Our services


Property Management

Managing retail property investments for our clients is a fast growing sector of our business.

We typically act for high net worth individuals who own retail property assets and either live abroad, are too busy with their primary work commitments or are simply retired and do not have the time or sometimes even the inclination to give their holdings the care and attention they require to maintain their value.

Our comprehensive service is designed to alleviate the strain of the day to day running of the assets so as to allow our clients to sit back and enjoy the benefits of their investments.

We deal with all the aspects of the day to day management but can also advise on asset management strategy and lease advisory matters.

We also provide our clients with a detailed and fully illustrated annual property report which covers matters such as the lease events, condition, rental payments record, suggested asset management initiatives etc. This has proved extremely popular as it provides an annual ongoing record of their individual holdings. A sample report can be downloaded here.

If you already employ trusted advisers to handle your agency and lease advisory issues but who do not deal with day-to-day management we are more than happy to work in conjunction with your existing team to provide a totally integrated service.

Downing Bentley currently manage an overall portfolio throughout England and Wales with properties in towns such as Penzance, Aldeburgh, Richmond (N Yorks), Aberystwyth, Oxford, King's Road (Chelsea) and Sidmouth amongst many others.

We consider that this is one of the most comprehensive services available in the market place and we would welcome the opportunity of discussing your requirements in detail

 


Retail Agency

Retail agency has been the bedrock of our business for the last 30 years. We pride ourselves on having an unrivalled depth of local knowledge and, due to our specialisation in retail property, this is allied to a detailed appreciation of both regional and national trends.

We are involved in a number of shopping centres throughout the region for substantial clients such as Blackrock, Aviva and Aberdeen Asset Managers and have been involved in a number of high profile transactions including the latest which is the transformation of the Beechwood shopping centre in Cheltenham into a new 150,000 ft.² store for John Lewis.

We also act for a large number of private and institutional landlords in letting prime shops within the region and on behalf of national and regional multiple retailers seeking to dispose of leases that are surplus to requirements.

We have recently designed 'mobile optimised' property particulars which can be easily read on a modern smartphone. This allows our applicants to obtain instant information on any property if they see our letting board when searching for shop premises. An example of these can be downloaded here.

Whilst Downing Bentley’s principal core of agency activity is within a 50 mile radius of Cheltenham, encompassing Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire we are also extremely active with acquisitions for a number of multiple retailer clients throughout the UK including, currently, Weird Fish, Sports Direct, Flannels and Mistral amongst others.

 

 


Lease Advisory

Downing Bentley offer a comprehensive lease advisory service to both landlords and tenants throughout the region and deal with numerous rent reviews and lease renewals annually.

We offer a practical, market led approach to this discipline, incorporating a thorough understanding of case and Statute law, current market transactions and the latest valuation theory.

This breadth of knowledge, coupled with an extensive database of retail transactions throughout the region enables us to achieve optimal outcomes for Landlords and Tenants alike, whether by negotiation or subsequent referral to third-party determination.

We have dealt with abroad spectrum of retail properties over the last 30 years ranging from 20 m² kiosks to 20,000 m² department stores.

 


Investment and Development

 

We advise on numerous transactions for a broad range of private clients, investment syndicates, property companies and institutions alike.

Our detailed insight into local market trends, extensive property records and general day-to-day activities within the retail property market enable us to pinpoint areas of opportunity which may not be immediately obvious. We are therefore extremely well placed to identify properties which are undervalued and have the potential to provide returns that exceed the norm.

We are also active in advising on refurbishment and development projects which range from single unit shops to the reconfiguration of shopping centres.