Harry Hyams

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Harry Hyams
Born (1928-01-02)2 January 1928
Died 19 December 2015(2015-12-19) (aged 87)
Occupation Property developer

Harry John Hyams (2 January 1928 – 19 December 2015) was a British millionaire who made his money as a speculative property (real estate) developer. He was best known as the developer of the Centre Point office building in London. He was the long-term owner and resident of Ramsbury Manor, near Marlborough, Wiltshire.

In 2008, a raid at Ramsbury Manor by the Johnson Gang was described as the biggest ever private burglary in England.[1]

Ramsbury Manor, Ramsbury
Centre Point, London

Early life[edit]

Hyams was born in Hendon, Middlesex. His father was an importer and after private schooling he joined an advertising agency, then joined an estate agency and switched to property development.[2]


Hyams made much of his fortune developing office space in London at a time in the 1960s and 1970s when rents there were rising significantly. He preferred to find single, blue-chip tenants for his properties, having them fully repair and insure the buildings they occupied, as is common with commercial property in the UK. This approach enabled Hyams to manage a valuable and sizable property business with a staff of just six. It was also used by Hyams as justification for keeping his Centre Point development empty for years after completion – he claimed he could find no tenant willing to lease all 202,000 sq ft (18,800 m2) of space.[3]

Private life[edit]

In 1954 he married his wife Kay in Chelsea.[4] She died 1 February 2011, aged 91.[5] On 19 December 2015, Hyams died at the age of 87.[6]


  1. ^ "Five jailed for biggest burglary". 6 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Harry Hyams Obituary, theguardian.com; retrieved 20 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Harry's Sore Point". Time.com. 24 July 1972. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  4. ^ Tanz, Meryl. "HYAMS Kathleen Therese (KAY): Memorial". Nwnannouncements.co.uk. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kathleen Hyams obituary". Gazetteandherald.co.uk. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Notice of death of Harry Hyams, telegraph.co.uk; accessed 20 December 2015.

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