F1 Arcade Confirms Birmingham for its Second Venue

Victoria Broadhead

F1 Arcade, the first Formula 1 licensed premium experiential venue of its kind, is to occupy an 11,000 sq ft unit at Paradise Birmingham, the £1.2bn business, leisure, and residential development in Birmingham. The move marks only the second UK venue for the brand after its first venue in London was announced earlier this year and opens later this month.

The unique attraction offers offer an immersive, cutting-edge F1 racing simulation experience for individuals and groups, with appeal for both corporate and social occasions across a wide-ranging demographic, including families. It features bespoke racing simulators designed especially for the venue, featuring motion and audio-visual effects to immerse guests in the race. The experience takes inspiration from the exhilarating world of Formula 1, with sleek venue design paired with best-in-class food and drink offerings.

The concept was created by Adam Breeden, the pioneer of competitive socialising with proven and consistent worldwide success in fuelling the rise in the competitive socialising trend, with notable venues including Flight Club, Bounce, Hijingo, All Star Lanes and Puttshack.

F1 Arcade will be in good company and will join existing leisure operators at Paradise, including Vinoteca, Dishoom, Albert’s Schloss and Rosa’s Thai. Paradise is also home to occupiers such as PwC, DLA Piper, Knights, Mazars, Atkins, Cazenove Capital and Cubo across its first two office buildings, One and Two Chamberlain Square.

The Paradise scheme is being brought forward through Paradise Circus Limited Partnership, a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council. The private sector funding is being managed by Federated Hermes, which has partnered with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on the first phase of the development and for One Centenary Way, the 280,000 sq ft first part of Phase Two. MEPC is the development and asset manager.

MEPC Senior Development Manager, Ross Fittall, commented: “F1 Arcade will be a major new attraction for the city and one that will appeal to all ages and backgrounds. This truly ground-breaking new leisure concept is coming to Birmingham in only its second venue in the UK. With cutting edge gameplay, high quality food and drink and an inviting, innovative space, it will be an exciting venue with something for everyone”.

BGP advised the development partnership on the letting to F1 Arcade.

Paradise Green

Rupert Bentley-Smith

Opening later this week at 100 Bishopsgate, Paradise Green is the latest opening from the Daisy Green collection. Paradise Green is occupying 10,000 sq ft within Brookfields 100 Bishopsgate. The design has been inspired by Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The space will also offer a 40 seat private dining…

New Starter

Victoria Broadhead

We welcome Rob Barnes who joins BGP as a Graduate Surveyor following the completion of his Real Estate masters degree. He will then go on to sit the APC to become a Chartered Surveyor. Head of the National Leasing team Victoria Broadhead commented: “we are delighted to add Rob to…

Palm House

Thea Rowe

Our friends Incipio have launched their newest concept Palm House in Nova. The Cuban and Miami inspired clubhouse sits across two floors complete with a dedicated daiquiri bar. With the cold creeping in, who doesn’t want to be temporarily transported to warmer climates?! Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted for our clients landsec and Etch  acted on…

Vinoteca opens first outlet outside of London

Victoria Broadhead

Vinoteca has taken a 3,390 sq ft unit in MEPC’s Paradise mixed-use development in Birmingham. The restaurant at Two Chamberlain Square is Vinoteca’s seventh outlet. Vinoteca co-founder Charlie Young said: “Birmingham has always been quick to embrace new food and drink concepts, and we felt this was the perfect setting for our first regional site. The huge success of the Commonwealth Games has just added to the city’s buzz and has brought a new awareness of Birmingham and all it has to offer.” The Paradise scheme is a major transformation of the heart of Birmingham, and comprises a mixed-use commercial development with up to ten new buildings including offices, a hotel, restaurants, bars and cafes as well as a 49-storey residential tower. The scheme is being progressed through a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council and funding managed by Federated Hermes. MEPC is the development manager. Bruce Gillingham Pollard (BGP) advised Federated Hermes and MEPC in the letting to Vinoteca. BGP director, Victoria Broadhead, added: “We have worked with a number of F&B concepts who have looked to expand regionally after establishing themselves in London. Vinoteca is an excellent brand which prides itself on working closely with producers to curate one of the UK’s most extensive wine lists. It has redefined the wine bar concept by offering a relaxed and laid-back experience that can be enjoyed by all. It is a letting which substantially enhances the eating and drinking options at the Paradise development.”

Bruce Gillingham Pollard appoints new Director of London Neighbourhoods Team

Tracey Pollard

BGP has appointed Emily Dumbell as a Director. She has been with the firm since 2012 and, following her recent return from maternity leave, will lead the business’s new London Neighbourhoods team. BGP Managing Director, Tracey Pollard, said: “London neighbourhoods are proving increasingly vibrant as people explore different ways of…

MARK appoints Bruce Gillingham Pollard on Borough Yards project

Tracey Pollard

European private equity real estate investment manager, MARK, has appointed Bruce Gillingham Pollard to advise on retail leasing alongside CBRE at the Borough Yards development in London SE1. The 140,000 sq.ft mixed use scheme, adjacent to the historic Borough Market, is south London’s newest food, retail, leisure and office landmark.…

Journey to Net Zero ♻️

Thea Rowe

BGP are committed to achieving net zero and setting a suitable path to science based targets to help the business achieve this.

We are delighted to be part of Grosvenor Net Zero Mentoring Programme alongside green consultancy The Heart of The City. This will enable our business to calculate baseline, set an action plan and achieve our agreed science based targets.

BGP Connects EP 6

Lucy Cope

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn” Phil Collins On our next instalment of #BGPconnects Lucy Cope speaks to Vanessa Murray of Mentoring Circle. Now just a week on from the first anniversary of the scheme, and the launch of the second year of mentees they…

BXR City

Charlotte Roberts

A launch date of all launch dates; on Tuesday 22nd February, BXR launched at 22 Bishopsgate. This really was, and is such a totally unique project to be involved in – a first for London and the UK market delivering the highest gym in Europe in the tallest building in…

4 Days to go

Evie North

The growth in neighbourhoods and localism has never been more apparent. We are increasingly seeing some fantastic London centric operators look beyond Central London and out nationally and to the local neighbourhoods. Following the launch of The Ivy Asia, St Pauls at One New Change back in 2019. The Ivy…

5 Days to go

Lucy Cope

This time last year we were thrilled to welcome international renowned London florist McQueens, a global name in luxury floral design to North Audley Street only a stones throw away from Oxford street. Their flagship store situated in the heart of the West End is the UK’s largest floral emporium. The…

6 Days to go

Thea Rowe

The next generation of family clubs Jaego’s House will open in Kensal Rise in May 2022, quite literally something for all the family under one roof. Members will have access to a whole range of services: a jungle gym and soft play; crèche and childminding; Co working office; studio and fitness…

7 Days to go

Tracey Pollard

The growth of the neighbourhoods and localism have been key themes for the last 12 months.  We have experienced an increase in demand for both London neighbourhood locations and nationally, where we’ve seen lots of activity with lettings in Guildford, Windsor, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Birmingham, Reading and Leeds.

The increase in footfall and turnover in our regional towns and Cities has also been identified by our investment team, who have seen a growth in interest from buyers for strong regional locations.

Back in June,  Jack Barrett purchased 72 – 76 Queen Street in Cardiff for £23.25 million on behalf of Topland. He highlighted the importance of occupational advice and in-depth understanding of the market.  At BGP we offer a joined-up approach across our leasing, lease consultancy and investment teams, allowing first-hand market knowledge and insight to support all of our advice.

12 Days to go

Tracey Pollard

The evolution of the retail and restaurants @ haysontheriver_Se1 got underway this year with a summer pop up run by the wonderful team at Bermonseybarkitchen. Due to its continued success, it has morphed twice, once into an autumn designed pop up and now into the most stunning festive winter bar. …

13 Days to go

Thea Rowe

22 Bishopsgate is newest addition to the London Skyline and an incredibly memorable project to be working on. 2021 has seen the opening of this ‘vertical village’ where the office occupants will have access to everything under one roof. From grab & go food to a restaurant, gym to a wellness…

Countdown to Christmas

Tracey Pollard

What a year 2021 has been! Despite the lows of restrictions and lockdowns, there have been some highs and here at Bruce Gillingham Pollard we have been exceptionally busy. SO, we thought it only right to celebrate some of those highs. Over the next 12 days we’ll be sharing with…

18th Century pub brought back to life by JKS

Rupert Bentley-Smith

We are Delighted to see JKS Restaurants reopen The George Fitzrovia last Thursday. This exciting venture is in partnership with renowned publican Dominic Jacobs and celebrated chef James Knappett. Along with JKS they form a remarkable team who have restored this beautiful 3 storey, 18th century, grade II-listed building, and will now operate it in a way which celebrates its former self, and also creates an exciting destination for today. It will fully embrace the British pub experience downstairs, with Upstairs at the George becoming a full dining experience led by James Knappett.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard were very pleased to work with The Crown Estate to secure JKS and the team to bring this historic pub back to life, with the support of Distrkt.


The Maine – 6 Medici Courtyard

Woody Bruce

The fashion set are back partying and The Maine, Hanover Square was the place to be seen. Whilst not opening to the public until the 15th November, The Maine played host to the British Vogue’s and Self-Portrait party last week, guests including the  brand’s newest campaign star, supermodel Irina Shayk and…

BGP Connects EP3

Lucy McGowan-Scanlon

We’ve seen an acceleration in the number of pop-ups in the last 18 months, with many Landlords now more open to considering shorter lease terms, this maybe as a result of the increase in voids, an understanding of the power of their marketing potential or as part of a rates…


Tracey Pollard

We’re excited to kick start our week by announcing that, following 3 excellent presentations and 12 months of incredible hard work, Lucy Cope, Thea Rowe and Sophie Moorcroft have all been promoted to Associate Director. 🥂 We are extremely proud of their achievements, personal growth, and the contribution they have each…

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station – Realm

Tracey Pollard

Isn’t this the most amazing building? It’s the Hydraulic Power Station in Wapping and we are looking for its next tenant. The building has planning permission granted for the introduction of new floors within the listed building, together with the creation of a glazed extension within the roof level water tanks, the conversion of the below-ground reservoir and the erection of a new three storey office block within the courtyard, which together will deliver 2,502 sqm of office space and 1,223 sqm of flexible restaurant/office space.

There are so many possibilities for the next chapter of its life, if you would like to learn, more please contact Tracey Pollard .


Tattu announces expansion into London

Rupert Bentley-Smith

Independent restaurant group Tattu has confirmed its expansion into London and will open its fifth site at Outernet’s The Now Building located in the heart of the city on Denmark Street this winter. Established in 2015, the group opened its first restaurant in Manchester’s Spinningfields district, followed by sites in…

Who wants to be transported to Cuba?!

Thea Rowe

La Rampa is the newest addition to GPE’s Market Place, W1 curtesy of the fantastic MJMK. Bar La Rampa recreates the atmosphere of 1950s Havana with the fabulous cocktail menu developed by @mr_marcis and the food menu by @tata_eatery; a combination that doesn’t disappoint! It’s been great to see how…

Berber and Q to launch Carmel on Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park

Thea Rowe

(Photo credit Carmel) Josh Katz and Berber and Q are coming to Queen’s Park with Carmel where they will offer an all day menu inspired by North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. Lonsdale Road comprises a mix of independent offices workshops and restaurants including Milk Beach who recently expanded. Securing…

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