Allied hires Andrea George as director

Andrea George, partner at Tushingham Moore, has left to join Spinningfields developer Allied London as commercial director.

George said: "I've worked closely with Allied London since the very start of my career, when Spinningfields was first conceived. With new buildings No.1 Spinningfields and the unique Cotton Building coming, along with the planned evolution of The Avenue, I'm looking forward to playing a key role in the next stage of the business and leisure district's development.

"The added chance to help realise the potential of New Dock, Leeds and the former Granada Studios site in Manchester makes this role a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Mike Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, said: "We're pressing forward with our golden triangle strategy, developing and improving our schemes that link Manchester, London and Leeds.

"Andrea has worked closely with us throughout her career and, as a result, completely understands our business and what we're trying to achieve. She was the ideal choice for this role and will be an essential part of our team in the ongoing development of Spinningfields and our ambitious schemes at New Dock, Leeds and at Granada Studios in Manchester."

George joined Tushingham Moore in July 2009 from Knight Frank. She joined Knight Frank in June 2008 through the acquisition of rival Markham Vaughan Gillingham.

At Tushingham Moore she was part of the lettings agency team advising Allied London on retail and leisure lettings at Spinningfields.

She joins Allied London as its scope broadens to include the former ITV site acquired with Manchester City Council next to Spinningfields.

Allied London plans to call the 13.5-acre site St Johns Quarter and has set up a special purpose vehicle, St Johns Quarter Developments.

Two drop-in sessions will be held on 31 January and 1 February at St Johns Quarter Street site complex where guests will be given the opportunity to share their ideas and concerns for the area's future.

Ingall added: "The closure of ITV studios in Manchester means that a significant change is coming for a key part of the city centre that has been closed to the public for decades. This creates an important and unique opportunity and we're keen to give the people that will be living and working around the district the chance to engage in the development process.

"We have ambitious plans to really deliver something great here. Whatever the #CreateMcr sessions teach us, it is important that people are given the chance to inform the process. We aim to develop the site sympathetically, protecting the area's rich cultural heritage and unique character. Our vision is to create a world-class mixed use new quarter, something really special that will help Manchester elevate its position further as a leading international city while it continues to develop as the UK's second city."

The #CreateMcr drop-in sessions will include a showreel of preliminary masterplans from a number of masterplanners and architects to help inspire visitors' thinking.

The sessions are open to the general public and will run from 3 – 7pm on Friday 31 January and 10am – 3pm on Saturday 1 February. A dedicated website has been set up with further details, where feedback from the sessions will also be shared;

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