New starters

This month we welcome two new members to the team, Alex Todd & Euan Anderson. Both join as graduate surveyors following completion of their property degrees and will then go on to sit their professional assessment to become Chartered surveyors.

Our MD, Tracey Pollard commented “As we celebrate our 10th year, it’s great to welcome two more additions to our ever growing business. The events of the last 18 months means we are working closer than ever with our clients to maximise their values, reposition buildings and future proof their assets. Alex and Euan’s energy & enthusiasm for retail will help bring a different perspective to the business and our clients and we are delighted to welcome them into the BGP team”.

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…

Albert’s Schloss – Paradise, Birmingham

Victoria Broadhead

Mission Mars, the north west bar and restaurant operator led by Roy Ellis, is set to open a second Albert’s Schloss site, Paradise, Birmingham. The Bavarian beer hall concept joins the impressive line up of Vinoteca, Dishoom and Rosa’s Thai – which have all committed to opening at the £700m…

With a number of the BGP team having been loyal Daniella Draper customer’s since the beginning of their journey, we are super excited to be retained by them to secure their first permanent store in London

Lucy Cope

Daniella Draper is a British, multi award winning jewellery brand who recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Daniella graduated with a degree in jewellery design from central St Martin’s in 2009 and returned to her home roots of Lincolnshire to start her business. Daniella, Della & Holly are a tight knit family working together to build the brand while maintaining its values and handcrafted charm.

It is great to work with an independent and family run business and we are extremely excited to work with them to secure their first store.

For further information please contact Lucy Cope

RIXO’s first bridalwear store at 75 Elizabeth Street

Lucy Cope

Super excited to have worked with Henrietta Rix and acted on behalf of my client Grosvenor Group in securing RIXO’s first bridalwear store at 75 Elizabeth Street which opened earlier this week! This will be the only RIXO bridalwear boutique, stocking their limited edition capsule collection of 26 pieces. The bridal collection is split into two themes,…

10th birthday

Tracey Pollard

As part of our 10th birthday celebrations we asked some of our team what Bruce Gillingham Pollard meant to them, these are some words used to express our business. Some liked the energy, ambition, passion and drive to collaborate and innovate. Others mentioned the incredible talent found within the business,…

An iconic Shoreditch venue reborn launching Spring 2021

Rupert Bentley-Smith

April 2021: Nearly a decade since it was last enjoyed, a historic site in the heart of Shoreditch reopens under new independent ownership. Within the former Victorian ‘Great Eastern Light’ power station, long- standing Hackney residents Morten Jensen, Darren Collins and chef Johnnie Collins present The Light Bar. With  lovingly…

Celebrating 10 years

Woody Bruce

10 years ago today I co-founded Bruce Gillingham Pollard and today we are a business of 26 amazing people, offering a full global service for Landlords and occupiers and have firmly established ourselves as the premier independent retail and leisure agency.

We have genuinely changed places and created whole new destinations.  We have made great friends across the industry with long standing trusted relationships.

As I write our entire consumer base has been forced to close and we’ve all been subject to extreme restrictions. So what’s next…

Tomorrow doors finally start to reopen.  During the past year BGP has worked tirelessly to manage the chaos that has inevitably surrounded our industry and I’m hugely proud of the achievements we have made as a team.

Most importantly we have all learnt, trained and prepared for the future after COVID.  BGP is what I like to call battle ready!

As the gates open tomorrow morning, the sun will shine again, the crowds will roar and BGP will walk out ready for the fight.  We’ve never been more excited for the opportunity to impact how our high street and retail centres evolve – that satisfaction of creating places (and most importantly the team celebrations!).

It’s going to be an absolutely belting next 10 years, we are just getting started.

We thank all our clients and friends within the industry for their support and I extend personal thanks to Tracey and Rupert the team, past and present, without whom BGP wouldn’t be strength of business that it is.

COVID secure celebration party to follow shortly!


Indian street food operator Mowgli to open in Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham

Victoria Broadhead

Given the past 12 months it has been fantastic to see operators like Mowgli continue to expand nationally, including in Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham. The Indian street food operator will be transforming the ex-Babel site and is due to open late Summer. Mowgli is a unique offer for Cheltenham and will…

Rosa’s Thai Cafe to make Midlands debut alongside Vinoteca and Dishoom

Victoria Broadhead

Rosa’s Thai Cafe will open its first Midlands restaurant at Paradise Birmingham later this year. The London-based company will launch its latest venue at Two Chamberlain Square. The 80-seat restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Rosa’s Thai Cafe chief executive Gavin Adair said: “The offer at Paradise was too good an opportunity to miss and we are extremely happy with the setting of our new restaurant overlooking Centenary Way. We can’t wait to welcome Brummies into our new space later this year and look forward to showing them our authentic, award-winning Thai food.” Rosa’s Thai Cafe becomes the third new restaurant to commit to Paradise. Indian-Irani cafe Dishoom opened on the ground floor of One Chamberlain Square last spring, while Mediterranean wine bar and restaurant concept Vinoteca is also taking space at Two Chamberlain Square. Rob Groves, regional director of Argent, development managers for Paradise, said: “We’re confident Rosa’s Thai Cafe will be a sure-fire hit. With Rosa’s joining the previously announced Dishoom and Vinoteca, we are very proud Paradise is now bringing a broad range of great, new restaurants to the city.”

For further information please contact Victoria Broadhead

Gordon Ramsay Street Burger now open at One New Change

Tracey Pollard

For great food at exceptional value, head to Street Burger, St Paul’s. Joining Bread Street Kitchen, this is the second venture by Gordon Ramsay at One New Change and offers a signature burger, seasoned fries and unlimited soft drinks for £15. Tracey Pollard, who acted for Land Sec said “…

Welcoming London florist McQueen’s to North Audley Street

Lucy Cope

It is great to welcome internationally renowned London florist McQueen’s, a global name in luxury floral design to North Audley Street just in time for Christmas. Their flagship store situated in the heart of the West End will be the UK’s largest floral emporium. The 2,500 sq ft store will…

Coqbull opened at Piccadilly Lights

Lucy Cope

Irish chicken and burger restaurant Coqbull, has made a permanent debut in London opening their flagship restaurant on 2nd December just off Piccadilly Circus in the former Jamie’s Italian. This will be the brands flagship restaurant with existing sites in Limerick, Cork and Castletroy.

For further information please contact Lucy Cope.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard advise on Chichester acquisition

Jack Barratt

Bruce Gillingham Pollard are delighted to have advised an overseas client on the recent acquisition of Lloyds on East Street, Chichester. The property is let to Lloyds Bank Plc for a further six years. This acquisition highlights our clients’ appetite for countercyclical opportunities that offer an attractive yield, are of…

BGP secures artisan bakery Gails for debut in Guildford at The Tunsgate Quarter

Victoria Broadhead

Head of our national team, Victoria Broadhead is delighted to announce that popular artisan bakery chain, GAIL’s, opened in Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford on October 29th 2020. Set up in 2005 by Tom Molnar and Ran Avidan, GAIL’s opened its first bakery in Hampstead with the aim of making world class…

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 year anniversary. ‘Joni’ their vintage RIXO bus has been making its way around London today, visiting 5 iconic locations and ending in St John’s Wood to mark the occasion.

RIXO joins The Supermarket of Dreams (Notting Hill Fish Shop) who opened last week alongside existing tenants such as Laurent’s Deli, Me & Em, The Good Life Eatery, Soutine, Facegym & Core Collective to name a few.

The pandemic has reinforced the desire for people to shop, eat and socialise closer to home and the bustling high street in St John’s Wood further clarifies the shift in consumer behaviour and shopping patterns.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard promotions and new appointments

by Woody Bruce

Bruce Gillingham Pollard are delighted to announce the promotion of Dominic Tixerant to Associate Director and the appointment of Nick Goodman as Consultant. Dominic joined in 2016 as part of the annual graduate intake, passed his APC in 2019 and subsequently has risen to become a key member of the…

BGP advise London Metric on £62million acquisition of 5 Waitrose stores

Andrew McGregor

Bruce Gillingham Pollard have advised London Metric PLC on the acquisition of 5 food stores, let to Waitrose, for £62 million. All 5 stores are let on new 20 year leases. The stores range in size from 27,000 sq ft to 43,000 sq ft, located in Keynsham, Malmesbury, Paddock Wood…

Kate Spade Launches at Canary Wharf

Tracey Pollard

Following the gradual re-opening of non essential retailers it was great to see the likes of Kiel’s, Sandro, Bimba & Lola and Maje open in Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf. They have now been joined by Kate Spade, who launched their new store this week with a fantastic collection of bags,…

Bruce Gillingham Pollard are delighted to announce the recruitment of Jamie Orme, who will be joining the business in June 2020

Tracey Pollard

Jamie has worked for many years on behalf of both Landlords & Tenants advising on Tenant mix strategy and portfolio management.

With over 11 year experience in the property industry, Jamie has represented some of the biggest retail brands in the UK including; Jigsaw, Ted Baker, Teds Grooming Room, Fred Perry, Anya Hindmarch, Whistles and Reiss. He also acted on behalf of Granger & Co. for their first London restaurant and boutique members fitness club Bodyism for their first London club.

With an in-depth understanding of Tenant mix and strategy, Jamie has also worked with a number of Landlords, both independents and institutional – such as The Portobello Group, Cain International and Shaftesbury PLC.

“After 11 years at Orme Property, I’m delighted to be joining the team at Bruce Gillingham Pollard. I’ve loved my time at Orme Property and the opportunity to help grow BGP’s Tenant representation team is hugely exciting to me”.

Tracey Pollard, Managing Director of Bruce Gillingham Pollard says “ We have been keen to build the retail element of our tenant representation business for some time, so we are really excited about Jamie joining the team. His experience of working with both Landlords and tenants throughout London,  provides a valuable insight into the market, which is particular valuable at a time when our clients are seeking both knowledge and experience from their advisors”.

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…

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