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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
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WOODY BRUCE
Director

NIGEL GILLINGHAM
Director

TRACEY POLLARD
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RUPERT BENTLEY-SMITH
Director

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HARRY WILLS
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VICTORIA BROADHEAD
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NICK GARSTON
Director

CHARLOTTE ROBERTS
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Associate Director

EMILY ATKIN
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JACK BARRATT
Surveyor

NICK HALLEY
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ALEXANDER MANN
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ALEX ROBINSON
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DOMINIC TIXERANT
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Marketing & Communications/ PA

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

Bluebird Cafe to open at Television Centre

Acting on behalf of their clients Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan, Bruce Gillingham Pollard have secured a lease with D&D London who have taken a 5,000 sqft unit. D&D London is to open their second Bluebird Cafe concept at the former BBC Television Centre in White City. The new Bluebird will include a café, bar, deli and an outdoor terrace.

Des Gunewardena, Chairman and CEO of D&D said: "Bluebird has always been a flagship D&D London brand and we have over the years received countless approaches to open more Bluebirds, we have however always said no. But when Stanhope approached us we said yes. Why? Firstly because of the growing success of Bluebird Chelsea especially after its recent relaunch. And secondly because we think the exciting new development of Television Centre in White City is a great location to start what I hope will become a significant expansion of Bluebird Cafes in the next few years."

Alistair Shaw, Managing Director of Television Centre, said: ‘We are excited to be able to announce that Bluebird will open its second ever site at Television Centre this year. As one of the most iconic names in London’s world-leading restaurant scene, this opening sets the tone for what will be a fantastic mix of experiences at Television Centre and in the wider £8bn regeneration of the White City area. We are pleased to be working with an operator of Des’ calibre, passion and track record, and look forward to welcoming Bluebird’s customers this winter when Television Centre opens to the public for the first time.



Shake Shack opens in Canary Wharf

Shake Shack, a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% Aberdeen Angus beef burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, beer and wine is now open in Canary Wharf

Acting on behalf of their clients, Canary Wharf Group, Bruce Gillingham Pollard secured a lease with Shake Shack who have taken a 3,375 sq.ft unit in Canada Square.

Since the original Shack opened in 2004 in NYC’s Madison Square Park, the company has opened multiple locations in 15 states and the District of Columbia, as well as international locations including in London, Istanbul, Dubai, Moscow, Seoul and more.

Tesla opening soon in Canary Wharf

Tesla, the American automaker and energy storage company which specialises in electric cars will be opening soon in Cabot Place.

Tesla, whose mission is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy, has a taken a 1,800 sq.ft unit in Cabot Place. Tesla is not just an automaker, but also a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation - the high quality motor car showroom will be adjacent to Paul Smith, Tiffany and Churches shoes.



Dishoom and Drake & Morgan open at St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Restaurant groups, Dishoom and Drake & Morgan, have just opened their first restaurants outside London - at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh city centre. The new arrivals continue the transformation of Edinburgh’s east end into a top shopping, dining and business district.

In addition, the Standard Life Investments Pooled Pension Property Fund – owner of the development – has just signed up Wagamama to open at St Andrew Square. Wagamama, along with Iberica which agreed a lease earlier this year, will commence fit out early this year.

Drake & Morgan, the group behind some of London’s favourite bars and restaurants, has launched its successful “The Refinery” brand in Edinburgh. The new 7,050 sq ft restaurant and bar at 5 St Andrew Square, provides an all-day escape, offering breakfast, business lunches, late-night dinners, cocktails and mixology master classes.

Dishoom, the popular Bombay-style café, opened its first Scottish restaurant at the end of November. The 6,800 sq ft unit at 3a St Andrew Square features a Bombay breakfast menu, lunch, afternoon chai, plus dinner and tipples based on the legendary cafés of Bombay, which were started in the early 1900s by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran. “The Permit” bar is sure to become a popular destination for Edinburgh’s cocktail lovers with its menu specifically developed for Dishoom Edinburgh.  

David Stewart, Fund Manager of the Standard Life Investments Pooled Pension Property Fund said: “London restaurants have a growing appetite for Edinburgh city centre, and these openings demonstrate the strong appeal of St Andrew Square for restaurant brands looking to enter Scotland for the first time. St Andrew Square is set to become the prime location for some of the best dining experiences in the city.”

Ralph Jones, Managing Director of Peveril Securities, commented: “The fact that such high profile national restaurant chains are choosing St Andrew Square for their central Edinburgh sites demonstrates the quality of both the location and the development.”

Standard Life Investments and joint venture partners, Peveril Securities, started work on the 185,000 sq ft St Andrew Square development in 2014. The main works completed in November with fit out works ongoing through to the summer of 2017, creating a mixed-use scheme with 110,000 sq ft of office space, plus 75,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants and apartments.

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