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Development & Planning
We carry out disposal and acquisition of land and buildings across all land uses, sectors and locations. We specialise in complex sites and are guided by the client’s aims, from operational needs to early receipts or long term investment strategy. We have a broad range of clients from the private and public sectors and have special expertise in public tendering and competitive dialogue processes.
We are market specialists in devising site acquisition strategies for authorities and affected landowners and occupiers. We provide a full range of services from the start to end of the CPO process including policy assessment, consents, viability, land acquisition audits, relocations, tenant management, consultation management, project management, expert witness and compensation negotiations.
We pride ourselves on innovative solutions to unlock complex development sites and realise value. From strategic site acquisition to Compulsory Purchase, from pre-leasing to forward sales, from design team management to expert evidence at public inquiries, from site disposals to head lease re-gears and from option analysis to financial viability to development agreements, we provide a results driven service and comprehensive support.
Management of the development process is at the core of our service offering. We act as a single point of contact to provide a seamless service for landowners, owner occupiers, asset managers, pension funds and others.with long term interests in land. Our bespoke service identifies the optimum development opportunity, assembles a best in class professional team and drives forward a project to delivery within time and budget. Cushman & Wakefield provides the one stop shop for optimising value through development.
Feasibility & Viability
Determining the feasibility and viability of a project is critical to our advice. We offer the full spectrum of advice from analysis of the land use options; through to the development of a bespoke financial model to test alternative feasibility solutions and financial analysis to determine the potential returns that could be generated by the scale and type of development that may be possible.
Funding & Financing
Funding & Finance is key to the delivery of all regeneration and development projects. Our extensive investor client base and links to the public sector provide access to the full range of funding options which we tailor into a bespoke service. We provide this advice throughout the development process to maximise potential returns and to manage risk.
Occupier Demand & Pre-leasing
Our approach comes from a wide and detailed understanding of the occupier market place. We focus on demand evaluation and development capacity analysis so as to frame carefully the scale, scope and quantum of occupier requirements. From this analysis we identify key occupier anchors, likely design parameters and estimated value outputs. Working closely with agency teams, our advice includes prelease structures, incentive packages and proposed tenant mix.
Partnership & Joint Venture Agreements
We have considerable expertise in negotiating complex development partnerships acting both for the public sector asnd private clients. . Our service which spans from the inception of a project, through to detailed documentation and beyond, including development agreements, overage structuring and reconciliation, joint venture agreements and vehicles, options and conditional sales agreements.
Successful planning solutions require not just the traditional areas of expertise such as planning policy, transportation, design and the environment, but increasingly viability, politics, public consultation, planning obligations and sustainability. Our multi-disciplinary and commercially savvy approach is therefore critical and has been key to our success in providing town planning advice since the 1960s – the longest of any commercial real estate services firm.
Policy & Research
We produce analysis of national, regional and local planning and property policy for clients in the public and private sectors and publish thought leading briefings. We help organisations to develop their own strategies and policies, backed up with robust research. Our specialisms include retail studies, planning obligations, town centre health checks, viability assessments, Local Development Framework policy advice, infrastructure funding, sustainability appraisal and the planning system.
Property is the single largest contributor to carbon emissions. At C&W we provide commercial advice on the full range of sustainability issues related to property, for both new development and existing buildings. This includes:
Carbon Reduction Commitment
Sustainable design and construction advice
Sustainable Building/Portfolio Management
Our development and planning specialists have a considerable depth of experience in delivering major development and strategic opportunities across Central London. With offices in the West End and the City we provide development advice and consultancy, co-ordinating and leading professional teams through the complex Central London development process, monitoring developments from feasibility through to procurement, facilitating discussions with key stakeholders, acquiring and disposing of strategic sites,, providing planning consultancy advice and managing the planning process.
C&W provides strategic advice to the Higher Education Sector on their existing asset portfolios and the options available for future expansion or contraction. Our comprehensive service ranges from Nominations Agreements through to surplus site disposals and international joint ventures through to releasing value from the existing estate, C&W also provides landowners, developers and funds in depth support in the sourcing, development and planning of new student halls of residences and in the disposal or acquisition of existing premises or the re-gear of existing leases or nomination agreements.
Hotels, Hospitality & Leisure
The C&W Development & Planning Group advises operators, developers and local authorities on the full range of leisure and hospitality uses including restaurants, hotels, cinemas, casinos, health & fitness, spas and sports stadia.
Industrial & Logistics
The Group provides development and planning advice to a range of landowners, occupiers and investors within the industrial and logistics sector. We provide advice on new development, relocation strategies, alterations to existing buildings and changes of use. We also provide sustainability advice to industrial and logistics clients, including Carbon Reduction Commitment.
We have an enviable client list and a long and successful track record, offering commercial property Occupiers the full range of Development and Planning services across the UK.
We advise developers, investors and occupiers on all aspects of development, planning and sustainability in relation to offices whether in city centres, business parks, suburban locations or elsewhere. Our advice is backed up by solid data and local market knowledge - C&W research monitors office markets throughout the country and our London and regional offices in Birmingham, Thames Vallery, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh give us local expertise in all the important office sub-markets
We provide a holistic service, including all disciplines across the real estate process, to local authorities, government departments and institutions on real estate strategy for entire property portfolios to the redevelopment of site specific assets.
Residential accommodation plays an integral role in real estate development and is fundamental in shaping the landscape of our built environment. We understand all aspects of this property sector and provide core services in: project acquisition and disposal; appraisal and viability of residential land, development projects and built stock; advice on formation and execution of joint venture partnerships; recommendations on and sourcing of third party finance; structuring of investment packages at project and sales level.
Building on Cushman & Wakefield’s market leading position as retail property advisers, we have specialist retail practitioners able to provide commercially astute advice on the widest range of retail development and planning disciplines
Our Retail Warehousing team combines specialist skills from our development & planning, agency, retail lease advisory and investment disciplines.
Town Centres remain at the heart of our communities with retail being the main economic driver to their success. We have a long history of influencing and driving development and regeneration in our towns and cities through out the whole of the UK whilst adopting a holistic approach and in ensuring the end result delivers a sense of place which meets occupiers, investors and users requirements. Our experience is wide ranging, extensive and long lasting.