Gloucester-based commercial property specialist Bruton Knowles has appointed regeneration specialist Dr Chris Oldershaw as a consultant.

Chris, formerly Chief Executive of Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company (GHURC), has been brought in to support work in the public sector and advise on regeneration and development opportunities.

Dr Chris Oldershaw is pictured left with Managing Partner of Bruton Knowles Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes, Managing Partner of Bruton Knowles said: “Chris Oldershaw is recognised as one of the leading authorities on urban regeneration and his expertise will further enhance our understanding of this crucial sector going forward, helping us to provide the best possible advice to clients.

“The construction industry is not simply recovering; it is growing with both residential and commercial developers more active than they have been for years.

“The increasing confidence we are seeing has prompted the first speculative developments across the West and some projects which had been mothballed through the downturn are now moving once again. Given his long experience, especially dealing with multi-agency sites, Chris will play a key role in helping us unlock further development opportunities.”
Spearheading the regeneration of Gloucester city centre through his role with GHURC, he advised on a number of key schemes including the Gloucester Quays development, the first phase of work at Blackfriars along with further projects at Greyfriars and the Railway Triangle.
Chris has worked on a range of regeneration projects involving public and private sector clients including South West Regional Development Agency, Homes and Communities Agency as well as Newcastle City Council, Merseyside County Council and Chester City Council. He has more than 20 years’ experience in planning, housing, economic development and regeneration, at a senior level and was responsible for delivering major mixed use regeneration schemes exceeding £1 billion.
With Bruton Knowles opening offices in Manchester, Leeds and Bristol, Chris is ideally placed to help support their growth plans for the region and across the rest of the UK.

Bruton Knowles is a national property consultancy with twelve offices across the UK in Gloucester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, Shrewsbury, Northallerton, Cardiff, Guildford, Taunton, Manchester and London. Established over 150 years ago, Bruton Knowles is a multi-disciplinary consultancy offering clients a range of skills including building consultancy, compulsory purchase and compensation, estate strategy, agency and development consultancy, professional skills such as valuation, lease renewals, rent reviews and rating, as well as property management across the full spectrum of urban and rural property.

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Source: Empica on behalf of Bruton Knowles