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Property Management Companies

Property Management Companies

The property management sector has grown in complexity over the past several years. Increased globalisation, the economic crisis and a greater awareness of the impact business has on the environment are changing the way the industry works.

A quick look at current trends shows that the rise in global competition, start-ups and technological advances allowing for remote working affect office size and location. The rise in online shopping means that physical retail centres need to deliver a more sensory and social shopping experience with a growing emphasis on providing entertainment.

These challenges, among others, are creating exciting opportunities for creative and innovative property management consultancies. Companies can create real value for property owners and investors to ensure their properties are wisely managed. They can also build vibrant places for occupiers to live, work and play. And the global nature of the industry opens up the world’s most dynamic cities to professionals throughout their careers.

Here is a look at the major players in this space:

Founded in 1783 in London, JLL has grown into a global leader in real estate services and investment management. With over 40,000 people in more than 1,000 locations across 70 countries, the company delivers local, regional and global real estate services for some of the world’s most exciting markets.

Their property management division has developed a trusted reputation for national portfolio management, central London management, retail management, asset management and Design for Management consultancy. Through their Building for Tomorrow sustainability programme they work to ensure their social, environmental and economic impact is positive for the people they work with.


CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate firm, with over 52,000 employees working across 44 countries. Fortune, Euromoney and Lipsey have all recognised CBRE as a leader in the real estate industry and it ranked 387 in the Fortune 500 in 2013 – the first and only real estate company to do so.

The company offers a broad range of services, including agency and occupier brokerage, corporate real estate services, development, facilities management, residential real estate, valuation and advisory services and many more.


Formed in 1986, Broadgate Estates specialises in property management for mixed-use development and landmark properties, primarily in iconic London locations. Their service offering includes property and asset management, occupier services, Design for Management and technological solutions to make property management easier for their clients.

Broadgate has built an experienced and passionate team with extensive expertise across commercial, residential and retail sectors. Their professionals are at the heart of the business and they offer training and development, competitive packages, benefits and an enjoyable working environment.


Brookfield Property Partners specialise in office, retail, multi-family, industrial and hotel assets. They operate in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Brazil and have recently made initial investments in China and India. The company offers core real estate services such as leasing, financing, development, construction and facilities management.

Brookfield manages office properties in many of the world’s thrilling locales, is committed to sustainability in their properties and believes in giving back to the community in the form of cultural events at their flagship locations and through charitable giving.


Founded in 1944, Land Securities owns and manages over 25 million square feet of property across the UK. They focus on developing and managing thriving destination centres for office, retail, leisure and residential spaces.

The founder of Land Securities, Lord Harold Samuel, coined the phrase ‘Location, location, location’ and where the property sits still matters to the company. They own such high-profile buildings as Bluewater in Kent, White Rose and Trinity Leeds, Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth and 20 Fenchurch St and Piccadilly Lights in London. They consistently win awards, not only as an employer and investor in the space, but for their vibrant properties as well.


Located in 60 countries with over 250 offices, Cushman & Wakefield offer commercial real estate services. These include acquisition and disposal, development of the property, occupier and agency services, consulting, valuation and advisory among others.

The company prides themselves on a diverse workforce and dynamic company culture that attracts and retains the best talent. In their aim to become perferred global real estate providers, they believe that strengthening relationships with clients and finding innovative solutions to an industry that has become increasingly complex is integral to success.

LAMBERT SMITH HAMPTON (LHS): Lambert Smith Hampton works with corporate occupiers, developers, investors and the public sector to deliver strategic solutions. Through acquisitions, disposals and lettings, planning and development, property management, valuation and more, LSH has built an experienced team that can meet the unique demands of the property management industry.

Working throughout the UK and Ireland, LSH delivers across a broad range of sectors, such as hospitality and leisure, office, retail, transport and industrial. LSH’s tailored support programmes help their professionals build expertise and market knowledge, adding value to their client base.

KNIGHT FRANK: Founded in 1896, Knight Frank is headquartered in London and has seen tremendous growth. They have expanded to 55 countries with over 12,000 professionals working across 370 offices.

They offer offers advisory services for residential and commercial property, investment opportunities and property development. From individual homeowners to major developers and investors, clients seek out Knight Frank for their experience, sector knowledge and integrated approach to managing property, strategic assets, facilities and financials. They’ve invested in a dynamic company culture that is open, progressive and committed to growing careers.


Savills employs 27,000 people in 600 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa. Their management solutions cover commercial and residential property management, rural property management for farms and estates and portfolio estate management for investors with multiple properties. Savills has experience across a wide range of sectors, including residential, office, industrial, retail, leisure, healthcare, hotel and mixed-use development.

From a graduate scheme that has won awards for the past nine years to a leadership programme set up to enhance the careers of the directors, Savills prides itself on attracting and retaining the best talent.


Workman was founded in 1983 to provide an enhanced level of service to real estate investors. They’ve done this by keeping their area of expertise tightly focused on the fundamentals of commercial property management and building consultancy. This includes, among others, tenant communication, a regular on-site presence, service charge management, risk management systems and sustainability initiatives.

It may be one of the smaller players, with 500 professionals and 3,500 properties in the UK, but they invest in their people and company culture with flexible work and benefits, training programmes and a reward system for long service.

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