CASE STUDIES

 

Specific examples of where we have been able to help our clients will appear in this section.

 

Case Study



RMNEF is a British national children’s educational charity which provides funding for the needy British children of Merchant Navy seafarers.


Following a strategic decision to dispose of its substantial 500 acre estate at Bearwood, Wokingham; the charity instructed Damian Comerford as its professional advisor on this intended disposal.


The charity accepted Damian’s advice that the Estate be disposed of as a series of lots and, following a comprehensive marketing campaign, terms were agreed for the conditional sale of a significant part of the estate comprising some 120 acres to Reading Football Club for their new football academy.

 

The agreed sale was subject to the receipt of planning permission by Reading FC for a comprehensive redevelopment of the former Bearwood Golf Course to provide an iconic training ground, the conversion of some of the existing listed buildings, the construction of a new academy building and new residential accommodation.

 

Damian represented RMNEF in all negotiations for the terms of the sale with Reading FC and worked closely with Hilmi and Partners, solicitors to RMNEF, through to completion of the sale in September 2015.

 

Commander Charles Heron- Watson, Secretary of RMNEF says “Damian has always understood exactly what we have been striving to achieve and has always delivered exactly what the Trustees have needed”

 

 

 

Case Study



Optalis are one of the first local authority-owned trading companies in the country created to provide adult social care.

 

Optalis were seeking their own quality office accommodation within Wokingham to provide high quality care and support services. Andrew Pickup the Managing Director of Optalis commissioned Damian Comerford to advise the company on the type of office accommodation that would best suit the company’s needs and availability of suitable office buildings which would best meet the brief.

 

Following an initial briefing a number of offices were identified and inspected with the client and their team. The company were then advised as to the market value of the offices and the most advantageous terms that might be available. Following a decision by the company as to the preferred office building Damian conducted all negotiations and agreed terms which were highly competitive and Optalis were advised on length of term, rent, incentives available and the repairing liability.

 

The company solicitors and Damian worked as a team every step of the way to ensure the deal was delivered on time and on the most advantageous terms available. The company expect to move to their new offices at Trinity Court Wokingham in April 2013 following an extensive fit-out.

 

 

Case Study



Kenyon International Emergency Services is the world’s leader in providing crisis management services. 

 

Kenyon engaged Damian Comerford of Comerford Real Estate to provide commercial property advice following the expiry of their lease at their UK headquarters in Bracknell. Following an agreed property brief, Damian advised on several alternatives to meet the Company’s requirements and ultimately negotiated the terms of a new lease at the Western Centre, Bracknell, a 19,500sq ft office and warehouse building, which will provide accommodation to meet the Company’s needs for the future. 

 

Conor Prendergast, Chief Operating Officer of Kenyon says; "We were very fortunate to have Damian as a key resource in this project. His extensive knowledge of the commercial property world, market conditions, lease considerations, and the related regulatory framework allowed him to thoroughly test our own assessment of what we needed and for us to make the right informed choices. He is a very easy personable individual, responds very quickly and is readily available and doesn’t waste your time. He works hard for the client and gives excellent guidance and support throughout. He carries our highest recommendation for expertise in this field"