Alex Michelin and Andrew Dunn, the founders of high-end London residential developer Finchatton, have spoken out against comparisons drawn in the media between them and the Candy brothers, in a wide-ranging interview for today’s Property Week Podcast, available below.
The energetic pair, who set up Finchatton in 2000, said they were “disgruntled” when frequently described as following in the footsteps of Nick and Christian Candy, the One Hyde Park developers. “The Candy brothers have done it exceptionally well in what, but their style is slightly different to ours,” said Alex Michelin.
Speaking to former Apprentice candidate and podcast presenter James Max, the pair also opened up about the secrets to their success, saying their “anal” attention to detail was at a level that would be “frustrating to most people”.
Michelin said: “We really do sweat blood and tears over everything we do.” The pair also spoke out against government tax burdens, such as stamp duty rises, and the impact these would have on investment in central London.