In association with MC2
▼Place 100, 2011: 31 to 100 F-L
Peter Gallagher, Phil Meakin, Paul Daye / Partners / P3 Property Consultants / Agents / Manchester. Advise Segro at Trafford Park and Wilson Bowden at Kingsway Business Park in Rochdale, where the recent deal with Asda took disposals at the motorway-side development past 1.75m sq ft. P3 is advising law firm Pannone LLP on a new headquarters in Manchester, this year completed the refurbishment and remodelling of Waterhouse at 41 Spring Gardens and is advising Bupa on its 140,000 sq ft strategic NW property review.
Richard Fildes / Chairman / Pochin / Development and construction / Middlewich. The diverse publicly listed group is in the process of trying to sell its loss-making concrete pumping business. Stripping out the concrete business Pochin produced a pre-tax profit of £700,000 (2010 re-presented: £13.7m loss) in the year to June 2011. However, the concrete business showed a pre-tax loss of £4.8m in 2011 (2010: £2.9m loss). Group turnover was down by 10% to £59.3m (2010 re-presented: £65.7m).
John Francis / Executive director / DPP / Planning / Manchester. Experienced expert in urban regeneration and retail-led developments. During the year, advised Albert Gubay's Derwent Holdings on Edge Central Regeneration Project in Liverpool; English Cities Fund at the 3.5m sq ft Salford Central; and Genr8 in Rochdale town centre. Advises Tesco Stores on new openings and regularly appears as an expert witness at public inquiries into appeals, called-in applications and Compulsory Purchase Orders.
David and Karen Gladman / Owners / Development / Congleton. Respected husband and wife business partnership who appear to have timed their movements around the market well, selling a portfolio of sheds before the crash and switching to retirement homes and residential land deals. This year agreed a £50m loan with Royal Bank of Scotland and Co-operative Group. Strategic land subsidiary Fox Land & Property is busy acquiring edge of town farmland, gaining permission and selling to house builders. 2011 saw a consent gained in Chorley for 300 units after public inquiry. Group sales in 2010 were £28.2m, but there was a pre-tax loss of £45.3m, probably after land acquisitions. Net assets were £12.5m on 31 March 2010.
David Guest and Paul Rice / Chairman and chief executive / Liverpool Commercial District Partnership. Not everyone liked the idea of a supplementary tax on business rates but LCDP, chaired by Bruntwood director Guest and run day-to-day by Rice, achieved a yes vote this year for the Business Improvement District that will now charge a levy to pay for increased marketing, cleaning, marketing and, hopefully, drive growth for those paying. The business community is watching closely for results.
Gary Halman and Richard Woodford / Partners / HOW Planning / Manchester. The company celebrated its 10th year in business in 2011. The specialist consultancy was established by partner Gary Halman, having left CBRE, where he was regional chief executive. He was joined by partner Richard Woodford from Drivers Jonas. The HOW team has now grown to over 16 and serves a national client base including landowners, developers and end users across all sectors. An enviable client list includes Marks & Spencer in Cheshire Oaks; Muse Developments on its massive town centre regeneration scheme in Blackpool and a similar retail-led scheme in Warrington town centre; Waitrose for three new food stores in the North West; and house builders planning 10,000 new homes at various stages in the planning process.
Graeme Hogg / Director / Sigma Inpartnership / Asset-backed regeneration adviser / Manchester. Hogg teamed up with Duncan Sutherland to form Inpartnership in 2000. This year the firm was sold to Edinburgh-based Sigma Capital, a property investment and asset-manager. Sigma Inpartnership has agreements in place with Salford City Council, Royal Bank of Scotland, Liverpool City Council and Solihull Council. The firm is delivering the multi-phased £77m Higher Broughton Partnership programme in Salford. Watch out for big plans in Liverpool next year.
Trevor Hemmings / Owner / Northern Trust / Investment / Chorley. A vast portfolio of commercial estates and a residential land bank makes Hemmings one of the wealthiest players in the region. Companies House figures are rather opaque, with data for the ultimate parent company, Wordon, unavailable. The intermediate parent, Northern Trust Group, produced sales of £41m and a pre-tax loss of £7.1m last year. The company employs 119 people from its Chorley HQ and has net assets of £110m.
David Hughes / Senior Partner / Pozzoni LLP / Architecture / Altrincham. Of all property disciplines, the architecture sector has been arguably the hardest in which to maintain a profit. This makes Pozzoni's steady course all the more impressive. A specialism in the elder care field underpins Pozzoni's continuing success. The firm has been in Building magazine's 50 top best employers for the past four years.
Colin Jennings / Partner and Head of North West Offices / Manchester and Liverpool / Surveying. Law of Property Act receiver whose recent appointments include a multi-let retail and office investment in Manchester city centre with an annual rent roll of more than £400,000, and a £3m industrial portfolio in Knowsley where he is progressing a phased disposal strategy.
Brian Johnson / Chairman / Aedas / Architecture / Manchester. The Manchester studio this year won a design competition to master-plan and design a 12m sq ft scheme in Kanjur Marg Mumbai, India. Closer to home, the successful letting of central Manchester office building Belvedere will have done the practice no harm as new office developments gather at the starting line for another race to market. Aedas has a decent track record in schools too, with Birkenhead High School and a new academy in Oldham among recent project wins.
Peter Johnson / Managing partner / Legat Owen / Surveying / Chester. A busy year for the dominant Cheshire and North Wales agent. Sold the 165,000 sq ft TDG warehouse in Warrington. Acquired land, forward funded and pre-let a 180,000 sq ft distribution warehouse in Bromborough. Pre-let a 45,000 sq ft manufacturing unit in Ellesmere Port to Hertel. Acted for Tesco in acquisition of 110,000 sq ft superstore in Widnes, nearing practical completion. The firm acts for the Welsh Government and Cheshire West & Chester Council.
Patrick Joynson / Managing partner / Savills Manchester / Surveying. Savills has continued to grow in Manchester during 2011 and this year celebrated its 15th anniversary in the city. The company now employs 150 people in Manchester. Joynson has worked in Manchester for nearly 20 years and has advised Bank of New York Mellon, Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund and Argent.
James Larmuth / Portfolio manager / Land Securities / Retail property / Liverpool. St Johns shopping centre, LandSec's main asset in Liverpool, attracted 9.4m shoppers in the year to November, an increase of 840,000 year-on-year. Among the brands added this year are Aldi and Home Bargains, plus smaller fashion stores Kiss, Storm, Pretty Plus, Twist and Rebellious. There have also been lettings across the road at Clayton Square. If LandSec eventually delivers on a long-standing promise to redevelop and extend St Johns, a place in the top 30 of Place 100 could follow, judges said.
David Lathwood / Jones Lang LaSalle / Manchester / Surveying. Succeeded in retaining control of the regional office despite the takeover of his former paymaster, King Sturge, by JLL this year. The acquiring party promptly moved into King Sturge's office at One Piccadilly Gardens and the resultant handful of job losses were felt largely on the JLL side.
Andy Lavin / Head of Manchester office / Terrace Hill / Development. Signed a development agreement with Aberdeen Asset Management to redevelop the 50,000 sq ft Oddfellows House in Fountain Street, Manchester city centre in 2011. Currently working up a scheme to submit for planning next year. Terrace Hill is also working on a number of food store schemes.
Dave Lowiss / Managing director / Birse Civils / Civil engineering and construction / Cheadle Hulme. Birse continues to build, maintain and repair the roads and rail that gets commuters and visitors around the region, whether it's Stockport viaduct, the A34 Alderley Edge bypass or the improved Edge Lane arterial route into Liverpool.