Place strategy

HBD is hiring a director – Place Nord-Ouest

Chris Stalker previously worked closely with the developer, leading the delivery of the £250m Kampus in Manchester, a joint venture between HBD and Capital&Centric.

Stalker has also worked for Arup and Urban Splash. His past projects include Castlefield and New Islington in Manchester.

As a director at HBD, Stalker will be based in the company’s Manchester office. However, he will work on projects across the country.

“I worked with HBD for several years as we took Kampus from concept to reality – it was a massive project that I’m really proud of,” Stalker said.

“HBD is working on some really exciting projects that include a lot of elements that interest me, so I’m really looking forward to starting these new challenges.”

Stalker’s hiring comes as HBD undertakes several major residential and urban regeneration projects, including the £1bn Golden Valley development in Cheltenham, the £20m Fair Trade building off St Ann’s Square in Manchester and £32million Setl in Birmingham’s jewelry district.

Adam Brady, chief executive of HBD, said Stalker’s appointment was “a key part” of the company’s strategy to grow its residential and urban regeneration pipeline.

“He brings years of experience completing these types of projects and his instinct for creating great spaces and the elements that make a project special will be a huge asset,” Brady said.