Willmott Dixon opens Oxford office

The Midlands arm of national construction firm Willmott Dixon is extending its reach to the south of its region by opening an office in Oxford.  Continue reading


The Magnificent Seven

Back row L-R: Nick Woodward and Nick Ager – Middle row: Nick Csukas, Ed Palgrave, Martin Guest and Theo Holmes – Front row: Will Ventham and Richard Connolly

Seven surveyors have climbed the promotion ladder at the Birmingham office of property consultancy CBRE.

Richard Connolly and Will Ventham have been made directors in the valuation and office agency teams respectively.

Richard, who joined the firm in 2006, provides a range of valuation advice on commercial properties with a specialism in city centre offices. His clients include Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, Handelsbanken, Santander, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, AXA and Prudential. Continue reading

Colliers International’s Fab Four

L-R: Chris Bampton, Emel Ahmet, Dawn Ferrier and Harry Dunger

Three surveyors from Colliers International have risen up the ranks at the real estate consultancy’s Birmingham office.

Chris Bampton is now director of the national investment team.

Chris, who has been with the firm since 2007, is responsible for identifying and selling investment properties.

Harry Dunger has been promoted to director of corporate restructuring. He specialises in dealing with distressed assets in the Midlands on behalf of banks and insolvency practitioners. His clients include Lloyds TSB, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Barclays Bank. Continue reading

WMCCE: Time to get on board BIM

The West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence (WMCCE) is backing the Government’s drive to get more companies to adopt a new virtual system of constructing buildings. Continue reading

CBRE’s paperback writer

CBRE's Greg Hunt with his newly published novel, 'The Ringer'

Birmingham, 6 February, 2012 – A surveyor from the Birmingham office of property consultants CBRE has turned author with the publication of his novel, ‘The Ringer’.

Greg Hunt, an associate director in the property asset management team, wrote the adventure thriller over eight months during his daily train commute from his home in Barnt Green.

The page-turner tells the story of Greg’s alter ego Archie Malcolm, a bell ringer working for the navy tasked with busting a drugs ring.

The novel brings together Greg’s twin love of the Alps, where the action is centred, and campanology. A bell ringer at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, the father-of-two claims the campanology angle gives a fresh twist to the traditional action thriller. Continue reading

Staycity checks in at Newhall Square




ROSB has secured a major pre-letting at its Newhall Square development to serviced apartment operator Staycity, for what will be Birmingham’s biggest aparthotel.

Staycity is to open up to 190 apartments to complement its existing 78 at Birmingham’s Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street.

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Available Grade A office space shrinks in Brum

Available Grade A office stock in Birmingham city centre is now at a four year low, according to latest research by Colliers International.

Despite the economic downturn and low levels of business confidence, the property consultant’s bi-annual ‘Net Stock Absorption’ research shows that 204,418 sq ft of the city’s best office space was newly occupied in 2011.

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