Property firm boosts Manchester residential team with double hire

Toby Brown

Cushman & Wakefield has expanded its Manchester residential team following a string of new instructions in and around the city.

Julian Cotton, associate, and Toby Brown, development sales manager, join from the firm’s London new homes department and will be responsible for growing Cushman & Wakefield’s regional residential presence, with a particular focus on new homes consultancy and sales.

Both Cotton and Brown have extensive experience in the residential development market, having previously worked on new schemes for Taylor Wimpey Central London, Barratt Homes, Berkeley, Crest Nicholson and Linden Homes.

They will be responsible for the local sales delivery of Far East Consortium’s £200m MeadowSide development; a 756 unit new project forming part of the city centre’s NOMA neighbourhood arranged around Manchester’s historic and largest green space Angel Meadow park.

Cotton said: “I am delighted to be joining the Manchester team at such an exciting time for both Cushman & Wakefield’s new homes business & a city that is fast becoming a world class destination for business & investment. We are seeing strong interest in the city from both UK and international buyers and with Cushman & Wakefield’s firmly established track record of residential advice in the city coupled with our international sales presence, we aim to offer our clients the very best in local expertise whilst providing comprehensive access to global sales markets.

He added: “We are particularly excited to be acting on behalf of Far East Consortium, working closely alongside them as we launch their outstanding residential development within the city, MeadowSide. Forming part of the city centre’s £800m NOMA development and seen as an integral first step towards the wider regeneration of the Northern Gateway, MeadowSide is an ambitious and architecturally stunning proposition, likely to attract diverse interest from first time buyers, professionals, families and investors.”

John Keyes, head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office, said: “We have seen significant growth in our residential business in Manchester over the past 24 months, with significant mandates including the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Manchester Metropolitan University and Unilever. Julian and Toby will bring added strength to the team and add an important breadth to our service as the city continues to undergo transformational levels of new development.”

Cushman & Wakefield currently employs 16 residential specialists at its Marsden Street office in Manchester city centre.