Martin
Swinley

Partner, Consultancy and Valuation

Martin has over 20 years commercial property valuation experience acting for lenders, investors, developers and occupier clients.

Based in Norwich since 1994 Martin acts as an independent expert in valuation and dilapidations disputes and he values commercial, industrial and development property across the East Anglian Region.

Valuations for secured lending purposes comprise a significant part of Martin’s work. In addition to valuing conventional office, industrial and residential development properties, Martin regularly undertakes valuations of larger and more complex assets including mixed use development sites, both urban and rural, and educational assets.

For occupier clients, Martin regularly undertakes valuations for acquisition, disposal, and company accounts purposes. Recent examples include the  valuation of a range of local-authority assets in Suffolk, an airport call-centre in Norfolk, and retail and commercial assets in North Norfolk.

Acting for both local authority and developer clients, Martin undertakes viability assessments in connection with planning applications, including giving evidence orally at public inquiry. Current instructions include advising the owner of a 100+ acre mixed use redevelopment site outside Cambridge.

Martin is Bidwells’ foremost authority on diminution valuations, prepared for the purposes of dilapidations disputes. Recent instructions have included acting for the tenant in respect of end-of-term claims involving 100,000 sq ft of offices in Peterborough and acting for the landlord of a 250,000 sq ft warehouse in Wisbech.

Martin is registered as an expert witness under the RICS’ accreditation scheme and in 2012 was awarded the BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence. He has been appointed by the RICS and by the High Court to act as a Single Joint Expert to determine valuation issues in disputes. Recent appointments have included the valuation of a residential development scheme in Peterborough and the valuation of matrimonial assets.

Martin is experienced in providing retrospective valuations for a range of purposes, including recent instructions to value fire-damaged properties in Aylsham, East Dereham, Fakenham and North Pickenham for loss-adjustment purposes, and valuing residential development land in Cambridgeshire for Inheritance Tax purposes.

For charities, Martin provides Qualified Surveyor’s Reports to comply with Section 119 of the Charities Act. Recent instructions include the valuation of development land in Stowmarket and
the valuation of a number of community halls across the Eastern Region for a national organisation.

SKILLS

  • Undertaking RICS Red Book valuations for secured lending and company accounts purposes
  • Development appraisals undertaken in respect of commercial, residential and mixed use schemes
  • Acting as Independent Expert on Valuation, Dilapidations and other disputes
  • Undertaking Strategic Appraisals and Portfolio Valuations
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