About Christopher Thomas
Celebrating 26 years of dedicated client service and delivery.
Christopher Thomas are a firm of commercial property surveyors consultants and agents. All our surveyors, agents and associates have in excess of 30 years experience in the office industrial and retail sectors, with specialist niche knowledge in additional sub sectors of the commercial property market. Our centralised Windsor office covers The Thames Valley, Surrey, Greater London and London region. Client commissions and instructions take our expertise from local to regional and sometimes national level.
We act for small and large landlords, corporate clients, public sector, family property owners and tenants alike. Long term client relationships based on achievement and recommendation are key company driving forces, combined with a skill set, work rate and passion to succeed.
Our unrivalled knowledge in certain towns is based on direct transactional work over decades of economic cycles. Some clients call us the mouth of the market place.
We’re often brought into and alongside marketing campaigns which require invigoration or are asked by existing clients to become involved as a sole adviser or as an addition to a team.
A few examples ……
At Dukes Court Woking a 215,000 sq.ft. iconic office close to Woking station we accelerated a marketing campaign and let 60,000 sq.ft. of space moving office rents up by approximately 15% during a rapid and concentrated phase involving cold telephone canvassing, on site events and a new web site. Once 100% let, the premises were sold by our client to an American fund, who subsequently sold to Woking Borough Council.
Moving closer to Central London one of our first large commissions was the sale of the 187,000 sq.ft. industrial complex, Swan House in Park Royal for client Bic (UK) Ltd achieving nearly £2 million more than the client anticipated. We also disposed of Bic’s 3 acre site in Theale extracted them from a 40,000 sq.ft. lease liability in Hemel Hempstead, sold a factory in Dublin and acquired office premises there for them too.
Linking London to our regional market we have disposed of 4,500 sq.ft. of offices at Tower House Covent Garden London on behalf of clients Venntro , at a rent of £82.50 per sq.ft. – and acquired 13,000 sq.ft. of offices at Minton Place Windsor with a subsequent relocation into serviced offices.
We have acted on retail rent reviews near Gloucester Road tube station, acquired retail premises in High Street Kensington valued industrial premises in Wembley and sold 75,000 sq.ft. of offices in Sutton at Sutton Park House for G4S. Currently we are running a few 54 Act lease renewal cases for clients in Virginia Water, Surrey.
On behalf of The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead the new 25,000 sq.ft offices at York House Windsor are fully let at the forecast rents. We’re delighted recently to have been appointed as lease advisory consultants to the 26,000 sq.ft. Riverside House Windsor, One High Street Windsor and Saxon House Windsor too, as well as letting agents at Windsor Trade Centre, just one unit available.
We have assisted landlords and tenants alike throughout the 2020 / 2022 pandemic drawing relationships closer together and achieving excellent results. Throughout this period in particular we have worked closely with the RICS On Line Learning Academy and Dispute Resolution Education teams in furthering RICS study, qualifications and continuous professional development.
The above is a glimpse of our client commitment which, in addition to our knowledge, always comprises passion, work rate and skill. We are delighted to meet old, existing and new clients and dedicate our time to find the best results, whilst protecting their interest.
As we progress from our familiar traditional Gregorian Calendar New Year 1st January, to the increasingly celebrated East Asian originated Lunisolar New Year, 22nd January 2023, our best wishes to all.
Christopher H Thomas
AssocRICS and RICS Registered Expert Witness