Legendary developer and entrepreneur Irvine Sellar was in sparkling form at CoStar’s recent London Agency Awards as he opened up in a question and answer session about Trump, Brexit, his plans for development in Paddington, and his life as a serial entrepreneur in property and retail. Happily CoStar’s video crew was on hand.
The great and the good of office agency and development were out in force recently, including a fascinating guest speaker in Irvine Sellar, as CoStar honoured the very best at the London Agency Awards.
The venue for this year’s London Agency Awards was 30 Euston Square.
A host of companies were recognised for their successes over the past year including JLL, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Knight Frank, Savills, Colliers International, Cherryman, Farebrother, Union Street Partners, Kalmars and Monmouth Dean.
This year there was thunderous voting from our readers too for London’s individual deal and dealmakers as well as the best London newcomer. Thanks to all of those who took part in the voting. The full list of CoStar News reader winners in London is below:
London City offices - Digby Flower, Cushman & Wakefield
London Docklands - George Roberts, Cushman & Wakefield.
London Midtown - Charlie Thompson, Farebrother
London Southbank offices - Rupert Cowling at Union Street Partners
West End offices - Paul Smith of Colliers International.
London Central Single Branch - Paul Dart of Monmouth Dean; Cormac McNabb of Stripe Street
Deal of the year
London City offices - M&G Real Estate and Exemplar’s 275,000 sq ft prelet to Ashurst at the Fruit & Wool Exchange in Spitalfields. The joint letting agents for M&G Real Estate and Exemplar were JLL, CBRE and Knight Frank. Cushman &Wakefield advised Ashurst.
London Docklands - Thomson Reuters’ sublease from Credit Suisse of 350,000 sq ft to decamp its staff from 30 South Colonnade to 5 Canada Square. Cushman & Wakefield advised Thomson Reuters; Knight Frank acted for Credit Suisse.
London Midtown –Kings Cross Central Partnership for their office lettings to Universal and New Look at King’s Cross Central. CBRE acted for Universal Music; Savills and Cushman & Wakefield acted for the King’s Cross Partnership. Colliers International acted for New Look.
London Southbank - Canary Wharf’s 144,000 sq ft letting to Bouygues UK, now LinkCity, at Becket House on Blackfriars Road
London West End - Great Portland Estates’ letting to Facebook of a headquarters building at Rathbone Square off Oxford Street. Colliers International and Knight Frank acted for GPE. DTZ acted for Facebook.
London Central, single branch - Zoopla’s move to a new home at Columbia Threadneedle Investment’s The Cooperage, Courage Yard, Shad Thames SE1, adjacent to Tower Bridge. Zoopla was advised by DeVono Cresa and Gordons Partnership. Hall Kemp & Jones Lang LaSalle advised Columbia Threadneedle Investments.
London Best Newcomer - HB Reavis for its first London development, 33 Central, which it recently sold to Wells Fargo for circa £300m for its own occupation.