Recovery Leaders: Day two
Jamie Hills / development executive / Ask Developments
Hills joined the Ask team from MCR Property in 2011. Since then his main focus has been the First Street project in Manchester city centre, where he has helped secure a 60,000 sq ft letting to Trader Media, 25,000 sq ft to Jacobs and 60,000 sq ft to Ford as tenants in the scheme's flagship 1 First Street office. With planning in for First Street South, the development looks set to continue dominating his time for the next few years.
Andrew Edmunds and Nick Moss / directors / Sixtwo Architects
One of the smallest (but also the tallest, the name refers to their height) architecture practices in Manchester, Sixtwo was founded in 2012 by directors Nick Moss, formerly of Hodder & Partners, and Andrew Edmunds, from Stephenson Bell. The firm's client list includes developer Capital & Centric, which it is working with on both No.12 Tithebarn in Liverpool, and the masterplanning of the Aytoun Site in Manchester, as well as Realty Estates, Howarth Estates and private residential clients.
David Cornett / director / Snow Architects
An architectural technologist, Cornett set up Snow in 2004. The firm has remained small but is working on some high-profile developments in Liverpool; masterplanning 100,000 sq ft of mixed-use residential-led development around Duke Street and Fleet Street in Liverpool city centre for TJ Thomas Estates, as well as providing pro-bono proposals on behalf of social enterprise clients for the preservation of St Luke's, the bombed-out church at the top of Bold Street.
Tim Heatley and Adam Higgins / directors / Capital & Centric
Capital & Centric was formed in 2011 through the merger of Adam Higgins' Capital Properties and Tim Heatley's Centric Property Group. The pair rapidly became dynamic players in the market, with a mantra of 'we'll make it work where others can't'. The company is on site with speculative offices at 12 Tithebarn Street and the former Littlewoods site in Liverpool. In March 2014, Capital & Centric was named preferred bidder for MMU's Aytoun Street site in Manchester jointly with developer Henry Boot, and made national headlines after MIPIM with the news that it had lined up private equity investment from five Premier League footballers.
Iain Jenkinson / senior director / GVA
Jenkinson heads up the planning and development teams at GVA across the North. Among a set of heavyweight projects occupying his team are the £335m Royal Liverpool University Hospital redevelopment by Carillion and the 500,000 sq ft City Place business quarter at Chester station for Muse Developments. Jenkinson is also part of the management team of the Chrysalis Fund, Merseyside's urban development pot drawn from the EC's JESSICA programme, with two-thirds of its £32m fund already committed.
Andrea George / commercial director / Allied London / Manchester
In February, George made the switch from agency to development, joining Allied London as it embarks on a another development phase, as commercial director, focusing on the former ITV site, to be called Old Granada Studios for now, with outdoor markets, independent cafes and event space. She has been a senior figure across North West retail property for years, joining Knight Frank in 2008 after the acquisition of Markham Vaughan Gillingham, then moving to Tushingham Moore in 2009 where she was part of the lettings agency team advising Allied London on retail and leisure in Spinningfields.
Adam White / associate director / JLL
White is one of JLL's young rising stars in its large Manchester office. He has advised on some key deals across the Greater Manchester region, advising ITV on the sale of the old Granada studios site in Manchester to Allied London and Manchester City Council, and advising Bruntwood and Manchester Science Parks on the purchase of AstraZeneca's 400-acre Alderley Park. He is currently working with London & Continental Railways on the Mayfield regeneration area and how it can benefit from HS2.
Nick Lee / managing director / NJL Consulting
Lee founded NJL in 2003 having helped establish planning teams at JLL and CBRE. He has been involved with the delivery of significant amounts of commercial and housing development projects across the NW. NJL has achieved over 2,000 units of residential planning consents in the last 12 months in the region, with Lee now advising on projects totalling a further 5,500 units in addition to 3.5m sq ft of logistics space.