Cole Waterhouse appoints new planner

George Smith, Cole Waterhouse

Development company Cole Waterhouse has appointed George Smith as planning manager. He joins the eight-strong team at the company’s new offices at 80 Mosley Street, Manchester.

George joins from DP9 in London where he held the position of senior town planner leading on a number of residential and commercial schemes in central London ranging from large scale residential schemes to hotels, office and commercial developments and large private homes. Prior to DP9, George also worked at Building Design Partnership (BDP) in Manchester and Bilfinger GVA (now Avison Young).

Commenting on George’s appointment CEO Damian Flood said: “George is an excellent planner with experience in both surveying and planning practices. He will be a real asset to the team as we deliver our current projects in Manchester and London and as we move into new areas of the country. He will liaise with external planning consultants across all of our schemes to ensure that development timelines are met and projects delivered on time.

“George has significant experience in some of the key sectors we are looking at expanding into and in line with our entrepreneurial environment he will have the remit and freedom to investigate and provide business plans for those.”

George added: “Cole Waterhouse has some superb projects which require delivery through planning over the next 6-18 months. It’s a really exciting time to join such a fast-growing and ambitious company. I’ll be working closely with the management team in Manchester, London and Birmingham to ensure we maximise the potential from the development pipeline and deliver the schemes as efficiently as possible.”

With offices in Manchester and London, Cole Waterhouse has a growing pipeline of development projects across the UK including industrial warehousing, hotels, large scale city centre mixed-use regeneration and residential.

It is currently on-site in Manchester at No.1 Old Trafford, a 214,000 sq ft residential scheme which is scheduled for completion in early 2021. In Wembley at First Way Campus it is developing the £100m 678-bedroom student accommodation for University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) and UNITE student living. A third scheme, for a 290-unit residential development at Anchorage in Salford, has recently been submitted for planning.