Lincoln office looks to the future with trio of new hires

(L-R) Ashley Humphrey, Jacob Hage, and Jasper Nilsson


The Lincoln office of Eddisons incorporating Banks Long & Co has announced a trio of new appointments this autumn.

Jasper Nilsson has been recruited to the role of Graduate Surveyor and joins from Frasers Group where he was a trainee commercial manager.

He brings retail & leisure sector experience to the firm’s property agency offer in the region.

The second new appointment is Ashley Humphrey. He joins as a Property Management Surveyor, making the move to the commercial property sector after seven years’ in residential lettings with a focus on property management.

Ashley will, initially, work across a range of commercial property disciplines with a view to specialising in the future on attaining the RICS accreditation he is studying for with the backing of the firm.

The final new appointment announced this autumn is Jacob Hage who joins the office for the third of a four-year BSc honours degree course in Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University.

The Lincoln office has a track record of offering student placement opportunities and it is, according to Tim Bradford, Director, Eddisons incorporating Banks Long & Co, one of which the firm is proud.

In welcoming the new recruits, Tim Bradford said, “All three add something fresh to the firm’s offer in the region.

“We strive to attract new young talent to the business, so we are pleased to have secured these three new recruits who are the up & coming generation of property professionals.”

Eddisons is latest name to join UKREiiF 2024

Eddisons have officially announced their involvement, with The UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF), which is set to take place between 21-23 May 2024, in Leeds.

Market-leading chartered surveying firm, Eddisons deliver expert advice and a comprehensive range of professional services to property owners and occupiers, businesses and financial institutions. Established in 1844, Eddisons work within the UK and overseas with their employees operating from 25 offices across the UK.

Eddisons have secured a prime spot for their session at the annual UKREiiF event, which will take place on Wednesday 22nd May in the Tiltyard Pavilion.

Over 10,000 developers, investors, occupiers, and local authorities are expected to attend the event over the course of the three days.

Speaking of their involvement, regional managing partner, Ian Harrington commented: “We are pleased to announce our involvement with UKREiiF. With our roots in Yorkshire dating back over 150 years it’s fantastic to support an event in Leeds, the same city as our national head office.

UKREiiF has quickly become a must attend event in the property industry and along with other key stakeholders in the industry we’re looking forward to whilst sharing insight through our thought leadership session, as well as catching up with new and existing contacts.”

Keith Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of UKREiiF, said: “We’re thrilled to announce that Eddisons have joined the extensive UKREiiF programme by securing a session at the third annual event. We’re looking forward to seeing what they have in store for their anticipated session.”

Led by the UK’s leading property events company Built Environment Networking and supported by some of the biggest UK property and infrastructure companies, the third annual UKREiiF event will be held in Leeds on 21-23 May 2024. The forum will attract inward investment, generate economic growth, and drive a more sustainable and inclusive culture within the property and construction industries.

For more information, please view the event here.

The changing shape of Greater Cambridge’s new industry

A rigorous discussion about the scale, nature & regional reach of Cambridge’s industrial future was at the centre of seminar discussions at Fitzwilliam College earlier this week.

Organised by the Cambridgeshire Development Forum with Endurance Estates, over 60 professionals from the private & public sector came together to consider the future industrial profile of the area.

Eddisons’ Ben Green was one of the members of the panel sharing on-the-ground experiences and answering questions from the audience.

From the presentation & subsequent Q&A session, it became clear that there were fundamental barriers to future and, indeed, current development in the industrial sector.

Poor transport & utility infrastructure capacity, combined with local land use allocations based on an outdated perception of ‘industrial’ operations are contributing to significant suppressed demand in the sector which has built up during the past decade.

What also needs to be addressed is the redefinition of ‘Greater Cambridge’ beyond the limits of its historical geographical boundaries.

As Lord Andrew Lansley, Chairman of Cambridgeshire Development Forum, pointed out to all in the room, the formation of the Government-backed Cambridge Delivery Group – announced in the summer by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities – provides a vehicle for commercial interests & local policy makers to help shape the new industrial profile of the regional economy.

Latest Cambridge recruit is business degree apprenticeship first for Eddisons

 The latest hire for Eddisons in Cambridge is the office’s first recruit through the Government-backed Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship Scheme.

Alex Benn, who formerly worked in the hospitality sector, enrols on the scheme and begins his programme of combined work and study this September after onboarding through a part time-internship at the Cambridge office in the summer.

Affiliated to Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Alex will study for just under five years in total, weighted to two days studying per week at ARU’s Chelmsford Campus for the first year, reducing to one in the following years of the degree programme.

On completion of the apprenticeship degree scheme, Alex will be a fully qualified and accredited member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Although mainly based at the Cambridge office, in experiencing the full range of Eddisons’ professional property disciplines Alex will travel across the country to gain the widest possible knowledge of the firm’s expertise.

Welcoming Alex to Eddisons, Ben Green, Director & Head of the Cambridge office, said, “The Building Surveying Degree Apprenticeship Scheme offers a new recruitment pathway for us.

“We see it working in tandem with the more conventional graduate recruitment schemes.

However, with a shrinking demographic from which to recruit bright, new, young talent, it’s incumbent upon the profession to use as many routes as possible to attract, retain and reward the next generation of property professionals.

Should we worry about asbestos as well as RAAC?

As RAAC hits the headlines with asbestos rearing its head along with it, how can our industry weather another building material crisis like the ACM cladding scandal?

Surveys are the order of the day for many schools, hospitals and public buildings across the country after the government confirmed the reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete within hundreds of school buildings was past its lifespan. However, critics are worried that this rushed approach to removing RAAC will aggravate pre-existing asbestos within these areas, exacerbating an already difficult problem.

A combination of a nationwide demand for remediation, the short notice of closing the schools, and the lack of general knowledge around RAAC has made the removal of the product an imperative. However, removing RAAC could disturb underlying asbestos – which was used as insulation for most of the time that RAAC was also being used.

National Education Union leader Daniel Kebede has warned that 90% of schools still contain asbestos, with other spokespeople saying it is more likely to be 80%. Either way it is not a position that schools want to be in at the start of term: battling potentially two dangerous defects and relying on virtual learning once more.

What is concerning is how prevalent RAAC has been used across the country. Early lists have shown that there are huge swells of schools in both Essex and the North East, showing that this is not a geographically-isolated incident. Meaning that the more schools likely to have RAAC, will also be likely to have asbestos.

To calm the media, PM Rishi Sunak has stated that 95% of schools will not be affected by the RAAC “crisis”. But how many public buildings will feel obligated to request surveys to check that their environments are fit for purpose? And how many of them will find asbestos along with RAAC? How will that impact everyday life?

Further down the line, legal experts are concerned that, much like the ACM scandal, building companies and contractors will find themselves in a serious legal battle to prove that they are not responsible for what experts are describing as “a circus”. These materials – RAAC, asbestos, even ACM – were legal when used, so whose fault is it that they were later found to be dangerous?

The public sector can only work with the information they are given, and currently that is direction to have their school tested for RAAC. We can support you from initial diagnosis, and through to remediation. Get in touch for advice and help in planning your next steps.

Gym is where the heart is for new Trinity Hall tenant

Creating a martial arts gym with family and community at its heart is the aim of the latest occupier at Trinity Hall Industrial Estate.

The unit on Nuffield Road in Cambridge, according to Eddisons, whose local agency was under instruction on behalf of the landlord, is almost good to go.

Founded by trained & qualified instructor, Amin SharifiAmin Martial Arts, has taken a three year lease on a 2,174 sq ft (202 sq m) business premises at Unit B on the estate which is being fitted out ahead of opening this autumn as a dedicated martial arts gym.

Unit B was the smallest in the latest phase of four units let by the agents.

The latest occupier began a search for premises last year and, in ruling out a number of units out of Cambridge, decided on Unit B in preference to another unit in the city due to its convenient location and accessibility.

According to Amin Sharifi, Amin Martial Arts will be one of its kind in Cambridge with multiple classes running across the day and sessions tailored for children, teenagers & adults.

With a vision to foster an inclusive feel to the training sessions, where parents & guardians are as welcome as the children & teenagers, as opposed to just a ‘drop off & pick up’ routine, the fit out specification includes a sitting & viewing area and high quality food & beverage vending machines.

Facilities will include showers & changing rooms in appealing to clients looking for pre-work & lunchtime training sessions.

This is Amin Sharifi’s first solo venture and he will be looking to recruit additional, qualified trainers once the gym is up and running.

Announcing the letting of Unit B to Amin Martial Arts, Eddisons’ Joe Berry said, “Amin starts with a well located and solid premises at Trinity Hall Industrial Estate on which he can overlay his vision for a special kind of martial arts gym in the city.

“The estate is a bit of a hidden gem unless you are familiar with the area.

“It bridges the gap between the Science Park and Cambridge North Railway Station employment areas and the residential neighbourhoods of Chesterton while being accessible from the A14 at the Milton interchange too.”

For more information about the availability of industrial units to let in the Cambridge area, contact Joe Berry on 01223 467155, email: [email protected], or through

Studio-style office to let in Cambridge ‘boho’ district

Eddisons is the sole agent instructed to let studio-style office premises in what the agency describes as Cambridge’s ‘boho’ district.

The 875 sq ft (81 sq m) self-contained business premises are at 13-15 Covent Garden, off the city’s Mill Road and close to the historic city centre.

Available on flexible lease terms, the two storey offices have a brand new fit out across the accommodation which includes an open plan office for a maximum of 12 work stations, a meeting room, a breakout space & kitchen.

While self-contained, there is access to courtyard space and bike storage which is shared with the architectural practice who occupies the neighbouring office.

The Mill Road area, close to Cambridge’s main railway station, is a vibrant commercial & residential neighbourhood in the city.

It has an eclectic mix of retail operators, including independent cafés & restaurants as well as more established trading names.

Mill Road connects the heart of historic city with the ring road and is the location for the award winning, newly-built Cambridge Central Mosque – Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque.

Streets off Mill Road, such as Covent Garden, host a number of office, workshop & studio businesses in a range of premises often in properties converted from either previous industrial uses associated with the railway works or residential use.

Commenting on this latest office instruction, Joe Berry of Eddisons’ Cambridge office, said, “This is a one-off property which is likely to suit a new or growing business in the creative or associated industries.

“That being said, it could also suit a company in the professional business services sector looking to be part of the boho vibe of the Mill Road area.”

Viewing of the premises at 13-15 Covent Garden, Cambridge is strictly by appointment through Eddisons as the sole agent.

To arrange a viewing or for more information, contact Joe Berry or Ben Green at Eddisons’ office on Pound Hill – 01223 467155 or through

Freehold of former golf course land to the fore for Eddisons

A former 9-hole golf course is the latest land sale agency freehold instruction for Eddisons this summer.

The firm’s Northampton & Kettering offices are co-leading agency on the 20 acre (8.10 hectare) site located within two miles of the M5 motorway (Junctions 6&7) and overlooking the centre of the cathedral city of Worcester & the Black Mountains beyond.

An elevated site, between Tolladine Road & Newton Road, the strategic land is to the northeast of the city centre and set in a residential area.

Eddisons’ agents advise that the site is suitable for a range of leisure uses, subject to planning permission, and is identified in the South Worcestershire Development Plan adopted in 2016 but now, currently, under review.

Offers are sought by Eddisons for the freehold of the site, and access to the land for sale is by permission only through the agent.

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To arrange access or for more information, contact Gilbert Harvey at Eddisons: tel. 01604 604070 or 07730 416962, email [email protected] or through

Units let in town’s established industrial location

Acting on behalf of the landlord, Eddisons has confirmed the letting of three modern warehouse units, with offices, in Huntingdon’s most established industrial trading location.

The local office of Eddisons had sole agency on the units at Tower Close on the St Peter’s Road Industrial Park, where the space, totalling over 57,000 sq. ft. was being offered to let in part or as a whole.

The new occupier of two of the combined units (2,394.47 sq. m./25,774 sq. ft.), numbers 7 & 8 is an operator involved in the development & supply side of the brewery trade.

Unit 9 (2,196 sq m/31,968 sq ft) has been let to a company specialising in relocation services to the scientific & laboratory sector.

According to Eddisons’ Huntingdon agents, St Peter’s Road Industrial Park retains its pre-eminence as the Cambridgeshire market town’s high profile industrial location due to its proximity to the A14/A1(M) interchange and onward road connections to the M6, M11 and the East Coast ports.

For more information about industrial units to let in and around the Huntingdon area, contact Matthew Hunt at Eddisons, tel 01480 571578, [email protected], or through

Creative thinking for ‘suitable sites’ to plug EV infrastructure gap

Property agents are seeing ever increasing requirements seeking suitable sites for the development of EV (electric vehicle) forecourts, Bury St. Edmunds‘ director Simon Burton writes.

Investors, developers and operators are offering a range of tenures and options to landowners, both conventional freeholds or long leasehold routes. There are also revenue-share models.

Policymakers are nourishing the EV ‘sweet spot’ by accelerating the pace of transition from fossil fuel-driven to EV-powered vehicles to meet Net Zero obligations.

The UK target for car manufacturing to be 100 per cent EV is 2030. By 2035, lorries weighing less than 26 tonnes, all vans and passenger cars sold must have zero-emissions.

According to Charge UK – a trade body of 18 of the largest charging companies – £6 billion of private capital is committed to doubling the amount of publicly available EV chargers by the end of this year.

The trade body reports that there was a scaling-up of the number of rapid chargers by 180 per cent in Q1 2023 from the rate in 2022’s Q4.

EV service providers, as well as EV drivers, are keen for a countrywide network of charging forecourts. Add to this heady mix, favourable introductory fee percentages, minimum fee guarantees, and quick turnaround incentives for property agents who find the right sites and we’re good to go aren’t we?

However, almost every commercial or residential land & property investor or developer shares the same criteria for ‘suitable sites’.

The ideal site should be connected to, or close to, the power grid. Preferably a virgin site with no previous development legacy, but one where the local planning authority will support the proposed use.

As an aside, in assessing grid connection, EV operators can be looking to capacity of 800KVA (kilowatt volt amperes) to 1MVA (mega volt amperes), however in the right locations EV operators are prepared to navigate and seek to obtain the necessary power connection.

This ‘right site’ must have good access to a motorway, trunk road or arterial route and proximity to a conurbation or significant centre of population.

Unquestionably, conventional forecourt site owners & operators should be in the best EV position already. They have sites in prime locations and full conversion from fossil fuels to EV charging forecourts is just detail for them.

Our job as property agents is to reconcile ‘requirements’ with the reality on the ground, particularly in areas of high land values such as the East of England & the East Midlands where there are still significant farmland markets.

Key to the attractiveness of a site to EV forecourt operators is giving drivers & passengers a reason to stay while the vehicle charges.

Does one exist already on the site? Can the creation of a new one make for other on-site commercial opportunities?

Think about an awkward corner of an industrial estate or retail park, perhaps? Redundant pubs or roadside cafés sites? A row of residential properties blighted as a result of road widening or improvements?

Eddisons – in common with our agency peers – would urge landowners to get in contact where they feel there may be some potential opportunity to accommodate this type of development, as they may be in an excellent position to extract additional value or open up wider development opportunities.

This article is reproduced by kind permission of Business Weekly in which a version recently appeared as part of the publication’s monthly ‘Scaling up in association with Eddisons’ feature.