Chris Argent has joined CBRE's Manchester office as planning director from GVA.
Argent advises on foodstore, non-food retail and leisure developments and mixed-use commercial schemes for a variety of developer clients and will assume a national remit within the CBRE team.
CBRE said the appointment will be followed "by further high-profile, senior appointments in the CBRE Manchester planning team."
Argent said: "It is a fantastic opportunity to be joining CBRE. The strength and reach of CBRE provides significant opportunities for growth with regional, national and international based developers and institutional funds. I am looking forward to working with existing and prospective clients who recognise the high quality integrated planning, development, investment and commercial agency proposition that CBRE can deliver. The market continues to consolidate and grow and the CBRE planning team is optimally placed to serve clients requiring more than just narrow planning consultancy based advice."
John Ogden, managing director of CBRE's North West business, said: "Chris is the first of several strategic appointments within the planning team which will significantly strengthen our capability to service our clients' needs. It is a truly exciting new chapter in the growth of CBRE's North West business and reflects our focus on being the number one commercial property consultancy both regionally and nationally. We have further ambitions to grow and look forward to announcing other additions to the office in due course."