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Colliers appointed on The Crown Estate’s London retail portfolio


The Crown Estate has appointed Colliers alongside KLM and Cushman & Wakefield to support the newly formed Customer Partnership team across leasing activity in London, covering Regent Street and St James’s.

Leanne Catterall, Customer Partnership Director for London and Regional at The Crown Estate, said: “To ensure that we stay relevant in this exciting, evolving retail market we need to be engaging with compelling brands from the outset, thinking about the personality of our spaces, the neighbouring uses and the whole feel of the destination. This is the time to help our spaces evolve and become resilient – for communities, for businesses, for visitors, and for everyone who spends time here, and key to this is making our spaces more vibrant, with a mix of thrilling things to see and do.

“This new appointment of agencies will work closely with us to support in achieving all these things, along with creating a more unified destination across Regent Street and St James’s, bringing an array of different expertise and a wider reach to a more diverse range of brands and experiences. Supporting our portfolio to flourish into this next exciting chapter for London as a globally significant destination.”

Aron Samra, Co-Head of London Estates at Colliers commented: “We are thrilled to have been instructed on one of the most distinctive global shopping destinations, home to fashion, dining, lifestyle and wellness. Together with our formidable central London Retail team, we have the ability to curate and provide leasing, strategic asset management, development and tenant mix advice, ensuring longevity of the London Estate including Regent Street and St James’s. Working with The Crown Estate, we will ensure that as the custodians of the area, it remains an iconic global destination.”

Natalie Lintott, Partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s Central London Retail team, said: “We are thrilled to be appointed on The Crown Estate’s iconic London retail portfolio which is well positioned to attract the most exciting physical retail experiences in the digital era. We will leverage our global platform, with unrivalled access to the most exciting and innovative concepts around the world, to support The Crown Estate and maintain the portfolio’s essential status for international brands, flagship stores, and experiential retail. We look forward to working with The Crown Estate and our joint agents in redefining retail across their London portfolio.” 

Tom Jamson, partner at KLM Real Estate said: “The KLM team is absolutely thrilled to have been instructed by The Crown Estate. We are known for our relationships with brands, bringing ‘first to London stores’ using our international reach and delivering meaningful change to many central London locations.”

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Paul Souber is a highly experienced London retail property expert, and has a particular specialism in the luxury sector.

He advises major London landlords – including The Crown Estate, Grosvenor, The Church Commissioners and Shaftesbury Plc – on how their retail holdings in the capital can be enhanced through leasing and placemaking.

His consultancy also involves advising various leading brands on their property strategy and sourcing the stores which best serve their strategic needs.

During a career in which he has advised on the leasing of more than 1.5m sq. ft. of shopping space, Paul has worked with clients including Yves St Laurent, Roksanda Ilincic, Gina Shoes, Balenciaga, Oliver Bonas, Boux Avenue, Sweaty Betty and Headmasters.

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