Mixed Use Developments
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Mixed Use Developments

Vibrant Communities

The right combination

A healthy mix of retail, office, leisure, residential and health is seen as the future for our high streets and retail destinations. The current environment is redefining “mixed-use” development; shifting from single use with add-ons, to a truly vibrant destination that matches what the particular community – small or large – needs.

Structural changes in the retail sector, driven by factors that include changing consumer behaviour, technology and rising costs, are speeding up the agenda. Constant attention is needed to refresh what is on offer. The impact of COVID-19 has made the need for action more urgent. 

The right combination will vary from location to location. Responses will be individual not uniform, depending on a variety of dynamics - local land values, demographics and economy for example. New concepts, more independents, experiments with co-working and co-living are all playing a part in this more creative landscape.

At DAC Beachcroft we have worked and are working on a variety of mixed use schemes throughout the country; bringing together bespoke teams and developing bespoke solutions for each of our clients. Our experience and networks, in both the public and private sector, means that we can facilitate collaborative partnerships for our clients that acknowledge their different specialisms.

The services we provide

Our Real Estate team has the depth of legal expertise and range of sector experience to advise on every element of a mixed use scheme; experts active at every stage of the development lifecycle.

Dedicated experts in retail, leisure, health and commercial offices come together, a flexible combination that brings together their particular knowledge in support of every part of your plans.

  • Asset management: we see this as a specialist area and have a dedicated team that advises on change of use, lease structures, vacant possession, determination of tenancies, dilapidation, breaches of covenant.
  • Development: expansion, divestment or refurbishment are all part of the renewal process. Our development team are experts on all aspects of estate matters and include Construction lawyers who advise on contract assembly and management with contractors and other specialists.
  • Planning: we advise on a comprehensive range of contentious and non contentious planning and environmental issues, including highways. They work closely with our Land Assembly experts.
  • Investment: we advise on all forms of financing structures and investment vehicles, including joint ventures. Tax advisers are an integral part of this group.
  • Dispute resolution: our skilled negotiators are experts in privacy, rights of light and CVAs for example.
  • Technology: artificial reality, the Internet of Things, to name just a few new technologies, have the potential to bring unique experiences to the built environment, to deliver the analysis that will enable personalisation and to bring cost efficiencies to energy management and use of space. We can help build technology strategies and support the application of these new tools.

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