Hines appoints head of development UK, creating new role

International real estate firm Hines has appointed Robbie Pitman as managing director and head of development in the UK.

'In recent years we have balanced our development platform with our investment and asset management capabilities, increasingly moving into new sectors and new markets where we see value,' said Ross Blair, senior managing director and head of Hines UK.

'We are in a strong position of having the capability to bring all three roles together, which is an increasingly compelling proposition to investment partners seeking opportunities in the UK,' Blair added.

The new role has been created as Hines continues to grow its development pipeline in the UK, the firm said, having acquired a range of prime sites for commercial, student housing and logistics projects within the past 12-months.

These include the flagship retail and residential scheme located above the new Bond Street Underground station entrance on London’s Oxford Street.

According to Hines, Pitman spent three years in a construction and development role at the company between 2008 and 2011, before leaving to join boutique property firm, Viridis Real Estate.

Pitman joins an existing experienced development team at Hines, with the firm expecting to make further appointments as it looks to grow its pipeline of projects across London and key regional markets.

Pitman said: 'Whilst previously at Hines I was fortunate to be involved with a number of prominent schemes, particularly in the London office market.

'The business has evolved considerably in recent years, diversifying into new markets such as student accommodation and industrial/logistics. I’m thrilled to be back, particularly at such an exciting time for the business as it grows its development pipeline.'

Hines is currently active in the office, retail, student housing and logistics sectors, managing a combined UK property portfolio worth more than £2 bn (€2.2 bn) and located in London and key regional cities.


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