Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins

Director- Head of National Office Agency and Development UK Regions

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Professional Summary

I have over 28 years experience in the Real Estate profession, focused on the North West of England but with particular emphasis on Manchester City Centre. Ten of those years was as lead Director of Lambert Smith Hampton’s Office Agency Department and after that ten years as the Principal Development, Investment, Office Agency Director at my own firm WHR. Based in Colliers Manchester office I offer a depth and breadth of commercial experience to Investors, Developers, Landlords and Occupiers with particular regard to complex mixed use scheme with a focus on procurement of Planning, Development, Letting and Disposal of City Centre office schemes. I deal with all aspects of office agency where I have been one of the principle protagonists for the evolution of Manchester’s City Centre office market. My role includes providing Developers / Investors a unique insight into occupational requirements and how they should and will influence the design criteria of complex refurbished projects as well as ground up new build schemes. I pride myself in delivering performance for Colliers clients in a competitive market place.


Significant projects that I have worked on include:

  • Design, development and marketing of 100,000 sqft at 40 Spring Gardens resulting in a successful investment sale.

  • Design, development and marketing of 100,000 sqft at Belvedere resulting in a successful investment sale.

  • Design, procurement of planning and marketing of 76,000 sqft at Axis.

  • Design, procurement of a complex mixed use scheme and marketing of 720,000 sqft at St Michael’s, Albert Square.

  • Design, procurement of planning and marketing of 178,000 sqft at Landmark, St Peters Square.

  • Design, procurement of planning and marketing of 100,000 sqft at 3 St Peters Square

  • Design, procurement of planning and marketing of 85,000 sqft at 11 New York Street

  • Design, development and marketing of 4,000,000 sqft of mixed use at NOMA Project.

  • Strategic advice in the acquisition of a 1,600 acre mixed use site at Carrington for Residential and B2/8 logistics.

  • Design, procurement of planning, development and subsequent investment sale of the Co-operative Group’s 350,000 sqft Head Quarters building.


Educated at Hull Grammar School, Sheffield Polytechnic.

Membership Involvements

RICS Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Service Lines
Landlord Representation, Tenant Representation
Featured Research
28 Nov 2019
Manchester Offices Snapshot Q3 2019
Leasing activity in Manchester city centre for the first three quarters of the 2019 stood at 1,101,403 sq ft, which was 10% above the Q1-Q3 quarterly average of 1,002,849 sq ft.
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5 Sep 2019
Manchester Offices Snapshot Q2 2019
H1 2019 take-up, at 806,024 sq ft, is at its highest level since H1 2014.
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20 Jun 2019
Manchester Offices Snapshot Q1 2019
City centre take-up recorded a steady start to the year with 314,733 sq ft.
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