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Ryden attracts Doug Garden from Knight Frank

12th January 2017

Commercial property consultancy Ryden has made a key hire in highly regarded building surveyor Doug Garden who joins the firm as a partner and head of Project & Building Consultancy in Aberdeen.

Doug replaces Ken Macpherson who leaves after some 16 years at Ryden to join Dunecht Estates, a long standing client of the firm.

Doug joins from Knight Frank, where he headed up the Building Consultancy department for the last 12 years.  Prior to that he worked as a director at Chesterton where he provided building consultancy services and assisted the co-directors with the transfer of the Chesterton business in Aberdeen to Knight Frank in 2004.

He has an impressive track record in the design and project management of prominent new-build commercial properties in Aberdeen, and is also currently leading a team monitoring the £50 million Peterhead Port Authority inner harbour redevelopment project. Doug has also advised on a number of significant dilapidations claims in the city and has built up an enviable level of experience in this field.

John Findlay, regional managing partner of Ryden’s Aberdeen office, said: “We are obviously disappointed to lose Ken but delighted to bring someone of Doug’s exceptional ability on board. He is a leader in his field and his experience, client-base and personality fit extremely well with our firm.  Doug’s appointment reinforces our already strong Project & Building Consultancy team in Aberdeen and puts us in prime position to further develop this key area of our business and provide our clients with the best building surveying and project management advice.”

Ryden’s Project & Building Consultancy team is one of the strongest in Scotland, surveying on average 20 million sq ft of commercial property each year.

Douglas Garden

Douglas joined the Ryden partnership in 2017 and heads up the Project & Building Consultancy team in Aberdeen.  Prior to joining Ryden, he was a partner in charge of Knight Frank’s Aberdeen Building Consultancy department for 12 years.

He provides a wide range of clients with advice on: design, project management, project monitoring, contract administration, building surveys, dilapidation and planned preventative maintenance. 

Doug has considerable experience in project management / monitoring, space utilisation and architectural design.  He also has a proven track record in handling dilapidations work for both landlords and tenants.

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