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Savills plc
IndustryReal estate
Founded1855; 167 years ago (1855)
Headquarters33 Margaret Street, London, W1G 0JD
Key people
RevenueIncrease £2,147.0 million (2021)[2]
Increase £196.5 million (2021)[2]
Increase £146.7 million (2021)[2]
Number of employees
39,000 (2022)[3]

Savills plc is a British real estate services company based in London. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The business was established by Alfred Savill (1829–1905) in 1855 in London.[4] By the time of Alfred Savill's death in 1905 his sons Alfred, Edwin and Norman were established in partnership. In the 1920s the firm moved to Lincoln's Inn Fields. During the Second World War Norman Savill went to Wimborne in Dorset, taking vital records with him. The remaining partners stayed at Lincoln's Inn Field. By the 1970s, the firm was re-branded as Savills. The firm was incorporated as a limited company in 1987 and was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1988.[4]

In 1997 Savills merged with First Pacific Davies (Chinese: 第一太平戴維斯) in Asia.[5] In 1998 it bought majority stakes in the German, French and Spanish arms of Weatherall, Green & Smith.[4] In June 2015 it completed the acquisition of Smiths Gore, provider of rural and residential property services in the UK.[6] In June 2016, Savills plc announced its proprietary investment subsidiary, Grosvenor Hill Ventures, had acquired a minority stake in YOPA Property Ltd, a UK-based online hybrid estate agent.[7]

Savills announced in August 2016 that it had acquired GBR Phoenix Beard, a Midlands-based commercial property consultancy, strengthening its UK real estate services.[8] Expansion continued in July 2017, with the acquisition of Larry Smith Italia, a leading commercial management and leasing business in Italy.[9] The company's European operations grew further in December 2017 when Savills acquired Aguirre Newman S.A., the leading independent Spanish and Portuguese real estate advisory; the newly combined business was rebranded as Savills Aguirre Newman in January 2018.[10]


The company provides consulting services and advice (such as valuation, building consultancy, project management, engineering & sustainability consultancy, environmental consultancy, landlord and tenant, planning, strategic projects and research) in connection with commercial, residential and agricultural properties, property-related financial services and investment management, which includes investment management for institutional or professional investors. Savills operates from over 600 owned and associate offices, employing more than 39,000 people in over 70 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific,[11] Africa and the Middle East.[12]


In 2016 Australia rose to second place after Japan for cross border capital inflow in the Asia Pacific region, largely due to an increase in China's investment in Sydney's CBD, up 44 per cent from $4.5 billion the year before to $6.46 billion.[13] In May 2013 Savills set the record for the highest price for a development site in Brisbane with the sale of the Supreme Court site at 300 George Street for $63M to the Taiwanese developer Shayher Group, to become a mixed-use precinct including a five-star hotel. Shayher Group was required to build a 65,000sqm residential, serviced apartment tower and a 45,000sqm commercial office tower.[14]


In May 2014, Savills announced it has established a presence in Jakarta, Indonesia, working in partnership with local experts, Property Connection Indonesia.[15] In 2015 Savills established an Office Services and Occupier Representation capability, expanding its Jakarta based business, when staff joined Savills Indonesia from property consultancy JLL.[16]

United States[edit]

In June 2014, Savills announced it had acquired 100% of Studley, Inc. a leading US independent commercial real estate services firm specialising in tenant representation with twenty five offices across the United States. Within the US, the new business was branded as Savills Studley.[17] Studley was acquired in a $260 million deal including cash, Savills stock and promissory notes. Studley was founded in 1954 by Julien Studley, and in 2002 was bought by its 139 partners. The Savills deal brought more than 400 brokers and 175 support workers from Studley to the new firm.[18]


In February 2015, Savills announced it had acquired a substantial shareholding in a Malaysian real estate business, previously trading as CBRE in Malaysia. The business has close to 300 staff, and offices in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor.[19]

Middle East[edit]

In June 2018, Savills announced it had acquired Cluttons Middle East business. Providing Agency, Management and Consultancy advice in both the Commercial and Residential sectors, the business employs 190 staff in offices across the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Oman and Saudi Arabia.[20] The acquisition, which was completed on 31 May 2018, saw Savills take full ownership of Cluttons Middle East, which had been established in the region for more than 40 years. Cluttons Middle East is due to be re-branded as Savills during 2018.[21]


Savills Vietnam is the largest real estate practice in Vietnam, with offices in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to residential real estate and investment brokerage, Savills Vietnam is also active in the hotel and leisure sector. In addition to providing advisory and industrial services, Savills Vietnam is also active in property management.[22]


Savills Monaco was created in 2011 and works to promote residential properties in Monaco. Savills often comments on the Monaco property market and releases a Spotlight market report each year.[23] Savills Monaco research is a source for English language news publications who published the data showing Monaco outranking Hong Kong, New York, London and Paris for the average price per square metre.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Board of Directors Savills
  2. ^ a b c "Preliminary Results 2021" (PDF). Savills. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Company Information". Savills. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Savills Germany – History". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  5. ^ "First Pacific Davies forms alliance with top British property agent". South China Morning Post. 9 September 1997. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Land agent Savills buys Smiths Gore for £40m". Farmers Weekly. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  7. ^ Burn-Callander, Rebecca (3 June 2016). "Savills squares up to Purplebricks by backing estate agent rival Yopa". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  8. ^ "GBR Phoenix Beard bought by global property agency". Birmingham Post. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  9. ^ "Savills acquires retail experts Larry Smith Italia". PropertyEU. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  10. ^ "Savilles completes aquisition [sic] of Aguirre Newman". Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  11. ^ "Savills bolsters property management and agency businesses with opportunistic buys, new hires [article]". 18 November 2022. Retrieved 19 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Savills trusted advisors to real estate clients around the globe – Key Facts". Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Australia sets standard for capital transactions". Property Council of Australia. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Brisbane's Former Supreme And District Courts To Become Five-Star Hotel In $63 Million Deal". 21 May 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Savills opens new office in Indonesia". Property Wire. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Savills strengthens its Indonesian business Muneerah". Property Guru. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Studley Purchase: Big Deal for Unusual Player". The Wall Street Journal. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Studley Savills Merger". Los Angeles Times. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Three CBRE senior execs to operate under Savills". The Star. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Savills moves into Middle East with Cluttons acquisition". Property Week. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  21. ^ "Global real estate firm Savills acquires Cluttons Middle East". Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  22. ^ "Inge, George Patrick Francis, (born 31 Aug. 1941), Chairman: Savills plc, 1987–95; FPD Savills (formerly Savills Land & Property) Ltd, 1992–2000", Who's Who, Oxford University Press, 2007-12-01, doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.21446
  23. ^ "Savills Monaco releases a market report showing Monaco to be the most expensive real estate market in the world". Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  24. ^ "Savills Monaco research shows Monaco to outrank Hong Kong as the place with the world's most expensive real estate". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2021-02-09.

Further reading[edit]

  • Watson, John Arthur Fergus (1977). Savills: a family and a firm, 1652–1977 (1st ed.). Century Benham. ISBN 978-0091295905.