Bruce Gillingham Pollard are delighted to have advised an overseas client on the recent acquisition of HSBC in Lincoln

Jack Barratt

Bruce Gillingham Pollard are delighted to have advised an overseas client on the recent acquisition of HSBC in Lincoln.

It completes the acquisition of three HSBC banks from Aviva, alongside Kingston Upon Thames & Brighton, acquired separately over the past two years for overseas clients.

The property is let to HSBC Bank Plc for a further seven years with annual RPI reviews.

Great to work with Lottie Hayward & Andy Pointon once again at Allsop LLP who acted for the vendors.

Please contact Jack Barratt in our Investment Team for details on our overseas requirements.

The Permanent Benefits of Pop-Ups

Tracey Pollard

There is a great deal of  talk in our industry about pop-ups as it’s essential at this time of disruption to help landlords activate voids through securing short-term occupiers. We believe the secret to the success of a pop-up is targeting brands which fit within an existing mix and complement…

Change is afresh at St Christopher’s Place

Tracey Pollard

We are delighted that Flat Iron join the exciting restaurant line-up on James Street with their opening in November. Alongside their signature ‘Flat Iron’ steaks, which are known for their exceptional flavour and tenderness, they’ll be serving up two new specials. Plus, keep an eye out for their mini cleavers…

Welcoming Rixo to St John’s Wood High Street

Lucy Cope

It is great to welcome London based fashion label RIXO to St John’s Wood High Street this week who have opened a pop-up boutique for 12 months. The 500 sq ft unit will feature their first ever RIXO hand painted collection that was launched in 2015 to celebrate their 5th…

Bruce Gillingham Pollard announces its latest initiative – The launch of a bespoke Pop-Up team

Tracey Pollard

Lucy McGowan-Scanlon join’s Bruce Gillingham Pollard as Head of Pop-Ups after 2 years at Debenhams. Lucy worked on both long term leases and lead on all of their pop-up activity across 40 stores.  Projects included supporting on the introduction of Café de Pierre (Caffe Concerto) and working with Sweet Potato Spirit Company as they expanded from 5 to 25 pop-ups.

Lucy says “Pop-ups have never had more relevance on the high street than in the current climate as a means to drum up consumer interest, drive footfall and increase dwell time. It is an opportunity for up and coming brands to showcase themselves and given the rent terms, trial different markets and for Landlords to activate their spaces in a way that could rejuvenate the surrounding area. Consumers are now overly familiar with carbon copy high streets and this is the perfect way to create a feeling of change and newness. I am really excited to support our Landlords in a change of approach and look forward to working with the tenants to help bring awareness to and grow their brands”.

Lucy will work across our portfolio of estates and instructions, focusing primarily in London and the Home Counties, with a remit to expand nationally in 2021.

Managing Director Tracey Pollard says,

“Lucy’s retail background brings another dynamic to our business and her insight will be vital to the future success of this initiative. We have long been advocates of pop-ups, as they allow a landlord to test a sector or a potential brand, without full scale commitment from either party. This can create a point of difference and a renewed energy to a shopping destination.

In the current trading environment, pop-ups have never been so important to our clients but the economics of delivering pop up operators which also fit within a tenant mix strategy can be a challenge for agents. Therefore, we firmly believe a dedicated resource, sourcing targeted tenants for pop-up opportunities will prove a vital resource for our clients to navigate the new era of retail.“

Harry Cody-Owen joins BGP as Associate Director in the National Team

By Victoria Broadhead

Bruce Gillingham Pollard are pleased to announce the appointment of Harry Cody-Owen as Associate Director. Harry has specialised in F&B and Leisure for 6 years and joins from Lunson Mitchenall where he predominantly acted on behalf of Institutional Landlords. Having advised on Lakeside, Festival Place Basingstoke, Chapelfield Norwich, Eldon Square…

Breakthrough Brands – How to find the next big retailer!

By Evie North

Now the UK starts to transition out of lockdown, the retail, leisure and restaurant market is inevitably in a very different place as operators look at ways in which they can adapt to the ‘new normal’.  Some operators are geared up to implement change and modify their businesses to work…

Stockton Shopping Park – sold for £9.5million reflecting 9.4%

By Andrew McGregor

Invest in Out of Town Does the sale of Stockton Shopping Park mark a watershed for the Out of Town investment market? Sold this month for £9.5 million reflecting a net initial yield of 9.4%. This scheme has a WAULT of 6.5 years and an average rent of £7.56 psf.…


BGP are seeking an intern to join us for 6 weeks from 1st September 2020 to work within our leasing team.

We are interested to hear from candidates from any background and property experience is not necessary.

Key attributes required:

* Independent thought
* Strong communication skills
* Tenacity
* Passion for retail, fashion, food & leisure
* Determination

If you are or know of anyone interested please forward your CV and covering letter to layla@brucegillinghampollard by Monday 17th August.

The Rise of Community Spirit and how Independent Retailers have reacted…

Lucy Cope

“A renewed sense of community is welcomed news for independent businesses, with a growing desire to support local stores in life after lockdown.” (Source: Food Manufacture Online) The world as we know it has come to a halt and each and every one of us has been forced to adapt…

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 96,163 sq ft and accommodates Wigan’s only multiplex cinema and a range of tenants including Empire cinema, JD Gym, Buzz bingo, Pizza Hut and Frankie and Benny’s. Adjacent to the DW stadium, the park sits on an 18.4-acre freehold site with nearly a 1,000 surface car park spaces.

Ashley Blake of Otium said,

“We are delighted to add this leisure park to the Fund’s portfolio.  Its tenant line-up and location are established, showing us that the scheme still has significant potential for growth – we will be working closely with the tenants to enhance the park further.  From this strong start to the year we are keen to acquire further leisure assets during 2020.”

Andrew McGregor, Head of Investment, who advised Otium said:

“It is always a pleasure to act for Otium and this is an ideal asset for their requirements, with a strong line up as well as scope for asset management.”

The vendor, CBRE Global Investors was advised by Montagu Evans. For more information on Otium’s requirements or on this transaction, please speak to Andrew Mcgregor.

10 questions landlords should be asking about sustainability

by Tracey Pollard

A recent study by Retail Week revealed that 62% of consumers say it is important to shop with brands with sustainable credentials. With younger generations particularly, and rightfully, gripped by the ‘climate crisis’, this proportion is only set to increase. Accordingly, if landlords wish to ensure their retail destinations remain relevant to…

BGP appointed on Edinburgh St James

by Rosie Higgins

We have been appointed to the leasing team for Edinburgh St James, the £1bn mixed-use development in the city centre. We will be acting jointly on the scheme with existing agents P-Three, Culverwell and CWM. Located in the east end of the city, the development is one of the UK’s…

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 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 renown 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 with 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 edamame 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.

Karavan, Budapest

Simple food court concept with international cuisine in the Hungarian capital

by Harry Atcherley-Symes

Mowgli Street Food opens on Church Street, Cardiff

BGP acted on behalf of the landlord, Hermes Investment Management.

by Rosie Higgins

This is Mowgli’s eighth restaurant having opened their first site in 2014 on Bold Street in Liverpool. Since then, former barrister and now TV personality, Nisha Katona has opened in Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield and Nottingham, with this unit their first site in Wales. The menus are designed to emulate authentic…

The Hut at Colwell Bay, Isle of Wight

A simple beach restaurant with fresh seafood and views across the bay

by Tracey Pollard

High quality, British seafront restaurants are growing in popularity and notoriety and over the last few years we have written about Harry’s Shack in Portstewart and South Milton Sands in Devon. It is easy to see the appeal: these are simple, beach venues serving fresh and seasonal ingredients with views…

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 and 15 year old daughter team it is a true example of a “footfall driver” despite being a “pop up” of just a couple of hundred square feet.  Their bakery has grown from an activity to keep young baker Kitty Tait occupied whilst she was off school ill, to a business which supplies local restaurants and pubs, to opening up her own pop up.

Their goal is simple, for people to enjoy authentic & genuine bread, which has just four ingredients: flour, salt, water and yeast. I have no idea what they do to these 4 ingredients to make them taste so very good but it’s definitely made with love, passion and pride, because it is simply the best bread I’ve ever had.

The range is small but consistent in quality and includes sourdough, focaccia (made with authentic Italian olive oil, rosemary from their garden and Cornish sea salt), cheese straws and a range of delicious pastries.  At the moment the range is small and only available Wednesday to Saturday 10.30 – 1 pm and when they run out they shut.  Despite, or maybe because of the uncertainty of supply, at 10.30am it is not uncommon to see a queue of people outside the shop.  I often find that after queuing to get in and anticipating what goodies are left, I then go totally mad and buy twice as much as I intended to, just because I was lucky enough to get into the shop! However, it’s never wasted and we always seem to eat it.  In fact, very often it doesn’t even get home, as my daughter eats the warm crusts as we walk back to the car.

Whilst I’ve not spoken to the other shopkeepers of Watlington, the new regular footfall attracted to the village by the quality of the bakery must be benefitting the rest of the retailers.  Local foodies are already drawn to the excellent Calnan Brothers Butchers and the charming Granary Deli and Café, so I do not doubt there has been some knock on benefit.

I guess it just goes to show that a footfall driver need not be a big national chain, or have an expensive shop fit.  Sometimes it can be a small local bakery run by a 15 year old girl.

Amazónico, Madrid

Excellent Jazz and Hangout for Madrid's Glitterati

by Nigel Gillingham


Director, Saaj Kanani

interviewed by Zoe Schoon

Navrtar is the UK’s first free-roam virtual reality and bar experience. You recently opened in Dicken’s Yard, Ealing. What can people expect from the Navrtar Experience? Navrtar is the UK’s first free-roam virtual reality and bar experience. The Navrtar experience is the next generation’s version of a social experience, which…

Chin Chin, Melbourne

The most successful restaurant Melbourne has ever seen

by Sophie Moorcroft

The next stop on our Australian adventure took us to Melbourne and we were lucky enough to be recommended Chin Chin, a true Asian inspired restaurant located on the iconic Flinders Lane in the heart of the city.  Since it opened in mid 2011 it has been named the most successful…

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 fastest growing part of the meat selling industry. Whilst consumers are trying to reducing their meat intake for health and environmental reasons, they seem to be genuinely interested in understanding the provenance and the quality of their meat. This is where the Farm Shop excels, as their meat and vegetables are often produced on either their own or neighbouring farms, offering the consumer trust and reassurance.

One of my favourite farm shops is Wellington Farm Shop which is a regular stop on our family’s journeys down to the New Forest.  Located just off the A33 the shop is part of the Duke of Wellingtons Estate.

Not only does it have a fantastic selection of fresh breads and three butchers on site offering tips, it has a vast range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, and a lovely selection if gifts and homewares.  All this set alongside a café, serving fresh home cooked food means we can stock up on our key fresh ingredients without having to go near a supermarket, and also get great snacks in the form of fresh sausage rolls and scotch eggs, to keep us going as we continue our journey.

There is a real focus on food miles and free range products at Wellington, two elements which we focus on when purchasing our food shopping.  Much of the beef comes from their own herd of Hereford beef, which they farm on the Estate’s water meadows and the lamb comes from their Welsh Black Mountain flock.  This philosophy follows through with the fruit and vegetable selection, as they typically stock what is in season and what is available in the UK.

Alongside the vegetables and meat selection, there is an array of products that complement a purchase, therefore appealing to the busier cook by offering a homemade meal solution which can be quick and easy to prepare.

I hope the UK’s Farm shops are one of the winners posts Brexit.  With their philosophy of sourcing local British produce and allowing small farmers a direct route to market, a good farm shop can really create a sense of community.  They can become a destination in their our right by offering an experiential shopping experience or a great café, as demonstrated by Wellington Farm Shop.  But more importantly they can offer the consumer the option to shop in an environment which understands the importance of  food miles, the environmental impact of packaging and is working with its suppliers to offer a long term sustainable future.

DoppleGanger, Cambridge

Founder, Alf Fowler

interviewed by Zoe Schoon

You have some excellent reviews. What do you think is the main factor behind your success? I think it’s about creating an environment where people want to work and enjoy themselves. Our staff are genuinely happy and there’s no “macho” kitchen stuff. I also work hard alongside my staff and…

Sprout & Co., Dublin

Eat as nature intended in the Irish capital

by Victoria Broadhead

On a recent visit to Dublin, I came across this little gem of restaurant and was totally blown away.  Set up by the Kirwin brothers, who are behind the Sprout juice business, they now have 6 restaurants across Dublin and Meath and a farm in Rathcoffey, Co. Kildare (about 30 km away).…

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…

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