About GMI Property

Between them, the Directors of GMI Property have over 85 years’ combined experience in commercial and residential property development and have successfully delivered some of the region’s most high-profile developments including Thorpe Park, the North East’s premier business park extending to over 200 acres and Bridgewater Place in Leeds. They have also extensive knowledge of working with local authorities on complex regeneration schemes, including the procurement of the redevelopment of Clay Cross town centre in Derbyshire.


Now more than ever, the management team at GMI Property believe that the combination of a proven long term track record and a sound financial base are key fundamentals that will enable them to deliver occupier-led schemes, to provide innovative solutions to enable land owners to realise the value of their assets and to ensure their joint venture partners maximise a return on their investment.

GMI Holdings - group structure

GMI Property - team

Peter Gilman

Peter Gilman - Chairman

Peter founded the wider group of GMI companies back in 1986, including GMI Construction. He has been at the forefront of the property development sector in Leeds throughout this time and led the establishment of Thorpe Park – one of the UK’s largest Business Parks.

Peter is a passionate football supporter having previously been Board Director of Leeds United FC from 1980 to 1996 and on the board at Walsall FC since 2006.

Chris Gilman

Chris Gilman - Managing Director

Chris graduated in 1988 and joined Bernard Thorpe & Partners. When they became DTZ in 1992, Chris was appointed Associate Director, gaining valuable experience in the retail and leisure sector before joining Bass Plc as Acquisitions and Development Manager in 1995. He joined Landmark Development Projects as a Director in 1997 where he was responsible for numerous commercial and mixed use schemes throughout the north of England. Chris joined Peter Gilman as Managing Director at the GMI Holdings Group in 2011.

Chris has been involved in a wide range of major projects in the office, retail, industrial, education, residential and leisure sectors. Chris specialises in working with end-occupiers, putting together schemes to match their specific needs, delivering the building and providing funding solutions.

Chris’ energy, drive and commitment continues to take GMI Property forward as a successful development company.