January 13, 2017
Experienced London retail agents Martin Thomas and Luke Hargreaves have formed a new retail arm for Hanover Green. Based at the property consultant’s offices in London’s Piccadilly, Hanover Green Retail will broaden the firm’s expertise and help cement its place as a leading independent property consultancy.
Rob Senior, a founding partner of Hanover Green said: “We are always on the lookout for exceptional talent and are delighted to welcome Martin and Luke to the team. Their retail expertise will be invaluable to many of our existing clients, as well as opening up many new opportunities for Hanover Green. There is a great deal of synergy between our clients in the West End and across London.”
Hanover Green currently provides advice on office occupation, investment, development, rent review and lease restructuring transactions in London and the South East of England.
Martin Thomas joins Hanover Green from JLL, having previously worked for Churston Heard, CWM and Hillier Parker.
Martin is the key advisor to Lancer Property Asset Management on its entire London assets and has been one of the preeminent surveyors in the luxury Bond Street market for over 20 years. He advises many leading retailers on their London portfolio including Marks & Spencer, Boots, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
Luke Hargreaves also joins from JLL having previously worked in the Central London teams of Cushman & Wakefield, GVA Grimley and HNG.
Clients include Shaftesbury Plc and The Mercers’ Company advising across their Covent Garden Estate. Luke also has significant experience acting for retailers and has recently advised Gucci, Daks, Gieves & Hawkes and Superdry on their London flagship stores.
Martin Thomas commented: “I am delighted to be joining Hanover Green and co-launching a brand new retail division. It provides a great opportunity to bring our experience to a highly reputable advisory firm and sharing in its future success.”
Luke Hargreaves added: “There is a clear synergy between our retail credentials and the well established Hanover Green brand. This provides a great opportunity for clients to access a broad spectrum of expertise within a strong independent consultancy across their whole portfolio.”
Simon Quayle, Executive Director at Shaftesbury PLC and head of their Carnaby and Soho villages, commented: “I have worked with the team at Hanover Green since 1994 when they introduced a small portfolio of properties at the south end of Carnaby Street.
“The rest is history!
“In 1996 the major part of Carnaby came on to the market, and the team again advised us on the acquisition, and over the following years have helped us to complete the remaining parts of the jigsaw.
“Luke has been advising us over the past 6 years on all of our professional retail work in Carnaby and Soho, and also our Seven Dials portfolio in Covent Garden.
“He provides us with exceptional and importantly forward thinking strategic advice and has consistently produces exceptional results.
“We are delighted that Luke and Martin are joining the HG team…..it is a perfect fit for us.”
Duncan Ferguson of Lancer Asset Management said: “Lancer have worked with Hanover Green since they were created in we are delighted that they have diversified into the world of retail by establishing HGR. Martin Thomas has advised Lancer for in excess of 15 years on our client’s Mayfair and Oxford Street assets and has consistently offered sound strategic advice. A stronger HG will evolve.”
Martin’s contact details: 020 3130 6400
Luke’s contact details: 020 3130 6400