Hill was formerly responsible for managing Meadowhall. Credit: Knight Frank

British Land man joins Knight Frank

The property consultancy has appointed Ben Hill as a partner in its commercial property asset management team in Leeds.

Hill, who has twenty years’ experience in the commercial property sector working with Europe’s largest and most complex retail assets, was a director at the heavyweight developer British Land, and a member of the retail property management senior leadership team.

At British Land, Hill was responsible for the management of approximately £1bn worth of assets in Sheffield including the Meadowhall shopping centre and surrounding sites.

Earlier in his career Hill spent twelve years working as a director of property management at Smith Young Partnership in Sheffield.

Based between Knight Frank’s Leeds and Sheffield offices, Hill’s newly created role will have national coverage and his appointment as partner will strengthen Knight Frank’s shopping centre management capabilities and bolster the shopping centre portfolio, the firm said.

Michael Lewis, head of property & asset management at Knight Frank, said that Hill has a proven record as one of the leading property management experts across UK retail space and will play a key role in the expansion of Knight Frank’s shopping centre team in Leeds.

He continued: “Shopping centres are an integral part of our retail capability. Servicing a range of REITs, institutions, property companies and local authorities, our experience in the core market of strong regional centres is unrivalled. Hill brings with him an in-depth knowledge of one of the UK’s most complex and well-known retail assets and we are delighted to have him on board.”

Knight Frank’s total assets under management in the UK reached £68m in 2022. The firm’s 335-strong property asset management team manages 3,113 properties across the UK.

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