Drivers Jonas Deloitte bolsters Birmingham agency team

Philippa Pickavance and Cameron Thomson











Property consultants Drivers Jonas Deloitte has strengthened its agency team in Birmingham with the appointment of Cameron Thomson as a senior surveyor.

Mr Thomson has more than nine years’ agency experience, primarily in the office and industrial sectors in the Midlands, advising on both freehold and leasehold disposals and acquisitions.

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Universities challenged

Cash-strapped universities face the prospect of an 18-month funding gap, according to business advisory firm Deloitte.

The firm said that timing of various changes to the funding of universities means that there will be cash management challenges, which have not been a feature of the sector for many years.

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Birmingham Lawyer’s case becomes major new film

Karen Bailey

A case handled by Birmingham lawyer Karen Bailey has been turned into a major international film starring Oscar winners Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave.

In 2002 Karen won a £110,000 pay out for former police officer Kathryn Bolkovac, who was unfairly sacked by DynCorp International LLC.,  for blowing the whistle on the  United Nations’ and her DynCorp colleagues involved in the Bosnian sex trade.

Ms Bolkovac will be portrayed by Rachel Weisz in “The Whistleblower”, which was filmed in Bucharest, Romania and directed by award winner Larysa Kondracki, who co-wrote the script with Eilis Kirwan. Continue reading

Birmingham to host international design event for second year running

Birmingham is to host the International Urban Design Summer School for the second year running.

MADE (Midlands Architecture and Designed Environment) will run the event, from 19th  – 22nd June, which is expected to attract delegates from around the world. Continue reading

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6-7 Newhall Square now fully let

RO St Bernards (ROSB) has let the remaining space at its 6-7 Newhall Square office development, in Birmingham.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has taken 7,385 sq ft at the development, for a new regional headquarters.

MADE, the architecture centre for the West Midlands, moved into the building in October last year and occupies 3,089 sq ft on the ground floor. The child protection charity will occupy the remaining four floors, on a ten-year lease. The rent is undisclosed. Continue reading

CBRE investment team enjoys stellar 2010

Justin Marshall, Nick Woodward and Andrew Meikle

Investment agents at CB Richard Ellis were the most active in the country in 2010, advising on 25 per cent of the total commercial property transactions.

According to figures released this week by Property Data*, investment deals totaled £37.2bn in 2010, with CBRE claiming £8.8bn – £2.3bn more than its nearest rival, Jones Lang LaSalle. 

The firm was top performer in the office and retail categories, advising on 85 and 100 deals respectively, and second only to King Sturge in the industrial sector. Continue reading

Staff take step up property career ladder

Martin Guest, Mike Stephens and Mike Sutton with the rest of the newly promoted CBRE staff.

Property consultancy CB Richard Ellis has promoted nine people at its office in Birmingham.

Mike Stephens and Mike Sutton, who work in the valuation and building consultancy teams respectively, have been promoted to senior director, while Dave Smith, regional financial controller, has been promoted to director.

In the property asset management team, Ann Pedrick-Moyle and Tansy Brooke have been promoted to associate director and senior surveyor respectively. Other senior surveyor promotions include Andy Harris, building consultancy, Ned Mutter, global corporate solutions, Phil Bartleet and Indi Sidhu, both valuation consultancy. Continue reading