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Bruton Knowles Managing Partner James Bailey

National chartered surveyor firm, Bruton Knowles, is now six months on from the launch of its lockdown strategy, which saw the creation of National teams across its leading services for Commercial, Utilities and Infrastructure and Valuations.

Recognising these areas as key growth drivers for the business, Managing Director, James Bailey made a bold decision to shake up the business and focus on National team expansion.

Most notably, for its National Utilities and Infrastructure (U&I) the new structure has proven successful. Over the past four months, the U&I team has secured nine new business wins, including the likes of Network Rail and Thames Water, appointed five new team members and made two promotions.

In addition, the firm is recruiting for up to 16 new roles to enhance the team.

The leading consultancy has over 35 years of experience in the U&I sector, having successfully delivered many of the UK’s major U&I projects over recent decades.

Headed up by Equity Partners Nigel Billingsley and Bill Simms, specialist teams across the North and South were created to form one national team to handle road, rail, gas, water and electricity projects as required.

James Bailey, Managing Partner at Bruton Knowles comments: “It is hugely encouraging to see that our national team strategy is performing. At the time, we had to make a bold decision to protect the business in what has been a turbulent year for the property sector. 

“We knew Utilities and Infrastructure would be an area of growth although I don’t think we could ever have expected just how quickly we would see that growth come into effect – with more new business secured we will be continuing to focus on team expansion.” 

To further support Bruton Knowles expansion plans – the firm has made a number of key hires and promotions within its national U&I team.

These include Freddie Unwin, who joined the Gloucester office as a Lands Rights Officer/ Surveyor working on Thames Water, National Grid and Network Rail projects and Patrick Hackett who was promoted to Senior Land Officer representing a range of clients across the gas, rail and electricity sector. 

Nigel Billingsley, Equity Partner at Bruton Knowles comments: “We are really pleased with the progress so far. Considering we launched in the midst of a pandemic, the response from new and existing clients has been overwhelmingly positive and we are continuing to deliver projects for world leading businesses across energy, transport and water sectors. 

“Now working as a national team, we are seeing benefits of this new way of working. The team are thriving, and we are recruiting for new roles as we continue to expand our offering.”

James adds: “The launch of the U&I team has been a complete success and plays a vital role in contributing to the economic recovery of these two sectors. Bruton Knowles is pleased to now offer a nationwide service and we look forward to the growth over the next six months.”

Bruton Knowles has 10 offices across the UK and last year, as part of its wider company restructure and expansion programme, the ambitious property firm announced the launch of two new teams, Utilities and Infrastructure and National Valuations. Who work alongside Planning and Land Development, Commercial and Rural. Contact Bruton Knowles for more information on property or progressing your career. 

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