GVA makes trio of director-level promotions

The Birmingham office of leading independent property consultant, GVA, has strengthened its professional team with a trio of Director-level promotions.

Nick Harrison from the office’s Planning, Development and Regeneration team; Mark Birks from Land and Development; and Nick Freeston of the Public Sector and Business Development team have all received recognition for their hard work and commitment to their respective business units.

Ian Stringer, Senior Regional Director, GVA, said: “These promotions are well deserved, as Mark, Nick and Nick have each demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment and knowledge in their respective business areas.

“This is a clear indication that we are seeing positive growth in both Planning Regeneration and Development related activity and in the public sector where GVA is the largest supplier of estates and planning advice to numerous government departments.

“The continued dedication of all of our staff is helping to ensure that we are ready to face the increasingly positive demands of an improving property markets after the last five or six years of difficult economic conditions.”

Nick Harrison is a Chartered Town Planner who, since joining GVA in 2003, has provided planning advice to a range of public and private sector clients. He has worked on a number of major projects across the UK, including the Library of Birmingham; a project for which Nick recently secured a commendation from the Royal Town Planning Institute for making a significant contribution to town planning in the West Midlands.

Mark Birks joined the national Land and Development team in September 2005, qualifying as a member of the RICS in October 2007. Mark has been instrumental in the growth of the Birmingham based team despite difficult trading conditions and has broad experience in all aspects of the residential and mixed-use development process.

Mark continues to be involved in all elements of the team’s broad range of service lines, in particular the residential investment market and the emerging Private Rental Sector.

Since joining GVA’s Central Government and Public Sector team in September 2009, Nick Freeston has been instrumental in in establishing GVA as a leading property advisor within the public sector, managing a number of multi-disciplinary, national contracts for clients including the Ministry of Justice, DCLG and Department for Education.

Overall, GVA has made a total of 14 promotions to Director-level across its UK offices, signalling a strong year for the business.