Hardies appoints property specialist to lead newly established office

Colin Harrop

HARDIES Property & Construction Consultants has appointed property specialist and chartered building surveyor Colin Harrop as managing partner to lead the firm’s recently established office in Leeds.

Mr Harrop has held positions in companies across the north of England and Hardies said he has a ‘consistent record of developing teams’.

“What attracted me to Hardies is the opportunity to take a well-known name and expand its presence throughout the north of England, where there is an abundance of opportunity,” Mr Harrop explained. “The property market in the north of England has come through a turbulent period in terms of the supply of property and materials and we see the need for expert property advice as a constant, and arguably more pressing at a time of economic uncertainty.

“I’m really excited about the new opportunities at Hardies. We already have a busy agenda and I’m pressing ahead with plans to rapidly expand our team here with an ambitious recruitment programme as we help push the well-known Hardies brand throughout the north of England.”

Hardies’ senior partner, Danny McArthur, added, “Having established our Leeds office last year, we’ve taken time to secure the right person to lead this office and are delighted to secure Colin’s services, who brings with him a wealth of experience of the north of England market. We have some exciting work in the pipeline which will be delivered from our Leeds office. Indeed, we have a large volume of work coming on stream throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland, and, as such, are in the process of building our UK-wide office network to replicate the dominant presence we hold in Scotland to give us that local presence and expertise throughout the UK.

“Our ambition, of which Colin’s appointment marks a key milestone, is that, together with sister firm Shepherd Chartered Surveyors, we have the infrastructure to offer a national surveying service, having identified a demand from clients for a single point of contact for the delivery of a comprehensive range of property advice and services throughout the UK.”

Leeds is one of three new offices across the UK announced by Hardies last year, the other two being Belfast and London, taking its office network to 13 locations.