GVA (business)

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Bilfinger GVA
Limited Company
Industry Real Estate
Founded 1820
Number of locations
UK and Ireland
Key people

Rob Bould - CEO
Malcolm Whetstone - Managing Director
Sebastian Happel - Finance Director
Chris Kent -

HR Director
Slogan Creating real value in property and places
Website www.gva.co.uk

GVA Grimley Ltd, operating as Bilfinger GVA, is one of the largest commercial property advisers operating throughout the UK and Ireland. It provides multi-disciplinary commercial property advice and services to clients in the public and private sectors.

Bilfinger GVA operates via a number of trading divisions (Planning, Development & Regeneration, Building, Project Management & Consultancy, Valuation Services, Capital Markets, Agency and Business Rates) and a regional network of 11 UK offices and an Irish Office in Dublin.


Bilfinger GVA’s roots go back 190 years to H.N Grimley & Son who were first recorded as “House and Estate Agents of 13, Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham” in White’s Directory. Since this time, the company has undergone several makeovers and is now unrecognisable from its original form.

The UK company adopted the name GVA Grimley[clarification needed] in 1998. The expansion of GVA Grimley continued with the merger of Saxon Law and Second London Wall in 2003, Chapman Swabey in 2004, ACR in 2005 and Osmond Tricks and Lamb & Edge in 2006 and most recently, the acquisition of Glasgow office agency Alan Watt and rights of lights experts, Schatunowski Brooks in January 2008. In November 2007, the firm secured £40m investment from Lloyds Development Capital and converted from a Limited Liability Partnership to a Limited Company as part of a restructuring that prepared the business for its next stage of strategic growth. In January 2011, the company adopted the shorter brand name of GVA.[citation needed]

In February 2009, all GVA's offices and trading divisions were accredited to the ISO 14001 standard.

Recent instructions include the Ministry of Defence, to provide global estate management services, re-appointment to the OGC Buying Solutions Estates Property Services panel to provide a wide range of services to public sector clients including planning, valuation, building surveying, agency, property management and landlord & tenant advice.

Other high profile projects include the Mary Rose Trust where the company provided project management of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported museum and visitor attraction, built over the existing dry-dock which houses King Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose.

Other key instructions include property management consultancy on the Snow Hill scheme, a major mixed use development in Birmingham. This includes 600,000 sq ft (56,000 m2) of Grade A offices, a 5 star hotel, 332 luxury apartments, health spa, leisure uses and public realm.

The German multinational company Bilfinger SE acquired GVA in July 2014.[1]


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