Centrick expands in Solihull

Carina Hill, director of Centrick Property, with Matthew Reilly, appointed to head the firm's new residential sales operation in Solihull.

Centrick Property has appointed Matthew Reilly to oversee its new residential sales operation in Solihull.

The firm is adding home sales to its already established Solihull lettings and estate management business, based at its branch on Knowle High Street.

Matthew joins Centrick from north London estate agents Ellis & Co, where he was principal. He has more than 20 years’ experience in residential property sales and management, both in London and the Midlands. Continue reading


Colliers International wins Stratford estate management brief

Martyn Edwards and Tarquin Murray-Holgate of Colliers International, with Michael Wyldbore-Smith (centre) of Stratford Town Trust, outside The Garrick Inn, the oldest pub in Stratford.

The Birmingham office of property consultants Colliers International has won the brief to manage Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust’s £35m property portfolio.

The charitable organisation was set up in the sixteenth century and granted a Royal Charter by Edward VI, nine days before his death in 1553.

It boasts a varied portfolio of more than 100 properties, all in Stratford-upon-Avon, including listed buildings such as 1 High Street (Judith Shakespeare’s home) and Mason’s Court, Shrieves House – England’s most haunted site – the Boathouse on the River Avon, land adjacent to Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Stratford’s oldest public house, the timber-framed Garrick Inn. Continue reading

Two Snowhill deal a major boost for city’s property sector

The announcement that Hines and Ballymore Group are to jointly develop Two Snowhill in Birmingham is a major shot in the arm for the city’s commercial property sector and will help alleviate the looming office supply crisis, according to Colliers International.

Craig Satchwell, head of office agency at the firm, who advised Hines on the deal, described it as “a very significant regional transaction for the UK property market”. 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

Education Trust moves to Newhall Street

RO Developments' 144 Newhall Street has been let to Ormiston Academies Trust

RO St Bernards (ROSB) has let 144 Newhall Street, Birmingham, to Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT).

The non-profit organisation, which is dedicated to raising educational standards, has taken the whole of the refurbished building, comprising 4,288 sq ft/398.35 sq m.

The organisation works with schools, teachers, parents and the community to improve education and support young people to achieve. It is self-funding and was established by the Ormiston Trust to manage its Academies. It sponsors eleven Academies, including three in Sandwell and one in Walsall. A twelfth Academy, the Birmingham Ormiston Academy for creative, digital and performing arts, is planned to open in Digbeth next year. Continue reading

Time for the pendulum to swing?

The door is beginning to close on tenants looking for bargain basement rents on Birmingham city centre Grade A office space, according to new research from CB Richard Ellis.

The firm’s quarterly Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) Rent and Yields report shows that rents on prime space are beginning to harden at an average of £27.50 per sq ft. Continue reading

Expansion for city centre estate agency

L-R: Marcel Woodhouse,Tia Begum-Bowers, Michael Briggs, Luke Jones and Samantha Shaw.

Birmingham residential sales and letting agency York Laurent has opened a second office in the city centre at The Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, and appointed four new members of staff to its team.

York Laurent has been established in the Jewellery Quarter since 1998, and is a thriving sales, letting and UK property management business with a growing commercial property consultancy. Continue reading