BNP Paribas hires cost consultancy expert for UK team

BNP Paribas Real Estate has appointed Richard Pilsbury to launch a new UK-wide cost consultancy division.

The team will support the building consultancy arm, and allow the business to offer a more comprehensive range of services to clients, particularly at the early stages of development projects, BNP Paribas Real Estate said.

'With this new service, we will be able to provide support for the full property life cycle and deliver valuable advice right from the start of a project, when it will have the most impact,' said Gary Williamson, head of building surveying Midlands, BNP Paribas Real Estate.

'We are delighted to have Richard on board and as a highly experienced cost consultant he will be able to offer advice that will bring long-term value to projects,' Williamson added.

Pilsbury has over 19 years’ of experience as a cost consultant and will lead the new division from Birmingham. During his career, he has worked across all sectors, covering commercial, education, housing and industrial schemes.

Pilsbury said: 'I’m very excited to join BNP Paribas Real Estate at this time and to play a leading role in growing this part of the business.

'Today’s building projects are more complex than ever before while expected delivery times are tighter and budgets more constrained. Minimising risks and getting things right from the very start are therefore increasingly important to clients and it’s where we can deliver value.'

BNP Paribas Real Estate’s development teams in the UK currently work on over 300 schemes a year, the firm said.


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