Robert Whatmuff | Colliers International | Leeds

Robert Whatmuff

B.Sc (Hons), MRICS

Director

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About

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

Accomplishments

BSc (Hons)

MRICS

Education

Sheffield Hallam University - Urban Land Economics

Leeds Grammar School

Testimonials

“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

Services

Skills
Disposal Advice, Development Advisory, Warehouses, Development Advisory
Service Lines
Occupier Services - Offices, Not for Profit
Property Type
Industrial & Logistics, Land

My Team

My Team

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
13 Nov 2020
Yorkshire industrial market at ‘crunch point’ due to lack of large distribution warehouse availability
Colliers International predicts a ‘new normal’ of prime rents in excess of £6.25 per sq ft for Yorkshire logistics market
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7 Oct 2020
Colliers International Boosts Agency Team at Integra 61
Citrus Durham Appoints Colliers Alongside Avison Young.
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20 Feb 2020
Industrial investment volumes in Yorkshire break records at £615 million in 2019
Strong investment levels driven by speculative development and several high profile deals.
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