Crompton Place
The mixed-use Crompton Place won planning permission last July

Retail tycoon’s stepson backs half of Bolton Regeneration

Sarah Townsend

Brett Palos, a relative of billionaire businessman Sir Philip Green, has acquired a 50% stake in Granite Turner, which is working with Beijing Construction Engineering Group International to deliver the £250m Crompton Place.

Palos is the founder of Brett Palos Investments and is a property developer and entrepreneur. He acquired London’s Thackery Estate in 2012, among other investments, and has since transformed it into a real estate asset manager.

Palos became Green’s stepson in 1990 when his mother Tina married the former chairman of Topshop owner Arcadia Group.

He has acquired a stake in Liverpool-based Granite Turner through his Brett Palos Investments vehicle, making him a 50% shareholder in the business with director Jason Granite owning the other half, according to a statement on Companies House.

Meanwhile, Steven Turner, another director at Granite Turner, left the position earlier this month, a separate Companies House filing shows. Turner worked for Midia, Granite Turner’s previous name before it rebranded last September.

First as Midia, and now as Granite Turner, the company is part of the Bolton Regeneration joint venture with Chinese construction group BCEGI, which is working to deliver a 110-bed hotel, 150 homes and 113,000 sq ft of office space at the former shopping centre site in Bolton.

Granite Turner remains part of that joint venture, according to Companies House, which lists Jason Granite as a director alongside BCEGI’s Dongwen Yu.

Initially as Midia, it was also part of IGF Developments, a joint venture with Ion Property Developments appointed by Liverpool City Council in 2018 to deliver the 1,500-home Festival Gardens – a £700m project designed by architects BDP and AHR.

However, earlier this week, Ion took full control of IGF, buying out Granite Turner by mutual agreement, and now plans to deliver the 28-acre scheme alone.

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