Colliers to open West Auckland office
Colliers International has promoted Deborah Dowling to head a new West Auckland office which could be located within the new Westgate town centre now under construction. Charles Cooper, Auckland managing director for Colliers says the West Auckland business is currently operating out of the main Auckland offices, but it will open in a new western base at a location yet to be determined early next year.
Dowling joins the new business from the Colliers’ North Shore office where she has built a successful track record as an investment sales and leasing broker since joining the company in 2005. Last year she was awarded the company’s Auction Broker of the Year title.
Cooper says the new office will be the company’s first to open in Auckland since launching its successful Highbrook industrial office in 2007.
“The decision to open the new office has been driven out of sheer demand for our services, and the need to address a clear gap in the market in the West Auckland area,” Cooper says.
“While we have had coverage of the West Auckland market for several years through investment sales and industrial brokers being active in the area, building a permanent physical presence is an important step and we envisage having a solid, high performing team based there, providing a cross-sector brokerage service.”
Cooper says the company is actively looking for people to join the new West Auckland office as brokers, along with its other business divisions across Auckland.
“We have experienced rapid growth across most of our divisions in recent years and we expect this to continue.
“The property services company needs 50 extra people across Auckland’s CBD, Highbrook, North Shore and West Auckland offices in the next 12 months to service a significantly increased workload across the business.”
Cooper says a key area of growth is in the company’s investment sales team across all its Auckland offices.
“The Auckland investment sales market is the biggest commercial property market in New Zealand, covering a large area from the upper reaches of the North Shore, through the CBD fringe, across to West Auckland and down to Pukekohe. It includes over 1000 hectares of floor space across non-CBD, non-industrial, office and retail precincts.”
Cooper says the company is also searching for a manager to lead its South Auckland investment sales team, which will be based at Highbrook alongside its industrial team.
“We are also looking for staff fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese to join the company in a variety of roles. We want to grow our Asian client service capability into a range of service lines, so we are searching for suitable candidates for sales and for other property services along with support roles like valuation, project marketing and property management.”
Cooper says 2013 was a record year for Colliers following previous records in 2011 and 2012, and there has been a substantial increase property services with the agency now having 13 different service lines.
“We have been experiencing strong growth which, combined with the launch of several new business divisions including rural and agribusiness, project services and building consultancy, has left us in the position of needing to actively recruit more people.”