a place maker and place brander for forty years in both the public and private sectors in the UK and in many other places around the world. In 2003 he co-founded Placebrands, the world’s first dedicated place brand agency, and then joined Locum Destination Consulting in 2007 to lead on its destination brand work. In 2009 he joined the Development Solutions Team at Colliers CRE and managed the work of its international development team, developing his specialism as a place and destination brander and manager.

Since 2012 Malcolm has worked on a range of place and destination brand strategies; for example the brand strategy for Cork Docklands in Ireland; the brand strategy and proposition for the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, the world’s longest tourist driving route; the brand strategy for the Cork City region in south west Ireland; the city brand strategy for Mississauga in Ontario in Canada; the brand strategy for the London Bridge area of central London; the brand elements of the development strategy for the Glasgow Airport Development Zone in Scotland; and the brand strategy for the Pier District of St Petersburg in Florida, USA. Malcolm is a regular speaker at place and destination brand conferences and blogs for city Nation Place and the Place Brand Observer.

(T) +44 1342 829012
(M) +44 7803 356310



Founder of Assembly Studios

Matt is an entrepreneur and a marketing and communications strategist that has led a series of successful creative businesses over the last 16 years. Since 2002, he has worked across the UK, Europe, the Middle-East and Russia leading Assembly Studios, a multi-disciplinary creative agency that has built a strong reputation for great, creative work across destination branding and the built environment. The studio maintains four core in-house teams across branding, digital, film and Computer Generated Imagery winning several awards for its design and integrated campaign work. The firm was listed in Design Week’s top 100 in 2015.

(T) +44 20 7426 2080
(M) +44 7767 338007



Founder of Chartlane

Ross is a strategic communications consultant specialising in regeneration, economic development, and place branding. He has worked with a range of local authorities, developers, consultants, and housing associations to develop continuing programmes of communication aimed at assisting the regeneration and development of places up and down the UK.

(T) +44 1293 534663
(M) +44 7774 980950



Founder of Development Solutions

Development Solutions was formed in 2011 by Philip Harcourt MRICS FNZIV FPINZ who has more than 30 years in the development sector worldwide.  He provides a specialist development service, delivering development projects throughout the UK and abroad, providing development consultancy, management and brokerage services.

Philip worked alongside Malcolm Allan at Colliers International as Head of Development Solutions for the UK and EMEA.  He has advised on development of large scale mixed use and residential projects  on a global scale, and has specialist knowledge in development of and around City and Town Centres, Transport Hubs, Waterfronts, Motor Trade, Work Space’ Healthcare, Retail, Leisure, Housing, Hospitality, Public Sector & PPP, Sport and Event Venues and Infrastructure & Public Realm.

His clients include UK and International Developers, Occupiers, Local Authorities, Major Corporates and Investment Funds.