Stephen Barnes, director of building consultancy at CBRE Manchester, has resigned to join startup Black Cat Building Consultancy as director and shareholder with former CBRE colleagues Ben Golby and James Dyson.
Black Cat was established in September and is based in King Street Manchester. Barnes is due to start there in January.
Black Cat has also been joined by Kevin Cramer, who left Cushman & Wakefield to move to the new practice. Frances Anderson, secretary in building consultancy at CBRE, has also been recruited by Black Cat.
The new firm offers the full range of building surveying services from handling dilapidations claims to project management.
Another of the CBRE building consultancy team’s secretaries, Emer O’Brien, left in September to join law firm Gateley’s real estate section. CBRE’s building consultancy team is also due to lose Oliver Thomas, director, in the New Year when he is set to join independent OBI Property.
John Ogden, North West managing director at CBRE, said: “This is a great opportunity for the team and individuals to grow and we have already recruited and replaced former staff with excellent individuals that add to our level and breadth of service, specifically our PM capability which we are developing Nationally. The market is full of small outfits taking on dilaps and PM work without the capabilities of our fully-integrated service and we are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome the next generation of CBRE team into the office.”
All other parties declined to comment.