Lynn Haime quits Splash to go it alone

Former Urban Splash associate director Lynn Haime has launched a new North West property venture, called Place Property Consultants.

Haime's practice will offer consultancy services to clients and advise occupiers and landlords on acquisitions, sales and lettings for office, retail and leisure schemes.

The company's first client is Peel Media at Media City UK, where Haime is helping to secure occupiers for the Greenhouse building for creative and media companies. Haime said she has helped secure 12 new tenants in her first month including Libra TV, Dreamscope Productions, Peachy and PR firm Down at the Social and instructed interior designer NoChintz to supply the furniture for the scheme.

Haime said: "This is a very exciting time for me and I am delighted to formally announce the arrival of Place to the property scene in the North West. I am incredibly excited about the opportunities and challenges this will bring."

Haime spent 10 years at Urban Splash where she was responsible for sales and lettings across the commercial portfolio in the North. Prior to Urban Splash she worked for DTZ.

She added: "Whilst the economic climate is still proving testing, I feel that this is a good time to launch this venture. The arrival of the BBC is just one factor that's making commercial property in our region very exciting at the moment so it goes without saying that I am thrilled to be working with Media City UK, and to have that experience within the company's portfolio is invaluable."

Following Haime's departure, Urban Splash has appointed associate director Emily Handslip as its national head of lettings.

Handslip has been with the company since 2006 and was previously responsible for the Midlands and South West lettings. She will now be tasked with overseeing commercial lettings across the 2m sq ft Urban Splash commercial portfolio. She will be looking after office, retail and leisure space at schemes around the country, in addition to managing new schemes currently under construction including the redevelopment of Park Hill in Sheffield and New Cooperage, part of the Royal William Yard scheme in Plymouth.

Originally a chartered surveyor working for DTZ in Birmingham, she began her Urban Splash career at Fort Dunlop, managing lettings at the scheme which is now 97% let.

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