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Corporate Asset Management

Everest Limited the leading replacement window and home improvement company came to us in 2004 looking to acquire a quality warehouse in the Dartford area. Following a successful acquisition Everest asked us to upgrade their UK portfolio disposing of surplus units and acquiring modern facilities. Their existing units had been held for many years and lacked the eaves height required for storage and the decent office and meeting room facilities of a dynamic sales organisation.

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Former unit at Liskeard and new unit at Bodmin

We generated profits from off balance sheet sale and leaseback transactions, generated capital receipts from sales at times working with local agents and acquired quality properties to meet their business needs including, Crayford, Sittingbourne, Heathrow, Inverness, Bodmin, Penrith, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Glasgow. We helped evaluate not only the UK wide depot structure but also their head office and manufacturing requirements.

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Former unit at Carlisle and new facility at Cardiff

We also advised on crucial lease renewal re-negotiations, lease dilapidations, schedules of condition, rent reviews enabling them to run their extensive portfolio to maximum benefit to their business. This has meant meeting Everestís objectives of improved efficiency of energy consumption from modern buildings, an improved working environment for staff and improved efficiencies of operation producing cost savings.

Overall a full corporate asset management service.

 

Local Business Diversification

In 1996 we sold a small business unit to expanding precision engineers Galbraith Brothers (Precision Engineers) Co Ltd. for a new business Point CNC Ltd. We were then asked to advise on suitable premises to expand into from their base in Catford SE London. Our advise to buy and site and develop their own premises plus 4 units to rent out changed the direction of the company.

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New quality industrial properties both for occupation and as an investment

Their expansion into a new unit enabled further revenue streams to be generated from the existing Catford property and the new units which were let off to long term tenants. We advised over design and specification, undertook the lettings and rent reviews As Galbraith Bros. Ltd. changed and required less space so they let out further units surplus to their requirements. The end result was a company with a much enhanced asset base that has allowed them to ride out the changes in their original core business.

 

Diversification Through Property

In 1993 expanding local business Nikwax Ltd approached us to prepare a list of relocation options to meet their expansion needs. Although the decision was taken not to relocate we have advise Nikwax over the years of some of the new property taken, lease renewals, rent reviews and recently energy conservation.

We have provided quality advice tailored to seek the occupational needs of a local Company
 

Government Bodies

We were approached by South East England Development Agency approached us in 1997 to provide valuation advice on difficult residential and commercial sites in North Kent. This lead to further valuation advice including land assembly work. Additionally we acted for SEEDA in Hastings in CPO work to acquire land for ongoing regeneration. This led to further regeneration work as one of the key agents for the Brown Field Land Assembly Trust to acquire brown field sites which could be upgraded to meet market failure for future key workers developments.

A range of professional services ranging from valuation to acquisition in the regeneration field.

 

Property Companies

In 1997 acting for Altyre Properties Ltd we acquired the rundown & dilapidated MAAF depot in Westerham to create a new business estate. We advised on specification, sizing and marketing and let or sold off all 9 units.

In 2004 we undertook a similar exercise on the former Mill Place of 82,000 sq ft. creating from a very low quality asbestos clad former manufacturing unit to a full let quality business estate which has developed a significant profit.

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The former Platt Works, Wrotham in 2004 and Mill Place (formally Platt Works) in 2007

Acting for TT Electronics plc we advised on the letting off of aging industrial buildings pending redevelopment seeking to maximise income whilst ensuring the longer term redevelopment was not impacted.
Acting for Linden Homes plc we created a new business park for Linden from buildings at Caterham Barracks totalling some 100,000 sq ft.. Again we generated useful income over a period of years whilst the site was worked up ready for redevelopment.


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