Commercial building consultancy opens new office in South West

Nic Excell

Commercial building, project and sustainability consultancy Jones Hargreaves has launched a Bristol office.

Nic Excell has joined the firm as senior associate partner to lead the newly established Bristol office.

With a career spanning more than 17 years in the property and engineering sectors, Excell joins Jones Hargreaves from JLL, where he was an associate for three years.

Before this he held positions at Rider Levett Bucknall, AHR and Hyder Consulting.

Excell has extensive knowledge of the Bristol and South West commercial property market and brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, from technical due diligence to large scale project delivery.

Jones Hargreaves has also hired Mike Clements as lead energy and carbon consultant, who joins the Bristol team after seven years at Carbon Profile, where he was technical director.

Joe Way, senior surveyor, has further supported growth in the South West by relocating to Bristol from the consultancy’s Cardiff office.

The new hires will bolster the building consultancy and building services engineering teams and work closely with the firm’s in-house sustainability department, alongside head of ESG, Huw Davies.

Excell said: “I’m excited to join Jones Hargreaves to build on our presence in Bristol and expand services across the South West. I’ve worked in and around the region throughout my career to date and look forward to supporting our clients to deliver high quality, sustainable commercial property.”

Jones Hargreaves is a fast-growing firm which has made a raft of new hires in recent months, expanding its expert in-house team to a headcount of more than 25 across its Manchester, Leeds, London, Bristol and Cardiff offices.

Excell added: “I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new team members helping to establish the Bristol office. They have hit the ground running as we respond to demand. It’s a pivotal time in the firm’s growth journey and it’s a privilege to play a part in this.”

Jones Hargreaves was established in 2009 and last financial year reported a double-digit percentage revenue increase. Its services include building consultancy, sustainability consultancy, mechanical and electrical engineering and complex project management.

The firm’s sustainability team is able to scrutinise potential acquisitions, improve the management of existing portfolios and advise on improving energy and carbon performance across all commercial property sectors with a number of ongoing instructions assisting clients to better understand and improve substantiality across their portfolios.

Matt Williams, partner at Jones Hargreaves, oversees the South West, London and Wales regions. He said: “Opening a Bristol office with Nic at the helm is an exciting step for the business. Nic brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge within our sector and we’re delighted to welcome him alongside Mike and Joe.

“The team are already working on significant projects which will no doubt improve the sustainability and quality of commercial buildings across the South West, and I am confident that clients will highly appreciate the local knowledge the team offers. We are an ambitious consultancy firm and pride ourselves on providing consistent, clear and commercial advice for all clients right across the country.”