Which came first the shopper or the shop?

Tracey Pollard

Whilst our neighbourhood and national sites seem to be buzzing and operator demand growing, our central London streets remain quiet. Without office workers and tourists, parts of Central London remain half open. This creates the latest decision facing operators; to open or not ? As they ask themselves is there enough footfall to justify opening and if not when will there be? It is like the age old conundrum, what came first the Chicken or the egg?

It’s a catch22.  Limited shops open, means there is less reason for shoppers to visit and spend. Less shoppers means people don’t want to open. If consumers are looking to physically shop they are more likely to visit prime central locations such as Regent St or Oxford St or a regional shopping centre like Brent Cross or Westfield London, which due to their size are likely to  provide more choice.

We chose our office location in Covent Garden due to the vibrant environment and the range of facilities available to our staff. Over the last few weeks, it’s the complete opposite, we have only 2 options nearby which are open to grab lunch and many of the shops remain closed. If this continues does it impact office lettings in the immediate area as well as landlords retail holdings?

Furthermore, if shops which are now allowed to open decide not to, Landlords may feel less inclined to help with any flexibility regarding rents.  So, this might add even more pressure to our operators. Without any changes to our social distancing rules and guidance from the government  regarding going back to our offices, it feels our central London shopping sites will remain in this strange limbo.

London’s new generation venues – more than just a music space?

by Dominic Tixerant

London’s night-time economy is estimated to bring up to £26billion into the UK economy this year – but it is undergoing drastic changes. Music venues and nightclubs, often the heart of communities and catalysts for culture and creativity, are facing unprecedented challenges, driven by urban redevelopment and the associated planning…

Otium Leisure acquire Robin Leisure Park in Wigan

The UK's first leisure park investment sale of 2020

by Rosie Higgins

Advised by our investment team, Otium Real Estate has purchased Robin Leisure Park in Wigan from a fund managed by CBRE Global Investors. The purchase was made at a price of £12.48m reflecting a yield of 8.3% off a net rental income of £1.107m per annum. The property extends to…

GDVs and the hidden values of placemaking with nightlife

Why developers should be smart in their quest for returns

Looking at traditional methods of development appraisal, the viability of a scheme is determined by financial models that evaluate schemes based on quantifiable information. With the drive in brownfield regeneration, cities are seeing unprecedented change with profits for residential developers are soaring. Many developers would acknowledge that the relationship between…

Design Vintage to open in Tunsgate Quarter

by Rosie Higgins

Design Vintage was founded in 2012 by interior designer, Lisa Brass who established the brand after having difficulty sourcing vintage and Scandinavian products for her clients. Originally from Brighton the brand now trades from a permanent store in Chichester and has had a number of pop-up stores in London. The brand sells a variety of sourced vintage pieces from across Europe paired with classic Scandinavian homewares.

The new store will occupy 4,000 sq ft on the first floor of the scheme which is directly accessible from Tunsgate. Design Vintage will join a line-up of aspirational homeware brands within Tunsgate Quarter including OKA, Loaf and The White Company.

Victoria Broadhead, Director at Bruce Gillingham Pollard, comments:

“Design Vintage are an established, independent brand with great product line, who know their customers well. They will be a superb addition to the quality retail and leisure occupiers currently trading within Tunsgate Quarter.”

Bruce Gillingham Pollard and Cushman & Wakefield jointly advise the landlord. For more information, please contact Victoria Broadhead.

BGP appoint ed on TFL’s Wood Lane Arches

We are instructed to lease 11 arches to retail and leisure operators from the first phase to be transformed.

by Rosie Higgins

The arches are part of TFL’s wider regeneration of 31 arches in the area for eating, socialising, shopping and working, as well improving connectivity. The site sits at the heart of the development between Westfield London and St. James’s White City Living, as well as nearby to Stanhope & Mitsui’s…

Endo at the Rotunda is awarded a Michelin Star

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.

by Rosie Higgins

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…

BGP buy One Tower Bridge for Redevco

We acted on behalf of Redevco who paid £70m for the benefit of the virtual freehold

by Rosie Higgins

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…

Karavan, Budapest

Simple food court concept with international cuisine in the Hungarian capital
by Harry Atcherley-Symes

I had a great first trip to Budapest in Hungary this summer and the city really surpassed my expectations. Whilst renown as a historical city and stunning old architecture to boot, the city also has its fair share of fun, vibrant youth culture and nowhere better illustrates this than outdoor food court ‘Karavan’.

Karavan is located on Kazinczy Street next to the famous Szimpla and is a small food court offering a wide range of International street food options. From local delicacies offering a taste of the Hungarian countryside, to an authentic Pad Thai giving a taste of Thailand you’re left questioning where you are as each separate trailer offers different international traditional dishes.

Not only attracting tourists and passersby, the Hungarian locals also love the food and the lively vibe. With outdoor seating, lantern lights and colourful campervans, the atmosphere fits perfectly to the already buzzing neighbourhood. The secluded collection of food trucks gets very busy during lunch hours due to both tourists and workers coming to experience various tastes and flavours. Although affordable, I would not just recommend to those travelling on a budget as really this is an essential local experience as much as a place to grab a bite!

Arcade Food Theatre opens at Centrepoint

Acting on behalf of the vendor, Ballymore, we have completed on the investment sale of the Sainsburys Local at Royal Wharf in Newham.

by Rosie Higgins

Following a series of soft launches last week, today Arcade Food Theatre at Centre Point opens its doors to the general public. Whilst Londoners have become familiar with the food hall format, Arcade Food Theatre adds another level to this booming sector. We were delighted to have acted for the…

The Orange Bakery, Watlington

A great example of a powerful little footfall driver

by Tracey Pollard

We often travel across the world looking for retail inspiration and ways to help our clients drive footfall. However, sometimes we find it right on our doorstep. Just 3 miles from my home, in the tiny Oxfordshire village of Watlington is The Orange Bakery. Opened 2 months ago by a father…

Amazónico, Madrid

Excellent Jazz and Hangout for Madrid's Glitterati

by Nigel Gillingham

Having learned that these guys are soon to open in London, I felt it necessary to pay them a visit on a recent trip to Madrid – all in the name or research you understand! Part of the Dogus group, Amazónico opened its doors in the summer of 2016, and has quickly become…

Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

One of the world's leading gastronomic markets
by Nigel Gillingham

When Mercado de San Miguel first opened its doors 100 years ago, it was as a wholesale food market.  Today, this beautiful old building has become one of the world’s main gastronomic markets and one of Madrid’s treasures.  If you want to get a flavour of every type of food Spain has to offer, then this is the place to come – just make sure you don’t eat first!

Comprising more than 20 different stands the attention to detail and commitment to really fine, high quality food is exceptional.  From the finest Iberian ham and freshest fish and shellfish brought in daily from Galicia, to Mediterranean rice dishes and the most exquisite cheeses from Castile, Asturias and the Basque Country, the whole of Spain is right here, just waiting to be tasted.

The market is open every day until midnight and until 1am at weekends – perfect for a proper dose of Spain’s night culture and they also have a brilliant array of activities to choose from;  from masterclasses in specific types of food, to talks on nutrition, cheese and wine tasting and cocktail making – it really is a fantastic destination for a delicious night out.

Navrtar

Director, Saaj Kanani

interviewed by Zoe Schoon

Stack, Newcastle

The North East's freshest and up-coming independent eateries, businesses and bars all in one place

by Victoria Broadhead

Creatively assembled on a patch of land once occupied by an Odeon cinema, Stack was one of the first container parks to go up outside London and is cleverly made up of containers stacked around a central area where there is a bar and event space.  With glowing reviews on…

Wellington Farm Shop, Reading

A shop demonstrating a real focus on food miles and free-range products

by Tracey Pollard

I am a sucker for a farm shop and it would appear I am not the only one.  No longer seen as quaint and over-priced, the number of Farm Shops in the UK tripled between 2004 and 2017 to 3,500.  According to the Guild of Butchers, Farm Shops are the…

Lost in Brixton opens in Brixton Village

The bar is located in a previously unused space above a goods yard, next to the railway arches

by Rosie Higgins

This summer saw the opening of ‘Lost in Brixton’, a ‘hidden’ jungle-themed roof terrace with capacity for 440. This is the fifth venue from Incipio group who are also behind The Prince in West Brompton and the Pergola sites in Paddington and Olympia. Following a similar winning formula to their…

BGP acquire Anna Haugh’s first restaurant, Myrtle

by Zoe Schoon

Former Bob Bob Ricard and Gordon Ramsey chef Anna Haugh has opened her first restaurant, Myrtle. Her comforting, yet modern European approach with an Irish twist uses only the finest Irish produce.

Anna started her passion for cooking in her Dublin based home alongside her mother. Here she developed the basis of what was to become a highly successful and bright flair for food. She started cooking professionally for Derry Clarke at the Michelin starred L’Ecrivain and later adding both, two starred Pied a Terre and Philip Howard to her repertoire. Recently Anna has featured heavily on our TV screens, filming three series of Royal Recipes on BBC 1 and is a regular on the very popular Saturday Kitchen.

Now Anna is finally opening her own restaurant. Her menu offers classic Modern European cooking but with an Irish influence, as well as many fantastic British suppliers and ingredients sourced from the emerald isle.

Myrtle promises to provide cheeses from passionate family-lead mongers like St Tola and Mileens and fish from small fisheries that will be delivered every day. This as a result will make perfectly executed, yet warm and familiar dishes like Beef Wellington and Whole Roasted Sole.

At Myrtle, it’s a one team service. You may be lucky enough to have the kitchen come to the table for an explanation of the dish, or expert Sommelier Marianna Toro pour your wine. The 40-cover site is split across two floors, with a downstairs bar and upstairs mezzanine. The mezzanine is truly outstanding and even on a rainy day the light floods in.

We acted on behalf of Anna to help her acquire her sought after first site. Thea Rowe commented:

“It has been a delight to work alongside Anna to help with her long awaited first restaurant location. Anna’s character is truly enchanting and I know this comes across in her restaurant and food!”

For more information, please contact Thea Rowe.

Gallow Green, New York

Charming rooftop bar and restaurant in Chelsea

by Natasha Troiano

This urban horticultural paradise nestled in the heart of Chelsea on W27th Street above the McKittrick hotel is a hidden gem. Once inside, a mysterious elevator ride took us to the top floor where we were led down a dark hallway before reaching a clearing. The secret garden on the…

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

The new Tottenham Hotspur stadium is finally open, and it is certainly worth the wait

by Dominic Tixerant

With a capacity of 62,062 it is the largest Premier League stadium in London,  but what really makes it stand out is the attention to detail.  Every element of the stadium has been designed to the most intricate level, with an aim of creating the highest level of fan entertainment.…

ReTuna Mall, Sweden

Centre manager, Anna Bergström

interviewed by Zoe Schoon

ReTuna Mall in Eskilstuna is the world’s first shopping mall where everything is recycled. Revolutionising shopping in a climate-smart way, the shopping mall devoted to selling entirely pre-loved and reusable items. What was the inspiration behind the mall? A local politician came up with the idea in response to the…

IKEA, Greenwich

The global brand's latest UK opening sets a new sustainable standard for retail
by Andrew Gibson

“You are 24 years old and you have never been to IKEA?!”, exclaimed my co-workers in disbelief as I pondered over visiting the new Greenwich store.  The embarrassment was reason enough to explore the latest outpost from the Scandinavian homeware stalwart, so it was a bonus to discover the incredibly sustainable foundations which the store has been created on.

Arriving on the Jubillee line, unavoidable signage ushered me towards the new store, and as I rounded the corner, I was to be greeted by a behemoth 344,445sq ft structure.  The Greenwich IKEA is the brand’s 22nd big box format store in the UK and is their most sustainable incarnation yet.  Inside, it is awash with natural light, greatly reducing the dependence on artificial lighting, however the glowing green credentials don’t end there.

The store also has a BREEAM Excellent accreditation, photovoltaic solar panels, rainwater harvesting and grey water treatment to reduce water consumption by 50 per cent; and as well as aiming to be powered by 100% renewable energy.

Snaking through the wonderful conveyor belt of sleek interior design, each room is beautifully put together and is instantly followed by a whirlwind of creative ideas for home, office, restaurant and retail premises. Spearheaded by Generation Z, interest in homeware has mushroomed in the UK, with traditional clothing stores such as H&M and Zara jumping on the trend, and providing stylish yet affordable solutions for the home. Gen Z are fuelled by social media and are attracted by the fast-fashion nature of the homeware ranges, with a strong desire to buy into the latest look.

IKEA’s responsible efforts transcend beyond their building and into the lives of their customers and employees as they seek to integrate in to the community with products, workshops and advice to help them lead healthier and more responsible lives.

The Swedish mantra, “Lagom är bast” means “the right amount is best”, and they believe it to be the key to sustainable living.

The community focus within the new store includes a multitude of opportunities for people to use the area as a somewhere relax, unwind and socialise. The grand shop also features ‘IKEA’s Learning Lab’, which is an in store creative hub where upcycling workshops and demonstrations take place, creating opportunities to reuse more and waste less.  There is also a serene rooftop pavilion and garden with panoramic views over London, which can be used as a workstation and to be rented out for functions.

When mainstream stores and landlords begin to realise the importance of sustainability in the design and construction of their units, we should begin to see rapid and major changes in the retail and property landscape.

Until we do see more trailblazing efforts to set a new sustainable standard in retail, you may see me in IKEA more often.

La Maison Plisson, Paris

A concept store in the French capital, entirely dedicated to the pleasure of eating

by Tracey Pollard

allbirds, Covent Garden

London store for the brand making beautifully crafted, natural shoes that will last

by Zoe Schoon

October 2018 saw the perfectly timed opening of allbirds in London’s Covent Garden.  At a time when the fashion industry is addressing its carbon footprint, this San-Francisco based shoe manufacturer is a pioneer in the world of sustainable fashion. Started by New Zealander Tim Brown, (an ex-professional football player) and…

The Coal Office, Kings Cross

Each guest at the Coal Office is witness to an entirely different, engaging experience beyond just eating.

By Dominic Tixerant

Less than a generation ago, Kings Cross was typified by post-industrial degradation, notoriously unsavoury behaviour and its one redeeming feature; the historic St Pancras station. Now, following Argent’s extensive regeneration, the transport hub is fast becoming the most relevant shopping and leisure destination in the capital.  At the heart of…

The Brasserie of Light, London

A destination restaurant within a department store

by Tracey Pollard

Just in time for the dark days of December, Richard Caring’s sparkling Brassiere of light is a sumptuous combination of Selfridges and Damien Hirst. What’s not to like? Located on Selfridges’ first floor, opposite St Christopher’s Place, Caring’s latest venture is the epitome of its name with floor to ceiling…

FEED, New York

Creating good products that help feed the world
by Rupert Bentley-Smith

Tucked away in Brooklyn’s DUMBO district (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass in case you’re not a New Yorker) is FEED, a café and shop on a bit of a mission to make more than a dent on world hunger.  Founded by Lauren Bush in 2007, this is the foundation’s first bricks and mortar shop, and combines retail and coffee elements to give you a chance to fully engage in its mission.

Lauren started FEED following her travels around the world as honorary spokesperson for The World Food Programme during which she witnessed poverty first hand.

It started with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way.  Every product has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. On the day I visited, the counter display said they had provided 103,321,347 meals to children globally, so I felt instantly compelled to purchase a coffee and pastry so I could add to this total!

As I munched away, I was able to take in a carefully curated selection of spoils from their website which they display in the shop on a rotating basis, mainly bags, lunch boxes, mugs and pins each imprinted with the amount of meals their purchase would provide.  I ended up buying a FEED shopping bag which had “ten” imprinted on the back, and I instantly felt more cheerful.

Since its inception just over 10 years ago, FEED has evolved into a whole movement, offering events at its café, and a whole following of people who regularly host suppers at their homes to raise money.  Bruce Gillingham Pollard is expecting to see more bricks and mortar offerings from charities as they engage consumers in their causes.  I can definitely vouch for the little bit of happiness it brings to your day!

Purple Dragon

Founder and CEO, Sharai Meyers

interviewed by Nick Garston

Backyard Cinema

Founder and Creative Director, Dominic Davies

interviewed by Dominic Tixerant

Emilia’s

Founder and Managing Director, Andrew Macleod

interviewed by Emily Spencer

Clean Market, New York

The perfect tonic for the life of the New Yorker

by Rupert Bentley-Smith

Since July 2018, amongst the high density and high energy of Midtown East there has existed a calming wellness space, offering various antidotes to the stress of daily life in Midtown. Clean Market offers a new depth and variety to wellbeing, its services including; high tech IV drips (in collaboration…

10 Corso Como, New York

Revitalising the definition of a 'concept store'

by James Bell

If you fancy a bite to eat and the chance to bring yourself bang up-to-date with all the current trends from the fashion, design, music and cultural worlds, then look no further than 10 Corso Como, newly opened up in New York’s upcoming Seaport district. Since conception nearly 30 years…

Alo Yoga, New York

New York's one stop shop for yogis

by Charlotte Roberts

I’m no yogi, but like everybody else, could always do with a bit of peace and quiet.  So on a recent trip to New York, I found myself in Alo Yoga (on the pretext of checking out the clothes, you understand!) This 15,000 sq ft corner of solace and mindfulness…

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