Battersea Power Station & Savills heavyweights join boutique buying agency

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Hutton & Charlie Bubear bolster the acquisition firm founded by their respective partners, Catherine Hutton & Alice Bubear, as it branches out into development consultancy and PCL sales.

The former sales chief at Battersea Power Station and a top Savills agent have taken up senior positions at boutique buying agency Hutton Bubear, PrimeResi can exclusively reveal.

Mark Hutton and Charlie Bubear have joined the firm founded by their respective partners, Catherine Hutton and Alice Bubear. The plan is to grow the formerly country-focused acquisition outfit into a multi-disciplinary operation with services including development consultancy and PCL sales.

Mark Hutton

Hutton has been running the sales programme at Battersea Power Station, one of Europe’s biggest regeneration schemes, since 2015; a well-known name on the London property scene, he previously held high-level roles at Douglas & Gordon and Savills.

Bubear has joined – also as managing partner – from Savills, where he headed up sales for the agency’s high-profile Chelsea and Earl’s Court offices; he is said to have worked on some of the biggest deals to go down in PCL over the last 20 years.

Charlie Bubear

Their combined 45 years’ experience will be put to use establishing the firm in the London market, spearheading new divisions to cover PCL sales and “every aspect of the residential development cycle…from acquisitions and development consultancy through to project marketing and new homes sales”.

The agency’s founders – who set up their firm in 2018 and have since claimed a number of notable transactions – will continue to focus on the prime markets across Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Sussex, Surrey, and the Cotswolds.

The plan includes rolling out a “family-office style” service for clients, offering access to a “curated selection of best-in-class experts across a variety of industries from yachting to interior design”. An advisory board of “leading industry heavyweights” has also been assembled from various sectors and industries, although the names are yet to be released.

The new-look Hutton Bubear team: (L-R) Mark Hutton, Catherine Hutton, Charlie Bubear, Alice Bubear

Charlie Bubear, Managing Partner at Hutton Bubear: “It is with great excitement that Mark and I are joining forces with Catherine and Alice to build on the achievements made to date and focus on the continued expansion of the business. Our ambition is to develop Hutton Bubear into the leading specialist residential property advisory firm in London and the countryside and we strongly believe that our combined experience and knowledge of every corner of the sector means we are well positioned to achieve that.”

Mark Hutton, Managing Partner at Hutton Bubear: “We genuinely feel there is a gap in the market for Hutton Bubear and the variety of services we will be offering, evidenced by the interest we are already seeing from developers seeking strategic advice as they seek to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by the current global situation. Charlie and I are excited to inject our energy and expertise into the business and look forward to working alongside our other halves in this unique, and somewhat niche, new business model.”

Read PrimeResi’s exclusive interview with the full team here