Our Real Estate Advisory team works with the leading commercial property agents in the UK. Our specialisms cover niche sectors of the market with a particular focus on Property Management, Capital Markets, Development, Valuation & Professional Services, Land & Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Asset Management and Private Equity.
In Partnership with our clients MRG have completed recruitment campaigns across Director/Main Board appointments but also at Chartered Surveyor, Senior Surveyor and Associate level.
See our online candidate information pack for the role of Head of Twentytwo below;
London’s skyline has changed dramatically over the last decade and will continue to do so in the next. Since October 2008, London has seen the likes of – The Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater) and 20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie) both opened their doors in 2014, whilst 110 Bishopsgate (Heron Tower) appeared a few years before in 2011 and Broadgate Tower a few years before that in 2009. In addition to the various office developments which have been completed in the Square Mile, the first vertical City, The Shard, opened in early 2013. The Shard was different to the other “tall buildings” being constructed in The City, not only was it South of the River, but it was the first Tower in the UK to be truly mixed-use. The Shard itself has not only has office accommodation for a range of commercial occupiers from Mitie and Heinz through to The University of Warwick but it also includes retail, a luxury five-star hotel, destination restaurants, a hospital and a major tourist attraction. Due to its distinctive design and location, The Shard stands out from the crowd. The next wave of interesting new buildings is once again due to change the London skyline in the next few years. Nearing completion is 70 St Mary Axe with its striking shape and design, and Twentytwo will change how we view a traditional office buildings, with more communal space and a sense of community. Also, currently under construction also is 1 Undershaft, Spire London and Landmark Pinnacle all due to complete in the next few years. The Shard will remain the tallest however, not only in the UK but Western Europe at a staggering 310 meters, Undershaft and Twentytwo will raise up at similarly staggering heights but be just slightly shorter. Obviously constructing such impressive buildings as The Shard, 70 St Mary Axe and Twentytwo is a highly complex and specialist operation, which requires exceptional Development Management, Construction and Project Management skills. From MRG’s standpoint, it is the ongoing operational management of these assets which we are particularly interested in. While having completed a vast number of Estate/Property Management roles across horizontal campus’ such as Shopping Centres, business parks, public sector estates and Universities; in the past 18 months we have gained a track record of working with managing agents and landlords setting up and managing vertical campus’ in some London’s finest Tall buildings. A snapshot of some of our current mandates include – General Manager – Shard Quarter General Manager – 70 St Mary Axe Head of Engineering – Twentytwo The skill sets, competencies and characteristics of these types of appointment are varied and each look for something slightly different. However, due to the very fact that 10 years ago, London was not a City full of Tall Buildings, the skill set is limited. We must look to aligned sectors with complimentary skills to enhance the candidate pool available to us. Hospitality, retail, traditional business parks and public attractions, offer similarities from an operational and customer focussed approach. Customer service levels are improving and the need to ensure that occupiers have the very best experience is vital to the success of such structures. The Landlords and Investors behind these schemes seem to have come to the realisation that the people running the operations of these Buildings are just as important as the physical structures surrounding them. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or a candidate information pack.
The workplace is changing. Some organisations haven't quite come to terms with the demands for the new vision of "work". Appreciating that creating an environment which is focussed on personal development, cultural fulfilment and allowing individuality within a corporate organisation is a challenging concept but one which is critical to recruiting the best talent, retaining them and ensuring peak performance is achieved. On a micro scale, this has been achieved in small pockets and normally within SME's. It has not yet occurred on a large scale when encompassing a significant business campus or tower. Twentytwo seeks to be a place with office and social spaces that bring out the best in people. It has been designed from the outset with a sense of civic space and scale. Over 100,000 sq ft of space within Twentytwo is dedicated to supporting people and businesses with a variety of environments and services that enhance working life and productivity. The people behind Twentytwo "get" what the future of workplace looks like and it is hugely exciting not only from a real estate perspective but from a wider UK commerce perspective. For further information please see the links below or contact the Twentytwo recruitment partner on email@example.com - Head of Twentytwo Soft Landing Manager
Berkeley Homes Berkeley Homes were looking to recruit a Head of Technical for their Kidbrooke Regeneration scheme in East London. This was a tricky position to recruit for, partly due to the geographic location of the role and sensitive nature of the appointment. Following a successful meeting involving the taking of a full client brief, work was undertaken on this retained campaign. This consisted of a thorough mapping of potential candidates working in similar roles across the industry and systematically approaching them. A full candidate briefing pack was assembled and hosted online as well as a hard copy brochure by our marketing team and was issued to interested parties. Having articulated the proposition to the candidates, interview dates were set aside and managed with the client. Once a successful candidate had been selected, we fully managed the smooth on-boarding process, keeping in touch with both parties until the start of employment.
In the last 6 months Nanja has further developed the cost management division by expanding into international appointments. She has recently worked with an award-winning PQS Consultancy to appoint another Cost Consultant in their expanding New York office and also assisted in appointing a Senior Associate and Project Surveyors to their London office. The supply of talented Cost Managers to the London PQS market has been further bolstered by attracting talent from the South African market and placing them with some top tier consultancies in London. “I have continued to strengthen my long-term relationship with an independent & growing cost consultancy in London with various appointments into their London team. I have also been mandated to secure another Cost Manager for their expanding New York office, which we’ve just successfully completed, with further US appointments to follow in the next 12 months. Further traction on finding undiscovered resources for the talent hungry London market, was made by expanding my South African network of RICS accredited Chartered Surveyors and introducing another six Quantity Surveyors to the UK market via work permit sponsorship route to join various top tier consultancies in London.” – Nanja Fourie, Associate Director – PQS
The recent acquisition by BNP Real Estate of the ‘old school’ agent Strutt & Parker has got me thinking about how much of a change we have seen over the last decade within the London commercial property market and the agents and consultants that service it. Back in 2007, there were over 35 commercial agents with > £10m annual turnover. Today there are only 23. Over that period we have seen the likes of CBRE, JLL and co buy up some of the industry’s most recognisable names such as Dalgleish and King Sturge and the DTZ/Cushman Merger/Acquisition?? to name just a few of a huge number of M&A activity in the sector. These acquisitions make sense in theory. The idea being that the Goliaths can offer an integrated, global platform with a wider service offering. This makes sense and is true. However; Does something get lost in the process? There are those that argue that whether it be individual small retailers or large multinationals, clients are increasingly being left with less and less choice between agents and consultants. Is it true that with every acquisition dies another unique business (such as Strutts, King Sturge, Drivers Jonas) with its own culture and methodology and thus the offering to the market, in general, is becoming dull and generic? Whilst the big boys seem to be getting bigger, there are some small, niche practices that continue to offer their clients one or only a few services or cover a small region. I'm talking about the CWM’s and Munroe K’s of this world. These businesses offer their clients a very unique, highly experienced and honed service and level of personality that perhaps can’t be matched by the big boys. For this reason, I believe that there will always be a need for these types of firms. That leaves us with the middle ground. Where do the mid-sized firms sit? Will the Rapleys and Montagu Evans of the world continue to compete against the big boys and the small specialists? Again, it can be argued both ways. These firms offer a unique culture whilst also catering for a number of requirements and tend to have good regional reach. However, can they call themselves specialists? Do they offer a true turn-key service to their clients? They certainly can't offer a global platform. I guess only time will tell but I suspect that these firms as we know them will most likely not exist in another 10 years time and that the property market will go the way of accounting Big Four. Are we about to see property’s Big Four? I'd love to hear your thoughts, feel free to comment below or you can email me, call or visit us here. You can also follow us on Linkedin and Twitter. Or read some of our company blog's like our 10th anniversary here.
Real Estate Management MRG were appointed by Real Estate Management (REM), the developers and asset managers of the iconic Shard, to hire a Head of Residential to oversee the ongoing management and ambitious growth aspirations for their prime and super-prime residential assets and development pipeline. A key strategic hire for the business, it was critical that the candidate possessed a unique combination of skill sets that encompassed, super prime experience, development, asset management and lettings. A thorough search was undertaken and a shortlist of five highly credible candidates were found and presented to REM. MRG managed the whole search process from client briefing, matching matrix, candidate information packs to long and shortlisting and the interview process. Ultimately REM chose a candidate that met their initial brief, all within the timeframes and budgets that MRG were originally set.