Savills adds new Scottish director to rural property team

George Hipwell

SAVILLS has announced the appointment of a new Scottish director to its rural property division.

George Hipwell joins the company’s Perth office from Davidson & Robertson where he was responsible for the rural and agency department.

A chartered surveyor, Fellow of the Association for Agricultural Valuers and experienced property manager, Savills revealed that George will provide strategic management and professional consultancy across a range of projects including valuation, landlord and tenant matters, utilities, compulsory purchase, and capitalising on development and renewables opportunities.

George said, “It is an incredibly dynamic and exciting time for the rural management sector in Scotland, with the many opportunities and challenges that brings. These include the evolving natural capital market, ongoing consultations on land reform, a proposed new Agriculture Bill, recent legislative impacts on our vital rural lettings market, and competing demands on land for alternative uses like development and renewables.

“Supported by the extensive expertise at Savills I look forward to maximising the resulting opportunities for clients and helping them to mitigate against risk.”

Hugo Struthers, head of Savills rural business in Scotland, added, “We are very fortunate that George is joining us, given the strength and depth of his considerable experience across a wide range of rural specialisms. Working with our established management team, he will also have a strategic role  ensuring we deliver a best in class service, whilst helping to expand our client base.”