Malcolm Hollis has commenced expansion into Europe with an office in Madrid opening this September.
The new opening will be in addition to our 15 offices already operating across the UK and Ireland. It follows demand from those clients investing in mainland Europe to deliver the same level of due diligence undertaken in the UK and Irish markets to their cross European portfolios as they continue to invest in the continent.
Senior Partner, John Woodman, says: “The commercial property market across Europe is buoyant with many investors looking to expand their portfolios and property companies taking advantage of development opportunities.
“Building surveyors in the UK and Ireland have been leading the way globally when it comes to adopting new technologies and improving standards. Clients increasingly want to ensure the same consistent quality of technical due diligence and project management on the continent as they do in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin or elsewhere. Currently they only get this from the global multi-discipline firms. Our independence appeals to a lot of our clients in order to avoid conflicts of interests and the opening of our Madrid office is the first step in us being able to offer this on the ground in local markets throughout Europe.”
The Madrid team will be headed up by John Watson who joins as Partner. John, originally from Glasgow, has lived in Spain for twenty three years, working with a range of clients, such as Standard Life and DekaBank. He has experience of setting up regional offices for established surveying firms and in 2010 he launched his own consultancy business.
John Woodman adds: “We are fortunate to have a recognised advisor in John, but importantly, he is also someone who understands the Malcolm Hollis business and culture as he is someone I have known professionally and personally for a number of years. We welcome him to the team.”
The Madrid office will officially open on 1 September 2015.
European expansion comes just a few months after we opted to remain independent following on from discussions regarding a potential buy out. The Madrid office is the first of a number of new offices we have planned, with Malcolm Hollis committed to identifying other opportunities across the UK and Europe to enable further growth and expansion over the coming months.