Eddisons completes £1.9m upgrade project at York school

Millthorpe School Eddisons

Eddisons completes £1.9m upgrade project at York school

Eddisons has project managed the £1.9m refurbishment of new dining areas, toilet blocks and classrooms at Millthorpe school, a 1,000-student York high school run by South Bank Academy Trust.

Completed this month, the project has upgraded and modernised outdated areas of the school as well as freeing up the circulation of students and staff through the building by reconfiguring areas where bottlenecks were creating logistical problems and causing lengthy lunchtime queues.

A new external covered dining area, the refurbishment and extension of the existing dining room, upgraded toilet blocks and refurbished teaching areas were all included in the scheme which took Eddisons four months to complete once work began on site this summer.

Declan Williams, a building surveyor with Eddisons’ 60-strong specialist education team, which works with school and college academy trusts to secure government funding for improvement projects and sees them through to completion, said: “We have been working with South Bank Academy Trust for four years after being approached to carry out the initial condition survey.

“Circulation was identified as being a major issue that was disrupting the school day and that was one of our main challenges, to reconfigure the way people travel around the entire school.”

He added: “We have had excellent feedback from the school who have told us that both staff and pupils are enjoying the more orderly atmosphere and increased capacity to serve more people at lunchtimes. Some of the new, modern space we have created is multifunctional so that it can be used either as a dining room or as a teaching area, which has been particularly useful for maximising the space available.”

Eddisons carried out the initial survey into the condition of the school buildings, as well as providing architectural and design services for the £1.9m project and project managing the construction of the new areas.

Eddisons secures four new tenants at Eagle Business Park

Eagle Business Park Nov 22

Eddisons secures four new tenants at Eagle Business Park

Acting on behalf Barnack Estates UK Ltd, Eddisons has secured four new industrial lettings on Ravens Court, Eagle Business Park in Yaxley.

The warehouse units, each comprising 1,040 sq ft, have been let on 5-year lease at a rent of £10,950 pax.

The new tenants include JFO Communications Ltd, RJR Contracts, Halo Renewables, Provance Media.

Ravens Court is part of phase II of Eagle Business Park, a new industrial warehouse development on a fenced and gated estate, offering steel portal frame units with office space, fibre connection and onsite parking. Ravens Court forms a small estate on the business park, which completed in August 2022.

Provance Media Founder Stuart Dixon comments: “Fred Seaby and his team were excellent and ensured we completed in record time so we could begin the next exciting phase of our business.”

Eddisons Agent Richard Jones comments: “We are delighted to welcome four new occupiers to Eagle Business Park. The site is in the perfect location and offers local businesses high quality industrial space and employment opportunities.

With a number of other lettings in the pipeline, the park will be almost 90% occupied in the coming months.

For information on the remaining space at Eagle Business Park, contact Richard Jones on 01733 556497 or [email protected].

Eddisons delivers new London hub for urban tech logistics firm Stuart

Eddisons Stuart Delivery

Eddisons Delivers New London Hub For Urban Tech Logistics Firm Stuart

Eddisons has completed a renovation project to create a new 18,500 sq ft ‘last-mile’ delivery hub in North West London for pan-European tech logistics business Stuart Delivery. Part of DPD Group, the high-tech firm provides scheduled and on-demand food, grocery and retail deliveries to urban areas using a managed fleet and local independent couriers.

Eddisons director Nick Galloway and building surveyor James Barker of the firm’s building and project consultancy team acted on behalf of Stuart to undertake a pre-lease schedule of condition for the firm’s new premises at Standard Road in London’s Park Royal area.

Eddisons also developed a bespoke space plan together with a repair and fit out specification, commissioning new fencing, automatic barriers and gates, and superfast EV charging stations for Stuart’s electric delivery fleet.

New fire alarm installation, LED lighting, corporate signage and electrical enabling works for conveyor systems were also incorporated. Organising building regulations approvals via an approved inspector, the firm also undertook full contract administration and principal designer duties.

Eddisons’ James Barker said: “Stuart’s management team shared our enthusiasm for bringing the property back into use, maximising the sustainability features of the premises and bringing them into a compliant state for the new business operation.”

Stuart retail logistics director Marcus Hurd said: “Working with the whole team at Eddisons was great. They took time to understand our business vision and the resulting priorities for this operating site and how it might be developed.

“We received fantastic advice, allowing the plans for the site to be streamlined and costs controlled, whilst at the same time ensuring the renovations had maximum positive impact on both the environment and the people using the site.”

The final phase at Eagle Business Park, Yaxley is landing smoothly

Eagle Business Park Nov 22

Final phase at Eagle Business Park, Yaxley is landing smoothly

The Final phase at Eagle Business Park in Yaxley is landing smoothly, confirms sole agent Eddisons.

Barnack Estates UK Ltd has now completed the construction of an 18 acre site at the second phase of Eagle Business Park. Since the launch of this phase at the end of 2017, Eagle has been a remarkably successful industrial scheme, due to the quality of the units and environment created.

Rob Facer, Chairman, Barnack Estates UK Ltd, commented, “We are delighted to help meet the employment and industrial growth in the area. We have developed nearly 250,000 sq ft of space constructed in 116 units in this phase which has led to hundreds of new jobs”

Eagle Business Park, which fronts on to Broadway, Yaxley was established in 2010 and the first phases were soon successfully developed by Barnack Estates UK Ltd to occupy its original 25.7 acre site. This second phase sees a further 18.38 acres of commercial development, a total of 44.08 acres by Barnack Estates UK Ltd.

Given its location – with good road access to Peterborough’s Parkway road system and the A1(M) Norman Cross junction, Eagle Business Park has always seen a good mix of trade counter, light industrial, showroom and food sector tenant occupiers and freehold owners.

16 companies that have moved to site since September include JFO Communications Ltd, RJR Contracts, Halo Renewables, Provance Media, Market Ready (Peterborough) Ltd, Vale Select Motors Ltd, Trailer Vision Ltd, Nene Valley Flooring Ltd, Cambridge Medical Ltd, Warehouse Collective Ltd, Suprima Service Ltd, Aligned Concept Engineering Ltd, Vault Tech Holdings Ltd, Pro-Bake Ltd T/A Combilift Ltd, Verde Group Ltd and CTE Services Ltd.

Richard Jones, Director at Eddisons, commented, “The remarkable take up on Eagle Business Park has been due to the quality of the units and environment created. Eagle Business Park has set standards for industrial development with treelined estate roads and a pleasant working environment being key, as well as a lack of modern industrial units being available in Peterborough and further afield. Relocations from Sudbury, Cambridge, St Ives, St Neots, London as well as Peterborough, has led to a good mix of occupiers from specialist bottling companies to 3D printers, electrical contractors, lash and brow training and other beauty treatments, as well as traditional printers and internet distributors, amongst others.’’

A few freehold and leasehold units remain available in unit sizes from 900 to 2,895 sq ft.

For more information about units at Eagle Business Park, Yaxley contact the sole agent, Richard Jones at Eddisons on 01733 897722 or visit https://www.eddisons.com/property-search.

Eddisons complete sale of historic Jubilee Mill

Jubilee Mill

Eddisons complete sale of historic Jubilee Mill

Eddisons has sold the 32,000 sq ft Jubilee Mill office building near Little Germany in Bradford to independent freight forwarding firm Uniexpress.

Uniexpress, which is headquartered in the city and operates from nine locations across the UK, has relocated its head office from Bradford Business Park to the Jubilee Mill to accommodate the growth of the business, renaming the four-storey property Navigation Point. It now employs more than 70 people in Bradford.

Eddisons associate director Matt Jennings added: “We’re really pleased to have sold Jubilee Mill to Uniexpress. Not only is it great to be able to help a successful Bradford business achieve further growth, it is also really good news that this deal will ensure that jobs remain in the city centre.

“We received a great deal of interest from buyers who were keen to redevelop the site as residential accommodation but it is very positive for Bradford that this property will continue as a high quality, modern employment centre.”

Eddisons sold the open-plan Jubilee Mill office building on behalf of debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), which was founded in Bradford in 1996.

Increasing demand for the charity’s services which provide free debt advice for people with financial problems, fuelled by the cost of living crisis and rising energy prices, has necessitated a move to new premises for CAP.

Eddisons let mid-tech unit on popular business park

Eddisons let mid-tech unit on popular business park

Acting on behalf of SSE, Eddisons has let a mixed use premises in Cambridge to a gallium nitride material technology developer.

13 Evolution Business Park is a 9,071 sq ft mid-tech unit built to a modern specification with office accommodation, production / warehouse space and parking.

Located on the north side of Cambridge, the Evolution Business Park is home to life science and biotech companies, including Cambridge Medical Robotics Limited, CMR Surgical Limited and LS Plant Breeding Limited.

Eddisons Director Ben Green comments: ‘We’re delighted to help the new tenant secure their second letting though Eddisons.’

For more information on commercial property opportunities in Cambridgeshire, contact Ben Green at the local office of Eddisons on 01223 448791 or [email protected].

Growth for transport planning team with three new appointments

Eddisons transport planning team

Growth for transport planning team with three new appointments

Eddisons has expanded its transport planning and highway design consultancy with three new appointments.

Harry Lo has joined the highway design team as a graduate engineer from Hong Kong engineering consultancy Mott Macdonald, while Genna Woods joins the planning team as a trainee technician, after graduating this year from MMU with a masters in computer science.

Lucy Gretton has also returned to Eddisons, following a placement year that was part of her Manchester University human geography degree. She has rejoined the planning team as a graduate transport planner.

Eddisons partner Phil Wooliscroft, who leads the transport planning and highway design teams with Mike Coogan, said: “We are really pleased to welcome these three highly impressive young people to the planning and highway design teams. Eddisons is passionate about recruiting and nurturing fresh talent and their enthusiasm and new ideas are essential to the firm’s future success.

“Harry, Genna and Lucy’s appointments will significantly strengthen the level of service that we can provide to our clients as we expand across the country and we are absolutely delighted that they have chosen to work at Eddisons.”

Now a 14-strong team, Eddisons’ growing transport planning and highway design consultancy was founded in 2011 and provides detailed highways design, transport and traffic advice to predominantly private sector clients, helping them maximise the commercial value of land and assets throughout the planning and design process.

The team recently won the bid to design cycle-friendly public highway works for Birmingham’s largest housing development, the 5,500-home Langley Sutton Coldfield scheme.


Q&A with The Business Magazine

Q&A with The Business Magazine

Eddisons (Incorporating Daniells Harrison) provide a broad range of professional and project services across the South Coast and the Isle of Wight.

Having recently been acquired by Eddisons, The Business Magazine caught up with Director Chris Daniells to get his views following the acquisition and his predictions for the property industry in what could be a challenging year ahead.

You were recently acquired by property consultancy Eddisons with head offices based in Leeds. How has the first 10 months been?

Whilst there has been the inevitable niggle, principally relating to the IT changes, I think all of us would agree that the first 10 months have been remarkably pain free. Acquisitions such
as this can cause friction and unsettle even the best of teams. Eddisons have however always promised us that they would offer us help and support when needed, but would otherwise leave our established and successful business to continue operating as it has done for the last 30 years. They have done just that and I would like to think that apart from the rebranding, our clients and staff would agree that on a day to day basis very little has changed, albeit we now have the additional benefit of being part of a respected national consultancy and part of the Begbies Traynor Group PLC.

Formed in 1992, Daniells Harrison reached their 30-year anniversary this year. Can you tell us why the partnership decided to become part of Eddisons?

As with any good business, Daniells Harrison’s future growth and direction was constantly reviewed by the LLP Partners. Whilst we had created a very wide market for our services across a vast geographical area, we were also aware of our shortcomings. Whilst we were a large regional firm, we did not benefit from elements of our target markets by virtue of our size. We were fortunate enough to have attracted the attention of a number of companies, but it was clear from a very early stage that Eddisons were the perfect ‘fit’ for Daniells Harrison. Our professional services complemented and strengthened their own existing expertise and our geographical representation meant that Eddisons could achieve genuine market extension and national representation. The principle driving force behind our decision to sell was that we believed it was in the business’s best interest. I think that the first 10 months have demonstrated this to be the case.

Looking to the future, what are your expectations for the business as a whole for the next 12 months? Do you think the current cost of living crisis will affect business?

Daniells Harrison built a strong reputation for our Building Surveying skills and this is a key focus for growth, combined with the Education sector, an area Eddisons have already established an invaluable reputation as one of the lead consultancies for CIF (Condition Improvement Fund) bids. The general practice side of the business is expanding organically and we look forward to working alongside the team to share further success.

Historically myself and Richard Huffer have undertaken a large number of LPA Receivership appointments. Whilst none of us would want the property market to fall to the extent that appointment numbers dramatically increase, we are well placed and capable of dealing with this work should it arise.
Some of our services are not market sensitive, and as stated, elements of our business will increase in poor market and economic conditions. The professional valuation side of the business is market sensitive, particularly the residential survey department. Whilst enquiries to date are down, the volume of work is currently unaffected. How this will change over the next 12 months will depend on matters far beyond our control. If the market does worsen it is likely that instructions will be maintained, but, the source of the instruction will change, as companies and individuals seek to restructure finance and review their security.
Having run the business for 30 years, we have experienced a number of market downturns. The additional work envisaged by being part of Eddisons in such market conditions might not have been on all company’s checklists when considering acquisition offers, but the obvious complementary services offered by Daniells Harrison/Eddisons and Begbies Traynor resulted in it being a principle consideration for us.

One of your Building Surveyors has been shortlisted for the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Awards, how do you feel you support your staff and encourage career development?

We are all very pleased for Annabel that she has been nominated. I think if I am honest, she is the sort of person who is likely to have been nominated wherever she worked. She is a credit to herself and the profession. As our first apprentice, the whole team have been able to provide her with support and advice to aid in her career progression. I genuinely believe that one of the benefits to our graduates and apprentices is the fact that our general practice and Building Surveying services are very broad, but the team work closely and there is a huge amount of knowledge and experience in the Old Manor House for graduates and apprentices to benefit from.

Final unit remaining in brand new industrial unit development

Meridian Court

Final unit remaining in brand new industrial unit development

Acting on behalf of the developer, Eddisons Huntingdon office has announced the first sale in the soon to be completed Meridian Court development in St Ives.

Unit 2, which is being purchased by a local company, is due to be finished in the next few weeks and is within a block of four units at Meridian Court which is one of the final sites within the established Compass Point development.

Units 1 and 3 within the development are also under offer and close to completion leaving just Unit 4 available which is 2,809 sq ft.

Richard Adam, Director at Eddisons who is handling the marketing of the site commented “We have had good interest for this development which is within an excellent location upon Compass Point, handy for nearby services and offering parties the opportunity to purchase their own building.  We have also had interest from investor purchasers looking to buy and lease.  There is a further phase of four units planned for next year but we advise interested parties to contact us regarding the remaining unit to secure prices at the current level.

For more information on Meridian Court, contact Richard Adam on 01480 415727 or [email protected].

Talking Trusts Speaker Spotlight: Lisa Howfield, School Business Leadership Services

Speaker spotlight - Lisa

Talking Trusts Speaker Spotlight: Lisa Howfield, School Business Leadership Services

Next up in our Speaker Spotlight series is Lisa Howfield, CEO of School Business Leadership Services.

What does a strong trust mean to you?
A strong trust works together as one unit to achieve the best outcomes and increased opportunities for all the pupils and staff. Schools retain their identity but gain from the benefits of working collaboratively in all aspects of managing a school by sharing expertise and resources.

Why should people attend this event?
To break away from the demands of a school day for the chance to think strategically and discuss a range of options for your school with like-minded colleagues in a relaxed environment.

What should they expect to learn from you and/or your business?
Support in all aspects of the business management of a school, focusing on the optimal use of resources to ensure stability and growth.

About Lisa Howfield

Lisa is the founder and CEO of School Business Leadership Services (SBLS). As a former School Business Manager and CFO, she understands the challenges facing schools and provides support in the strategic and operational management of finances, HR, procurement, estates, line management and the professional development of support staff.

Catch Lisa Howfield at our free education breakfast webinar on 10th November 2022, 9:30am – 11:30am.

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