Property consultancies merge to create regional powerhouse

October 1, 2019

Two of the most highly regarded firms in the North East property sector have joined forces to create the region’s largest independent commercial property firm

The recent merger of Naylors and Gavin Black & Partners has seen the creation of Naylors Gavin Black LLP, which boasts a combined team of 38 commercial property specialists.

The seven partners behind the move say that joining forces will enable them to collectively offer a broader range of services and greater depth of knowledge to their clients. Gavin Black, Chris Pearson and Martyn Collins, of Gavin Black & Partners, have joined forces with Angus White, Fergus Laird, Keith Stewart and Chris Donabie of Naylors, as the seven equity partners of Naylors Gavin Black.

The commercial property services that Naylors Gavin Black will offer to its UK-wide client base, include:

• Agency – industrial, office and retail lettings, disposals and acquisitions
• Property investment – sales and acquisitions
• Building consultancy, including building surveys, contract administration, project management, dilapidations and digital surveying services
• Property and asset management, including facilities management and company secretarial services
• Valuation and lease advisory, including rent reviews and lease renewals
• Development consultancy, including feasibility studies, strategic acquisitions, valuations, planning permission, demand use studies and development opportunities

Commenting on the launch of the new firm, Gavin Black, partner, says: “The decision to bring together the two businesses is driven by our mutual desire to be a market leader by reputation, underpinned by our shared values and a clear focus on client service.

“Both firms offer complementary service lines and expertise making this a logical and attractive partnership. Coming together allows us to combine areas of strength to provide a broader range of services and greater depth of knowledge to our clients.”

Established in 1990, Naylors has been appointed on some of the region’s most high profile development schemes, including the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), VAUX, in Sunderland, Durham’s Integra 61 and The Biosphere at Newcastle’s Helix.

Gavin Black and Partners is retained by a number of major property occupiers, such as Vertu Motors PLC, Leeds Building Society, Network Rail, Sumo Digital PLC and British Engines and also act for high net worth individuals and investment funds with key instructions such as Trinity Gardens and Stockbridge House on Newcastle’s Quayside and across the UK.

With its sights set firmly on expansion, the new company is looking to build on the success of the two firm’s high profile agency teams.

Naylors Gavin Black will also be focusing on the growth of its well-established building consultancy, management and professional services departments.

Angus White, managing partner at Naylors Gavin Black, said: “Our strategic priority is the creation of one regional market-leading organisation, offering the highest standards in client service across all sectors. Together we will have an unrivalled presence in the North East business space market, taking a leading role in the region’s flagship schemes.

“We will retain and develop the capabilities of both businesses with the aim of bringing new talent into a number of areas to strategically grow the new company. We are tremendously excited to get started.”

Naylors Gavin Black
0191 232 7030

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