Photograph, left-to-right: Richard Rees, Savills UK managing director, John Bowles, partner, Porta Planning, James Sparrow, Savills chief executive officer, Emma Andrews, partner, Porta Planning, David Jackson, Savills head of planning, Mike Washbourne, partner, Porta Planning
Savills has completed the acquisition of Porta Planning LLP, with effect from Friday 6th July 2018.
The acquisition strengthens Savills’ existing 270-strong national planning team, which is the largest of any UK consultancy.
Porta partners John Bowles, Emma Andrews and Mike Washbourne become directors of Savills, as does Porta director Nicola Forster. Porta’s team of ten joins Savills’ London planning team based in Savills’ HQ, 33 Margaret Street, London W1.
Richard Rees, Savills UK managing director, says: “The Porta team are another very important service in our planning offering and will contribute significantly to the huge range and depth of skills and expertise that we offer to the wider development industry – we are delighted to have them on board.”
David Jackson, Savills head of planning, says: “We are delighted that Porta’s team has joined us, bringing a range of exciting projects and skilled staff. We have enjoyed getting to know Porta Planning over several months – and we can see great synergy and opportunities for growing our business and helping our ever-expanding range of clients.”
John Bowles, partner, Porta Planning, says: “Our team is excited about this opportunity. We have been impressed by Savills client focus and commitment to providing a ‘best-in-class’ personalised consultancy service, where town planning is valued as central to good property decision-making. This vision and purpose matches our own core values and provides a sound basis for expanding our business and assisting clients, moving forward”.