Jodie Macmillan BSc (Hons) MRICS
Jodie joined the company in 2012 whilst studying towards a BSc in Estate Management at CEM. After hard studying she has just qualified as Chartered Surveyor and is a RICS Registered Valuer. We are all very pleased for her and she is looking forwards to stepping out on her own.
H M Williams Accountants have recently moved into Grade A purpose built offices at Sandy Court on the Langage Business Park, Plympton, according to agent John Slade of Monk and Partners. Previously located in Valley Road, Plympton, the move into the high profile new building will allow the company to grow the full range of accountancy services to businesses located across the South West.
Occupying 3120 square feet Monk and Partners arranged the pre-let of a new build semi-detached office block in the established and popular Sandy Court office campus. The letting also provides H M Williams with option to purchase the Freehold as they have been experiencing a period of growth and needed to relocate into offices that better reflect the needs of the firm.
Being next to the A38 Devon Expressway means easy access for the team to get into work and out to see clients so Langage was the ideal location. Ashley Smith of H M Williams said ‘We are now very excited to be in an office that is better equipped and suits that of a modern and growing professional services firm which will significantly assist with the growth of the company.’
Bruton Knowles represented H M Williams in the negotiation of the lease and future purchase of the building along with advice on the build and fit out.
John Slade of Monk and Partners commented ‘Our client, Greenacre Developments, was pleased to be able to bring another local company to Sandy Court with the construction of this building, the other half of which remains available for sale or to let. Yet to be fitted out internally the adjacent unit offers another 3200 square feet of offices over two floors with parking and could be completed prior to Christmas 2017. The Sandy Court scheme is getting close to capacity now with just two 6000 square foot buildings remaining to be constructed.’
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.
We undertook Project Coordination on behalf of Ocean BMW, Falmouth, to create a new car and motorbike showroom. After a few years hard work it is now finished and ready for business. We may be a bit biased, but we think it looks great!
A huge thank you to all the contractors who have worked so hard to create this amazing site and to Ocean BMW for letting us be a part of it. We wish them every success in the future.
A huge congratulations to Jodie who has just found out today that after years of hard work and studying she has qualified as a professional surveyor! We are all very pleased for her!
Congratulations to David, George and Emily for their running efforts at the weekend:
David and George completed the Kassios Dias Mountain Trail run in Corfu. David came 87th overall and 4th in his age group with a time of 3 hours 34 min. George came in 60th in 3 hours 18min conquering 23.5km through mountains climbing 3,400 feet in the Mediterranean heat. David says he will be back again next year!
Emily ran the Plymouth Half Marathon in 2 hours 11 minutes ahead of the London Marathon this weekend - she will be spending most of this week avoiding the office biscuit jar in favour of eating masses of pasta. We wish her all the best for this weekend :)
We currently have four high spec offices available within a new development in Devonport boosting a mixture of over 450 new residential units combined with shops, a market hall and other amenities all built by the award winning Redrow Homes making this a prime up-coming location. The fully fitted open plan offices with allocated car spaces are situated within an area of major regeneration, and benefit from being on a main arterial route giving a prominent position for any business. The suites are available for sale (long leasehold) or to let and are certain to be popular. Call Monk and Partners today and ask to speak to John Slade to get further details and to book your viewing.
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.”
Our great investment property in Mutley is now Under Offer but we have a lot of clients still looking for similar properties. If you have something similar or are looking for a new investment please call our commercial agent John Slade who would love to hear from you!