predicted, but by closer to 100 per cent.
It's only weeks since Liverpool born Chris, 31, unveiled his ambitious strategy to create a mighty city centre block on the old Department of Employment building at Aytoun Street.
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Then on to a meeting with his surveyors, and then.
And Chris has now expanded into legal services. I was spending so much on the legals for Aytoun Street I thought I should set up a legal business myself, he says.
the Albany brand is one you'll hear again and again as Chris transforms himself into the Richard Branson of the future
It's four times the size and value of the Albany project and it will make or break the Albany brand. Failure isn't on Chris' agenda. Today Steve Moule the man who gave him his first job has joined Albany as its managing director.
Today half the flats are already sold off plan, and the rest will be hitting the market soon. Luckily for Chris, Liverpool property values didn't just rise by the 40 per cent he'd Nike Air Max 95 Red And Grey
I'd always wanted to do my own thing, so when Steve Moule took me on as a quantity surveyor I also started my own small building business, just contract work on house extension and conservatories, says Chris.
The big break came when his security business was hired by Empire Properties to keep an eye on Liverpool's dilapidated, but grade II listed, Albany Building on Old Hall Street.
The city council were keen to see the site cleared up. Chris started to negotiate with Empire and is on the brink of getting the planning permission he needs for the massive city centre tower.
Spain, too, is on his agenda. But as we spoke Chris had to rush away: next on his schedule was a meeting with bankers for the Aytoun Street project.
After Air Max Womens Black And White six years of frantic activity he's moved from quantity surveying through small time property development to catering and legal services.
However, Chris's links with Empire gave him an opportunity to expand into Manchester. They owned the former Job Centre on Aytoun Street. The site had been vacant for more than 10 years and was a city centre eyesore.
From that point his hyper active business brain didn't slow down until the crash. He expanded into the sub contracting business and then catering and finally security.
Empire had tried to develop the Albany a few times, but it hadn't worked, and they were quietly offering the building to buyers. It was our job to show them round.
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With 100 per cent finance agreed by Singer Friedlander and HBOS, Chris thought so long as property values rose he couldn't lose. In 2001 he bought the Albany from Empire, paying 3.2m way above the 1.7m many observers expected.
It's certainly fast work. But things for Chris always move like lightning. In fact his life has been a blur of activity since the day six years ago he climbed onto his motorbike, slammed into the road and spent 29 days immobilised in hospital.
Although Chris claims the time spent flat on his back in a hospital bed forced him to slow down and re think his life, it doesn't look that way to most observers.
Work on Aytoun Street could begin soon. Chris said: I'm looking at emerging markets. Places like Budapest, Bulgaria, Krakow. If the pound and dollar stay the way they are, that has to be a good bet.
as a tongue in cheek conversation turned into serious negotiations, says Chris.
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The sudden shift in gear for his small scale property empire came, he says, as a direct result of the motorbike crash of May 1999. If I look phrenetic now, then before the crash I was worse.
It will include 237 apartments and around 160,000 sq ft of new office space. Sitting between Piccadilly Gardens and Argent's new office, hotel and residential scheme in front of Piccadilly station, few doubt that it will be a commercial success.
John Mason, who was with specialist construction consultancy Knowles, heads the new operation. The Albany Dining Rooms, his upmarket restaurant concept, opens in Liverpool this August, whilst the Albany apartments will be available in April.
"The crash slowed me down. It made me realise what I valued and what I wanted, and I thought that what I was doing buying and renovating a few houses, then a few more wouldn't grow very fast.
"I had to do something big. So I guessed property values in Liverpool would grow. I was convinced of that, so I decided to take a risk, he says.
So far the plan has cost him 750,000 in fees and planning costs, along with a purchase price for the site rumoured to be above 5m. But it all started when, aged 19, one of his father's amateur football team mates offered him a job in the property business.
I spent six years as a brickie, or rather managing brickies, though I never touched a brick in my life, then into catering, and then security when I realised I didn't trust anyone else to look after my projects properly, he recalls.
Chris thriving on taking risks
The new Aytoun Street project is his boldest step by far. The 83m scheme, designed by Manchester architect Ian Simpson, will soar 131 metres above the city skyline.
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