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Bernard Sunley

Bernard Sunley
Born 4 November 1910
Catford, London, England
Died 20 November 1964(1964-11-20) (aged 54)
Hampstead, London, England
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality British
Occupation property developer
Known for founder, Bernard Sunley & Sons
Children John Sunley, Joan Tice, Bella Sunley
Relatives Richard Tice (grandson)

Bernard Sunley (4 November 1910 – 20 November 1964) was a British property developer, and the founder of Bernard Sunley & Sons.

Born at Catford in south-east London, he was educated at St Ann's School in Hanwell.[1] After leaving school aged 14 he hired a horse and cart to move earth, and then moved into the landscape gardening business.[2] One of his first major contracts was re-laying the pitch at Highbury for Arsenal FC.[3]

From earth-moving Sunley moved into the open-cast mining business. In 1940, he founded Bernard Sunley & Sons.[4] During the Second World War he built over 100 airfields, and in 1942 he purchased the business of Blackwood Hodge, then a supplier of agricultural machinery and later a successful plant hire and sale business[5]. He subsequently "ranked alongside the most successful property developers of the 1950s property boom".[4]

Sunley campaigned as Conservative party candidate for Ealing West in 1945, but was unsuccessful.

Sunley established the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation in 1960 with a pledge of £300,000-worth of shares. As of 2011, it had made grants of more than £92 million.[3]

He died in 1964. His son, John Sunley, was a property developer and philanthropist.[3]

Bernard Sunley Hall is an eponymous hall of residence for Imperial College London students on Evelyn Gardens Square.[6]

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  1. ^ ‘SUNLEY, Bernard’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016
  2. ^ "Bernard Sunley, builder, is dead". Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c John Sunley , The Daily Telegraph, 22 March 2011
  4. ^ a b "Sunley, Bernard (1910–1964)". ODNB. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Blackwood Hodge Memories". Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Evelyn Gardens". Imperial College London. Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.