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Hicks Baker, Independent firm of commercial property consultants

Investment and Development

The Thames Valley region represents one of the most dynamic commercial markets in the UK. Based in Reading, the “capital” of the Thames Valley, we cover all areas within the Thames Valley including Bracknell, Maidenhead, Henley, Wokingham, Windsor, Marlow and Newbury. Hicks Baker provides all the expertise required to meet the varied and extensive requirements of investors and developers.

As well as having intimate knowledge of the local and regional market, Hicks Baker’s expertise extends beyond the Thames Valley, acting for national and international clients throughout the UK. The knowledge and professionalism of the directors gives our clients a wealth of experience and this is combined with up to date market intelligence and a thorough knowledge of Local Planning Authority requirements and planning law.

Hicks Baker’s specialist department will work with you on all aspects of commercial property investment and development.


In a world of fluctuating markets, investment in property requires a broad perspective.
Well-connected across the industry, Hicks Baker understands the property investment market. Our expertise enables us to manage the acquisition and disposal process to the client’s best advantage.

We work closely with clients to define investment objectives and implement strategies to deliver success.

When acquiring stock selection, it is fundamental to identify current and future value. Strategic asset management will unlock the performance of a property. Regular monitoring and reappraisal will determine the best time to hold or swiftly realise an asset.

Hicks Baker has a proven track record in acquiring investment properties for clients right across the UK – our focus extends to truly broad national horizons.

For further information please contact Nigel Baker or Giles Blagden


To identify and progress successful development projects, local knowledge of market conditions and planning law is essential. Development projects take time to come to fruition and their performance is susceptible to market conditions that can change radically. With Hicks Baker acting as development consultants, landowners and developers benefit by receiving a flow of detailed market trend analysis to keep their projects on track.

Development services include:

  • Up to the minute supply and development pipeline data
  • Demand statistics across office, industrial and retail sectors
  • Market intelligence for current requirements – on and off market
  • Market trends
  • Insight into demographic changes
  • Local Planning Authority requirements (local plan and emerging LDF)
  • Relationships with local business and Local Government
  • Agency and marketing advice
  • Occupier priorities and requirements

Site Acquisition
Hicks Baker’s track record of delivering commercially viable sites to developers throughout the UK is built upon a detailed market knowledge and thorough, professional approach to the development process.

With a finite land supply and restrictive planning regime, finding suitable sites for development can be a lengthy and complicated process which can leave unwary purchasers liable for unexpected additional costs.

Hicks Baker is committed to working with clients through what can be a protracted time frame, advising on how market circumstances and local conditions, financing arrangements and legislative events might affect a transaction.

Development Appraisal
Understanding the complexities of the development process is a skill Hicks Baker has developed over many years across a wide range of varied developments, and this wealth of experience ensures that client objectives are consistently achieved.

Whatever the type of development and whichever options are suggested by the initial site appraisal – from refurbishment to rebuilding – Hicks Baker links with an Occupational Demand Study to maximize each investment as a long term or re-sale asset.

For developers seeking an end sale for a completed scheme and for investors disposing of individual or a portfolio of properties, Hicks Baker provides all the expertise needed to deliver a successful commercial outcome. Once the feasibility of a scheme is established, Hicks Baker works with other professionals to develop a master plan for the site. From planning applications to advising on construction and overseeing all project management aspects, the service is complete.

Site Disposals
The Hicks Baker proactive approach to marketing commercial property sets new standards and comprises:

  • Defining a site’s unique appeal
  • Identifying the target audience
  • Alerting each appropriate market sector
  • Analysing underlying market intelligence
  • Utilising ‘off-market’ opportunities

Hicks Baker’s experienced team is always available to appraise market opportunities and provide clients with detailed information and projections on how properties can better perform in the short, medium and long term.

For further information please contact Giles Blagden

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John Adams House
29 Castle Street, Reading, RG1 7SB

Tel: +44 (0) 118 959 6144

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© Hicks Baker is a Limited Company registered in England 8335190. Registered Office: 55 Station Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 1QL

Office, Industrial and Retail Property for sale in the Thames Valley including Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Henley, Wokingham, Windsor, Marlow and Newbury .

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