CBRE NI Real Estate Market Outlook Event 2022

What’s in store for commercial real estate in 2022

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We sell, asset manage, value, survey & project manage a range of commercial properties across NI.

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Our People

CBRE NI has around 40 team members with expertise in 8 key areas

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We are the global leader in commercial real estate services and investments. With services, insights and data that span every dimension of the industry, we create solutions for clients of every size, in every sector and across every geography.

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Our Services

We provide: strategic advice and execution for property investment, sales and leasing; tenant representation, corporate services; facilities, property and project management; appraisal and valuation; development services; lease consulting, together with research and consulting.

Office & Industrial Agency

CBRE provides a market-leading range of Advisory and Transaction services for real estate occupiers and landlords. 

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Our team works across the office and industrial market together with land, offering local knowledge across Northern Ireland with access to international strength through the CBRE network. 

With more professionals focused on the office and industrial sector than any other agency in the world, our unrivalled sector expertise and ability to be the first to predict changing market trends through our renowned research department will support you to make timely, intelligent decisions about real estate and its role in your business. We are able to tap into a globally integrated network of skills, information and resources, backed up by a wealth of experience and in-depth market research, enabling your business to turn real estate into real advantage. Whether you’re responsible for a global corporation or a single building, we’ll help you minimise cost and risk while maximising the value of your property. 

Our Leasing team is perfectly placed to connect landlords and occupiers, making smart connections for disposals of built space, delivering off-market deals and astute letting campaigns. While our globally connected Occupier Transactions and Tenant Rep teams work with our clients, both domestic and global, to acquire, renegotiate and dispose of business property and provide consultancy advice on aligning real estate strategy to corporate business strategy to maximise value and deliver real advantage to a company’s bottom line. 

Retail Agency

CBRE NI provides a range of Advisory and Transactional services for both Landlords and Occupiers including the sale, letting and acquisition of all types of retail property across Northern Ireland.  

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Our surveyors have invaluable experience in all aspects of retail agency including shopping centres, out of town retail, and lease consultancy. As a client, you benefit from CBRE’s global network which provides leading Market research and analysis and we work closely with retail teams based across the rest of the UK and ROI to provide international expert advice and local knowledge.

Specialising in Sales and Lettings, Acquisitions, Valuations (retail sales and lettings), Lease Regears and offering dedicated Marketing Advice and Landlord & Tenant Advice, we as a team work closely with clients throughout all stages of the instruction. We understand the importance of understanding the objectives of each client from the beginning of each instruction to ensure that we tailor a plan specific to the needs of the individual client in order to achieve these objectives.

Investment Property

We combine top property sales and acquisition capabilities into a service that delivers best in class results for our clients in the Northern Irish investment market. 

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When navigating today’s complex investment markets, a trusted voice goes a long way towards managing your capital requirements and maximising the performance of your investments.

That is why CBRE NI’s Capital Markets team is the market leader among the real estate investment community in Northern Ireland. Providing a fully integrated service that spans the whole province across advisory, investment sales and acquisitions. Our team has a track record for consistently outperforming on our client’s expectations. 

In addition, the wider global CBRE Capital Markets platform is a one-stop-shop for capital, finance, and investment solutions across the US, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions, providing greater optionality than any other business. Whether you are looking for expert guidance on investment sales, financial restructuring, or strategic portfolio advice locally in Northern Ireland or across the globe at CBRE we have experts across 32 countries offering a comprehensive global outlook. 

In Northern Ireland, our local Capital Markets team have advised many of the most sophisticated local and in-bound international investors on innovative and ground-breaking capital projects in the commercial real estate investment sector. This experience is invaluable to our clients and has been a critical success factor in many of their benchmark transactions in the region. 

Valuations

We offer uniquely informed perspectives on real estate valuations and consulting, leveraging rich data, unmatched experience and consistent service. 

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Valuation is a cornerstone of any financial decision an investor, occupier or owner can make.  

That’s why CBRE’s Valuation and Advisory services team is proud to be the global market leader for expert, independent advice on all property types and interests, from entire portfolio valuations, collateral of loans to one-off commercial buildings and residential premises.  

Consisting of client focused teams and sector specialist valuers our team has the experience and expertise to deliver accurate real estate appraisals that help our clients to make sound strategic decisions and mitigate risk. From one off valuations for all purposes, including tax, accounting, loan book sales and secure lending to entire portfolios, we advise on all commercial property types and asset classes.

Our Valuation and Advisory team works with a range of clients from major banks, government, institutional funds, REITS and funders to landowners, developers, property companies, private investors and individual operators.  

Our clients include major banks, governments, property companies and individual operators. Whether you’re seeking advice on traditional commercial property, residential (including private and affordable housing), or specialist markets including healthcare, petroleum, pubs and leisure, we provide accurate valuations based on an unrivalled knowledge of local and global markets, supporting you to make sound strategic decisions.

Hotels

Creative, hands-on hospitality expertise in all major markets across the UK and Europe, combining industry expertise with real estate experience.

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Our hotel and hospitality specialists use market intelligence and global connections to help clients navigate the unique challenges of investing in and operating hotel properties. Strategic direction and operational advice enable you to stay significantly ahead of this evolving market.

Dedicated leadership and teams in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific bridge geographic regions and organizational boundaries. We blend local insights with this global network, to deliver seamlessly on cross-border assignments. Providing clear advice and strategic thinking across a diverse group of service lines—including Investment Sales, Debt & Structured Finance, Advisory and Valuation— ensuring institutions, individuals, investors, and lenders can make the most of their hotels.

Property & Facilities Management

From property management to lease administration, through to facilities management, tenant care, procurement, accounting and health & safety and compliance management – we offer specialist services across all sectors, including Industrial & Logistics, Retail, Office and iconic ‘Premier Properties’. 

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We work with clients to maximise commercial real estate value by aligning building operational performance with broader business objectives. By tailoring our property management efforts to your goals, we are able to anticipate needs and deal with issues long before they become problems. We do this by understanding you and what’s important to you, connecting you with experts and truly delivering results. We manage real estate for a wide range of domestic and international clients ranging from REITS and Funds to Private Investors. The role of the property manager is evolving and there is increasing demand for not only the traditional approach, but also new service models which elevate service innovation, performance, and value. We provide expert advice and services for all aspects of Health & Safety Compliance . This allows us to offer an all-inclusive Property, Facilities and Health & Safety Management Service which provides our Clients with a sole point of contact at CBRE NI for all their needs. Developments in technology, flexible space, sustainability, and social value are accelerating at a pace and we strive to provide an increased level of specialist advice above and beyond our core property management service. We benefit from full integration with the Global CBRE Property Management business allowing us to deliver local services to Clients which benefit from Global insights and technological solutions. 

Professional & Consultancy Services

We provide comprehensive and professional advice in respect of landlord & tenant matters relating to commercial lease events (lease renewals, rent reviews and lease restructures), business rates and expert witness advice. 

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We combine our expertise across all commercial market sectors with market-leading knowledge to advise both investor and occupier clients.  Our occupier clients include local, national and global tenants, while our investor & developer clients range from private investors to high profile funds and institutions across a diverse range of property sectors.

Our specialist team work across Northern Ireland, ensuring that the best possible outcome is achieved on behalf of clients wherever their needs arise.  We combine our market expertise and practical experience to examine commercial contracts, manage risk, maximise opportunities and drive cost efficiencies for our clients.  Our skilled team, with proven market knowledge, provide asset management advice to maximise value and minimise costs for landlords, occupiers and investors across a broad spectrum of instructions.

We provide an exceptional understanding of third-party proceedings in the province including rent review arbitration, expert determination and Lands Tribunal proceedings and have in depth experience to advise our clients on these complex processes.  We appreciate that it is essential to our clients’ needs to understand the complexities of these respective process and the benefits and risks involved.  Our team is highly regarded across the property and legal sectors with credible and knowledgeable expert witnesses for a range of property-related disputes.

Our team provide detailed advice in respect of business rates across a range of property sectors, advising occupier clients on their rates liabilities and where savings may be achieved.  We are also regularly instructed on behalf of several landlord clients, ensuring that the business rates on assets are at the correct level, as a means to assist in good asset management and the marketing of vacant space.  We sit on the RICS Business Rates Forum in Northern Ireland, and are ideally placed to provide advice on business rates, ensuring that valuations are correct and advising on forthcoming revaluations in terms of budgeting and where appropriate recommending appeals to reduce business rates liability. 

Building Consultancy

The Building Consultancy team is a multi disciplinary technical group which includes the skills of chartered building surveyors, project managers, mechanical and electrical engineers, environmental and sustainability consultants, architects, and quantity surveyors.

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Unlike other construction consultants, we are involved in every aspect of real estate and hence, have a broad perspective, enabling us to fully understand pressures of the complete real estate life cycle.

We work closely with our clients throughout each assignment, listening to what you want to achieve and frequently finding new or innovative ways to deliver. For complex assignments, we create and lead effective project teams, working closely with our own colleagues as well as external consultants. This combination of broadly based skill with the richness of our experience ensures you will always see the complete picture and can make fully informed decisions.

Meet Our Directors

Brian Lavery

Managing Director

I am a Chartered Surveyor with 40 years’ experience in Commercial Property, the last 30 years being in Northern Ireland. I am pleased to head the highly talented CBRE NI team based in Belfast.

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Gerard McCann

Executive Director

I’m a Chartered Surveyor with 30 years’ experience in the Northern Ireland Property Market responsible for overseeing the provision of Property & Facilities Management services for a significant property portfolio on behalf of a variety of clients & institutions.

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Robert Ditty

Executive Director

With over 25 years’ experience my sector specialisms include property investment, development advice and general transaction advice.

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Andrew Coggins

Senior Director

I am a Director working in the areas of Investment Property, funding and commercial development. With over 20 years’ experience in the commercial property sector gained in the UK and Northern Ireland, I bring to the firm a wealth of knowledge about the NI/UK investor market and commercial development.

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Gavin Elliott

Senior Director

Im a Chartered Surveyor with 18 years’ experience in the Great Britain and Northern Ireland markets specialising in Investment Property, Valuation and Asset Management.

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Chris Callan

Senior Director

I am a Fellow of the RICS and been involved in the NI property market for more than thirty-five years. As well as representing clients in landlord and tenant matters generally (rent reviews and lease renewals), I regularly act as an expert witness in a range of property-related disputes at arbitration, in the Lands Tribunal and the High Court.

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Lisa McAteer

Director

As a Chartered Surveyor with 20 years’ experience in the NI market I have a specialism in the warehouse & industrial sector advising landlords and occupiers on their real estate strategies.

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Eamon Butler

Director

I am a Director within the Property & Facilities Management team, I manage a large mixed use portfolio and specialise in the management of shopping centres, office buildings and retail parks.

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Paddy Henry

Director

I’m a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Property & Facilities Management, working with a range of clients on a diverse property portfolio.

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David Wright

Director

Im a Chartered Surveyor with 25 years’ experience in the Northern Ireland market leasing and selling all property types with a specialism in assisting landlords and occupiers lease office space.

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Debbie Cromie

I am an RICS Registered Valuer with over 20 years’ experience specialising within the valuation team carrying out investment portfolios, development land and healthcare valuations for various banks and lending institutions.

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Steven Conwell

Associate Director

I am an RICS Registered Valuer working within the Valuation team, undertaking secured lending valuations throughout the Province in respect of various sectors to include Office, Retail, Industrial, Development Land and Healthcare.

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Stephen Crozier

Director

I’m a Chartered Building Surveyor and Project Manager with 15 years’ experience providing Building Surveying & Project Management services.

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