Since arriving in 2003 from the U.K., Eduard has immersed himself in the Sri Lankan property sector, with the goal of building happy and thriving businesses, and making a difference in the local community. By working closely with the local culture, he has done just that.
The love of property developing is steeped deep in the Hempel family as Eduard’s Father, Constantine Hempel, was one of the first developers of the boutique hotels concept in London, the Blake Hotels, which are world-renowned and frequented by celebrities over the years.
Eduard has a strong foundation in Galle, and over the years has been a bridge for people looking to investing Sri Lanka, helping many clients and businesses in the negotiation, acquisition, and development of exceptional real estate. Hempel Holdings has a track record of over 15 years in specialized property development and has been the catalyst in building a good and fair reputation with both Sri Lankans and foreign investors.
Eduard strongly believes that any development should fit in with the historical and cultural wealth of the island, and must fit into the environment harmoniously.
With a B.A. in Combined Engineering from Coventry University, UK, Trevor founded his first company with seventeen staff covering manufacture, design, administration, and fittings. He then gained extensive experience in construction and interiors in exclusive areas of Barcelona, with eight development projects, and an £8.6M development project in Kensington, UK.
He arrived in Sri Lanka in 2012 to set up Shakticola with Eduard Hempel, bringing his knowledge of managing construction projects from design through to completion, as well as his understanding and experience in achieving a high level of finish for luxury interiors. He has outstanding experience in top-level interior and building, with examples such as the Palm Hotel, Ahangama. After working in Sri Lanka for eight years Trevor has now completed fifteen projects in the country.
Partner in Shakticola and based near London, William has worked in development in the UK and abroad for the last 15 years. He has gained significant experience in land acquisition, planning and project management.
His expertise is centered in adding value through the planning process having achieved numerous planning consents across residential, commercial and hospitality sectors.Most recently William has successfully promoted a valuable residential development in the Green Belt, obtained change of use of several offices into apartments and is converting a redundant agricultural building into 5 houses. Another key role within the company is the negotiation of funding routes, both private equity and through established lenders in the UK and abroad.