Charles Wilford


London (West End)

Contact Charles
T: +44 (0)20 7333 6215

Charles is a partner and co-head of our national leisure team. Throughout his career, he has specialised in providing valuation and development advice across the full spectrum of the leisure industry. He has particular experience in dealing with large-scale individual businesses within the leisure and sporting sectors as well as a specialism within the health and fitness, entertainment venues and visitor attractions sectors. Charles is also on the RICS panel of independent experts appointed to deal with rent review and valuation disputes on leisure property.

Specific experience

Advising the Lawn Tennis Association on the valuation, marketing and disposal of The Queen’s Club

Valuation advice for finance and development purposes to the All England Club at Wimbledon

Valuation advice for company accounts purposes to Whitbread on the UK portfolio of David Lloyd Leisure, leading to the successful disposal of the company

Advising  L.I.M. on the investment purchase of Virgin Active clubs in Notting Hill and Oxford and Aberdeen Asset Management on the investment purchase of the Virgin Active Club in Farnborough.

Advising Merlin Entertainments on development, leasing and related valuation matters at The London Eye

Advising the Longleat Estate on valuation and property strategy, including the acquisition of two hotels from the former Von Essen portfolio and landlord and tenant matters on Center Parcs

Advising Nomura and St James Capital Group on property and valuation matters throughout their £245m acquisition of Earls Court and Olympia

Advising The Crown Estate on a long term development and estates strategy for The Old Deer Park in Richmond, including 3 national league rugby clubs & various other sports clubs and leisure users

Retained as adviser to a number of major theme park operators, including Aspro and Merlin Entertainments, which includes Mme Tussauds, Alton Towers and Legoland, on rating matters; providing strategic and valuation advice relating to major theme park development proposals

Rating and strategic valuation advice on a number of major leisure and sporting venues including O2 Arena, Royal Albert Hall, London Eye, Lords, Wembley, and Silverstone

Valuation and property taxation advice on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Olympic Delivery Authority and London Legacy Development Corporation