Hargreaves Land, the property and land division of Hargreaves Services Plc, has announced the appointment of a new regional development manager in Yorkshire to help drive forward strategic developments.
Rob Firth has joined the growing property company, bringing the team to 16 full-time members of staff, which operate across the firm’s offices in Barnsley, Durham and Scotland.
His appointment follows the announcement last year that David Anderson, formerly of Henry Boot Developments, joined Hargreaves Land as group property director as part of Hargreaves’ repositioning strategy to move away from coal and heavy industry and unlock value from the group’s 17,500-acre land bank.
Mr Firth, a chartered surveyor, brings with him a wealth of experience in a breadth of commercial property sectors and over 25 years at partner or director level at firms including DTZ, St James Securities and Holbeck Land.
Mr Firth said: “It is great to be joining Hargreaves Land at such an exciting time when the focus is very much on building a successful new property venture. In my new role I will be working to identify, secure and build a pipeline of developments throughout Yorkshire, Lancashire and beyond.”
Hargreaves’ substantial UK-wide land portfolio includes over 50 sites ranging from former coal mines undergoing remediation, through to prime consented sites ready for development.
Key sites include the 390-acre Blindwells scheme located in East Lothian near Edinburgh, where planning consent has been secured for 1,600 new homes. At Westfield in Fife, Scotland over 1,000 acres have been earmarked for energy, waste recovery and employment uses.