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Aiysha Mahmood Freelance

Property Week

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  • Where is Help to Buy working?

    04 July 2014

    Mapping new builds nationwide: Help to Buy has certainly bolstered demand in the UK housing market, but has it actually boosted supply?

  • Grosvenor acquires One Mayfair

    2 July 2014

    Grosvenor has bought events venue One Mayfairoff London’s Oxford Street for £18m.

  • New developments for Winnersh Triangle

    2 July 2014

    Oaktree Capital Management and Patrizia have announced new developments for the Winnersh Triangle business park.

  • Tristan fund acquires £153m Noé portfolio

    2 July 2014

    Tristan Capital Partners has agreed to purchase a £153m mixed portfolio of 144 properties across England and Wales once owned by the Noé family.

  • Quorum Business Park office sold for £17.5m

    1 July 2014

    Investment fund manager Tritax has sold its 100,353 sq ft office building at Quorum Business Park in Newcastle for £17.5m, representing a net initial yield of 8.1%.

  • Blackstone in spec success

    27 June 2014

    The speculatively built Building 7 at Chiswick Park has landed its first occupier in IMG

  • Bristol sees second largest transaction in 2014

    25 June 2014

    Tribal Group has signed for 15,200 sq ft at King’s Orchard in Bristol for its head office, bringing Bristol its second largest transaction for the year so far.

  • New Balance moves in Appleton House

    25 June 2014

    Athletics retailer New Balance has leased the 30,666 sq ft Appleton House office building at Birchwood Point Business Park on a 10 year term to create a new EMEA headquarter operation.

  • St Modwen to develop £50m Swansea student halls

    25 June 2014

    St Modwen has signed an agreement with Swansea University to deliver an additional £50m of student accommodation and new facilities to boost the £450m Bay Campus development.

  • Student accommodation scheme planned for Belfast

    25 June 2014

    Belfast Metropolitan College has sold its College Square East building to specialist private student accommodation construction firm, Watkin Jones & Sons.

  • Deloitte Real Estate announces five partner promotions

    25 June 2014

    Deloitte Real Estate has promoted five new partners.

  • L&G’s industrial fund acquires £80m of new assets this year

    25 June 2014

    Legal & General Property has announced that its Industrial Property Investment Fund has completed over £80m purchases, bringing its assets under management to over £1bn.

  • Hunter Booth returns to JLL’s West End Office Agency team

    25 June 2014

    JLL’s Hunter Booth has returned to its West End Office Agency team as a director after spending three years at the firm’s Hong Kong office.

  • Multi-million pound South Lanarkshire development secures next phase

    25 June 2014

    South Lanarkshire’s Executive Committee has approved the terms of a planning agreement which will allow planning permission to be released for phase two of Newton Farm in Cambuslang.

  • Crossrail 2 will lift residential values by ‘more than 70%’

    20 June 2014

    Tottenham Court Road could be transformed with the advent of Crossrail 2 and the Northern Line extension. Aiysha Mahmood reports.

  • Intu Watford signs cinema anchor

    18 June 2014

    Intu has signed Cineworld as the leisure anchor for its £100m retail and leisure development in Watford town centre.

  • Agents appointed on Birmingham’s Fort Dunlop

    18 June 2014

    Colliers International’s national offices team has teamed up with GVA to market Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, one of the UK’s largest mixed-use regeneration schemes outside London.

  • Property professionals to “crowdsource” MIPIM UK conference

    18 June 2014

    MIPIM UK, in collaboration with Property Week, has launched a new online competition to crowdsource two sessions at the first MIPIM UK.

  • Lumina Real Estate and XLB buy office in Slough

    17 June 2014

    Lumina Real Estate Capital and XLB Property have acquired Observatory House, Slough for £10.6m from Helix Property Advisors.

  • Clearbell launches £125m distribution business

    13 June 2014

    Clearbell plans to invest up to £125m as it builds a nationwide portfolio of assets, with a particular focus on meeting the ‘last mile’ challenges faced by retailers and distributers, driven by intensifying consumer demands.

  • 14-storey residential block to replace 1930s council estate

    11 June 2014

    Westminster City Council has secured planning permission to radically overhaul a 1930s council estate which was the former site for the Grosvenor Canal. Work is scheduled to begin in October 2014.

  • Knight Frank appoints new professionals for high profile Roadside Team

    11 June 2014

    Knight Frank appoints Adam Chapman and Tom Pynton to form a new specialist Roadside team based in its Birmingham office. Both professionals will join from GVA as partners this summer.

  • John Michell joins M J Mapp as head of retail business

    11 June 2014

    M J Mapp has appointed retail real estate expert John Michell to lead its focused expansion into the retail sector as a director in the business.Michell will work with Nigel Mapp and the senior management team to further develop M J Mapp’s retail coverage and offering, using his significant experience and expertise.Michell was previously a lead director of JLL’s retail management business, responsible for their UK shopping centres. Prior to joining JLL, Michell was an Equity Par

  • Berkeley commits to minimum space standards

    6 June 2014

    Berkeley Group announced new minimum space standards for all new homes as part of its 16 fresh business commitments that will mark the next phase of its 10 year business plan.Other commitments for the next two years include an innovation fund to improve safety on site, a 50% increase in apprenticeships and training, enabling fibre broadband access on all new homes and achieving higher customer satisfaction ratings than Apple.Every Berkeley homes submitted for planning will now h

  • Need to know: a neat rebrand

    06 June 2014

    As the London residential market continues to tick up, Kitewood Development Partners has rebranded as NEAT to offer consumers a friendlier face.

  • Football clubs put record £211m investment into stadia

    5 June 2014

    The top 92 English clubs invested £211m in their stadia and facilities last year, the highest amount of capital investment since 2006.

  • €160m Dublin portfolio for sale

    4 June 2014

    A portfolio of commercial properties and development sites in Dublin have been brought to the market for offers in excess of €160m, a 6.64% yield.Savills and Hooke & MacDonald have been appointed on behalf of four separate private vendors to market The Orange Collection, which comprises 761 modern apartments, approximately 33,864 sq ft of commercial space and 1.74 acres of development land across four sites.The sites, at Beacon South Quarter, Charlestown, Lansdowne Gate and

  • Winnersh Triangle secures two more pre-lets

    4 June 2014

    Digital broadcast and film product manufacturer Evertz UK and AIT, a data centre and secure networking technical services specialist, have taken up a combined 16,000 sq ft of commercial space at Winnersh Triangle.Evertz is moving out of its Reading town centre office, adding an extra 8,000 sq ft at 670 Winnersh Triangle to the office premises it already has at the site in Berkshire Place. The two leases are now linked until 2021.AIT had outgrown its South Street premises in the

  • Sittingbourne Centre to undergo a £110m redevelopment scheme

    4 June 2014

    Quinn Estates joins specialist mixed-use regeneration developer, Cathedral and property consultants, Essential Land LLP in the development of the £110m Spirit of Sittingbourne scheme. The scheme is set to transform Sittingbourne Centre, generating £250m of economic improvement and creating more than 1,000 new jobs. The Spirit of Sittingbourne consortium expects to make a planning application in late 2014.The mixed-use scheme focuses on the whole town centre. Proposals include a

  • Trentham Lakes distribution facility to double up in size

    4 June 2014

    M&G Real Estate, in partnership with developer St Modwen, plans to double the size of its Trentham Lakes distribution facility in Stoke-on-Trent, which is occupied bytrade retailer Screwfix.

  • Bill’s checks in to Liverpool ONE

    4 June 2014

    Bill’s restaurant is to take 3,153 sq ft in Grosvenor’s retail scheme Liverpool ONE.Situated between Chavasse Park and Hilton Hotel, it will be the first Bill’s in the city and the brand’s second restaurant in the north west.Scott Macdonald, co-managing director of Bill’s, said: “It is important we choose locations that will deliver customers and Liverpool ONE is ideal for us with its growing footfall of local and international customers.”Cushman & Wakefield and Tushi

  • Hammerson secures deals at Silverburn shopping centre

    2 June 2014

    Hammerson has secured a number of deals at its Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow as part of a £20m leisure extension.Restaurant chain Chimichanga will be opening in December, taking 3,112 sq ft, and fast food chain Burger King is to open a 2,755 sq ft restaurant in the external area of the leisure development.Pret A Manger has signed for a 2,325 sq ft kiosk in the Wintergarden, joining existing brands Nando’s, Pizza Hut and Handmade Burger Kitchen which are all increasing th

  • TK Maxx hunts for new HQ

    30 May 2014

    Retailer seeks office to consolidate its operations.

  • Chardon Trading buys two Holiday Inn Express hotels

    28 May 2014

    Chardon Trading has acquired two Holiday Inn Express hotels in the Royal Mile in Edingburgh and Dunfermline from CHGF.

  • Royal London sells Warrington office block

    21 May 2014

    Royal London has sold The Point office building in Birchwood, Warrington to a private investor for £4.87m, representing a net initial yield of 8.25%The 32,016 sq ft grade A building is let on a 10 year lease to billing and customer management company, Martin Dawes Systems Ltd.Located on Birchwood Boulevard, approximately five miles north east of Warrington town centre, The Point is an established business location with neighbouring occupiers including Canon, Hewlett Packard and

  • Cushman & Wakefield appointed to £500m Oxford retail scheme

    21 May 2014

    Westgate Oxford Alliance has appointment Cushman & Wakefield to join current agent CBRE on the £500m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre in Oxford.The mandate is one of the UK’s most sought after retail agency contracts.In March this year, the Alliance gained consent for the retail-led mixed use development that will be anchored by a John Lewis department store. It is schedule to open in 2017.The new Westgate development will have space for shops, cafes and leisure f

  • Nordea to offload Harper Collins HQ

    19 May 2014

    Nordea Property Investment has appointed JLL to sell the freehold interest in 77 Fulham Palace Road, London.The sale comprises a three-acre office estate in Hammersmith which has never been traded since its original construction in the early 1990s. It includes four office buildings, extending to approximately 195,000 sq ft.The estate is currently the UK headquarters of Harper Collins, which leases approximately 120,000 sq ft. It is anticipated that the publisher will vacate the

  • Reading Bridge House sells for £35.2m

    19 May 2014

    M&G Real Estate has bought Reading Bridge House from Lumina Real Estate Capital and Wrenbridge for £35.2m.

  • Hair and beauty firm cuts deal at Airedale House

    19 May 2014

    Hair and beauty supplier Sally Salon Services has agreed to take a 6,196 sq ft retail unit at Airedale House, Leeds.The building comprises 26,337 sq ft of retail space and 15,056 sq ft of office accommodation. Other tenants include Slater Menswear and Co-op Travel.Bridges Sustainable Property Fund, part of Bridges Ventures, which acquired Airedale House for £4m in January this year, plans to refurbish the building to improve the quality of the office stock and accommodation.

  • Staines site bought for 430,000 sq ft development

    16 May 2014

    Melford Capital Partners and Mercer Real Estate Partners have bought the Majestic House site in central Staines for a purchase price understood to be in excess of £10m.

  • Jolie Papier picks Bluewater for UK launch

    16 May 2014

    Schurman Retail Group has brought its luxury card brand, Jolie Papier, to the UK and launched the brand’s first store in Lend Lease’s Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent.

  • Roydhouse appoints contractor for £100m Central Square scheme

    14 May 2014

    Roydhouse Properties has appointed Wates Construction as its main contractor on its £100m Central Square development on Wellington Street, Leeds.

  • Stanhope to develop Gloucester transport hub

    14 May 2014

    Gloucester’s local enterprise partnership (LEP) has award £3m to Stanhope Developers to build a new transport hub in the city centre.

  • Oaktree and Patrizia bag Winnersh pre-let

    14 May 2014

    Oaktree Capital Management and Patrizia have secured their first office letting at Winnersh Triangle with a 70,000 sq ft prelet deal to blue-chip aerospace and defence organisation Rockwell Collins.

  • YO! Sushi appoints new chief exec

    6 May 2014

    Sushi restaurant group YO! Sushi has appointed Vanessa Hall as its new chief executive.

  • Valad acquires £7m St Helens retail asset

    29 April 2014

    Valad Europe has acquired a 68,351 sq ft retail warehouse and restaurant for £7m at Chalon Way West, St Helens.

  • Burt's Bees buzzes into Seven Dials

    29 April 2014

    Cosmetics company Burt’s Bees has chosen Shaftesbury’s Seven Dials in London for its first pop-up store in the UK.


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