Bidwells signs up CBRE’s Willmott as Head of Planning

CBRE Senior Director joins regional consultancy

Long-established regional property consultancy Bidwells has secured the services of a key member of CBRE’s senior team.

Paul Willmott OBE, who’s been on CBRE’s Senior Management Board and a Senior Director in the London planning team for over ten years, is making the move to Bidwells’ Cambridge planning hub next month.

Bringing 25 years’ experience to the table, he’s been responsible for delivering important planning approvals for a number of landmark mixed-use schemes, working with clients including Ballymore, Barrett Homes and Transport for London. Standout successes have included the giant Francis Crick Institute – the largest research facility in Europe – and the major Harrow View proposals.

Mike Derbyshire, Head of Planning at Bidwells: “We are delighted that Paul will be joining Bidwells. His capability is perfectly aligned to our firm’s strategy of offering clients access to specialist high growth real estate markets in the Golden Triangle of Oxford, Cambridge and London and sector-leading work in the science and technology and education sectors.”

Paul Willmott: “After 10 years of exile in London, I am delighted to be returning to the region and to such a highly respected company as Bidwells, the preeminent property advisor within the Cambridge-Oxford-London Golden Triangle. It is an exciting time given the growth of the business and the importance that our region has to the future of the UK.

“The experience and knowledge I bring will compliment an already strong team of multi-disciplinary professionals. Together we will be able to enhance the value of the advice we give to our clients as we tackle the challenges of a dynamically changing property market; from housing, to science, health and education, to the need for greater economic diversification and not forgetting the influences Brexit will have in the years ahead.

“I am looking forward to working closely with my new colleagues and our strategic partners, and to providing the opportunities for our clients to achieve the very best and to exploit the opportunities that the future holds for us all.”

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