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Operational Real Estate

From hotels and pubs to healthcare and data centres, our operational real estate team gets returns on the most specialist of assets.

Expertise that drives results

There’s nothing alternative about a sector that continuously outperforms its peers. As mainstream investors grapple with this quickly changing market, CBRE saw the potential in this diverse pocket of real estate and we are proud to have built the largest dedicated operational real estate capability in the UK marketplace today.

With more than 300 specialists with unrivalled property, operational and financial expertise, this powerful proposition has been built on our belief that people, place and the customer experience are key commodities in determining an operational business’s worth.

We work with some of the most established and emerging names in operational real estate, who tell us that they value our eye for opportunity and the capabilities we have in place to realise this. Whether you are an operator, an owner, an investor or a lender, we can give you the edge you need to succeed in this thriving market.

This is a shift that it here to stay, with traditional lease lengths falling and core markets showing uncertain returns, operational markets are where managers and investors can mark out territory and use expertise to drive performance.
David Batchelor
Managing Director of Operational Real Estate, UK

Smooth Operators: Our People

CBRE knows real estate better than anyone else, but it is our expertise beyond this that truly sets us apart from the pack. Our team spans a variety of backgrounds, from banking and professional services to the sectors our clients operate in. And it is this first-hand experience that gives us a true appreciation of the value of a business beyond its four walls.

In a society where the customer experience has the power to make or break a brand, service is everything. We share our clients’ passion for seamless delivery of service, recruiting from the leading operators, hotel and business schools and then training our people to view assets from the end-user perspective.

Our culture stands at the heart of our success. Specialised and connected, we take a ground-up approach combined with the industry’s most advanced financial knowhow. We devise the tools our clients need to capitalise on this and optimise their returns.

As with many of our clients’ businesses, the people within CBRE Operational Real Estate are our greatest asset. Known changemakers, we attract people and teams with a genuine passion for the assets on which they advise. We combine their skills with extensive data and resources that only the world’s leading real estate advisor can provide.
Keith Lindsay
Managing Director of Operational Real Estate,
UK and CBRE Hotels, EMEA & ASIA Pacific

Operational Real Estate Insight and Properties

Our Research Hub

Bringing you the latest news, views and insight on the UK’s fastest growing investment sector.

Our Properties

Properties across Operational Real Estate sectors.

Our Sectors


From cinemas and gyms to marinas and luxury lodges, CBRE drives over £1bn worth of leisure sales and leasebacks annually.


Our real estate expertise extends to managed, tenanted, leased and free-of-tie public houses, offering valuation, transactional and advisory services to clients.


Joining the dots between real estate advisory and healthcare expertise, we give clients a full-service offering regardless of their assets or market position.


Our hotel real estate specialists work with realtors, owners, investors, lenders and operators to develop a strategic vision aligned with their objectives.

UK Self Storage

Our self storage team has over 20 years of experience and have worked on numerous projects across Europe and Asia covering both our transactional and advisory services.