Hotels and leisure

A leading UK property consultancy for hotels and leisure

Agency

We recognise that our clients require clear and concise transactional advice based on the skills and experience of successful sales advisers. Our thriving agency team concentrates on acquisition, sale and leasing advice for hotels and leisure related property in the UK and overseas. We will guide you through the disposal process to completion of sale, advising on the best time and method to sell your asset to maximise disposal proceeds. We have extensive experience working with distressed assets to help lenders and insolvency practitioners understand the issues involved in implementing a strategy that achieves the best outcome. Contact Gavin Brent

Building Consultancy

GVA provide core building consultancy services to hotel and leisure investors, developers and operators. A key aim is to identify the technical issues that affect investment value or operation, both now and in the future. We undertake building surveys for vendors and purchasers to identify existing and foreseeable defects with a property’s structure, fabric and services. We advise on dilapidations liability advice for landlord and tenants at lease break or expiry and provide due diligence, pre-acquisition surveys, environmental assessments and project monitoring on hotels and leisure facilities. We have one of the largest building consultancy teams in the UK and regularly provide advice in Europe using a network of trusted local resources. Contact Andrew Dobson

Business Rates

GVA will analyse your operation and review trading patterns, cost profile and competitor impact. We look at all scenarios to reduce costs and mitigate liabilities for business rates to identify where we can save you money. We can manage the entire rates payment process for you from receiving the demands to verifying, auditing and making payments. We go beyond the 'now' to challenge historic rate bill calculations and potentially achieve large rebates. We currently handle more than 200 hotel rating instructions, with a rateable value of over £70 million, from budget operations to 5 star country house hotels. Contact David Jones

Business Consultancy

GVA RGA specialises in providing tailor-made research and business solutions. We follow trends, monitor competitor analysis and perform economic impact measurements for your business. We carry out feasibility studies, viability testing and development option appraisals on a full range of leisure, hospitality and hotel property proposals. We also provide business and financial planning advice, including funding and grant sourcing, market research and strategic organisational reviews, to ensure correct conceptualisation and a smooth implementation process. GVA RGA has experience in the private, public and third sector markets. Our clients appreciate our honesty and if a project won’t work we will tell you, on the basis that protecting you from losses is the best service that we can provide. Contact Richard Gaunt

Development / Investment

Developers and investors need precise information to make an informed decision. Our breadth of skills means we can provide an integrated service, offering advice on site acquisitions, valuation, and planning, funding and ultimate disposal, together with advice on the selection of other professional intermediaries. A development must satisfy all stakeholders while being commercially viable and fitting with its unique setting. GVA’s skill set can span the entire development process, from site finding and due diligence to sourcing and structuring finance, delivering revenue enhancement advice, redevelopment evaluations and guidance on converting listed buildings. We aim to always provide effective communication and client interaction and deliver realistic pricing advice so that you can achieve the most from your asset. Contact Gavin Brent

Financial Services

GVA’s Hotels and Leisure team recognise appropriate opportunities to suit both lenders and investors and specialise in finding your business the right long term strategic investment partner. Our service covers the availability of funding packages for your hotel and leisure property needs as well as high quality sale and leaseback support. Through our connections with Humberts Leisure SRP Financial (HLSF), we work closely with major debt providers and have excellent contacts within the private equity sector, to introduce our clients to appropriate sources of equity and debt finance.

Landlord and Tenant

Our team enables clients to maximise their rental income based on thorough market research, ensuring that they are consistently up-to-date with the latest in leisure property information, allowing them to make a fast, well informed decision. The team can take care of rent reviews and lease renewals to create added value for landlords and occupiers, often involving the removal of break clauses which are now so commonplace. We also take care of rating and litigation issues, dilapidation claims and all other professional matters. We have invested heavily in information technology and have developed our own databases and web based reporting tools to ensure we know today’s rental settlements in readiness for tomorrow’s negotiations. Contact Stephen Shapiro

Planning

GVA can help at every stage in the planning process, from initial discussions with planning officers, managing the preparation and submission of the application and negotiating with planning authorities and stakeholders. Services include planning appraisal, planning history research, planning applications and appeals, expert witness, enforcement notice, licensing and technical advice and site finding assessments. Although planning permission has become harder to obtain in recent years, due to GVA’s specialist planning knowledge and long standing relationships with local planning authorities we have had considerable success, even in sensitive locations. Contact Martin Taylor

Project Management

GVA can provide ongoing support to your project, providing advice on everything from building design to staff recruitment and pre-opening marketing. We can assist negotiations for development or lease agreements between owners, developers and operators. We will prepare business plans and develop detailed cash flow projections. We will work with you to develop a brief, tailor the tendering and procurement route to your priorities and objectives, and control costs, risks and value for you. We work on a variety of leisure projects as well as branded budget through to bespoke 5*+ hotels across the UK. Contact Mike Blinco

Property Management

Our clients are looking for a service that goes beyond the traditional areas of estates and facilities management to add value and maximise returns. We offer a full range of services from due diligence and service charge audit to financial management and front of house services. We have a broad range of property management experience in the leisure sector including mixed use schemes, shopping centres and retail parks. However complex the scheme, GVA will provide advice at the development stage, followed by ongoing management support, provide destination marketing services and utilities management as well as challenge your service charge rates. Contact Lisa Riva

Valuation Consultancy

Lenders and investors rely on regular, accurate valuations and well informed surveyors with a good knowledge of current market fluctuations. Whatever your valuation need, our Hotels and Leisure team has the experience and knowledge to value all types of hotels and leisure related property, for balance sheet purposes, purchases, sales and for raising finance for acquisition or further development. Our professionalism and understanding of our client’s commercial objectives sets us apart. We’ll work with you as part of your team to speed up delivery and produce a tailored result. Contact Chris Dallison

Restructuring and Recovery

Our directors can assemble specialist sector teams delivering a tailored range of services to help with any restructuring or corporate recovery situation on any hotel or leisure property. We have established long-term relationships with all the key insolvency practitioners, banks and lawyers and advise on a variety of hotels and leisure related projects, as well as act as fixed charge receivers on a number of properties. Our specialist teams are located in each of our regional offices providing us with local and national knowledge as well as making us quick to mobilise for a small or multi-location projects. Contact Ros Goode