Two Manchester-based property professionals, Russell Bolton and David Litherland, have launched Russell Bolton Consulting after leaving Rider Levett Bucknall.
The new practice based on King Street in Manchester will provide project management, cost consultancy, property and construction advisory services to clients across multiple sectors.
Bolton, a chartered surveyor, was an equity partner at surveying firm RLB for five years and managing partner at the firm’s Manchester and Liverpool offices. Prior to that, he was a partner and head of client services at EC Harris in Manchester and he has also held senior roles at Arcadis UK, GVA Grimley and Gleeds.
He has advised a range of blue-chip clients including ITV, Allied London, Peel Group, Barclays Bank and Verdion.
Chartered quantity surveyor Litherland was an equity partner at RLB and headed up the cost consultancy team at the Manchester office. He was previously a director at Deloitte, and before that at construction consultancy Hargreaves Jones.
Prior to that, he held regional director posts at EC Harris and Arcadis UK. Litherland has advised Morrisons, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Chester Zoo, Durham County Council and Unilever.
Both founders have more than 35 years’ experience in the property industry. In particular, Bolton advised ITV on its £55m regional headquarters and production facilities at MediaCityUK in Salford, and developer Allied London on the £125m construction of its Civil Justice Centre in Spinningfields, Manchester.
Litherland was part of the project team that advised Aviva Investors on the £25m redevelopment of the grade two-listed Corn Exchange in Manchester. He also led the cost management team that advised Chethams School of Music on its £35m expansion and creation of a new concert hall.
Bolton said: “While we are at the autumn of our careers, we still have so much passion for the construction sector and working with people in it to make great things happen.
“David and I wanted to start a new chapter and are relishing the challenge of creating an independent firm shaped by our core beliefs of providing unrivalled levels of service and working in partnership with clients to achieve their goals.”
Litherland added: “Our aspiration is to grow the firm and build on the strong, personal relationships we have established over several decades.
“The firm will have a cooperative team and partnership culture at its heart, thriving on relationships and great service delivery to help our clients solve complex problems and meet their needs. We are hugely excited by the challenge.”