Herculean effort from Mills & Reeve to bring home historic trophy

A team of cyclists from national law firm Mills & Reeve have pedalled to victory to bring a trophy back to its Birmingham roots.

A team of 12 riders, which included two employees from the firm’s Birmingham office, took part in the annual Hercules Corporate Sportive.

The Mills & Reeve team triumphed after completing a rigorous 100-mile course around the Rutland and Leicestershire countryside. The team crossed the finish line in 6 hours and 34 minutes to beat off stiff competition from seven other legal and financial services teams. Continue reading

Surveyors land new roles at CBRE

Two surveyors from the Birmingham office of property consultancy CBRE are celebrating after landing new roles.

Miles Jones, who joined CBRE in 2009 as a graduate, has been promoted to senior surveyor within the property asset management department.

Miles works on both the national and regional property asset management teams, with clients including CBRE Global Investors, Stainton Group and State Street Global Advisors. Continue reading

Mills & Reeve advises on creation of groundbreaking Aston University Engineering Academy

National law firm Mills & Reeve has advised on the creation of a new £16 million university technical college in Birmingham.

Aston University Engineering Academy is the first university led and sponsored engineering academy to be created for 14 – 19 year olds in England. It offers science A-levels, engineering diplomas and apprenticeships, and has capacity for 600 students.

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Take-up along M42 powers ahead of city centre

Office take-up along the M42 is outpacing take-up in Birmingham city centre for the first time since official take-up figures were collated in 2005.

In the first half of 2012, 401,691 sq ft of office space was let along the M42 corridor, compared with just 147,654 sq ft in Birmingham’s central office core.

The half-year figures for the M42 have already surpassed 2011’s total take –up of 198,337 sq ft. Continue reading

Montague reforms could speed up housing provision in Brum

A government report designed to tackle Britain’s chronic housing shortage has been welcomed by a Birmingham residential property expert.

Adrian Willet, a director in the development team at CBRE, claims the Montague Report’s proposals to relax the level of affordable housing private developers deliver could encourage much needed investment in the private rented sector (PRS).

The proposals were endorsed by the government today [6 September], when prime minister David Cameron announced the affordable housing rules would be relaxed as part of a package of new measures designed to boost construction and housing.

Mr Willet said: “We are seeing a fundamental shift in residential occupational trends.

“With mortgage finance hard to come by, many of this and the next generation will be long-term renters. The need to provide more homes for rent is therefore vital.” Continue reading

CBRE boosts development team with new hire

Martin Guest, MD of the Birmingham office of CBRE, and Adrian Willet, newly appointed development director at the firm.

Adrian Willet has joined CBRE as a director in the firm’s development team in Birmingham.

A development specialist, advising on land sales and acquisitions as well as residential investment and student housing markets, Mr Willet joins from Savills, where he was also a director.

Previously, he was managing director of G&C Finance plc, the development finance business; development director – Midlands, for Crest Nicholson plc and director – residential development for the Midlands at DTZ. Continue reading