Ben Bolton  BSc, MRICS
Director, Office Agency; Industrial Agency

02920 346376

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About Ben

Ben Bolton is Director of Office and Industrial Agency providing expert advice on developing, buying, selling and letting office, industrial and commercial properties across Wales.

Ben advises public and private sector clients, investors, occupiers and developers across Welsh office and industrial markets. He specialises in providing strategic advice to local and national companies on the best disposal methods and marketing initiatives. This includes analysis of clients’ requirements and property strategy, identification of suitable property options, negotiation, cost comparison and liaison with legal representatives. Ben provides professional advice on refurbishment of existing spaces and new development specification to maximise their sale or letting potential. He has advised on many of the City's highest profile buildings including a series of acquisitions at Cardiff Central Square.

Areas of Expertise

Experience

  • Development and disposal advice at Cardiff Waterside, for their 460,000 sq ft Grade A Cardiff Bay office scheme
  • Acquisition of space for Blake Morgan, Motonovo Finance and Cardiff University at One & Two Central Square, Cardiff
  • Development and letting lead for Welsh Government Industrial Office portfolio across Mid and North Wales.

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • MRICS
  • Member of Office/Industrial Agents Society

Interests

Away from the office, Ben enjoys cycling and spending time with family and friends, especially at the coast.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group
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