New appointment supports full suite of services offered by Bilfinger GVA

Philip Gibson, Bilfinger GVA. Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix.

The Midlands office of leading real estate adviser Bilfinger GVA has appointed hotels specialist Philip Gibson as an Associate within the Retail, Hotels and Leisure team.

Moving from Lambert Smith Hampton in Bristol, Philip brings with him an extensive experience negotiating sales, acquisitions and lettings for some of the largest national operators, including Little Chef, Holiday Inn and the Administrators of the Real Hotel Company in addition to acting for a variety of independent operators of hotels, golf courses and caravan parks.

Whilst the appointment is part of Bilfinger GVA’s drive to continue to provide the full suite of property services in the region, it is also a vote of confidence in the Midlands, with demand for high quality hotels increasing, especially in Birmingham.

Philip said: “Hotels, alongside retail and leisure, are facing increasing levels of demand in Birmingham and the wider area and it’s a great time to be involved in the city. With the impending arrival of HS2, the relocation of HSBC, and the continued growth of events venues like the ICC and NEC, Birmingham will be the place to be in the coming years.”

Supporting the existing team, Philip will work across the UK splitting his time between the Birmingham and Cardiff offices.

Ian Stringer, Regional Senior Director in the Midlands, said: “We’ve worked with Philip in a number of guises in the past and were keen that he joined us here in the Midlands. The region is going through a key period of growth, with the hotel and leisure industry one of the main beneficiaries.

“As part of our focus on the full cradle to grave advice on major mixed use developments, we are looking to expand our involvement in the growth of the hotel and leisure sector in Birmingham and the wider region, and Philip’s appointment is in part a key response to that objective.”