London firm Forsters has scooped a massive contract to advise Chester City Council on the major redevelopment of its town centre.
To be appointed for the project, the 19-partner firm beat two top 10 London firms and two leading regional firms. Forsters was invited to pitch at the end of last year and had to go through two beauty parades before landing the contract. The scheme will add new retail, leisure and office facilities in the centre.
Head of commercial property Smita Edwards says: "The invitation to pitch came because I dealt with a town centre redevelopment for Surrey Heath Borough Council. We then had two presentations, one in London and one in Chester, where we presented our formal submissions and our team to the council. It's a huge scheme and I expect we'll be very active in working with the council and the developers."
Forsters was set up in 1998 by three partners from the now defunct Frere Cholmeley Bischoff.