Endo at the Rotunda is awarded a Michelin Star

We were very pleased to see an emotional Endo Kazutoshi collect his first (of many, we suspect) Michelin star for Endo at the Rotunda at Television Centre at White City. Millie Edwards in our leasing team acted for the landlord of Television Centre, Stanhope & Mitsui on the letting which underpins the premium reinvention of White City as a destination.

Endo at the Rotunda is a 16-seat restaurant located at the top of the landmark Television Centre, taking its name from the location and the internationally reknown Kazutoshi. All 16 guests sit at a wooden counter fashioned from 200 year old hinoki wood, in front of the chef's preparation table under swathes of ethereal cloud-like fabric. This is a dining experience like no other - offering direct interaction wtih the chefs preparing authentic Omakase style cuisine. The attention to detail and authenticity is so precise that reportedly water used for the Yamagata rice  is shipped in from Endo’s hometown, and a third-generation soya recipe feeds both the multi-course Omakase menus and edomae a la carte selection. 

In his March 2019 review, The Times' food critic Giles Coren called his experience 'Probably the most perfect meal I have eaten in a restaurant in 20 years'. We are delighted that the Michelin judges feel the same and offer our congratulations to Endo Kazutoshi and the rest of the team. 

Amelia Squire & Evie North join as Graduate Surveyors

Bruce Gillingham Pollard have recruited two graduates as part of their annual intake.

Amelia Squire joins the investment team, primarily to work alongside new equity Director, Andrew McGregor. Amelia has recently graduated from Reading University having completed her Masters degree in Real Estate.

Evie North joins the leasing team, primarily to work alongside MD Tracey Pollard, following a successful internship this summer. Evie has recently graduated from Oxford Brookes University having completed her BSc in Real Estate Management.

Managing Director, Tracey Pollard comments: “I am delighted to welcome Amelia and Evie to Bruce Gillingham Pollard and expect them both to be great assets to their respective teams. We are very proud of our staff retention rate, particularly through the graduate scheme where all 8 of our previous hires remain with the business having been promoted throughout the business, including to Director level.”

Bruce Gillingham Pollard buys One Tower Bridge for Redevco

It was announced this month that Redevco have acquired the commercial element of One Tower Bridge. Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted on behalf of Redevco who paid £70m for the benefit of the virtual freehold.

The acquired asset comprises 83,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant and cultural space across 13 units with tenants including The Ivy, Vapiano, Sainsburys and The Bridge Theatre. The scheme was developed by vendors Berkeley Group and occupies a prime location on the south bank of the Thames with views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and across to The City of London.

Leading retail & leisure investment agent Andrew McGregor joins as Equity Director

BGP are delighted to welcome Andrew McGregor, formerly Head of Out of Town Retail and Leisure Corporate Markets at Knight Frank, to the team. Andrew joins as Equity Director. With over 20 years’ experience, he is a market leader within the retail and leisure sectors, having transacted over £1billion of leisure assets.

Andrew’s track record includes the sales of Feethams in Darlington for Urban & Civic Plc for £21m, The Parkway in Bury St Edmunds for LaSalle IM for £14m and Broadway Plaza in Birmingham for Aviva for £47m. Andrew has also recently advised on the forward funding of West Central in Bournemouth for LGIM (£51m) and Malmaison in York for Lothbury (£44m).