Lambert Smith Hampton named NI’s most active property agent
Commercial property agent Lambert Smith Hampton has been named as Northern Ireland’s most active property agent and overall regional winner in the prestigious EGi Deals Competition for 2014.
Every year EGi, part of Estates Gazette, compiles rankings across all property types and all regions of the UK based on the number of deals conducted by each agent.
It is the 5th consecutive time Lambert Smith Hampton, previously known as BTW Shiells, has topped the list in Northern Ireland. For the 2014 year, the company led the way in each of the three main property sectors – Office, Retail and Industrial.
The company said the top rankings are indicative of both the recovery of the commercial property sector and LSH’s leading position within the market.
Criona Collins, director and Head of Retail at LSH in Belfast said: “The retail team at LSH is delighted to receive this recognition from Estates Gazette. 2014 saw the first real signs of recovery in the retail market and the retail team, after a long period of stagnation, capitalised on this upturn. We have every confidence that 2015 will continue with this slow but sustainable recovery and our team is in the best position to ensure this will be another successful year for retail leasing.”
Commenting on the office and industrial markets, Stuart Draffin, director and Head of Agency at LSH in Belfast added: “Due to a number of variables an unprecedented level of commitment and determination has been required in recent years to ensure property transactions have completed and the information has been available to allow decision makers to take an informed view. LSH have 22 members of staff dedicated to the Belfast agency team. This has grown substantially in the last 24 months and we are all very proud to have transacted more property than any other agency in Northern Ireland. The team remains extremely enthusiastic and motivated for all sectors in 2015.”
EGi said the findings of its latest research provide evidence of an industry which has “left the downturn in bullish mood and with expansion very much in mind”.
Lambert Smith Hampton was also the clear leader in industrial deals and combined lettings volumes across the UK.