HBD hires well-known director as Workspace lead

HBD has hired Bruntwood’s Lee Treanor, who joins as Director within its Manchester office.

A coup for HBD, the appointment sees Treanor depart his role of Development Director following a 20-year career with the business.

Leading on Workspace, Treanor will work alongside the HBD team to deliver its existing pipeline and identify new opportunities.

He said: “Moving on from Bruntwood, I take a great sense of pride in what I was part of during my time there. I am excited to be joining the HBD team – with its brand, reputation and strong financial backing it is well-placed to capitalise on new opportunities and I look forward to working with landowners and agents to identify those opportunities across the North West.

“While the way we work has undoubtedly changed since the onset of the pandemic in March, workspace has never been more important to businesses or employees – working from home isn’t a set-up that everyone wants and, for some, particularly young people and those still training, interaction in the office is really important. The coming years will be a really interesting time for workspace as the traditional model evolves.”

Ed Hutchinson, managing director of HBD, said: “It’s great to have Lee on board – workspace remains a key pillar of our strategy and I’ve no doubt his expertise will be invaluable both in delivering existing projects and identifying new opportunities.”

HBD is one of the UK’s most active property developers, with a diverse portfolio including office space and logistics, through to residential innovation and award-winning heritage projects. In addition to its Manchester base, it also has offices in Glasgow, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol and London.

HBD has several active projects in Manchester City Centre, including the award-winning Kampus scheme, and the Island site, located at the heart of the city, along with industrial and logistics schemes across the region.