Brighton office

One Jubilee Street,  Brighton,
East Sussex, BN1 1GE
t. 01273 876200
e. brighton@shw.co.uk
e. accounts@shw.co.uk

Crawley/Gatwick office

Sterling House, High Street, Crawley,
West Sussex, RH10 1GE
t. 01293 441300
e. crawley@shw.co.uk

Croydon office

69 Park Lane,  Croydon,
Surrey, CR0 1BY
t. 020 8662 2700
e. croydon@shw.co.uk

Eastbourne office

Ivy House, Ivy Terrace, Eastbourne,
East Sussex, BN21 4QU
t. 01323 410975 (Property Management)
t. 01323 437900 (All other Services)
e. eastbourne@shw.co.uk

Epsom office

56a High Street,  Epsom,
Surrey, KT19 8AJ
t. 01372 818181
e. epsom@shw.co.uk

London office

Venture House, 27-29 Glasshouse Street, London,
W1B 5DF
t. 020 7389 1500
e. london@shw.co.uk

Worthing office

3 Liverpool Gardens,  Worthing,
West Sussex, BN11 1TF
t. 01903 229200
e. worthing@shw.co.uk

Stiles Harold Williams - News

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SHW promoting surveying as a career

22 March 2017

Below: James Hamblyn of SHW’s Eastbourne Professional Team talking to prospective candidates

SHW takes its role as an advocate for the surveying profession very seriously, and our presence at careers fairs are just one method in which we try to attract the best possible candidates to the firm and wider sector. The latest event of this kind – The Big Futures fair at the Eastbourne Winter Gardens this week – and SHW will be flying the flag for surveying and Property Consultancy.
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Epsom Focus

20 March 2017

The Surrey Hills to the west of Croydon covers more than 400km2 and is a suburban hotbed for Commercial Property covered by our Epsom office. The office covers the south west M25 region, running approximately from Junction 7/8 (Redhill / Reigate) across to Junction 9 (Leatherhead/Dorking) and in to Epsom town itself, Chessington, Sutton and surrounding area. Across this region we provide a wide range of services, specialising in Office & Industrial Agency / Development Consultancy & Commercial Management. We also undertake business space acquisitions on behalf of clients within this region and further afield.
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Appeal success for SHW in historic central Brighton square

15 March 2017

Stiles Harold Williams have successfully had a refusal overturned at Appeal in a prominent central Brighton location. Priory House in Bartholomew Square comprises a modern five-storey purpose-built office, which was occupied by Brighton and Hove City Council up until 2011. Since then, the building has remained vacant until a recent conversion to residential units was undertaken through Permitted Development rights. An additional penthouse storey had been sought on two occasions following this but both of these applications were refused based on the grounds the proposal ‘would cause significant harm to the historic character and appearance of the surrounding Conservation Area and setting of the adjacent Listed Buildings’. Following the decision of the reduced second scheme, SHW were appointed to take the application to Appeal.
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NHS clinic sale

15 March 2017

SHW Development Consultancy have completed the sale of Whitehawk Clinic on the outskirts of Brighton on behalf of the NHS. The purchaser intends to develop the 0.258 acre site for residential purposes. Peter Coldbreath of SHW Development Consultancy said: “We were pleased to have secured good levels of competitive interest in the site and achieved a sale in excess of the guide price envisaged at the commencement of marketing.”
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Stiles Harold Williams achieves quintumvirate of Estates Gazette Most Active Agent Awards

14 March 2017

For the fifth year in a row Stiles Harold Williams have been declared the most active agent in Sussex by Estates Gazette magazine. The firm scooped the illustrious EG Deals accolade for 2017 for notable deals in the last year including:
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Stunning period offices sold – East Grinstead

14 March 2017

Dorset House is comprised of four storeys of Grade II Listed offices originally built in 1564. SHW Agency have sold the freehold to owner occupiers Western Business Publications. Furthermore, SHW have been retained to find a tenant for the top floor (1,097 sq ft) of this stunning building on East Grinstead High Street. Amenities include: • Large staff kitchen • Gas central heating (not tested) • Large rear garden • 12 Parking spaces • Cat 5 cabling (not tested) • WCs throughout
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When is a garden not a garden? When it’s in the countryside…

13 March 2017

A recent Court of Appeal decision has upheld an anomaly in Planning Law – that a garden in a designated urban area counts as greenfield, whereas identical land in the countryside is seen as brownfield. The National Planning Policy Framework was adopted back in 2012 and provides a wealth of definitions to be used in planning. One of these relates to previously developed land, and excludes “land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens. It is this definition that has been debated heavily in the courts. Charles George QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) found in an appeal by Dartford Borough Council that only residential gardens “in built up areas” are greenfield land (in line with the Framework), whereas others, in the countryside, are previously developed land which are prioritised for development. This decision would appear to give rural developers the greenlight for potentially controversial ‘garden grabbing’.
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Brighton office let reflects recent trends

13 March 2017

The letting of 3,328 sq ft self-contained refurbished offices in Richmond Place, Brighton demonstrates developments within the market. 28-29 Richmond Place was let to The Werks Group – who offer flexible workspace to freelancers – generally in the creative industries. The company have ten such spaces across the city, such as Coachwerks (below), a converted bus garage in the Hollingdean suburbs. The prevalence of this type of deal shows demand for more short-term lets and collaborative space, especially for smaller firms. It’s not just The Werks Group, ‘Platf9rm’ in Tower Point have been open since the end of 2016 and have been overwhelmed with the take-up.
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‘No infrastructure without development’ message from government

8 March 2017

Two recent decisions by the Department of Transport would seem to suggest a reluctance to invest in major infrastructure projects without ‘significant’ additional housing and commercial development in a locality. Transport Minister Christopher Grayling has cancelled the proposed A27 Chichester bypass upgrade, as well as finding there is ‘no case’ for a second train line from London to Brighton by reinstating the route between Lewes and Uckfield despite the recent severe and protracted crisis on the region’s railways. The £280m Chichester scheme was envisaged to combat congestion around the city as well as reduce the current high level of accidents and casualties on the existing road. The nearby 12-mile A285 to Petworth has been branded ‘England’s worst road'.
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Multi-service solution for commercial portfolio

8 March 2017

SHW Development Consultancy, Agency and Planning combined to great effect for a range of commercial buildings in shell and core specification at the New South Quarter development, Purley. Initially instructed by Barratt London, we were instructed to sell a diverse range of properties including a nursery, medical centre, café / restaurant, 3x B1(b)(c)/B8 storage units and 5x workshop spaces comprising a total of 31,258 sq ft.
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When are affordable housing contributions not required?

7 March 2017

Surprisingly, there is no straightforward answer to this seemingly simple question. A recent letter sent from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) said there should be a ‘balance’ between the requirements of government Section 106 policies and local plans. Furthermore, the letter – in response to a complaint by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames – PINS accepted had made "errors in approach and judgement" in two appeal decisions, in which inspectors had afforded considerably lesser weight to local policies because they are now, in part, inconsistent with national planning policy. Current governmental guidance states that contributions should not be sought from developments of 10-units or less, and which have a maximum combined gross floorspace of no more than 1,000 square metres (gross internal area). However, this may change from on an authority-to-authority and case-to-case basis.
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Mid Sussex housing target – recommended 40% rise

6 March 2017

Mid Sussex District Council has been pushed to increase its housing requirement by 40% following interim findings made by the Planning Inspectorate. In a report released February 20th Inspector Jonathan Bore found the need for housing vastly exceeds the current target of 800 new homes per year – recommending an increase to 1,026 new homes in the district every year until 2031. The increase represents a move to increase the affordability of homes in the district, with Mid Sussex being placed as the 22nd least affordable local authority outside of London. Similarly, Mid Sussex is seen as the only authority other than Horsham who can help to accommodate the unmet housing need from Crawley. As a result the Objectively Assessed Housing Need for Mid Sussex has been increased by 146 additional homes and the measures to contribute towards Crawley’s need encourages a further increase of 150 homes per year, totalling 296 extra homes to be built per year up to 2031.
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Recent court cases highlight importance of risk assessments

6 March 2017

Two recent court cases demonstrate the crucial need for risk assessments – and the increasing willingness of magistrates to heavily fine those found guilty of negligence. Last month Southwark Council were fined £270,000 plus £300,000 costs after pleading guilty to four charges relating to the 2009 fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell – which resulted in the death of three women and three children - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39078845. Furthermore, a Wiltshire-based estate agents were fined £200,000 plus costs after a member of the public fell 30ft down a well during a property viewing (pictured below) – http://www.shponline.co.uk/estate-agents-fined-after-member-of-the-public-fell-30ft-down-a-well/.
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STAX save SHW clients £6m+ on capital allowances in 2016

6 March 2017

Stiles Harold Williams have been working with STax for the last four years in assisting our clients to claim their full entitlement to capital allowances on fixtures. Having found and successfully claimed over £6,000,000 of tax relief last year for SHW clients alone, this is certainly an area that everyone involved in real-estate should sit up and take notice of.
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SHW Block Management widening catchment area

22 February 2017

Stiles Harold Williams’ residential portfolio management teams operate from our offices in London and the South East. Expansion of our teams and office locations has enabled us to effectively accept management instructions from outside these locations. We have a proven track record for long term management instructions due to the service levels our team deliver. Managing risk and adding value to our clients is what SHW pride themselves on. Our team develop their working relationships over time with our clients, often leading to referrals. If you are looking for new agents to effectively manage your portfolio, SHW are able to offer assistance with the following: • Private estates and gated communities • Private Leasehold block management
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Bognor Regis focus

22 February 2017

This month (February) has seen the unveiling of a new ‘Masterplan’ for the town of Bognor Regis, including new development sites and significant work to upgrade civic spaces – see http://bit.ly/2lmKYF2 for more details. The Regeneration sub-committee is due to meet Feb 27th to look at the various submitted schemes. As well as being instructed to deal with the future of the Royal Hotel (above left), SHW are actively involved in the office, retail and industrial markets.
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Appetite for Business Rate savings in Chinatown

22 February 2017

Recent news coverage has focussed on the threat to the very survival of London’s Chinatown due to Business Rate hikes in the district – see Evening Standard 21/2/17. SHW Professional have been at the forefront of trying to preserve this unique part of the capital, and have a number of valued clients within the community. Recent work on behalf of one restauranteur in Gerrard Street, for instance, has resulted in Business Rates savings in excess of £110,000. SHW Professional also provide advice on Rent Reviews and Lease Renewals in the area, fighting to create an environment where businesses can continue to operate and flourish.
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Design Review Panel for Croydon (and rest of London)

21 February 2017

Croydon has launched a new Design Review Panel for the Borough – mirroring similar initiatives across London. The Council have assembled a team of architecture, regeneration, and construction professionals who will be offering guidance and expertise to help shape architectural design in the borough. The panel would look at future major planning applications with a view to enhancing the quality of the built environment.
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Health & Safety fines spiralling – help at hand

21 February 2017

Record fines to the tune of millions of pounds are being issued to firms who breach Health & Safety legislation, according to new research by the HSE. 2016 was the first year of new stricter sentencing guidelines, which resulted in the top 20 offending firms being fined £38.6m, compared to only £4.3m in 2014.
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New leasehold legislation? Caution advised - seek professional advice

21 February 2017

There has been significant recent press coverage concerning leaseholders’ length of tenure and the potential expense, confusion and exasperation this can cause. However, with the benefit of professional advice, there are a number of reparative methods available, such as lease extension or collective purchase of a freehold. The subject was a hot topic at the recent 2017 Lease Conference, at which Housing Minister Gavin Barwell pledged the government is “determined to stamp out” the “unfair, unjust and unacceptable abuse” of the leaseholder system.
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Rustington’s ‘trade counter cluster’

20 February 2017

Acting on behalf of Store Property Investments SHW have just let a unit of 4,983 sq ft at A3 Dominion Way, Rustington Trading Estate to Topps Tiles. Topps Tiles join Yesss electrical, Euro Car Parts, Screwfix, Toolstation and Howden Joinery in this increasingly popular trade location between Worthing and Littlehampton. Store Property are currently refurbishing unit G1 Dominion Way (5,426 sq ft) situated between Yesss Electrical and Screwfix which will be ready for occupation shortly on a new lease and is in an excellent position on the trading estate with good visibility from the Worthing Road.
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Coulsdon land sale – Diocese of Southwark

15 February 2017

Stiles Harold Williams Development Consultancy have recently completed the sale of the former vicarage of St Andrew’s Church, Coulsdon on behalf of the Diocese of Southwark. Planning consent for two detached houses and a new vicarage was previously obtained for the 0.225 acre site.
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Croydon Permitted Development sale

15 February 2017

A former office building has been sold to Lindmere Limited for residential conversion under Permitted Development Rights. The property on London Rd, Croydon, had been given prior approval for conversion into seven one bedroom flats.
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The Art of the Deal

15 February 2017

David Martin explores the subtleties of finding the right parties for a transaction

Agents come in all shapes and sizes - all have different methods of working and presentational styles which in many cases are honed through years of experience. However, a deal is not always a matter of producing details, advertising a property or merely putting a board on a building. Some of the best deals are done without recourse to these marketing methods and are based on the knowledge of the agent and their ability to think ahead, and in some cases laterally. From an agent’s point of view there is nothing more satisfying than putting two parties together and agreeing a deal just through their ‘market knowledge’.
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Jermyn Street – restoration and conservation

14 February 2017

SHW Building Consultancy have been instructed to undertake a full design and specification of an internal and external refurbishment project for 91-93 Jermyn Street, a six-storey mixed use building in St James’s, London. The building hosts bootmakers Crocket & Jones on the ground floor, as well as a basement restaurant and nightclub. The upper floors consist of an art gallery, offices and a penthouse apartment, all managed by SHW. The brief was to fully survey the building, which was run down and in need of refurbishment and refurbish all parts to maximise the value and rental income of the offices. Many sub-consultants were appointed by SHW as the Project Managers. Other SHW Divisions are also instructed by the client of this building. This includes the Planning and Rating teams and Capital Tax Allowance are also being investigated.
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Antelope Park – SHW Management spring into action

14 February 2017

SHW Commercial Management have been instructed to provide property management services for Antelope Park in Southampton acting on behalf of clients First Property Asset Management (FProp). The 138,000 sq ft retail park was recently purchased by FProp on behalf of a pension fund client. The property, one mile from junction 8 of the M27 motorway, comprises eight units all let to occupiers including The Range, Lidl, The Gym, Gala Bingo, Costa, KFC, Greggs and Oxygen Freejumping. SHW have also managed previous office acquisitions for FProp including The Grand Union Office Park in Uxbridge, 45 Clarendon Road, Watford, 35 Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath and Griffin House, Crawley.
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Transformative fire reinstatement works

14 February 2017

In February 2016 Stiles Harold Williams were invited to attend an initial meeting to investigate the severity of damage to 38 Panton Street following a fire which caused significant damage throughout. It is understood the blaze was the result of faulty electrical circuits. Our Building Consultancy Division were instructed to carry out reinstatement works on the four-storey converted Georgian terrace. Many obstacles were overcome in the early stages such as: • Fully licenced asbestos removal • Structural propping through all floors • Liaising with various stakeholder insurance companies • Easements through both buildings • Removal and reconstruction of various structural elements including the entire roof
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New SHW Worthing industrial brochure & trends

13 February 2017

Stiles Harold Williams have produced a new brochure for the Worthing and surrounding markets, summarising latest industrial deals and availability of other services the firm can provide. Recent data about the Worthing area includes: • Industrial availability has been somewhat limited by restrictive supply – currently 17,500 sq ft. Again, a lack of speculative building is primary cause. • Of the available stock, SHW have been instructed to let 77% of it • Lease renewals have become more frequent as a result of limited availability • In terms of the new 2017 Business Rate Valuations, Worthing industrial space is up approx. 15% on 2010 values • Office availability is on the increase but still very low at 82,000 sq ft / 5.2% of total stock. There has been no speculative office development in the town since 2007 The brochure also contains local success stories such as our work with Ford Airfield Industrial Estate and East Worthing & Downsbrook Trading Estates.
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Top ten Planning highlights from the Housing White Paper

8 February 2017

SHW Associate Planner Alex Bateman examines the government’s new treatise on solving long-standing sector dilemmas

#1 “The consensus is that we need from 225,000 to 275,000 or more homes per year to keep up with population growth and start to tackle years of under supply”This would mean a 32% - 61% increase in homebuilding based on average current figures #2 “Authorities that fail to ensure an up-to-date plan is in place are failing their communities, by not recognising the homes and other facilities that local people need, and relying on ad hoc, speculative development that may not make the most of their area’s potential”Harsh but true words from DCLG Minister Sajid Javid #3 “We propose to ensure all authorities can dispose of land with the benefit of planning permission which they have granted to themselves” - Will this encourage Local Authorities to approve development on their own land to help balance the books?! Only time will tell… #4 “73 per cent of people say they would support the building of more homes if well designed and in keeping with their local area” - From experience "in-keeping" actually means low-density affordable housing #5 “At least 10% of the sites allocated for residential development in local plans should be sites of half a hectare or less” - Whilst this is commendable and will encourage the small and medium housebuilders to enter the market, this will also have a knock on impact of reducing affordable housing delivery which traditionally come from larger sites
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Great management work – Greatpark

6 February 2017

Greatpark is a high-end gated development comprising 146 properties, including three apartment blocks and a Pavilion, in over 80 acres of beautiful Surrey parkland. It is 20 months since SHW took on the management instruction and during this period we have diligently carried out work on the estate in conjunction with SHW Building Consultancy Division including: • A thorough legislative audit and the creation of an estate-wide survey that will form the basis of an annual maintenance plan • Refurbishment of roofs where required • Road resurfacing. This year, the apartment blocks will undergo internal and external redecoration, with preventive action in mind to preserve the material and component life expectancy. Work will also be carried out to the Pavilion.
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For sale: Brixton development opportunity

6 February 2017

SHW Development Consultancy have been instructed to sell a Freehold restaurant with vacant possession in Brixton. The premises – 5-7 Vining Street - allow cope for residential development potential for five flats with ground floor commercial space. Offers invited on a subject to planning basis - guide price £2,100,000.
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Croydon Commercial Management Expansion

1 February 2017

The SHW Commercial Property Management Division in Croydon has seen significant expansion over the last few months, both in terms of instructions and staff. Recent instructions include a serviced office building in Park Royal, North London, a portfolio of retail and offices in Camden and mixed used retail / office properties in both Croydon and Purley with a combined annual rent roll and service charge collection circa £1.25million. As a result, the department has taken on Vanessa Williams as a full-time commercial property manager.
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New Commercial Management instruction - Ashford

1 February 2017

SHW Management have won a new instruction for the management of Axiom on Orbital Park, Ashford on behalf of Salmon Harvester Properties. Consisting of seven trade, industrial and warehouse units, this new development of approx. 55,000 sq ft has already seen Howdens Joinery take occupation with keen interest in the remaining units. Axiom is situated on the well-established Orbital Park with Junction 10 of the M20 less than a mile away, providing direct access to the M25. The primary aim of our property managers is always to provide value for money service charges whilst maintaining the common areas to a level appropriate to this prestigious business environment.
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BCD case study: helping clients make informed decisions

1 February 2017

SHW’s Building Consultancy in Eastbourne recently provided a client with key information with regard to a possible acquisition of country public house. A comprehensive Dilapidations Assessment Report was compiled, a detailed assessment of the anticipated costs required to put the property into good and substantial repair and condition and in compliance with all of the lease covenants.
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Prime Brighton retail let: Duke Street / Montezuma’s

1 February 2017

Duke Street in Brighton’s Lanes is arguably one of the most iconic retail locations in the area. SHW have played a multi-faceted role in its continued appeal for shoppers. 30 Duke Street, for instance, has recently been let by SHW Agency to award-winning chocolate manufacturers Montezuma’s. Allied to this, SHW Management make sure the day-to-day operation of the property runs smoothly.
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SHW bring Timberland to Brighton

1 February 2017

US footwear & clothier Timberland are one of the latest brands to come to Brighton courtesy of SHW Retail. Acting on behalf of in-house clients, terms were agreed on a newly refurbished unit extending the ground floor retail and basement storage with all works arranged and overseen by SHW. Situated in Duke Street – a prominent position in The Lanes - the new tenants complement existing nearby traders such as Fat Face, Browns, Heals and Pandora.
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Seasalt Anchors Down in Horsham

31 January 2017

SHW Retail Agency have let 2,088 sq ft in Horsham’s pedestrianised Carfax shopping area to Cornish fashion retailer, Seasalt. A number of offers were received from applicants of good covenant strength, proving that there is a continued appetite for good retail space by known retailers in the town. This follows on from SHW’s letting of the adjacent unit to JoJo Maman Bébé in January 2016.
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SHW increases rent on builder’s merchants and enhances client’s Freehold value

31 January 2017

SHW Lease Advisory in Brighton advised the landlord, Palace Street Developments Limited, on a rent review against Jewsons recently. The unit comprised just under 25,000 sq ft including yard area and a just under 20% increase was achieved on the passing rent.
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A22 showroom available now – good passing catchment

30 January 2017

We have a 1.8 acre showroom site with 9,000 sq ft of existing buildings available in Lower Dicker, East Sussex – what’s more there is scope on this site for redevelopment. Situated on a busy A Road with easy access to the A27, this would be an ideal site for the motor trade or similar.
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Soho Office Lease Renewal

25 January 2017

Acting on behalf of Ralwood Securities Limited, SHW London Professional have successfully agreed on behalf of the landlord a renewal of the tenant’s lease. The property 1 Richmond Mews, Soho was substantially refurbished ten years ago to comprise a 4,000 sqft self-contained office building, retaining many of its classic 1960s original features but to a ‘state of art’ specification and with a unique ‘porte cochere’.
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Worthing – three lettings and a vacancy

24 January 2017

For many years Worthing was the venue for the World Bowls Championships, and recent clients have been bowled over by securing great industrial units in the town. Three warehouses on the Ham Bridge Trading Estate have been let to Bunce & Co, Ian Hart Funeral Services and Orelia. There is one 3,837 sq ft unit left – (pictured above, for more details http://bit.ly/2kcWhyj.)
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Origin One letting & availability

23 January 2017

Origin One provides A Grade space in the heart of Crawley town centre. Altus Group advised owners Standard Life Investments and Stiles Harold Williams advised Travelopia on the letting of 8,000 sq ft for their new HQ. This is the first Office Letting in Crawley/Gatwick for 2017.
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SHW representation at MIPIM ’17 – five delegates

23 January 2017

Stiles Harold Williams will have an increased presence at MIPIM 2017 with five Partners in attendance. Managing Partner Martin Clark (pictured from left), will be joined by Senior Partner Adam Godfrey, Niral Patel (Development Consultancy / Asset Recovery & Restructuring), Richard Plant (Head of South London, Surrey & Kent Region and Chair of Develop Croydon) and Alex Gale (Business Space Agency, London & Surrey) at the world’s biggest Commercial Property Expo in Cannes from March 13th - 17th.
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Underground secure parking – Royal Albert Hall

18 January 2017

Space is scarce in central London – but SHW Agency have premium secure underground parking spaces available in Kensington right next to the Royal Albert Hall. The bays in Prince Consort Road are available on an annual rolling licence ranging from £8,500 to £10,000 p.a.
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Parsons Green office let – prime London location

18 January 2017

SHW Agency are marketing 1,150 sq ft of refurbished office space in Parsons Green – a short walk from the King’s Road, Fulham, Chelsea and other sought-after locations. The first floor offices in Heathman’s Rd SW6 has the following amenities: • Self-contained WCs • Open plan • Kitchen • Entry phone system • New flooring
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500 new homes consented across Sussex through SHW

16 January 2017

Masterplan for new units at Dapper’s Lane, Angmering - image courtesy of Mohsin Cooper Architects

Stiles Harold Williams have recently been active on a diverse range of sites across Sussex, resulting in planning consent for in excess of 500 new homes. Q3 / Q4 2016 has seen successful marketing campaigns for urban brownfield developments such as Portland Road in Hove and Upperton Rd in Eastbourne. Early 2017 activity has focused on Greenfield rural locations in villages across East & West Sussex. Satisfied clients include: • Private individuals • Trusts • Public sector bodies • Charities • LPA Receivers • Investors
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SHW News Digests – quarterly snapshots of the firm in action

11 January 2017

Stiles Harold Williams have just published their fourth News Digest of 2016, a quarterly review of stories from the firm. A total of 161 press releases were issued over the year – covering notable deals and instructions across all four Divisions – Agency Building Consultancy Professional and Property Management.
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Central Brighton office let – continued lack of stock

9 January 2017

SHW Agency have completed the letting of three floors of Lyndean House, Brighton to travel company 15Below. The company already occupied one floor but have taken a total of 8,400 sq ft due to expansion.
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World’s leading Mediterranean pizza delivery company searching for London sites

4 January 2017

Telepizza UK Ltd have been appointed as master franchisor for Telepizza S.A.U. (Spain) across a large swathe of Central, South and South East London. Stiles Harold Williams have been appointed to source suitable sites and are now concentrating on securing initial sites in the London Boroughs of Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston-Upon-Thames and Wandsworth. Sites will also be considered in the London Boroughs of Camden, Westminster, Lambeth, Southwark, Merton, Sutton, Greenwich, Croydon and Bromley. The requirement is for sites suitable for either take away / delivery restaurants or dine in / take-away / delivery. Sites should be from 800 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft in busy, prominent locations.
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Review of 2016 – reflections from our Managing Partner

19 December 2016

SHW Managing Partner Martin Clark looks back on a fascinating twelve months for the firm and the wider world…

2016 was a memorable year – although one some will want to forget – but as it ends we’re fortunately still in a state of favourable market activity despite some unexpected political outcomes on both sides of the Atlantic. Amidst these factors, the UK commercial property market is buoyant. How do we know this? Because of our continuous umbilical connection to the market for space – for example via the £16bn of property we manage. Just about any assessment of demand across our sector shows things are far rosier today than many expected when they woke up on the morning of June 24th. We continue to lease high-profile developments, such as Abstract’s speculative 110,000 sq ft Leonardo building in the Crawley / Gatwick office market – now occupied in its entirety by Virgin Atlantic. Stiles Harold Williams sell land for a range of vendor types for development – our Development Consultancy team have kept orders for crane suppliers swinging along in 2016 by selling approximately 40 sites across the South East of England. In doing so we significantly contribute to satisfying Local Authority new home targets across our region and beyond.
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Series of water rebates in pipeline for SHW Management

15 December 2016

Great Property Managers not only ensure the upkeep of a building and that the stakeholders are happy – there are a host of factors they can influence in order to represent their interests. One SHW Property Manager has recently saved a client thousands of pounds in VAT payments with a detailed knowledge of utility bill procedure. A review of the charges by Thames Water for the communal water supply at Bruno Court, London E8 revealed residents were being charged a commercial rate. SHW correctly argued the property was residential and charges should be zero-rated. Thames Water agreed, and to date a refund of just under £5K has been secured, but with more back-dated savings pending via HMRC.
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Building Consultancy working to maintain excellence and history

13 December 2016

Constructed circa 1899 Ashworth Mansions are two six-storey residential blocks in the prime location of Maida Vale comprising of 92 flats. SHW have been the retained surveyors for these prestigious residences since 2008 for this prestigious property – working closely with the Property Manager and the Residents’ Committee in all aspects of Building Surveying. Keeping buildings of this age and calibre in good condition requires a lot of effort and expertise – with our team called in to author technical defect reports when required. SHW Building Consultancy manage all external repairs and decorations, including façade restoration. A strategic four-phase cyclical maintenance schedule has been devised with a one-year break at the end of each fourth phase, whilst being conscious of keeping service charge collections consistent.
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New Commercial Management Instructions for FProp and UK Land

13 December 2016

SHW’s Commercial Management Department have secured a series of new instructions across the region. 45 Clarendon Road (23,800 sq ft, above) is a newly-refurbished multi-let office building in Watford and Griffin House is a prominent office building on the High Street in Crawley (32,400 sq ft, below) fully let to multiple occupiers. Both are managed on behalf of FProp (First Property).
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Macmillan Horizon Centre

13 December 2016

Stiles Harold Williams were recently invited as Corporate Partners to visit the new Macmillan Horizon Centre – a unique £10m drop-in facility for those affected by cancer. The centre – currently in its sixth week of operation - features: • A full range of free financial, information, counselling, beauty and complimentary therapy services • Space for more than 13 support groups and lots of other activities such as an in-house choir and other life-enhancing opportunities • A Sanctuary Room (pictured above) designed by Brian Eno (Photo: Terry Aplin) • Solar panels, rainwater harvesting, turf roofs, bee hotels and rooftop bird boxes
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SHW Valuation helping to facilitate regeneration

13 December 2016

Valuation work is rarely seen as a driver for progressive social initiatives, but our valuers helped an Eastbourne-based community group provide new affordable housing and start-up business space. The conversion of 67-69 Seaside Road in the town centre is part of “Driving Devonshire Forward,” which is a regeneration initiative between Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes in Devonshire ward. The scheme involved the refurbishment of four one-bedroom flats lettable on an affordable basis via a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency. The ground floor space is partly funded by the Coastal Communities Fund and will be used for the Devonshire Collective art gallery / exhibition space and café. The instruction required a variety of tasks including: • Conducting a detailed inspection of all areas • Producing a full market rental report with schedule of comparables • The demonstration of a range of values to cover various redevelopment scenarios
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#12ShedsofChristmas social media campaign

8 December 2016

Stiles Harold Williams are getting in the festive mood with the social media campaign #12ShedsofChristmas. Followers of the @SHWComms Twitter account will be treated to a dozen industrial properties available for let, adorned with seasonal graphical enhancement.
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Plant on Property: Lack of new offices risks suffocating Croydon regeneration

8 December 2016

The recent Develop Croydon Placemaking Conference was arguably a landmark moment – in that the Borough has hit / exceeded many key indicators set five years ago. In fact, it was jokingly acknowledged it may be time to change the name of the organisation of which I am Chair to ‘Deliver Croydon’. Aside from tackling out-of-date assumptions and clichés, one of the biggest challenges we face is the chronic lack of modern office space for companies to relocate and grow. Availability is at the lowest for over 25 years’ with under 240,000 sq ft of office space currently with a vacancy rate of under 4%. The reduced stock is due to improved market conditions and the sale of over 1.7m sq ft of office space for conversion to residential under Permitted Development Rights. Much of this stock was nearing the end of its economic life as office space in any event. If Croydon is to be a go-to place for national and global business – we desperately need fit-for-purpose speculative development. Locations such as Brighton are suffering a similar shortage, but the few brand new office developments built there are achieving record rents and providing highly conducive working environment.
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New tenants for Croydon landmark tower

8 December 2016

One Croydon – the distinctive multi-heptagonal 23-storey office block in the town centre – has a flurry of new tenants reflecting a continued resurgence in the Borough’s business space market. Following on from previous lettings in the building The Gym group have taken a suite of 5,700 sq ft relocating their head office function to the town. In addition Pinnacle ESP have taken 3,000 sq ft relocating existing offices from Croydon and London. The 82 metre building is provides 160,000 sq ft of recently refurbished A Grade open plan space in London’s biggest largest suburban office market. The reception, common parts and vacant offices have been newly refurbished to a grade A standard.
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Worthing Winter Round-Up

7 December 2016

In the run-up to Christmas temperatures may be dropping, but market activity in Worthing is still hotter than July, according to SHW Agency. Commercial units such as 6/7 Durban Centre, Bognor Regis (4,032 sq ft, above left) were recently let to ATR, resulting in an ever-tightening local supply and Unit L Downlands Business Park (12,000 sq ft, above right) to Visual Comfort. In terms of retail 78 Montague Street has been taken by Millets.
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Ratings List trends – what’s up and what’s down

5 December 2016

The publishing of 2017 Rating List revaluation list has produced some clear trends – with locations and sectors starting to emerge in terms of potential winners and losers. London and the South East have been the hardest hit of all the regions with Yorkshire and Humber seeing biggest falls. The retail sector is looking at an overall increase of 4.8% across the whole of the country, with London retail seeing an average of 42% increase. The South East - excluding London - has seen some big changes, with the retail sector experiencing increases as high as 36.3% and lows of -11.3%. Offices are subject to even greater volatility (+54.7% to -11%) and industrial a smaller but still significant range of new values (+19% to -7.2%). More specifically the hotel and motortrade sectors have been subject to significant increase and Crawley offices occupiers having to find less in terms of Business Rates.
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Can I Get An (Expert) Witness?

29 November 2016

Sometimes the usual spirit of competitive bonhomie surrounding commercial rent reviews breaks down and the only recourse is to refer the matter to third party determination either by way of an Arbitration Award or Independent Expert Determination. Stiles Harold Williams have been highly effective in this realm throughout 2016 representing the interests of our clients. Here are three instances in which Richard Bull, Partner within the Professional Department has acted as an Expert Witness and was instrumental in securing a positive outcome:
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Hove PDR sale – new flats in prime location soon

28 November 2016

SHW Development Consultancy have completed the sale of 123-129 Portland Rd, Hove in excess of the guide price of £1.25million. The existing property – in the popular Poets Corner district – was sold to a private investor complete with Planning Permission for 11 flats in addition to potentially seven more with air rights on the third storey subject to planning.
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Partial PDR sale delivers multiple revenue streams

28 November 2016

SHW has completed the sale of 3 & 6 Heath Square, Boltro Rd, Haywards Heath to a private propco. Number 3 (2,554 sq ft plus eight parking spaces) will remain as office capacity, whereas #6 (5,422 sq ft plus 19 spaces) will be converted to nine residential units via Permitted Development Rights. Furthermore, SHW will retain the management of the remaining offices, which we have been instructed on for a considerable length of time.
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18,000 sq ft of West Sussex industrial units to let

17 November 2016

SHW are currently marketing three adjacent units at Castlegrove Business Park in Durban Road, Bognor Regis on behalf of PNH Properties. Following refurbishment of the units, SHW can now offer space comprising 1,900 sq ft, 7,969 sq ft and 8,260 sq ft providing a total of 18,132 sq ft. Castlegrove Business Park is well landscaped with an extensive road frontage to Durban Road. The units are available on new leases and occupiers can gain occupation very quickly as the landlord uses short Law Society leases.
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Crawley/Gatwick industrial units flying out the door

15 November 2016

Following the trend from other parts of the region, the Crawley / Gatwick area is now experiencing a severe demand and insufficient supply of warehouse/ light industrial units. Premises are currently letting very fast with very few properties left, even in the wider vicinity. Recent examples include: • 16 Denvale Trade Park, Crawley – 4,100 sq ft - LET • Gatwick 55, Crawley – 55,000 sq ft - LET • Oakwood Trade Park, Crawley – ALL UNITS LET • Unit 1 Spindle Way, Crawley – 6,000 sq ft – UNDER OFFER • Unit 18 Gatwick Metro Centre, Horley – 3,000 sq ft – SOLD • Forgewood, Crawley – 3,300 sq ft AVAILABLE, 3,000 sq ft - UNDER OFFER • 3 Acre Warehouse site For Sale at Pease Pottage/Crawley – UNDER OFFER
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Rent Review revs up Redhill car dealership

15 November 2016

SHW Professional Division recently achieved a 26% rent reduction for a Surrey car dealership. Conducting a Rent Review for Abbey Holmethorpe Citroen dealers of Redhill, new terms were arranged on a five year lease, resulting in an annual saving of £16,000. Our involvement included: • Extensive comparable evidence research • Liaison with the Land Registry • Negotiation with solicitors and other third-party stakeholders • Drawing up terms for a reversionary lease
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Nine acre residential development sale

15 November 2016

SHW Recoveries & Restructuring have successfully completed the sale of a nine acre site near Horsham for residential development. Stephen Ray and Niral Patel were appointed joint LPA Receivers over the property. Planning permission had already been secured for 4 x 5 bedroom houses, 3 x 3 bedroom units and 2 x 4 bed detached properties. The Receivers were involved in Section 106 agreement negotiations. The various parts of the site were packaged together to form a development opportunity, and is adjacent to existing residential stock. There were various title/site issues to overcome, including the S106 with the local planning authority but our team were able to engineer a successful sale.
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Third time works a charm as council sees sense to revive fire-damaged site

7 November 2016

Plans to provide much needed new housing on the site of an ex-community centre destroyed by fire had previously been jeopardised by council objections such as ‘awkward parking’ and ‘small gardens’.
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SHW request council action on ‘ugly’ illegal tagging and graffiti

4 November 2016

There has been insufficient action regarding the illegal ‘tagging’ and general defacement of buildings in the city, according to property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. Thousands of pounds per year can be spent on just one property to remove the scrawlings, only for them to be replaced within days.
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Negotiating the Rent Review / Lease Renewal Labyrinth

4 November 2016

Rent Reviews and Lease Renewals are very complicated processes and ideally should be handled by an experienced expert. Instructing a qualified surveyor at the earliest opportunity to guide you through the intricacies of this property maze is well advised. Both landlords and tenants alike can fall foul of having insufficient knowledge of the law, specific market conditions, recent case law, effect of lease terms on rent and other criteria. This is turn can lead to unnecessary and time consuming stress and expense. Rent Reviews are normally conducted on an upward only basis whereas on Renewal the rent is assessed at market level. Notices may have to be served in accordance with the lease or under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Pt II, both of which can impose strict time limits and we can advise and liaise with your solicitors in this respect.
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New Stiles Harold Williams Senior Partner elected

4 November 2016

Adam Godfrey (below, left) succeeds Richard Stapleton (right) as Senior Partner

Stiles Harold Williams LLP have elected Adam Godfrey FRICS as their new Senior Partner from 1st November to succeed Richard Stapleton FRICS who is standing down after 15 years in the role. Richard will continue as a full-time equity partner in the business. Adam – currently Head of SHW’s business in the Crawley / Gatwick region – has been with the firm since 1988 and will continue to be an integral part of the firm’s Agency Division. He is also an active supporter of the Gatwick Diamond business and lobbying group, having been involved from the initial formation.
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New Head of SHW Crawley / Gatwick Region

4 November 2016

Stiles Harold Williams are delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Coldbreath as Head of the Crawley / Gatwick Region. Peter – who joined the firm’s Brighton office in 1998 - succeeds Adam Godfrey who is to be our new Senior Partner. Peter established our Sussex Development Consultancy Division in 2011 after 11 years as Head of Valuation across the firm, and has been intimately involved in several recent landmark deals across the South East including: • One Preston Park, Brighton (formerly Anston House, new plans pictured left of montage below) • Ashburn House, Crawley (centre of montage) • King’s House, East Grinstead (right)
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Educational / training space to let: Tooting

2 November 2016

SHW Agency have rare D1 educational space available to let on Tooting High Street, South London directly opposite Tooting Broadway tube station. The first floor 4,412 sq ft premises would be ideal for a language school or similar comprising 11 separate classrooms / offices. Each year, over 500,000 people of all ages come to the UK to improve their English. English language teaching (ELT) generates around £1.2 billion in export earnings for the UK annually. London represents a significant proportion of this market.
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Insight: Is Town Planning a sticking plaster or major surgery for our ills?

28 October 2016

SHW Planner Alex Bateman explores issues surrounding airport expansion in particular and planning of major infrastructure projects in general

This week we all received the expected news that the third runway at Heathrow Airport has been “approved”. This phrase means something very different to politicians compared to planning professionals. In essence, the government has backed the third runway at Heathrow Airport despite significant opposition and a well-developed strategy put forward by Gatwick Airport for its own second runway. But this announcement raises the important question once again, is Town Planning Band-Aid to subtly heal or akin to a much more interventional surgical procedure? Heathrow Airport says it expects the new runway to be open in 2025 - with the planning process dealt with by 2020, then four years to build the runway itself and another year to attend to the surrounding infrastructure needed. The airport say its expansion timetable has factored in the possibility of the runway decision going to a judicial review – a very likely situation given what is at stake locally, nationally and internationally. However, as this identifies, we are looking at around ten years before the capacity we need NOW is delivered. Our planning system in particular just isn’t capable of accommodating these large infrastructure projects. Looking back, BAA formally announced its proposal for construction of Terminal 5 in May 1992, submitting a formal planning application in February 1993. A public inquiry into the proposals began in May 1995 and lasted nearly four years, finally ending after sitting for 525 days. The inquiry was the longest planning inquiry ever held in the UK. Finally, more than eight years after the initial planning application, then-transport minister Stephen Byers announced on 20 November 2001 the British government's decision to grant planning permission for the building of a fifth passenger terminal at Heathrow.
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Commercial Property Management Division - Brighton

26 October 2016

The SHW Brighton Commercial Property Management team accommodates a variety of clients from large investments funds to local property owners. In order to provide the best package in ever-changing market, we often offer additional services including Residential Leasehold and AST management. We are experts at implementing Health & Safety provision, collecting rent and Service Charges and co-ordinating building works in a challenging compact urban environment. Our portfolio includes Victorian conversions typical to Brighton all the way to brand new developments.
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SHW appoint new Sussex Head of Residential Block Management

24 October 2016

Stiles Harold Williams are delighted to announce the appointment of Nigel Stonard as the new Head of Residential Block Management for Sussex. Nigel has joined as a Director overseeing Leasehold Management across Sussex with considerable accumulated experience in residential property management over the last 28 years. Through expansion, residential property management and associated building surveying and project management work now accounts for a fifth of the firm’s turnover. Over the past six years SHW have established in Sussex a robust team of ten residential property management specialists, with plans for further growth.
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SHW Brighton Property Funds Bus Tour

17 October 2016

Stiles Harold Williams recently conducted an inaugural tour of development sites and investment opportunities in Brighton. Particularly beneficial for fund and asset managers, developers and private property company owners, the tour comprised a trip by bus around Brighton’s main development and investment opportunities, providing potential investors and developers with a detailed analysis of the current state of the city’s retail, office, industrial, residential and investment sectors. Also on hand were specialists from SHW’s Planning and Rating Teams gave examples of how they assisted with the planning process in the city as well as identifying areas for business rates efficiencies to assist with project profitability. The tour started at Brighton Station and took in the main city centre office retail, industrial, residential developments investment areas including Brighton Marina, Churchill Square and Preston Park and culminated in a flight up the i360 to put a different perspective on the potential investment and development opportunities Brighton has to offer (below, left). This was followed by a lunch reception in the i360’s conference facilities with further presentations from SHW’s Eastbourne and Worthing offices on the new developments taking place in their markets.
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Compulsory Purchase Order - Case Study

12 October 2016

Acting on behalf of the freehold owner, SHW Professional Division provided expert advice on the compensation entitlement as a result of the extension of the Arndale Shopping Centre in Eastbourne town centre. Compulsory acquisition powers were granted to Eastbourne Borough Council in March 2016 and Nigel Amos, BSc MRICS advised the owners Selits Ltd on every step of the process arising from the exercise of compulsory purchase rights, which included: • Explanation of the compensation entitlement both in terms of the freehold value and disturbance. • Liaison with the client’s solicitor and Counsel on the legal process including issuing a formal objection to the CPO powers being granted. • Negotiation of compensation payable, securing the best possible terms, including the reimbursement of all of the client’s costs and fees.
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Plant on Property: Croydon & Gatwick – different locations but similar destination

6 October 2016

This week I attended the Develop Croydon Forum Partner Meeting at Gatwick Airport – a chance to intensify bonds between the two locations and metaphorically reduced the mere 18 mile distance between them. That’s only 14 minutes by train (most of the time). High on the agenda was how best to link the global hub which is Gatwick with the South London hub that is Croydon. Indeed the A23 / M23 / Brighton mainline rail corridor is vital to the UK’s ongoing economic development, as are the businesses which are located nearby. It makes logical sense for global businesses - or UK ones operating overseas - to want to locate near the most cost-and-time effective transport links whilst also looking for locations their workforces to want to perform to the best of their abilities. Not only is part of the London Borough of Croydon’s Economic Development Plan to be the capital’s most enterprising area by 2040, but there are also some impressive office and industrial premises in Crawley / Gatwick – an area in which my company Stiles Harold Williams have high market share. Indeed, the London Borough of Croydon has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the airport guaranteeing jobs and associated benefits for the borough should expansion be approved.
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www.airportproperty.co.uk

4 October 2016

SHW are pleased to announce the launch of www.airportproperty.co.uk – positioning the firm as the dedicated airport and aviation property specialist in the south east, if not the UK. The site features current deals such as: • London Southend Airport – three adjoining hangars ranging from 26,574 to 114,436 sq ft availability (bottom, left) • Redhill Aerodrome Business Centre – suites 162 to 9,622 sq ft • Hangar One, Cecil Pashley Way, Brighton City (Shoreham) Airport • Astral Towers (near Gatwick) – offices from 2,411 to 14,340 sq ft (bottom, right)
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Eastbourne legal lettings

4 October 2016

Units 1, 2 and 11B Hargreaves Business Park, Eastbourne have been let by SHW to legal firm Mayo Wynne Baxter on a long-term lease. The SHW Building Consultancy team has successfully project managed improvement works to the light industrial units comprising 11,000 sq ft providing specific archive storage facilities. The works involved extensive racking, office refurbishment, creation of strong room along with general improvements. The project was successfully delivered to programme and within budget. Furthermore, these lettings mean Hargreaves Business Park is fully let.
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Zero industrial new-build availability left in Worthing

27 September 2016

Eager readers of SHW News will recall our persistent warnings of imminent industrial shortage in the Worthing area – for instance http://bit.ly/291PSVo and http://bit.ly/1oD8Y7l. We are now sorry to report that there is currently NO contemporary industrial stock left in the vicinity of the town. The letting of Unit D3 of the Ford Industrial Estate (above left 1,017 sq ft), to Roundstone Recovery– along with the sale of Unit 10, Northbrook Road, Worthing to Sterling Power Tools & Fixings Ltd (above right 4,145 sq ft) signalled the most acute shortage yet.
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Lease Advisory helps enhance Trafalgar Place value

23 September 2016

SHW Lease Advisory has a variety of roles, not only in advising on rent reviews and lease renewals but also in negotiating changes to lease terms which can increase value to the owner. Paul Spruce at the SHW Brighton office was recently involved in advising Aberdeen Asset Management - at Trafalgar Place in connection with negotiating the removal of break clauses in two leases in Lanchester House in exchange for a small rent free period for the tenants. This resulted in an increase in the capital value. Following this he also negotiated rent reviews achieving over 12% increases in the passing rents on each floor.
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Substantial rates reduction for licenced premises

19 September 2016

Stiles Harold Williams have achieved a 33% reduction in business rates for a restaurant and bar in South London that was rated as licenced premises. The reduction was back dated to April 2010 meaning the owner received a large refund on overpaid rates.
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SHW running team step up in Scotland

16 September 2016

Four SHW running enthusiasts recently took part in the Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) 5k charity run – successfully negotiating Arthur’s Seat and the tough uphill course. SHW provide letting, lease advisory, rating and building consultancy services to AAM on a number of buildings across the south east. Ryan Carson (pictured left doing the ‘Mo’, with Rob Dixon, Paul Spruce and Emma Hards) took on 200 other fleet-footed competitors. Managing Partner Martin Clark had a last-minute injury, but took on role of main supporter. The run made in excess of £5,000 for the Wooden Spoon charity. Emma said of the event: “It was great to be able to tie up a meeting with our client with a fun and worthwhile event. Aberdeen Asset Management did a great job of organising. “At the end of the race we all swore we would never want to run up Arthur’s Seat again, but now our legs have recovered we will definitely be there next year!”
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New Health & Safety guidelines - harsher penalties, possible jail term

16 September 2016

Changes to penalty guidelines for judges in cases covering various aspects of health and safety legislation have resulted in significantly higher fines and some prison sentences. The reforms – the most comprehensive in more than two decades – were introduced in February 2016 and led to financial penalties of £1m or more for serious breaches. Recent high-profile breaches include:
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Eastbourne Nightclub Sale

14 September 2016

SHW Agency have completed the sale of the ex-Industri nightclub in Pevensey Rd, Eastbourne. The 9,000 sq ft club – which featured in SHW News in April http://www.shw.co.uk/news/news.asp?id=396 – has sold to local leisure operators and will be opened as a bar/ restaurant and lounge later this year after extensive refurbishment. The Embassy Leisure Corporation Ltd plan on operating the venue seven days a week.
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Vacant Building Credits – a vehicle for progress?

6 September 2016

Vacant Building Credits (VBCs) – a government-led incentive for private sector developers to bring vacant buildings back into active use – have been reinstated by the High Court and re-adopted by some local authorities. In the event that vacant floor space in a building is brought back into active use, or is demolished to be replaced by a new building, developers should be offered a financial credit equivalent to the existing gross floor space of the concerned vacant building when the local authority calculates any affordable housing contributions. The High Court ruling in May 2016 meant a renaissance for VBC – and is already being implemented, for instance by the London Borough of Croydon – in theory meaning more cost-effective conversion of empty buildings for developers and help increase the viability of vacant sites. Conversely planning departments and housing associations are still concerned the provision will make it more difficult to deliver affordable housing targets.
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Brighton Old Steine freehold sale

5 September 2016

SHW’s multi-disciplinary expertise was utilised in the recent sale of 23-24 Old Steine, Brighton – a prime freehold in a historic eighteenth century city centre terrace. The two adjoining Listed buildings (6,648 sq ft in total) were previously used as offices, but SHW Planning secured consent for 11 flats. Due to their Listed status, Permitted Development Rights were not applicable in this instance and the change of use had to be pursued through conventional planning channels. A marketing campaign for Best Bids attracted strong interest, and the property was sold for more than the stated asking price.
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Reigate Freehold sale

30 August 2016

SHW Agency have completed the sale of a 1,600 sq ft self-contained office building in Castlefield Rd, Reigate. After 30+ viewings the property went to best bids, received lots offers and achieved well over the guide price. The level of interest was arguably unsurprising given scarcity of supply in the vicinity. Zoning / planning issues meant the majority of enquiries were from owner occupiers.
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‘Gumming black and white polaroids onto a pre-typed page’
1986: a commercial property retrospective

24 August 2016

David Martin – SHW’s South Coast Head of Region – is celebrating 30 years with the firm having joined us in September 1986. So let’s fire up the Delorean and take a journey back with David to when commercial property was very different in several respects… Above: A copy of Chartered Surveyor Weekly - which ceased publication in 1992 When examining the major contrasts between now and thirty years ago I suppose they fall into three distinct categories technology, culture and how the global economy has had an increasing bearing both nationally and locally. I would like to touch on each of these in turn. Today we carry around a mobile office in our pockets, compared to the 1980s when ‘information technology’ very often meant gumming black and white polaroids onto a pre-typed page. When out on building inspections you were reliant on a 100 ft leather tape measure to ascertain floor areas and sizes which could be a lengthy and arduous process when compared to the laser measurers we use today. Client relations are also a little less formal – in 2016 we rarely have to write formal letters when an email so often suffices - and although ties are optional now and I must be one of the few people still wearing one, summer, winter, all year round. In 1986 when checking if someone was still turning up for a viewing I used to have to find a telephone box to check their whereabouts – now our Retail team lease them out as mini coffee shops. It would be all too easy to hark back to the old days but in many ways the sector has improved – things go with more of a zing now… for instance you can have an internal photograph of a property on a board these days – a technique I first saw employed in Australia and ‘borrowed’ upon return to the UK. Now you can even have an image of the interior of an industrial unit printed on the loading bay doors – which is great unless someone tries to drive through the loading door by accident! (see below, left).
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Planning post-Brexit: A surprising result

23 August 2016

Just over two months on from the Referendum reports from Planning Portal suggest the number of planning applications submitted online in July remains in line with previous months, seemingly unaffected by the ramifications of the result on June 23. At the time of the result, there was great uncertainty regarding the future of Britain’s economy and the potential of a slowdown in the housing market, yet the figures highlight may not be the case. The total number of applications submitted last month compared to July 2015 is actually higher than pre-Brexit, at 45,748 compared to 44,478 the year before. Within Brighton and Hove this sense of business as usual reinforced, with 369 applications received in July - just marginally less than this time last year. Furthermore, a number of high profile applications are soon to be submitted within the city, implying that investment into Brighton and Hove is showing no signs of slowing.
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Sussex Commercial Management new instructions

23 August 2016

SHW Commercial Management are pleased to announce instructions for three prominent sites across Sussex. Queensberry House, Queens Road, Brighton (35,000 sq ft, above left), Lees House, Dyke Rd, also Brighton (43,000 sq ft, above, right) and Cavendish House, Hastings (42,500 sq ft, below, left). Queensberry House is a mixed use development with tenants including Tesco, Subway and the Regus Brighton Business Centre. Lees House has new media companies Net Natives, Makemedia and Semantico among their occupiers and Cavendish House is an office for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
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SHW’s 100+ mile cycle for cancer

18 August 2016

Plucky members of the Stiles Harold Williams team are going to cycle between all seven of their offices – a distance in excess of 110 miles – in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The ride – devised by the Property Consultant’s PR Officer Peter Styles – will start before dawn on October 1st in Eastbourne and run through Brighton onto Worthing, turn right to Crawley, up and down the Surrey Hills to Epsom then onto Croydon, finishing at the firm’s West End offices in Piccadilly Circus.
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2017 Business Rates Revaluation

18 August 2016

Business rates generate £26bn a year and the 2017 revaluation is less than seven months away

Draft 2017 Rateable Values will be published online on the 30th September. It is the latest key date in updating the entire stock of 1.8m UK business properties, leading to the list becoming live on the 1st April 2017. The vital dates in the countdown to April 1 2017 can be found here:
http://www.shw.co.uk/_files/brochures/Business-Rates-Revaluation.pdf
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New Croydon Lettings & Management Service

18 August 2016

SHW Croydon AST Management Department has launched a full Lettings & Management Service. This is an enhancement to the existing AST Management Department established in October 2013 providing: • A comprehensive and versatile range of management lettings services for the Croydon Borough and surrounding area • New applicant meetings in person for accompanied viewings • All References & Right to Rent checks • Increased ability for SHW to achieve best rental income • An even better quality of service and vetting. SHW Croydon are seeking more clients with portfolios of properties looking for a competent and professional Lettings & Management Agent to look after their properties and best interests.
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Versatile medical centre for let – South London

17 August 2016

SHW South London Agency Division have been instructed to let a 2,100 sq ft medical centre. The property benefits from D1 planning use which would be ideal for its existing use as well as a dentists’ surgery, physiotherapy centre or conversion to a childrens’ day nursery. AMENITIES: • Private off-street car parking for at least five vehicles • Central heating • Good natural light • Useable internal layout for D1 related purposes • Disabled WC The number of deals in the childcare property sector rose 15% in 2015 and looks set to rise further with increased provision for the under-5s being a continued governmental priority - http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1149280/childcare-property-market-cent-increase-deals.
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Multi-Divisional instruction – Haywards Heath

15 August 2016

SHW Commercial Management have been instructed to provide services for 35 Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath with other Divisions of the firm also acting on behalf of clients First Property Asset Management (Fprop). The 38,612 sq ft office building was recently purchased by FProp on behalf of a pension fund client. SHW have also managed previous acquisitions for FProp including The Grand Union Office Park in Uxbridge, Windsor House in Norbury and Beech House, Purley. SHW Building Consultancy have been instructed to carry out a programme of repairs and improvements, and our Professional Division are providing Rating advice for the part of the building yet to be let.
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Commercial Property Investment – a Churchillian perspective

15 August 2016

We currently inhabit an investment climate unparalleled in modern history – record low interest rates, a rising but sometimes wildly fluctuating FTSE 100 & 250, a weak pound and post-Brexit, pre-Article 50 uncertainties which have had an as-yet unmeasured effect. Logically, this means investors putting their money in banks, bonds and gilts will not produce attractive returns for the foreseeable future, and stock market speculation is just that – with many similarities with betting. So where does that leave commercial property investment? Some potential clients cite a lack of liquidity, relatively high dealing costs and a prohibitive entry point to the market for some (£250,000+ needed). However, Winston Churchill once said “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”. This sentiment can well be applied to buying or building offices, warehouses or retail space.
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Horley warehouse sale elicits keen interest

10 August 2016

SHW Agency have completed on the freehold sale of 18 Gatwick Metro Centre which is a 3,028 sq ft industrial warehouse located to the north east of Horley Town Centre and Gatwick Airport, close to Horley Rail Station. Unit 18 sold at the end of July 2016 to an existing occupier on the estate for the quoting price of £385,000 (£127.15psf) after ending up going to best bids. The unit consists of 2,040 sq ft of ground floor warehouse space with a first floor office of 988 sq ft. SHW were instructed to either sell or let the building and received a flurry of freehold interest from both owner occupiers and investors soon after marketing.
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SHW Planning Team expands to six – largest in firm’s history

10 August 2016

SHW Planning have two new recruits – taking the team to six, the most employed in the history of the firm. Fidel Miller (above, left) has joined the Croydon office. He has a RTPI accredited Town and Country Planning degree at the University of the West of England. He also gained private sector experience in getting planning consents for a range of residential and commercial projects across a number of London Councils.
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HMRC move symbolic for Croydon five years on from the riots

8 August 2016

In the first entry of his new blog – Plant on Property – Head of SHW Surrey & South London Region and Develop Croydon Chairman Richard Plant reflects on the economic, cultural and placemaking renaissance the Borough has experienced since 2011.

For five days in August five years ago riots swept across Britain. I distinctly remember being in Portugal one morning and the kids shouting ‘’Dad Croydon is on the TV’’. I ran in and despite not understanding the Portuguese commentary it was a shock to see familiar places burnt and damaged. I felt an intense sense of disappointment that morale and civic pride around the Borough had reached an historic low. Fast forward five summers and that Croydon is barely recognisable – many cranes line the skyline, building iconic new places for the people of south London to live and work Westfield/ Hammerson is on the way – and at 1.5 million sqft in 300 shops and 1000 flats is, even bigger than previously thought. Boxpark Croydon will shortly open, bringing with it a vibe previously only found in the capital itself. Just about every week from spring to autumn boasts some kind of festival – celebrating food, cycling, gay pride and many other realms of human existence, even an open air cinema on the top of a multi-storey carpark!
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Planning Inspectorate side with SHW on four counts in residential appeal

4 August 2016

The Planning Inspectorate have found in favour of SHW and architects ZSTa with regard to four criteria and fully approved a new housing development in Brighton. A site in St Martin’s Place had previously been occupied by squatters and was in a state of some disrepair. A proposal to put a modern three bedroom house in its place was initially rejected by Brighton & Hove Planners on the grounds of vibration (a nearby electricity sub-station) contamination (the site was a former garage) character and appearance (mainly three storey terraces in the vicinity) and inadequate amenity space. SHW Planning took to discount these objections – even to the point of our team carrying out an amenity space assessment (pictured below) and found the new development would be 4m2 larger than any house on the street in terms of garden. Research found a vibration study had been conducted on the edge of the substation and found no significant effect. At the end of July a Planning Inspector found in favour of consenting the scheme on all grounds.
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Brighton - office lets continue in tight market

3 August 2016

Though Brighton has been suffering from a shortage of office space for some time now, businesses are still flocking to the city and deals are being struck. Part of Blenheim House (2,500 sq ft, above left) was recently let to Intelligent Positioning while a similar space let in Lees House (2,800 sq ft, above, right) was let to Hi-Rez Studios. This on a whole shows positive signs in what some may class as uncertain times. These lettings also follow the successful completion of the final two floors at the new speculative build CityView (below, left).
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27,000 sq ft distribution warehouse - let

3 August 2016

SHW are delighted to report the recent letting of Unit A, Camino Park, Crawley to DFS. Head of Agency Tim Hardwicke said: “Crawley is a key distribution hub for the South East and this letting demonstrates the continued interest in units of 20,000 sq ft upwards from B8 occupiers. We had very good interest in the unit and had to let down a number of these in favour of DFS.
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Historic Brighton Lanes sale

2 August 2016

Stiles Harold Williams are pleased to announce the freehold sale of 8-9 Ship Street in Brighton’s South Lanes. The properties – one of which is Grade II Listed - have been the premises of local legal firm Howlett Clarke stretching back to 1776 – a truly exceptional period of occupation (240 years) for one firm to occupy the same space. Comprising 5,396 sq ft floor space across five main areas, the site also has 18 car parking spaces. SHW Building Consultancy Division have been instructed to negotiate the dilapidations.
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SHW most active M25 agents – Estates Gazette

1 August 2016

Stiles Harold Williams’ Agency Division have transacted 60 office deals inside the M25 in 2015/16 – the joint most active firm along with Lambert Smith Hampton in terms of the number of instructions. Though square footage was down on last year, as was the case with most of the Top Ten, SHW chalked up some notable successes this year including: • Leonardo Building letting to Virgin Atlantic (Manor Royal, Crawley) – 110,544 sq ft • Letting of 1st floor St John’s Court (Crawley) - 12,000 sq ft • Sale of Shackleton Gate (Croydon) – 28,225 sq ft • Letting of Global House (Epsom) - 12,000 sq ft • Letting of Citylink to The Body Shop (Croydon) - 4,845 sq ft SHW are also the only regional firm to feature in the list along with nine global / national businesses.
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Our new Professional Division intake

29 July 2016

SHW Professional have recruited three new surveyors across our offices. Associate Stephen Hall (pictured left) has joined the Croydon office, specialising in valuations, lease advisory, and business rates. Adam Nelson (centre) will be based in Worthing focusing on lease advisory, valuation and Leasehold Enfranchisement. Graduate Luke Longley (right) works from Crawley and will be assisting with all aspects of Professional services work including business rates, valuation and lease advisory.
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New government personnel affecting the property sector

26 July 2016

The appointment of Theresa May as the new Prime Minister has also triggered ministerial changes relevant to housing, planning and the property sector. Sajid Javed, formerly Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, is the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, has become Minister for Housing and Planning. Furthermore, just before becoming PM Mrs May said the UK ‘needs to do far more to get more houses built’, adding: “Unless we deal with the housing deficit, we will see house prices keep on rising. Young people will find it even harder to afford their own home. “The divide between those who inherit wealth and those who don’t will become more pronounced. And more and more of the country’s money will go into expensive housing instead of more productive investments that generate more economic growth.’’
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Russell House sale success

25 July 2016

Stiles Harold Williams were delighted to conclude the sale of Russell House last month. There was very strong interest for the freehold of this Grade A 34,000 sq ft office building situated less than a five minute walk from the seafront in a sought-after city centre location. Prior to the sale we made an application for residential conversion under Permitted Development Rights. There was strong interest from both residential developers and office investors/occupiers. The property was also ideal for a variety of other uses (STP) including student accommodation or medical and interest was seen from these sectors too. Stiles Harold Williams were confident there would be a lot of interest in Russell House, however the amount of bids exceeded everyone’s expectations. The property was sold to a residential developer, which will mean the future of Russell House will now play a part in assisting the continued housing shortage in Brighton and Hove. However it also means 34,000 sq ft of office space has been removed from the market.
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East Grinstead investment sale

21 July 2016

SHW Development Consultancy has recently completed the sale of the 14,717 sq ft King’s House, 13-21 Cantelupe Rd, East Grinstead under instruction from Administrators at Deloitte LLP. The building was sold to a private investor / developer for an undisclosed sum, complete with 52 parking spaces.
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Subway® continue to seek new outlets

21 July 2016

Property consultants Stiles Harold Williams are seeking further sites for Subway® in Greater London, Hampshire, East Sussex, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight (South Coast territory). SHW have worked alongside Subway® for some 15 years now and have been involved in more than 250 transactions. Subway® are the world’s largest sandwich franchisee and SHW are the recommended agent in the search areas. With some 270 stores in Greater London and 100+ in the South Coast territory there is still significant potential for many more acquisitions.
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Eastbourne – focus of new development opportunities

20 July 2016

In a recent speech, SHW’s Associate Planner Alex Bateman stated that areas outside Brighton and Hove – particularly Eastbourne – would be leading the way in terms of providing future capacity, especially given the geographical limitations of the former. Only a few days later, Eastbourne Borough Council have put out their ‘Call for Sites’ for residential or commercial development – reiterating the trend identified by the SHW Planning Team.
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Two new lettings at Croydon industrial estate

19 July 2016

On behalf of landlord Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc, Stiles Harold Williams’ (SHW) South London, Surrey and Kent Industrial Department has recently completed the key lettings of units 2 and 5 & 6 Mill Lane Industrial Estate, Croydon. Unit 2, consisting of a refurbished unit of 10,124 sq ft. has been let to London Re-use Limited on a new 8 year lease at £80,000 per annum. Unit 5/6, a 17,873 sq ft. high bay warehouse has been let to F Smith & Son (Croydon) Ltd on a new 15 year lease at a rent of £157,500 per annum.
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Planning Permission secured for Greenbelt replacement dwelling

13 July 2016

SHW have secured planning permission for a replacement dwelling in Cudham, Kent. The dwelling which sits within greenbelt land was carefully designed to provide a contemporary take on a bungalow whilst incorporating traditional materials such as Kent flint. With the existing dwelling being situated within greenbelt, planning policy was a key hurdle to jump over. This was achieved by engaging with the council through the pre-application process and working closely with the designated Case Officer to overcome the many planning policy issues.
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Post-Referendum Planning Issues

11 July 2016

Whatever your position on the recent EU Referendum, its result has created a great deal of speculation and as-yet unanswered questions in the property sector. Associate Town Planner Alex Bateman examines some vital planning issues for the region affected by the events of June 23rd.
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Thirteen new dwellings for Upper Norwood

29 June 2016

SHW have secured planning and sold a former warehouse / residential site in Biggin Way, Upper Norwood, allowing for the building of 13 new homes. The 0.32 hectares (0.79 acres) development was sold to Bramble Estates Ltd. Stiles Harold Williams dealt with the pre-application process for the vendor and then subsequently secured planning consent for the purchaser for 8 x two-storey four bedroomed terraced houses, two semi-detached three bedroom houses and three detached three bedroom houses. The house currently on the site was fire damaged in 1984 and has been derelict since the late 1990s.
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Ex-prop property now hot property

29 June 2016

A development site which was formally home to the props company which made, hired and sold props to the James Bond, X Men and Star Wars films has been sold by Stiles Harold Williams. The plot on Osborne Rd, Thornton Heath of 0.41 hectares (1.01 acres) secured planning on appeal by SHW for the demolition of the existing buildings. This will provide space for the erection of a two and three storey building comprising 5 x 2 bedroom flats and 5 x 3 bedroom houses, 10 x 1 bedroom & 11 x 2 bedroom flats with associated parking and landscaping.
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Further BCD recruitment

27 June 2016

Stiles Harold Williams have added three new members to their Building Consultancy team. Wayne Mardell (pictured left) has joined the London office as an Associate and Harry Beyer (centre) and Bruce Salter (right) have been recruited as Graduate Surveyors. Harry will be working from the Brighton office and Bruce will be operating in Eastbourne.
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Restaurant investment and Permitted Development Opportunity sold

27 June 2016

This freehold commercial property located on the busy High Street, Purley comprises a ground floor restaurant investment and 25,000 sq ft of self-contained vacant office space above. With the office accommodation proving difficult to let to a single tenant the SHW Development Consultancy team were instructed to dispose the entire property seeking interest from investors and developers. Following a targeted marketing campaign a residential developer purchased the property with a view to obtaining Permitted Development Rights to convert the office to residential whilst retaining the restaurant within their investment portfolio.
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Councils granting more planning applications compared to previous year

27 June 2016

Figures on planning applications recently published by the Department for Communities and Local Government show a 3% increase in planning applications granted in 2015/16 compared to 2014/15. There were 372,600 applications granted, compared to 360,000 in 2014/15. Councils are also making decisions on more planning applications. There were 424,700 planning applications decided in 2015/16, an increase of 4% on 2014/15. Despite an increasing number of decisions, the number of planning applications submitted was down by 1% between January and March, compared to the same quarter last year. There were 86,000 planning applications granted between January and March this year. This is the highest number granted in this quarter since 2008/09.
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Worthing – deals continue amid tightening pipeline

27 June 2016

The Worthing commercial property sector remains in a state of acute shortage, with very limited space available being snapped up, according to property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. Companies looking to relocate to the town are having to be turned away, as there is nowhere to accommodate them. Fortunately there is some remaining capacity which has been occupied, such as nearly 2,000 sq ft of offices in Shelley Rd (above) and 3,347 sq ft of industrial at the Timberlaine Trading Estate (below).
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30,000 sq ft industrial HQ for sale / let

24 June 2016

A rare opportunity to lease / buy a 30,000 sq ft industrial facility in East Sussex has just come onto market. The current Gunnebo building in Uckfield – is part of the Bellbrook Business Park which extends to approximately 60 acres and is the town’s principal commercial area with occupiers such as Royal Mail, TR Fastenings, Pureprint and TravisPerkins. The existing tenant is vacating in June 2017 and moving to new premises. The site would make an ideal HQ building for an expanding local company and offers a more competitive option than a new build.
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Home Counties homes shortage

23 June 2016

Councils across the South East are failing to keep up with house-building targets, leading to patchy provision and a continuing shortage in the region. New research has shown 21 Local Authorities are at risk of government intervention, and further punitive measures may be recommended by the new Local Plans Expert Group, appointed by DLGC to try and address historic shortfalls in building. According to the report by consultants NLP: “Government is aiming to replicate through faster, more focussed, plan making which works with the grain of the existing architecture of the planning system.” Rother District Council, for example, has persistently stated they have a five year supply of housing land, but continuous under-delivery has resulted in acknowledgement they cannot meet planned demand.
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Plans for Brighton beach zip wire gaining pace

13 June 2016

The building of the Brighton Zip Wire attraction to replace The Brighton Wheel took a step forward this week as a new planning application was lodged with the City Council and is currently out to consultation. The application reference number is BH2016/01719 - a link to the application is available here. Brighton Zip – an adrenaline-filled 300m long, twenty metre descent along the seafront – is anticipated to attract tourists and thrill-seekers all year round. The planned £1.7million site – to be designed by Jon Turner Architects includes a new café space and the Zip Tower would only be half the height of the Brighton Wheel. An initial opening of the ride could open as early as summer 2016 with the café under construction soon after.
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Bognor’s Royal Hotel to be given new lease of life

13 June 2016

A prominent feature of Bognor Regis’ esplanade is to be sold – providing an opportunity for a new lease of life for a building of fading grandeur. The Royal Hotel - comprising nearly 22,000 sq ft – described in C19th guidebooks as ‘resembling a gentleman's mansion', has fallen on lean times and consequently is to be sold, jointly marketed by Property Consultants Stiles Harold Williams and Flude Commercial. Planning consent has been granted to convert the building into 20 luxury apartments – to view the brochure visit http://bit.ly/1Ylh0PJ.
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Available now: Refurbished Industrial Units – Bognor

13 June 2016

Three newly refurbished industrial units are now available for let amid a current local and regional market of acute shortage. The units on Castlegrove Business Park – #15 (8,000 sq ft), #16 (8,263 sq ft including some office space) and #16b (1,900 sq ft) have been renovated by PNH Properties - are available as a whole building ideally but may split into two lots.
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Mitcham sees 60,000 sq ft. of industrial deals

13 June 2016

On behalf of Landlords DTZ Investors, Stiles Harold Williams (SHW) South London, Surrey and Kent Industrial Department and joint agents Cushman & Wakefield have recently completed the key lettings of units 20 and 23 Mitcham Industrial Estate, Mitcham. Unit 20, consisting of 31,744 sq ft. has been let to Lidl UK on a new 5 year lease. Unit 23, consisting of 27,612 sq ft. has been let to Selco Trade Centres Ltd. on a new 15 year lease.
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SHW Management procures free, fast fibre-optic broadband installation

13 June 2016

Demand for better internet speeds from both residents and commercial offices at Whitehall Court, Westminster was high. However, research showed that BT weren’t looking to roll out fibre-optic broadband in the area for another five years. SHW Management negotiated an agreement with Hyperoptic Broadband for them to pay for the installation of a communal fibre-optic service through the building which all residents and commercial offices would benefit from if they sign up to one of their competitive packages. As the building will have a dedicated fibre line Hyperoptic Broadband can guarantee high speed internet and not ‘up to’ speeds offered by competitors.
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Leonardo Building shortlisted for national award

13 June 2016

A major speculative office development in Crawley has been shortlisted for a national award. The 110,000 sq ft Leonardo Building, situated on the Manor Royal Business District has been nominated for ‘Best Deal Outside Central London’ at the OAS Development Awards at the Tower of London on June 24. The building was fully let to Virgin Atlantic in May 2015. Stiles Harold Williams’ Agency Team helped put the deal together alongside joint agents Savills and Knight Frank on behalf of developers Abstract Securities.
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South London industrial - shedding stock at a brisk rate

7 June 2016

On behalf of Landlords DTZ Investment Management, Stiles Harold Williams (SHW) South London, Surrey and Kent Industrial Department have recently completed the letting of unit 7 Newman Road Industrial Estate to A to Z Catering Supplies. The 7,713 sqft unit has been let on a new 10 year lease at a rent of £9.50 per sqft.
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Horsham business unit sale

6 June 2016

SHW Agency have completed on the freehold sale of 26 Foundry Lane - a 13,000 sq ft prominent, self-contained business unit approximately one mile north east of Horsham town centre. The ground floor (4,150 sq ft) is a shell for a fit-out or storage with 8,850 sq ft of offices at first floor level. SHW were instructed to either let or sell the building and were able to achieve a sale for the whole soon after marketing.
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Upgrading South London’s Schools

6 June 2016

Educational projects are an important aspect of SHW Building Consultancy – improving / recycling buildings of crucial social need. Here are two mini-case studies demonstrating the range and quality of work we provide: Case study one: Roof renewal – Croydon School (above) Our involvement: • Project involved removal and upgrading the roof of a three-storey school building • Improvements provided insulation and protection from water ingress • Works completed on time and within budget
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Thornton Heath PDR sale

6 June 2016

SHW Development Consultancy are pleased to announce the sale of a small freehold office in Thornton Heath to a residential developer. The buyer purchased the building with plans to convert it to residential under Permitted Development Rights. The approx. 1,000 sq ft property is yet another example of repurposing unwanted commercial stock to provide much needed residential supply.
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Units on successful Worthing retail site available

23 May 2016

Two outlets on a thriving retail park near Worthing have recently come onto the lettings market. Units 9 & 10 New Road, Durrington (777 sq ft and 1,502 sq ft respectively) are part of a busy complex featuring Tesco Extra, Subway, WH Smith, Costa Coffee, Lloyds Pharmacy, Co-op Travelcare & Pets at Home.
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13,000 sq ft Chichester warehouse let – continued industrial shortage

23 May 2016

Stiles Harold Williams have let 13,000 sq ft of prime warehousing at Unit 3 Rutland Way, Chichester to F&G Transport. The deal – on the unit with an extensive yard and direct access to the A27 - increases the shortage of light industrial stock along the Sussex Coastal Strip – and a variety of factors have led to a continued acute lack of stock.
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Crawley Building Consultancy expansion

20 May 2016

SHW Crawley have two additions to their Building Consultancy team due to continued demand of services across mid-Sussex and beyond. Duncan Firstbrook (pictured centre) has joined the firm as an Associate Director, with extensive previous experience at Lambert Smith Hampton and Vail Williams among others. We are delighted to welcome back Lawrence Carr (left), who has rejoined SHW as a trainee Building Surveyor after a period of global travel. The team are ably assisted by Divisional Administrator Jenni Styan (right).
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Facilitating Franchisees

13 May 2016

Franchising is a big growth sector in the UK, worth in excess of £15billion annually, with more than 900 chains utilising this ready-made brand format for would-be entrepreneurs, with 97% of these operating profitably in 2015. [Source: Natwest Franchise Survey 2015 - http://bit.ly/26PgCNp.] SHW Agency were called upon to relet the former Wok & Go on Western Rd, Brighton. Intimate local and sector knowledge alongside a full marketing campaign attracted several interested parties including Roosters Piri Piri. SHW advised the Private Landlord to obtain the initial A3/5 use on the Property as they identified the changing shape of the city’s changing retail demand. New terms negotiated with the lessee, enabling one of the best UK franchisees to open a new outlet in Brighton.
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Croydon HMO Investment Acquisition

11 May 2016

Stiles Harold Williams Development Consultancy team are pleased to announce the acquisition of a six-bedroom end-of-terrace residential investment located in Croydon. The property which is being used as a HMO was acquired off-market on behalf of retained clients for investment purposes. Even though SHW were instructed by the buyer to acquire the property the vendor was so impressed with the transaction they felt inclined to recommend us for their “professional, straightforward and efficient handling of the purchase”. The vendor commented: “I always received a prompt and constructive response from Richard Pillow who also impressed with his eye for detail in property, in particular safety risks. His clients' properties are in very good hands. Good luck with all your projects.” Furthermore, SHW Residential Management team has been instructed to manage the property on behalf of the purchaser. The HMO forms part of a growing number of residential properties managed by the firm.
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Mixed use investment sale

11 May 2016

Stiles Harold Williams Investment Department have completed the sale of a retail / resi site on the outskirts of Brighton for £1.1m. The 3,540 sq ft freehold retail unit occupied by the Co-Operative along with a 935 sq ft adjoining flat services a busy catchment area in the suburb of Portslade.
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Purley Way PDR sale – 28,000 sq ft

11 May 2016

Surveyors need to adapt to marketplace trends. Only by fulfilling its maximal potential can a building claim to be well utilised. Offices may date and their original use become redundant. It is a role of the surveyor to recognise when a building could benefit from an alteration of use. One example is Shackleton Gate, Croydon, recently sold by SHW Development Consultancy. We were instructed by an investment fund to sell the offices measuring 28,311 sq ft. Due to its large size and secondary location the building was difficult to rent commercially. By recognising an increased demand for C3 (residential) conversion from B1 (offices) we were able to successfully target interested parties. A joint effort on behalf of SHW Agency and Development Consultancy produced a number of offers. The site was subsequently sold to a residential developer in 2016 for use in the private rented sector and converted under Permitted Development Rights
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Rates savings due to disruption during building works

11 May 2016

SHW’s Business Rates team have managed to save 13.5% on historic rates bills due to the noise, dust, vibration and general disruption caused by building work opposite their old London Office in St. James’s, SW1. Moving on from this success, Paula then negotiated a 15% discount in rates due to work adjacent to the new SHW London offices in Glasshouse Street, W1.
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SHW qualification update – capacity building across the sector

9 May 2016

Stiles Harold Williams take the responsibility of training our staff very seriously, bringing out their best in order to give our clients optimum levels of service. All our Fee Earners have a range of professional development options open to them, and the latest tranche of newly qualified SHW staff. Rebecca Spokes of the Brighton Agency team has recently gained a Diploma in Surveying Practice from the College of Estate Management, achieving a Merit classification. Rebecca is now undertaking the Assessment in Professional Competence (APC) in order to become a Chartered Surveyor.
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Call for more Worthing instructions – stock going fast!

27 April 2016

The Worthing commercial property market continues its upward trajectory despite pre-Referendum caution across the region, according to Property Consultants Stiles Harold Williams. In terms of recent light industrial deals Unit B, Durban Road, Bognor, (6,000 sq ft, top left of montage) was recently let to B5 Ltd. Unit 6 of the Martlets Trading Estate, Goring By-Sea (1053 sq ft, bottom left of montage) has been taken by medical training firm V.M. Langfords. Units 2, Downsbrook Trading Estate, Worthing (2,300 sq ft) was leased to Brand Standard Ltd, whilst Unit 3 (1,944 sq ft, both pictured bottom right) is now occupied by Skinilean Ltd. With office space and retail also buoyant, owners of all commercial asset classes with a view to lettings or sales are encouraged to contact Stiles Harold Williams.
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A potted guide to Leasehold Enfranchisement

27 April 2016

According to official figures there are approximately two million flats and a significant number of houses in the UK which are owned on a leasehold basis. This form of tenure comes with its own particular set of potential problems and pitfalls. When these occur, the leaseholder needs expert advice – one of these experts is SHW’s Richard Bull – who specialises in Leasehold Enfranchisement. A short lease and in particular a lease with close to or less than 80 years unexpired, will have an increasingly negative impact on the value of the flat (or house) until it can become unmortgageable and difficult to sell.
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Property Management and Building Consultancy working in tandem

27 April 2016

In February Stiles Harold Williams were appointed to manage a purpose-built block of 11 flats at Silverdale Road, Eastbourne, known as Broad Oaks. The board of Directors of the resident management company wanted to change managing agents to a company able to carry out the management duties with the aid of in-house qualified building surveyors to progress overdue works. SHW was selected because they were impressed with the prospective property manager, the clear fee structure, the surrounding team and the wider services offered by SHW.
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Eastbourne office space newly available

27 April 2016

BPE Business Connections have instructed SHW Agency to let their office sites in Eastbourne. MAP House, St Leonards Rd (above), offers suites from 200-2,000 sq ft on flexible terms. Amenities include: • Newly refurbished. • No legal fees • Shared use of modern kitchen and meeting room space. • Secure private access. • DDA compliant. • Car parking subject to availability - £12 +VAT per week. • High speed broadband Greencoat House (below) which is situated next door to MAP House has two available suites (335 & 485 sq ft) on identical terms to those stated above.
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First class First Point lettings secured

26 April 2016

Two significant recent lettings have resulted the near full occupation of the 62,000 sq ft First Point Gatwick Office complex. Norwegian Air have taken the 15,000 sq ft ground floor as their new UK base this month. Furthermore, SHW and Altus Maxwell Brown acting on behalf of Aberdeen Asset Management have let approx. 12,000 sq ft to Close Brothers (advised by CBRE) following their relocation from Haywards Heath. There are two further suites in First Point under offer.
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Nightclub with planning possibilities – 30%+ price drop

25 April 2016

Eager readers of SHW News may remember a story from last August - http://www.shw.co.uk/news/news.asp?id=303 – the sale of an Eastbourne nightclub. Well, the 9,188 sq ft property is still on the market, but the asking price has been dropped from £800,000 to £550,000a 31% decrease – a veritable bargain in a rising market! The premises has an existing 4am alcohol licence in place, but furthermore there is scope for a change of use in terms of development potential.
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SHW Agency shifts 2.23million sq ft of Business Space in 2015/16 - that’s a whole lot of building!

25 April 2016

End-of-year data from Stiles Harold Williams demonstrates the firm’s Agency Division disposed of 2,223,949 sq ft of offices & industrial space across the South East in 2015/16. This is an area more than half the size of the world’s largest building, Boeing’s Everett plant in Seattle, (4.3million sq ft, above) – which is where 747’s are constructed and so large it has its own internal weather system. To give the figure a more UK-centric perspective, we transacted twice the area of the O2 Arena, the country’s biggest building. SHW co-ordinated sales, lettings and acquisitions of 1,698,378 sq ft in Sussex alone, a volume of business which recently won us the Estate’s Gazettes title of the county’s most active agent for the fourth year running. See http://www.shw.co.uk/news/news.asp?id=383.
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How to save £18,000 on your utility bills

25 April 2016

The residents of Park Gates, Eastbourne recently received a very welcome addition to their communal coffers – a cheque for £18,000 produced via the creative thinking of SHW Management. An audit of the 56 unit block uncovered a VAT overpayment of 15% on the gas contract due to a technicality – and an oversight by the previous managing agent. Our team doggedly got on the case, spending 12 months contacting suppliers and tracing previous providers in order to hunt down and negotiate the savings.
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Refurbished trade units available – Hove

21 April 2016

Landlords Coal Pension Properties have completed the extensive refurbishment of four trade units at the Clark’s Trading Estate, in Newton Road, in Hove. The units - 3,791 sq ft / 4,228 sq ft / 4,233 sq ft and 4,245 sq ft – are available to let on new leases at a quoting rent of £11.50psf, subject to contract. Other companies on the estate include Plumb Center and Drain Center whilst other nearby trade operators include Speedy Hire Centre, HSS and TLC and the estate is also close to the Goldstone Retail Park.
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Double success in Swanley lettings

21 April 2016

On behalf of Landlords CBRE Global Investors, Stiles Harold Williams (SHW) South London, Surrey and Kent Industrial Department have recently completed the letting of units 1D and 1E Mark Way, Swanley to the Beadles Group. The two units, consisting of 17, 638 sq ft have been let on a new 10 year lease at a rent close to £8.25 per sq ft. Alex Gale, Partner and head of the Business Space team at SHW commented: “This transaction reinforces the strong rental growth we are seeing for well-located refurbished industrial units. Its proximity to Junction 3 of the M25 and the quality of the units have seen the resultant letting occurring shortly after completion of the works. With units 2 and 3 totalling 14,000 sq ft due for refurbishment shortly, we are expecting strong demand and expect a quick transaction to take place.“
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Targeted marketing approach gets results

21 April 2016

SHW are delighted to have assisted with the disposal of over 19,000 sq ft of industrial space at Meridian Industrial Estate in Peacehaven, East Sussex over the last 12 months. A further 3,000 sq.ft is currently under offer and the last remaining space, Unit C4 (1,500 sq ft), has just been brought to market. 11,000 sq.ft has been let to Sky High Trampoline Park, after receiving a considerable amount of support during planning consultation.
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SHW Professional prescribe Lease Renewal advice to pharmacy

18 April 2016

SHW were instructed by Day Lewis Pharmacy to advise in respect of their lease renewal at Station Road, Swanage. The Landlord had obtained planning permission to redevelop the residential upper parts and building at the rear of the site. The proposed scheme would materially affect Day Lewis’ occupation of the storage area of the shop whilst works were undertaken, but a solution was achieved by way of close negotiations with the Landlord.
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BCD case study: Broadwalk House

14 April 2016

SHW Building Consultancy were appointed as Contract Administrators / Project Managers and CDM Co-ordinators on the cyclical external repairs and redecorations project for Broadwalk House, Hyde Park Gate, Kensington. Individual apartments are currently edging towards £2million a piece in the 1960’s tower block comprising around 55 residential units arranged over basement, ground and 11 upper floors.
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Career opportunities with Stiles Harold Williams – various positions and disciplines

13 April 2016

Due to expansion and internal promotions the firm is looking for new surveyors. We are keen to hear from talented individuals with experience and proven track record in: • Commercial Agency • Commercial Management • General Practice
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New tenants for Croydon landmark tower

6 April 2016

One Croydon – the distinctive 23-storey office block next to East Croydon train station – has welcomed a flurry of new tenants, reflecting a continued resurgence in the Borough’s business space market. Parts of the 2nd, 9th and 10th floors have been let by joint agents Savills and Stiles Harold Williams to Bluelight Global Solutions, Thistle Initiatives and John Cobb Consulting respectively - totalling circa. 7,000 sq ft. The 82 metre high building provides 160,000 sq ft of Grade A open plan space in London’s largest suburban office market. Floors three, five and the reception area are currently undergoing extensive refurbishment and will be ready for occupation this June.
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Lewes Waterside Centre – High performance multi-disciplinary Asset Recovery

6 April 2016

SHW Professional Division are pleased to announce the sale of The Waterside Centre, Lewes on behalf of Investec Bank Plc. Acting as Fixed Charge Receivers, various departments within SHW were employed to maximise revenue in the pre-sale period, leading to an unusual position whereby the borrower and the bank were able to split a surplus.
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New lift off for Astral Towers

4 April 2016

Stiles Harold Williams and FTD Johns acting on behalf of Quidnet Capital have secured a new tenant for the iconic Astral Towers office building in Crawley. The deal occupies the entire sixth floor (14,000 sq ft) by way of a new five year lease with an option for a further five years. Although not disclosed the rent agreed is thought to be close to the asking rent of £17 psf - the lease had the benefit of market incentives, and the landlord is undertaking refurbishment works as part of the deal.
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Offices at Unit C, Rustington fully let

4 April 2016

Acting on behalf of the Landlords, Store Property Investments Ltd, Stiles Harold Williams have let the first floor of Unit C, a two-storey office building in Dominion Way, Rustington to Compass Fostering South Ltd. Having originally taken an assignment of the lease of the ground floor and relocated from Findon almost two years ago, Compass Fostering South Ltd have now taken a new lease of the whole building comprising the ground and first floors totalling 9,093 sq ft, in order to relocate one of their other operations from Hassocks.
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A quartet of victories – SHW Sussex’s Most Active Agent again

31 March 2016

Estates Gazette have awarded Stiles Harold Williams the title of Sussex’s Most Active Agent for the fourth year running. Sales and lettings big and small alike have given the firm a pre-eminent position in the county. These include: Offices • The Warren, Worthing – 120,000 sq ft sold to Worthing Sixth Form College • Leonardo Building, Manor Royal, Crawley – 110,000 sq ft let to Virgin Atlantic • Park House, Manor Royal, Crawley – 44,000 sq ft let to Deloitte • CityView, Brighton – joint agents for first speculative office development in city since 2006 Industrial • Former Pasta Reale, Fleming Way, Crawley (65,000 sq ft warehouse sold) • Commerce Way, Lancing (55,000 sq ft warehouse sold) • Chaucer Business Park, Polegate (40,000 sq ft of industrial & offices let) • Gatwick 55 – agents for 56,000 sq ft of brand new space available Q1 2016
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Croydon BCD office services

31 March 2016

The SHW Croydon Building Consultancy team provide a wide range of service to office owners and occupiers alike. Here are a selection of recent projects to demonstrate their versatility and the quality of work delivered. Case study one dilapidations advice – Croydon (above, left) Building: Two storey office located on the Purley Way, circa 28,225 ft2 set over two floors. Instructed to advise on the outgoing tenants dilapidations liability for the landlord.
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Boris opts to protect London office stock

30 March 2016

Just days after confirmation that permitted development rights concerning office to residential conversions are to be made permanent, the Mayor of London’s Office has published the Central Activities Zone (CAZ) Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), which delegates where Local London Authorities will be expected to allocate new housing. Currently, the CAZ is subject to an exemption negotiated by the Mayor’s office in 2014 which excludes the City of London’s core office space from conversions under Permitted Development. However last week’s announcement stated that from May 2019 boroughs can apply to remove such exemptions. Covering approximately 13 square miles from Kensington Gardens in the west to Aldgate in the east, Kings Cross in the north to Elephant and Castle in the south, the area employs more than 1.7 million people and generates 10% of the UK’s economy. It is also home to nearly one quarter of a million residents.
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Lyndean House – rejuvenating Brighton office space with new retail

30 March 2016

Sainsbury’s have opened a new store in central Brighton – a project involving several SHW services and departments. This prominent site near to the Brighton Station ‘Gateway to the City’ and on a main thoroughfare to the beach was previously offices. When the space proved difficult to let SHW Agency were instructed to investigate the retail angle to breathe new life into the ground floor of the building. A feasibility study showed promise in this approach, and subsequently SHW Planning were brought in to advise on the Change of Use application from B1 (offices) to A1 (retail). The premises were then marketed on this basis and terms were provisionally agreed with Sainsbury’s. SHW Planning acted for the client in order to obtain a change of use, which was duly granted.
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New Head of Brighton Building Consultancy

30 March 2016

Stiles Harold Williams are pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Carson as the New Head of the Brighton Building Consultancy team with effect from April 1st. Ryan is responsible for managing the provision of Building Surveying services to key clients including Aberdeen Asset Management, Freshwater Property Management, Grange Management and Store Property Investments. Within the last five years Ryan has effectively project managed a variety of commercial schemes within the city and surrounding areas, as well as successfully negotiating a number of dilapidation claims.
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Gerrards Cross PDR sale

29 March 2016

SHW Development Consultancy have completed the sale of a mixed retail / office property in Buckinghamshire. The 2,099 sq ft retail / office units with parking spaces in Gerard’s Cross has approval for residential conversion under PDR for 1x one bedroom and 1x two bedroom flats with the shop retained.
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Major Surrey Business Park Sale

24 March 2016

Stiles Harold Williams and Spring 4 have sold a business park of approximately 12 acres in Leatherhead, Surrey. Originally the home of the Electricity Research Agency established in the 1950s, the site has a number of office, industrial and R&D buildings totalling 140,000 sq ft with parking and large areas of open space, the majority of the buildings are occupied on flexible terms and part vacant.
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Croydon to deliver growth zone

24 March 2016

Croydon’s growth zone, which is set to deliver a £5.25bn regeneration programme creating thousands of new jobs and homes for local people, has been handed a government boost. As part of a new devolution deal, central government is to grant Croydon the power to retain 50% of new town centre business rates, and has awarded £7m to help underpin the delivery of a five-year infrastructure programme vital to support the anticipated growth in the borough. The £350m programme, being delivered by the council and its GLA partner the Mayor of London, is made up of 39 key projects, including transport, schools and community infrastructure, regeneration and public realm improvements, and support for small businesses.
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Further call for London housing development sites

24 March 2016

A Call for Sites has been issued by the London Strategic Housing Land Assessment (SHLAA). ‘The Call’ provides individuals, public and private sector bodies with the opportunity to nominate their sites for potential housing uses. The suitability of the nominated sites is assessed by the Local Planning Authority under which the capacity, deliverability and suitability for mixed uses are established.
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Worthing commercial space shortage continues

24 March 2016

Worthing's lack of quality retail and industrial space continues, causing problems for the town's current and potential employers. Property Consultants Stiles Harold Williams have identified a trend for increasing demand and dwindling supply which has accentuated through the end of 2015 and across the first quarter of 2016. Prime retail sites such as 57-59 Brighton Road (841 sq ft, above) are rare - and consequently was let quite rapidly. South facing and with close proximity to the town centre and the seafront, this letting increasing pressures on diminishing quality stock.
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AMP House fully let

24 March 2016

Stiles Harold Williams are delighted to announce that AMP House, Croydon is now fully let. The Schroders/Stanhope owned site has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment including modernised reception, new lifts, upgraded common parts and refurbished office floors.
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Origin One office let – more suites available

24 March 2016

SHW Crawley / Gatwick Agency together with Altus Maxwell Brown have let the ground floor North (2,758 sq ft) to US company AAR CORP for their second UK office. This is the first deal for the building since Standard Life Investments completed an extensive refurbishment/upgrade last year. The remaining space (circa 20,000 sq ft) is currently available across three floors.
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Stiles Harold Williams – 2016 promotions announced

21 March 2016

SHW promotions this year have seen two new Directors appointed to the firm as well as a crop of new Associates. Building Surveyor Rob Lay of the Croydon office will become a Director as of April 1st, as will Paul Farrell, a London Property Manager. Three more Property Managers have been given Associate position – Samuel Kamara (Croydon), Malgorzata Burkiewicz (Brighton), and Alex Bargioni (Eastbourne).
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Ridgewood Industrial Park – refurbished units available

21 March 2016

It is widely recognised that the South East is suffering from an acute shortage of high quality light industrial and warehousing capacity, but fortunately six refurbished units in mid-Sussex have become available. Ridgewood Industrial Park - situated in Uckfield which is equidistant between Brighton and Tunbridge Wells, offers handy access across the region as well as the following amenities: • 14ft (4.26m) maximum eaves height • Loading and separate personnel doors • 3 Phase power/gas supply • Parking
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SHW’s Valuation Department – proving their worth

17 March 2016

Valuation – a vital part of any property consultancy – sometimes fails to grab the sector or local press, but is an essential service for anyone involved in our profession. Whether for accounts, loan security, matrimonial disputes, probate, development appraisal, residential lease extension or tax planning purposes, the SHW valuation team provide an expert service for a wide range of stakeholders across most asset classes.
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Asset Recovery case study – Viewpoint One, Bracknell

16 March 2016

Building: Viewpoint One, Bracknell – 34,000 sq ft good quality office accommodation. Nature of instruction: Two SHW Partners instructed as Joint Receivers for a prominent UK bank in 2012 to obtain best market price.
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Building Consultancy case study – Steyning Way, Bognor Regis

16 March 2016

Acting on behalf of the landlord, SHW Building Consultancy Division where instructed to prepare a terminal schedule of dilapidations and negotiate the claim on a 15,000 sq ft industrial unit in Bognor Regis. The before (pictured below) and after (above) shots show a radical, clean and contemporary refurbishment. The schedule was prepared in accordance with RICS Guidance and the Property Litigation Association Pre-Action Protocol. BCD also prepared a specification for the works and tendered to local contractors, prior to lease expiry, to provide firm costs and ensure works were ready to proceed immediately following lease expiry. During negotiations, the extent of the works was agreed but the tenant requested the landlord complete all works to substantiate the claim. The cost of the works totalled approximately £200k and commenced immediately following lease expiry with completion three months thereafter.
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Lanchester House fully let

14 March 2016

Lanchester House – part of the 250,000 sq ft Trafalgar Place office development next to Brighton Station – is now fully let. Global tax specialist Avalara have taken 4,957 sq ft of the third floor. Within the same development, 40,000 sq ft at Mocatta is just about to undergo an extensive refurbishment to include an additional sixth floor with terrace. Mocatta will be ready for occupation in March 2017. Other tenants of Trafalgar Place include Kimberley Clark, NHS Brighton & Hove CCG, The Pensions Regulator and Bupa.
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Office to Residential Permitted Development Rights made permanent

14 March 2016

The long-awaited permanent change in the law regarding Permitted Development Rights has passed into law. An amendment to the Town & Country Planning Act 2015 was given parliamentary assent last Thursday (10th March) stating “(Article 7) makes permanent the existing temporary right to change a building used as an office into residential use.” Stiles Harold Williams have been at the forefront of seeking clarification of the legislation – including an approach to the DCLG for guidance regarding the grey area of Article 4 Directions in August 2015 – see http://www.shw.co.uk/news/news.asp?id=302.
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Niral Receiving new instructions

14 March 2016

Stiles Harold Williams have a new member of our Recoveries and Restructuring team. As well as a Partner within Sussex Development Consultancy, Niral Patel (above) is also a trainee member of NARA, the association for property and fixed charge Receivers. Niral is working towards undertaking the Registered Property Receivership exams in June 2016. So, in addition to Niral’s work in terms of acquisitions, sales and setting up development opportunities, he is now also available for: • LPA Receivership work • Asset recovery / restructuring instructions on behalf of banks and private clients
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New Sussex Planning stats – wide variations across the county

9 March 2016

Newly released figures regarding Sussex’s 14 Local Planning Authorities show marked variations in terms of reaching decisions on time, according to research by property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. Based on figures supplied by the Office of National Statistics for October to December 2015, most authorities score very highly in meeting predetermined timescales for major, minor and ‘other’ planning developments, with Mid-Sussex processing 94% of applications within prescribed time limits, along with fellow high-performers Wealden (89%), Chichester (89%), with Hastings and Arun on 88% across these types of application. On paper Eastbourne scores only 54% across all decision classes, but this could well be a statistical anomaly caused by a scarcity of major developments to be considered during the period. Brighton & Hove delivered only 43% of decisions on time. If a local authority continues to perform below a 50% threshold they are at risk of government intervention and the possible removal of decision making powers.
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Rustington Trading Estate transforming into thriving trade park

9 March 2016

Rustington Trading Estate is now fully let, following the recent occupation of Units B1 & B2 Dominion Way by Toolstation and Howden Joinery respectively. They join existing national trade operators Screwfix, Yesss Electrical and Euro Car Parts at the southern end of the estate in what is quickly becoming established as the main trade location, serving the area around West Worthing and Littlehampton. Landlords Store Property Investments have been carrying out an extensive refurbishment programme to the units when they have become vacant in order to attract high quality firms to the estate.
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Healthcare property valuation case study

7 March 2016

Property: Rushey Green GP Surgery, Catford Background: SHW historically involved in the site before practice built in 2002. Nature of work: Secured lending valuation
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South Coast Industrial – limited availability

2 March 2016

Recently in the SHW news pages we have explored the continued lack of demand in many parts of the South East – which is important, but what units are available? Well, the good news there is some limited supply for those requiring light industrial / warehousing or trade counter outlets. For instance, Units 2&3 Downsbrook Trading Estate, Worthing (above) both offer circa 2,000 sq ft space on an industrial park with the likes of Tool Station, Grahams (Plumbing & Heating), City Electrical Factors, HSS Hire, Unipart and Eurocell all pulling in custom. Unit 5, Minster Court, Littlehampton (below) offers a little more capacity – 3,223 sq ft of combined warehousing, offices and ancillary space.
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CityView – last 11,800 sq ft of showpiece Brighton offices going fast

1 March 2016

Only a third of the space in an as-yet unopened landmark Brighton office development is available – a sure sign of continued economic buoyancy and pent-up demand for high quality premises. Cityview – the first speculative office building to be constructed since 2006 – is situated in the New England Quarter of the city, immediately adjacent to Brighton Station. All but two floors (ground and first, 11,800 sq ft) of the 32,000 sq ft total are under offer, but an agent’s breakfast was held on Feb 29th for potentially interested parties. Stiles Harold Williams are marketing the site in conjunction with Knight Frank.
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MIPIM 2016 – SHW representation and activity

1 March 2016

Stiles Harold Williams will once again be represented by a trio of Partners at this year’s premier global property expo in Cannes, March 14-18. Managing Partner Martin Clark will be in attendance along with Richard Plant (Head of South London, Surrey & Kent office & Chair of Develop Croydon) and Adam Godfrey (Head of Crawley / Gatwick office).
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Eco-a-go-go – Zero-carbon house planned for Hampshire

26 February 2016

Early in 2015 Stiles Harold Williams’ planning team were instructed to challenge a refused planning permission for a carbon zero subterranean house in the village of Headley, near Liphook, Hampshire. Having sat in front of an Inspector in November as part of the hearing, with a team of additional of experts in tandem, we are pleased to announce that the council’s decision has been overturned and permission has been approved by the Planning Inspectorate.
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Commercial Management case study – The Hyde Group

22 February 2016

Following an in-depth review of their commercial property portfolio, The Hyde Group appointed Stiles Harold Williams to manage their entire commercial portfolio in March 2014. The portfolio of over 100 units comprises both leasehold and long leasehold properties located in London and across the South East of England, with a total rent roll of approximately £1.2 million per annum. SHW provide detailed financial control dealing with demanding and collecting rents and credit control on behalf of the Hyde Group. SHW also provide agency, valuation, rating and building surveying services across the portfolio, giving the Hyde Group a “one stop shop” for all their property requirements.
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West Sussex commercial stock levels at ‘all time low’

22 February 2016

The county is suffering from an ‘unprecedented’ shortage of commercial and industrial units, which could well hit business and employment prospects, according to property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. Whilst prominent sites such as 31 South Street, Worthing – formerly The Ship public house - have recently found new occupiers, there is a lack of future supply which does not bode well in terms of attracting firms to West Sussex. The shortage of warehousing / light industrial capacity is due to a lack of potential sites for development as well as high uptake. For example, a 13,000 sq ft unit at Rutland Way, Chichester has recently come onto the market, but interest is already strong.
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Commercial Management case study - Ascot Business Park, Ascot

17 February 2016

Building on the successful and trusted relationship established with Salmon Harvester, Stiles Harold Williams were appointed as managing agents of Ascot Business Park in January 2015. Salmon Harvester Properties developed the estate from 2010 and continue to own it. The development consists of nine offices, nine industrial and nine studio/workspace units totalling approximately 100,000 sq ft, either let or sold on virtual freeholds. Over the five or so years since the development was completed, the service charge had evolved with expenditure becoming more complex leading to confusion among occupiers. Our client’s primary concern was to establish a simplified, fair service charge for the external common parts and for those of the office buildings which were multi-let whilst at the same time maintaining high standards of quality in service provision.
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Knowing your EPC from A to G

11 February 2016

As a firm we take our responsibility for the environment very seriously, not only in terms of legal compliance but also the wider impact on the planet. One aspect which covers both of these bases is our work to promote energy efficiency through EPCs (Energy Performance Certification) and other forms of green building. The industry is definitely seeing an increase in the way the Government is looking at ways to achieve their energy efficiency objectives by making property owners more responsible for their buildings. From 1st March 2015 the law was changed to make it illegal to let commercial premises with an EPC rating of F or G from after 1st April 2018. It is the landlord’s duty to fulfil these requirements prior to this forthcoming date which is closer than you think. Furthermore, although an EPC certificate lasts for ten years, the criteria on which the ratings are based are also being tightened, so a building which is currently deemed energy efficient may not be next time round.
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Croydon Council in partnership with local community keen to bring former Ashburton Library building back to life

11 February 2016

Ashburton Library, just north of Central Croydon, presents a prime letting opportunity for a variety of uses. The building – which was historically a Convent – is locally Listed, comprises 6,222 sq ft and is located in the heart of Ashburton Park. Expressions of interest are invited from occupiers interested in taking a lease on all or part of the building. Uses should be sympathetic to the location in the park. Permitted Use is currently D1 but other uses which meet the criteria of Croydon Council will be considered. Uses that may be considered include: café, restaurant, nursery, education, sports, performance and health care. This list is not exhaustive, although a predominant area of the building should be utilised for community use.
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Making plans for Nigels

11 February 2016

Property professionals reclaim Britain’s least fashionable name

A new group ‘Nigels in Property’ has recently started to band together to promote a name which has become so uncool its back in vogue. The London property sector has so far only produced nine Nigels, who held an inaugural meeting in Mayfair last month, to dine and swap stories of the two things they primarily have in common – Property and being called Nigel! The next meeting of Nigels in Property is likely to be held this summer in a London location to be confirmed.
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SHW Professional case study

10 February 2016

Many property news stories are about one-off deals, speculative launches or quarterly figures, but we shouldn’t forget that true client relations are derived from diligent year-on-year work behind the scenes, which can add value and yield significant benefit. For instance, SHW Professional Division was instructed in 2012 by the freeholder of a large retail warehouse with ancillary food sales in West Sussex. We have subsequently provided the following to add value and develop the client’s property interests:
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Community welcomes consultation on future of Hodson’s Mill

8 February 2016

Feedback at the public consultation for the redevelopment of Hodson’s Mill, Robertsbridge, was mostly positive. More than 200 people attended the event on Tuesday, 26th January, (see below), to examine the proposed plans for 95 residential units and 2,430m2 of commercial space on the 9.9 acre site.
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Croydon on course for balanced ‘Mars’ property market

8 February 2016

Rising office rents, new Boxpark Croydon and 3,500 flats in the pipeline allows work, rest and play in the borough

Croydon is developing a mature property structure with healthy supply and demand for both residential and office space, according to new research by consultants Stiles Harold Williams. Top-end office rents on existing stock have risen by a third in the last two years (from £20.50 to £28.50 per sq ft), and there is buoyant demand for offices in the town centre, which has lost approximately 1.5million sq ft of commercial space since Permitted Development Rights for residential conversion were introduced in March 2013.
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One Brighton - Keeping cool with a new boiler

8 February 2016

In Residential Management we face a wide range of challenges on a daily basis yet try to deal with each efficiently and professionally. To demonstrate how we go above and beyond to keep clients and tenants happy here is one anecdote from January 2016. One Brighton is a leading zero-carbon development in the UK. Working with One Brighton Energy Services (OBES), who are responsible for providing the heating and hot water to the site, instructed SHW to install a large new biomass boiler over the last two months.
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Case study – Rent review saves client £175,000 over five years

2 February 2016

SHW London Professional Team were instructed to carry out a rent review for cult British make up brand Illamasqua for their flagship London store in Soho. We were able to save the client £175,000 over a period of five years. This was achieved by: • Careful measurement of the property and analysis of the pitch • Talking to all other class A1 tenants on Beak Street to establish the prevailing rental tone • Negotiating a competitive deal against Shaftesbury Estates, the majority landowner in and around the Carnaby Street area
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Investment case study – Pydar Street, Truro

2 February 2016

SHW Investment Agency recently acquired a row of prime retail properties in Truro, Cornwall for a South West-based client. The shops - each with multi-floor ancillary areas – comprise 7,020 sq ft and are situated on the busy shopping area of Pydar Street. Existing tenants are Thorntons Plc, Holland & Barrett and Stormfront.
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Last unit on Crawley office scheme available for sale

27 January 2016

The recent sale of an office unit on Faraday Court, Crawley means it is very nearly back to full occupancy. Unit C (2,271 sq ft) has been sold to owner occupier Roc Electrical.
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New 55,000 sq ft high bay Distribution Unit for Gatwick / Crawley

27 January 2016

Stiles Harold Williams have been instructed to let a new industrial/warehouse unit which is being built – one with an emphasis on sustainability. Gatwick 55 - to be built speculatively on the Rutherford Way, Crawley, near to Gatwick Airport – will comprise 56,000 sq ft of industrial / warehouse with the following green and energy saving credentials and building specification:
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Toasting the sale of historic former brewery

25 January 2016

Stiles Harold Williams are pleased to announce the sale of landmark premises - an attractive former brewery in Portslade Village, West Sussex. The firm have advised the owner occupiers for a number of decades - our first involvement being a significant reduction in rates liabilities more than 30 years ago.
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Worthing – market buoyant but stock low

25 January 2016

Things are looking up for the town’s high street, but supply issues could well have an adverse effect on retail growth, according to property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. There have been notable recent successes, such as the re-letting of the distinctive ship-fronted 31 South Street (above left), which will shortly become a new creperie. The firm have also sold 18b Warwick Street (above right) to an Italian restaurateur – good news for foodies all round.
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Attention! – Call for potential sites for Planning Permission in London

21 January 2016

Eleven London Boroughs are currently updating their local plans. If you own sites in these areas we might be able to help you get planning permission with more speed and less hassle than you’d imagine.
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New Year Planning Round-Up

13 January 2016

Our Senior Planner Zoe Wilkinson gives us the low-down on the latest legislation and more...

First centrally-led Housing Development Sites Named
David Cameron has announced the commissioning of 13,000 new homes over five sites around southern England, in what will be the most significant central government-led housing venture since the Docklands regeneration programme of the 1980s. The project appears to be a prelude to the Permission in Principle (PIP) practice championed in the Housing and Planning Bill 2016 although the development will be directly commissioned by Ministers, the sites will have been allocated by local planning authorities (LPAs). The sites include (an undetermined number of new homes at) Old Oak Common in Hammersmith and Fulham which has capacity for 25,000 dwellings. The remaining sites - located outside of London - are identified as Connaught Barracks, Dover Northstowe in Cambridgeshire Lower Graylingwell in Chichester and Daedalus Waterfront, Hampshire. The intension for the direct commissioning appears to be two-fold providing smaller companies with the opportunity to acquire sites that already have planning permission (The UK’s top eight housebuilders currently provide 50% of new homes), and secondly to direct that 40% of the new homes are built under the controversial ‘Starter Home’ scheme. There has been a mixed response to the Starter Home proposal a property sold to a first-time buyer under the age of 40 with a reduction of at least 20% from its market value. Many criticise have argued that the scheme is too expensive for first time buyers - the price cap on a qualifying home being £450,000 in London, and £250,000 outside of the capital. The first 13,000 homes are expected to be built over five years. £100m has been allocated to undertake the house building.
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New Eastbourne home for Handelsbanken

13 January 2016

Stiles Harold Williams have completed the letting of new Eastbourne offices to Handelsbanken - one of Europe's leading banks with over 850 branches in 25 countries, and more than 11,700 employees. Neil Hooper, Branch Manager of Handelsbanken Eastbourne said: "I am delighted to have opened Handelsbanken in the heart of Eastbourne, and having known Stiles Harold Williams personally for many years, they were very quick to offer their assistance and find the perfect location for us. “This means we are now very accessible for our customers and local professionals, and we look forward to welcoming them to our exciting new premises. It is also testament to the growth and opportunities within Eastbourne and the local area that Handelsbanken has made the decision to set up a local branch here in the town."
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West Sussex Coast industrial space race imminent

11 January 2016

A chronic lack of light industrial and warehouse capacity along the West Sussex coast is a threat to jobs in the county, according to property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. The last significant available unit in the area – 3 Steyning Way, Bognor (10,715 sq ft, pictured above) – was let to F&G Transport in December 2016. Stiles Harold Williams are currently trying to find space for companies with a total requirement of 410,000 sq ft.
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Chaucer scoops consecutive awards

1 December 2015

Last January we reported that Chaucer Business Park in Polegate had won ‘Commercial Development of the Year’ at the 2014 UK Sunday Times Excellence Awards - http://www.shw.co.uk/news/news.asp?id=215. Well, they’ve done it again. Chaucer is currently the largest speculative development in Sussex since the last economic peak delivering Grade A quality industrial/warehouse units. Set in an idyllic location adjacent the A22/A27 Polegate by pass dual carriageway servicing Hastings, Brighton and Uckfield within the county whilst overlooking the south downs to the west.
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Successful HQ relocation for DisabledGo

30 November 2015

A recent SHW news article demonstrated the work we do with the charity sector - http://www.shw.co.uk/news/news.asp?id=323. We also represent social enterprises such as DisabledGo, who recently needed timely relocation of their main office.
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Our work for Cats Protection

23 November 2015

Over past ten years SHW have developed a sophisticated client relationship to deliver strategic property advice for Cats Protection, a charity with more than 100 properties across the UK. With a diverse portfolio including adoption centres, homing centres, charity shops, stores and dwellings, SHW are working closely with the charity’s Property Department to identify and delivery professional advice and range of property information to supplement / support the property team.
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Platinum Service - Significant Rates Savings for Landlord of Vacant Offices

18 November 2015

Stiles Harold Williams were instructed to submit a rates appeal on the first floor of Platinum House, Manor Royal, Crawley. Our Business Rates team successfully reduced the business rates assessment from £133,000 to £116,000, backdated to 01 April 2010. In order to do this it was necessary to present the case to a Valuation Tribunal Hearing.
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‘Industrial Desert’ TV debate

17 November 2015

Our recent news story Brighton & Hove increasingly an ‘industrial desert’ has attracted considerable interest, with national coverage in The Planner and locally from the city’s Argus newspaper and Latest Homes magazine.
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New member of SHW Planning Team

5 November 2015

Zoe Wilkinson has been appointed as new Senior Planner for Stiles Harold Williams.
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Brighton & Hove increasingly an ‘industrial desert’

2 November 2015

Brighton & Hove is experiencing a worsening shortage of vacant light industrial and warehouse property, making it difficult for existing companies to expand or to attract new business into the city, according to property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. A series of factors are contributing to both a significant increase in rents over the last couple of years, as well as helping to drive companies out because they simply cannot find buildings or sites to operate from.
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Leatherhead office sale success

2 November 2015

Keen readers of SHW news may remember a story about an opportunity in Leatherhead back in June - http://www.shw.co.uk/news/news.asp?id=285 We are pleased to announce the 5,442 sq ft property with 20+ parking spaces has been sold to Mount Green Housing Association with plans for their own occupation as offices.
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Boxpark Croydon gets the go ahead

29 October 2015

Exciting plans to bring pop-up mall Boxpark to Croydon have been given the green light by the council. London’s second and biggest Boxpark, following its forerunner in Shoreditch, will open next summer on the Ruskin Square site next to East Croydon, the main gateway into the town centre. Stiles Harold Williams acted as Planning Consultants for the development. Croydon Council’s planning committee gave its approval to the five year scheme last week, which is being delivered in partnership with the GLA and Stanhope & Schroders.
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Worthing instruction update

27 October 2015

Stiles Harold Williams’ Worthing office is delighted to announce more commercial deals – yet more evidence of increased activity in a good market. A two storey warehouse / office property (2,552 sq ft, above) on Tarring Rd, Worthing has been sold to a local propco. Meanwhile, Units 4 & 5 Rutland Way, Chichester (below) have been leased to More Food Ltd, giving them 22,500 sq ft of warehousing and offices.
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Worthing PDR sale latest success in delivering new homes

27 October 2015

Stiles Harold Williams LLP are delighted to announce the sale of a 6,000 sq ft ex-office building in Worthing – creating another ten homes in the same week the government gave planners and developers permanent Permitted Development Rights. The freehold property – on High Street, Worthing – was sold by SHW on behalf of The Rookery Estates Company to a local private developer based in Croydon. Stiles Harold William’s Planning team obtained consent for a change of use, creating far greater demand for the property for residential rather than commercial use. The firm have been instrumental in the sale and conversion of well in excess of one million square feet across the region since May 2013.
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Exceptional Residential Development Opportunity – Wandsworth

20 October 2015

Stiles Harold Williams and JLL are pleased to introduce to you an exciting residential development opportunity of significant scale. Victoria Works, Wandsworth, is a one acre site situated in an idyllic enclave of recently completed development between the River Thames, the River Wandle and Wandsworth Park.
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Making Property Work for Charities

20 October 2015

Stiles Harold Williams is extremely proud of the work the firm undertakes on behalf of charities – allowing them to operate more effectively and deliver the vital work they do for society. We represent a wide variety of charitable / not for profit organisations including:
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Full House at Oakwood Trade Park

19 October 2015

As retained agents, SHW acting on behalf of McKay Securities have disposed of the last two remaining units on Oakwood Trade Park, Crawley. In the current market demand remains strong from the trade counter operators with Crawley on the target list for many of the national operators currently not represented in the town.
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South London Retail Focus

15 October 2015

The retail team provides advice to Landlords, tenants, investors and developers throughout London and the South East of England.
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Shackleton Gate - Cross-firm co-operation

15 October 2015

This self-contained HQ building on the Purley Way was vacated recently by its long-standing tenant. SHW were instructed to let or sell once the tenant’s lease expired. Our BCD team were then instructed to deal with terminal schedule of dilapidations. They ultimately agreed a financial settlement.
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Rare opportunity to purchase Hastings HQ building

15 October 2015

Does your business need a new HQ with easy access to the channel ports and South East? We’ve got a freehold proposition for you. This unit, located on the Castleham Industrial Estate, St Leonards comprises 67,361 sq ft including 7,267 sq ft of first floor office space. There are two car parks totalling 60 spaces.
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East Sussex industrial space ready for occupation

15 October 2015

We have three units available at the Ridgewood Industrial Park, Uckfield. Situated a mile from the town centre, the estate is handily placed for the A22 and gives good coverage across the region, being equidistant from Brighton and Tunbridge Wells.
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Permanent PDR rights central to new ‘housing crusade’ – Stiles Harold Williams

14 October 2015

This week’s government announcement to make temporary Permitted Development Rights permanent is seen as fundamental to the government’s ‘housing crusade’ according to property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. The confirmation by Planning and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP means more underused offices can be converted into flats to meet acute housing need, as well as an option for demolition / new build. Of particular importance is clarification that any already approved schemes have three years in which to implement the consent. Prior to this announcement Stiles Harold Williams have been the only firm in the sector to receive government clarification on PDR rights – see news story http://www.shw.co.uk/news/news.asp?id=302.
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New brochure about most important people at SHW – our clients

13 October 2015

Stiles Harold Williams’ new brochure has not been written by us or a marketing agency, it’s been created by those who know our work best. Client Perspectives – a 24-page anthology of case studies – has been compiled to demonstrate the breadth and depth of our involvement with companies such as Leeds Building Society, Allianz Global Assistance, the University of Brighton and legal firm Mayo Wynne Baxter.
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James rejoins South East Valuation Team

6 October 2015

Stiles Harold Williams are delighted to announce the appointment of James Sadler to our valuation team. James is re-joining SHW after leaving us in April when he went traveling around the world with his new bride. He had previously been based in our Crawley office for two years.
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New addition to Brighton BCD team

6 October 2015

Stiles Harold Williams are delighted to announce the appointment of Josh Roger to our Brighton Building Consultancy Division. Josh – who has a First Class degree in Building Surveying – has joined the Brighton team due to continued expansion.
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Basingstoke PDR Sale – Another 22,000 sq ft of housing secured!

6 October 2015

Stiles Harold Williams are pleased to announce the successful sale of Cranbourne House, Basingstoke for residential conversion. The property comprises a vacant 22,000 sq ft office building on a 0.92 acres site with 41 car parking spaces.
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Alex Gale to head South London Business Space team

21 September 2015

Stiles Harold Williams have appointed Alex Gale as a new Partner and Head of the Croydon / South London Business Space Division. Alex joins having previously been head of industrial at Colliers International, then working client side as a developer and latterly at an asset management company.
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BOXPARK Croydon decision imminent

14 September 2015

BOXPARK Croydon – a contemporary pop-up shopping mall of 72 retail units – has been submitted for planning permission. The development will be constructed using restored shipping containers on a site directly adjacent to East Croydon station and is the follow-up to the highly successful BOXPARK Shoreditch. Stiles Harold Williams - acting as planning consultants for the project – will present a variety of arguments in favour of the scheme, including:
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Construction Commences on Biggest New Sussex Industrial Park near Hailsham

14 September 2015

Westcott Leach has started construction at Swallow Business Park near Hailsham, East Sussex - the largest new speculative scheme of its kind in the county, which will provide a total of some 250,000 sq ft. In addition to the 160,000 sq ft with planning consent the developers, Wescott Leach, have secured a further consent for the south area of the site fronting the A22.
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Community Party to celebrate Brighton eco-housing scheme

8 September 2015

Summer may be nearing its end - but a community party to celebrate a prominent Brighton sustainable housing scheme will provide a hot Californian vibe to stave off the autumn. The party – to be held at One Brighton, Isetta Square (New England Quarter of the city) on Friday September 11 – will feature live music from Glen Richardson of the Brighton Beach Boys and a variety of other entertainment for owners, tenants and other stakeholders.
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Best bidding for new Horsham residential scheme

8 September 2015

When HIV/AIDS public health charity AVERT came to us for advice with regard to their central Horsham HQ – we were able to do more than merely strategise. After a marketing campaign which elicited a strong level of interest for the 10,851 sf site - complete with 28 parking spaces - a best bids approach to finding a new buyer was employed. This in turn generated a great response, with in excess of ten offers for the property.
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Old British Legion to be transformed into six flats and nursery

1 September 2015

An ex-British Legion club in Epsom has been sold – to be given new life as much needed residential capacity and a children’s nursery. The early C18th period listed club – which had been forced to close due to a declining membership – was renowned as where local resident and snooker star Jimmy White used to practice his potting.
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Croydon’s one million-plus office loss delivering benefits

12 August 2015

The rental rate for Croydon’s office space is increasing, and the borough is experiencing a boom caused by a variety of factors, according to Property Consultants Stiles Harold Williams. A relaxation in planning regulations concerning Permitted Development Rights in May 2013 has resulted in a series of office blocks with a combined area in excess of 1.3million sq ft being converted along with a number of these buildings being demolished in order to make way for new and much needed new residential development.
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Court ruling blow to affordable housing requirement

12 August 2015

Reading Borough Council and West Berkshire Council have successfully challenged and quashed National Government Planning Practice Guidance which exempts small development sites from the need to have affordable housing included in them as well vacant building credit. The relevant paragraphs of the policy (PPG para 012 to 020) have the effect of preventing authorities from seeking affordable housing requirements for development of 10 dwellings or fewer (five dwellings in designated rural areas), or a maximum gross floor space of 1,000sqm.
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9,000 sq ft of nightclub going for a song

12 August 2015

We have this unusual and one-off premises for sale in central Eastbourne, most recently used as a nightclub. The building on Pevensey Rd - a short stroll from the Pier and all town centre amenities has five distinct areas:
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SHW Planning reveal 'critical news' on office to housing PD

10 August 2015

Our team doggedly reveal answers to planning predicaments

Following the introduction of the new General Permitted Development Order in May there has been an alteration to the legislation in terms of permitted development and the introduction of Article 4 Directions.
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Bigger numbers on Red Phone Boxes

5 August 2015

Devotees to our news feed may remember a February story about repurposing Red Phone boxes as new businesses such as coffee shops and other retail outlets. Well, the updated picture is the idea is catching on – with a big increase in the number of sites (53 up and running / planning approved) as well as many more pending. One new use for the boxes is for street-based digital advertising.
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Building Consultancy case study - Warrior House

5 August 2015

The Building: A derelict block of flats in St Leonard's, Sussex. The Project: Assisting client to assess extent of disrepair.
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Building Consultancy case study - The Waverley

4 August 2015

The Building: A redundant and neglected public house in Eastbourne town centre. The Project: Renovation into new children’s nursery.
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Turning empty shops into community opportunity

4 August 2015

Spruce Up Squad is a group of volunteers dedicated to brightening up Eastbourne’s empty shops. SHW have recently collaborated with the Squad to utilise a selection of currently empty shops to promote events within the town.
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Worthing - offices and retail looking up

30 July 2015

Worthing continues to experience a flurry of activity month-on-month, with renewed buoyancy in key sectors to the point of scarcity in some asset classes. 3 Liverpool Gardens, an office unit in central Worthing (above, left) has now been fully let by SHW with the last two suites (2,000 sq ft) filled by recruitment agency Jark and educational tech firm Schoolcomms.
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Mixed use Kings Road tender win

27 July 2015

Stiles Harold Williams have been appointed managing agents for a prestigious mixed use property on Chelsea’s historic Kings Road on behalf of Cadogan Estates. SHW Residential Management won the tender bid for Atlantic Court (73-79 Kings Road, London SW3) – the first mixed use complex to be managed by the firm.
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More PDR success – repurposing old office stock into much needed SE housing

21 July 2015

SHW South London Development Consultancy are pleased to report the sale of North House, Carshalton. We began marketing the 5,122 sq ft ex-office space in January 2014 with full planning permission for 13 units. This scheme provided a mix of studios as well as one and two bedroom apartments with no contribution of affordable housing.
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Interest rising in Croydon as residential investment location

21 July 2015

SHW Development Consultancy are pleased to announce the successful sale of a high quality residential investment property in South London. This large Victorian property on Lancaster Road, Norwood had been converted to eight self-contained flats yielding £80,000 per annum.
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Exceeding client expectations – a mini case study

21 July 2015

By applying our expertise and adopting a multi-disciplinary approach across service lines we were recently able to create significant client benefits from a seemingly straightforward probate case. Our client, Paul Wright, inherited a small retail unit at 118 Northcote Road, Clapham on the passing away of his mother in October 2013. In the first instance he required a probate valuation.
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Hat-trick of Croydon office deals

20 July 2015

Stiles Harold Williams’ Development Consultancy & Investment Department are pleased to report three prestigious Central Croydon office space deals on behalf of clients. Premier House, (9,346 sq ft, above left) was acquired for AA Homes & Housing identifying the property as ideal for their requirements. SHW negotiated the acquisition from the vendor Osborn Securities (Churchill House) Ltd. Allsop LLP acted for the vendor.
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The Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings: Residential property held in an envelope?
Don’t get licked by HMRC!

20 July 2015

With all the recent fiscal announcements from the Government, the changes in respect of the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED), which applies to residential property (dwellings) in the United Kingdom held through a company, trust or other corporate vehicle, may have fallen below the radar of affected owners. Stiles Harold Williams have issued, therefore, a reminder to relevant parties that they may be taxed each year at a certain level depending on the valuation band subject to a number of reliefs and exemptions – such as flats let for investment purposes [although a tax return still has to be submitted].
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Rentokil employ best control of their HQ requirements

20 July 2015

Stiles Harold Williams’ Office Agency Team were recently able to accommodate the requirements of the world’s most famous pest control brand for a new south east office. Rentokil haven taken a long term lease on 11,254 sq ft at Compass House on The Manor Royal Business District in Crawley – demonstrating continued commitment to the town after relocating from City Place, Gatwick.
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Creating triple win scenarios through Development Consultancy

16 July 2015

SHW Development Consultancy are pleased to announce the sale of a formerly derelict site in South Croydon. Developers UK Land are in the process of creating a brand new residential-led scheme to replace the existing building - located at The Waldrons Conservation Area on the western approach to the borough - which had been standing empty for several years having been damaged by two fires.
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Land to accommodate six residential units in Brighton & Hove? We can be a key catalyst

16 July 2015

Calling all landowners in the Brighton and Hove area – we have a potentially very important message for you. Brighton & Hove City Council are updating their Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment – to identify sites to meet the overwhelming need for housing in the city.
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Airport Expansion

2 July 2015

Yes. After years of discussions, research, meetings, lobbying, marketing and promotion, the Airports Commission has finally issued its “recommendation”. The “recommendation” is for a third runway to be built at Heathrow.
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Want to buy your own offices within 20 miles of Central London and with potential residential conversion – read on

30 June 2015

Stiles Harold Williams have been instructed to sell / lease these high quality self-contained offices with good potential for residential conversion in Leatherhead, Surrey.
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Changes to Croydon property licensing regulations imminent

30 June 2015

As of 1st October 2015 a new licensing scheme is set to come in to effect in Croydon requiring all privately rented properties across all of the borough to have a licence. The aim of the licence is to ensure: - Anti-Social behaviour is dealt with effectively - Health & safety and welfare are safeguarded - Adequate property & tenancy management arrangements are in place - The accommodation is suitable for the number of occupants - Landlords are ‘fit & proper persons’ or employ managing agents who are - All landlords and managing agents operate at the same minimum level of professional standards
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Epsom office stock sold under Permitted Development Rights

23 June 2015

The trend towards converting office space into homes continues apace – and Stiles Harold Williams have had several notable recent successes. Rutland House, in Epsom, for instance is a four storey 11,000 sq ft building which we have sold on behalf of our client and achieved significantly more than the original guide price. The sale paves the way for 32 brand new flats.
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Worthing Property World – June

19 June 2015

A sure indicator of a resurgent property market is the moment when there is hot demand for a range of asset types in the provinces. SHW’s Worthing office have been part of a flurry of successful sales, lets and acquisitions which are testimony to this trend. The sale of a prominent, modern (2007) and well situated 1,800 sq ft office unit in Yeoman Gate (above, left) for instance is will soon be creating more employment on a site shared by the likes of David Lloyd, Southern Water and Equitini.
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i360 in a spin due to continued appeal of the Wheel

17 June 2015

The countdown to the re-arranged committee meeting to decide the fate of the Brighton Wheel has begun. The city’s planners resiliently recommend a five year extension of the planning permission with no good reason not to in the face of persistent opposition from the i360. The meeting - on June 24th – follows the i360’s last minute ‘hot air’ objection to the Wheel’s submission based on obscure windfarm case law whilst this incurred a three week delay the scheme still gets the green light from the Planning Team.
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SHW Business Rates Department demonstrates appeal

17 June 2015

Sometimes property consultancy isn’t just about leases and contracts – the best and most valuable work can depend on expertise, tenacity and a dogged desire to try and ensure the best outcome for clients. Take our Business Rates team for example – recently submitting appeals for two prominent office buildings on Broadfield Park, Crawley, but the Valuation Office refused to accept the findings. Still convinced that these buildings had been valued too high SHW pursued both cases to Valuation Tribunal and represented clients at formal hearings.
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Thank you Google Streetview!

15 June 2015

Google Streetview is used for a variety of reasons - simply finding our way around or curiosity about some far-flung part of the world. Another lesser-known facility of the service, however, is to promote Stiles Harold Williams.
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Case Study: How to create Gold Standard eco office space

15 June 2015

When housing association AmicusHorizon Ltd renovated their Croydon HQ – it was thought the building should reflect the values of the organisation – progressive, contemporary and green. Indeed, the project met and exceeded these expectations to the extent that it received a coveted RICS Ska Rating ‘Gold’ award, one of only a handful of developments to receive the industry gold standard for environmentally friendly best practice with regard to design, build and factors such as reducing energy use and waste throughout the lifecycle of the building. Stiles Harold Williams were instrumental to the scheme as Project Managers/ Contract Administrators and CDM co-ordinators and as well as securing Planning Permission from the Local Authority.
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i360 windfarm objection is load of hot air says Brighton Wheel

3 June 2015

Planners representing the Brighton Wheel have reacted with dismay to a three week delay in obtaining a planning permission labelling objections made by the i360 as ‘a load of hot air’. Mishcon de Reya, representing the i360 – made further last minute objections to the application for the Wheel’s five year extension – citing obscure case law pertaining to a windfarm in East Northamptonshire in an attempt to de-rail the hearing at which Planning Committee Members were recommended to approve the extension. Delso Da Silva, manager of the Brighton Wheel expressed his disappointment of the tactic: “We lodged this planning application in good time for a renewal and to create early comfort to staff that we want to carry on. The application has been thoroughly vetted by the planning officer and is recommended for approval. We will just now have to wait just a little longer for a decision but it is not easy when all we are trying to do is run a local business.
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Abstract flies with Virgin Atlantic

3 June 2015

Virgin Atlantic has entered into an agreement for lease to occupy the whole of Abstract’s Leonardo development in Manor Royal, just south of Gatwick Airport. The move follows Virgin Atlantic’s return to profit in 2014 and represents a major letting coup for Abstract who only started their speculative 110,545 sq ft Grade A office scheme late in 2014. It is intended that Virgin Atlantic will relocate to the new building from its existing Head Office in Crawley Business Quarter during 2016. This building will provide complementary functions to the airline’s other building, The Base, in Fleming Way, which it will continue to occupy/own Leonardo is due to complete at the end of 2015. Abstract will work with Virgin Atlantic to complete a bespoke fit out during early 2016 prior to occupation and the airline will take a 16.5 year term from 1 April 2016.
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SHW Building Consultancy team continues to expand

1 June 2015

Stiles Harold William’s Building Consultancy Division (BCD) have appointed Colleen Thomas to be part of our London team with Mungo Stenning joining our Worthing office. Colleen joins the London team and will be focusing on our residential management portfolio, while Mungo will be establishing Building Consultancy services to new and existing clients across West Sussex and surrounding areas.
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Stiles Harold Williams are Top Five M25 Agents – Estates Gazette

28 May 2015

World-renowned property sector journal Estates Gazette have included Stiles Harold Williams in their Top Five most active agents in the M25 belt. SHW outperformed notable national players such as JLL and Strutt & Parker with involvement in 447,677 sq ft of transactions in the twelve months to the end of March 2015. The firm’s high ranking is indicative of increasing dominance in the M25 market and a rising profile in a buoyant market, as well as prominence in locations such as Croydon – hailed by EG as the ‘new Shoreditch’.
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Development boom overstated as city faces severe commercial property shortage

27 May 2015

Recent research showing Brighton & Hove to be a UK property hotspot fails to take into account specific local factors – and conversely the city is facing a severe shortage of commercial real estate, according to property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. Although the city has several proposed high-profile developments, such as One Preston Park and CityView these fail to meet the current demand for office space in a time of economic resurgence.
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Develop Croydon Investor Tour – showcasing transformation and potential

21 May 2015

More than 70 delegates from the UK property sector gathered in Croydon last week for the Develop Croydon Investor Tour – demonstrating both the tremendous change already happening in the Borough as well as the potential for future development. Richard Plant (pictured leading the tour above) Head of SHW’s Croydon / South London office and Chair of Develop Croydon, was instrumental in organising the event. The itinerary included a networking breakfast, VIP tram ride, a rooftop reception at the prestigious Bernard Weatherill House and a walking tour of central Croydon, complete with headset commentary outlining the future of the Borough – the morning rounded off with a buffet lunch at Sunley House.
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Chocolate cafe seek locations in London

19 May 2015

Stiles Harold Williams have been appointed to source new retail locations for global chocolate cafe Dipndip. The brand is successfully trading from 32 branches internationally and is now seeking to roll out in Central London. Desired sites will have the following criteria:
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London Professional department secure flagship store for Cosmetics a La Carte

14 May 2015

Luxury British beauty brand Cosmetics a La Carte will be relocating their flagship boutique to Sloane Square this summer – with the assistance of the SHW Professional team. A particular site was needed – one with the right customer profile / footfall - but also a premises which could be transformed into a unique amalgamation of a lab and boutique in order to give “ultimate creative control” for customers, situating Cosmetics a La Carte http://www.alacartelondon.com in one of London's favourite fashion and lifestyle shopping destinations alongside other well-loved brands.
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SHW with smart solution for new Smart Turnout premises

14 May 2015

Men’s fashion company Smart Turnout founded in 1999 specialising in mixing quirky themes with military style. They stock a range of watches with the iconic regimental straps along with a collection of accessories from ties to wallets. Smart Turnout is also stocked by Harvey Nichols and Fortnum and Mason – see here.
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SHW facilitates Sussex University expansion in Croydon

14 May 2015

Stiles Harold Williams and Savills have recently let two floors of One Croydon - totalling 14,472 sq ft to the Sussex Innovation Centre – part of the University of Sussex. The deal - on behalf of Hermes Investment Management - represents one of the largest lettings in Croydon to an occupier from outside the area for a number of years and follows the end of the most active year for the Croydon office market since 2007, with annual take up totalling in excess of 212,000 sq ft. The 23-storey building, designed by Centre Point architect Richard Seifert, comprises 170,271 sq ft of offices along with 170 allocated parking spaces. One Croydon was recently purchased for £36m by Hermes Investment Management, their second significant Croydon investment in as many weeks.
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SHW post-election Planning update

11 May 2015

What are the implications of a new Conservative government for planning policy? SHW’s Alex Bateman investigates

Firstly, let’s look at key points of the Conservative manifesto. For instance: "when new homes are granted planning permission, we will make sure local communities know up-front that necessary infrastructure such as schools and roads will be provided.” The manifesto also pledged to protect the green belt. It said that brownfield land would be used "as much as possible" and local authorities would be required to have "a register of what is available" and ensure "90 per cent of brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020". A new London Land Commission will also be created "with a mandate to identify and release all surplus brownfield land owned by the public sector" and said that Housing Zones would create 95,000 new homes. The Conservatives would also create a £1 billion "Brownfield Regeneration Fund" designed to unlock the construction of homes.
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How to avoid costly planning catastrophes

7 May 2015

You may have seen this story in the news last week – developers in Maida Vale, London, were ordered to rebuild a pub brick by brick because of a contravention of planning law. The Carlton Tavern was bulldozed last month while under consideration for listed status. Westminster City Council reacted with anger to the mistake – with Deputy Leader Robert Davis saying “we cannot live in a city where unruly developers can just knock down buildings as and when they please. Westminster is home to the West End, not the Wild West."
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High quality office space in Crawley going fast

7 May 2015

St John’s House is a new build, mixed use development comprising 10,750 sq ft of space suitable for A1, A2 or A3 and 28,000 sq ft of office space within the Crawley Conservation Area. It is the town’s first speculative new office development in the town centre for ten years and has just attracted its first tenant. BroadSoft Ltd., advised by CBRE have just completed a lease for the entire first floor of 10,988 sq.ft for a period of up to ten years. The terms of the deal remain confidential but market incentives were given to BroadSoft, currently fitting out the premises.
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Residential win Greatpark tender

7 May 2015

Stiles Harold Williams’ residential management division is pleased to announce that it has taken over the management of Greatpark, an 84-acre gated community in Warlingham, Surrey. Built in 2002 by Berkeley Homes, on the site of a former NHS hospital, Greatpark has 147 dwellings, including detached, terraced and town houses, as well as three luxurious apartment blocks. The extensive communal grounds include a wide variety of protected trees and woodland areas, which attract local wildlife and provide a beautiful setting for residents. An historic Victorian clock tower is a central feature of the development, which also has its own cricket pitch and pavilion, as well as tennis courts and a children’s play area.
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Reducing portfolio management from 25 people to one

6 May 2015

Our residential property management division look to increase efficiency, reduce costs and make sure properties are well maintained and running smoothly. The story of our relationship with pharmacists Day Lewis illustrates this well. A year ago Stiles Harold Williams were instructed to manage their AST residential portfolio of 70 properties across London and the South Coast, transferred to SHW from various other agents. Since the transfer of the initial properties the portfolio has continued to grow with around 10 refurbished and new build properties coming into the fold with more new developments in the pipeline.
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Worthing property market seems ‘500% better than 2014’

5 May 2015

The Worthing commercial and retail property markets are on the up and up – feeling ‘500% better than 2014’ according to property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. Significant recent activity includes: • Headline rents on industrial properties back to pre-recession levels • The refurbishment and letting of Crescent House, Crescent Rd – 20,000 sq ft of high quality office space to the WT Fry Group • Successful acquisition of 70,000 sq ft (including 20,000 sq ft of newly built space) for Manhattan Kitchens in the Lancing Business Park nearby. • The sale of 11 North Street, Worthing on behalf of Worthing Borough Council • Securing a 30% increase in rental income for the landlord on a rent review of a 20,000 sq ft industrial unit in Lancing • Securing a 25% increase in rental income for the landlord on a rent review of a large retail store in Worthing
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THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: ‘PURSUIT OF THE MYTHICAL BEAST’

1 May 2015

Nigel Amos, Head of Stiles Harold Williams’ Professional Department in their West End office offers his perspective on the search for balance in a cyclical world.

Despite - or maybe in spite of the fact we’re on the eve of a General Election - the search in the Central London commercial property market for a mythical beast that is neither a raging bull nor snarling bear continues. Having worked as a private sector surveyor in the property industry for the past 35 years I think I can say I have seen it all, apart perhaps from the animal that stands up for rent and capital sustainability. In the past 18 months, those living and working in the London commercial property market are all too familiar with record high levels of retail / restaurant Zone A rates and Office rates/ sq ft being achieved every month. In the retail world traditional prime locations such as Oxford Street, Regent Street and Old Bond Street have all of late smashed historically achieved rent barriers and now specialist locations such as Chinatown, Jermyn Street and Shepherd Market in Mayfair regularly stun the market with letting value levels of value out of reach of most.
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SHW planners help to bring new arts venue to Croydon

30 April 2015

A new arts centre is hoping to bring the bright lights to Croydon, with a little help from Stiles Harold Williams. Our planning team successfully brought a change of use application before Croydon Borough Council for the Barn Theatre, a 230-seat auditorium, rehearsal space and a recording studio in the Pilton Industrial Estate in Pitlake, West Croydon.
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Swallows Business Park – exclusive preview of 24 acre Sussex commercial site

29 April 2015

Swallows Business Park is a major new industrial development near Hailsham, East Sussex. Comprising 24 acres, the site is suitable for a variety of uses, and has historic planning consent for the erection of 160,000 sq ft of light industrial and warehouse space. Units can be designed and built to suit specific occupiers’ requirements, and are available to let (10,000 sq ft+) or buy (from 0.25 acres upwards).
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SHW residential management division – expansion over four years

29 April 2015

Stiles Harold Williams has not been traditionally recognised as a leading firm in residential leasehold management, however the department’s impressive recent growth is certainly worthy of note. Under Nick Faulkner’s leadership, and due to the hard work of his talented and rapidly expanding team across all our offices, SHW’s management portfolio has grown from 1,500 units in Eastbourne and London in spring 2011 to more than 9,000 across the country today. In order to facilitate this growth we have been delighted to recruit 16 experienced and qualified members of staff.
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Ashburn House – another successful PD sale / conversion

20 April 2015

Stiles Harold Williams has successfully co-ordinated the sale of Ashburn House in Crawley for conversion under Permitted Development – which means another 22,500 sq ft of out-of-town office space will be repurposed into much needed residential capacity. The one acre site was sold in conjunction with Knight Frank and will be converted to provide 92 flats (88 x studios & 4 x 1 bed flats) and have space for 90 resident parking spaces.
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17 April 2015

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Planning update – new Permitted Development Rights in detail

16 April 2015

A number of new Permitted Development Rights (each of which is subject to specific conditions and limitations) have be enacted from 15th April 2015. These include new rights intended to increase housing supply to meet acute and growing country-wide demand. Contact our planning team for more details, but the headline changes are as follows: • Up to 500m2 of storage or distribution buildings (B8) will be able to change use to residential (C3) within a three year period, subject to prior approval and • Up to 150m2 of amusement arcades / centres and casinos, which fall within a sui generis use, will be able to change use to residential (C3), subject to prior approval.
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Stiles Harold Williams scoops EGi award for third successive year

16 April 2015

Estates Gazette have awarded Stiles Harold Williams for being the most active agents in Sussex for the third consecutive year.
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SHW thought leadership – planning perspective on general election

13 April 2015

In the run-up to the general election SHW planner Alex Bateman considers what the various political parties - all with designs on securing our votes – are likely to enact if elected

The elections in May are creating some murmurs under the surface, so let’s have a closer look at what we COULD expect post-election. Starting firstly with the Conservatives. They have so far chosen not to specify a target for the number of homes they would deliver if re-elected. However, at the party's conference last year, a key pledge was a commitment to improve buying powers for first-time buyers. David Cameron unveiled the Starter Homes initiative, which aims to create 100,000 new homes for first-time buyers under the age of 40. The homes are to be 20 per cent cheaper than usual. The Conservatives are also likely to retain a plan-led system (which has been in existence since the Planning Act 1947), with locally set housing targets staying in place, with a continued pressure on councils to meet this requirement and with a continued emphasis on Neighbourhood Planning which has been popular with may Parish Council’s across the country.
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Permitted Development – 775,000 sq ft of office stock sold for residential use by SHW

9 April 2015

New research by Stiles Harold Williams shows the firm has been involved in the sale of ¾ million square feet of office space (B1) for residential use across the south east, since the introduction of changes to planning regulations in May 2013. The buildings range in size from One Preston Park, Brighton (65,000 sq ft) down to 5,000 sq ft in Carshalton, Surrey. Permitted Development Rights currently end on 30th May 2016, although in July 2014 the Government proposed introducing an amended Permitted Development Right for the extension of this time limit. The development sector remains on high alert to a future announcement, which is now not expected until after the elections.
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New CDM regulations law as of April 6th

8 April 2015

The new Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015 came into effect April 6th, with significant implications for those involved in construction. The overall intention of the legislation is to prevent death and injury on sites, whilst also incorporating good design into projects. In summary, in order to comply construction clients must:
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Investment market mini-case studies

7 April 2015

Following hot on the heels of Nick Bradbeer’s investment market commentary – here are some examples of properties he’s handled on behalf of clients and what was done to go that extra mile to get the best possible outcome.

115 St James’s Street, Brighton - above, left "This property is owned by a Tunbridge Wells based property company, purchased from SHW about 15 years ago. They decided they were rather overweight in retail and rang me to ask what they might be able to achieve. I did some calculations and decided that something in the order of £800,000. This figure considerably exceeded the owners’ expectations and so asked me to elicit some interest from potential buyers. "I conducted an extensive marketing campaign to a wide range of potential purchasers, most of whom were private individuals seeking a safe haven for their pension funds. In the end there came out to be four or five serious buyers. Our client not only wanted to achieve the best price possible, but was also interested in ascertaining which parties were in a position to buy rapidly without needing to secure outside finance. "At this point I was able to provide information about the potential purchasers - the successful
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Stiles Harold Williams announce ten promotions

31 March 2015

Stiles Harold Williams LLP is pleased to announce a series of new promotions and appointments to the partnership. London-based Graham Wynde BSc MRICS, previously of JLL, Workman and the board of London Wasps RFC, has been made Head of the Commercial Property Management Division. (Graham is top left in montage, others follow in order).
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An Abridged History of Stiles Harold Williams

30 March 2015

Part One: 1798-1945

A Croydon Cradle

“Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty”

John Adams, 2nd US President 1797 - 1801

At exactly the same time as John Adams was governing the newly formed United States of America, the firm Mssrs. Blake was founded in Croydon - the company from which Stiles Harold Williams can directly trace its roots. Founded by a young surveyor by the name of John Blake, the firm quickly expanded into the realms of valuation and auctioneering, selling premises such as a 'truely desirable estate' complete with four and a half acres, space for two carriages, a pew in the local church and a 'man's room' (see above, left). Another example is this bill of sale for the estate of one “Henry Hoare, ESQUIRE, DECEASED” in 1828. (see above, right). In September of the same year at Hill Farm, Mitcham, Mssrs. Blake conducted the sale of:
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Office space loss is win-win for city

24 March 2015

According to new research from Stiles Harold Williams Brighton and Hove has seen c.750,000 sq ft of office space – given consent for conversion to 745 flats – in the last year and a half. Consequently there will be removal of (generally) poorer quality space from the office market which has been oversupplied for many years, leading to a potential shortage of commercial premises in the city. This has come about due to the freeing of zonal planning restrictions and permitted development allowing many office premises to be converted into flats.
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SHW THOUGHT LEADERSHIP - INVESTMENT MARKET COMMENTARY 2015

19 March 2015

Our property investment guru Nick Bradbeer delivers his analysis of the south east market, including top tips and trends.

Summary: The year has started well in terms of investment market activity and has been backed by a very strong institutional appetite for properties, particularly throughout the south east. The factors behind this are a combination of concern over the stock market, commercial property now looking good value, and the general perception that the worst is over and the economy generally seems set to improve. Despite all of the above, bank funding is still a problem, and the majority of successful purchases are being made by those who are able to prove that they are genuine cash buyers, even though they may, at a later date, obtain bank funding post purchase. Investment outside of London has further strengthened since the latter part of 2014, fuelled by investor confidence in the UK’s accelerating economy, general improvement in market fundamentals, and perhaps also the fierce competition in London itself which forces purchasers to look elsewhere.
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Stiles craft out retail opportunity for specialist beer shop

19 March 2015

Sussex’s first craft beer shop is opening later this month in Brighton’s South Lanes – with a little help from Stiles’ Retail Division. The Bison Beer Crafthouse – situated on East Street a pebble’s throw from the sea – has been fitted out using recycled and reclaimed local materials by hop-trepreneurs Nick Vardy and Jack Cregan, stocking more than 300 varieties of rare and short-run beers from across the planet. Discerning drinkers will even be able to sample brews in the novel 1.9 litre ‘Growler’ sized flagons.
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Virgin Media ‘Bolts’ into Worthing

19 March 2015

Virgin Media will soon be opening a new Worthing store – part of their continued investment in the UK broadband market. The new store is situated at 6 Montague Street, Worthing, in a deal negotiated by Stiles Harold Williams retail team on behalf of a private landlord.
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BOXPARK for Croydon

19 March 2015

Stiles Harold Williams are delighted to announce their involvement in BOXPARK Croydon, a cutting-edge pop-up mall for the borough. The 80-unit complex, due to open in summer 2016 is constructed from shipping containers and will also have a covered courtyard for year-round events. It is the follow-up to entrepreneur Roger Wade’s innovative and successful BOXPARK development in Shoreditch, which opened in 2011. The scheme was launched at MIPIM 2015, the global property expo in Cannes last week, the centrepiece of the Develop Croydon delegation which included SHW’s own Richard Plant, who was recently cited in the Croydon Power List.
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How to transform the value of a site through a multi-disciplinary approach

18 March 2015

We are pleased to announce the sale of a prestigious central Croydon site of grocery giant Lidl. Originally a car dealership which had fallen on hard times due to the recession, the development is on Brighton Road, the main south/north artery into the town. Stiles were appointed to be the LPA Receivers for the property on behalf of the Investec Bank in 2011, and subsequently we have:
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Asset Restructuring success stories

18 March 2015

The recent launch of the SHW Asset Restructuring Department has borne early fruit – with four notable deals since its inception earlier this year. The £22m of non-performing assets sold by the team in 2014/15 were: • Anston House – Brighton (above, left) • Croydon House – Croydon (above, right) • Archway House – Cardiff (below, left) • 375-401 Brighton Road – Croydon (below, right)
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Croydon HMO Residential Investment Sale / Management Completed

17 March 2015

The sale of four Croydon properties are another simple but effective example of the multi-disciplinary nature of Stiles Harold Williams. A Victorian semi and trio of freehold bungalows with planning consent to build additional units toward the rear - on Benson Road, only a mile from East Croydon Station – were sold this week for a total of £895,000 as a buy-to-let HMO investment.
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Ascot Business Park – winning commercial management

10 March 2015

Stiles Harold Williams have won a new instruction for Ascot Business Park on behalf of Salmon Harvester Properties.
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SHW trio to represent firm at world property expo

4 March 2015

Stiles Harold Williams will be sending a delegation of three to this year’s MIPIM expo, the world's largest real estate exhibition and conference taking place on the 10th-13th March in Cannes. Richard Plant (above left), Head of the firm’s Surrey and South London Region based in Croydon and Chair of the Develop Croydon Forum will be joined by Head of the Gatwick / Crawley office Adam Godfrey (above right) and Head of Planning Ian Coomber (below left) for four days of networking, learning and transaction along with 21,000 participants from 93 countries.
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LaSalle buys and specs in Sutton

2 March 2015

LaSalle Investment Management has bought a 3.9 acre site on Kimpton Industrial Park, Sutton, as well as agreed a funding agreement in partnership with Salmon Properties to speculatively develop a 78,000 sq ft distribution facility. The £15m development will comprise two units including a single 78,000 sq ft warehouse incorporating two-storey offices, car parking, a secure service yard, full access and dock level doors. A second unit of c.15,720 sq ft will also be developed for the London Borough of Sutton.
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City big enough for wheel and tower

2 March 2015

Renewing the planning consent for the Brighton Wheel will cause no conflict of interest and will be a positive thing for the city, according the Head of Planning of property consultants Stiles Harold Williams. The wheel, operated by Paramount Entertainments, is looking to extend their tenure of the Madeira Drive site for another five years. More than 180,000 visit the attraction annually, and a recent independent report on the development has shown it receives in excess of £250,000 revenue each year as well as 50 jobs for local people.
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Smart modern units for smart modern businesses

23 February 2015

The Agency Divisions at Stiles have identified a trend - especially as the economy starts to recover with added vigour – that there is increased demand for contemporary industrial space, a world away from a kind of Arthur Daley ‘lock-up’ type unit.
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How to maintain a vibrant trading estate

23 February 2015

Situated in Dominion Way on the Rustington Trading Estate - to the north of Rustington town centre and between Worthing and Littlehampton - are 24 modern industrial and warehouse units on what is a thriving and vibrant commercial zone.
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Twenty-first century office space

19 February 2015

The Rock Business Park, between Worthing and Horsham, West Sussex, is a brand new six acre high quality industrial / office / warehouse complex – and the first block is ready for business. Situated in an attractive landscaped and rural setting with ample parking, Rock’s Block A offers between 1,480 sq ft to 1,740 sq ft of contemporary high quality office space – amenities include:
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Worthing Professional Office wins

18 February 2015

The work conducted by the Professional Department at Stiles Harold Williams may not be the most glamorous side of the business, but it is still as vital for clients in terms of problem solving and potentially saving or making them thousands of pounds. Whether it’s an expert rent review, residential lease extension or resolution of a complex lease renewal, our experienced team have proven their worth time and again. Here are a few examples of how the Worthing Professional Department have helped clients in their patch and beyond:
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Building towards construction regulation changes

17 February 2015

Are you planning to undertake any construction work in the future? If so, you will need to consider the up and coming Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015, set to become law 6th April 2015. Whether you’re building a new office block or refurbishing an existing property or simply painting the walls and relaying some carpet in a block of flats the new regulations are likely to affect you. Even domestic clients will have to comply – even though they were initially exempt under the former CDM Regs 2007.
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Central Croydon complex transformed

9 February 2015

The Stiles Harold Williams Development Consultancy Department are pleased to report that Canius House in Central Croydon has been sold for residential conversion. Inspired Asset Management, who have already invested in adjacent properties Green Dragon House and Surrey House have plans for a selection of studio, one and two bedroom high-spec apartments and penthouses.
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Engaging uses for repurposed red phone boxes

6 February 2015

The red telephone box – or BS 381C-539 as it is otherwise known – is an iconic part of the British landscape. In the 1980s there were 73,000 of them in service (or occasionally not). Today, some are being repurposed in a variety of new uses such as coffee bars, solar chargers or shoe shine stands. In New Road, Brighton, in the heart of the city’s North Laine, two boxes have been transformed into a café, and around the country others have been turned into tourist information offices, internet café and other innovative micro businesses.
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Mini-case study - Portland Business Park

6 February 2015

Nurturing a long-term commercial relationship

The property: Portland Business Park, Hove is one of the premier trade parks in the city. It was constructed in phases during the mid-1990s, with Stiles Harold Williams actively involved from the original development of the scheme. Acting on behalf of the owners Store Property Investments – SHW acted on all the original lettings and in finding new tenants where units have subsequently become vacant. Portland Business Park is now a sought after trade location – primarily for companies associated with the DIY / building sector – and there is just the one unit currently available. The unit is particularly attractive to these types of business as there is an adjacent yard, another relatively rare feature.
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Think about land and property needs urgently, says SHW Crawley Head

4 February 2015

Pressure on land and property in the Crawley and Gatwick area is high, and will dramatically increase if the airport is selected for expansion according to new research from sector experts Stiles Harold Williams (SHW). Adam Godfrey, Head of the SHW Crawley / Gatwick office stated in a recent presentation about the region that:
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Fairlie Healthcare Gets the Green Light to extend Care Home

2 February 2015

Croydon Council has finally given the ‘green light’ to Fairlie Healthcare to extend its existing specialist residential care home at 92 Higher Drive, Purley, onto the site next door at 94 Higher Drive. The single/two storey extension will be connected to the existing facility and will enable Fairlie to provide much needed additional bed spaces and care facilities for 18 residents who have serious and complex physical and neurological needs. Earlier decisions expressed a confusing disagreement between Planning Inspectors on the merits of the design and transport matters. This latest application was aimed at addressing residual issues and resulted in a planning officer recommendation to grant consent (subject to conditions and a legal obligation) endorsed by elected Members of Planning Committee on 29th January 2015.
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Croydon property trends ‘win-win-win’ for borough

27 January 2015

Croydon is experiencing a hat-trick of factors influencing the borough’s property sector which is helping it to significantly outperform the market as a whole, according to professional services firm Stiles Harold Williams. The ‘win-win-win’ effect – alongside the general rising of the market in London and its environs - has been caused by the ‘Westfield Effect’ – the localised feel good factor linked to £1billion redevelopment of Croydon’s retail centre combined with the knock-on effects of new permitted development (PD) – the proposed conversion of unused office space into affordable housing.
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How to transform a shopping mall – Meridian Centre, Peacehaven

23 January 2015

As part of ongoing SHW management, the anchor tenant and freeholder, the Co-operative, have required the services of SHW Building Consultancy to design, procure and project management extensive modernisation works at the Meridian Centre shopping mall in Peacehaven. The £2.5m works - which have been carried out over a seven year period - have involved the replacement of a 60,000 sq. ft. flat roof, refurbishment of the communal toilets, laying new concourse flooring and installing new concourse suspended ceilings incorporating energy efficient lighting (see before and after photos above). Working closely with SHW Property Management, these costs have been recovered from the service charge where possible to minimise overall costs to the freeholder.
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Stiles Harold Williams launch new Asset Restructuring service

19 January 2015

Property consultancy Stiles Harold Williams have launched a new asset management service to new and existing commercial and residential clients. Prevailing market conditions mean commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS ) and other loans on property are prevalent requiring work out through a light touch, there is still a significant inventory of available properties from banks and other institutions.
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Stiles Harold Williams achieves accreditation to Arma-Q standards

19 January 2015

Managing agents Stiles Harold Williams have announced that they have achieved accreditation to ARMA-Q, the new regulatory regime for residential leasehold managing agents. Their accreditation puts them at the leading edge of best practice in property management. From 2015 flat owners who use ARMA-Q accredited agents to manage their property will be guaranteed a number of safeguards including:
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The Leonardo Building – finest and best value office space in South East England?

19 January 2015

We are pleased to announce that Stiles Harold Williams are one of the three agents for The Leonardo Building, Manor Royal near Crawley. The development promises not only some of the most innovative Grade A office capacity in the South East, but also the best in terms of value for money.
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Sustainable Town Centre Living

12 January 2015

Stiles Harold Williams’ Town Planning Consultancy this week achieved planning permission for 14 new residential flats and duplex apartments in the heart of Sutton High Street. Working with Cross Harris architects the scheme was submitted in October 2014 following helpful pre-application discussion with officers of Sutton Council.
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Sussex Economic Recovery Showcase

9 January 2015

According to sources such as the European Commission and British Chambers of Commerce, the UK economic outlook for 2015 is far rosier than in recent memory, with projected growth figures of 2.5%. All the indications are it will be like shaking off the symptoms of a sub-prime flu bug we caught back in 2008. There are signs of resurgence in the commercial property sector, reflecting the growing confidence in manufacturing and other industrial sectors, and concrete examples of this can be seen on the Sussex Coast.
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Residential AST Property Management Established in Croydon

8 January 2015

In response to increasing client demand, in October 2013, SHW Croydon opened a Residential AST Property Management Department, headed by Duncan Bannister BA(Hons) MARLA. Over the past year, SHW’s portfolio of managed AST’s has grown considerably and continues to do so, with many client referrals for new business.
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Sussex Business Park wins design excellence award

8 January 2015

Thinking of moving business premises? We have an award-winning proposition for you. Chaucer Business Park in Polegate, East Sussex was named ‘Commercial Development of the Year’ at the 2014 UK Sunday Times Excellence Awards in December. These circa 2,000sq ft. light industrial and warehouse units – which are available to let or buy from Stiles Harold Williams – have the following amenities:
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Businesses urged - act on backdated rates before it’s too late

8 January 2015

Business owners stand to lose thousands of pounds in rate rebates due to a proposed change in legislation if they do not act promptly. Currently successful rating appeals will result in savings for the ratepayer backdated to 2010, but as of April 1st 2015 the ability to recover overpayments will disappear, with major repercussions for those who will potentially lose five years of rates savings. The measure was quietly announced as part of the government’s budgetary statement in December, with little or no publicity, leaving businesses less than four months to respond.
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Making property work - planning for success with Stiles Harold Williams

6 January 2015

(originally published in Portfolio Magazine January 2015)

Stiles Harold Williams is about ‘making property work’, according to Ian Coomber, a Partner in the firm and Head of Town Planning, who joined in 2007 from Brighton & Hove Council. The Planning Consultancy Team have grown, with the most recent addition being Alex Bateman who is responsible for Sussex. As a team of five qualified town planners, and a long established and respected surveying firm, the practice are ready to help with those tricky planning issues. RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL As we enter a new year, the City is struggling to accommodate sufficient new housing and the tension between growth and retaining the character of where we live is never greater. Key sites are beginning to come forward and, early in 2015, the King Alfred will begin to gather pace. Fresh and practical thinking will hopefully enable a meaningful redevelopment as well as a new sports centre.
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Award winner joins Stiles Harold Williams

23 December 2014

Stiles Harold Williams has appointed award-winning chartered surveyor Graham Wynde as a Partner and Head of Commercial Property Management in its London West End office. The appointment is part of SHW’s continuing growth plan in property asset management, aiming for greater market share throughout the UK and to provide a complete range of professional property services to a wider reach of clients. Graham will focus on providing first class service for existing clients and winning new property management business across all areas. Previously with Workman LLP and JLL, Graham was also a board member at London Wasps, as rugby union entered the professional era. During the time Graham was at Wasps he was instrumental in the club’s business development, a period in which Wasps twice won the Heineken European Cup and English Premiership four times. In December 2014 Graham won Hermes’ Responsible Property Investment Personality Award for outstanding contribution to sustainability.
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Recovery and Restructuring - the best form of recycling from SHW

23 December 2014

As the economy and property market continues to recover and the year comes to an end, so Stiles Harold Williams’ recoveries team have found creative resolutions for a number of prominent sites, giving developers a chance to put buildings back into commercial /residential use. These include:

  • Anston House, Preston Park, Brighton - a prominent 1.5 acre site on the prime Preston Road – the gateway to the city, has just sold for an eight-figure sum for exciting planned residential / commercial development.
  • A former BMW Garage on Brighton Road, Croydon, is currently under offer to Lidl retail multiple for a multi-million pound sum.
  • Croydon House Business Centre, space rezoned for mixed used and residential in another multi-million deal.
  • Redundant 20,000 plus sq.ft office building in Cardiff given a new lease of life at a crest-of-the-market price.

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News on the Block Property Management Awards 2014-15

18 December 2014

Stiles Harold Williams - Estates Team of the Year

We are pleased to announce our success in the recent News on the Block Property Management Awards 2014-15.
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SHW completes prime Brighton office space letting

17 December 2014

Sovereign House - one of the finest office buildings in Brighton - is now fully tenanted after a complete refurbishment which has attracted some of the rising business stars of the city. The 77,000sq ft. city centre complex, which has a spectacular glazed four-storey atrium, showers on each floor and 44-space underground car park has been snapped up by the likes of data analytics firm Brandwatch, Pegasus PR, digital marketers Jellyfish, gaming company Boss Alien and City & Guilds.
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Permitted Development Rights

15 December 2014

Latest Property News from Croydon

From 10th September 2015 Permitted Development Rights will no longer apply within the Croydon Opportunity Area and any change of use from office to residential in this location will require a planning application to be submitted to Croydon Council
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50% ALREADY LET - VICTORIA BUSINESS CENTRE, BURGESS HILL

26 November 2014

TAKE A LOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPOINTMENT

Victoria Business Centre caters for a wide range of requirements offering affordable units from 932 sq.ft upwards. The warehouse units have been recently refurbished to suit the demands of modern day occupiers.
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24,300 sq ft self-contained office building in East Croydon let to BPP Holdings Ltd.

17 November 2014

Citylink let to BPP on behalf of Picton Property Income.

Joint agents Stiles Harold Williams (SHW) and Savills have let the self-contained 24,300 sq ft NIA office building Citylink in East Croydon on behalf of clients Picton Property Income.
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Congratulations To Our Newly Qualified Surveyors

13 November 2014

Stiles Harold Williams (SHW) are delighted to announce that Rachel Finn, Mark Capanda and Emma Davey have all passed the Assessment of Professional Competence interview with the RICS at their first attempt and are now qualified Chartered Surveyors. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and revision and is a great achievement.
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Nile House Fully Let

3 November 2014

19,000 sq ft Let in Brighton’s Lanes

SHW are pleased to report that Nile House, in Brighton’s famous Lanes, is now fully let.
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SHW Croydon Tour Guides!

10 October 2014

SHW know their patch backwards and even act as tour guides for the rest of the property market.
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20,000 sq ft at Sovereign House let to a single occupier!!

10 September 2014

Expanding business in Brighton moves to Sovereign House

20,000 sq ft at Sovereign House has recently been let to Brandwatch. Sovereign House underwent an extensive refurbishment and provides Grade A office space in the centre of Brighton.
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The face of the High Street across Sussex is changing

1 September 2014

The face of the High Street across Sussex is changing. The National Planning Policy Framework put forward by the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2012 made recommendations to ensure the vitality of town centres, suggesting that Planning Authorities recognised them as being at the heart of their local communities and a key driver in achieving the ubiquitous goal that is ‘sustainable development’. The High Street is no longer somewhere one goes to do a spot of shopping on a Saturday afternoon, instead it’s a leisure hub a place to relax, meet friends, to be entertained. We can see this really coming to the fore in the plans for Eastbourne’s Arndale Centre development. With a planned spend of £85 million, the extension to the town’s existing shopping centre is expected to create 700 jobs and provide a welcome boost to the local economy. An additional 175,000 sq ft of retail space will be created with global fashion retailer, H&M confirmed as the latest addition to the C
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GRIFFIN HOUSE, HIGH STREET, CRAWLEY

28 August 2014

Another office building fully let in Crawley!

Our clients Grafton Group Plc are delighted that SHW were able to dispose of their surplus offices in Crawley for them.
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What's an SPA and why can't I build near one?!

19 August 2014

The acronym SPA (or Special Protection Area) sends shivers down the spine of the development sector anytime it is whispered. Often considered to be a designation intended to obstruct or impede the delivery of much needed housing, it remains misunderstood by many. So what is an SPA and why “can’t” you build near one? When the Department of Communities and Local Government secretary Eric Pickles scrapped the South East Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS), only two policies were retained. One of which concerned the protection of the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area (SPA), a European-designated site and home to three particular threatened bird species the Dartford warbler, the nightjar and the woodlark (see below). The purpose of the policy, which was ground breaking at the time, had been included following concerns about the impact of nearby development on these ground-nesting birds. The result of which meant that planning applications for homes in this highly populous area
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One Brighton, New England Quarter, Brighton

11 August 2014

Long Leaseholds sold for Crest Nicholson

Stiles Harold Williams and joint agents Oakley are pleased to announce the successful sale of units One and Two at One Brighton, to ROJA and We Are Tilt, on behalf of Crest Nicholson.
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SHW Working with Subway

22 July 2014

Over 200 transactions together - ongoing requirements

SHW working with Subway have completed over 200 transactions together. Ongoing requirements for 70 new A1 stores SHW across Greater London, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
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Expansion of Building Consultancy and Property Management teams

22 July 2014

In our Croydon Office

Stiles Harold Williams Partnership LLP are pleased to announce the expansion of Building Consultancy and Property Management teams within the Croydon office. The teams are working closely together to develop and manage the new and existing clients throughout Croydon and surrounding areas.
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Croydon Advertiser

14 May 2014

Richard Plant - SHW- regarding Develop Croydon Forum

Croydon Advertiser 9th May 2014
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Croydon News

13 May 2014

May Edition of the Croydon News

The Croydon News - May 2014
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Sussex most active agent!

26 March 2014

For the second year running

For the second year running we have been announced by the EGi as the Most Active Agent in Sussex
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SALMON APPOINTS JONES LANG LASALLE AND STILES HAROLD WILLIAMS ON SOVEREIGN, SUTTON

17 March 2014

Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) and Stiles Harold Williams (SHW) have recently been instructed by Salmon Properties to let a warehouse/industrial scheme on the well located Kimpton Industrial Park adjacent to the A217 in Sutton.
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LAST UNIT ON THE BELL CENTRE AVAILABLE

26 February 2014

Is this your next step up?

Our clients Columbus Capital are delighted to announce that there is only one last unit remaining on the estate.
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Croydon’s big names backing MIPIM showcase

5 February 2014

More of Croydon’s leading companies than ever before are joining forces to represent the town at the international property show MIPIM 2014. The Develop Croydon delegation will showcase the borough’s potential to investors from around the globe at the prestigious international property show which takes place in Cannes, France, from March 11 to 14. This will be the fourth time that Develop Croydon, a private sector consortium which represents the town’s collective interests, will have attended the event and the delegation will once again be aiming to strike deals following the success of previous years.
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UK PLATFORMS CHOOSE HOBBS INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

30 January 2014

37 Hobbs Industrial Estate, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6HN

UK Platforms have taken a 1.33 acre surfaced yard on the Hobbs Estate in Lingfield. The Hobbs estate continues to outperform many larger regional industrial estates, with occupiers including, Lookers, Lifestyle Ford, Portakabin and now UK Platfoms to name a few.
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STILES HAROLD WILLIAMS SELLS ST ANNE HOUSE REDEVELOPMENT

30 January 2014

Stiles Harold Williams and joint Agents BCM have successfully sold St Anne House, Wellesley Road, Croydon to Bravo Hotel Group for £8.4 million.
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RICS UK Commercial Property Survey Q4 2013

28 January 2014

Mark Skelton and David Martin feature in the latest edition of RICS’ UK Commercial Property Survey
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The Autumn Statement on 5th December 2013 included a number of business rates measures:

6 December 2013

  • A cap in next year’s Uniform Business Rate at 2% - a smaller increase than the previous September’s inflation figure.
  • An extension of the enhanced Small Business Rates Relief scheme for a further year to April 2015.
  • Many retailers will receive a £1,000 cut in their rates bill for the next two years.
  • A new temporary reoccupation relief scheme designed to encourage occupation of long term empty retail premises below £50,000 rateable value, by granting new occupiers a 50% discount on their rates bill for up to 18 months.
  • From April 2014 the ability to pay rates over 12 equal monthly instalments rather than the 10 payments presently.

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