In association with MC2
▼Place 100, 2011: 31 to 100 M-Z
Iftikhar and Nasira Majid / Investment / Pin Property Consultancy / Manchester. Pin Property Consultancy was established by Nasira in 2006 to asset manage properties acquired by husband Iftikhar. The portfolio manages includes office buildings in Birchwood and warehousing in Manor Park, Warrington.
Ged Massie, Stuart Keppie, Terry Reed / Partners / Keppie Massie / Surveying / Liverpool. The practice completed 50 lettings and sales during 2011. Instructed on many of the larger office buildings in the city, most recently the disposal of the 69,000 sq ft Edward Pavilion in Albert Dock. The firm was instructed by St Helens Council on planning and affordable housing matters as well as setting the Community Infrastructure Levy. Keppie Massie also worked alongside planners DPP Shape, on the North Liverpool & South Sefton Single Regeneration Framework, published this year.
James McGoff / Managing director / McGoff & Byrne / Construction and development / Altrincham. Bank of Ireland agreed a £9m loan to McGoff & Byrne's subsidiary, New Care Projects, a care home developer and operator established in 2007, to refinance Manorhey Care Centre in Trafford and build a new 84-bed facility in Timperley, near Altrincham. McGoff & Byrne's main business remains construction. The privately owned group showed turnover of £14.8m and a slight pre-tax profit in 2010.
Andrew McFarlane / Head of office / Colliers Manchester / Surveying. Colliers advised Gazeley UK on the letting of 360,000 sq ft at G-Park, Liverpool to DHL. Also secured 44 acres at Kingsway Business Park, Rochdale for Asda to develop a distribution centre. The development will include a 500,000 sq ft chilled warehouse and 133,500 sq ft of onsite recycling facilities.
Dan Mitchell / Partner / Barton Willmore / Planning / Manchester. Since opening a year ago, the Manchester office has grown from two to six fee earners and added a master-planning offer. Clients include Allied London, Peel Land & Property, Property Alliance Group and Chester Zoo.
David Moore / Managing partner / Tushingham Moore / Retail agency / Manchester. The prolific practice is active on dozens of instructions nationwide both occupier-side and for landlords. Moore is the public face of the business and among Manchester's top table of advisers. The partnership is estimated to turn over around £3m a year.
John Ogden / Managing director / CBRE Manchester / Surveying. Advised Indian outsourcing giant Aegis on its move into Europe, bringing hundreds of jobs to Manchester this year. Ogden, who also heads the office agency team, says his department is on course for its best office leasing figures in five years. The team is appointed on several major schemes including Media City UK.
Barry Owen / Managing partner / Mason Owen / Surveying / Liverpool. The agency employs over 100 staff across offices in Liverpool, London and Edinburgh although an office in Chester closed in the past year. The group broke even on fees of £7.4m in 2010.
Simon Parker / Managing director / UK Land & Property / Development / Liverpool. Rescued Sarah Point in Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, which stalled in 2008. The scheme resumed on site and was renamed Nuovo to reflect the Italian heritage in the area. UKLP will build 166 apartments and ground floor commercial space. The scheme received £2.5m grant funding from the Homes & Communities Agency in August 2010. Debt finance was also provided by Clydesdale Bank.
Robert Pinkus / Owner / Robert Pinkus & Co / Surveying / Preston. Advises thriving supermarket group EH Booth & Co. on new stores. 2011 saw the high-profile opening of Booths' first Greater Manchester store at Media City UK, Salford, and a long-awaited opening in Penrith, Cumbria. Pinkus' other significant deals across the North West included two industrial sales totalling 70,000 sq ft in Blackpool and three investment sales worth a combined total of £28m in Southport, Ripon and Penrith.
Jonathon Prichard / Owner / Hurst Street / Development / Liverpool. Qualified architect Prichard has quietly but effectively got on with development in one of Liverpool's most promising but challenged city centre districts – the Baltic Triangle between Ropewalks, Queens and Kings Docks. In June 2011, the second phase of the £100m regeneration of the Baltic Triangle was approved by councillors. Prichard plans a 219-bedroom hotel and 93 apartments, the relocation of the Youth Hostel Association building and a new gallery and exhibition space off Wapping. He has already completed the new Hampton by Hilton hotel in the same area.
Graham Russell / Partner / Amion Consulting / Economic consultancy / Liverpool. Specialises in advising the public sector on complex funding bids and feasibility studies. This year completed a deal for a consortium of 12 social housing landlords in Merseyside to retrofit 100,000 homes, and advised Cheshire West & Chester Council on a new city centre theatre for Chester in the former Odeon cinema premises.
Rod Sellers / Chairman / Seddon Development and construction / Holmes Chapel. Led by the third and fourth generations of the Seddon family, Seddon Group reported a 9.2% increase in pre-tax profits to £8.8m for the year to 31 December 2010, with turnover up by 5.1% to £268.5m. In the North West, Seddon began on the first phase of the 250-home Stockport Covent Garden Village regeneration programme; in Old Trafford, the company is working on an £8.5m improvement programme for three high-rise blocks for Trafford Housing Trust; the company's development and construction arms also recently finished work on the new Bolton Travelodge at the edge of the Merchants Quarter.
Peter Skelton / Strategic development director / Lambert Smith Hampton / Surveying and Consulting / Manchester. Achieved a number of notable contract wins and deals including purchase of 38 acres in Wilmslow for a new 200,000 sq ft HQ for Waters Corporation; sale of the BBC Oxford Road site to Realty Estates following the move to Media City; contract to provide full estate management and agency service to the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency. Also advises the £55m Jessica European Investment Bank fund in Wales.
Dave Smith / Regional managing director / Morgan Sindall / Construction / Salford. Formerly area director for the West Midlands, Smith was appointed NW regional managing director this year. The company opened a permanent base in Whitehaven, Cumbria in December 2011 to target the county's £1bn nuclear order book. Former assistant director of regeneration at Liverpool City Council, Jayne Hettle, was recently appointed as director of education. Notable wins this year included a new £23m arts school for Manchester Metropolitan University, and a £12.3m contract to deliver the next phase of redevelopment at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
David Swaffield / Partner, property and construction / Hill Dickinson / Liverpool. Reflecting on the past 12 months, Swaffield said: "Despite a number of significant legislative changes affecting the property sector this year, including the implementation of the Bribery Act, the extension of full competition law to the property sector and most recently the passing of the Localism Act, the big story of 2011 has once again been the economy. Funding for property purchase and development can still be difficult and expensive to obtain, whilst the eurozone crisis largely diminished whatever confidence was returning to the market. That said, work levels have generally held up, particularly at the top end of the market such as the sale of the iconic Zenith Building and the purchase of 55 Spring Gardens, both in Manchester."
Pete Swift / Director / Planit IE / Landscape architecture / Altrincham. Advising Langtree and Land Trust on the rebirth of Festival Gardens in Liverpool. Planit is also part of Peel's Liverpool Waters design team. Swift and his team were appointed this year by Manchester Airports Group on the ambitious Airport City masterplan. The firm opened a London office this year, the first major job in the capital being with Development Securities in Hammersmith Grove.
Michelle Taylor / Regional managing director / St Modwen Properties / Warrington. A typically busy year for one of the region's solid development performers. At Liverpool's Great Homer Street, a major mixed-use scheme mooted for several years, St Modwen expects a public inquiry to take place by summer 2012; negotiations with all affected parties continue. The Hive, a £10m, 100,000 sq ft leisure development in Widnes, completed in September fully let. In Wythenshawe town centre, anchor tenant Wilkinson opened a 26,000 sq ft store in September. The year ends with an agreement signed with Macclesfield Town Football Club to bring forward proposals for the relocation of the club's stadium, enabling mixed-use development on 130 acres.
Paul Thompson and Stephen Swainson / Directors / Pugh & Co / Auctions / Newton-le-Willows. Pugh holds 28 auctions a year in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle with 150 to 200 lots at each. After hiring Kate Lay of Merseyside Property Auctions, Pugh is moving into the Liverpool market and will hold its first auction there on 29 February 2012 at Aintree Racecourse.
Andrew Timms / Partner / Edwards & Co / Surveying / Manchester. Coordinates the fledgling Manchester Office Agents Forum, a collaboration of 15 agency firms in the city that formed in 2009 and produces quarterly market commentary. An unenviable task: they're a right rabble to keep on track. It's also a lot of mouths to feed in a dwindled market. The MOAF clan will be hoping activity picks up in 2012 after a relatively flat 2011.
Jonathan Walsh / Managing director / MEPC Birchwood Park. The park boasts more than 150 companies including Amec, Atkins, Electricity North West, Rolls-Royce and Serco. It is home to a workforce of some 5000, across over 150 companies and at 123 acres in total is acknowledged as Warrington's commercial hub. Deals tick over steadily at the park and a 32,000 sq ft pre-let to Serco Assurance is the latest to be announced.
Glyn Watkin Jones / chairman / Watkin Jones / Development and construction / Bangor. Increased turnover to £142m in 2010 from £95m a year earlier, producing a healthy profit of £10.7m and valuing the business, says Experian Corpfin, at £56m. The construction and development business employs 250 staff and has recently resumed schemes in Chester that it had mothballed.
Tim Webber / Owner / Barnfield / Construction and development / Blackburn. Barnfield is currently building 660,000 sq ft of speculative commercial space in the North West, arguably more than anyone else. Much of it is in joint venture with Capital & Centric, the newly formed business of ex-Modus man Tim Heatley and former Property Alliance Group director Adam Higgins. The schemes include Crown Business Park in Rochdale and Estuary Banks in South Liverpool. Webber says: "We're extremely pleased to be in a position where we can effectively diversify our order book whereby we undertake work for clients, our joint venture companies and ourselves in order to try and carry on as normal in these tough economic conditions." The group contains a successful housing arm and Pearl2, a JV with Pendle Council. Private clients include Princess Foods, Biffa Waste Services, Hampton By Hilton, Boundary Mill Stores and Prestigious Car Dealerships. Barnfield Group showed £6.6m pre-tax profit on turnover of £35.6m in 2010.
Marcus Worthington / Chief executive / Marcus Worthington & Co / Development, construction and investment / Preston. Refinanced with a £19m loan from Co-operative Bank to both restructure an investment portfolio and assist with the acquisition of a development plot. Slight profit on £12m turnover last year.