Following the appointment of James Dyson from Delloite, taking a role of Surveyor based in the Manchester office, the North West Building Consultancy team at CBRE has more than doubled in size in the last three years alone, with 20 staff now working in the team. The marked growth, which is unusual in recent challenging times, is a positive indicator to the regional property market that recovery is well underway.
The team, which operates from offices in Manchester and Liverpool, is headed up by Angela Seddon who has been with the CBRE business for some 17 years. Angela has recruited 10 people to her team in the last 3 years in response to market growth. Angela comments;
“The market in Manchester is unique from a regional perspective as it has seen the most interesting growth in recent years. The local market has been boosted by inward investment and occupier interest, with the movement of large occupiers ensuring that the cycle continues to gather pace and growth is encouraged. We have responded to this regional growth by expanding the services we offer in-house to include Mechanical & Electrical Engineering including Vertical Transportation and EPC Specialists and Cost Consultancy services and are actively developing other areas to meet the evolving needs of clients.”
“We have a policy to only hire the best in the business and, what is particularly unusual within the industry, is that the average age of our team is mid-thirties which has helped us to maintain a dynamic, commercial approach in often challenging and fast-moving scenarios.”
Recent projects that CBRE’s Building Consultancy team has been involved in include; The design and project management of New Balance’s new 30,000 sq ft EMEA HQ building in Warrington, the refurbishment of the BREEAM Excellent rated 3 Hardman Square office building in Manchester City Centre, an ongoing monitoring role on large developments part-funded by the North West Evergreen Fund and live current work on all of Liverpool’s Three Graces which incorporates Liverpool City Council’s new 35,000 sq ft office fit-out at the Cunard Building.
Angela continues; “As a department that works in collaboration with so many of the other service lines, our expansion is a good indicator of the growth of the business as a whole and we are still actively recruiting within the team.”