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Rob Whatmuff | Colliers | Leeds

Rob Whatmuff

B.Sc (Hons), MRICS

Head of Leeds Office

Industrial and Logistics

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Professional Summary

I have over nineteen years experience in all aspects of Agency Surveying with a particular specialism within the Industrial and Logistics field. I work with a range of institutional clients, corporate occupiers and developer/property companies providing strategic property advice, acquisition/disposal and development advice.

I have acted on behalf of both occupiers, landlords and developers on several key regional transactions including:

  • Acting on behalf of Lidl, acquired 35 acres at iPort Doncaster for a 685,000 sq. ft. Regional Distribution Centre.
  • Acting on behalf of Verdion on the iPort Doncaster scheme, the Yorkshire Regions most high profile and successful development, including leasehold occupier transactions to Amazon (2.1m sq. ft.), Fellowes (142,750 sq. ft.), CEVA (215,900 sq. ft.).
  • Occupier acquisition advice to companies including Lidl, Reckitt Benckiser, Dixons Carphone, ASDA, Ocado, Jaguar Land Rover, Magan, Siemens, Superdrug, Selco.
  • Development advice on behalf of leading developers such as Verdion, Tritax Symmetry, Peel Group, Network Space, Stoford Developments, Citrus Group and Highgrove Plc.
  • Acting on behalf of Aberdeen Standard, successfully let 415,000 sq. ft. at First Point, Doncaster to Amazon.
  • Acting on behalf of WP Carey, sold a former printworks complex in Leeds comprising 190,000 sq. ft. facility on a 4.88 acre site to Caddick Developments. Retained by the purchaser, the site was subsequently comprehensively reconfigured and refurbished, resulting in a letting of the whole to Leeds City Council.
  • Acting on behalf of Network Space, disposed of a 60 acre logistics development site in Worksop to DHL.
  • Acting on behalf of Dixons Carphone, acquired 425,000 sq. ft. at Leeds Bradford Airport Distribution Park.
  • Acting on behalf of Sainsbury Plc, disposed of the 400,000 sq. ft. former Argos RDC at Wakefield Europort.
  • Acting on behalf of Tritax Symmetry, acquired a 90 acre development site in the North East of England with subsequent pre-let of 1,507,000 sq ft RDC to Amazon on an institutional lease.
  • Acting on behalf of Glentrool, pre-sold 50,000 sq. ft. to Cromwell Polythene.
  • Acting on behalf of Wilton Developments, let 135,000 sq. ft. at Latitide 135 Wakefield to WH Malcolm and 50,000 sq. ft. at Connex 50 Leeds to FedEx.

Current Position - 2015 onwards - Director - Industrial & Logistics, Colliers International

Previous Positions:

2007 - 2014 - Head of Office & Director Industrial & Logistics North at Lambert Smith Hampton

2001 - 2007 - Senior Surveyor at King Sturge


BSc (Hons)



Sheffield Hallam University - Urban Land Economics

Leeds Grammar School


“On behalf of one of M&G Real Estate’s client Funds, Rob was instructed as letting agent to market a 100,000 sq ft distribution unit at Wakefield 41 Industrial Estate.  During this time he proved a valuable addition to the team, providing strategic advice on the marketing of the property and occupier contacts whilst going above and beyond to ensure a minimal void following the previous tenant serving notice to vacate.  In the subsequent deal Rob not only secured a strong covenant but negotiated favourable lease terms.” Anthony McCluskie - Asset Manager - M&G Real Estate



Disposal Advice, Design and Build, Development Advisory, Warehouses, Development Advisory, Land Sales

Service Lines

Occupier Services, Not for Profit

Property Type

Industrial & Logistics, Land


Industrial & Logistics

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Featured Research

4 Dec 2019

Industrial & Logistics Autumn 2019 Barometer

Demand for Industrial & Logistics space in Q3 2019 remained strong and the underlying drivers and long-term prospects of the sector remain positive.
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Featured News

24 Mar 2022

Investor and occupier demand remains strong in Yorkshire and the North East

Colliers publishes its latest Industrial and Logistics Viewpoint.
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17 Nov 2021

Rob Whatmuff named new Head of Colliers’ Leeds office

Rob will lead the firm’s 54-strong Leeds office.
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