Commercial property agency, LSH, has completed a major recruitment drive to bolster its property management team in Belfast after winning several significant contracts in the UK and Ireland.
Ten new recruits have been appointed across surveying, accounts, retail marketing and facilities management, bringing the total number working at the Belfast office to in excess of 90.
LSH has experienced exponential growth in 2017 and now manages 15m sq ft of commercial property including 12m sq ft of retail space in 45 shopping centres and retail parks in the UK. Ten of these are ranked in the UK’s top 200 schemes.
This year NewRiver appointed LSH’s Belfast office as managing agent on a major UK and Ireland shopping centre and leisure portfolio. The instruction comprises seven shopping centres and two retail parks among other retail and leisure assets which includes Abbey Centre in Newtownabbey, Belfast; Priory Meadows in Hastings; and The Avenue in Newton Mearns, Glasgow.
In a further significant contract win the team has been appointed as managing agent by Benson Elliott on Quedam, a popular street scape scheme in the heart of Yeovil in Somerset. The Centre comprises a single-level scheme of 45 retail units, four high street shops, a three-level multi-storey car park with 650 spaces and an adjoining 50,000 sq ft development property.
The consultancy has once again secured the number one position as managing agents and letting agents in Northern Ireland in the recently launched ‘Going Shopping 2018 – The Definitive Guide to Shopping Centres’ by Trevor Wood Associates.
Gary Nesbitt, director and head of property management at Lambert Smith Hampton in Ireland, said: “We are delighted to welcome a new wave of experienced and talented professionals to the property management team in Belfast. We recognise the importance of recruiting and retaining the top talent in the industry.
“Property management is a hugely important part of our business. We pride ourselves on staying ahead of our competitors and are pleased to be recognised as market leaders. We have expanded retail marketing and added facilities management to our core property management service. We are the only commercial agency in Northern Ireland to provide these disciplines.
Mr Nesbitt added: “Our growth from both a new business and talent acquisition perspective is reflective of a very exciting and rewarding year for the property management team. Our passion to deliver a market leading service is being recognised by the industry and our clients, which is further confirmation that the approach we are taking is the correct one.”