Simon Willis joins growing business next month

Simon Willis

Alinea has made its second high-profile capture in recent months, nabbing the head of MEP at Mace’s cost consultancy business.

Simon Willis joins the cost consultant next month where he will be the third partner at its 12-strong M&E and plumbing arm.

Recent jobs he has worked on include 1 London Wall Place, the Make-designed office complex built by Multiplex, and the Allies and Morrison-designed tower at 100 Bishopsgate, also being built by Multiplex.

Prior to Mace, where he was in charge of around 40 people, Willis (pictured), who joins the 100-strong business three weeks today, spent six years working for Deloitte Real Estate and a 12 year stint at Gardiner & Theobald.

Alinea co-founder Mark Lacey said the move was “part of our business plan to continue strengthening our specialist skills such as MEP which makes up a significant portion of a modern day building, along with investing in the best people in the market”.

He added: “Our clients value specialist cost consultancy and MEP forms an increasingly more significant part of modern day buildings and Simon’s expertise and track record in this discipline is hugely powerful.”

In April, Aecom big hitter Alastair Kenyon joined the firm as its seventh equity partner with a brief to work alongside the firm’s private sector clients on commercial, mixed-use and residential schemes.

In its last set of results, Alinea saw revenue jump 25% to £13.2m in the year to April 2018. The company, which is working on the 22 Bishopsgate tower scheme in the City as well as Hammerson’s stalled expansion of Brent Cross shopping centre in north-west London, has set itself a target of increasing this by 10% to £14.5m next year.