4,150 acres capable of accommodating over 40 million sq ft of B8 logistics space
A spec build programme of buildings up to 270,000 sq ft
Team with sector-leading expertise and over 35 years of experience
We have an entrepreneurial, experienced team that has been involved in some of the most dynamic and successful speculative and occupier-led industrial/logistics development schemes throughout the UK. We have the expertise, track record, the sites and the in-house funding to deliver high-quality buildings for our customers.
Tritax Big Box REIT acquired an 87% stake in db symmetry in February 2019. The purchase price of £370m was part funded by a £250m placement of new shares. The senior management of db symmetry have retained a 13% stake.
db symmetry was originally formed in 2014 as a UK joint venture through the purchase of a 60% holding in Barwood Developments Limited (founded in 1996) by clients advised by Delancey; a specialist real estate investment, development and advisory company.
Tritax Symmetry has a land portfolio comprising 4,150 acres, capable of accommodating over 40 million sq ft of B8 logistics space.
The portfolio is extremely well located, concentrated around the main motorway arteries of the UK and primarily around the ‘Golden Triangle’ of the M1 and M40 and the North West’s prime M6 and M62 corridors.
Tritax Symmetry has a diverse speculative development programme with buildings up to 270,000 sq ft. All new buildings are net zero carbon in construction, built to an institutional specification that includes roof mounted PV’s, and can be fitted out to meet occupiers’ individual requirements.
Our experienced development team has been involved in some of the most dynamic and successful speculative and occupier led development schemes throughout the United Kingdom. With an existing portfolio of both ‘ready to go’ consented land that can accommodate individual buildings in excess of 1m sq ft and a significant strategic land portfolio, we have the expertise, track record, the sites and the in-house funding to deliver high quality buildings for our customers.
Richard has 28 years of experience in the property development industry and over 20 years involvement in large-scale warehousing and distribution developments. He is therefore very experienced and is very much "hands-on" on both the property development and trading activities.
His business focus at Tritax Symmetry is on bottom-line profits through a highly analytical and numerate approach, challenging assumptions at each and every step and looking to minimise downside risk at each and every opportunity. His excellent IT skills ensure the Tritax Symmetry financial reporting is of the highest calibre. Richard is adept at standing back and understanding the business and economic landscape and implementing the appropriate business strategy at the right time.
A true entrepreneur, he has also been at the heart of the creation of the successful Barwood businesses: Land, Homes and Capital and their subsequent sale following the creation of real value.
Christian is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has over 28 years of commercial property experience, starting his career as an industrial agent in London when he was involved in the then pioneering Magna Park Lutterworth Logistics Park, before joining Barwood in 1999.
Christian's skills lie in creating a product in a location that finds favour with occupiers and investors alike and leveraging his strong agency contacts to yield new opportunities. His geographical focus is Greater London and the South-East.
Within Tritax Symmetry Northampton office, Christian leads the development process, galvanised the business to proceed with its speculative building programme and is at the forefront of customer relationships and corporate marketing.
Andrew is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of commercial property experience. He specialises in delivering cradle-to-grave property strategies to maximise profit & minimise risk.
He established the Manchester Office in 2012, to capitalise on development and the repositioning opportunities in Northern England & Scotland. Andrew has a long track record of successfully delivering multi-phase developments within his geography & further afield.
Andrew was formerly a Director of Savills and Partner for Fuller Peiser. Prior to joining the company, Andrew was responsible for all aspects of acquiring, developing & managing a £120m property portfolio for a family trust. He is now very much the figurehead of the Manchester Office which has grown rapidly as it goes from strength to strength, and is a pre-eminent developer in the Northern region.
Henry is a qualified Chartered Surveyor who joined Barwood from Strutt and Parker in 2002 where he was divisional partner specialising in investment.
His clear thinking and creativity in financial problem-solving has helped him put together many complex and sizeable transactions.
Henry has extensive experience in all aspects of the development business with his focus now very much on land assembly and the optioning of land which is life blood and raw material of the company. His determined and relentless approach coupled with clarity of thought to ensure even the most complicated issue, be it legal or planning related, will not defeat him.
The recent success in both optioning up and then gaining planning consent at Magna Park, Lutterworth and symmetry park, Bicester a testament of this.
Will is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Treasurer (ACT), he assumes overall responsibility for all finance and reporting at db symmetry. He has over 14 years of experience of finance and treasury at property and REIM businesses.
Prior to joining the company he was at Forum Partners, where he had ultimate finance responsibility for their Europe and Asia funds. He also led on the acquisition, development and subsequent disposal of the LFFREP platform.
At Palmer Capital, he was Head of Finance and at Cordea Savills he was responsible for the launch of the successful Nordic Retail Fund and worked in Germany.
He has a wide experience of finance matter, including real estate corporate finance, portfolio analytics, financial risk management and the requirements of institutional investors.
Kevin has 35 years’ experience in property providing Project Management and Cost Consultant services to private commercial property developers within the industrial, logistics, master planning and infrastructure, retail, office, residential and student accommodation sectors. A Chartered Surveyor, Kevin also has significant plc experience in reporting directly to the Executive Board as Director of Project Management for Redrow from 2002 - 2009 having overall responsibility for the delivery of complex major residential-led city centre developments across the UK.
As a Senior Director at RPS Group (formerly DBK), Kevin has been consistently providing services to Tritax Symmetry for the last 18 months, in addition to developers such as Peel, St Modwen, Stoford and Harworth Estates and is currently establishing procedures and legal precedents.
Having joined the company on a full-time basis, Kevin holds overall responsibility for the design, procurement and construction process reporting directly to the Board.
Tom is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 16 years’ experience in the commercial property market. He joined the company in 2015 having previously been at JLL and latterly a Partner at Cushman & Wakefield.
Tom's focus lies in securing sites, strategic planning promotion and the development and delivery of speculative and pre-committed units. Recent successes include securing a 661,000 sq ft pre let to The Co-operative Group Ltd at Symmetry Park, Biggleswade, a site purchased in 2017. He has also recently completed the build of the latest phase of Symmetry Park, Bicester which benefits from consent for 700,000 sq ft of B8 logistics space.
Tom completed a solo swim of the English Channel in 11 hours and 7 minutes, as well as a relay crossing.
Simon is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial property development and planning. Following an early career as an agent in Leeds and Manchester, he dedicated 15 years to undertaking numerous commercial developments with a regional construction firm and a national developer.
Simon specialises in large logistics, manufacturing and mixed-use schemes, primarily across the M62 corridor but has also undertaken city centre office and retail-led developments.
During his time at Tritax Symmetry, he has completed the letting, forward funding and redevelopment of a logistics and manufacturing building on Merseyside for a main Jaguar Land Rover supplier and has more recently developed a 1.5m sq ft fulfilment centre for Amazon in the North East.
Jonathan is a qualified chartered Surveyor with 25 years' experience as an agent and developer. He formerly ran leasing and investment teams in London and Birmingham at Cushman & Wakefield and JLL.
Jonathan's geographical focus is on the East and West Midlands delivering existing projects and sourcing new large scale, multi-phase opportunities. His strong financial and analytical skills are at the core of his approach to development, managing risk at every stage. Current projects include Symmetry Park, Lutterworth and Symmetry Park, Kettering.
Paul joined the company in late 2017 from Lynton Developments where he was instrumental in securing many occupier-led development projects. Paul's personal approach to working with occupiers has seen him secure repeat business over a number of years.
Long-term development projects and controlling land are key to the success of any development business and Paul utilises his development skill sets to drive forward strategic land in the North-West and Yorkshire, whilst at the same time working with occupiers across the country to secure further land for design and build projects.
Paul continues to drive his national contact base to secure new projects across the country ranging from strategic employment land to bespoke design and build projects for occupiers.
Alex is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with 18 years experience in development and construction. Having joined in early 2020 he formerly headed Severn Trent plc’s commercial development portfolio and worked in SEGRO’s National Logistics and Thames Valley development team.
Alex’s initial focus will be on Tritax Symmetry’s largescale Hinckley National RFI opportunity. Alex has a strong contact base across the Midlands and Thames Valley regions, and his core skills include driving value out of the development process, securing joint-ventures and delivering pre-let and speculative product; always with a focus on the occupier.
Outside of work he has a huge interest in sport and competes nationally in both lawn and real tennis.
David is a Chartered Surveyor with 14 years’ experience working in the northern commercial market. David joined the company in 2019 from a PLC property company where he focused on development across a range of sectors, acquisition and sales. Prior to this he worked in consultancy at both a niche, development focused surveying practice and at Knight Frank in the Capital Markets and Industrial agency team.
David is responsible for the delivery of large logistics, manufacturing and mixed-use schemes in the North such as at Ma6nitude as well as securing new opportunities throughout the region.
Jonathan joined in 2007 from Reading Borough Council and has over 12 years of experience in taking major residential, commercial and mixed-use schemes through the planning system. He is responsible for establishing and managing the planning strategy for strategic land holdings from acquisition through to disposal.
Jonathan’s meticulous approach to all aspects of a project, whether through the promotion of sites through the development plan process or submission of planning applications, and careful management of multi-disciplinary teams, ensures that robust planning arguments are presented. This has been demonstrated most recently by gaining planning consent for 3m sq ft of logistics development at Magna Park, Lutterworth and 2.3m sq ft at Symmetry Park, Kettering.
Jonathan has also been instrumental in the diversification of the company into rail-based logistics, through the identification of the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange opportunity which is currently being taken forward as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) through the Development Consent Order (DCO) process.
Matt joined the company from GVA in 2018 having previously worked at Knight Frank and Indigo planning in Manchester. Matt has 14 years experience advising on all aspects of land use planning across a wide range of property and business sectors including the delivery of large logistics, manufacturing and mixed-use schemes.
Matt's day-to-day role includes coordinating the specialist inputs of design, highways and environmental consultants to support a range of planning application submissions; reviewing land interests and property assets, highlighting the development opportunities and potential planning risk; preparing policy representations, to influence emerging planning policy and allocate land for specific land uses through the development plan process; undertaking stakeholder and community consultations.
Sinead is a qualified Town Planner with 15 years experience in land use planning across a wide range of residential and commercial sectors in both the public and private sectors. Having joined the company in 2020 she previously headed the Rugby office of DLP Planning Ltd and held roles in Local Authority planning departments in the North East and Midlands.
Sinead’s initial focus will be on the promotion of a large scale logistics development and garden village in Leicestershire and on Tritax Symmetry’s large scale Hinckley National RFI opportunity. Sinead has a good contact base across the Midlands and has a resolute approach to identifying solutions to unlock land for development alongside the careful management of multi-disciplinary teams to ensure comprehensive and robust planning arguments are presented.
Freddie is a Chartered Surveyor who joined the company's northern office in July 2013, following 2 years working at Colliers International in the North-West Industrial Agency Team.
Freddie works on the management of development projects from acquisition through to disposal throughout the North of England, North Wales and Scotland.
Through his time at Tritax Symmetry, Freddie has earned an exceptional reputation as an ambitious property developer, able to deliver on multi-million-pound schemes. He played a key role in the speculative development and letting of SP1, a 151,388 sq ft warehouse, to Butternut Box Ltd at Symmetry Park Doncaster.
Freddie has recently completed the £24,000,000 development of a 237,150 sq ft high quality warehouse pre-let to Croda International in Goole, East Yorkshire. He is currently working on promoting existing sites to perspective occupiers with the intention of developing new assets for the portfolio.
Joe joined Tritax Symmetry in 2019 and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 4 years’ experience in the commercial property market. He previously worked at CBRE in the South-East & Midlands market providing leasing and development advice to a variety of occupiers, investors & developers.
Joe’s key focus area involves the delivery of existing projects for both speculative and pre-committed units, together with sourcing new strategic development sites. Current projects include CM40 Banbury & Symmetry Park, Rugby.
Outside of work, having been brought up on a family farm in Northampton he remains actively involved in the day to day running of the business.
Marcus is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 8 years’ experience in the commercial property market. He joined the company in 2020 after gaining nearly 4 years’ experience in a lean development team at national developer Graftongate, where he quickly established himself as a commercially minded and technically astute developer.
Current projects that Marcus works on are Symmetry Park Bicester, Symmetry Park Biggleswade, and Symmetry Park Gloucester. Marcus is responsible for managing and delivering these projects from inception through to completion, whilst also focusing on sourcing new strategic land for acquisition and development.
In his spare time away from his family, Marcus enjoys a round of golf and plays off a handicap of 12.
Sarah is a qualified Chartered Surveyor who graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2015 with a 1st class BSc (Hons) degree in Real Estate Management. Sarah joined the Manchester office in October 2018 following 3 years working in both commercial and residential real estate consultancy.
Sarah's experience ranges from commercial agency, lease advisory and business rates consultancy, through to financial viability in the development process. She focuses on the delivery of existing projects and the identification of new opportunities in the North West and Yorkshire.
Charlie joined the company from Oxford Brookes University after achieving an Upper Second Class Honours in Real Estate Management. He gained experience in the sector prior to joining Tritax Symmetry and this led him to study links between Online Retail and the Logistics property market at University.
Charlie has shown adaptability across all stages of the development process which has benefitted projects that he is working on and he is keen to further expand his strong network. He is looking to build his industry knowledge and is involved in various projects including Aston Clinton and Kettering.
Will joined the company having graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2020, achieving a First-Class Honours degree in Real Estate. His dissertation studied trends in UK REITs from their inception, where he developed an interest in how they operate. Prior to joining Tritax Symmetry, Will worked in Estates and Asset management, gaining experience in strategic land and property portfolios.
Will is involved in the Biggleswade, Bicester, Oxford North and Ardley projects, gaining experience over various stages of the development process on sites within the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.
Outside of work, Will has a keen interest in sport, and is building on his mountaineering skills to climb the highest mountains in the Alps.
Charlie joined the business from the University of Reading's MSc Real Estate course, where he gained a comprehensive knowledge of development processes and property markets. His interest in commercial real estate stems from his 2018 summer internship with the Dubai-based development firm, Al Habtoor Group, where he was involved with their flagship scheme, 'Habtoor City', and gained insight into real estate development in an international context.
Having studied BA Hons French and Business Studies at Newcastle University, Charlie spent 2019 in Paris working as an English teacher where he developed his French to fluency level. He is involved with the Hinckley and Rugby projects, where he hopes to build on his range of skills developed from his multi-disciplinary educational and professional background.
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