North East industrial property agents have big plans for 2014

HTA Real Estate Ltd was set up by Simon Hill, Russell Taylor and Nick Atkinson – all former directors of property consultants/developers in the region

HTA Real Estate Ltd
HTA Real Estate Ltd

Three industrial property agents have joined forces to create one of the biggest industrial agency teams in the North East.

HTA Real Estate Ltd was set up by Simon Hill, Russell Taylor and Nick Atkinson – all former directors of property consultants/developers in the region.

Taylor has a property development and agency background and previously established the North East office of Easter Group where he was regional director for 12 years.

He has developed industrial schemes in the region, including 1.5 million sq ft of industrial space in Cramlington, Northumberland, the Team Valley, Boldon, Washington, Darlington and Thornaby.

Taylor was instrumental in delivering bespoke buildings for occupiers including Caterpillar, Hillarys Blinds and Stannah Stairlifts.

Before joining Easter, he was associate director of industrial agency at Lamb & Edge, now GVA.

Atkinson joined HTA after 13 years at the Newcastle office of DTZ, where he was director in the National Industrial and Logistics team.

While at DTZ, he was involved in many big industrial lettings across the region, including the relocation of BAe Systems from Birtley to Washington and the new 346,000 sq ft Clipper warehouse at Wynyard.

He will continue with some of his projects including the disposal of the 255-acre former Rio Tinto Alcan aluminium smelter at Lynemouth, as a sub-consultant for DTZ.

Hill has agency and development experience having worked for Storeys – now Edward Symmons – and Delma Developments before setting up the Newcastle office of King Sturge in 2000.

In a similar role to Atkinson, Hill was also involved in many high-profile industrial deals including the new 420,000 sq ft Vantec warehouse in Washington.

King Sturge merged with Jones Lang LaSalle in 2011 and subsequently closed the Newcastle office last October, which was the catalyst for the launch of HTA Real Estate.

With more than 65 years of local and national industrial experience, the team at HTA Real Estate Ltd have a lot to offer in this specialist property sector.

Simon Hill said: “We had already identified a need for a niche industrial agency in the North East, then the surprise withdrawal of JLL provided the perfect launch pad for the three of us to fill this gap.”

Taylor is confident about the industrial market and confirms the range of services that HTA can provide: “We are all well aware of the industrial heritage of the region and will focus on agency disposals and acquisitions as well as development consultancy, lease advisory services and investment work within this sector of the market.

“With the resources we have we are able to deal with industrial instructions in all size and values from start-up units to large logistics facilities.”


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