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Richard Watson | Colliers | Leeds

Richard Watson


Retail Development

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Professional Summary

Richard graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Urban Land Economics in 1993 and joined Hill Woolhouse, Leeds (now BNP Paribas) concentrating on high street and out of town retail agency and development. Richard became a Professional Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 1994 and a Director of Hill Wollhouse in 2002.

Richard joined Savills in 2005 and helped establish and expand their then recently opened Leeds office and centrated on retail investment and development.

Richard joined Colliers International in March 2010 as part of the Retail Development team. Richard is part of the team providing advise to Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd in their main food store expansion across the north of England. The remit includes land acquisition and development consultancy advise for Sainsbury's across Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Chester and the North West.

Richard advises Sainsbury's Property Investments on a consultancy basis and provides additional resource to the Sainsbury's in-house team. The remit is nationwide and includes advice of land acquisition, development consultancy, lettings and disposals.

Richard advises clients for residentail land aquisitions in city centres for build to rent residential schemes and student accomodation as well as for retirement and later living schemes as well as more traditional house builders in more suburban areas throughout the north of England. He advises a numbers of national and regional developers and occupational clients on acquisition, development and occupational matters.

Richard has significant investment agency experience and advises clients through the UK predominantly in the retail sector.


Part of the Colliers International Retail Development team providing advice to Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd across their store portfolio in the north of England.

Provides development consultancy advice to a variety of developers and landlords throughout the north of England for retail and mixed use schemes.

Provides residential land acquisition advice throughout the north of England for build to rent uses, student accommodation as well asretirment and  later living schemes.                                           

Provides investment agency advice to a variety of clients throughout the UK.

Provides acquisition advice to a number of leisure operators covering a variety of uses.



BSc (Hons) Urband Land Economics - Sheffield Hallam University


Memberships & Involvements

British Council of Shopping Centres, The Shop Agents Society, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors


Sainsburys, McCarthy and Stone, Knight Knox, X1 Developments, Marston's PLC, Credit Suisse, Oakapple Group


“McCarthy & Stone have been delighted with the level of professionalism and client service received from Colliers International whilst acquiring these exciting opportunities.  We make a great team and hope to continue to work together to achieve our challenging land acquisition target of 1 per month for the Northern Region..”

Chris Watson, Regional Land Director, McCarthy and Stone



Development Advisory, Disposal Advice, Land Marketing, Supermarkets

Service Lines

National Capital Markets

Property Type

Retail, Residential

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