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Thursday 13 July 2017

Market-leading multi-disciplinary property and auctioneering business, Cheffins, has announced its acquisition of Dodson Jones, the Cambridge-based commercial property consultancy.

This acquisition has propelled Cheffins into the top flight of commercial property advisors in the region and further compliments the firm’s diverse service offering.

Dodson Jones is an independent property consultancy, originally founded by Edward Dodson and Michael Jones in 2000. With a specialism in the tech and office sectors, the company was listed as the one of the top three commercial property operators in the Cambridge market in 2016*.  Edward Dodson and Michael Jones have transferred into Cheffins’ Commercial division, complementing the firm’s existing department and will be joining Philip Woolner and Simon Lewis as Directors.

Philip Woolner, joint managing partner and head of commercial, Cheffins, comments: “The acquisition of Dodson Jones gives Cheffins unparalleled levels of contacts, market knowledge and services. The complimentary skills between the two firms will enable us to provide the best advice across the whole commercial sector. By acquiring Dodson Jones we are demonstrating our commitment to the future and our continued expansion of Cheffins within the commercial market.”

Edward Dodson and Michael Jones have an impressive client base and are joint letting agents at Granta Park and Chesterford Research Park, two of the largest science/technology parks in the Cambridge Cluster. The company has been integral in some of the largest commercial property transactions in the region with recent deals including acting for Abcam in acquiring 100,000 sq ft of space at Cambridge Bio Medical Campus, and letting 95,000 sq ft to Gilead at Granta Park. Other headline deals include acting for MRC in relocating its 285,000 sq ft multi-Nobel prize winning laboratory for molecular biology and acquiring the £126.8m Granta Park investment on behalf of Biomed Realty.  The company also acts for well-known local names such as Ede & Ravenscroft and Premier Travel.

Edward Dodson of Dodson Jones comments: “By joining Cheffins we can offer our clients a wider range of services across all sectors. The combined strength and experience of both organisations gives us an impressive cross-section of skills and we are delighted to join this established and successful team.”