The Company traces its roots back to 1889 when John Hoyle Stead, the son of a surveyor and engineer who worked for Isambard Kingdom Brunel, opened offices in Ripponden, West Yorkshire as an Auctioneer and Estate Agent. Over the next 100 years’ several partnership evolutions followed which brought added professional diversification and company expansion in the heart of West Yorkshire. Percy Singleton was followed by his son, Howard, and in 1963 the competing businesses of P. T Singleton & Son and B Walker & Co merged to form Walker Singleton.
Whilst the name has remained constant for 50 years’, strategic acquisitions, most notably that of Colliers Stewart Newiss, and focussed growth in Industrial and Commercial property together with the niche area of Business Recovery and Restructuring has developed a business with an enviable reputation for professionalism, service and depth of expertise. This specialism within Recovery and Restructuring was supplemented in September 2017 through the merger with Richmond Asset Advisory – a boutique, single partner firm based in Leeds, lead by Stephen Jones who has over 30 years experience in the sector.
In 2015 the company acquired the premium residential brand of Charnock Bates who, through their office in Ripponden, connect back to the very beginnings of Walker Singleton.
Most recently, in June 2018, the business of Hanson – Chartered Surveyors, merged with Walker Singleton. Hanson has been led eponymously by Mark Hanson for over 25 years creating a thriving commercial property surveying practice working throughout Kirklees and Calderdale.
The business has evolved into a multi-disciplined firm of proudly independent Chartered Surveyors with autonomous partner led offices in Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale providing strategic advice to many National and International Blue Chip businesses; Financial Institutions; Local Authorities, Public Bodies and business advisors.
Forward thinking in terms of its own advancement the business is perfectly placed to advise current and future corporate and private clients on their own property and asset strategies.