Lockley Homes submits planning application to rescue ‘bad neighbour’ site

Luxury homes developer Lockley Homes has submitted a planning application intended to put an end to controversy over an alleged illegal haulage business in a Gloucestershire village.

The so-called “bad neighbour” site lies in Alstone, nine miles north of Cheltenham, and Lockley Homes has submitted a planning application to Tewkesbury Borough Council for nine homes providing a range of two, three and four bedroomed properties.

Joint managing director Karl Lockley said they had had a very favourable feedback from local residents at two public consultations they held in Teddington & Alstone Village Hall in August 

“At the second meeting we gave a revised presentation, following feedback from the previous meeting where residents were able to give their initial views and concerns,” he said.

Lockley Homes, together with BHP Harwood Architects presented amended plans, visuals and concept schematics.

Mr Lockley added: “We were concerned to demonstrate to residents that their opinions and concerns had been listened to, and that Lockley Homes, prior to submission of a full planning application, is eager to work together with local residents to achieve a favourable development for the parish.

“What was made very clear to us by those who attended the public consultations is that the current use of the site is not acceptable, and we hope that both residents and the planning authority will recognise this is an infinitely better use of a ‘bad neighbour’ site.”

Lockley Homes are hopeful the application will be considered before Christmas and, if successful, work could commence early in the New Year with completion scheduled before the end of 2020. 

Alstone is close to Cheltenham and sits between the towns of Winchcombe and Tewkesbury with access to the A46 linking to the Ashchurch interchange on Junction 9 of M5 and the national motorway network.

Mr Lockley said: “This is a site in a beautiful rural location with stunning views that has been blighted in recent years by the use to which it has been put.

“Perhaps the one thing that has united residents is their opposition to its continued use as a haulage and transport yard, operating without licence or permission.

“They have been extremely angry about huge articulated lorries operating at all hours and have also had concerns about animal transportation welfare issues, resulting in police involvement in what has been a very unsatisfactory situation for local residents.

“Lockley Homes, as an independent family-run developer, is the perfect partner to unlock site problems such as these and we have been very gratified by the welcoming response from the majority of local residents.

“The directors pride themselves on an exemplary quality of finish and attention to detail and as a premium housebuilder we aim to build exclusive developments that combine luxury living with the classic, timeless feel of a scheme that has matured within its surroundings.”

If plans are approved, Lockley Homes will build a range of two, three and four bedroom detached properties laid out in courtyard style, with Cotswold finishes and the attention to detail that is the hallmark of the company’s most recent developments in Worcestershire 

Prices are subject to confirmation post planning approval, but will range from £400,000 to £750,000.

Founded in 2010 by Tom and Karl Lockley, Lockley Homes is an independent housebuilder with a growing reputation for producing luxury accommodation, particularly for its bungalow developments which are bucking the industry trend for maximum units on every site.

Lockley Homes is currently developing Kingsbrooke, an exclusive development of just ten luxury homes in Colwall, Herefordshire, which includes four of its new “Sky Bungalow” concept. It has also started work on eight properties, including one of its trademark bungalows, at Marmalade Lane, Honeybourne, near Evesham.

Planning permission was recently given for Lockley Homes to construct eight 3 bedroom townhouses in Pope Iron Road, Worcester 

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For further information, please contact:

Karl Lockley, Joint Managing Director,

Lockley Homes, 3b Tournament Court, Edgehill Drive, Warwick CV34 6LG

Tel: 07812 646163

Email – mail@lockleyhomes.com

Editors’ Notes

Established in 2010 by Tom and Karl Lockley, Lockley Homes is a luxury house builder in Worcestershire and Warwickshire with a growing reputation for exacting standards in design. The company’s exclusive developments combine luxury living with the classic timeless feel of a scheme that has matured within its surroundings. As a premium housebuilder, Lockley Homes places the utmost importance on being authentic and design-led.

Lockley Homes focuses on seeking out the most desirable sites, optimising planning and designing with a passion to create traditional architecture alongside state-of-the-art technology. The directors pride themselves on an exemplary quality of finish and attention to detail.

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Bond Wolfe Auctions’ October sale raises over £11.6 million

The remarkable rise and continuing success of the UK’s fastest growing auction business was once again witnessed at Bond Wolfe Auction’s October sale at Aston Villa FC 

The month preceding the sale saw over 3,700 viewings and over 35,000 legal documents downloaded by interested property hunters, resulting in over 1,500 attendees and a record number of telephone and internet bidders.

The auction enjoyed an 84% success rate, with 108 lots sold from 129 lots offered, raising a total of over £11.6 million.

Bond Wolfe Auctions, which launched in January this year, has so far sold 503 lots out of 592 offered and raised over £66.2 million with an average success rate of 85% – almost as much as the next three auction businesses combined have sold to date this year in Birmingham.

Gurpreet Bassi, chief executive officer of Bond Wolfe Auctions, said: “The auction saw not only great results in Birmingham and the Black Country, but also in the East Midlands where we sold 100% of the lots offered as well.”

Notable results were achieved for a three bedroom, semi-detached bungalow at 8 Dovedale Avenue, Shirley, Solihull, which sold for £305,000 from a guide* price of £225,000+.

A three bedroom, semi-detached house at 9 Welford Avenue, Yardley, Birmingham, sold for more than three times its guide price (£50,000+) after keen bidding saw the hammer fall at £152,000.

In Leicester, 23 Totland Road, a two bedroom end terraced house, sold for £133,000 from a guide of £50,000+.

Elsewhere, a South Yorkshire four bedroom, semi-detached property at 176 Rotherham Road, Maltby, which was offered with a guide price of £40,000+, eventually sold for £116,000.

Bond Wolfe Auctions managing director Ian Tudor said: “Among a number of strong commercial lots, we sold two lots for the Canal & River Trust, to include a freehold two storey office building with parking in Long Eaton, Nottingham.”

The Old Waterways Office at Trent Lock, Long Eaton, sold for £217, 500 from a guide price of £150,000+.

Other commercial lots which proved popular included the freehold former church hall premises at 575/577 Barrows Lane, Sheldon, Birmingham, which raised £135,000 from a guide price of £125,000-£135,000, a mid-terraced retail premises at 61 High Street, Brownhills, sold for more than double its guide price of £50,000+ when the hammer fell at £102,500 and the former car sales site at Gun Hill, Arley, Coventry, sold for £110,000 from a guide price of £100,000+.

The focus now switches to Bond Wolfe Auctions’ final sale of the year on Wednesday 11 December at 10.30am at the regular venue of Aston Villa FC.

Anyone wishing to discuss selling residential, commercial or land in one of the UK’s most successful regular auctions, should call 0121 312 1212 or email enquiries@bondwolfeauctions.com

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* Each property is subject to a reserve price which may be different from the guide price 

For further information, please contact:

Suzanne Randell, Head of Marketing and Communications,

Bond Wolfe Auctions,

1st Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 312 1212

www.bondwolfeauctions.com

Twitter – @BondWolfeAuc

Editors’ notes:

Bond Wolfe Auctions has a record breaking and award-winning team with over 300 years of combined property experience.  They sell all types of residential, commercial and mixed-use property, investments and land/development sites for private individuals and corporate clients. They will hold six auctions in 2019 at Aston Villa FC as well as offering online auctions, selling properties nationally across the UK.

Trent Bridge Quays developers planning further 58 homes on neighbouring site

Elevate Property Group, the developers of the £30 million Trent Bridge Quays in Nottingham, have applied for planning permission for a further 58 apartments and townhouses on the nearby former Muller yard in Meadow Lane.

The plans for the Meadow Lane site include 40 apartments and 18 townhouses.

Construction of Trent Bridge Quays, including 95 townhouses and apartments on the banks of the River Trent, by Nottinghamshire main contractor ncmn is well underway and completion is on track for October 2020.

Work started on Trent Bridge Quays in July on Elevate’s first project in the East Midlands in a joint venture with Investin plc.

Already nine of the first phase of 38 apartments have been reserved.

Trent Bridge Quays, when completed, will include a range of apartments and three storey townhouses, all with terraces either to front or rear. Prices start from £160,000 for a one bedroom apartment and from £345,000 for the townhouses.

The development will also include a spectacular three bedroom penthouse with rooftop garden and views across Nottingham and along the River Trent – price on application to the sole agents FHP Living who are marketing the properties through their Waterside Living brand.

David Hofton, sales and marketing director at Elevate Property Group, said Trent Bridge Quays was proving a catalyst to kick start the western end of the waterside regeneration in Nottingham, and the development would provide some of the best new homes available in Nottingham in the coming 12 months.

Steve Parker, director of FHP Living, said: “Trent Bridge Quays and the neighbouring Muller Yard are bringing much needed quality housing to Nottingham, and their proximity to West Bridgford and Trent Bridge, combined with easy access to the city centre, makes a very compelling offer.”

The intention is that the construction of Phase II of Trent Bridge Quays – the 58 homes on the Muller Yard site – will follow on as Phase 1 is finished in October 2020 with completion of Phase II towards the end of 2021.

Giles Brockbank, partner at Elevate Property Group’s planning consultants Ridge & Partners, said: “Planning has been submitted on Phase II, is moving forward in a positive manner and we are hopeful of a favourable decision before the end of the year.”

Elevate Property Group is building a national reputation for the quality of its developments in Ashford in Kent, Hereford and several in Birmingham, including a site in Cliveland Street in the Gun Quarter and another site in Camden Street in the Jewellery Quarter which is subject to planning.

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For further information, please contact:

Steve Dodd, Managing Director,

Elevate Property Group, St Pauls House, St Pauls Square, Birmingham B3 1RB

0121 272 5729

http://www.elevatepropertygroup.co.uk

http://www.facebook.com/elevatepropertygroupuk

http://instagram.com/elevatepropertygroup

Editors’ Notes

Elevate Property Group creates exceptional architectural spaces that respect how important your home is for easy living and wellbeing.

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Landlords loving Droitwich rental levels

Droitwich has become a hotspot for landlords in the last 12 months, with rents as much as 30% higher than nearby Worcester, according to the latest market update from property agents Nicol & Co.

Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol & Co, said that while landlords could expect average monthly rentals of £605 in Worcester and £685 in Malvern, in Droitwich the figure is nearly 30% higher at £813.

“Rental growth of 5% has been seen in Worcester over the last 12 months, while in Droitwich and Malvern the figure is 9%.”

Nicol & Co’s monthly market update has now been extended to include the whole WR postcode, and it reveals that in the last 12 months, there were 4,918 properties sold in across the area.

The local markets in Droitwich (604 sales) and Malvern (662 sales) had similar average prices close to £250,000, however, in Worcester, where over 43% of the sales took place, the average sales price was 12% lower at £221,267.

Nationally, the average price of a home rose by 0.7% in July compared to a year ago, according the official UK house price index. Strongest growth is currently in Wales with prices rising by 4.2%

According to HMRC, sales in August were 0.9% higher than a year earlier – a significant turnaround from a -14.8% fall in July.

Matt Nicol said: “There is no doubt that political and economic uncertainty over Brexit is playing a role in the housing market, and a swift resolution, however unlikely that may seem at present, is urgently needed to provide support and confidence across the wider UK economy.

Nicol and Co is currently celebrating its ten anniversary.

Mr Nicol said: “Considering the company’s humble beginnings, in a modest office Droitwich Spa, I am hugely proud of what we have achieved since I opened in October 2009.

“Nicol & Co has become one of the most highly regarded and recognisable estate agency brands in Worcestershire and, as an award-winning business, we now operate from our own premises in Droitwich Spa and occupy prestigious offices in Worcester.

“We have no plans to sit on our laurels and with ten successful years now under our belt I feel Nicol & Co is well placed, with an excellent reputation, to push forward into the next decade with exciting expansion plans including a third office in Malvern.

“This business was born at the end of the financial crisis so we understand what it takes to achieve goals and ambitions in challenging times. Despite uncertainty elsewhere, I am looking forward to the next ten years, as we continue to grow, maintaining our focus on providing a remarkable service to our valuable clients through a dedicated team that consistently delivers,” he said.

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For further information, please call:

Matt Nicol, Managing Director, Nicol & Co, 226 Worcester Road, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8AY

Tel: 01905 779072

Notes to Editors

Established in 2009, Nicol & Co is an award-winning estate agency offering advice on sales, lettings, new homes and land purchase. The company combines the latest in digital media with traditional high street courtesy and service to provide the perfect blend of old and new technology.

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Lockley Homes moves to allay residents’ fears over Pope Iron Road plans

Developer Lockley Homes has moved to allay residents’ fears over their planning application for eight 3 bedroom townhouses in Pope Iron Road, Worcester.

The plans are due to be considered by Worcester City Council planning committee on Thursday 24 October.

Residents have expressed concerns over loss of light and parking issues in the street 

Karl Lockley, joint managing director of Lockley Homes, said they had been working with the city council to address these issues.

“We had originally planned for a development more in a Georgian/Victorian style but after local consultation we redesigned the scheme more in-line with the latest development of Gheluvelt Mews next door.

“The council has suggested this style is more in keeping and we agree.

“Planners also suggested the L-shaped design to open up the road and allow sunlight through to the street.”

He said that Lockley Homes had a reputation for producing high end developments that enhance their local environment and they were always attuned to local residents’ concerns.

The eight 3 bedroom townhouses will have a spacious kitchen/diner area and separate living rooms, plus a large luxurious master suite. Prices will start from £385,000. 

Mr Lockley said he sympathised over parking issues but pointed out that in the past 40 tonne articulated lorries had used the street to make regular deliveries to the old Painters foundry on which Lockley Homes’ proposed development is sited.

“By using this site for housing, this has alleviated this particular issue, and we would also point out that for visitors to the street, there is a public car park with more than 20 spaces in Waterworks Road which is close to Pope Iron Road.”

He added that Lockley Homes was keen to be seen as a considerate and environmentally-conscious developer.

“For example, when we saw how many plastic drinks bottles were being used on our sites every week, we moved quickly to give all employees and contractors working on our sites branded Lockley Homes drinks bottles.

“Every week 250-300 plastic bottles were being bought and thrown in a skip after their one use. This has reduced dramatically now. 

“We are also working with our suppliers to reduce packaging and as much environmental impact as possible.

“I believe residents in Pope Iron Road will come to recognise us as good neighbours and in time will support our proposed scheme.”

Founded in 2010 by Tom and Karl Lockley, Lockley Homes is an independent housebuilder with a growing reputation for producing luxury accommodation, particularly for its bungalow developments which are bucking the industry trend for maximum units on every site. 

Lockley Homes is currently developing Kingsbrooke, an exclusive development of just ten luxury homes in Colwall, Herefordshire, which includes four of its new “Sky Bungalow” concept. It has also started work on eight properties, including one of its trademark bungalows, at Marmalade Lane, Honeybourne, near Evesham. 

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For further information, please contact:

Karl Lockley, Joint Managing Director,

Lockley Homes, 3b Tournament Court, Edgehill Drive, Warwick CV34 6LG

Tel: 07812 646163

Email – mail@lockleyhomes.com

Editors’ Notes

Established in 2010 by Tom and Karl Lockley, Lockley Homes is a luxury house builder in Worcestershire and Warwickshire with a growing reputation for exacting standards in design. The company’s exclusive developments combine luxury living with the classic timeless feel of a scheme that has matured within its surroundings. As a premium housebuilder, Lockley Homes places the utmost importance on being authentic and design-led.

Lockley Homes focuses on seeking out the most desirable sites, optimising planning and designing with a passion to create traditional architecture alongside state-of-the-art technology. The directors provide themselves on an exemplary quality of finish and attention to detail.

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Birmingham’s ‘hottest new address’ all but sold out

It was billed as “Birmingham’s hottest new address” and Assay Lofts in Charlotte Street is already virtually sold out over a month before the first buyers will be able to move in.

Elevate Property Group’s 32 apartment development which overlooks St Paul’s Square in one of Birmingham’s most sought-after locations, has “flown out the door” according to sales and marketing director David Hofton.

Assay Lofts has been constructed on the former car park of the Assay Office which was based there from 1878 but moved to a purpose-built new home on the other side of The Jewellery Quarter in 2015. Completion is anticipated in mid-November of the development with the first buyers taking occupation in late November.

The new development is located on the corner of Charlotte Street and St Paul’s Square with views over Birmingham’s resurgent Jewellery Quarter and features a mix of one and two bedroom apartments plus duplexes with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

David Hofton said the only remaining apartment was one of the jewels of the development – a two bedroom, two bathroom duplex with a host of luxury features.

“It is a delightful apartment which sits on the corner of the development overlooking the square and provides 1,151 sq ft of accommodation with a ten metre open plan kitchen and living room with the island and breakfast bar providing a major feature of the kitchen.

“Because it is on the corner, it has three window bays, rather than two, with great views over St Paul’s Square,” he said.

It comes with gated, secure parking and is offered at £490,000.

He added that the £10 million apartment project’s development had been fascinating to watch on a daily basis, as it sits diagonally opposite Elevate Property Group’s headquarters on the other side of St Paul’s Square.

Assay Lofts, Elevate Property Group’s fourth development in The Jewellery Quarter and tenth development in the city, has attracted major interest since details of the development were first revealed in 2018.

The first property sold was the development’s flagship apartment, a penthouse with a price tag of £595,000, which was reserved before construction even began.

Elevate Property Group is already known for its quality developments in Birmingham, including Concord House, Queensway House, St Paul’s House, Honduras Wharf and Tennant St Lofts, unique developments of townhouses, apartments and penthouses.

Other developments in Birmingham include a site in Cliveland Street in the Gun Quarter and another site in Camden Street in the Jewellery Quarter which is subject to planning.

David Hofton says the popularity of Assay Lofts is further proof of Elevate’s commitment to quality and luxury specification and the drawing power of a great location.

“It has proven very popular not only with young professionals, as it is only a few minutes’ walk from the city’s central business district around Colmore Row, but also with investors and downsizers seeking a beautiful place in Birmingham to call home.

In keeping with Elevate’s policy of encouraging local artists, the company has commissioned Belbroughton-based metal sculptor Paul Margetts, who undertook a traditional four year blacksmith’s apprenticeship before studying Art & Design at nearby Birmingham Polytechnic – now Birmingham City University.

He has been commissioned by Elevate to produce something memorable that will become instantly recognisable and associated with Assay Lofts.

His metal sculpture will survey St Paul’s Square from its lofty perch on the corner of Assay Lofts.

Elevate Property Group currently has nationwide interests in 1,300 plots with a gross development value in excess of £330 million.

For further details of Assay Lofts, contact sales@elevatepropertygroup.co.uk or call David Hofton on 0121 272 5729.

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For further information, please contact:

David Hofton, Sales and Marketing Director,

Elevate Property Group, St Pauls House, St Pauls Square, Birmingham B3 1RB

0121 272 5729

http://www.elevatepropertygroup.co.uk

http://www.facebook.com/elevatepropertygroupuk

http://instagram.com/elevatepropertygroup

Editors’ Notes

Elevate Property Group creates exceptional architectural spaces.

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Taylor Wimpey expands regional headquarters by moving 100-plus staff into Wolverhampton

One of Britain’s largest housebuilders is relocating its West Midlands regional headquarters to modern offices in Wolverhampton, in a move arranged by joint agents Bulleys and Avison Young.

Taylor Wimpey has agreed to let the first and second floors at Two Trinity Court, based in Wolverhampton Business Park, just off Junction 2 of the M54 motorway.

The company currently has more than 100 staff based in Cannock but needed extra space in modern offices with better car parking facilities for its team, which is expanding due to various trainee schemes and apprenticeships.

The move is scheduled to take place this November and, once completed, Two Trinity Court will be 100 per cent let.

Bulleys and joint agents Avison Young worked closely with Taylor Wimpey and their agent Knight Frank on arranging the property deal with landlord Broadlands Wolverhampton Ltd, a joint venture between B&R Properties and Peveril Securities.  

Robert Perrins, technical director at Taylor Wimpey, said: “We’re delighted with the new offices at Two Trinity Court which is exactly the type of modern space we wanted for our expanding workforce.

“The high-quality offices, flexible car parking arrangements and the excellent location are what attracted us, along with the landlord’s willingness to meet our requirements.

“Bulleys and Avison Young worked hard to find what we needed with our agents Knight Frank, and we are very pleased with the results.”

Rod Spiby, a partner at Bulleys, said: “This is a major move by one of Britain’s best-known companies into what is one of the most sought-after office spaces in the West Midlands.

“We are pleased that Two Trinity Court is now full and all the built space on this prestigious prime office park is occupied, although we continue to work with the landlord on around five acres of adjacent land that’s still available for bespoke projects to build extra offices from 10,000 to 110,000 sq ft.”

Andrew Venables, of joint agent Avison Young, said: “Wolverhampton Business Park offers prime office space in an excellent location which has remained popular with occupiers and we’re pleased to have attracted such a high-profile new tenant.”

Ralph Jones, managing director of Peveril Securities, speaking on behalf of Broadlands Wolverhampton Ltd, said: “We are pleased to welcome Taylor Wimpey into our offices at Two Trinity Court and are delighted at how successful this location has proven to be.

“We now look forward to further development of the surrounding site which has become a major draw for companies who want a central location with such easy access to local transport networks.”

The total letting is for 12,050 sq ft let at £17 per sq ft, or £204,850 per annum, on a new ten-year lease with a rent review after five years.

Legal advisors on the deal for Broadlands Wolverhampton Ltd was Flint Bishop of Derby, while Taylor Wimpey used Eversheds Sutherland in Birmingham.

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For further information, please contact:

ASAP PR – 01789 490786

Editors’ notes

Established in 1965, Bulleys is an established commercial and industrial property consultancy covering the West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire. The firm has three offices in Wolverhampton, Oldbury and Telford.

Lockley lays on locally made marmalade to mark launch of latest luxury development

Luxury housebuilder Lockley Homes has begun work on its latest development – eight properties including one of its trademark bungalows – at Marmalade Lane, Honeybourne, near Evesham.

And at a special open day launch event early in the New Year, in conjunction with estate agents Nicol & Co, they will be giving away 300 locally made jars of marmalade made to Lockley Homes’ very own recipe.

Karl Lockley, joint managing director, said: “Marmalade Lane has something to suit households of all sizes. There are eight properties in total, ranging from two 2 bedroom houses, three 3 bedroom houses, two 4 bedroom houses and one 2 bedroom bungalow.

“What buyers can expect is luxurious country living in a sought-after location.”

As developers keen to meet modern standards of sustainability, Lockley Homes are once again using timber frame construction which is more environmentally friendly than conventional building methods.

The properties at Marmalade Lane will be predominantly faced with Cotswold Stone. It will be Lockley Homes first development marketed together with selling agents Nicol & Co.

Karl Lockley said: “We are excited at the prospect of combining Lockley Homes’ meticulous attention to detail with Nicol & Co’s new homes expertise on what will be another exemplary development.”

Matt Nicol said: “Lockley Homes are a business that is local to Worcestershire and Warwickshire, so they understand how to design developments that really feel at home in this lovely part of the country.

“At Marmalade Lane they are creating a range of different homes, including one bungalow, that are a contemporary expression of typical Cotswolds style, making use of pale-hued stone, tall chimneys and high gables.

“The interiors will combine every conceivable modern luxury with exceptional levels of comfort and well considered space.”

Each home will also have bespoke Shaker-style kitchens paired with the latest energy efficient appliances and featuring hand- painted doors, Victorian-style cornices to all feature shelving as well as stylish modern bathrooms, underfloor heating and the most advanced security features.

All homes have private parking and are accessed via a private road. 

Marmalade Lane is on the northern edge of Honeybourne village, conveniently close to the station, and this latest development by Lockley Homes follows on from their Colwall Gardens and Kingsbrooke developments in Colwall, near Malvern.

The Colwall project followed the successful completion of six houses and bungalows in Feckenham, Worcestershire, in 2017. Previous projects include three luxury bungalows at Drakes Broughton and two executive homes in Great Witley.

Lockley Homes is an independent housebuilder that was founded by Tom and Karl Lockley in 2010, and has a growing reputation for producing luxury accommodation, particularly its unusual bungalow developments.

For more information, see https://www.lockleyhomes.co.uk/

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For further information, please contact:

Karl Lockley, Joint Managing Director,

Lockley Homes, 3b Tournament Court, Edgehill Drive, Warwick CV34 6LG

Tel: 07812 646163

Email – mail@lockleyhomes.com

Editors’ Notes

Established in 2010 by Tom and Karl Lockley, Lockley Homes is a luxury house builder in Worcestershire and Warwickshire with a growing reputation for exacting standards in design. The company’s exclusive developments combine luxury living with the classic timeless feel of a scheme that has matured within its surroundings. As a premium housebuilder, Lockley Homes places the utmost importance on being authentic and design-led.

Lockley Homes focuses on seeking out the most desirable sites, optimising planning and designing with a passion to create traditional architecture alongside state-of-the-art technology. The directors provide themselves on an exemplary quality of finish and attention to detail.

Prepared and issued by Andy Skinner, ASAP PR – 01789 490786, mobile 07990 978257

John Truslove helps water monitoring experts move to Redditch

A leading supplier of water monitoring equipment has moved its European base to Redditch, with the help of commercial property agency John Truslove.

In-Situ Europe has been providing firms with specialist equipment to monitor surface and groundwater for more than two decades. 

But increasing demand has seen the company expand to the point where it had outgrown its previous base in Shirley and it had to start looking for new premises.

Financial controller Julie Rose said: “We have expanded quite a lot in the last few years and we needed somewhere that combined office accommodation with warehouse space for our expanding range of technical equipment”.

“We are owned by an American parent company, In-Situ Inc,  but there are 11 of us here covering the UK and Europe. Our clients range from environmental consultants and the Government’s Environment Agency to construction companies, waste management companies, in fact anyone who needs to monitor the quality of groundwater and check for issues such as possible pollution, level and temperature.”

The company wanted to remain in the West Midlands, because of its links to the motorway network, but also so it could retain its locally-based, skilled workforce.

“Initially we were looking around Shirley but we spotted some premises on the John Truslove website, got in touch and they have been very helpful. Dealing directly with property agents who knew the area so well made things a lot easier.

“They showed us around a number of places until we found the one that was right for us. It is three times the size of our previous site, giving us plenty of room for further growth.” 

In-Situ Europe has now taken a five year lease on 24 Thornhill Road, a 6,720 sq ft unit on the North Moons Moat estate in Redditch, in a deal worth £38,680 a year.

James Carver, of property consultants Sanderson Weatherall, represented In-Situ in the deal, with Sydney Mitchell Solicitors in Shirley providing legal advice.

Ben Truslove, joint managing director of John Truslove, said: “We are delighted to have helped In-Situ find the right premises for their first major expansion.

“It also shows how attractive space in Redditch is for companies in the current market.”

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For more information, contact:

John Truslove, Daralbee House, Archer Road, Redditch, B98 8DJ

01527 584242

www.johntruslove.com

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Principle to manage exclusive mansion apartments in Birmingham

A contract to look after 52 luxury mansion apartments in five buildings near Birmingham city centre has been won by Principle Estate Management.

The impressive 1930s-style properties at Kenilworth Court sit behind a gated driveway off the Hagley Road in leafy Edgbaston.

They have many original features such as the original lifts and enjoy large gardens with plenty of mature trees.

Ian Smallman, a director at Principle and the lead on the Kenilworth Court contract, said: “We’re delighted to have won this contract to look after such impressive properties.

“Edgbaston and its exclusive properties have become a real focus for us as our reputation for handling large, older properties with real care spreads.

“Kenilworth Court is over 50% sublet, and so we needed to show how we understood and could meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders at the property.

“We have a wealth of experience in dealing with large and complex developments in Birmingham and across the country and are looking forward to making sure they receive the best ongoing attention.”

The right to manage company carried out a full tendering process and chose Principle because of its growing reputation for managing complex properties and its expert knowledge of the apartment block sector.

The Kenilworth Court instruction follows on from Principle winning the management of a number of other developments in Edgbaston, including Viceroy Close, another 1930s mansion style development.

Mark Hodgkins, of Kenilworth Court, said: “Principle was considered the obvious choice on ability and the enthusiasm to get on with the job.

“We were impressed by Ian’s enthusiasm to get involved in required major works and his understanding that repairs should be undertaken with sympathy to the properties original features.

“Principle’s established reputation for solid financial management was also a crucial deciding factor as we need sympathetic but robust debt collection and careful budgeting of resources to fund ongoing maintenance and improvements.”

The company is based at Cornwall House in Lionel Street, Birmingham, and offers a national property management service.

Principle was launched in 2018 by Mr Williams, a chartered surveyor and a past-chairman of the Association of Residential Managing Agents.

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For further information please contact:

Brett Williams, Principle Estate Management LLP, Cornwall House, Lionel Street, Birmingham B3 1AP

Tel: 07954 078711 / 0121 289 4315

Email: BWilliams@PrincipleEstate.co.uk

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Editors’ notes:

Principle is a customer-focused managing agent providing a transparent property management service to the highest standards nationwide. Principle Estate Management is a new venture based in Birmingham and led by experienced chartered surveyors. The business was born out of a passion for “doing it right” through a director-led, friendly approach combined with robust systems that maximize efficiency. Principle Estate Management provides a service that we believe sets the aspirational standard for other agents. We manage modern apartment buildings, traditional blocks of flats, mixed use developments, private housing estates and private rented sector (PRS) or build to rent (BTR) developments as well as portfolios of rented properties for residential or commercial landlords.