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Life Sciences Real Estate Services

We help life science companies create flexible real estate strategies to attract and retain top talent, while managing efficiency and costs.

A Global Real Estate Adviser Leading the Way in Life Sciences

The life sciences industry is experiencing significant change with M&A activity, patent expirations, increasingly complex manufacturing processes, an aging population, the competition for talent, the rise of bioinformatics, big data and the increased automation of laboratory work.

Despite these challenges, the sector continues to grow and flourish. We ensure our clients’ highly specialised research & development, commercial, innovation and manufacturing spaces continue to support their changing business needs.

We advise occupiers, investors, developers and lenders in the life sciences sector, and draw on our significant global experience and market recognition in the US to best serve our clients in the UK and Europe.


Find space for your growing life science company

We know the market, we know the properties, we know where the opportunities are – we can work with you in locating the space that is best suited to your needs, whether that’s at a science and technology park in the Golden Triangle or a city centre lab. We cover all UK markets and all life science asset types, providing you with bespoke advice from your initial search, through the construction and fit out phases and then any future expansion needs. We pride ourselves on providing joined up, structured advice, across multiple disciplines, creating a seamless client experience.


Creating appealing life sciences space for the leading life sciences talent

We have a track record and expertise in large transactions and new developments. We can advise you on selling, purchasing, or growing your life science space in both science parks and in urban locations. We use our understanding of what tenants in the life sciences industry are looking for to advise you on the best way of delivering your assets at the pre-marketing stage to ensure the design promotes flexibility for tenants, ensuring that your asset appeals to the deepest level of demand, enabling the fast leasing of your space.

Find new life science development opportunities

We understand the fundamentals of both science and technology parks and single in town assets that will drive value. As a result, we can identify and advise you on investment or development opportunities UK wide. We have access to data on start-ups, spin outs, venture capital funding, and university profiles, which places us in a unique position to advise you on opportunities for developing or repositioning buildings.

We act for market-leading investors and developers globally and in doing so, leverage our global platform to provide cutting edge market intelligence.


Tenant Representation


Invest in healthcare and life sciences properties

Search for life sciences assets with and without labs for sale or to let across the UK.




The sciences concerned with the study of living organisms include biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry, and related subjects. These studies and their relating activities are typically undertaken in spaces comprising of: wet and dry labs, Good Manufacturing Plant (GMP) manufacturing plants, office space and other specialist facilities.

Depending on the use of the building, specification of the laboratory and quantum of space, the cost of laboratory space and fit outs can vary significantly. The rental levels achieved can be influenced by whether the laboratory is already equipped and what building services are provided, particularly where controlled environmental conditions exist.. It’s important when leasing space to understand the additional costs that may not form part of the "base" rent but are part of the all-inclusive lease and analyse them in isolation.

Lab space can be found across the UK in a variety of different forms, from single bench “touchdown” flexible labs, to university incubators and larger spaces tailored to single research and development or GMP occupiers. We have an extensive national and international network of specialist advisors that will enable you to locate, negotiate and occupy the lab space you require, in the area you are focused on.

As mentioned above, there are a number of factors that can dictate what rental levels are appropriate. From the location of the laboratory to the services and fit out provided. We can advise you on all aspects of your lease, including whether the rental level you are paying is too high and the steps that can be taken to reduce it.

The value of your life sciences property can be split into three parts. Firstly is the property’s characteristics, i.e. where is the asset located, is the property a repurposed or a new build, what proportion of the property is lab space and what type of lab space is provided.

The second are the occupational factors, i.e. who is the property let to, how much rent is being paid, how long left do they have on the lease, and what is the likelihood that the tenants will renew.

Lastly, is the performance of the local, regional, national, and global life sciences markets. The above are only a handful of the aspects that could impact property value, which we will diligently review before arriving at our opinion of value. We value significant amount of space for some of the leading investors, developer and lenders in the market which provides us with valuable market leading insight and enables us to accurately value life sciences assets. Get in touch with a Life Sciences Valuation expert today.

Whether your building is suitable for repurposing will depend on a number of factors. Firstly, the location of the building will be critical. Life sciences communities tend to cluster around academic institutions, major hospitals, research hubs, and large pharmaceutical companies. Next, you will need to consider the structural specification of your building. Occupiers in the life sciences sector often need large floor to ceiling heights, flexible floor plates, significant power provision, increased floor loading capabilities, and plenty of space for M&E and plant. These are only a handful of the characteristics that a building suitable for repurposing will need. We can advise on whether your building will work for life sciences




Michael Aston
Michael Aston

Head of Life Sciences, UK
London, United Kingdom

+44 (7736) 125220

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Jamie Renison - London
Jamie Renison

Head of Life Sciences Agency, UK
London, United Kingdom

+44 207 152 5421

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Nick Blevins
Nick Blevins

London, United Kingdom

+44 207 152 5189

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David Charles Robert Haynes - London
David Haynes

Head of Specialist Markets, UK
London, United Kingdom

+44 207 152 5373

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Gareth Collins-Jones
Gareth Collins-Jones

Manchester, United Kingdom

+44 161 235 8953

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