Hotel near Birmingham International Airport for sale at Bond Wolfe Auctions’ next auction

A well-known hotel close to Birmingham International Airport and the NEC is up for sale at Bond Wolfe Auctions’ remote bidding auction on Wednesday 24 June.

The Heath Lodge Hotel at 117 Coleshill Road in Marston Green, which has been offering smart accommodation since the late 1960s, has a guide price* of £750,000+.

The detached, three-storey property has 23 en suite bedrooms for guests, all well fitted out with flat screen TVs, tea and coffee facilities and wireless broadband, with an additional bedroom currently used by staff.

Ian Tudor, managing director at Bond Wolfe Auctions, said: “Heath Lodge is a long-established and very well-presented hotel with a licensed bar and restaurant.

“But it’s the hotel’s location that will make it really popular with bidders at our auction, with it being around one-and-a-half miles from the city’s international airport and railway stations, The NEC and  Resorts World.

“The proximity of nearby business centres coupled with other places of interest and tourist attractions ensure a broad business base.

“This makes it a prime accommodation venue for business visitors and conference delegates during the week, and then tourists and NEC concert-goers at the weekend, and it could be a healthy ongoing business to develop once the COVID-19 lockdown eases.”

The bedrooms at the hotel comprise of nine doubles, six twins, eight singles and one triple, and the property is easily accessible from the M42 and M6 motorways.

Communal areas include a sun lounge overlooking rear grounds, the restaurant and bar, a reception and lounge area, fully equipped catering kitchen, laundry room, storerooms and staff toilets.

At the rear is a terrace and landscaped gardens, including a large modern shed which has been used as an office by the current owners, and at the front is a guest car park for around 20 cars.

Mr Tudor added: “While the property is suitable for a continuation of its existing use as a hotel, it could just as easily be developed for a variety of alternative uses including residential, care home, multiple occupation or day nursery, subject to planning permission.”

The hotel is just one of 131 properties in the auction on Wednesday 24 June that starts at 10am and will be livestreamed via Bond Wolfe Auctions’ website with remote bidding by proxy, telephone or internet only. Interested parties must re-registration no later than 24 hours before the auction at https://www.bondwolfeauctions.com/remote-bidding/

More details can be viewed at www.bondwolfeauctions.com/properties/96261-property-auction-solihull/

Anyone interested in the auctions or with properties for sale in future auctions should contact enquiries@bondwolfeauctions.com, call 0121 312 1212 or visit www.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 200 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 2020 at Aston Villa FC as well as offering online auctions, selling properties nationally across the UK.

Solihull singled out for fast track growth in national report

Solihull is set for an investment boom as the popular borough bucks the market to bounce back faster than many Midlands towns.

That’s the verdict of the developers of the Solihull’s most prestigious property development, Princes Gate in Homer Road, following the publication of a highly positive “Why buy in Solihull” report produced by national property experts Savills.

Elevate Property Group has built 100 apartments in two phases. The first phase of 30 apartments in Consort House sold out very quickly earlier this year and the second phase, Royal House, of 70 apartments is selling fast too.

The development is now over 85% sold, with five apartments sold in the first week after lockdown on estate agents was lifted. Selling agents Savills reported that two were bought by first time buyers and three were taken by investors.

But now the town is set for a significant upturn according to an investment report by Savills combined with news that construction is to go ahead on the new Westgate office development, which is only 150m from Princes Gate.

The development will provide 114,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven floors with job creation likely to top 1,000.

David Hofton, sales and marketing director, said: “We believe that the surge of interest in buying and renting at Princes Gate, alongside the extremely upbeat report produced by Savills, means that Solihull stands poised at the start of an unprecedented period of growth and job creation.

“The major Westgate development is scheduled for delivery in Summer 2022. The success of innovative young companies such as Gymshark which is headquartered at nearby Blythe Valley Park, and the proximity of major employers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Npower, Paragon Finance, National Grid, Oracle and Siemens, sets Solihull as a very popular location to live and work.”

“Why buy in Solihull” lists a host of reasons why Solihull is a magnet both for investors and buyers.

  • House prices saw average increase of 24% between January 2015 and January 2020. The year to March 2019 saw a 5.04% increase.
  • Weekly earnings are 14% higher than the national average and disposable income is 9% higher.
  • Solihull borough is home to 8,295 businesses employing 125,000 people with the potential for the creation of up to 22,000 new jobs by 2030.
  • Gross value added (GVA) is 34% higher than the UK average, and between 2012 and 2017 GVA in Solihull increased by 40% – £2.3 billion – double the UK average.

David Hofton said: “Add to this the proximity of venues like the NEC, plus Birmingham Airport, Birmingham International Railway and the M40 leading into the national motorway network and it is hard to think of a better connected location.

“In addition to this potent mix, the prospect of HS2 providing 38 minute commutes to London, and it is not hard to predict a rosy future for Solihull.”

He added that HS2 could have an exponential effect on Solihull’s growth.

“At present the average property in Solihull is worth 7.68 times average annual salary compared to 12 times in London. Property prices are half those in the capital, so it is easy to recognise Solihull’s attractions,” he said.

Princes Gate also benefits from its proximity to Waitrose, the Touchwood Shopping Centre and Solihull railway station providing a nine minute commute into Birmingham.

Following lockdown and the increased focus on enjoying the outdoor life and open spaces, Elevate has elected to upgrade the provision of landscaped gardens around the Princes Gate development.

Mr Hofton said: “Landscape designers are creating peaceful areas where residents can chill out, read or relax as they wish.

For those wishing to exercise, Tudor Grange Park is within 400m and provides a swimming pool, gym, athletics track, nine-hole pitch and putt, a cycling- rollerblading track and open

Joe Shorney, Savills’ head of residential development in Birmingham, said: “We have seen a sharp increase in new inquiries since lockdown eased and pent-up demand bodes well for the second half of this year.  Princes Gate is a landmark site, within walking distance to the railway with links to London and Birmingham, and metres from first class amenities including John Lewis.”

Joint agents for Princes Gate are Savills and Smart Homes. See https://search.savills.com/property-detail/gbbmrdbrx200090 and https://www.smart-homes.co.uk/princes-gate for details.

With the development already 85% sold, there are only 15 apartments remaining and prices range from £200,000 to £385,000.

Elevate Property Group is building a national reputation for the quality of its residential-led schemes. Current high-profile developments throughout the country include Victoria Point (Ashford), Alban House (Hereford), Trent Bridge Quays (Nottingham), Princes Gate (Solihull), Assay Lofts (Birmingham), Sheldon Court (Sheldon, Birmingham) and Cliveland Street (Birmingham).

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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.

Savills is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. We have an international network of over 650 offices and associates and circa 37,000 staff throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, offering a broad range of specialist advisory, management and services to clients all over the world.

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John Truslove reports surge to the suburbs, satellites and scenery

Commercial property agents John Truslove are reporting a surge to the suburbs and satellite towns as business starts to reflect on office needs post the Covid-19 lockdown.

Joint managing director Ian Parker said there had been a sharp rise in interest in office space outside of city centres.

“Lockdown, and working remotely, has made a lot of business owners reflect on what office space their business really requires.

“Not only the square footage, but where it actually needs to be.

“Battling through rush hour traffic, leaving home an hour earlier than should be necessary just so you can be at your desk spot on 9am – and then repeating the same sometime after 5pm – the penny has dropped.

“Maybe there is another way.”

He cited a number of examples of the kind of office space that is now proving popular.

“We have been contacted by one business owner who has been persuaded to retire by the pandemic and has instructed us to sell her attractive rural offices.

“2 Croft Court in Warwickshire has all the desk, chairs, IT and comms connections already in place, and offers ideal air-conditioned space for a small business with 927 sq ft ranged over a ground floor and upper floor area – all open plan.

“It’s a real ‘plug in and go’ opportunity and would be idea for a small company with staff who may not need to be in the office every single day. So it could suit a company with more than ten staff – with staff in the office when they need to be, rather than Monday to Friday regardless.

“It sits on a hill at Temple Grafton above Alcester, in a gated office complex with delightful rural views. The office estate is extremely well maintained and the offices for sale or to rent come with three parking spaces and a visitor space, plus overspill parking.”

The property is for sale for £165,000 or to rent at £12,000 per annum.

Ian Parker added that businesses did not need a lengthy commute to find exceptional office space.

“Ravens Court at Ravensbank Business Park on the outskirts of Redditch just off the A435 which feeds into the M42 and the national motorway network. It is less than half an hour from Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham International railway station.

“This high-spec , self-contained office property has been refurbished to Grade A standard and offers accommodation on a par with or better than any new office development in a city centre.

“It offers 9,808 sq ft of clear open floor plates for maximum flexibility,” he said.

The property has an exceptional 50 on-site parking spaces and is available to purchase freehold or a new lease, prices on application. It is being offered by John Truslove jointly with KWB.

Similarly, just south of Birmingham and a few minutes from Junctions 2 and 3 of the M42, The Archway in Radford Road, Alvechurch, offers 3,923 sq ft of office space.

The original character and charm of the building, with exposed beams throughout, has been retained but the property has been extensively modernised to meet the demands of 21st century business with Category 5 telecom and data network cabling.

Ian Parker said: “It’s location is perfect for a significant West Midlands company or a national or international business seeking a regional, centrally-located base.”

The Archway is available to rent for £55,000 on a new lease of three years or more, as required.

Mr Parker said: “These three examples are representative of the kind of office space more and more companies are considering and this bodes extremely well for landlords with extensive holdings in the suburbs of cities, satellite towns and nearby rural locations.”

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For more information, contact:

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

01527 584242

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Bickenhill gentleman’s residence set to be one of the star lots in Bond Wolfe Auctions’ remote bidding June auction

Anyone who has in the last ten weeks wished they had a little more space and a garden will love one of the larger lots in Bond Wolfe Auctions’ remote bidding auction on Wednesday 24 June.

Church Garth is a six bedroom detached family home set in three acres in St Peters Lane, Bickenhill, near Solihull.

Jonathan Hackett, a consultant director at Bond Wolfe Auctions, said: “Church Garth is what used to be known in Victorian times as a ‘gentleman’s residence’.

“It is a substantial detached house set in extensive grounds accessed by a sweeping driveway from St Peters Lane.

“It is property with immense potential but requires refurbishment throughout. It may have potential for extension or alternative uses subject to planning permission.”

Its location means it is very handily placed for rail connections, with HS2 now on the horizon, the NEC and Birmingham International Airport.

Birmingham International Railway station is 1.5 miles away, offering an average 14 minute journey in to the city centre, or into London from one hour 15 minutes, depending on service booked.

The freehold property has on the ground floor a large porch, hall with cellar entrance, two reception rooms, a study, breakfast kitchen, utility room with WC, a lean-to and a freezer room/larder.

On the first floor there is a master bedroom with kitchenette, five further bedrooms and a bathroom and WC.

Outside there are extensive gardens, a dilapidated garage which may have development potential, subject to planning permission, and a range of outbuildings and driveway parking in the substantial grounds.

Jonathan Hackett said: “Church Garth is offered with a guide price of £475,000 to £495,000 and comes with bags of potential.

“A property like this in the South East within one hour’s travel time to London could reasonably expect to sell for five to ten times this guide price, so it will be interesting to see where the strong bidding originates from before the hammer falls.

“HS2 will undoubtedly be a game changer over the next two decades, so Church Garth could prove to be a very canny investment in 2020.”

More details can be viewed at www.bondwolfeauctions.com/properties/96261-property-auction-solihull/

The auction on Wednesday 24 June starts at 10am and will be livestreamed via Bond Wolfe Auctions’ website with remote bidding by proxy, telephone or internet only. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 2 June and the catalogue will be available online from Wednesday 3 June.

Anyone interested in the auctions or with properties for sale in future auctions should contact enquiries@bondwolfeauctions.com, call 0121 312 1212 or visit www.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 200 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 2020 at Aston Villa FC as well as offering online auctions, selling properties nationally across the UK.

Tinkers Lock duplex apartment proposal for Trent Bridge Quays development

The company behind the development of luxury apartments and townhouses at Trent Bridge Quays and former Muller Yard Meadow Lane in Nottingham has revealed its proposals for the building on Tinkers Lock where it meets the River Trent.

Elevate Property Group’s decision has been boosted by strong demand for the 95 townhouses and apartments at Trent Bridge Quays in which the first phase is already 60% sold and scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Managing director Steve Dodd said that the luxury penthouses in Phase I at Trent Bridge Quays had been snapped up, and there was a waiting list for penthouse apartment on Phase II.

“We’ve come through a tough few weeks, but life has to go on, and we are seeing that the great location and inherent quality of Trent Bridge Quays and Meadow Lane is proving very attractive to buyers.

“That’s given us the confidence to progress our proposals for Tinkers Lock.”

The original proposals were for a commercial use such as offices, retail or a café, but with a full re-opening of venues such as cafes, pubs and restaurants still in question the short-to-medium term prospects of finding a tenant look in doubt.

Mr Dodd said: “Our new proposals for Tinkers Lock will create three beautiful riverfront duplex apartments, and they also help resolve a longstanding issue that has been in negotiation for some time.”

Tinkers Lock is on the junction of Nottingham & Beeston Canal and the River Trent.

He explained: “We have been involved in lengthy discussions with the Canal & River Trust and Nottingham City Council on the preferred location for a mobile crane that from time to time may be required on the canals edge for maintenance and we believe we have finally achieved consensus with this proposal.”

Trent Bridge Quays, currently under construction, will include a range of 95 apartments and three storey townhouses, all with terraces either to front or rear. Phase I prices start from £192,500 for a one bedroom apartment and from £345,000 for the townhouses. Prices for the penthouses are available on application.

A final phase on the former Muller Yard Meadow Lane will provide a further 40 apartments and 18 townhouses.

If planning permission is granted, the whole development will be completed by these three amazing duplex apartments on the riverfront.

Mr Dodd said: “Elevate has joined the waterside regeneration in Nottingham and our three phases on the River Trent will provide some of the best new homes available in Nottingham over the next 18 months.”

Nottinghamshire contractor nmcn is back on site working under government guidelines with social distancing in place.

Nottingham agents FHP Waterside Living have been appointed to market the homes.

Steve Parker, director of FHP, said: “Trent Bridge Quays, the neighbouring Meadow Lane and the proposed Tinkers Lock apartments 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.”

Further details are available at www.elevatepropertygroup.co.uk/residential/trent-bridge-quays or call FHP Living on 0115 977 8932.

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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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New luxury apartments in Solihull to be managed by Principle

A residential developer has asked Principle Estate Management to look after an exclusive development of luxury apartments in Solihull.

The new contract from Calm Homes is to manage its exclusive development of six high quality apartments at Fairway Lawns, in the popular area of Dove House Lane.

Solihull continues to be a huge growth area for Principle which had already secured 144 units across two separate schemes in April at Barley Green and Pinewood.

Joe Jobson, a director at Principle, said: “We’re delighted to have been commissioned to look after this high-spec development at Fairway Lawns, which are all good-sized properties with three bedrooms that command stunning views over Olton Golf Course.

“It is great to be working with a new developer who is bringing such quality housing to the area, and I think Calm Homes will be a name to look out for over the coming years.

“In taking Fairway Lawns into management, we have been meticulous in ensuring we have all information ahead of taking handover which will ensure we are able to hit the ground running and provide the renowned service we provide from day one.”

Adam Hicken, a director of Calm Homes, said: “Our product is perfect for young professionals or down-sizers wanting to keep a taste of quality.

“Seeing how Principle’s business integration team have worked since their instruction we know we have appointed a proactive agent that really cares about the service it provides.”

Principle was recommended to Calm Homes by local estate agents Horton and Storey.

Mr Jobson added: “It’s always great to have introductions from business professionals like Horton and Storey, and we are pleased to be getting recognition for the hard work and service our staff are continuing to provide on a daily basis.”

Principle Estate Management was launched in spring 2018 and is now the UK’s fastest growing residential estate management business two years after its launch, with well over 200 developments across the country.

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

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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

www.PrincipleEstate.co.uk

https://twitter.com/PrincipleEM

https://www.linkedin.com/company/principle-estate-management/

https://www.facebook.com/PrincipleEstateManagement/

 

Editors’ notes:

Principle is a customer-focused managing agent providing a transparent property management service to the highest standards nationwide, focusing particularly on the management of apartment buildings. Principle Estate Management, based in Birmingham, launched in June 2018 and is 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 provides a service that sets the aspirational standard for other agents. The company manages 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.

Siddall Jones achieves lockdown letting of new Birmingham offices before completion

Property agents Siddall Jones have let a new build office development in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham before completion.

Novus Project Management agreed terms on 2,492 sq ft at the Crown Works in Northwood Street during lockdown and completed in three weeks.

Ed Siddall-Jones, managing director of Siddall Jones said: “While the office market is no doubt changing as a result of the Covid pandemic, we are still seeing a number of requirements for offices under 5,000 sq ft as companies use this downtime to assess their space requirements and look to offer more flexible working arrangements.

“The letting before completion of the Crown Works to Novus Project Management has seen them increase their footprint which is a positive and a further sign of confidence in the construction industry and Birmingham as a whole.”

The Crown Works has been constructed by Crownworks JQ Ltd and, as well as the self-contained office building taken by Novus Project Management, also comprises a luxury development of seven townhouses and three apartments.

Novus Property Management specialises in the residential arena, leisure and entertainment sector with projects under its belt that include various large city centre developments, successful delivery of the Commonwealth Games 2022 bid, as well as the LG Arena and Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

The company is moving from its former offices at 2 Snowhill, Snowhill Queensway, Birmingham.

Chris Hill, managing director of Novus Project Management, said: “With the positive growth of both the business and its team over the last year, and despite these current uncertain times, there was a need to swiftly align our direction and identity with an improved office setting.

“Our placement at the Crown Works, and its offering provides a perfect synergy with our ongoing success and needs for expansion. Importantly, the journey to obtain these premises was fulfilled rapidly, through the drive provided by Siddall Jones.”

Siddall Jones is one of the region’s leading commercial property agents with offices in Birmingham and Dudley.

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For further information, please contact,

Ed Siddall-Jones, Managing Director,

Siddall Jones, The Mint, 95 Icknield Street, Birmingham B18 6 RU.

0121 638 0500

www.siddalljones.com

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Bond Wolfe Auctions announces June livestreamed auction date

Bond Wolfe Auctions, the UK’s fastest growing auction business, will be back with a bang on Wednesday 24 June with an online livestreamed auction expected to see more than 100 lots go under the hammer.

Chief executive Gurpreet Bassi said they had held back from announcing their first auction since lockdown was announced in March as they wanted to be sure they could offer their full appraisal, viewing and marketing services.

“We took the view early on that it was unreasonable to expect our clients to buy, sight unseen, and so deliberately delayed announcing any firm plans.

“The change in regulations over the last few days will enable us to undertake market appraisals, enable social distance viewings, take high quality photographs and 360 degree video tours to showcase our clients’ properties in the best light.”

He said it meant that Bond Wolfe Auctions could now offer its full marketing campaign and allow purchasers to undertake their usual due diligence.

“This means we can achieve the best result possible, on your behalf,” he said.

Prior to lockdown, Bond Wolfe Auctions had established itself as the Midlands’ leading auctioneer based on the number of properties sold, the percentage of properties sold, and the total amount raised in its first year in 2019.

Since launching in January 2019 the company offered an impressive 1001 lots, achieving an average success rate of 89% that raised more than £101.7 million in sales.

The first auction of the year in February 2020 set new records. Over £20 million was raised in sales and 203 lots sold out of the 213 offered on the day, representing an astonishing 96% sales success rate.

Gurpreet Bassi added: “We have thought long and hard about how we reintroduce our auctions in the safest possible way but also to produce the best results for our clients.

“We can offer social distance valuations of any empty properties or virtual valuations if access is not possible or if the property is occupied and you would prefer that we did not enter.

“Whichever the case, you can rest assured that the health and safety of our staff, clients and associates will always be our highest priority. We will continue to follow the latest Government guidelines, and we are equipped with face masks, shields, latex gloves, hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes to ensure there is no cross-contamination of any surfaces or door handles etc.”

Bond Wolfe Auctions will be revealing the lots to be offered as they are confirmed and loaded on its website from Wednesday 20 May, see www.bondwolfeauctions.com.

Anyone interested in the auctions or with properties for sale in future auctions should contact enquiries@bondwolfeauctions.com, call 0121 312 1212 or visit www.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 200 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 2020 at Aston Villa FC as well as offering online auctions, selling properties nationally across the UK.

Bulleys promotes Bird to partner

Black Country commercial property consultancy Bulleys has promoted one of its original graduate recruits to partner. James Bird becomes a partner from 1 May having been with the firm for almost 14 years.

He joined the firm as a graduate surveyor with a degree in real estate straight from the University of Central England (now Birmingham City University) in 2006.

A qualified surveyor of the RICS since 2008, he has worked his way up through the ranks from graduate surveyor, through to senior associate and now partner.

Bulleys, established in 1965, is represented with offices in Wolverhampton and Oldbury and Telford. The firm has consistently been awarded Most Active Agent by number of disposals in the Midlands Industrial Co-Star Agency Awards, most recently for the year 2019/20, plus also Most Active Regional Agent in the West Midlands for Overall Deals done and Most Active Industrial Agent in the West Midlands by Estates Gazette (EG) in their most recent annual report.

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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 Homes experiencing strong demand even during lockdown

Lockley Homes, the independent, family-run Midlands developer, has reported strong interest in its latest developments despite, or perhaps because of, the Covid-19 lockdown.

Joint managing director Karl Lockley explained: “Since lockdown began on Monday 23 March, we have seen more and more visitors to our website, which has prompted further inquiries on a daily basis.

“We have continued to take reservations on both our current live projects in Colwall, near Malvern, and in Honeybourne, near Broadway.”

Kingsbrooke, Lockley Homes’ second development of family homes, bungalows and apartments of superior quality in the picturesque village of Colwall, is now 60% sold, with all houses and bungalows sold.

There are now only four of the six “sky bungalows” in Connolly House available and Mr Lockley said they were experiencing a lot of curiosity about their unique concept of large apartment living on one floor.

Prices for the two bedroom apartments range from £475,000-£525,000.

The story is similar at Lockley Homes’ Marmalade Lane development in Honeybourne – eight properties in total with a mixture of two 2 bedroom houses, three 3 bedroom houses, two 4 bedroom houses and one 2 bedroom bungalow.

Already 50% of the properties are reserved, with prices on those remaining ranging from £495,000 – £595,000.

Karl Lockley said: “Both developments are now open for viewing in line with Covid-19 guidance and we will be pleased to be able to show interested buyers what is available again at last.

“We are not sure what has prompted the surge in interest but it may be something to do with people having longer to spend searching for the ideal property on the internet.

“Our variety of properties tick so many boxes that I suppose it is inevitable we will attract a wide range of interested parties.

“From young couples starting out to downsizers looking for luxurious, manageable space, and those simply seeking a lovely family home, we have something for most buyers.”

With construction now restarted under government guidelines, Lockley Homes are hopeful of completing Kingsbrooke and Marmalade Lane not too far behind schedule and then embarking on an ambitious programme of further developments in attractive rural and suburban locations.

For further 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.

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