Property expert Tim Heal, who helped influence many of Gloucestershire’s major commercial development projects of the last 35 years, has died aged 71.
Heal began his property career in Cheltenham, working for surveyors GH Bayley & Sons between 1973 and 1979, before joining Alder King in Bristol.
He was appointed partner of the firm in 1980, established the firm’s Gloucester office and dedicated 35 years to building it into a thriving business before handing over the reins to the current lead partners, Phil Pratt and Adrian Rowley, in 2016.
Significant projects he was involved in included the regeneration of Gloucester Docks, the first phases of Gloucester Business Park and the sale of major residential land sites including the Coney Hill, Over Hospital and St Oswald’s Park.
After 2016, he also continued as a consultant for Alder King.
Pratt said: ‘In addition to some of Tim’s remarkable property deals, I will always remember the positive influence he had on those around him.
‘Outside of Alder King, Tim was a keen supporter of Gloucester Rugby and held leadership roles in a number of charities including the local Wooden Spoon Society and Gloucester North Rotary Club.
‘He also acted as a governor for King’s School in Gloucester.’
Rowley said: ‘He had enormous energy and enthusiasm for the people around him and the projects he was working on. He was great company and will be much missed.’
Alder King chair Martyn Jones added: ‘Tim was an outstanding surveyor who derived enormous pride from delivering a first-class service to clients.
‘He was also a great character who enjoyed life to the full. He made an immense contribution to Alder King and we are all deeply saddened by the news. We send our condolences to Deb and their two children Rebecca and Nick.’