Creative Places

Creative Places

3 Kings Parade



Creative Places is a leading commercial property advisor. Our expert knowledge allows us to help our clients plan, create, manage and invest in collaborative places for people involved in research, R&D, the creative industries and innovation.  Places such as science and research parks, medical research campuses and technology centres. In a nutshell, we help create and shape business environments that enhance innovation.

Our strategic approach focuses on delivering maximum impact for all

We recognise that these environments are home to complex ecosystems where truly understanding and addressing the objectives of all stakeholders is key to success. We approach every project by exploring these objectives, using them to inform a coherent strategy, before working together to implement specific actions that deliver successful outcomes.

Consultancy and Agency – our two core service areas

Whether it’s understanding the feasibility of a new development opportunity, or creating and stimulating occupational demand in a property asset, we always approach each project with the same strategic rigour. Investing time up front to understand stakeholder objectives before defining the right strategy, ultimately informs appropriate action plans that will drive results.

This approach is vital, given that at the heart of most science, technology and innovation environments are a complex set of stakeholders – from research, education, business and government. All have their own objectives. Our success across so many projects demonstrates that our simple yet structured approach, delivers results.

Our Consultancy service

We will work alongside you, as trusted advisors, delivering solutions to the critical business issues facing your science, technology and innovation environments, whether they are in feasibility, development or established phases.

Our Agency service

We provide a unique agency service for all types of property focused on innovation and enterprise. Combining our market specific knowledge, experience and evidence to help create demand, provide advice to investors or secure joint venture partners.

Our work on leading projects

We are the UK’s market leader in our field, working with leading government bodies, universities, hospital campuses, property investors/developers and science parks. Our portfolio of work, for a variety of clients, demonstrates our commitment to the important ‘innovation’ sectors for the UK economy. It also shows the exceptional knowledge base we have accumulated within the commercial R&D and ‘tech’ sectors and our high degree of familiarity with some of the best districts in the UK and global cities for this activity. We use this invaluable foundation of knowledge to ensure that our clients achieve successful outcomes – whatever stage their projects are at.

Meet our Management Team

We are a team of commercial property experts with many years experience within the R&D, life science, technology, creative and educational sectors. Together, we can help you really understand all the factors, nuances and subtleties that make spaces work – where research excellence and impact, innovation and enterprise can all be achieved – in a highly productive fashion.

Jonathan Burroughs leads the Creative Places team.  He has extensive experience in exploring the objectives of the various stakeholders involved in projects and turning that understanding into practical strategies and activity plans. He works with academics, hospital leadership teams, government organisations, commercial property developers/investors and joint ventures. His reputation and contacts in the innovation and life science fields are second to none as is his national and international understanding of best practice in science park delivery.

John Sommerville is Managing Partner of Creative Places. He has an expert understanding of how property development and investments are financed and is particularly adept at appraising property potential and advising on strategic options, investment opportunities and development viability. John’s exacting experience and expertise in property valuation and viability analysis has enabled clients to successfully understand viability, assess financial return, secure funding and agree transactions.

Please contact us to discuss your next project and see how our specialist advice and collaborative approach can help you address your critical business issue and help unlock the true potential of your assets.

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