We value the relationships that we have built with our diverse set of occupiers, continually striving to better understand and meet their needs.
We look after around 390 occupiers in 62 buildings. Our occupiers are hugely diverse, from Fortune Global 500 companies to sole traders, working across a variety of sectors.
Good communication is critical to our close working relationships. That’s why we ensure each of our asset managers formally meets every tenant twice yearly and our Finance Director, Nick Sanderson or Portfolio Director, Steven Mew meet with our top 20 occupiers annually.
The valuable insight we gain into our occupiers’ businesses and sectors enables us to ensure they are satisfied with their existing space and that they remain with us after their original leases expire. That’s one major reason why our retention rate is so high.
Steven Mew Portfolio Director
Close tenant relationships are an important part of our strategy. By knowing what our occupiers are thinking, we can work with them to provide solutions to their changing requirements.
Meeting our occupiers’ needs
We offer a dedicated web portal to help tenants with the day-to-day running of their offices…
When our occupiers need us, we make sure we are there for them. That’s why we run a dedicated helpdesk and hold regular tenant meetings to hear feedback and solve any issues.
We have a dedicated GPE Building Manager allocated to each tenant, ensuring a human face is available at all times.
In addition, we produce tenant guides, bespoke to each building, which provide information on such issues as:
- Landlord services
- Access and security
- Fire, Emergency and Health & Safety procedures
- Occupiers’ responsibilities
- Guidance, policies and procedures regarding building works
- Environmental management
We also offer a dedicated web portal to help occupiers with the day-to-day running of their premises. The portal enables us to communicate effectively with our occupiers about the building’s services, the regular tenant meetings, service charges, any planned maintenance work and GPE contacts for the building.
Alex Hope Managing Director, Double Negative
We worked with GPE successfully in taking expansion space at Wells & More, so it was only natural that we went back to them to meet our growing business’s needs. 160 Great Portland Street will be our global headquarters and a bespoke building that suits us for many years to come.
Bryan Martin Chief Financial Officer, ITN
We’re delighted with our new workspace on the fifth floor, which has allowed us to relocate one of our major businesses - 5 News - from a satellite office back to 200 Gray’s Inn Road, and for our rapidly expanding production division to continue its growth into fantastic new offices. We’re very much looking forward to the new café and reception area, which will be an exciting, high quality space for both staff and guests.
We pride ourselves on helping to solve our occupiers’ business challenges. Double Negative, Europe’s largest provider of visual effects for the film industry, had one such challenge to solve; they needed more space for their rapidly expanding business.
Double Negative previously let space in our Wells & More buildings. We were able to offer the company a move to much larger premises, thanks to deep knowledge of our portfolio.
Working collaboratively, we configured 160 Great Portland Street to meet Double Negative’s specific operational needs. The company let all 86,400 sq ft of the office space on a 20-year lease. Solving this challenge enabled Double Negative to grow to meet increasing demand.
ITN, a producer and provider of news content, has its headquarters at 200 Gray’s Inn Road, broadcasting from the building on a daily basis. Professional, proactive management of the building on a 24/7 basis has fostered a positive relationship, so when we sought to remodel the building’s reception area, collaboration with ITN made it possible.
In return for newly refurbished offices elsewhere in the building, ITN agreed to surrender their office space on the ground and first floor, to allow us to create a new reception and in-house café for the benefit of its staff and other occupiers of the building.