Change of manager
Global Mutual and Savills now at Braehead helm
Braehead: under new management
Braehead shopping centre is now under the management of Global Mutual and Savills.
The change follows retail centre owner Intu SGS’s fall into administration in June.
Braehead, on the outskirts of Glasgow, is visited by about 16 million shoppers a year and its 1.1 million sq ft of retail, catering and leisure space is home to brands such as Apple, Next, River Island and Superdry.
It includes a major sporting and events arena and is adjacent to a substantial leisure complex including the UK’s longest indoor ski slope, intu Braehead.
Global Mutual, currently managing £5 billion of assets in primary sectors including retail, office and alternatives, has officially taken on the role of asset manager. Savills is appointed as property manager.
While intu properties plc and several group companies entered administration on 26 June, administrator KPMG was not appointed over any of the property companies (PropCos) that own the individual shopping centres, all of which have continued to trade as normal with a range of Covid-safe measures in place.
Intu SGS is the largest PropCo comprising four of the UK’s leading shopping centre destinations visited by tens of millions of people every year: intu Watford, intu Lakeside (Essex), intu Victoria Centre (Nottingham) and intu Braehead.
Following the successful transfers of intu Watford, intu Victoria Centre and now intu Braehead, intu Lakeside will complete the migration process in early November.
The existing centre name and branding will remain in place for an interim period.
Steve Gray, head of European retail asset management at Global Mutual, said: “intu Braehead is one of the most popular retail and leisure destinations in Scotland and indeed the whole of the UK. We are well-funded with strong support from our lender group and consequently have a great deal of optimism about the future of this leading centre.”
Martin Wallace, property management director at Savills, commented: “intu Braehead is a vital part of the Renfrewshire community, providing critical support to the local economy as well as offering outstanding retail and leisure facilities. We are looking forward to working with Global Mutual and the excellent in-house team to build on the centre’s achievements to date.”
Peter Beagley, centre director for intu Braehead, said: “Today is an important milestone for intu Braehead as we begin a new chapter under different management.
“We have a great team who have worked tirelessly over the past few months to enable the centre to reopen safely and continue delivering for our visitors and tenants. Now working together with the highly experienced teams at Global Mutual and Savills we have a lot to be excited about.”
Jim Tucker, partner at KPMG and joint administrator of intu properties, said: “To date, 11 intu centres have successfully migrated to new management.
“Due to the hard work and commitment from all stakeholders, transitions have been achieved in an orderly and efficient manner. We wish the intu Braehead team all the best for the future.”