Lee Baron appointed by Ardent to manage UK portfolio

(London, UK – Tuesday 10th August 2021): Specialist property managers Lee Baron have been appointed by Ardent UK, a global expansion of US-based asset management firm Ardent Companies LLC, to provide long-term property management services for their new purchase of a collection of 12 properties across the UK.

Lee Baron’s remit will include the day-to-day estate management of the entire logistics and industrial portfolio. As well as dealing with all aspects of daily and financial management of the assets, Lee Baron will work closely with the appointed asset manager in pursuing value-generating opportunities using their experience within the industrial and logistics markets to drive the value of the portfolio. Lee Baron will also assist the client with driving environmental initiatives to improve the green credentials of the properties where possible.

The total size of the portfolio is approximately 1.4 million sq ft, generating over £4m per annum in rent. It comprises the 350,000 plus sq ft Aggregator Portfolio, which contains assets in seven locations in England and Scotland; the 940,000 plus sq ft Monument Portfolio, and two additional assets in Lancaster and Milton Keynes.

Robert Hobson, Director, Lee Baron, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Ardent Companies, as they expand into the UK. It is a seasoned and successful organisation, and we look forward to sharing our breadth of expertise and management oversight as part of this ongoing project. As Ardent UK looks to acquire other opportunities throughout the UK in a number of asset classes, we aim to help the firm meet its objectives during this exciting period of growth.”

Richard Benson, Managing Director, Ardent Companies LLC, added: “We are excited to be working in partnership with the fabulous team at Lee Baron. We look forward to working with them on our portfolio to drive its performance on.