making sense of place economics

Property and asset strategies

Property and asset strategies

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Control or influence over land and property sits at the heart of most spatial economic development initiatives.

The GENECON team offers a detailed understanding of alternative use economics; development financial appraisal; property trading and investment strategies.

Our skills also include more traditional asset management and property cost benchmarking, increasingly a key tool in asset rationalisation strategies.

We have:

  • advised on the industrial property market in Stockton and intervention options for the Borough Council in addressing deficits;
  • advised Tameside Council on the business case for the redevelopment of its headquarters in Ashton under Lyne;
  • advised Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust on development strategy for surplus estate in Doncaster, including business planning and town planning support;
  • advised on the property dynamics of complex, mixed use projects, from Middlehaven in Middlesbrough to Canning Town Centre; from Sheffield's New Retail Quarter to the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus - all requiring a sophisticated understanding of the options to leverage maximum private sector property investment;
  • supported public-private partnerships and asset-backed vehicles in driving up investment returns and delivering efficient management of public sector assets;
  • analysed both institutional and non-institutional property projects - from major retail projects in Brighton, Barnsley and Sheffield controlled by national investment funds and developers, to local innovation centres or town centre property projects often requiring more innovative solutions to secure necessary development finance;
  • appraised Campus rationalisation strategy  - for example, the merger of Victoria Manchester University and UMIST to create the new University of Manchester; and Manchester Metropolitan University's proposals for a new campus in Hulme and requiring rationalisation of its seven campus structure down to two; and
  • promoted public sector strategic acquisitions as a key tool for unlocking local regeneration Holbeck Urban Village strategy, and HMS Daedalus in Gosport near Portsmouth for new residential and employment development.