McDonald’s, the fast food chain, is planning its first property acquisition drive since 2004, after appointing GVA Grimley, the property advisors, to review its UK estate of outlets and explore expansion opportunities. A spokesperson for the fast food chain told M&C Report that the company was continually reviewing its portfolio of around 1,200 outlets but GVA Grimley had been appointed to “research a number of opportunities for the company going forward”. It is believed that the company will focus on growing its estate of drive-through, shopping centre and food court outlets, with the intention of adding up to 50 sites a year. In its results earlier this year, McDonald’s announced the launch of a £140m refurbishment programme aimed at turning around its flagging fortunes in the UK. As well as the closure of 25 high street restaurants, the company earmarked 64 restaurants for relaunch in the next six months. The company has also recently unveiled its outlet in The Marlows, Hemel Hempstead as “a trendy, modern restaurant”. Created by French designer Philippe Avanzi, the company has replaced bolted down, yellow and red plastic furniture and fixtures, with stools, easy chairs in pastel shades of khaki, lime, orange and russet. The new fixtures are accompanied by low-level lighting and a number of geometric shapes, lines and curves, while the yellow and red fascia are replaced with a more subtle green effect. Should the new look be successful, the company will introduce the new look to 200 McDonald's UK outlets - a sixth of the company's estate - over the next three years. In addition, 76 restaurants have been identified for relocation.