Wootten Dean Chartered Surveyors


Wootten Dean is an established property consultancy led by Bryan Wootten who has over 15 years of experience of providing professional valuation and development advice to clients within the NHS environment.  

Bryan has experience across a range of commercial property types and has a particular expertise within the NHS sector. This has equipped Bryan with valuable insights into NHS property issues from different perspectives; from the strategic view of national policy relating to Primary Care Premises development matters within the Department of Health, to the issues facing local NHS organisations, practitioners and developers as they deal with the need to provide an appropriate physical environment for the delivery of NHS services from limited financial resources. Bryan is an experienced surgery valuer and provides advice to clients across the UK.
Our work with all of these essential stakeholders has provided a unique insight into the issues faced within the sector.
Over the past 15 years we have advised a wide range of clients on a range of property issues including the following:

  • surgery valuation advice
  • site purchase negotiations
  • negotiation of new lease terms including initial rent
  • surgery valuations
  • development appraisals
  • rent reviews
  • lease renewals
  • service charge apportionments
  • project management
  • Sale and leaseback 
  • Asset valuations

Service charge Apportionments

We have a strong track record of resolving disputes between occupiers of multi-occupancy buildings, particularly within the Health sector where we have dealt with numerous disputes between landlords and various occupiers of Health Centres and other similar buildings. Typically such disputes relate to the apportionment of space used as part of the assessment of service charges to building occupiers. Our independence in such matters have proven useful in the resolution of these issues.  

GP Surgery Reimbursement rent

We are extremely successful at negotiating significant increases in the annual notional rent paid to GP practices.

Bryan explains his approach; "As a surgery valuer with many years of experience in this type of work, we understand that the Practice want to know that their notional rent assessment is correct. Our no win, no fee structure ensures that a thorough check of this is undertaken without imposing unreasonable charges on our clients.

As a smaller organisation we are able to share the benefits of our lower operating costs with our clients and this enables us to deliver excellent value for money to GP Practices".

There are numerous testimonials on our website from GP practices confirming our success in negotiating significant increases in notional rent reimbursement on behalf of practices. These can be found at http://www.woottendean.co.uk/gp-practices  .

Partnership Valuations

A genuine understanding of the specialist investment market for GP surgeries is of fundamental importance in assessing the market value of your practice premises. As a surgery valuer of considerable experience in this area of work, Bryan is able to provide accurate  surgery valuation advice to partners joining or leaving a partnership to ensure an equitable transfer of practice assets. Read about the work Bryan has undertaken with a number of practices in the case studies on our website.

Bryan has an established working relationship with many practices throughout Yorkshire and the north of England as well as advising numerous other practices throughout the Midlands and the South of England. 

Rent reviews for GP tenants

The revised Premises Directions (which take effect from 1 April 2013) require GP tenants to settle the rent review with their landlord before the District Valuer is instructed to review the reimbursement rent due to the practice. Practices should be aware of the benefit of professional representation by a surveyor with a specialist knowledge of GP surgeries.

Bryan’s previous experience of representing Primary Care Trusts on the tenant side of rent reviews relating to GP surgeries means that he is well placed to represent practices at rent review.

Sale and Leaseback

The changing size and value of GP surgeries has meant that for some practices property ownership is seen as a burden, not least because the scale of debt required to buy into practice premises can become an obstacle to prospective partners. Because of this, many practices choose to sell their ownership of a surgery and 'lease back' the property to realise the value in the property.

Wootten Dean has a comprehensive understanding of this process and is well placed to ensure that practices receive full market value in such a transaction.

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