Airport City’s Karen Campbell departs

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Airport City director Karen Campbell has left her post after only ten months.

She joined Manchester Airports Group in January to spearhead the running of the giant, £800m scheme surrounding Manchester Airport.

Campbell is understood to have left her position last week for health and personal reasons and will be relocating back to London. John Atkins, MAG’s property director will take on Campbell’s responsibilities.

Campbell was the chief executive of TAL CPT Land Development between August 2007 and August 2010, during which time the company developed Maxim, a 750,000 sq ft speculative office park on the outskirts of Glasgow. She then took on roles at BT, where she was head of its UK portfolio; Telfonica, for which she managed its global property portfolio, before joining Lend Lease where she was general executive manager and from which she joined MAG in January. 

On Sunday chancellor George Osborne announced that MAG had agreed a joint venture with Beijing Construction Engineering Group, Carillion and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to bring forward the project. Argent has been appointed by the joint venture to development manage the scheme.

It will include 5m sq ft of development, a mix of offices, hotels, advanced manufacturing, logistics and warehousing across 65 acres. It is expected that elements of the scheme will complete from mid-2015.

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