About Christopher Thomas
Celebrating our 22nd year.
Christopher Thomas are a firm of commercial property surveyors consultants and agents. All of our surveyors and agents 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.
Christopher Thomas are an independent organisation who oversee client objectives personally and in the most effective manner. 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.
In the Windsor area, over the past 10 years we’ve worked hard to established ourselves as the pre-eminent agency and professional surveyors. This also leads us into the Slough and Maidenhead areas where once again we act across the full range of commercial property uses.
Christopher Thomas have transacted over 70,000 sq.ft. of lettings and sales in Windsor in the past two years. The market has been challenged by the Permitted Development office to residential sector. Intelligently combating the rate of conversions taking place we single mindedly moved office rents from the low £20’s per sq.ft. to the highest achieved office rent in The Thames Valley last year at £41.50 per sq.ft. at Morgan House Madeira Walk. Lettings at the 30,000 sq.ft. facility have taken place with Tetra Pak, Trilliant, Logitech, Lakeside Software and Record Currency Management.
Currently we are appointed to market the 25,000 sq.ft. new York House Sheet Street. 50% of the offices were pre-let prior to practical completion of buildings works – the remainder of the offices are all reserved with lettings due to complete shortly.
We’ve been assisting clients in the Egham Staines and Ascot areas for the past 22 years and are amongst the most prevalent in knowledge and volume of transactions, frequently helping other surveyors with comparable evidence, working collaboratively and conducting professional work for our own clients, marketing and letting / selling property. Geographically this area leads naturally into Sunbury, Shepperton, Chertsey and Ashford, also touching the southern and western areas of Heathrow Airport.
At Tamesis Egham a campus of 100,000 sq.ft. of corporate headquarters occupied by Gartner (UK) Ltd. we sub let 26,800 sq.ft. in Tamesis One and were asked to managed the sub tenants in Egham until the recent redevelopment of the site to provide a new 60,000 sq.ft. Gartner headquarter addition. For client’s Pricketts Ltd we sold 17,000 sq.ft. of offices at Baronsmede and 6,000 sq.ft. at Hanover House Egham and let 12,000 sq.ft. of warehouse in Staines. On behalf of Menzies Accountants we acquired their new 8,000 sq.ft. offices at Centrum House Station Road Egham. In recent months we’ve sold the 8,000 sq.ft. at Old Bridge House Staines to a local occupier, who has refurbished the first floor with circa 2,500 sq.ft. to 3,000 sq.ft. available to let. Currently we’re acting for a Japanese client in Sunbury to settle their 10,000 sq.ft rent review – these are just a few examples
Further afield we’re often brought alongside marketing campaigns which require invigoration or asked by existing clients to become involved.
At Dukes Court Woking a 215,000 sq.ft. iconic office close to Woking station Christopher Thomas accelerated the 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.
And moving closer into Central London in 1999, one of our first large commissions was the sale of the 187,000 sq.ft. Swan House, Park Royal for client Bic (UK) Ltd achieving more than £1.7 million than the client anticipated. We also disposed of Bic (UK) Ltd’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 more recently 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.
In recent months we’ve conducted retail rent reviews near Gloucester Road tube station, acquired retail premises in High Street Kensington and valued industrial premises in Wembley.
The above is a glimpse of our work 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.