Consultancy Naismiths has swooped on global firm Currie & Brown to add three building surveyors to its Manchester office.
The new hires are headed by Chris Wilman, who joins at director level and will head building surveying at the office. Wilman spent a year with C&B, and had a six-year stint with JLL before that, both as associate director.
He is joined by senior building surveyor Matt Gaffey, who also previously worked at JLL before joining C&B at the start of this year. The third addition is assistant surveyor Chris Greasley.
Naismiths said that it is currently monitoring more than £2bn of development funding on behalf of institutional investors and finance providers, offers a full suite of surveying and project management services across the whole asset lifecycle. The firm has around 70 employees in six UK offices, with the Manchester operation based in King Street.
Gareth Belsham, national head of building surveying at Naismiths, said: “The firm is enjoying sustained growth across all its UK operations, but the Northern market has emerged as a real hotspot – meaning our teams in Manchester and Leeds are playing a key role in our success.
“Our new recruits bring a trusted pedigree, extensive market knowledge and considerable energy. Together they will ramp up our capability across the Northern Powerhouse, helping us protect more clients’ interests and deliver best value at all stages of investment, construction and operation.
“We’ve worked hard to assemble a team with blue chip experience and first-class CVs who will help us increase our traction in this critical market and stay true to Naismiths’ tried and tested philosophy – we seek to be the best, not the biggest.”