About Us

Gustavia is a young company in the UK, but the founders have more than 25 years of property experience with coastal developments on the Flemish coast in Belgium and other main cities in Flanders (Belgium), Holland, France, Germany, Slovak Republic, Romania, Japan and Hong Kong. Over the last 25 years the founders realised developments varying from offices, residential units, industrial sheds, retail to nursing homes and golf courses. Gustavia is a property developer and investor that prioritises both quality architecture and sustainable design.

The main goal for Gustavia is to create urban spaces that make people happy. Urban happiness and eco-efficiency are in our DNA. Thanks to our high levels of commercial, technical, fiscal, legal and financial expertise, we create added value for all stakeholders. We specialise in mixed, complex projects and work with both residential and commercial properties. We operate in speculative development projects, public-private partnerships and customised projects.

In short, Gustavia is the ideal property development and investment partner.

Our Values

Know-how & experience

With the strength of 25 years of experience of its shareholders behind it, Gustavia is able not only to assert its durability, but above all its desire to continue to aim high. It is the thoroughness of its approach which enables it to redefine standards in real estate development, and to traverse different epochs by constructing buildings and districts which take their place in the heritage of our cities.

Agility & flexibility

Knowing how to adapt to market constraints, renewing its portfolio, its offering, its services.  Being aware that every project is unique and calls for original solutions. Acting rapidly in order to satisfy all interested parties.

Seeking excellence

Gustavia never compromises on quality.  Firmly rooted in its DNA is the conviction never to leave any detail to chance, and constantly to strive for excellence in their work. Skill, precision and efficiency guarantee the quality of their achievements.


Gustavia is convinced that it is through giving a substantial degree of passion to each person, that the qualities of its developments are brought out.

Leas Pavilion


A coastal development set in the beautiful town of Folkestone with stunning views over the channel. Gustavia is working closely with the Folkestone & Hythe District Council and the various stakeholders to realise the unique restoration of the Leas Pavilion and the development of residential units.

Olivier Daelemans
Managing Director

Olivier has been active in property since 1995. After his university studies in Antwerp (Belgium) he started working for Jones Lang Lasalle in commercial real estate in Brussels and London.

In 2001 he started his own property company specialising in real estate investments and developments.   

Olivier has been acquiring and developing various types of properties in Belgium, Germany and Central Europe between 2001 and 2008. 

After the financial crisis of 2008 he decided to only focus on local residential developments along the Belgian coast, Antwerp, Gent and Brussels.  Back to basics and local knowledge in times of crisis.

In the last 12 years he developed a large number of coastal units and inland developments in Belgium, Holland and France. These developments vary from residential to offices, retail, nursing homes and industrial.

In 2015 Olivier decided to expand into the UK and to specialise on developments in London and Kent.  However, Brexit slowed his expansion down.

It was beginning of 2019 that Olivier decided to focus on the South East Coast of England.  Especially Olivier’s large experience with coastal developments on the Flemish coast of Belgium attracted him to the English coast and more in particular Folkestone where he discovered the same potential as in his hometown in Flanders, which is a beachside resort called Knokke-Heist. 

Selahattin Yalcin
Development Director

Selahattin brings a wealth of experience to Gustavia with his background in construction management for twenty years working mostly for principal contractors.  Having a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Leeds he joined a Tier 1 Contractor in the UK and rose through the ranks between 2001 and 2007. 

Subsequently to his successes in the UK Selahattin broadened his horizons and has been instrumental in the delivery of a high rise building in Moscow, various five start hotels in the middle east, design and build shopping centres in Libya and Turkey, coordinated projects in Russia, Libya and Turkmenistan ensuring the varied projects were delivered on time, on budget and to client satisfaction before coming back to the UK in 2016.

He has led two Grade II listed prime residential refurbishment projects in Central London from tender to handover successfully before joining to Gustavia in early 2021.

A great fit for the ambitions of Gustavia developments in the pipeline, the diverse role of delivery, design management and coordination, cost control, planning and above all as a problem-solving solution provider places Selahattin to an ideal position for Gustavia to deliver time and time again to the highest standards.

With large and small project experience in residential, hospitality and commercial projects as well as detailed involvement in heritage building aspects and high end fit out elements, Selahattin ensures delivery and customer satisfaction every time.


30 June 2022

Final approvals granted to restore beloved Leas Pavilion to its former glory

Final pre-commencement approvals have been given to restore Folkestone’s historic Leas Pavilion as part of a stunning residential development overlooking the town’s seafront.

16 June 2022

Start of construction

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15 June 2022

Kent Online: frontpage news.

The long-delayed redevelopment of Folkestone’s historic Leas Pavilion is finally set to begin.

13 June 2022

Final approvals granted on Leas Pavilion restoration

Proud to be featured in The Business Magazine: The final approvals have been granted to property developers Gustavia to restore Folkestone’s Grade II-listed former tea-rooms.

8 June 2022

Work to begin on the redevelopment of the Leas Pavilion on The Leas in Folkestone for new flats

Built in 1902, the pavilion has in its time seen use as a tearoom, theatre, cinema, bowling alley, snooker hall and nightclub.

8 June 2022

Final pre-commencement approvals granted to restore the beloved Leas Pavilion to its former glory

Final pre-commencement approvals have been given to restore Folkestone’s historic Leas Pavilion as part of a stunning residential development overlooking the town’s seafront.

13 April 2020


Folkestone is the cool cat of seaside towns. With its flourishing creative scene and unassuming harbour side pubs, the town has managed to maintain…

12 March 2020


It’s been a billiard hall, a club, a theatre and it started life as a tea room. But the Leas Pavilion is now known as an ‘at risk’ building in Kent…


Olivier Daelemans
Managing Director
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Selahattin Yalcin
Development Director
[email protected]

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