Agents Monk & Partners are pleased to announce the letting of an industrial unit off Sutton Road, Coxside, Plymouth.

Having received the instruction and placed the property on our website last week, a viewing ensued on Monday morning and the tenant signed the lease and took occupation today, just 4 days later.

The unit having a floor area of just under 1000 sq ft has been leased to Skyline Recovery for a term of 3 years.

John Slade of Monk & Partners comments: “It is pretty unusual to transact properties this quickly but this proves it can be done.

This letting is further evidence that there is still plenty of demand for industrial units but a distinct lack of availability particularly for vehicle repair related trades.”

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RETAIL LETTING - 51 Mutley Plain, Plymouth.

Local property investors who recently acquired the freehold of 51 Mutley Plain, an end terraced shop with residential upper parts and were advised on the acquisition and subsequent letting Plymouth commercial property agents Monk & Partners.

The property was formerly occupied by Boots Pharmacy prior to their move to larger premises three doors along this vibrant street.

Monk & Partners have subsequently relet the ground floor and basement of the property to a local Artisan bakery and café user who has obtained planning permission for their use and are currently undergoing a substantial internal refit.

The upper parts have now been approved to convert into two self contained flats and the refurbishment of those is about to start with a view to completion in July.

Agent John Slade from Monk & Partners comments, this property along with other shops have been available To Let for a considerable time but as can be seen from recent activity on Mutley plain, the vacant units are beginning to spring back into life with the recent opening of Starbucks, relocation of Dominos Pizza, Consol and other units currently being under offer.

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Friday, 24 May 2019 15:14

Former Baptist Church SOLD

Another Successful Sale by Monk & Partners on the Former Church Sale.

Acting on behalf of SW Baptist Association, Plymouth commercial property agents, Monk & Partners have sold the Former Ford Baptist Church in Alfred Road, in the Plymouth district of Ford.

The premises have been sold to a local property developer for conversion to circa 10 flats which will prove a welcome enhancement to the street with the property having become dilapidated and unused.

Property agent John Slade commented, we initially offered this interesting looking property having a mix of architectural styles to the market in 2016 only for the sale to falter and the property was withdrawn.

The subsequent conditional sale was agreed with the developers and after a lengthy planning process they achieved the required permission to convert the property.

The building works are now under way with a view to bringing the flats to the market in 2020.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:29

52/56 Embankment Rd, Prince Rock, Plymouth

Acting on behalf of NOS 2 Ltd, Monk and Partners have sold the freehold investment property 52/56 Embankment Rd, Plymouth which comprises a two storey building arranged as two ground floor shops let to Bet Fred, Bookmakers and a Polish supermarket/delicatessen together with a vacant basement workshop/warehouse formerly used as a cash and carry among other uses.

At the time of the sale the property was producing a rental of £26,000 p.a.x. and was sold off an asking price of £300,000.

Stratton Creber represented the purchasers.

Monk & Partners have subsequently let the lower ground floor of about 270 sq m (2900 sq ft) to a leisure operator who has gained planning permission for a gym use.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016 16:21

Active year in Retail warehouse market


Plymouth City Council has purchased a prime edge of town centre Retail Park in the Plymouth as part of a long-term investment strategy to promote the local economy and generate income.

The Council has used historically low borrowing rates to acquire the freehold interest of Friary Retail Park fronting Exeter Street. The property extends to circa 7,456 sq m (80,250 sq ft) and is located beside a strategic gateway to Plymouth’s city centre.

The investment will provide the Council with a long term income stream, secured against quality tenants who are unrepresented in the traditional shopping centre.  These include Dunelm, Smyths Toys and Hobbycraft, Pets at Home etc.

A spokesman at the Council commented “We are capitalising on our in-house property expertise and access to historically low borrowing costs to invest in commercial property in Plymouth. This will boost the local economy, support jobs and generate long term sustainable income to improve the wider financial position of the Council. After all costs, it is estimated that the property will deliver an annual income from rents of over £500,000 a year and this will grow over time.  That’s half a million pounds worth of savings we don’t have to make elsewhere and it will help us protect vital frontline services.”

It is believed many councils are doing this as a reaction to diminishing funding from Central Government hence the need to be entrepreneurial and look at other sources of revenue. Plymouth City Council are already landlords of a significant amount of commercial property and have a good track record in maximising returns from their property estate.

This year over £1 billion has been spent on commercial property investments by local authorities nationwide. This reflects the growing trend of Councils taking advantage of the low cost of debt to acquire commercial property to generate a secure and steady income stream for the future, examples include Portsmouth City Council, Surrey County Council and Leeds City Council to name a few.

The freehold interest of Friary Retail Park has been sold by AXA Investment Managers Ltd to Plymouth City Council.  The Council were represented by Plymouth agents Monk & Partners and Savills (Bristol) whilst AXA Investment Managers were represented by Edgerley Simpson Howe LLP.

Acquiring agent John Slade of Monk & Partners commented, “this Retail Park Investment is a rare opportunity to come to the market which we identified as fitting the needs of the Plymouth City Property Investment fund and we were pleased to be able to negotiate and deliver a purchase on their behalf. The scheme is fully let and accommodates a number of well-known retailers in a range of unit sizes and should perform well for them as investors.”

John Slade further comments “2016 has been an extremely active year for Monk & Partners as agents particularly in the retail warehouse market. Jointly with agents Bruton Knowles, we also acquired the former B & Q premises at Coypool Retail Park, Plympton, on behalf of local retailers for their own occupation. This warehouse totalled circa 3,369 sq m (36,264 sq ft) and was purchased from former owners, Threadneedle Property Unit Trust. 

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Acting on behalf Santander UK plc, Monk & Partners jointly with Core Consult have secured a sub-letting of a former Bank premises at 65 New George St located within Plymouth’s main shopping thoroughfare.

On offer was a 2350 sq ft A2/retail unit with upper parts held on the remainder of a 25 year lease expiring in March 2019 and national employment charity, Tomorrow’s People Trust Ltd, were identified as needing to relocate from Mayflower House, an office building in Plymouth City Centre earmarked for redevelopment as a new student block.

John Slade of Monk and Partners comments “we have let premises to Tomorrow’s People on a couple of occasions in Plymouth following their initial set up in The Crescent and now their need for relocation as the result of their current premises being needed for redevelopment.”

Tomorrows People are engaged in helping disadvantaged adult and young people to get and keep jobs.

“Having identified their need to relocate we offered the former Santander unit in New George Street to them as it was prominent and convenient and ideally suited as a recruitment base for the Charity.”

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