This is the bit where the more traditional stuff exists. So bits of a CV and general background are here if you need it.


Peter Buglass MRICS CDir FIoD FRSA







An original thinker with a positive approach, driven to find the best solution, whilst recognizing the regulatory, legal, and commercial impact. Motivational and supportive as a leader, used to rebuilding teams and delivering results in tough situations. An active listener who uses plain and simple language to build belief and pursue new ideas. Designed, established and delivered projects, businesses, and buildings across a broad range of sectors. Calm and resilient in whatever the situation, with experience of the highs and lows of business life, Peter has the knowledge, skill, and contact base to deal with most business situations.


Custard-pie Properties has been around since 1998. Most of my work since then has been done ‘under the radar’ as I’ve acted for clients who either haven’t sought publicity or who simply wanted to push their brand and keep silly pie people out of the picture. I still work that way if required. It suits me not to chase the limelight.


• Operated as project lead on over 1,500 homes across the UK.
• Providing strategic advice and structure to a construction dispute resolution consultancy.
• Ex Deputy Chair of Frontis Homes; Peter has gained detailed knowledge of social landlords and their operating environment.
• Strategic review of Essex University campus (Grade 11 Listed) to increase long term value in the student experience.
• Strategic planning for a B2B asset finance business.
• Asset strategy and funding for a care village operator.
• Managing external consultants to obtain public relations, marketing and sales input for a SaaS provider.
• Generating and implementing ideas for a social enterprise to raise profile whilst meeting stated aims.
• Leading a charity through the strategic review to decide to relocate and build their new premises.
• Assisting a specialist start up business in the property investment sector with focus on robust service processes.
• Mitigating cost overruns on a refurbishment of historic tram sheds to provide offices, keeping 2 trams in situ as informal meeting places.
• Developed the first refurbishment in Liverpool of a Grade 11 Listed office block to apartments.
• Concept design for a private residence


Since 1998 Peter has become a trusted confidant of several high net worth individuals and corporate clients, he advises them on property and general investment business. His work has broadened to include assets generally, financing and recovery of SMEs and a number of commissions to write start up business plans.

Peter specialises in the pre construction/operational phase where he is skilled in the legal, financial, planning and design aspects of developments and businesses. In his advisory role he is often required to lead by example and guide strategic action through others. Peter is often consulted on strategic issues outside of the property industry:


In those quiet moments I also have a few personal projects:

  • Developing a seafront promenade with an ice rink, shops, bars, and a theatre.
  • Experimenting with a terraced house design to update the Georgian town house.
  • Establishing a car share platform for rural, NHS patient, and vulnerable adult use.
  • Simplifying then designing training for the principles of better board behaviour.
  • Testing technically superior electric under floor heating. Impressive performance but yet to measure cost!

Back catalogue – that is the history of how we got here without any of the really interesting bits like the time Special Branch frog marched me out of the dining room at the Savoy.

1974 Peter began his working life with a firm of Surveyors & Auctioneers in Preston, Lancashire (E J Reed & Sons Ltd).  Having turned down University he readily took to the workplace and learned administration, customer service, marketing and business development as well as completing his surveying studies. 

1984 he joined North British Housing Association as an Assistant Director of Development responsible for new developments and marketing across the UK.  It was here that he learned to deal with large scale projects and complex organisations.  Peter was a member of the Management Team. 

1988 moved to Town & Country Homebuilders Limited (a subsidiary of Town & Country Building Society).  Peter set up and ran the new company becoming Managing Director in 1989.  One objective was to develop new products and he wrote two new mortgages for the lending of development finance – an equity participation mortgage and a rolling facility linked to a security register with built in flexibility.

1992 the building society parent merged with the Woolwich and Peter left to join Norbury Construction & Developments plc where he became Managing Director within 18 months.  Here he successfully turned the company around and left in late 1993.

1993 set up his own development company Penny Black Properties Limited.  The company secured and developed the first high density apartment conversion in Liverpool City centre but was forced to go into liquidation following an acrimonious battle with neighbouring insurance company.  Before its demise in 1997 the company had successfully built 86 homes.  Banks, creditors, colleagues and friends pushed Peter to start again. 

1997 worked as a freelance advisor to City Living, an Irish based developer of inner city apartments.  Project managed the pre construction process on over 200 units.

1998 Set up Custard-pie Properties Ltd through which Peter continues to work.