Our Story

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 tenant mix strategies. Current instructions include One New Change, The Brunswick Bloomsbury, Victoria Estate, Canary Wharf, Windsor Royal Station and Spinningfields Manchester.

Our Heritage

Our business is young, but our relationships are some of the oldest in the industry

Before forming Bruce Gillingham Pollard the Directors had worked together for over 15 years at Markham Vaughan Gillingham and subsequently Knight Frank. 

We have worked on Canary Wharf since its conception in 1991. We pre-let the Brunswick over   10 years ago.  Land Securities gave us our first instruction on One New Change 8 years ago.

Our core team has remained the same for 15 years but we have grown significantly since forming in April 2011.  Our extended team is made up of young, vibrant and talented people who reflect our business.

Our Services

We provide a single point approach for leasing, investment and development advice on retail, restaurants and leisure


We offer an in depth knowledge and long standing relationships with retailers and restaurateurs, throughout the UK. This ensures landlords are presented with sustainable and interesting tenants, for every opportunity be it retail, leisure or restaurant.


A dedicated team provide a range of services, including sales and purchasing of stand alone units or small retail and leisure blocks, to pre acquisition advice on the retail and restaurant element of a larger mixed-use development.


We can provide input on design, specifications, marketing and  tenant demand, to ensure landlords and developers create  optimum space to meet modern demands.


Woody Bruce

Woody has been involved in various challenging projects from conception through to subsequent asset management.  Projects include One New Change, Windsor Royal Station, The Brunswick, Bloomsbury. Current advising roles include Dickens Yard in Ealing, Sixty Holborn and Hammerson's catering portfolio.

Woody has in-depth understanding and significant experience in tenant mix, creation of pitches and developing sustainable and successful environments with a focus on mixed use buildings in Central London.

Woody has built strong relationships with both retailers and restaurateurs, by continuingly delivering successful developments and is a firm believer in the synergy between catering and retail.

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Nigel Gillingham

Nigel provides strategic development, leasing, asset management and investment advice across the retail and leisure sector; for large scale mixed use projects in London and major centres throughout the UK.

With over 25 years experience in the creation of new restaurant and shopping locations including One New Change in the City of London and Spinningfields, Manchester, Nigel heads up some of Bruce Gillingham Pollard’s key client accounts including Land Securities for their Central London Portfolio comprising over 1m sq ft of shops and restaurants across the heart of the capital as well as Hammerson where BGP are appointed as sole agents for restaurants and leisure across their entire portfolio as well as leasing the retail in their Victoria Quarter/Victoria Gate development in Leeds.  Nigel is also advising Great Portland Estates on the shops and restaurants at Hanover Square in the heart of Mayfair and Qatari Diar on the iconic 30 Grosvenor Square (current US Embassy) and Centre Point for Almacantar – amongst some of the most prestigious real estate developments in the world.

Nigel has grown up in the property industry and has incredible passion and enthusiasm for this most dynamic sector of the property business and over the years has built up relationships with some of the UK’s leading property developers and entrepreneurs.

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Rupert Bentley-Smith

As a founding partner, Rupert has a in depth understanding and experience of creating exciting and relevant tenant mix, and the formation of key destinations in mixed use developments.

Rupert has worked for many years advising on development and leasing for a number of Landlords across London including Canary Wharf Group, Brookfield, Almacantar, Legal & General and Allied London.

Key projects that Rupert is currently working on include the redevelopment of Centre Point in the heart of London’s West End, asset management advice on the existing 1,000,000 sq ft within the Canary Wharf estate, along with the development advice on the next phase of the estate with Wood Wharf. In addition, Rupert is instructed on developments such as Principal Place, 100 Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Court within the City of London, along with working with Allied London in taking international brands to Spinningfields, and the future development of Granada Studios as part of St John’s Manchester.

Rupert has spent time developing trusting relationships within the restaurant, retail, and hotel industries consistent with delivering successful sites.

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Tracey Pollard

In recent years, Tracey has leased to key anchors such as Banana Republic, Next, Roka and Jamie Oliver’s, Barbecoa. However, she prides herself on seeking out the independent operator who will often aid in the creation of a point of difference.

By creating long-term relationships with landlords, Tracey strives to create a strategy for each development which fulfils the needs of the catchment, be it office worker, shopper, resident or tourist.

Tracey advises landlords throughout London, including Canary Wharf Group, Legal & General and Land Securities.

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Harry Wills

Harry joined in May 2014 following 3 years at Strutt and Parker. Previous to this he spent 10 years at DTZ working on shopping centre and high street investment. He has worked with various key clients such as Standard Life, DTZ IM, Henderson, L&G, M&G and Aberdeen and has advised on significant sales such as the Northgate Quarter in Oxford on behalf of AIB and the purchase of Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells for Standard Life.

Joining the Bruce Gillingham Pollard team, Harry is the synergy between our leasing and investment. He is responsible for working with our clients on the investment transactional side of the retail business.

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Victoria Broadhead

Victoria runs the regional team working on a variety of retail and restaurant schemes including Standard Life's South St Andrew Square, Edinburgh; Intu's Intu Bromley; Hammerson's Victoria Quarter and Gate, Leeds and Land Securities O2 Finchley Road, London.

Having previously worked for Land Securities within the Portfolio management team she is able to use her in depth knowledge of how shopping centres work, combining aspirational retailers and catering to secure key lettings across the country.

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Nick Garston

Nicks heads up the tenant representation department focusing on restaurants and leisure sector across London and major regional cities.

Nick has considerable experience in the restaurant and leisure sector having done deals 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.

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Charlotte Roberts

Charlotte works in the Central London team advising Landlords on their retail and restaurant portfolio which includes; Canary Wharf Group, Land Securities, Schroders and Legal & General.

Previously, Charlotte worked at Colliers International, fomerly Briant Champion Long, advising Shaftesbury PLC on Carnaby Village. As well as representing occupiers including Roskanda Illincic, Sweaty Betty and Oliver Bonas with their store acquisition programme.

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Millie Wilson

Millie’s in-depth experience spans across both retail and restaurant sectors however her predominant focus is now on restaurants and advises landlords and developers on schemes across Central London and the wider UK region.

Current projects include the Hammerson catering portfolio, the refurbishment of Tunsgate Centre in Guildford and a new 100,000 sq ft retail and restaurant scheme in Ealing. Millie’s Central London projects include working with Nigel and Rupert on Almacantar’s Centre Point and a number of Great Portland Estate holdings including Broadwick Street and Hanover Square.

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Emily Atkin

Emily has worked on a range of developments across London and key regional cities around the UK. Emily primarily works alongside Woody, Nigel and Victoria, carrying out both retail and restaurant lettings.

Developments and projects that Emily is currently working on include: the existing Victoria Quarter in Leeds alongside the new Victoria Gate development for Hammerson, Southgate in Bath for Aviva/ British Land, the Dicken’s Yard development in Ealing for St. George, Albert Dock in Liverpool for Aberdeen Asset Management, the Tunsgate redevelopment for Queensberry, Windsor Royal Shopping for Axa, O2 Finchley Road for Land Securities and Intu Bromley for Intu.

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Jack Barratt

Jack specialises in commercial investment and development across the UK. He has a particular focus on the London market where he has forged relationships with a diverse selection of clients and actively sources opportunities on behalf of major UK institutions, property investment companies and high net worth individuals.

Using his experience in all aspects of investment, retail agency, valuation and development he provides clients with informed and comprehensive investment advice.

Jack has been directly involved with several high profile deals including the purchase of 19 Golden Square, Soho for Vectis Property Group, the disposal of Milsom Place Shopping Centre, Bath on behalf of a private client, the purchase of 40-44 Foregate Street, Chester for DTZ Investment Management and the disposal of The Courtyard Shopping Centre, Cheltenham on behalf of TH Real Estate.

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Nick Halley

Nick joined Bruce Gillingham Pollard in September 2014 after graduating with a degree in Real Estate from UWE Bristol. Nick supports the team with leasing and management advice for a range of clients including Hammerson, AXA, St George and Ballymore.

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Alexander Mann

Since joining Bruce Gillingham Pollard Alex has primarily worked alongside Tracey, Rupert, Charlotte and Millie in the leasing team, working on high profile projects which encompass retail, leisure and restaurant schemes.

The developments and projects that Alex is currently involved in include, Television Centre and White City Place for Stanhope; Centre Point for Almacantar, Goodman's Fields for Berkeley and Principle Place for Brookfield, helping the team to deliver aspirational destinations in London.

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Dominic Tixerant

Dominic works primarily alongside Tracey Pollard and Charlotte Brunt aiding them on the leasing of retail, restaurant and leisure across a range of developments and projects within London.

Current projects include Shaftesbury's Central Cross and Grosvenor's South Belgravia Estate.

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Thea Rowe

Thea works alonsgide Nick Garston in the tenant representation team focusing on restaurants and the leisure sector across London and major regional cities. She works with both new and established brands to source and secure suitable sites. 

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Frances Howard

Frances is PA for Nigel, Victoria and Harry as well as secretary for the rest of the team. Her support allows the team to make the best of their time.

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Rosie Carey-Watts

Rosie is responsible for the smooth running of the office. Alongside this busy role she is PA for Woody and Millie. 

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Emily Spencer

Emily is responsible for the Marketing, PR and Media Communications. Her responsibilities include, planning and delivering the communications schedule of activity such as; website content creation and management, production of publications and marketing materials, creation and implementation of email marketing campaigns, coordinating timely press releases alongside our external PR company, management of social media and organisation of events.  She is responsible for developing and implementing a marketing communications approach that represents the business.

Alongside this busy role she is PA for Tracey, Rupert and Charlotte.

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