North East Industrial Property Specialists

HTA Real Estate Ltd is a property consultancy business set up in November 2013 which focuses on the industrial/logistics property sector in the North of England.

Whether we are acting for funds, property companies, developers, occupiers or individuals our aim is to provide a professional service backed up by extensive market knowledge on jobs of all sizes and values with Director level contact for the client throughout the process.

We will provide considered support to clients using our extensive market knowledge including lettings and sales, acquisitions, investment sales and acquisitions, development projects and lease advisory services in order that clients can take confident and informed decisions.

Our team approach is to establish and maintain long term business relationships with our clients by providing excellent advice and a comprehensive service.

For further information about industrial units to let or for sale in the North East contact one of our team today…

Meet the Team

Russell Taylor


Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07710735566

Russell has spent all his working life within the property sector and has a broad skill base including development consultancy, landlord and tenant and agency work.

Russell was a Director of Easter Developments for 11 years having established the North East office. He procured 1.5 million square feet of business / industrial space in the North East in some of the region’s prime locations such as Team Valley, Boldon Business Park, Preston Farm and Peterlee as well as providing design and build solutions for Caterpillar UK, Hillary’s Blinds, Europa Magnetics and Stannah UK. Prior to this he was an Associate Partner at GVA in Newcastle heading up their industrial agency department.

Russell is a keen golfer and sports fanatic with a rugby coaching qualification. He also loves music and plays the drums.

Nick Atkinson

BSc (Hons) MRICS

Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07950319060

Nick has enjoyed his career as an agent in both the industrial and office sectors since moving back to the North East in 1998. Prior to setting up HTA Real Estate with Russell and Simon he was Director in the National Industrial and Logistics Team at DTZ.

Nick has been involved with many of the region’s largest industrial developments such as Radial 64 in Washington, Teeslink at Wynyard Park and the region’s largest speculative development, Drum Park in Chester le Street. He has experience in dealing with Brownfield divestment projects including consultancy advice to Rio Tinto on the disposal of their 360 acre former aluminium smelting complex in Northumberland.

One of Nick’s proudest achievements was two years spent with his wife teaching English and Geography in Eritrea, North East Africa, with VSO. Nick keeps himself fit and is a regular surfer at Tynemouth and the beautiful beaches of Northumberland.

Simon Hill

BSc (Hons) MRICS

Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07855834467

Simon is a Director of HTA Real Estate after joining from Jones Lang LaSalle where he was a Director responsible for the industrial agency department within the Newcastle office. He has over 30 years’ experience in the North East market, specialising in industrial and distribution property.

Having previously been employed by Delma Developments (Northern Trust), he has direct development experience as well as his agency expertise.

He has advised on the development, letting and funding of some of the highest profile schemes in the North East including Wynyard Park, Turbine Business Park in Sunderland and Foxcover in Seaham. He has extensive experience of providing consultancy advice to the public sector with clients including One NorthEast (in conjunction with the Sub Regional Authorities and the North East Assembly), Northumberland County Council, Darlington Borough Council and North Tyneside Council.

Simon is a keen sports fan and coached a local junior football side for 10 years.

Douglas Cranston


Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07525100920

Douglas is a Director of HTA Real Estate with over 20 years of industry experience specialising in investment agency and asset management disciplines. He has advised on acquisitions and disposals for a range of investors including pension funds, property companies and private individuals.

He has held senior roles at Knight Frank and JLL and acted on behalf of investors including the likes of Aviva, L&G, Mileway, Threadneedle, Patrizia, Aegon, Trillium, Northumberland Estates, Hanro amongst others.

Prior to joining HTA Real Estate he was Head of Property at MCM Group, a regional property company, where he held a pivotal role in growing and asset managing a portfolio of assets across the north of England which included completing regional value add development projects.

Douglas is a keen sports fan and enjoys playing football, running and cycling and is heavily involved in coaching both rugby and football at the community level. Douglas is also a member of the RICS North East Regional Board and regularly volunteers his time working alongside Northumbria University Real Estate Management programme where he is currently external examiner to the MSc Course.