Stockport College retains Claxton on development plans

Stockport College has appointed Tim Claxton, former head of strategic development at DTZ in Manchester, as its strategic property advisor for the ongoing development of its estate.

Claxton, who was made redundant by DTZ in June, will advise the college on the disposal of surplus sites, potential acquisitions, and the procurement of new facilities.

Stockport College has invested £30m in its estate in recent years including the first phase of the redevelopment of its town centre campus. However, the withdrawal of funding by the Learning & Skills Council for the remainder of the scheme in 2009 led to the need for a reappraisal of the options.

Claxton said: "It is an important time for the college which has soon to make some key decisions to ensure that their existing and future property assets make the optimum contribution to the evolution of the college."

Keith Alcock, deputy principal of the college, added: "We are pleased to be able to confirm Tim's appointment to help us realise our ambitions. We have some valuable assets that can contribute significantly to what we want to achieve and Tim's long standing association with the college is something we wish to build on."

Claxton is also advising Shell on its 1,700-acre landholding at Carrington.

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