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Regeneration duo join Colliers International Birmingham

The Birmingham office of Colliers International has boosted its regeneration and public sector capabilities with the appointment of two new consultants.

Will Evans is one of the Midlands’ best-known regeneration experts. Formerly development director at Walsall Regeneration Company, and latterly at Wolverhampton Development Company, Will was responsible for promoting the economic growth of the Black Country towns, and delivering a number of high profile public/private partnership developments including Wolverhampton’s City Canalside, Giga-PORT in Walsall, and the Walsall Waterfront.

An architect by profession, Will has also worked as a development surveyor, and in both the public and private sector.  He is chairman of the Birmingham Forum for the Built Environment.

Will is joined at Colliers International by Steve Compton. Steve spent four years at urban regeneration company Opportunity Peterborough, latterly as chief executive.  A qualified surveyor, he has worked at Leicester Regeneration and Advantage West Midlands. The duo also worked together at British Waterways.

David Smeeton, the head of Colliers International’s Birmingham office, said the appointments come at a crucial time in the economic cycle.

He said: “The demise of the urban regeneration companies and the forthcoming closure of the regional development agencies have led to many regeneration projects being mothballed.

“The confusion over the role and funding of the local enterprise partnerships and enterprise zones, and the uncertainty surrounding the new localism agenda, means there may be a hiatus for some time yet.

“If schemes are to get back off the ground then it is vital, now more than ever, that the public sector engages and collaborates with the private sector. By bringing Will and Steve on board our aim is to facilitate those discussions, reinvigorate opportunities and bring new thinking to stale development projects.

“In Will and Steve we believe we have two highly respected, experienced and visionary regeneration experts and their appointment is a major coup for Colliers International.”

Will Evans said: “Our aim is to identify suitable regeneration opportunities and help cash-strapped local authorities get them off the ground. Through its regional, national and international offices, Colliers International can reach property developers and investors from around the globe. By brokering relationships with Colliers’ clients and the public sector, our ambition is to get shelved regeneration projects in the Midlands back on track.”