Real estate consultancy makes new key appointments and senior promotions in Manchester
International, independent real estate consultancy Hollis has surpassed its 500-employee mark for the first time in its 30-year history, with the addition of two new associates while also making two senior promotions in Manchester.
Alan Wales joins Hollis as an Associate. He graduated from John Moores University with a first-class honours in Building Surveying in 2015 and has over seven years’ experience working across the industrial, commercial and retail sectors. Wales will specialise in technical due diligence and vendor surveys, dilapidations and project management.
Nathan Hooper joins as an Associate specialising in project management after previously working on the delivery of Radisson RED Liverpool; the extensive £30m refurbishment of the Grade II listed North Western Hall into a 201-room modern hotel. He has led in the delivery of various construction projects across a variety of sectors such as PBSA, PRS, bespoke housing and hospitality. Hooper is also currently studying towards a Master of Law degree in Construction Law and Practice at the University of Salford.
James Clark has been promoted to Senior Associate. He joined Hollis as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2015 and has experience in all core areas of commercial building surveying, with a particular interest in technical due diligence and defect analysis.
Nick Higson has been promoted to Senior Chartered Architectural Technologist. He joined Hollis as an Architectural Technologist in 2014 and became Chartered in September this year. Working across the office, retail and industrial sectors, Higson specialises in architectural design and measured surveys.
Commenting on the news, David McBride, Head of Hollis in Manchester, says: “Not only have we surpassed 500 employees as a firm, but our Manchester team recently celebrated its 30th year of business. Both milestones are a reflection of the incredible growth Hollis has experienced; particularly in the past two years as we continued to invest in our people and ways of working despite a challenging backdrop.
“Alan and Nathan’s appointment form part of a company-wide recruitment drive to ensure new and existing clients continue to receive consistent and high-level service. Their industry expertise will be invaluable as we look to bolster our client offering in Manchester and surrounding areas. I am delighted to welcome them both to the team.
“As our workforce, service offering and client list continue to expand, we also realise the importance of recognising the talents and contributions of employees like James and Nick. They have each shown exemplary levels of work ethic and commitment alongside innovative ways of working. I am delighted to congratulate them both on their promotions; they could not be more deserving.”
Hollis, a market leader in helping to deliver some of the UK and Europe’s largest and most complex real estate projects and transactions, has seen a 33% employment growth over the past two years, in support of its growing client base across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. The 500-employee milestone comes within its first year of being an employee-owned business, meaning the firm is held and managed on behalf of its employees.