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Peter Gallagher


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Professional Summary

Head of the Manchester Office and a Director in the Manchester city centre based National Offices Team with over 40 years experience. Currently working on over 10m sq.ft.  of commercial development and agency projects and consultancies covering a broad range of mixed-use commercial property but retaining a specialism in high-value offices.

Peter has built a highly respected reputation advising on the complexities of pre-build development consultancy and pre-let agency, acting for both occupiers and owners. Peter is a highly respected member of the Manchester business community and a trusted advisor to clients, having played instrumental roles in transformative projects such as Spinningfields that have helped shape Manchester into the truly cosmopolitan city it is today, From his involvement in rebuilding parts of Manchester after the 1996 bombing, through to his current work providing leasing and marketing advice on the major mixed-use redevelopment scheme at the likes of NOMA and the emerging plans for the Royal London campus in South Manchester - his knowledge and understanding is invaluable.

His personal clients include prominent private as well as public sector bodies.Career highlights include:

Peter joined the National Office Team at Colliers in Feb 2014 and was appointed Director Head of Colliers Manchester Office in February 2019.


Based in the centre of Manchester with the NW City Region as his patch, Peter is a specialist Agency & Development Consultancy practicioner. 

Peter Gallagher began his training with the regions leading practice of Chartered Surveyors in 1972 and completed cycles in several different disciplines including Valuation, Landlord & Tenant, Asset and Estate Management, Planning, Rating, Compensation and Land Surveying.

Then specialising as a commercial agent and soon promoted to head the Offices team, Peter was instrumental in the drive to position his team as the NW UK market leader in development-led office agency.

During three decades Peter has been involved in most of the new commercial development projects that have changed the office landscape of Manchester beyond all recognition.

2010 Winner - Property Week New Company of the Year (NW) Award.
2010 Winner - Estates Gazette Property Advisor of the Year (NW) Award
2010 Finalist - Estates Gazette Property Advisor of the Year Award
2011 Finalist - NW Insider 'Deal of the Year' Award
2012 Appeared amongst the 250 Most Influencial People in Greater Manchester list published by MEN Media Greater Manchester Business Week.

Peter was appointed to lead the Manchester practice in 2019 and believes with a passion that nurturing our emerging talent whilst embracing new technologies will equip us to provide the best possible service to our customers, whilst having a bit of fun along the way!

Memberships & Involvements

Peter is a well known local, regional and national property figure amongst developers and intermediaries, a member of the BCO (British Council for Offices), a past member of Property Week’s Editorial Board, has extensive press contacts and is a regular contributor of articles and comment to the various professional and technical property media.


Peter has and is working with a number number of the UK's property heavyweights including Barlows plc, Benmore, Bruntwood, CBRE Global Investors, Citybranch, Co-operative Estates, Countryside Properties, Crown Estate, Development Securities, Gladman, Goodman, Grant Thornton, Hermes Investment Fund Management, Hurstwood Group, IDG Teesland, Kilmartin, The Kingsway Partnership, Langtree Group, Liberty Property Trust, Magnus, Makan Investments, Manchester Airport Group, Manchester Diocese, Maple Grove Developments, MEPC, Morley Fund Management, North West Development Agency, Orbit Developments, Pannone LLP, Patrick Properties, Persimmon, PIN Properties, Property Alliance Group, Rochdale Development Agency, Royal London Investment Management, Segro plc, SWIP, Urban Splash, Urban Waterside, Valad Property Group, West Properties, Willan Group and Wilson Bowden. Peter also acts for numerous local property companies, individuals and occupiers.


Justin Myall - Box Clever Consulting

I have worked with Peter over a number of years on some of Manchester’s most prestigious office developments, as well as, some of the more mundane transactions which ensure Manchester’s Property Sector remains high on the UK if not World stage.

Peter is without question a honest, reliable and experienced professional who is process driven, ensuring the key details are extracted and focused upon prior to making recommendations to client’s and the wider team.

Peter’s understanding of the office market in general cannot be questioned, as he has ‘seen it and done it’ as the saying goes.

Ian Chapman - Partner at Fairhursts Design Group- UK and International

Peter has been major part of the Manchester and North West property scene for many years and a man whose advice is both direct and reliable. Its many years I have known Peter and 1998 was a guess looking back in time as it feels like always. He has been a friend in projects and to our office being an individual who is always willing to speak his mind.

Zoe Ensor - Good Relations

Peter is a consummate professional with an incredible knowledge of the market and an ability to cut through to the key issues. He's also a pleasure to work with and very well connected.

Andrew Scott - Merlin UK Property Ltd

Worked with Peter on a number times and he always provided excellent advice.

George Perrin - Development Manager at Stockport Council

You want offices? You need Peter

Alison Loveday - Chief Executive at berg legal

Peter is a thorough, knowledgeable, straight talking professional who quickly gets to grips with his client requirements. I enjoy working with Peter and would not hesitate to recommend him to others.

He is highly experienced in his field and this clearly comes across to both clients and other professionals.

Gary Williams - Business Development Manager at Insider Media

Peter is brilliant. I have known him for many years, since my early days at Property Week and more recently at NW Insider.
In my humble opinion he is well connected, knowledgeable, influential and above all a great person to work with.

Jonathan Walsh - UK Head of Business Park Portfolio Asset Management, MEPC

Peter has a strong understanding of the North West regional office market. He has had direct involvement in countless major schemes over many years. This experience is a key ingredient in any strong consultancy team.

Dave Armstrong - Energy Specialist, Property Developer and Philanthropist

Peter is a very knowledgeable and personable guy with a passion for results and getting the job done. I would not hesitate to recommend him to others.

Christian Gilham - Owner at Leach Rhodes Walker International SRL and Leach Rhodes Walker ltd

excellent deal maker, and snappy dresser....what more could you want - oh and very nice to do business with.

John A M Mills - Director Travel Limited

Peter always delivers what he promises. Would have no hesitation in using him whenever I have a need for his expertise.

Charles Shepherd -Managing Director, Atmore Group

Peter is a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner who keeps an eye on the little details without losing site on the end goal. Recommended.

Michael Taylor - External Affairs, Manchester Metropolitan University

Peter Gallagher is a true professional. A real gentleman and someone of absolute integrity. But Peter is also hugely experienced and knowledgeable, something that marks him out as one of the best commercial office agents in the Manchester market. He has a solid understanding of all the component parts of a property transaction, but also the range of influences that make Manchester a unique location.

Susan Brown - Behavioural Economics - Creative Management/Marketing Consultant

Peter is someone I can always trust to give honest advice as he is a strategic thinker and someone who can always see the 'Big Picture'!
Professional at all times and a team player, he is respected by his peers and clients and a joy to work alongside,

Simon Binns - What's On Editor at the Manchester Evening News.

Peter has an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of Manchester's commercial property market. A big hitter in the truest sense.

Adrian Simcox - Sales Director at Insider Media

Looking at Manchester's skyline of major office developments such as Barbirolli Square, Spinningfields, Belvedere etc... there aren't many which Peter hasn't been central to. He is an honest broker and a pleasure to work with.

Paul McLeman - Director at Orbit Developments

As an in-house Leasing Director at Orbit Developments I have always welcomed and respected Peter's expertise in the areas of development and leasing. Peter always provides well thought out and considered advice.

Andy Lavin – Urban & Civic PLC

Peter is the ultimate property professional who rolls his sleeves up and gets fully involved to achieve the client objectives.

Atul Bansal - Co-Founder & Partner at The Sheila Bird Group

Peter is one of the good guys. He has always delivered a first class service with a unique and professional insight, in a way that only Peter can do.

In the fast moving world we live in it is comforting to know that you are in safe hands with Peter.

If you need property advice from an expert that is all inclusive Peter is your man. Use him you will not be disappointed.

Helen Thomas PR Specialist - Managing Director at MTPR Manchester and London

I have known Peter as a fellow professional in the property industry for some 26 years now and like many in his peer group hold him in the highest regard. His experience, professionalism and knowledge go unquestioned and I would rank him in the top five property 'Gurus' in the North West having worked alongside him on several client accounts and projects. Like all the best advisors his advice is always frank and fearless but he remains a personable and likeable man and as a result is a popular character on the Manchester property circuit. Sometimes a difficult balancing act! But he manages it effectively and with sagesse.

Jow Arif - Managing Director at Quest Nutrition (Europe)

I'm delighted to be associated with Peter; he's a true professional, entirely reliable, concise and polite.

A gentleman in business, I would not hesitate to recommend a working relationship with Peter to anyone that cares for my opinion.

Philip Coen - CEO at Social Capital Ventures

Peter is highly respected in the U.K. Property industry, due to his extensive knowledge of the sector and his ability to deliver bespoke property solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders involved. He is the consummate professional, displaying integrity and insight at every stage of his relationship with clients. I have no hesitation in recommending Peter.



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