Planning director Gavin Hall has been appointed head of Savills Southampton office to lead the business across the south coast.

Gavin takes over the role from Martin Hastelow, who has headed up the firm’s multidisciplinary Southampton business for the last eight years. Martin is stepping aside to concentrate on continuing to grow the commercial agency/business space business along the south coast, at a very interesting time for both the office and industrial/logistics markets.

Gavin previously worked for Southampton City Council from 1999, joining Savills in 2003 when the Southampton office was opened and more recently leading the planning team. His clients include major landowners, infrastructure bodies, developers and the public sector, and he is also an active committee member of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, business member of the Solent LEP and a Business South Champion.

He will continue to head up the planning team while overseeing the office’s development, commercial agency, licensed leisure, building consultancy, residential development sales and
urban design teams.

He said: “It is with pride that I take on the role of overseeing the Savills business in Southampton and across the wider south coast, and I would like to thank Martin for expertly managing the office over the past eight years. Despite the impacts of Covid-19 over the last year and moving into this year, it has been and will certainly remain business as usual for the teams who have continued to act for clients and collaborate with one another, albeit while presently working from home. I look forward to building on the success of the office and using
my role to further enhance our Central South region to compete in an ever-challenging UK and worldwide market.”