Andy Hammond has joined Avison Young in London as Director of Occupier Solutions and Workplace.
Hammond will lead Avison Young’s U.K. workplace consultancy practice and serve as part of the firm’s global occupier solutions team. The focus of this multi-skilled team is to develop intelligent solutions that increase staff well-being and performance whilst ensuring the real estate burden remains aligned with the client’s business metrics.
Hammond brings 25 years of real estate industry experience to Avison Young, most recently as Head of Programme Management/Principal Consultant at EC Harris, a global built asset consultancy.
“Andy’s experience in design, project management, and as an interim property director on several assignments, gives him and our clients a unique perspective on designing and then managing effective workplace environments,” comments Nick Cook, Principal and Managing Director of the company’s UK region. “We’re delighted to have him on board in London as we continue to grow our U.K. workplace consultancy practice.”
During his career, Hammond has advised and led a number of high-profile business change programmes on behalf of a mix of corporate organisations across the U.K. and Central Europe.
Recent notable projects include: property restructuring at Travelex which resulted in a rent reduction of £500,000 for 2015 and Opex saving of £200,000 per annum in the U.K.; the major refurbishment of Ladbrokes’ headquarters building of 10,000 square meters; the relocation and refurbishment of Rolls-Royce Plc’s offices in major Central European locations, which included Brussels, Krakow and Prague, the refurbishment of the automobile firm’s group headquarters in London, and the master planning of a 6.8-acre mixed office and manufacturing location near Berlin.
At Avison Young, Hammond will work alongside Director of Global Client Services Duncan Hamilton, another highly experienced real estate manager who, in recent years, has managed corporate projects comprising more than 2 million square meters across the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.
“Joining Avison Young provides me with an unparalleled opportunity to provide existing and new clients with access to a unique, client-first, advice-led business approach with all the benefits of global scale,” says Hammond. “I look forward to continuing my career at Avison Young and collaborating with my new colleagues across this Principal-led organisation.”
Avison Young launched its European presence in April 2014 when the firm acquired NAI Haywards and opened new offices in London and Thames Valley, U.K.
Over the past six years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to 67 offices and from 300 to more than 1,900 real estate professionals across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.