Knight Frank has boosted its Birmingham office with the promotion of James Bowkett and Kevin Morris to partner and the appointment of Alistair Winning and Ben Hanlin to its commercial property team.
The company says that the developments will strengthen both the commercial and residential property departments, helping the global property consultancy continue to grow its full service offer across Birmingham and the Central region.
James Bowkett has been promoted to partner in the residential re-sales team following a nine year career at Knight Frank and a 16-year career as a residential agent. James celebrates his promotion after a successful period of growth for his department, which has doubled in size over the past five months.
James said: “The success of our team shows that Birmingham is a resilient market.
“ I currently look after our portfolio of townhouses in Birmingham, particularly in Edgbaston, Harborne and Moseley, and there are still strong levels of demand and activity in this area of the market, particularly for houses priced above £350,000 or £400,000.
“This is also true of the very top end of the market. Just recently we sold a property for its full asking price of £3 million in the Edgbaston area and a new property just released at £2.8 million has already attracted high levels of interest.
“Thanks to the new super hospital and the regeneration that is taking place across the city, we are seeing an influx of people moving to the centre of Birmingham, and the desirable suburbs on the outskirts of the city. Yes there are challenges ahead, but the volume and quality of product that is coming forward provides us with a positive outlook for the coming year.”
In the commercial property department, Kevin Morris has been promoted to partner and head of commercial valuations just six months after joining the firm, following a growth in the valuations portfolio.
The team valued in excess £2.8 billion over the past year and is looking to expand in the months to come. Prior to starting at Knight Frank, Kevin worked at Gerald Eve and the Bristol office of DTZ.
Mr Morris said: “The role of valuations is becoming all the more vital in the current economic climate because lenders are understandably cautious and need to be certain that the figures stack up.
“Knight Frank has been particularly successful because of its strong, established brand and because we have invested a lot into cultivating relationships with our clients so they know that they are receiving advice that is dependable, thorough and trustworthy.
“The current market provides exciting opportunities for people who are working in valuations to think outside the box and help clients to stay ahead of the game. My aim in my new role as partner will be to continue developing our services and winning new business.”
The commercial property team is further strengthened by the appointment of surveyor Alistair Winning and Ben Hanlin, aged 22, as part of Knight Frank’s graduate scheme.
Alistair joins Knight Frank after spending three years at retail practice Johnson Fellows. He previously specialised in retail landlord and tenant work.
Solihull-born Ben Hanlin joins Knight Frank after studying for a land management degree at Reading University, during which time he undertook work experience in Knight Frank’s Birmingham office. He begins his career working in industrial agency and will rotate through Knight Frank’s commercial property departments.
Mark Swallow, head of Knight Frank’s Birmingham office, said: “It has been ten years since we opened our Birmingham office. We are now well established players in the Birmingham market, but by investing in our staff development, we are continuing to develop upon our expertise and improve our services to clients.”