Colin Cottage

Managing Director of Compensation

Colin is the Managing Director of Compensation at Ardent.  He has worked in the property industry for 30 years and specialised in providing compulsory purchase and compensation advice for 20 years.  Colin has experience of advising Acquiring Authorities on a wide range of infrastructure and regeneration land assembly projects, but is probably best known for his work promoting regeneration CPOs.  He was one of the London Development Agencies lead advisors for the 2012 Olympic Games CPO for more than a decade and has also been involved with the promotion of CPOs delivering regeneration in locations throughout England. Colin’s infrastructure experience encompasses being the compensation lead for the East West Rail project, managing Ardent’s team working on HS2 and advising on the acquisition of land for a number of strategic rail freight interchange projects.

Colin also represents land owners and occupiers affected by compulsory acquisition and his claimant clients include Pret-a-Manger, Oliver Bonus, Galliard Homes, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Peel Group.

Colin is an experienced compensation expert witness who has provided written and oral expert evidence at Public Inquiry, the High Court and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).