Aitchison Raffety

Aitchison Raffety has been providing premises advice to GP practices for over 40 years.

Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri
Operates: Nationwide
Our dedicated team provide a comprehensive range of services that support the concept to completion of primary care premises.
  • New Suppliers
  • Surgery Premises Development & Investment
  • Property Solutions
  • Surgery Premises Development & Investment
  • Surveyors
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Address:

Aitchison Raffety

King House

55 Victoria Street

St Albans

Hertfordshire

AL1 3ER

Telephone:

01727 844555

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Aitchison Raffety is a recognised specialist healthcare premises surveyor, GP surgery surveyor and valuer, and advises leading lenders, investors, developers, GPs and other primary care occupiers including dentists and pharmacists.  Our expert team offers a wealth of commercial knowledge in Healthcare property and over 40 years’ experience within the industry. In addition our Head of Healthcare is one of a select few specialist members on the RICS panel of Independent Experts for healthcare premises across the country and we are therefore also able to provide a dispute resolution service.

Our dedicated team provides a comprehensive range of services including notional rent reimbursement (CMR) appeals, rent reviews, lease renewals, valuations for all purposes, dispute resolution, investment acquisitions and sales, and sale and leaseback options.  In addition, we are able to provide planning and monitoring surveying advice and support the concept to completion of GP premises/surgeries developments and the subsequent property aspects that result. 

Valuations

  • Our valuers have an in-depth knowledge of the primary healthcare market.
  • In-house investment agency team with extensive network of external contacts.
  • Unrivalled market knowledge.
  • Client confidence that they will receive accurate, market driven advice of the highest standard.

From the valuation of an owner-occupied branch surgery to a large multi-let healthcare investment, our RICS Registered Valuers have a great breadth of experience.

Rent Reviews & Lease Renewals

  • Highly experienced having been involved with in excess of 400 rent reviews in relation to health centres and doctor’s surgeries in the last 12 months. 
  • Lease renewals can be complex, and doctors are not always fully aware of the impact of the proposed agreements that they are entering into.
  • We are experienced in acting for both Landlords and Tenants in this respect, liaising with NHSE to ensure continued support for the length of the agreed term and proposed levels of rent.

Notional Rent Appeals (CMR)

  • The Notional Rent reimbursement (CMR) of your Practice is based on Market Rental levels. 
  • It is essential that the Practice seeks professional advice prior to agreeing to any proposed level of reimbursement from NHS England or the Health Board. 
  • On this basis our team is able to ensure that the Practice will maximise its income and entitlement.
  • Notional rent and rent reviews have all seen continued increases over the past review periods, which many Practices are not aware of and therefore have not questioned or actioned up to date assessments.

Investment, Sale & Leaseback

  • Offer a specialist service dedicated to surgery investment, sale and leaseback. 
  • In-depth knowledge of the market allowing us to advise on sectors in which to invest together with the sourcing, marketing, disposal and structuring Sale and Leaseback of healthcare investments. 
  • Good advice is essential if you are looking to buy, sell or structure a Sale and Leaseback.
  • Our specialists in this area will help you acquire or dispose of properties that match your requirements.

Our other services for GP surgeries include:

  • Surgery Improvement & Development
  • Planning & Development
  • Property Management
  • Assistance with Premises Improvements via NHS Grant Funding
  • Building & Condition Surveys

 

Associations and Awards

 

Other company information
Established: 1997
Full Company Name: Aitchison Raffety
UK Company Number: 3435902
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Aitchison Raffety - by , 14 April, 2021
5 5stars
We have used Aitchison Raffety for many years, they are professional and very good at keeping you updated as to progress which is appreciated. They always get a good result for us on rental reviews.
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We have used Aitchison Raffety for many years, they are professional and very good at keeping you updated as to progress which is appreciated. They always get a good result for us on rental reviews.
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Review by Liz, Practice Business Manager in St Albans on 14th April 2021
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Aitchison Raffety - by , 16 March, 2021
5 5stars
The Practice has used the services of Aitchison Raffety for many years and have always been grateful for the excellent service, whether it has been negotiating the notional rent review, providing valuations or assisting the Practice with proposed development.
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The Practice has used the services of Aitchison Raffety for many years and have always been grateful for the excellent service, whether it has been negotiating the notional rent review, providing valuations or assisting the Practice with proposed development.
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Review by David, Practice Manager from Essex on 20th December 2019
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Aitchison Raffety - by , 16 March, 2021
5 5stars
I have twice commissioned the services of Aitchison Raffety and on both occasions I have been very impressed by their pleasant manner and professionalism. Aitchison Raffety was successful in appealing both notional rent reviews with excellent outcomes and they have also been very helpful in related matters and demonstrated good communication skills. I feel they provide an award-winning service.
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I have twice commissioned the services of Aitchison Raffety and on both occasions I have been very impressed by their pleasant manner and professionalism. Aitchison Raffety was successful in appealing both notional rent reviews with excellent outcomes and they have also been very helpful in related matters and demonstrated good communication skills. I feel they provide an award-winning service.
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Review by Bipin, GP from Buckinghamshire on 15th December 2019
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Aitchison Raffety - by , 16 March, 2021
5 5stars
Our Surgery has used Aitchison Raffety for a number of years, most recently for two major refurb/extension of premises. Besides being thorough and efficient, their extensive knowledge of NHS premises regulations adds value to the project. I have no hesitation in recommending Aitchison Raffety and will certainly continue to use them.
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Our Surgery has used Aitchison Raffety for a number of years, most recently for two major refurb/extension of premises. Besides being thorough and efficient, their extensive knowledge of NHS premises regulations adds value to the project. I have no hesitation in recommending Aitchison Raffety and will certainly continue to use them.
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Review by Sue, Practice Manager from Hertfordshire on 1st November 2020
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Aitchison Raffety - by , 16 March, 2021
5 5stars
I have known Paula at Aitchison Raffety for the last six years whilst working for different GP Surgeries. Paula has an immense wealth of experience in how the GP property market/valuation works and has appealed our rent review twice and won successfully on both occasions. I would certainly recommend Paula if ever we carried out a GP property transaction including liaising with NHSE/CCG Property & Estate. Paula’s recent promotion at Aitchison Raffety has been a testament to her professionalism in the industry and well respected amongst her peers.
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I have known Paula at Aitchison Raffety for the last six years whilst working for different GP Surgeries. Paula has an immense wealth of experience in how the GP property market/valuation works and has appealed our rent review twice and won successfully on both occasions. I would certainly recommend Paula if ever we carried out a GP property transaction including liaising with NHSE/CCG Property & Estate. Paula’s recent promotion at Aitchison Raffety has been a testament to her professionalism in the industry and well respected amongst her peers.
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Review by Bimal, Practice Manager from Hertfordshire on 15th November 2020
Aitchison Raffety - by , 16 March, 2021
5 5stars
We are a GP Surgery based in Hertfordshire and I have personally worked with Aitchison Raffety for at least 20 years both. During this time, Aitchison Raffety has helped us to challenge our rental income from the local District Valuer. They always managed to find reasonable arguments to put forward this challenge and always agreed a slight increase in our favour. Paula in particular is always very diligent in finding and arguing our case and we are very thankful for having her on our side. Her latest promotion is well deserved
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We are a GP Surgery based in Hertfordshire and I have personally worked with Aitchison Raffety for at least 20 years both. During this time, Aitchison Raffety has helped us to challenge our rental income from the local District Valuer. They always managed to find reasonable arguments to put forward this challenge and always agreed a slight increase in our favour. Paula in particular is always very diligent in finding and arguing our case and we are very thankful for having her on our side. Her latest promotion is well deserved
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Review by Sue, Practice Manager from Hertfordshire on 20th November 2020
Aitchison Raffety - by , 16 March, 2021
5 5stars
Aitchison Raffety has been working on our GP premises lease and subsequent purchase negotiations. Due to their wealth of experience in the local healthcare sector, Aitchison Raffety has been able to act on our behalf and successfully optimise negotiations with the local CCG, the district valuer and landlord. For the GP partners, this has been a new, challenging experience made a lot easier with the assured advice from Aitchison Raffety. I would certainly recommend their services to my colleagues as it is rare to find a company so knowledgeable about our every changing healthcare environment.
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Aitchison Raffety has been working on our GP premises lease and subsequent purchase negotiations. Due to their wealth of experience in the local healthcare sector, Aitchison Raffety has been able to act on our behalf and successfully optimise negotiations with the local CCG, the district valuer and landlord. For the GP partners, this has been a new, challenging experience made a lot easier with the assured advice from Aitchison Raffety. I would certainly recommend their services to my colleagues as it is rare to find a company so knowledgeable about our every changing healthcare environment.
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Review by Natalie, GP from Hertfordshire on 20th November 2020
Aitchison Raffety - by , 16 March, 2021
5 5stars
I just wanted to place on record my (and the partners) many thanks to you and your team for all your help over the last 4 months or so. We were in the process of refinancing our GP premises and Paula has been incredibly efficient and does everything she says she is going to do. She is accommodating, professional and extremely knowledgeable and I would have no hesitation recommending her to others for similar work. Paula and the team were able to do a thorough and speedy valuation of our GP surgery premises whilst also advising on other potential avenues to boost the valuation. She has also been extremely helpful in sorting out and negotiating a new rental lease agreement which has been extremely useful for us.
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I just wanted to place on record my (and the partners) many thanks to you and your team for all your help over the last 4 months or so. We were in the process of refinancing our GP premises and Paula has been incredibly efficient and does everything she says she is going to do. She is accommodating, professional and extremely knowledgeable and I would have no hesitation recommending her to others for similar work. Paula and the team were able to do a thorough and speedy valuation of our GP surgery premises whilst also advising on other potential avenues to boost the valuation. She has also been extremely helpful in sorting out and negotiating a new rental lease agreement which has been extremely useful for us.
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Review by Josh, GP from Hertfordshire on 2nd November 2020
Aitchison Raffety - by , 16 March, 2021
5 5stars
As two retiring partners we commissioned Paula at Aitchison Raffety to conduct an independent valuation when we were faced with remaining partners proposing a sale value significantly less than market. Being able to discuss our situation with Paula before commissioning. Aitchison Raffety were really helpful for me as a GP to decide which of the surveyors, all advertising to be healthcare specialists, we should use. We found that Aitchison Raffety are real experts in GP premises valuations. The difference in expertise and knowledge became ever clearer as negotiations with our buyer’s surveyor progressed. We had a very successful outcome and are grateful for the confidence we had knowing we were with a team that knew their business down to the real detail.
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As two retiring partners we commissioned Paula at Aitchison Raffety to conduct an independent valuation when we were faced with remaining partners proposing a sale value significantly less than market. Being able to discuss our situation with Paula before commissioning. Aitchison Raffety were really helpful for me as a GP to decide which of the surveyors, all advertising to be healthcare specialists, we should use. We found that Aitchison Raffety are real experts in GP premises valuations. The difference in expertise and knowledge became ever clearer as negotiations with our buyer’s surveyor progressed. We had a very successful outcome and are grateful for the confidence we had knowing we were with a team that knew their business down to the real detail.
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Review by Fiona, GP from London on 15th November 2020
Aitchison Raffety - by , 16 March, 2021
5 5stars
“We have used Aitchison Raffety for the past eight years and have been very happy with the service they have provided. They have conducted building surveys for us with regard to valuations and also notional rent on our two sites. One of which we own and the other rented. On each occasion we have dealt with Aitchison Raffety, we have found them to be knowledgeable, professional and extremely informative. They provide their opinion in an easy to understand way. Rent reviews and notional rent agreements can be very complex so it is very comforting to know
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“We have used Aitchison Raffety for the past eight years and have been very happy with the service they have provided. They have conducted building surveys for us with regard to valuations and also notional rent on our two sites. One of which we own and the other rented. On each occasion we have dealt with Aitchison Raffety, we have found them to be knowledgeable, professional and extremely informative. They provide their opinion in an easy to understand way. Rent reviews and notional rent agreements can be very complex so it is very comforting to know
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Review by Julie, Practice Manager from Buckinghamshire on 11th November 2020

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