Eddisons’ public sector team adds four new wins to client list

Leeds-headquartered property consultancy Eddisons has added three local authorities and the national regulatory body for MPs to its list of public sector clients.

Javid Patel, head of public sector 

Since gaining approved supplier status on the Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) estate management services framework in 2021 and on the ESPO public sector professional buying organisation in 2022, the firm’s public sector team has rapidly grown the number of councils and other public bodies in its client portfolio.

The City of Lincoln Council, Portsmouth City Council, Rushmoor Borough Council in Hampshire and the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the body which regulates and administers all MPs’ business costs and pay, have become the latest organisations to appoint Eddisons’ public sector advisory services.

In Lincoln, Eddisons will advise the city council on the Lincoln Western Growth Corridor, providing strategic development consultancy services for 3,200 new homes, a neighbourhood centre, a business park and transport infrastructure to alleviate congestion.

The firm is providing strategic development consultancy and other input for Portsmouth City Council on its flagship City Centre North master plan. Proposals include 2,300 new homes, public green space and space for new community facilities, retail, hospitality and leisure uses, as well as walking and cycling routes.

Eddisons’ property management team has also been appointed by Rushmoor Borough Council to manage the 375,000 sq ft Kingsmead and the Meads shopping centres in Farnborough on a three-year contract. The contract from IPSA will also see Eddisons provide lease advisory services for MPs’ constituency offices across the UK.

Javid Patel, Eddisons’ head of our public sector strategic advisory team, said: “We are really excited to have added these latest clients to our public sector portfolio. Our approach is always to build collaborative relationships and help bring innovation, including using AI technologies, to aid the quality and speedier delivery of our services.”

He added: “Local authorities and other public sector bodies are increasingly looking to Eddisons for new ideas and direction on capital projects and masterplans and we are building a solid reputation for delivering expertise in areas such as residential, commercial portfolios and town centre regeneration.

“We look forward to growing our market share in the public sector still further as part of our wider strategic business plan.”

New Grantham location gives Dutch-owned agri-tech business room to grow

Photo courtesy of Farm Electronics.

A Dutch-owned crop storage engineering business has started the year in new leased warehouse premises in Grantham, confirms the Lincoln agency office of Eddisons – formerly Banks Long & Co.

The move sees Farm Electronics Ltd, who manufacture ventilation & refrigeration crop storage equipment, consolidate from two sites on Grantham’s Alma Park Trading Estate, to a single building on the other side of the Lincolnshire town at Mallard Business Park on Trent Road.

The new premises, Unit 1, gives the engineering firm 15,898 sq ft of warehouse and office accommodation set on its own, independent site within Mallard Business Park’s wider secure and gated setting.

Mallard Business Park is managed by Grantham Estates, who manage in excess of 200 properties across the East Midlands and Eastern region.

There are four units in total at Mallard Business Park where Farm Electronics Ltd joins operators and distributors from a range of sectors, including stone & porcelain tiling, sewing & crafting, and clothing care tools & accessories.

According to Adam Fryer, Commercial Director, Farm Electronics Ltd, the company had been seeking new premises in which to expand for a while in looking to the end of its lease at Alma Park Trading Estate.

He said, “Our search had been low key for the past couple of years. While not retained as our agent, when Eddisons alerted us to availability at Mallard Business Park and brokered the introduction to Grantham Estates, it became clear that Unit 1 was the obvious location for the next phase of our planned business growth – which already sees us adding two new recruits this month to our current headcount of 13.”

In welcoming Farm Electronics to Mallard Business Park, James Moore, Estates Manager, Grantham Estates, added, “The park’s proximity to the A1 is one of its strongest features and, as such, Unit 1 attracted a number of enquiries after we began to market it last spring.

“However, following Eddisons introducing Farm Electronics to us, it was clear that this firm was in the best position to become the new tenant. That negotiations proceeded swiftly from there and concluded before the end of the year is a testament to the professionalism and focus of all parties involved.”

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Another deal done confirmed as the year ends for Huntingdon agency

Eddisons’ Huntingdon office has confirmed the conclusion of the letting of Collingwood House on Alington Road, Eynesbury, St Neots, Cambridgeshire to a tenant who already has a substantial presence on the estate.

Eddisons was the sole agent acting on behalf of the landlord in the transaction that sees a new lease on the modern, 7,177 sq ft, semi-detached business unit which has offices and workshop/warehouse accommodation.

Matthew Hunt of Eddisons Huntingdon led the agency in the marketing of Collingwood House. Commenting on the deal, he said, “St Neots’ Eynesbury commercial district is a long-established business area. Its accessibility to and from the A1 & A428 is key to its appeal.

“It is popular with operators in a range of business sectors and it is not unusual for occupiers with a presence on the estate already, to secure additional premises there when they come forward.

“We are currently instructed on units similar to Collingwood House in St Neots.”

For more information on commercial property to let in the St Neots and surrounding area, contact Matthew Hunt at Eddisons’ Huntingdon office on 01480 451578, [email protected] or through eddisons.com.

Growing Bradford care business invests in new HQ and training centre

Tempcare Personnel, the Bradford-based agency that provides nurses, care and support workers for hospitals and care homes across the UK, is to relocate its headquarters in the city to newly acquired offices on Teasdale Street, off Wakefield Road, two miles south of the city centre.

Property consultancy Eddisons sold the former BHT nursery and childcare site to the firm, which plans to redevelop the property to create offices as a base for its growing management team, as well as a state-of-the-art training centre for clinical and care workers.

Tempcare director Aaron Munaiwa said: “The new site will be ideal for us and we’re looking forward to moving across early in 2024, once the redevelopment works are completed.

“As well as our core team of office-based staff, which is currently 10 people, with new hires planned for next year, we are incorporating a skills and training centre in the building, which will be used to train nursing and care staff working for Tempcare as well as for other healthcare agencies in the region.

Demand is escalating for well-qualified, experienced nursing and care staff and our new facility will help us ensure more rigorously-trained and skilled workers are available to fill that need across the country’s care homes and healthcare sector. We are always on the lookout for new talent and currently have around 150 staff working for us.”

The move to its new offices will see Tempcare, which also has offices in Wolverhampton, relocate from its current rented premises at Bradford Chamber Business Park to the new two-storey headquarters in a £350,000 investment for the firm.

Eddisons associate director Matt Jennings added: “We’re really pleased to have sold the Teasdale Street property to Tempcare.

“It is always rewarding to be able to help a successful Bradford business achieve further growth, generating new jobs in the city and helping to solve staffing shortfalls in the vitally important care and healthcare sectors.”

Eddisons has sold the former nursery and childcare building on behalf of the childcare and early years education charity BHP Early Education and Training, which was founded in Bradford in 2003.

Leeds-headquartered Eddisons is one of the UK’s fastest growing multi-disciplinary property consultancies. Established in 1844, the firm employs more than 400 people across a network of over 30 offices.

Eddisons acquires SDL Property Auctions

Property consultant Eddisons has strengthened its auction business with the acquisition of SDL Property Auctions.

Led by Managing Director, Andrew Parker, SDL Property Auctions provides auction services for residential and commercial property across all regions of the UK, offering around 2000 lots a year at their monthly live-streamed auctions.

This acquisition sees Eddisons expand its existing auction business and the plan is to integrate SDL Property Auctions under the Eddisons auctions brand post-acquisition, alongside the Pugh & Co and Mark Jenkinson brands.

Their team of 46 employees will now integrate with Eddisons’ existing network of 30 UK offices. On a combined basis it is expected that over 3000 lots shall be offered nationally, making Eddisons one of the largest property auctioneers by volume.

Announcing the acquisition, Anthony Spencer, Managing Partner of Eddisons said:

“I am very pleased to welcome the SDL Property Auctions team to Eddisons. The acquisition significantly increases the scale of our auction business and I look forward to working with Andy and the team in the future. This is the fourth acquisition of the year for Eddisons and we continue to seek further opportunities for expansion across the UK.”

Commenting on the acquisition, Andrew Parker, Managing Director of SDL Property Auctions, said:

“Through our team of talented people who place our clients’ interests at the forefront of everything we do, SDL Property Auctions has developed an award winning reputation for selling property by auction. We are excited to be joining Eddisons and I look forward to working with like-minded individuals to develop the opportunities that the deal presents.”

Welbeck Court is well on track for spring 2024

Eddisons’ Peterborough team reports that Welbeck Court, the new-build industrial scheme on Welbeck Way in the city’s Woodston commercial district, is well underway with the units on schedule for occupation in spring next year.

Welbeck Court is a development of 10 brand new, high-specification light industrial/business terraced units by Barnack Estates UK Ltd and where Eddisons is acting as the sole agent.

The units range in size from 1,300 sq ft to 3,225 sq ft, with three of the mid-sized units offered for freehold sale and the remaining seven offered to let.

All units are of steel portal frame construction with eaves height of 6 metres, electric loading doors and LED lighting. Each unit has an office and has its own reserved parking.

The agent advises there are good levels of fibre connection and, subject to build stage, optional extras could include installation of a heating & cooling system and solar panels.

Gavin Hynes, Director, Eddisons Peterborough added, “With the roofs and cladding on the units by the final month of this year, we’re happy to report good levels of interest at Welbeck Court.

“It’s the end of another year where the industrial sector has remained strong in Peterborough. All indications point to this continuing next year when Welbeck Court will be completed and playing its part in the city’s commercial appeal to investors and occupiers alike.”

For more information about the units at Welbeck Court, Woodston, Peterborough, contact Gavin Hynes at Eddisons, 01733 897722, [email protected] or through eddisons.com.

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.