English Partnerships has appointed DTZ to manage its estate across the south-west.

The diverse portfolio is spread from Plymouth and Dorset through to Gloucester and includes a number of unoccupied sites, which will be worked up for future development and regeneration plans.

DTZ will estate manage the 17 sites from its Bristol-based property asset management team.

Its estate management brief ranges from management of security, health and safety and environmental issues such as bats, badgers and newts to the management of heritage sites including the scheduled ancient monument at Tatchbury.

‘The requirements to manage our sites are very demanding and the complexity of issues involved will be a full-time challenge for DTZ, who were selected from our panel of national agents,’ said Niki Stratton, estates manager for English Partnerships in the south west.

‘The portfolio is diverse and includes the Grade II listed Hanham Hall carbon challenge site in Bristol through to agricultural holdings near Dorchester.’

DTZ director Paul Smith added: ‘Often the current condition of the buildings means great care has to be taken with each site; managing access as well as ensuring repairs and maintenance are carried out in accordance with specific building requirements.’