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Avison Young announces new Scottish Land & Development Director – Scottish Business News



GLOBAL real estate firm, Avison Young has announced that Richard Cottingham has joined the Scottish Land & Development team, assuming the role of Director.

A qualified chartered surveyor, Cottingham brings over 16 years of experience within the Scottish real estate market, specialising in residential development land, disposals and acquisitions, transactions, development appraisals, and viability assessments. 

Cottingham’s extensive experience working with public and private sector clients, including the Scottish Government, Persimmon Homes, abrdn, Barratt Homes, and Aberdeen Standard Investments, makes him a valuable asset for the Avison Young team.

In his new role as Director, Cottingham will work alongside Stewart Taylor, Managing Director for Edinburgh, building Avison Young’s land and development presence across Scotland with a specific focus on the residential sector and working on existing instructions including Central Quay in Glasgow.

Cottingham joins the firm from Savills, where he was an Associate Director in the Development Team. Prior to this, Cottingham was a Senior Surveyor at DTZ (now Cushman & Wakefield) for seven years.

Richard Cottingham, Director, Land and Development, Scotland, Avison Young UK said: “I am delighted to be taking on this new role at Avison Young, and excited by the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the firm’s offering. I look forward to bringing my background in working with a diverse range of clients, to deliver real value and long-term growth for the region.”  

Stewart Taylor, Principal and Managing Director, Edinburgh, Avison Young UK said: “Richard is a fantastic addition to our Land and Development Team. He brings a strong transactional and consultancy track record and extensive knowledge in development, which will support the growth of the team and foster collaboration with the wider business. This appointment reflects our commitment to strengthening our team of experts in Scotland, to maximise the potential that exists for current projects and from existing clients.”

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