Bradford businesses MyLahore and Janan acquire 25,000 sq ft industrial units from city council

Growing Bradford-based family businesses Mylahore British Asian Kitchen and the South Asian UK department store chain Janan have jointly purchased five units on the Thornton Road Industrial Estate from Bradford City Council.

The firms, who between them employ several hundred people, now plan to invest the redevelopment of the properties, which have been out of use for several years, to create space for new industrial units for their growing online and events businesses and surplus space that will be let out to other businesses.

Property consultant Eddisons was appointed by Bradford City Council to market the 25,000 sq ft properties with parking space.

Eddisons associate director Matt Jennings said: “This industrial complex has been disused for too long and we were really pleased to sell this asset to two great Bradford businesses on behalf of the city council.

“We had a huge amount of interest in the property with more than 40 potential buyers attending one of the open days, which is indicative of the continued strength of the industrial market and shortage of supply for quality industrial space in Bradford.”

He added: “It will be great to see the firms’ investment and redevelopment plans take shape, bringing this strategic industrial site back up to a good standard and creating new jobs for the city.”

British-Asian restaurant chain MyLahore was founded in Bradford in 2002 and has established family owned restaurants in Manchester and Leeds, Birmingham and Blackburn.

Launched in 2011 in Bradford, South Asian department store Janan has successfully championed leading Asian designers and fashion brands, and has now has 12 stores across the UK, including in London, Birmingham and Glasgow,

MyLahore managing director Shakoor Ahmed said: “Both MyLahore and Janan are proud to be based in Bradford, although we now have sites all over the UK. This acquisition is part of our continued investment in city and demonstrates our confidence in it as a great place to do business.

“We are confident that our investment in the warehouse space will have a positive impact on the local community and economy, as well as to our own businesses, and we’re looking forward to working with the council on future projects that enhance Bradford.”

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.”

Eddisons wins place on Crown Commercial Service (CCS) estate management services framework

Eddisons wins place on Crown Commercial Service (CCS) estate management services framework (RM6168)

Eddisons has secured a four year appointment as a key supplier on the Government’s £0.5bn Crown Commercial Service (CCS) estate management services framework. The national procurement framework enables government bodies and other public sector organisations to call on the services of suppliers who have gone through the rigorous selection procedure.

As a CCS supplier Eddisons will work across all aspects of the property lifecycle, including operation and management, advising on a broad range of public buildings and land, from civic offices, universities and schools, to hospitals, prisons, brownfield sites and leisure centres. The framework will enable the firm to deliver end-to-end corporate real estate advisory services to the public sector.

Javid Patel, who heads Eddisons’ growing public sector team, said: “We’re pleased to have been appointed to this prestigious new national procurement framework, the CCS. It’s a major win for our practice and a significant milestone, further strengthening our position as a partner of choice right across the public sector.

“Our appointment is shored up by Eddisons’ growing in-house teams and partner alliances, enabling us to deliver a holistic end-to-end service. Support for public clients in addressing the new real-estate challenges they face in the wake of the pandemic is vital, in addition to driving economic growth, supporting the Government’s levelling up agenda and the move to a net zero carbon

Eddisons, employs more than 300 staff across 19 UK offices and, with its partners, will provide strategic and professional services to public-sector clients in its new CCS role. The appointment will also see the firm deliver technical surveys, feasibility studies and estates management services.

Specialist services such as government soft landings, which enables a smooth transition from a building’s construction to its operation, will also be provided by Eddisons, working with global
facilities management and sustainability support services group Engie.

Eddisons’ growing client list of public sector organisations also includes Southampton, Enfield, Blackpool, Peterborough and Kirklees councils. The firm has also secured multiple framework
appointments such as Birmingham City Council and government procurement partner Bramble Hub. Earlier this year Eddisons announced it had won the contract to advise NHS Property Services on its £3bn portfolio of over 4,000 properties.

Managing partner Anthony Spencer said: “The framework appointment demonstrates the hard work and commitment that the Eddisons team have put in to meet the rigorous quality standards required by CCS. “Providing service excellence across the public sector has always been at the heart of our business and we are proud to be associated with such a prestigious framework, which will enable us to continue to grow our market share in the public sector as part of our wider business plan.”

The CCS estate management framework is designed to be available to all UK public sector bodies when commissioning real-estate advice.

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Eddisons Secures Major Lease Advisory Contract For NHS Property Services

Eddisons Secures Major Lease Advisory Contract For NHS Property Services

Transactional services and property advisory business Eddisons, whose head office is in Leeds, has been appointed by NHS Property Services to provide lease advisory and related property services.

Under the terms of the contract Eddisons will provide lease advice, where the NHS acts as landlord or tenant, as well as related property services including lettings. The NHS has £3bn portfolio of over 4,000 properties.

Eddisons head of public sector, Javid Patel, said: “We are excited to be appointed by NHS Property Services and are looking forward to partnering with them to deliver professional advice on their leasehold interests.

“Eddisons’ approach is always client-centric and to enable us to most effectively support one of the largest primary care estate owners in the UK, we will be deploying a dedicated NHS advisory team to ensure the highest levels of service. This prestigious appointment reflects Eddisons’ commitment to be the adviser of choice for the public sector.”

Anthony Spencer, Eddisons managing partner, added: “It is a critical time for the NHS and I’m thrilled that Eddisons have been appointed to support its property services team. This award recognises the development of our capability over recent years and the outstanding commitment of our people”.

Adrian Metcalfe, portfolio contracts manager for NHS Property Services said: “We look forward to partnering with the Eddisons team on leasing matters and benefiting from their expertise in the healthcare sector as we drive forward our strategy to support delivery of the NHS long-term plan and enable excellent patient care.

“The new partnership will help document our occupation portfolio, ensuring we maximise the potential of our estate and enabling our clinical tenants to provide excellent patient care.”

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Public Sector Webinar – Update on Treasury Green Book (A practical approach)

Public Sector Webinar – Update on Treasury Green Book (A practical approach)

Public sector organisations when making major capital investment decisions follow Treasury Green Book Appraisal and Evaluation Manual often known as the Five Case Model for developing business cases recommended by HM Treasury, the Welsh Government and the UK Office of Government Commerce. It has been widely used across central government departments and public sector organisations over the last 10 years.

The guidance document was refreshed on December 2020 and our webinar event will provide invaluable insight into the changes, practical guidance on its application together with recommended approaches.

Infrastructure is the foundation upon which our economy is built. The government remains determined to deliver better infrastructure in the UK to grow the economy and improve opportunities for people across the country. the government’s commitment to invest £100bn in infrastructure by 2020-21. And the wider public sector is significantly involved in intervention and regeneration projects.

The govt recently announced the levelling up fund and many local authorities will be preparing business cases in support of this.

Limited spaces are available. Please click here to Register for the webinar. 

In conjunction with Martin Fox Associates.

Public Sector Webinar Series

Public Sector Webinar Series

Eddisons are delighted to announce a series of webinars created to cover a range of topics that are high on the agenda of many of our public sector clients right now. These ‘bite-sized’ lunchtime sessions will be interactive, with a Q&A session for participants and will feature guest speakers who are all experts in their field.

Sessions will include:

• Workplace Trends
Treasury ‘Green Book’ Appraisals
• Accelerating Town Centre & Shopping Centre Regeneration
• Net Zero Carbon Housing
• Portfolio Strategy

In December 2020 The Green Book guidance was issued by HM Treasury on how to appraise policies, programmes and projects. Our webinar event will help explain the fundamental changes that will assist practitioners in developing business cases for major investment projects. The event will cover: key changes to the 5 key business case tests, a suggested methodology and approach to ensuring robust cases will meet close scrutiny from the regulatory bodies.

Our interactive session will allow us to share the latest information and answer your questions during the Q&A session. Limited spaces are available.

Limited spaces are available. Please click here to Register

In conjunction with Martin Fox Associates

Eddisons Building and Project Consultancy team secures over £100,000 of Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Funding 


Eddisons Building and Project Consultancy team secures over £100,000 of Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Funding

Eddisons Building and Project Consultancy team recently applied for and secured over £100,000 of Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Funding on behalf of a number of Public Sector organisations across the country.

These funds will enable public sector organisations to undertake a feasibility study to determine whether they are eligible to apply for grant funding via the Salix funded Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to install energy efficient and low carbon heat upgrades to their existing mechanical and electrical installations across their estate.

Those organisations who met the criteria have applied for capital funding via Eddisons, and we wish them the best of luck with their applications

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New framework win in Birmingham

New framework win in Birmingham

Eddisons has won a place on Birmingham City Council’s Transportation and Development Professional Services Framework – Property Market Advice on a 4-year contract.

We are one of 3 suppliers that will deliver strategic property market advice to the Council.

Birmingham has an ambitious growth agenda ‘Big City Plan’ and on a call off basis we will be helping to drive forward their long term strategic development plans. We will be providing the following services:

  • Site search & acquisitions advice
  • Property input into masterplans
  • Business case advice
  • Strategic development advice
  • Sales advice including setting up new property structures e.g JVs
  • Red Book and Informal Valuation advice

Javid Patel (Head of Public Sector) will lead on the Strategic Management of the framework Contract and will co-ordinate, supervise and manage the contract’s overall performance.

“This brings our national experience and innovative strategic services to deliver added value to our new client,” said Javid. “We continue to aim to be a leader in terms of service delivery and innovation and become advisor of first choice for the public sector.”

Please contact Javid Patel, Head of Public Sector for more information.