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Bilfinger GVA appoints new Manchester head as it enters next phase of growth

Monday, 26 September 2016

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Leading real estate advisory firm Bilfinger GVA has appointed Chris Cheap as its new Manchester office head, effective as of 1 January 2017.

Cheap replaces current head Mark Rawstron who retires at the end of the year.

Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive at Bilfinger GVA, comments: “Chris is one of the most respected office agents in the city and brings a wealth of experience. Bilfinger GVA’s market position as the UK’s largest and most diverse real estate advisory firm outside of the capital means Manchester continues to be an essential part of our future growth. I very much look forward to working closely with Chris to help realise our ultimate ambitions.”

The company’s Manchester office is its third largest (after its London HQ and Birmingham office) both in terms of its size (185 employees) and the breath of its client service capabilities.

Chris Cheap, Senior Director and current head of Office Agency at Bilfinger GVA in Manchester, comments: “This is a hugely exciting time to be leading the Manchester office. Our current proposition presents a really fantastic opportunity to grow. The combination of investment from our new owners EQT and our growing regional, national and European platform will help us strengthen and expand our capabilities here in the North West.”

Mark Rawstron, Regional Senior Director at Bilfinger GVA, comments: “I joined this brilliant company when it was called Grimley & Son more than 30 years ago. In that time, I’ve seen staff numbers across the North West grow from seven to 185 people.

“This city and region is unique, its political and civic infrastructure and its public- private sector approach to business and regeneration has been an exemplar.”

Looking to the future, Chris Cheap adds: “We are moving into a new era for the business. What’s important is that we continue to put clients at the very heart of everything we do and maintain the high levels of service that Bilfinger GVA is renowned for.”

For further information contact Chris Cheap at chris.cheap@gva.co.uk or visit www.gva.co.uk.