Industrial spaces have fundamentally evolved over the past 50 years.
Now home to highly efficient e-fulfilment distribution facilities, flexible multi-tenanted spaces and advanced manufacturing and technology businesses, they are at the very core of innovation and business growth.
With a significant and growing gap between space available and what’s needed, we believe that the key to unlocking industrial land is greater private and public sector collaboration. With long standing relationships with investors, developers and the public sector, coupled with our partnering expertise, we help our clients at every stage of the real estate lifecycle -from planning and acquisition to investment, and from business rates to procurement to leases and valuations.
We have over 120 sector specialists based throughout the UK. Our team works with clients in all areas of the industrial, distribution and logistics sector, advising corporate occupiers, landowners, developers, investors and the public sector.
With new trends such as urban logistics and servicing the ‘final mile’, the ‘on shoring’ of manufacturing, multi-storey buildings, the impact of disruptive technologies and the dwindling supply of ‘Brownfield’ land, the industrial market continues to develop.
Big box logistics
An integral part of the supply chain, which is driving large scale developments, are strategically-located and technologically-advanced facilities known as ‘Big Box’ logistics.
As occupiers across the country continue to look for more efficiency through size and scale in their networks, and with increasing growth of online retail, Big Box logistics will continue to be an area of significant growth.
With our intimate regional knowledge we help to meet the demand in the sector by taking a lead role in the development of new sites and facilities, from feasibility all the way through to land acquisition, planning, project management, leasing and selling. We help acquire around 10 million sq ft of industrial space each year.
Our involvement however doesn’t stop there though. We take a much more holistic view, advising on the additional support, infrastructure and changes needed to make it all work.
It’s not only about creating new spaces either. We also help to improve the quality of existing spaces; increasing the energy efficiency, reducing obsolescence and taking advantage of development opportunities.
Urban logistics and industrial estates
From servicing the ‘final mile’ delivery of online orders to providing accommodation for local businesses to trade, industrial estates provide a key service to local communities and urban areas.
Demand for industrial accommodation is growing but supply is falling, as these locations are being challenged by competing uses. For example with space at a premium and a shortage of housing, the market is seeing many urban industrial locations lined up as potential residential development sites.
This increased demand from differing uses is seeing new trends develop in some parts of the country, such as multi-storey buildings and industrial use within mixed use or even residential developments.
We can provide the advice and solutions to help our clients manage all competing interests.
The resurgence of UK manufacturing, particularly the automotive sector, has generated both headlines and demand across parts of the country.
This traditional backbone of the economy has seen many changes over the past 50 years, but recently technological changes, logistics and ethics have attracted many manufacturers back to the UK, increasing demand for manufacturing facilities across the country.
These spaces often require bespoke solutions and buildings for manufacturing use, which can present a number of challenges. From securing planning permission, to project managing the delivery of new facilities and finding new owners or occupiers we can support the full property lifecycle around manufacturing.
The demand for industrial land from occupiers, developers and investors has never been higher.
The pressures from alternative uses, regulation and planning means identifying development land presents multiple challenges.
We help investors, developers and landowners to buy and sell land across the country. We identify the right opportunities for acquisition and realise best value through sales on individual plots through to strategic sites.