Jeremy Symons  BSc, MRICS
Director, Lease Advisory; Property Valuation

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About Jeremy

Jeremy Symons is a Director providing advice on property sales and acquisitions, lettings and disposals, valuations, Landlord & Tenant leases and strategic property asset management.

Jeremy is a Director with over 30 years’ experience in property covering sales and acquisitions, leasing, valuations, Landlord & Tenant and strategic property asset management. He advises landlords and tenants on rent reviews, lease renewal negotiations and re-gearing, and has advised on many Arbitration / Independent Expert referrals. He has specialist experience in the sale, letting and acquisition of industrial premises around South Wales, having advised companies such as Hitachi, Purolite and Sofa Brands International. Jeremy has assisted the Welsh Government on management strategy of key assets and handled acquisitions for local and national businesses including Aerfin, Sofa Brands International, Thunder Road Motorcycles and the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

Areas of Expertise

Experience

  • Disposal of 25 acre strategic site including 400,000 sq ft former Sogefi unit, Llantrisant to the Welsh Government; and sale of 56,000 sq ft Solis One building, Blaenau Gwent on behalf of Welsh Government to Tai Calon
  • Lease of 83,000 sq ft industrial unit at Reevesland Ind Est, Newport on behalf of Threadneedle, to JoJo Maman Bebe
  • Acquisition of design and build unit of circa 100,000 sq ft in Derby; re-gearing of large factory leases in Caerphilly for Coveris, G Plan in Melksham and Doresta Upholstery in Nottingham.

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • MRICS
  • RICS Registered Valuer

Interests

Jeremy is a keen dinghy sailor, competing successfully in national and local events and holding positions in his local sailing club.  He skis most years and has hiked most areas in the UK, being part of Brecon Beacons Mountain Rescue for a period. He has travelled extensively, visiting Peru (Inca trail) , Africa (Kilimanjaro and Toubkal), Nepal (Everest base camp), China (Great Wall and Hong Kong) and USA (California, Yosemite, Florida and New York). 

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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