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Orion House, 5 Upper St Martins Lane
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The leading boutique retail and leisure team consistently delivering for the UK’s most prestigious property owners and developers

Drawing on our extensive experience in the creation of mixed use developments we collaborate with our clients to create aspirational environments which surpass the customers initial requirements. We provide in-depth and comprehensive advice on all aspects of leasing, asset management, development and investment within the retail and restaurant sectors.

With a strong ethos of communication we offer a joined-up approach providing credible investment advice supported by a knowledge of retailers demand and an understanding of future trends shaping the retail environment. Having held senior positions within niche and major national agencies, the team are well placed to offer a focused and targeted approach, with enthusiasm, drive and commitment.

Based in London, we operate on a national level and offer a proven record in creating and implementing successful tenant mix strategies. Current instructions include Land Securities Central London portfolio, The Brunswick Bloomsbury, Canary Wharf, Windsor Royal Station and Hammerson catering portfolio.

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Orion House, 5 Upper St Martins Lane
              London WC2H 9EA

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WOODY BRUCE
Director

NIGEL GILLINGHAM
Director

TRACEY POLLARD
Director

RUPERT BENTLEY-SMITH
Director

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HARRY WILLS
Director

VICTORIA BROADHEAD
Director

NICK GARSTON
Director

CHARLOTTE ROBERTS
Associate Director

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MILLIE WILSON
Associate Director

EMILY ATKIN
Surveyor

JACK BARRATT
Surveyor

NICK HALLEY
Surveyor

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ALEXANDER MANN
Surveyor

ALEX ROBINSON
Surveyor

DOMINIC TIXERANT
Surveyor

THEA ROWE
Marketing & Communications/ PA

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FRANCES HOWARD
PA

ROSIE CAREY-WATTS
Office Manager/PA

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Orion House, 5 Upper St Martins Lane
              London WC2H 9EA

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The leading boutique retail and leisure team consistently delivering for the UK’s most prestigious property owners and developers

Bruce Gillingham Pollard continues to expand

Following their 5th year anniversary earlier this year, Bruce Gillingham Pollard are pleased to announce Nick Garston has joined their team as Director to head up a new tenant representation department focusing on the restaurant and leisure sector across London and major regional cities. Nick joins the 17 strong team at Bruce Gillingham Pollard based at their central London offices.

Nick was previously at Restaurant Property and has considerable experience in the restaurant and leisure sector and has acquired sites for a wide variety of operators including The Columbo Group, The Diner, Byron, Burger and Lobster, Clare Smyth, Brew Cafe, Red Dog Saloon, Pizza Pilgrims and Neil Rankin.

Working alongside Nick are Millie Wilson and Thea Rowe, who together form the new team providing expert and impartial advice to restaurant and leisure occupiers.

Woody Bruce, Managing Director of Bruce Gillingham Pollard, commenting on the appointment said “we are delighted that Nick has joined our growing team and his appointment enables us to provide an enhanced range of advice and knowledge on the broadest cross section of leisure operators both in the UK and internationally. The barriers between retail and leisure are continuing to merge with the blurring of the lines between the shopping, restaurant and entertainment sectors and having the most in depth knowledge across all these sectors is key in offering our clients advice in this fast evolving  market.

We believe his skills in providing well thought out advice to his clients mirrors the core ethos of Bruce Gillingham Pollard. Nick will bring in a new and exciting growth area that will really help all aspects of the company to include both leasing and investment.”

Earlier this year Bruce Gillingham Pollard welcomed three others to the team having secured some incredibly exciting instructions. Alex Robinson and Dominic Tixerant both joining as Surveyors, along with Rosie Carey-Watts who joined as Office Manager and PA to aid in the support of the team, as they continue to focus on providing the highest quality advice across London and the UK.



Bruce Gillingham Pollard promotes Jack Barratt & Emily Atkin to Associate Director

Bruce Gillingham Pollard is delighted to announce Jack Barratt and Emily Atkin have been promoted to position of Associate Director.

Jack and Emily were the first graduates to join Bruce Gillingham Pollard in 2012 and completed their APC in 2015. Specialising in retail investment, Jack has forged relationships with a diverse selection of clients and actively sources opportunities on behalf of major UK institutions, funds, property investment companies, and high net worth individuals looking to invest in the sector. Emily has worked on a range of developments across London and key regional cities around the UK, most recently Hammerson’s Victoria Gate in Leeds which opened last month.

Speaking about the promotion, Managing Director, Woody Bruce said: “Both Jack and Emily are highly valued members of the team who have brought a lot to the growing team since they joined as our first graduates in 2012. They are both highly regarded by clients and colleagues alike and this promotion is well deserved.”

Boxpark Croydon is now open

Boxpark Croydon is now open and brings with it no fewer than 35 food outlets, creating an eating out hub in an area with previously few options. Popular venues such as MEATliquor, The Breakfast Club, Bukowski Grill, and Chilango have taken space as well as start-ups. The offering includes bao, burgers, tapas, Thai, Greek, Mexican and Middle Eastern foods, chicken, Caribbean, cakes and doughnuts as well as wine, juices, cocktails, coffee and beer.

Boxpark is open daily from 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 10pm on Sundays.

Boxpark is located within Ruskin Square. A 2m sq ft complex of offices, homes and shops – including the new Boxpark Croydon –  Ruskin Square will create a vibrant, bustling atmosphere the moment you arrive, as well as providing an attractive new gateway into Croydon’s regenerated town centre. The Stanhope and Schroders development is on a nine acre site located in the heart of Croydon’s central business district next to East Croydon Station, will ultimately provide 625 new homes, 100,000 sq ft of restaurants and shops and 1.25m sq ft of new commercial space. Bruce Gillingham Pollard act as leasing agents for the retail and restaurants within Ruskin Square.



Victoria Gate in Leeds is open!

Hammerson’s latest regeneration project, Victoria Gate in Leeds, opened its doors to the public today in what will be the only major retail scheme to launch in the UK this year. The £165m scheme next to Hammerson’s Victoria Quarter arcade, forms part of the new 53,400 sq ft Victoria Leeds shopping destination.

This will create the largest premium retail and leisure venue in Northern England moving Leeds up to third in the UK’s best place to shop retail rankings, according Javelin.

Designed by architects Acme, the façade takes inspiration from the surrounding architecture of Leeds’ historic buildings and uses a mixture of white terracotta and red bricks which were manufactured in Yorkshire and Staffordshire.

The scheme is anchored by a flagship John Lewis store, which is the first in Leeds and the largest outside of London with Victoria Gate’s two street arcade home to 30 new retail brands and restaurants, as well as a casino.

Acting on behalf of Hammerson, Bruce Gillingham Pollard have leased to brands including Russell & Bromley, Nespresso, GANT, Hackett, Tommy Hilfiger, CAU, Joules, Aspinal of London, Le Pain Quotidien, Neom Organics, T2, Anthropologie and international restaurant group D&D.

Around 77% of the line-up are debuting in Leeds and 33% of the brands are new to Hammerson’s retail portfolio.

Having comprehensively regenerated a substantial part of Leeds that had been underutilised for some time, Victoria Gate has delivered over 1,500 employment opportunities in retail, hospitality and construction.

Victoria Gate has also played a key role in supporting the local community throughout its development and in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation, the Victoria Gate Fund has contributed £30,000 of funding and supported 12 local projects in Leeds that develop the employment skills and experience of young people.

David Atkins, chief executive at Hammerson said: “This is a truly unique development and there is nothing else like it in the UK. We are confident that Victoria Gate will set new standards for retail across Europe as it becomes an iconic piece of Leeds’ retail heritage.

“Whilst transforming the city’s luxury and aspirational shopping and dining offer, Victoria Gate will also provide a significant contribution to Leeds’ local economy with the city now set to become the undisputed regional shopping capital of the North.”

Leeds City Council Leader Councillor Judith Blake said: “Victoria Gate is already making a big impact on Leeds. It has introduced a significant number of employment opportunities locally. It is a striking scheme which has redefined the skyline in that sector of the city centre and its opening will further cement Leeds’ place as one of the best places to shop and visit in the UK.

"I’m delighted to welcome its opening on behalf of the city and I’m confident it will be a fantastic addition to our existing diverse offer of independent, high street and luxury retailers.”

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