The increasing complexity of commercial developments has led to a surge in project management work for consultancy firm Wakemans, which is currently commissioned on schemes worth more than £100 million.

Wakemans is advising a number of high profile property developers, including Halesowen-based Castlemore Securities, Birmingham regeneration specialist St Modwen Properties, London & Cambridge Properties and Barberry Estates on a variety of industrial, commercial, retail and mixed use schemes.

Projects include a new development at Middlemarch, the 110-acre mixed use business park three miles south of Coventry.

Appointed by developer Cobalt Developments, Wake-mans has been involved since the scheme's inception and has taken on project management and cost management as well as the role of planning supervisor.

Wakemans is also providing development consultancy services and has been working closely with the client's funding providers.

In addition, Wakemans is a part of St Modwen's advisory team on the 16-acre Quinton Business Park, situated on the outskirts of Birmingham, close to junction 3 of the M5 motorway.

Wakemans is acting as employer's agent, quantity surveyor, project manager and planning supervisor on phase three - a new multi million office development - which is scheduled for completion in October.

"Project management is very definitely a growing area for us, as our clients are experiencing a buoyant trading climate and their longer term prospects are looking good," said Wakemans director of client services James Shelley.

"Although we are essentially external advisers, project management is so integral we become an important member of the team."