Dean joins Knight Knox as land director

Property investment consultancy Knight Knox has appointed Richard Dean as its land director as it looks to expand its portfolio across the North of England.

Knight Knox works with four developers, X1, Fortis Developments, Forshaw Land & Property Group and Crossbow Investments, to provide buy-to-let opportunities to the private investor market.

Dean will work alongside these developers in identifying, assessing and acquiring sites suitable for development in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield, and will also work with architects and planners to secure planning consents.

He brings over 20 years of industry experience, having been a land director for companies including McCarthy and Stone, Elan Homes and David McLean Group, where he was also managing director. Yesterday, he was among those who paid tribute to David McLean, who died on 30 April.

On his new role, Dean said: “Having built up a strong track record of sourcing and acquiring land suitable for development, I’m excited to have joined the Knight Knox team and look forward to applying my skills to the buzzing private rented sector. The company has helped deliver some truly landmark schemes in major UK cities so I’m proud to now be assisting them with their ambitious plans for growth.”

Andy Phillips, commercial director at Knight Knox, said: “The Knight Knox service starts at the pre-planning stage of the development process, so it’s vital that we have a senior consultant in place to work with our trusted partner developers from the off.”

Knight Knox recently celebrated the topping out of the first tower of its 1,100-apartment X1 Media City scheme in Salford Quays. It has 16 developments currently under construction.

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