WHR brings in new faces

Michael Hunt

Five new members of staff have been appointed by Manchester-based WHR Property Consultancy.

Within building consultancy, John Valentine, as well as colleagues Ian Goodwin and James Ingle, have all been recruited from southern-based CS2 to jointly head up the seven strong division. All three helped establish the Northern office, based in Manchester, for CS2.

Tony Howcroft has been appointed as associate partner in the office agency department, who was previously a partner at Macclesfield-based Hallams. He is joined in the office agency division by James Cinicola, who arrives as a graduate surveyor. Elsewhere, Alex Russell has been promoted to associate partner, who has worked at WHR as an office agent for the last three years.

Speaking about his and the other building consultancy appointments, Valentine said: "WHR has an unrivalled reputation as a highly successful property consultancy and my team and I are very excited to be a part of such a dynamic company. I am confident that our wealth of experience combined with the expertise of the existing team will further strengthen our ability to service clients. We are currently working on £17m worth of contracts including project managing the refurbishment of the Royal Liver building in Liverpool."

Tony Howcroft, who is also a semi-professional rugby player, added: "This is an exciting opportunity for me and I am looking forward to tackling the challenges ahead. WHR has some of the most high profile instructions in the city centre and is also involved in a number of development schemes that are set to change the face of Manchester including the Co-op site and Media City."

Mike Hawkins, partner at WHR, said: "Whilst 2009 was a challenging time for the property world, we believe that this year will see an increase in activity as confidence begins to return to the market. These strategic new appointments will ensure that WHR is well placed to provide the best advice to its clients."

Three staff, including Will Lewis, Gary Scorah and Dominic Horridge, left WHR in February to form their own business called OBI Property.

A total of 30 staff are employed by WHR Property Consultants, which has a turnover of £2.5m.

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