We now have an office in York
We have opened an office in York, at Tower House, Fishergate and it is being headed up by highly experienced surveyor Miles Lawrence.
Commenting on Mile’s appointment, Ian Greenwood said: "We are extremely pleased that Miles has joined us he is very experienced and has an excellent reputation. There is a really good strategic fit between Miles and Carter Towler, and together we are looking forward to further developing our presence in York."
Lawrence added: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Carter Towler, having been in the property business for over 30 years, I've had the pleasure of working alongside the company many many times and have greatly admired their strength in depth.
"I will continue to manage my existing portfolio of loyal clients from across the York area as well as getting involved with new clients and projects regionwide. With my previous company Lawrence Hannah I worked with clients in the office, retail, industrial, leisure and education sectors assisting with all aspects of commercial property agency, particularly with the acquisition and disposal of development, investment, retail and business space."
Carter Towler now has offices in Leeds, York and Durham and employs 50 people.
£31m urban industrial development completes on schedule
Carter Towler is delighted to announce that the construction of 9 industrial units at Velocity Point on Armley Road has completed on schedule.
The new business park which is located on the 13 acre site previously occupied by Premier Farnell, has been developed by Tungsten Properties with forward funding provided by UBS Asset Management’s Real Estate & Private Markets on behalf of Triton Property Fund LP.
Commenting on the development Hazel Cooper said: “It’s exciting to see this much needed new industrial park reaching completion. We have already received a lot of interest from potential occupiers and have placed 8,000 sq ft under offer, to an exciting business that is keen to take advantage of the great location and superb ESG provisions.”
Jonathan Ufton, Investment Manager at UBS Asset Management, added: “These units have been developed with a range of business uses in mind including logistics, warehousing and storage, manufacturing and engineering. Leeds has a very buoyant industrial market and it’s great to have this new industrial stock to offer.”
The 9 units range from 3,500 – 108,500 sq. ft and have been built to the highest building standards with the construction team aiming to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘excellent’ rating. The innovative design of the scheme includes features that ensure the units are eco-efficient, cost-effective to run and contribute positively to employee health and wellbeing.
Carter Towler, CBRE and Savills are joint marketing agents for Velocity Point.
Carter Towler secures lease deal for Reward’s Leeds HQ
We have recently negotiated a prestigious 10-year lease deal on behalf of Reward Finance Group. Following 12 years of rapid growth, the alternative finance provider has moved to larger offices at 12 King Street, Leeds.
Commenting on the letting Richard Fraser said: “This has been a great deal to be involved with. It’s exciting to be able to assist a progressive Leeds-based company by facilitating its continued growth in this way. This is one of the highest quality office buildings in Leeds city centre with fantastic onsite amenities. I am sure that both Reward and its clients will benefit from all this exceptional property has to offer.”
Reward has taken 3,934 sq ft on the first floor of 12 King Street. The entire building has been extensively refurbished over the past 18 months with other new occupiers including Rothschild & Co and Endless.
Tom Flannery, Non-Executive Chairman of Reward Investments Ltd, added: “We are extremely pleased to have secured these great new offices, they are so much more than traditional office spaces.
“The developers, Opus North and Fiera Real Estate UK, had a vision to create something very different in Leeds and they have certainly achieved it. They have delivered a transformational working environment that meets the needs of a modern business like ours. We have much more flexible work and collaboration spaces and more wellbeing and networking facilities for our employees and clients to enjoy.”
Ryan Unsworth, Joint Managing Director of Opus North, concluded: “We are delighted to welcome Reward to 12 King Street. They are exactly the kind of innovative, achieving business we had in mind when we set about remodelling the property. We wish them all the very best with their continued growth.”
Speculative industrial units snapped up at redeveloped logistics park
Acting on behalf of Mileway, the leading pan-European last mile logistics real estate company, Carter Towler and GV & Co have successfully let all three units at the newly completed Norquest Industrial Estate at Birstall.
Refrigerated logistics company, Igloo Thermo Logistics, has expanded its operations, moving from Morley to a larger 36,383 sq ft unit at Norquest Industrial Estate. The second unit comprising 33,020 sq ft has been let to global kitchen and bathroom surface supplier Neolith UK, and an EV charging business has taken the remaining 7,211 sq ft unit.
Commenting on the trio of deals, Josh Holmes said: “This has been a fantastic scheme to be involved with. There has been a great team effort throughout, right from the initial design stages, through to achieving planning permission and on to completion. It demonstrates the shrewd decision from Mileway in speculatively developing the site.”
Mileway’s associate director James Chasen added: “This is a good example of how Mileway is helping reinvent industrial space to meet current market needs. Not only have we added in must- have features for today’s businesses, such as extensive yard space, loading docks and EV charging, but we have also created a future proofed environmentally efficient space.”
“We are delighted to welcome these three new customers and support them in the next stage in their development.”
Leeds’ innovative women’s charity expands into Mabgate Mills
Social enterprise The Wren Bakery has moved into a 1,400 sq ft ground floor unit in Mill 6 at Mabgate Mills, Leeds 9 in a deal negotiated jointly by CHP Management and Carter Towler.
Founded in 2019 by Clare Sanderson and Emma Flint, The Wren Bakery is a social enterprise offering training and employability skills to women in Leeds for whom the challenges they face have a devastating impact on their lives and their ability to work. This includes women who live with domestic violence, criminal records, addictions and poor mental health, and who face barriers that exclude them from participating in society.
The Wren Bakery co-founder Clare Sanderson explains: “Here at Wren, we believe in second chances and see the potential in every one of the women we work with. We seek to empower and equip these women, giving them the tools they need to build a better future for themselves.”
Sibohan Riley of CHP Management who manage Mabgate Mills added: “Clare and the team at The Wren Bakery are doing an amazing job. I’m so pleased that they are taking over the café at Mabgate. Now the business will have a fabulous base for them to further develop their successful enterprise.”
Commenting on the deal, Rick Fraser said: “This is such great news for Mabgate Mills, not only does this fantastic business get the opportunity to offer more women the help they need but the other tenants and visitors to the mills get a great place to go for coffee and delicious cakes! I hope the new location proves to be a really positive move for The Wren Bakery.”
One office suite remaining at the extensively refurbished Elbow Rooms
Carter Towler has just let another office suite at the recently refurbished Elbow Rooms on the corner of Briggate and Call Lane, Leeds. The owners of the prominent mixed-use property have just completed an extensive refurbishment of the building in order to provide a contemporary and characterful office environment.
Commenting on the letting, James Jackson said: “The Elbow Rooms office suites are amongst some of the most appealing smaller offices on the market here in Leeds. The combination of the excellent location right in the heart of the vibrant southern quarter of the city centre, the excellent facilities, and the flexible, all-inclusive, fully fitted lease deals which we can offer here make for a very enticing proposition”.
“We are delighted that Us Studio has chosen to move its business here, the creative agency is a perfect addition to the growing community of enterprising young businesses now in residence. There is just one suite remaining, but we don’t think it’ll be available for much longer!”
Nicholas James acting on behalf of his family property company added: “This building has a fantastically rich history and we wanted to honour that whilst adding lots of contemporary enhancements. So, in addition to making the most of many of the traditional features, we have embraced modern office trends by providing fully fitted ‘plug and play’ offices with additional benefits such as the creation of Zoom/meeting rooms and incorporation of bicycle storage and showers.”
Six new trade units and a Burger King UK® Drive Thru for Eccleshill Park
Ilkley-based property developer Opus North has been granted planning permission to build six new trade counter units and a Burger King UK® Drive Thru restaurant at Eccleshill Park, Harrogate Road, Bradford.
The 2.8 acre site is prominently located on the A658 just 4.5 miles from Leeds Bradford airport and close to the main Bradford and north Leeds transport routes including the M606 and M62 network.
Commenting on the announcement Opus North’s managing director, Andrew Duncan said: “We are so pleased that permission has been granted. There has been a lot of interest in this proposed development and having secured Burger King UK® as a tenant, we are very keen to get onto the next stage.
Hazel Cooper added: “This is a really exciting scheme for us to be involved with, the number of enquiries we have been dealing with during this planning stage has been very encouraging and I’m delighted that we have already secured two great tenants on the trade counter scheme, in addition to the Burger King UK® Drive Thru.
“We have agreed lettings with Screwfix and Toolstation who will be taking 4,000 sq ft each at Unit 1 and Unit 3. The development is in an excellent location and there is already a Lidl supermarket and Starbucks thriving on the adjacent site. It’s fantastic that two of the properties have been taken even before construction has commenced.”
The six units will all have 6m clear working eaves, electronic overhead loading doors, 35kN/m2 floor loading and ample car parking including electric charging points. The remaining four units ranging from 3,320 sq ft to 9,960 sq ft.
Prestigious sale for long-standing North East client
Congratulations to our long standing client Durham Group on the sale of Bede House. The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) has acquired the 2 storey, 26,000 sq ft property in an off-market transaction.
Having been based in London for over 100 years, the Fed relocated to Bede House in 2020. Durham Group worked closely with the trade association throughout the relocation and the extensive refurbishment of the offices.
Commenting on the sale, Durham Group chairman Lord Wrigglesworth said: “The investment in Bede House and this disposal are exactly the type of projects we take great pleasure in delivering. Following our acquisition, we completed a significant investment in the building, improving its energy efficiency and layout to suit the modern-day office.”
Durham Group Chief Executive Gurpreet Singh Jagpal added: “We received an off-market approach from the Fed to purchase Bede House and are pleased that the association continues to invest heavily in the city following its relocation.”
Carter Towler has been retained to provide a full range of property management services.
Retail and Office appointments at Crossgates Shopping Centre
Carter Towler’s retail agency team has been appointed as sole agents to market Crossgates Shopping Centre. The London-based property investment company which owns the shopping centre, is one of the most active commercial property investors in the UK having acquired over £1billion assets since 2009.
Commenting on the appointment Pete Bradbury said: “My office agency colleagues are already doing a great job for this client marketing the vacant office space within Crossgates House, so we are delighted now to be assisting with marketing the vacant retail units within the shopping centre.
“As the retail market starts to pick itself up, we feel we are in a good position to make the most of the units available here. We are keen to use our in-depth experience of the retail sector and our established contacts from across the region, to help identify a selection of quality new tenants for the shopping centre.”
There are currently four units available ranging from 650 – 1,250 sq ft. Existing tenants include Wilko, Poundland, Iceland, Specsavers, Home Bargains and Cooplands.
15-Year Success Story
Carter Towler is delighted to see Logic Leeds, one of the region’s most impressive regeneration schemes, successfully concluded.
Working in partnership with Lord Halifax’s landed estate, Leeds City Council and the Leeds Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), our client Muse Developments has transformed 110 acres, located by junction 45 of the M1, into prime employment space, creating 1000s of jobs.
The final two units totalling 100,000 sq ft, have now been handed over to their owners Pegasus World Holding Group and Samuel Grant Packaging.
James Pitt, regional director at Muse Developments, commented: “Reaching the end of the successful development programme, Logic Leeds demonstrates the culmination of a lot of hard work from everyone involved. Together with partners, we’ve shaped a legacy that’s created new job opportunities in a highly connected location, while driving investment into the city region.”
Ian Greenwood added: “Having been involved in the scheme since its inception 15 years ago it is hugely rewarding to see it evolve to its final form and into such a prestigious landmark scheme within the region.”
Over the years, Muse has created two goliath units totalling 720,000 sq ft for both Amazon and electronics-giant, Premier Farnell. Other units were delivered for John Lewis, Phoenix Investment Management and Leeds City Council.
Healthy Surge in New Lettings at Joseph’s Well
One of Leeds’ most illustrious buildings, Joseph’s Well, is seeing a resurgence in its popularity. The 156,000 sq ft, five-storey property which was once the largest clothing factory in the world has attracted a flurry of new occupants in the last three months. Since May, Carter Towler has let 6 of its office suites totalling 7,000 sq ft for the property’s owner, Leeds-based J Pullan and Sons.
Commenting on the deals, Pullan’s Property Director Bruce Strachan said: “It’s fantastic to see interest in this fabulous building gathering momentum following the challenges of the last two years.
“Joseph’s Well has played a significant role in the prosperity of the city on a number of occasions during its 134 year history and we are extremely proud to be involved, albeit in a small way, in this latest renaissance.”
Four suites have been let to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for their new national nursing and midwifery examination centre. The facility will be used by approximately 7,000 nurses, midwives and nursing associates a year.
Two additional suites have been let to Brass Tax Accounting and ProCare Recruitment who have agreed 5 year leases on 668 sq ft suite D4 and 684 sq ft C4 respectively.
Richard Fraser added: “We have worked with Bruce and the team at Pullan and Sons helping to market Joseph’s Well for many years and while it is always rewarding to see new occupiers choosing to locate here, these most recent lettings are especially encouraging.
£1m Make Over Creates Boutique Offices
Over £1m is being spent upgrading one of Leeds city centre’s most revered properties, St Albion. The stunning 31,400 sq ft Victorian former Church of England Institute on the corner of Albion Place and Lands Lane was purchased by Manchester-based property company Glenbrook Investments in September last year. Now the company is extensively upgrading the offices above ground level and basement.
Clem McDowell explains: “We are thrilled to have been appointed by Glenbrook to market these fantastic Grade A+ offices. St Albion has everything a discerning business could want, it’s a unique part-Grade II listed property with beautiful Gothic revival architecture, in a prestigious heart of the city location, with a plethora of amenities on the doorstep, great transport connections and the highest quality on-trend interiors.
“From the tip of its elegant spire to the events and exercise space in the basement, St Albion will be one of the classiest office offerings in the city.”
Scheduled for completion this autumn, two office suites are available ranging from 4,213 to 8,464 sq ft. Carter Towler and Lambert Smith Hampton are joint agents marketing St Albion.
Full Occupancy Achieved at Millshaw
Carter Towler has successfully let the last remaining industrial unit at Millshaw Industrial Estate, Elland Road, Leeds to Artic Hayes, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of heating and plumbing products.
Acting on behalf of Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Ltd, we agreed a 10 year lease on Unit 9 which is approximately 23,000 sq ft.
Commenting on the letting Hazel Cooper said: “Artic Hayes has been exceptionally busy over the past few months and is now in need of larger premises. They currently occupy 10,000 sq ft at Parkside Industrial Park however this move will enable them to considerably increase their capacity.
“In addition to this deal we have negotiated a number of new lettings with bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks and sustainability company Cenergist. We are extremely pleased to have achieved full occupancy now at Millshaw.”
Karl Dallimore, Managing Director of Artic Hayes added: “The location is perfect for us and the continued investment Schroders have made in the business park has ensured the quality of the industrial properties is excellent. We are looking to expand our operations significantly, to double our capacity by the end of 2022 in fact, and this new facility will enable us to do that.”
Schroders Investment Manager Philip Scott added: “It has been a fantastic team effort with everyone – Carter Towler and our joint agents Knight Frank, the estate’s management team at Hornbeam Property Management and JLL Building Services – all pulling together to get the lease and the property just right for Artic Hayes. I’m sure they’ll flourish at Millshaw.
Bring on the Next Twelve!
It's great to share the news about how well Lewis Smith and the team at Ashley Smith are doing. Since we joined forces there's been steady expansion and lots of shared expertise.
In addition to taking on three new members of staff, Ashley Smith has seen its business grow by over 20% in the last 12 months.
Commenting on our first anniversary, Lewis Smith of Ashley Smith said: “Joining forces with Carter Towler has really taken our business to the next level. We have had an incredibly busy year working together on their extensive portfolio of properties across the north but also with a significant number of new projects of our own.
“As well as being able to provide additional support to Carter Towler, they have been instrumental in strengthening and streamlining our business. The team here in Durham now works directly with the Leeds-based property management and accounts teams – having access to another 20 plus highly skilled colleagues has enabled us to really progress the business. We can be more proactive and I’m thrilled to say we are taking on new instructions as a direct result on a very regular basis.”
Founded in 1989 by Lewis Smith’s father Stephen, Ashley Smith has just appointed Building Surveyor Alison Jackson, commercial property apprentice surveyor Anna Docherty and office administrator, Joan Parker.
Between us we now employ 55 people, have been involved in over 400 industrial, commercial and investment deals in the past twelve months and currently manage 4,500 properties for clients nationwide.
Carter Towler Helps Cancer Charity’s Ambitious Growth Plans
Carter Towler has been appointed by Yorkshire Cancer Research to help the charity fund vital research in Yorkshire through further expansion of its network of shops.
Yorkshire Cancer Research recently started to expand its shop network, and this is already raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to help fund life-saving research in Yorkshire.
We have been tasked by the charity to find five suitable retail units per year for the next three years.
Commenting on the new instruction, Max Vause said: “We first got involved with Yorkshire Cancer Research a couple of months ago when they decided to take over the tenancy of a property we were marketing at The Arcade in Ripon. They explained they were trying to find more similar retail units and asked us to help.
“We are delighted to be working for them; they are the biggest independent regional cancer research charity and have funded hundreds of millions of pounds of research since they were founded in 1925. Our property searches will aim to identify retail premises across Yorkshire. We’re looking for properties that offer high footfall, where there will be high quality stock donations and access to plenty of volunteer staff.”
Tony Graham, Head of Retail at Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research added: “Our shops play a vital role in our fundraising and we are extremely fortunate to have built up a very loyal customer and volunteer base. By having Carter Towler working with us we will be able us to scale-up our retail operations quickly and efficiently. By 2025 we are aiming to have 20 outlets.”
Maximising a Leeds Warehouse’s Redevelopment
Carter Towler’s Industrial Agency team has been advising MCM Group on the redevelopment and marketing of a 38,000 sq ft warehouse at Felnex Road off Pontefract Lane, Leeds.
Planning permission has been granted and the building will now be completely stripped back to its frame and reformatted. In order to maximise the 1.68-acre site, the footprint of the original property will be reduced to 28,537 sq ft which in turn will provide additional yard space and parking areas making it ideal for use as a warehousing or trade counter.
Commenting on the scheme, MCM Group’s Investment Director Douglas Cranston said: “We are really excited to see this project get underway and complete an extensive refurbishment that will future proof such a well-located asset. We are aiming for the new property to be ready for occupation early in the New Year.
“We are keen to expand our property portfolio and were particularly interested in investing in Cross Green. This area just to the east of Leeds city centre is flourishing with leading businesses including Amazon, DHL, CEF, Euro Car Parts, Premier Farnell, Fedex, John Lewis, Symingtons and BCA but there is a marked shortage of medium-sized industrial properties which we hope to help address.”
Josh Holmes added: “We have received a number of very promising enquiries from potential occupants and are confident that, given the high-quality refurbishment being undertaken and roadside prominence of the site, we will secure an occupier before it’s completed in January.”
Prestigious Property Management Contract Win
Carter Towler is delighted to be working with developer Marshall CDP on the final phase of their speculative development at South Kirkby Business Park.
Planning permission has just been granted for four high specification industrial units ranging from 10,000 sq ft to 20,000 sq ft, bringing the total number of properties built by Marshall CDP at the new industrial park to 12.
Commenting on the news, Hazel Cooper said: “The success of this speculative scheme is testament to Marshall CDP’s commitment to providing the best possible industrial facilities. These next four will be the final phase and we have already had a lot of interest from businesses looking to purchase and rent. The quality of the units, the location and the Enterprise Zone financial incentives together make a very compelling package for manufacturers, warehousing and logistics companies looking for space. Additional grant aid assistance is currently available as well as business rates relief.
“The construction company has moved onto the site and started erecting the buildings’ structural steel frames. The units will be ready for occupation in March 2022.”
South Kirkby Enterprise Zone is close to Leeds, Wakefield, Doncaster and Barnsley. It is adjacent to the new A628 link road which connects directly with the A1 and M1 motorways.
Ashley Smith Assists Award-Winning Manufacturer’s Expansion
Ashley Smith Surveyors, part of the Carter Towler Group based in the North East, has been assisting innovative electrical cabling products company D-Line with their ambitious expansion plans.
The multi award-winning manufacturer has just moved into a 50,000 sq ft warehouse and office facility close to its original HQ at the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, North Shields in a deal negotiated by Stephen Smith.
“We have been working closely with D-Line,” explains Stephen, “and it’s good to see just how well the business is flourishing. The move to these much larger premises will enable them to significantly increase their production and distribution capabilities which in turn will facilitate their continued growth.
“The team at Ashley Smith has assisted D-Line with other property related projects this year including negotiating a rent review on their behalf for their previous property.”
The property D-Line is vacating is now surplus to their requirements and available to let. The 24,070 sq ft unit has ground floor offices, workshops and stores in addition to 13 car parking spaces and an enclosed service yard.
Prestigious Property Management Contract Win
The property management division of Carter Towler has successfully renegotiated a 3 year contract to manage over 400 properties for the Co-operative Group.
We will be responsible for managing former food stores, funeral homes and other none-trading properties owned by the Co-operative throughout Yorkshire, the North East and North West.
The contract covers a comprehensive range of property management services including rent and service charge collection, lease management and financial compliance.
Commenting on the reappointment, Matthew Faulkes said: “We are extremely pleased to have won this extensive property management contract again. We are very fortunate to have been working with the Co-operative for 20 years.
“Carter Towler has one of the most successful independent property management divisions in the UK and property asset management is the largest part of the business accounting for over 45% of the company’s turnover.”
Colas Expands Northern Operations with Strategic move to Elland Road
Colas Expands Northern Operations with Strategic move to Elland Road
Colas, which is part of the international Colas Group, operates throughout the UK delivering infrastructure projects as well as long term maintenance contracts for clients, has taken a 10 year lease on 8,700 sq ft Unit 1. The property has recently been entirely refurbished by the business parks’ owner property development and investment company Gatsby Group.
Commenting on the move, Rick Fraser said: “The relocation to Landmark Court will be a very positive move for Colas’ northern operations I’m sure. Gatsby Group has invested over £200,000 upgrading the office facilities across the business park and the surrounding landscaping. These top quality, detached and self-contained office buildings are now attracting a considerable amount of interest not just because of the improved specification but the highly accessible location too. There aren’t many offices like this so close the city and the motorway network.”
Jonny Ainsworth-Jackson of Gatsby Group concluded: “It’s extremely rewarding to see leading organisations like Colas choosing Landmark Court. It’s been a pleasure working together with Carter Towler, Cushman and Wakefield and Colas’ advisor Nigel Blyth of Fairhurst Buckley to secure this letting and I wish them the very best with their expansion plans.”
Welcome Aboard Clem
Carter Towler has appointed a new director, Clem McDowell. Clem has joined our highly successful office agency team where he will work alongside Richard Fraser and Harriet Lawson.
Clem was an associate director at Jones Lang LaSalle where he gained 8 years office agency experience. During that time he was instrumental in the acquisition, sale and letting of a large number of Leeds city centre and out of town offices at developments including Wellington Place and Thorpe Park.
Commenting on the appointment, Ian Greenwood said: “We are delighted to welcome Clem to the Carter Towler team; he has already made a significant impact as we are very busy across the whole of our business but particularly with office property enquiries.
“As we continue to grow by expanding the range of clients we have and our geographical reach it is vital that we further strengthen our team with highly skilled property professionals such as Clem.”
Clem added: “Carter Towler has an excellent reputation; it is widely acknowledged as being one of the most consistently active property companies in the region. There’s a wealth of knowledge and experience within the company and I’m very much looking forward to contributing to that.
“My role will be to facilitate further growth whilst ensuring all our agency clients receive the best possible advice, whether they are large UK property investment funds, national and local property companies, developers or private clients.”
The Ringway Huddersfield Fills Up
Three businesses are expanding into new premises at The Ringway Industrial Park, Beck Road, Huddersfield in deals negotiated by Carter Towler.
Automotive Alliance Group, one of Europe’s largest vehicle parts distributors, has moved into Unit 14 which is 6,000 sq ft; well-known large format printing company Leach has taken 5,430 sq ft in Unit 24 and resin driveway specialists The Resin Mill has agreed to let Units 7 and 8 which are 14,400 sq ft.
Commenting on the trio of deals Josh Holmes said: “We are delighted these three flourishing companies are pushing ahead with their individual growth plans and have chosen to come to The Ringway. Since the landlord began their improvement programme we have seen a significant uplift in interest from a broad range of top quality tenants.
“There are just three remaining units now, all approximately 6,000 sq ft. To think that the whole estate, totalling 31 units could soon be fully occupied is remarkable considering the exceptional challenges of the past twelve months.”
EG Deals Competition - We Swept Up!
In spite of the difficulties of operating during the pandemic Carter Towler has continued to trade successfully and we have emerged as the leading agent in the EG Deals competition. We are grateful to our very loyal existing clients; to the new clients we have attracted over the last twelve months and applaud the fantastic effort of all our staff.
Carter Towler Expands with NE Acquisition
Carter Towler has acquired Durham-based Ashley Smith Chartered Surveyors. The purchase is a significant move for the company as it strengthens our leading position and extends the range of services we can offer to clients in the North East.
Commenting on the acquisition, Matthew Faulkes said: “We are absolutely delighted to have concluded this acquisition. Our client base has expanded significantly across the North and North East in particular over the past few years and we have been looking for a strategic partner to work with there for some time.
“There are many synergies between the two businesses; both are well established, Ashley Smith for over 30 years and Carter Towler can trace its roots back to the 1940s. Whilst building up our businesses we have both continuously evolved and adapted, and our ethos and processes are aligned.
“Stephen Smith, his son Lewis and the team at Ashley Smith will be a great asset and will act as an extension to our own Agency and Property Management offerings. We’re looking forward to introducing both existing and new clients to the additional resources we now have.”
Stephen Smith of Ashley Smith added: “I’m really pleased we are joining Carter Towler and will be working alongside such a talented team of surveyors and property managers. There’s a great fit and we’re delighted to be part of such a professional and highly regarded business.”
First-of-its-kind Further Education College in Leeds
Pioneering Leeds-based education charity Lighthouse Futures Trust (Lighthouse Futures) has moved to Moorfield House, Alma Road, Headingley in a deal negotiated by Carter Towler. The property’s owner, Illuminating Investments, agreed to let an initial 9000 sq ft of the imposing Grade II building to the charity who will use the space to create an innovative further education college.
Lighthouse Futures supports young adults, aged 16-25, with autism or a learning disability.
Commenting on the deal Richard Fraser said: “We are very excited to see Lighthouse Futures amazing plans for the refurbishment of Moorfield House take shape. The themed learning zones will include hotel and restaurant hubs, office suites and IT and media suites – all the kinds of workplaces their students are preparing for.”
Lighthouse Futures Trust chief executive officer, Katie Parlett added: “The statistics for young people with learning difficulties moving into employment are only 16% which is shockingly low compared to research that shows over 70% really want to work. For the past 5 years we have been working with some of the region’s major employers – Yorkshire Water, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, John Lewis, Leeds City Council and others – to provide a 12-month supported internship. This enables our talented interns to learn what it is like to work in a business setting, and to try out a range of roles in different areas.
“Illuminating Investments has been a supportive landlord, pulling out all the stops to help us develop just part of the building first whilst we work very hard behind the scenes to secure the additional finances required.”
David Aspland, Illuminating Investments director concluded: “Moorfield House is perfect for Lighthouse Futures; it’s in a great location and has a very vibrant and creative past. It’s wonderful to know that will now continue with the college focusing on preparing talented young people for work in such an innovative way.”
Global Courier Snaps up one of Last Remaining Depots at South Kirkby Enterprise Zone
Acting on behalf of developer Marshall CDP we have successfully negotiated the letting of Unit 4A, Data Drive, South Kirkby Business Park to Deltec International Courier. Deltec International, who has 10 offices across the UK and operates in over 200 countries worldwide, has signed a new 9 year lease for the 13,600 sq ft depot.
Hazel Cooper explains: “Despite the challenges brought about by the current COVID-19 situation, Marshall CDP have made excellent progress speculatively developing this business park. We are extremely pleased to see how well the scheme as a whole is progressing. The significant Enterprise Zone financial incentives, coupled with the high quality construction values and great location, are proving to be particularly attractive for companies looking for industrial space in the region. Demand is strong and we have already received a number of very promising enquiries about the remaining units.”
Phase 2 of the development is due to be completed by mid-January and we have already secured an occupier for the 20,000 sq ft detached warehouse. The two available units are self-contained warehouses (10,000 sq ft and 15,000 sq ft) have large secure yard areas, offices, canteen facilities and car parking. Conveniently located on the new A628 they are just minutes from the A1(M) at Barnsdale Bar and M62 motorway network.
Ambler House’s Renaissance Endorsed by Fintech Expansion
Carter Towler has successfully secured a second office tenant for newly refurbished Ambler House on Boar Lane, opposite Trinity Leeds. Innovative debt solutions company, Freeze Debt, has signed a 6 year lease on a 1,070 sq ft 3rd floor suite.
Commenting on the deal, Harriet Lawson said: “It’s really encouraging to have found such a great tenant for Ambler House – especially at a time like this. We have all been facing new challenges and uncertainty since the onset of lockdown, but so far we’ve had an incredibly positive response to the £2m revival of this magnificent Grade II listed building.
“Ambler House is the perfect location for growing companies like Freeze Debt who are looking for distinctive, high quality, centrally located offices. We have a selection of different sized suites remaining within the building ranging from 875 - 3,835 sq ft.”
The entire 14,500 sq ft, 5 storey building which forms an integral part of Trevelyan Square has been extensively upgraded in a complex renovation scheme managed by Carter Towler’s building services division.
Freeze Debt CEO Harjit Moore concludes: “It has been fantastic working with the landlord’s managing agent Petit Papillon and Carter Towler to secure these offices. We are at a very exciting stage in the growth of our business and Ambler House is the perfect base for our expanding team. It will enable us to attract the additional high calibre personnel we want to join us.”
One of Leeds’ Largest Office Lettings of the Year
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has taken a new 7 year lease on two floors of newly refurbished office accommodation at 2 Park Lane. The deal, negotiated by Carter Towler acting on behalf of property company Pullans, is one of the largest office lettings to be completed in the city this year.
The 21,804 sq ft of Grade A office space comprises the first and second floors of 2 Park Lane which overlooks Westgate, the Inner Ring Road and Joseph’s Well.
Long-standing client Pullans has added a spectacular double height glass atrium in addition to extensively refurbishing the ground and five upper floors of the building. The high quality, ultra-modern open plan office spaces have eco-efficient heating, lighting and ventilation systems throughout as well as showers, drying rooms and bike storage facilities.
Andrew Gillam, Head of Property at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Being able to relocate some 250 colleagues into these new offices is helping us to progress our Building the Leeds Way programme to build a new adults hospital and a new home for Leeds Children’s Hospital.”
“We are pleased to have found such suitable premises close to the hospital and the city centre offering accommodation with on-site parking. It will allow those teams affected by the development work to be co-located rather than being dispersed across the Trust.”
Bruce Strachan, Property Director at Pullans added: ‘’We are delighted to have agreed this letting and to be continuing our long-standing relationship with the NHS here in Leeds. It is rewarding to know we are helping facilitate Building The Leeds Way Programme to deliver new adult and children’s hospitals here in Leeds and aiming to transform healthcare for patients in Leeds and the wider region. It is also testament to the significant investment made in the refurbishment and to introducing facilities designed to support the wellbeing of our customers and their employees.’’
Richard Fraser concluded: “It really is quite remarkable that during such difficult circumstances an office letting of this size and calibre has been successfully completed so promptly. We started negotiations in April and in October Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust personnel will be relocating here. It’s all testament to Pullans commitment to providing the very best quality office facilities and to the excellent understanding they have of this prestigious client’s requirements.”
International digital marketing agency ICS-Digital has already leased 11,000 sq ft in the building and now just 16,500 sq ft remains available.
Pharmaceutical Giant Triples Production with Move to Birstall
Global pharmaceutical equipment manufacturer Azbil Telstar UK Ltd (Telstar) has relocated to new premises on Dark Lane, Birstall close to the M62 in a deal negotiated by Carter Towler. The property, Hawthorne House, has high quality offices and a large modern warehouse that will enable Telstar to virtually triple its production capacity.
Commenting on the move Telstar Director & Country General Manager Neil Street said: “We design and manufacture containment and aseptic isolator systems for worldwide pharmaceutical, biotech and cell therapy companies. Hawthorne House is an impressive, prominently positioned building with the extra space we need and it is close enough to our previous operation so that we can retain our excellent, highly trained and experienced employees.”
Josh Holmes added: “Our client is delighted that we have arranged this contract so quickly. There was a lot of interest in this property; it wasn’t on the market for very long. Hawthorne House is an attractive, well-appointed commercial property that will make a very fitting UK HQ for Telstar’s expansion plans.”
Carter Towler team effort helps complete Business Park Refurbishment
London-based Gatsby Group has just completed a £200,000 refurbishment of a Leeds business park they recently acquired.
Landmark Court on Elland Road comprises 7 detached office buildings, three of which are currently vacant and being marketed by the Carter Towler office agency team.
Owners Gatsby took the decision to refurbish two of the three buildings and also carry out some external improvements to the park to modernise the accommodation and assist in the marketing campaign.
Carter Towler has recently been appointed to manage the entire estate and Tim Rhodes’ team was heavily involved in organising and supervising the external works.
With our building surveying team negotiating a very satisfactory dilapidations settlement with the outgoing tenant of one of the buildings, it’s been a real team effort providing advice to Gatsby on a number of different levels.
Phil Shopland-Reed, Associate in the office agency team, commented: “Landmark Court is in a great location just a stone’s throw from the M621 yet still within five minutes’ drive of the city centre and now provides really good quality office accommodation with excellent parking ratios in a well-presented environment. We’ve already got strong interest in two of the available buildings and we’re hopeful of welcoming two new tenants to the park in the near future.”
Smaller High Quality Speculative Development Comes to Market
The Corinium Partnership has appointed Carter Towler to market a 45,950 sq ft, 6 unit new build industrial park at Normanton, Wakefield adjacent to junction 31 of the M62.
Commenting on the development Josh Holmes said: “We are really pleased to be marketing Corinium 62. It’s an excellent speculative development that is ideal for trade counter operators and distribution companies. The location is a well-established distribution hub serving the North of England with leading companies such as Bosch, DHL, ASDA, Fyffes and Haribo already located there and of course The Range will be soon moving in a few hundred metres up the road.
“The properties themselves have been carefully designed and include lots of high specification details. There aren’t many smaller industrial units of this high quality in the area, in fact I think this is the first of its kind that we’ve seen constructed in Normanton in the last four or five years.”
One of the units has been pre-let to the engineering trade counter operator Hayley Group. The remaining five units range from 3,250 – 13,500 sq ft.
Former Argos Distribution Centre Acquisition
A huge former Argos distribution centre in Castleford, West Yorkshire is set to be refurbished following its acquisition. Broadland Properties, represented by Carter Towler, has acquired the unit and will now carry out a full refurbishment of the 400,000 sq ft distribution facility.
Set in 20 acres, the extensive warehouse has 36 loading doors, large yard areas and ancillary office space. The newly branded California 400 facility will offer flexible, large scale accommodation.
Commenting on the acquisition Jacques Esterhuizen said: “The investment fundamentals of this property make absolute sense. It comes at a time where supply levels in West Yorkshire are at an all-time low. Being able to offer functional space on economic terms is a real advantage.”
Colliers has been retained as letting agent on the property alongside Carter Towler.
Nearby occupiers at the Wakefield Europort industrial estate include DHL, Bibby, Haribo, Warburtons, ASDA and The Range.
New Business Wins Lead to Agency Expansion
Leeds-based branding agency Spiral Communications is growing and has taken an additional 1,795 sq ft at its offices in Manor House, Manor Street, Leeds. Carter Towler has been appointed to market the remaining ground floor.
The branding company, whose clients include leading financial and banking organisations such as Lloyds, Halifax and TSB, have expanded into the first floor having occupied the top floor of three-storey Manor House for 13 years.
Commenting on the growth of the business Spiral Communications’ Managing Director Simon Turner said: “We looked at many options across the city and had we not been able to take the additional floor we would have reluctantly had to relocate. Thankfully, that was not the case. The entire building has just undergone an extensive £150,000 refurbishment programme and we came to the conclusion that it was absolutely the right place for our continued growth.”
Philip Shopland-Reed added: “It’s an excellent office environment with modern workspaces and great transport links. It’s only five minutes from Leeds City centre and the halo effect of the Victoria Gate and SOYO developments is proving to be very beneficial to businesses in the vicinity. These offices would be ideal for any professional services company or IT & communications businesses.”
Gildersome Spur Benefits from Buoyant Market
Gildersome Spur, one the largest and most successful industrial estates in Yorkshire, is fully let. Tenants for the remaining 43,000 and 20,000 sq ft units have been secured in two deals negotiated by Carter Towler. Gildersome Spur is managed by Orchard Street Investment Management on behalf of St. James’s Place UK Plc.
Commenting on the recent successes Josh Holmes said: “The popularity of this estate is remarkable. In the last 12 months there has been a spike in interest from businesses wanting to move onto the 25 acre site but also from several who are already based at Gildersome Spur and are expanding. Since January 2019 we have signed deals with five companies, all of which are highly regarded.
“The latest two new tenants are no exception. ARC Building Solutions is the market leader in manufacturing and supplying cavity fire barriers to the UK house building and construction markets. The business was looking for additional space in order to double its production capacity following an investment deal with Newable Capital. Their 20,000 sq ft vacated unit was immediately let as expansion space to CD (UK), the £30m turnover solid surfaces company that introduced the iconic marble counter top alternative, Corian, to the UK.”
Carter Towler to Market High Quality Light Industrial Development
Carter Towler has been appointed to market a new build business park at the top of the M606 in Bradford. The development of seven light industrial units, at Alpha Court, next to Prologis Park has now practically completed.
Commenting on the appointment Hazel Cooper said: “We are really pleased to be marketing Alpha Court on behalf of Oakwell Securities. It’s a top quality new development and we are sure there will be considerable demand for these units. The location is excellent being very close to the motor network as well as Bradford city centre transport links. The properties themselves have been carefully designed and include lots of high specification details such as full height electric loading doors, double skin insulated cladding, the latest energy saving lighting and fibre optic connectivity.”
Alpha Court comprises seven units with sizes ranging from 1,367 to 1,974 sq ft arranged around a central courtyard. Two of the units have already been let.
The five remaining properties are perfect for smaller or start-up businesses such as trade counters, warehousing or light industrial companies looking for well placed, quality units. As well as small business rates relief, affordable rents and flexible lease terms are available.
Maximising Property Investments
Carter Towler has assisted Durham Group Estates Ltd with the purchase of Bede House, Belmont Business Park, close to the A1 at Durham and has also been appointed to manage the two storey, 25,000 sq ft office building.
Situated on the edge of Durham city centre, Bede House was purchased off market and will be extensively refurbished before being let.
Commenting on the purchase, Durham Group Estates Chief Executive, Gurpreet Singh Jagpal said: “We are extremely pleased to be adding this sizeable property to our commercial portfolio. It was built in 2001 and is ready for upgrading now. We will be investing a further £500,000 creating contemporary, open plan office spaces with high quality, eco-efficient features such as low energy lighting and air conditioning.
“We have developed an exceptional working relationship with Carter Towler, who already manage all our properties across the North of England, and we know they will help us realise the full potential of this latest investment.”
The refurbishment is underway and due to be completed in September. Bede House will have office suites ranging from 1,000 to 8,500 sq ft and 100 car parking spaces.
Matt Faulkes added: “This is a very attractive modern office building – its brick elevations, curved profile metal roofing and aluminium double glazing are really quite impressive. It’s in a great location too, close to key transport links.
“Our property management team will be ensuring that everything runs smoothly once the refurbishment is completed. We'll be responsible for security and maintenance, ensuring financial compliance, as well as collecting rent and service charges. We are very much looking forward to working with existing tenants and welcoming the first batch of new tenants.”
Leading Industrial Property Investor Chooses Carter Towler
Paloma Capital appointed Carter Towler to market a 23,082 sq ft vacant industrial unit at Marrtree Business Park, Bradford.
The London-based private equity investment company, who recently purchased the entire 206,098 sq ft estate on Bowling Back Lane close to the M606 at Bradford, has just completed an extensive £400,000 refurbishment programme.
Commenting on the appointment Josh Holmes said: “This is a fabulous instruction for us, having jointly advised Paloma Capital on the purchase of the estate, it’s great to be working with them again. The improvements being made at Marrtree are complete now and the available property, Unit 3, will make an impressive headquarters for a distribution or manufacturing company.
“The commitment Paloma Capital has made to the industrial market, not just here in Bradford but across the region, is remarkable. They have been very active acquiring a number of large industrial parks including the 345,000 sq ft Greens Industrial Estate in Wakefield and the 400,000 sq ft Dearne Mills Distribution Centre in Barnsley. The company also owns assets in Rotherham, Leeds and Sheffield and is looking to make further acquisitions.”
Appointments Strengthen Growing Investment and Valuation Departments
Carter Towler has strengthened its growing Investment and Valuation departments with the appointments of Jacques Esterhuizen and Brett Harrison.
Jacques, who has over 10 years’ experience in the investment and industrial markets, has been appointed as a Director and will head up Carter Towler’s Investment team.
Ian Greenwood commented: “We have worked with Jacques on deals many times before and have wanted him on our side for a while now. I am delighted he has chosen to join us, he has established an excellent reputation and I know he will make a fantastic contribution to expanding the reach of our investment services.”
Previously an Associate Director with Cushman & Wakefield, Jacques has been instrumental in a number of high profile investment deals including an NHS Sale & Lease back of 121 staff resident apartments on behalf of AEW, a 200,000 sq ft distribution warehouse on the Bradford Euroway Industrial Estate for a local authority and the Yorkshire BBC Headquarters in Leeds on behalf of Columbia Threadneedle.
“We have also appointed Brett Harrison as an Associate in our Valuation team,” added Ian. “Brett has gathered some very valuable commercial, retail and leisure sector valuation experience working for Colliers and Jones Lang La Salle which we are looking forward to maximising.
“In the last six months we have successfully concluded a number of large investment deals with leading institutional investors and pension funds. These two new appointments will help us ensure that we continue to provide our clients with highly effective investment and valuation services.”
Boston Industrial Investment Purchase
Six industrial units in Sutterton, Lincolnshire totalling 15,934 sq ft were sold off a guide price of £900,000 in a deal negotiated by Carter Towler. The fully let, freehold premises have been purchased by BW SIPP Trustees Ltd.
Located on the Endeavour Way Industrial Estate close to Boston, the modern units are occupied by a range of businesses including printing company Newton Press, window blinds supplier Suntec Blinds and glaziers South Lincs Glass Shop. The current total income generated is £72,980 per annum and the average length of unexpired lease is 4 years.
Commenting on the deal Carter Towler director, David Towler said: “We are delighted with the successful conclusion of this purchase on behalf of our clients BW SIPP Trustees for a number of reasons. The properties themselves are in excellent condition and have very good tenancies in place. The location has the compelling combination of being out of town but also very accessible and near to conurbations such as Spalding, Boston and Peterborough. It’s an attractive and convenient place to work.
The properties at 1-6 Abbissgate range in size from 1832 to 4970 sq ft offering flexibility to potential tenants and the passing rents offer scope for growth.
Significant Central Leeds Retail Appointment
Carter Towler’s retail agency team has been appointed to market Central Arcade on Briggate in Leeds city centre. There are currently four units available in the Arcade ranging from 200-1,500 sq ft. All of the vacant units are on the ground floor with the largest being located directly opposite the entrance to Trinity Leeds.
Commenting on the landmark instruction Pete Bradbury said: “We are extremely excited to have been appointed as agents for Central Arcade. As a relatively small player in the retail sector this represents a significant win for us. We will be providing valuable local knowledge to London-based chartered surveyors Goodsir Commercial who we are working alongside.
“Whilst the properties in Central Arcade are very well designed and maintained, it is their fantastic position in the heart of Leeds’ retail district that sets them apart. The Arcade has a vibrant mix of both national and independent retailer tenants. There has already been considerable interest and we are confident it won’t be long before we are announcing details of a new tenant or two.”
The entrance to Central Arcade is on Briggate, adjacent to House of Fraser. The three storey development links shoppers to Central Road, the Corn Exchange and Leeds Market.
Football Final For 5-a-side Team
Carter Towler’s 5-a-side team recently nearly won the annual Henry Boot charity football tournament. Held in Sheffield on one of the hottest days of the year and competing against 15 other teams from across Yorkshire and Lancashire, the boys put in a great effort but cruelly lost in the final to Sheffield-based team ‘Edge’ in a sudden death penalty shoot-out.
Non-playing Director of Football, Richard Fraser, commented: “Everyone had a really good day out with a great mix of teams from both the construction and property sectors. Each of our players – Zack Sorkin, Will Beddard, Alex Noteman, Jamie Husband, Chris Green and Gary Lewsley – gave it their all and were ‘robbed’ of victory by the closest of margins. It was great to mix with other property-based companies and get our name ‘out there’ with clients and agents.”
The tournament was organised in support of Mind, the mental health charity and raised over £5,000 for this very worthwhile charity.
Shopping Arcade Sale and Management Deals
Carter Towler has negotiated the purchase of a shopping centre, The Arcade, in Ripon on behalf of Frank Marshall Estates. The Bradford-based property investment company acquired the 16,484 sq ft, multi-let arcade from Westcourt Group off a guide price of £2.2m.
The three-storey city centre development which faces the market square has 15 units currently occupied by North Yorkshire County Council and retailers such as Scriven Opticians, Home Bargains, British Heart Foundation and Card Factory.
Frank Marshall Estates has also appointed Carter Towler as managing agents for the properties.
Commenting on the deal Edward Marshall of Frank Marshall Estates said: “In a time of panic in the retail sector, this purchase represents a gem in a sea of rotten apples. As an industrial specialist, in order to maintain our yield profile, we must look to less fashionable assets where there is plenty of growth. Ripon is a thriving city and we look forward to contributing to its growth and development.”
Matthew Faulkes added: “This has been an excellent project to be involved with,”. “The Arcade is in a fantastic location with a vibrant mix of tenants. We are very much looking forward to working together with all the retailers, the Council and Frank Marshall’s team going forward to further enhance the shopping centre.”
Ethical Coffee Company Moves to Mabgate Mills
Ethical speciality coffee company Shiloh Coffee Roasters has moved into a 1,400 sq ft ground floor unit in Mill 6 at Mabgate Mills, Leeds 9 in a deal negotiated jointly by Carter Towler and Atkinson Associates.
Shiloh, which was established in 2016 by Jean and Mark Armstrong, imports coffee from sustainable sources worldwide. The company is moving to larger premises in order to open a coffee shop and expand its roasting operation.
Commenting on the move Jean Armstrong of Shiloh said: “Carter Towler and Atkinson Associates have been fantastic to work with they helped us so much with planning permission and dealing with landlord on sorting out the lease. We are thrilled with the new premises at Mabgate and can’t wait to start sharing our coffees with visitors to our new shop and café.”
Harriet Lawson added: “I’m sure Shiloh’s coffee will prove to be very popular at Mabgate. This part of town is really flourishing now, there are over 30 businesses in the mills alone and of course there are lots of others close by as well as the new Leeds City College Quarry Hill campus which is due to open in September.”
A number of units of varying sizes from 280 – 2,032 sq ft are still available.
New Centre of Excellence for PSG
Property Search Group (PSG), the nationwide property search and legal IT service provider, is opening a new Centre of Excellence at One Capitol Court, Dodworth, Barnsley in a deal negotiated by Carter Towler.
Commenting on the letting, Philip Shopland-Reed said: “PSG has taken 10,000 sq ft on the ground floor at One Capitol Court, which is a considerable proportion of the building. Our client Newcore Capital Management is absolutely delighted, as are we.
“This is one of the largest deals of its kind in the Barnsley area and was concluded really promptly. It’s very encouraging to see a growing business like PSG make such a bold move. We wish them every success.”
Rob Phillipson, chief operating officer of PSG added: “Our business is long established as a market leading provider to the legal sector. We’re rapidly expanding both our client base and the range of services we provide and therefore needed a new home to ensure that we can continue to meet and exceed our clients’ needs. One Capitol Court provides the perfect environment from which to do so.”
The 3 storey, 35,000 sq ft office building is prominently located on the established business park close to junction 31 of the M1.
Senior Management Surveyor Joins Carter Towler
Highly experienced and well regarded property management professional, James Skirrow has joined our property management team. He has previously worked for WSB Property Consultants, CBRE and Savills.
Commenting on the appointment Tim Rhodes said: “We are delighted that James has joined us, having him on our team really is a bit of a coup! He has a great deal of very valuable expertise and is already proving to be fantastic addition to our team.
“James’ appointment coincides with a significant period of growth in our business. We have just been awarded a contract to manage an additional 400 properties nationwide for a long-standing client. This deal brings the total number of properties being looked after by Carter Towler to in excess of 3,500 and will increase our turnover by 15%. We have the biggest property management team in the region and currently collect over £40m worth of rent for our clients.”
James Skirrow added: “Carter Towler has established a fantastic reputation for its property management services and I am very much looking forward to being part of that. Having developed an impressive range of clients across the country and across a broad range of sectors, I am excited to be instrumental in the next stage of development.”
Rare Freehold City Centre Purchase
Carter Towler has negotiated the purchase of 60 Wellington Street on behalf of client, Priestley Investments. The 3,845 sq ft 3-storey property, which had previously been occupied by West Riding Sign & Print for several decades, was sold by CBRE off a guide price of £425,000.
Priestley Investments, part of the Priestley Group, plans to transform the building into contemporary office space with stripped-back interiors and an industrial feel created by exposing brickwork and services.
Nathan Priestley, Chief Executive Officer of the Priestley Group, said: “Thanks to Channel 4’s highly publicised move to the area there is an opportunity to cement Leeds as one of the UK’s core cities positioning it as a cost effective place to do business that equals London and Manchester.
“To achieve this we need more high quality studio and office spaces providing homes for growing businesses. On completion 60 Wellington Street will provide such prestigious accommodation and will attract local and national businesses to the city.”
Richard Fraser added: “Freehold office buildings in Leeds City Centre are rarely available. Being able to find and acquire such a rare commodity for one of our client’s is great news. Refurbishing and converting the building into interesting, industrial-style studio office suites is providing exactly what the market wants at the moment. We are sure the building will let very well once the refurbishment works have been completed.”
Three New Horsforth Lettings
Three new lettings have been successfully negotiated at Jason House, Horsforth on behalf of Jack Lunn (Properties) Ltd.
Growing Leeds digital marketing company Smart Insights is expanding and has moved within the building to a larger suite totalling 3,219 sq ft; knowledge management business Altiar has taken suite 8 measuring 1,195 sq ft and suite 12 extending to 1070 sq ft has been let to Yorkshire Medical Accountants.
Commenting on the lettings, Philip Shopland-Reed said: “We are delighted to have concluded these three lettings. There is a vibrant business community here and we currently have only two remaining suites available. I’m sure they will be let very soon though as there has been a lot of interest.
“This is such a high quality building, the landlord has an extensive on-going refurbishment plan in place which ensures the offices are kept in excellent condition and being just 5 miles from the city centre, Jason House represents excellent value for money.”
New Wakefield Enterprise Zone Premises for GalvanizeUK
GalvanizeUK Limited is now operating from its new premises at the £10m South Kirkby Business Park, Wakefield. The expert steel galvanizing company purchased two units on the Marshall CDP Wakefield Enterprise Zone industrial development late last year in a deal negotiated by Carter Towler and AWS.
GalvanizeUK supply galvanized steel products to companies operating in a broad range of sectors across the UK. Their new 21,500 sq ft operation here in the heart of Yorkshire will bring many much needed jobs to this area. Since they were bought last December the company has been undertaking a very extensive fit out of both units 4B and 4C.
Marshall CDP first commenced this third phase of its speculative 11 acre industrial development in 2014. Of the five new properties built totalling over 104,850 sq ft just one remains.
Hazel Cooper commented: “Unit 4A which is 13,600 sq ft is now the only unit unoccupied; it is competitively available for purchase at £85 per square foot or to rent at £6.25 per square foot. Either way this is a great opportunity for a business looking for a new foothold in the region or for one that is expanding.”
Pat Coffey, Business Development Manager at Wakefield Council who has been very supportive of the development said: “The location is good, being adjacent to the new A628 and just minutes from the A1, A1(M) and M62 motorway network, and there is the valuable added benefit of the Enterprise Zone’s financial incentives.”
Two Additional Lettings at Mabgate Mills
The Mabgate Mills business community in Leeds 9 is expanding with an additional two new lettings secured jointly by Carter Towler and Atkinson Associates. The fully refurbished 55,000 sq ft former textile mill is now home to over 30 businesses.
Commenting on the latest deals, Harriet Lawson said: “It’s fantastic to see the mills flourishing, not just with new tenants but with existing ones growing. Manchester-based food photography studio Eat & Breathe, has just agreed a 5 year lease on 3,922 sq ft on the first floor of Mill 1 for their second studio meanwhile data consultancy The Data Shed has taken an additional 4,121 sq ft on the fourth floor.”
“We’re delighted that both companies have chosen Mabgate Mills. The facilities available are proving to be very popular with businesses of all sizes particularly those involved in the creative and IT sectors. It’s not just because of how well the mill buildings have been revamped and the flexible tenancy packages but also because of the locality. All the new developments and amenities springing up are having a very positive impact – there really is a buzz about this southern part of the city centre!”
Phil Marshall, managing director at Eat & Breathe concluded: “Leeds is the perfect location for us to span the North across the two studios and having a thriving on-trade creates more opportunities. It is central to the Northern corridor of the M62 which provides a location that is easily accessible for all our clients. We’re looking forward to opening the studio in Spring 2019 and providing a unique space for our clients to create, plan and innovate”.
There are a number of offices available of varying sizes from 1,500 – 4,000 sq ft.
A Three in One Purchase, Letting and Management Deal
Carter Towler and Sanderson Weatherall have just successfully completed the purchase and letting of International House, Guiseley and Carter Towler will also be responsible for managing the property.
The chartered surveyors purchased the 7,292 sq ft warehouse on Ghyll Royd, South View Business Park on behalf of a long-standing client from White & Co Removals with Sanderson Weatherall’s agency team acting on behalf of the vendors.
International House was then refurbished before being marketed and let to Screw Fix in a 10 year lease deal negotiated by Sanderson Weatherall’s and Carter Towler’s industrial agency divisions.
Commenting on the string of deals Matthew Faulkes said: “This has been a fantastic project for us to work on as it shows just how effective our divisions are collectively. The whole process from completing the acquisition deal through to the subsequent lease and property management agreement has been absolutely seamless.
“I am really proud of the strength and breadth of the services we are able to provide but more importantly our client is delighted to have added a new modern warehouse to their property portfolio that has fantastic blue chip, long term tenant and he can rest assured the property and tenancy will be meticulously managed.”
The two-storey unit is close to the A65 and is directly to the rear of the Westfield Retail Park whose occupiers include McDonald’s, Halfords, Costa Coffee, Next and Argos. In addition to warehouse space it has office accommodation, parking for 9 vehicles and a secure yard.
Cheshire Industrial Units Acquisition
Carter Towler completed the acquisition of two modern industrial units in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire on behalf of Oyster Ventures.
Located on the well-established Rossmore Industrial Estate, one mile west of the M53 Motorway, the steel portal frame manufacturing and warehouse units were purchased off a guide price of £1m and a net initial yield (N.I.Y) of 7.74%. Unit A, measuring 11,953 sq ft is occupied by Odlings MCR and Unit B comprising 12, 231 sq ft is let to Database Direct. Both units produce a combined annual rental income of £81,850 per year.
Commenting on the purchase David Towler said: “This is an excellent investment for my client as the units are well placed on the Wirral Peninsula and are close to the M53/M56 motorway network. They are occupied on excellent lease terms by really good tenants whose businesses are thriving.
“There was a great deal of interest so we had to act very quickly and decisively to secure this deal. Top quality freehold industrial premises like these are in high demand not just in this locality but across the whole of the North. They will be a valuable additional asset for Oyster Ventures who has an extensive commercial property portfolio.”
Early Interest in Speculative Dewsbury Industrial Park
Construction work has started on a 1.73 acre speculative industrial park at Calder Bank Road, Dewsbury. The 65 tonne steel building frames are currently being erected by the developer, Castleford-based D Noble.
Calder Bank Business Park which is approximately ½ mile south of Dewsbury town centre and close to M1 junction 40, will comprise seven single-storey, light industrial units and is due for completion in March 2019.
Commenting on the development, Josh Holmes said: “It is great to see D Noble Ltd taking the bold move to deliver this scheme speculatively. There is very little industrial stock available locally of this size and quality, so perhaps it’s not surprising that there has been a lot of interest so early in the project. Two units are already under offer which is very encouraging.”
Galliford Try House Sold to Durham Group Estates
Carter Towler has just successfully completed the purchase of an office complex in Wakefield on behalf of its client Durham Group Estates Ltd.
The two storey, 8,337 sq ft property which is currently let to Galliford Try Building Ltd has been purchased off a guide price of £788,000 with a net initial yield of 10%. Built in the 1990s, the offices occupy a large site with ample parking and currently generates an annual rental income of £83,000.
Durham Group Estates Chief Executive, Gurpreet Jagpal added: “We are delighted to add this property to our growing portfolio and would like to thank Matt and his team at Carter Towler along with our legal advisors DWF who enabled us to complete this purchase within four weeks. Having worked with Carter Towler over a number of years, we are particularly pleased to purchase this property given its location and easy access to the M62.”
Matthew Faulkes added: “We have been very active on behalf of the Durham Group for the past 18 months with five additional similar purchases. All of the properties are in Yorkshire and the North East and we are looking forward to adding them to the extensive property portfolio we currently manage for the Group.”
Nostalgic Management Deal
Carter Towler has agreed a deal to manage the company’s former offices in Great George Street. Acting on behalf of the owner of 35-41 Great George Street, Treadwell Developments, Carter Towler’s Property Management division has taken responsibility for three retail units on the ground floor of the Grade II listed property.
Commenting on the instruction Tim Towler said: “We are delighted to be managing these units for a number of reasons; Treadwell Developments is a great client to work with, architecturally it’s a very fine building and on top of that it holds many good memories for us as a company.
“BP Towler, the business my grandfather started, was based in this building for 20 years. We moved out 23 years ago into 1 St Mark’s Avenue opposite Leeds University before relocating to our current offices in Queen Street at the time of our merger with Carter & Co in 2008.
“In those early days we had just five people looking after around 400 properties. We are now one of the largest property management organisations outside of London managing in excess of 3000 properties.”
Treadwell Developments’ director John Wright added: “We have a well-established working relationship with Carter Towler; my father first appointed them to look after a property he owned back in 1979. They now deal with all the lease renewals, rent reviews, collections and maintenance across our commercial property portfolio and it seems entirely fitting that they should be back in charge at Great George Street, they obviously know this property very well indeed!”
Prestigious New HQ for Renew Holdings Plc
AIM listed, engineering services group Renew Holdings Plc is relocating its headquarters to Paradigm, 3175 Century Way, Thorpe Park, LS15.
Acting on behalf of Renew, Carter Towler’s Office Agency team identified a number of suitable properties before selecting and negotiating a 10-year lease on 2,580 sq ft of ground floor office space at Paradigm.
Commenting on the move, Renew’s Chief Financial Officer, Sean Wyndham-Quin said: “We are very much looking forward to moving to the new premises at the end of the month. Paradigm will provide a modern working environment for our head office team with plenty of local amenities at the nearby Springs Shopping Centre and with direct access to the motorway network.”
Richard Fraser added: “Renew had a number of very specific requirements not only in terms of the size, quality and look of the building but its environmental credentials too. Paradigm is one of only a handful of BREAAM excellent-rated office buildings in the region which means it’s one of the most eco-efficient. It really is first class.”
£10m Enterprise Zone Development
Carter Towler is marketing the latest phase of Marshall CDP’s £10m speculative industrial development at South Kirkby, Wakefield. The three recently completed units measure 13,600, 10,000 and 11,500 sq ft.
Commenting on the completion, Hazel Cooper said: “Marshall’s have done an excellent job, this phase of the scheme has been completed on time, to budget and the standard of construction is excellent. These three units have the added benefit of being located within the Wakefield Enterprise Zone and therefore come with considerable financial incentives.
“This is a great location in the heart of West Yorkshire and the Enterprise Zone business benefits, including rates holidays on certain units and some fitting out grants, make it a compelling proposition for any company looking for new or additional industrial space in the region.
“The first two companies to move onto the business park, shredding company PHS Data Solutions and commercial vehicle converters VFS, are settling in well and we are sure the remaining three units will also soon be occupied.”
National Grid Moves to Crossgates
Acting on behalf of Praxis Real Estate Management Ltd, Carter Towler has just let the fourth floor of Crossgates House, East Leeds to National Grid.
Commenting on the deal Philip Shopland-Reed said:
“National Grid is moving a significant proportion of its Leeds-based operation from Thorpe Park to Crossgates House. They have agreed a 5 year lease on 5,880 sq ft of the recently refurbished building and we are delighted to have secured such a high quality tenant for our client.”
National Grid manages the UK’s electricity transmission network and will have over 50 staff based at Crossgates House.
Richard Harrison, asset manager at Praxis Real Estate Management added:
“Attracting a FTSE 100 company like National Grid to Crossgates House is a real coup and further justifies the landlord’s decision to undertake a comprehensive refurbishment of the building.”
Prestigious 6 Queen Street Letting
Boutique accountancy practice Murray Harcourt has signed a new 10 year lease on over 12,000 sq ft of prestigious Grade A office accommodation at 6 Queen Street, Leeds in a deal negotiated by Carter Towler.
Commenting on the letting, Richard Fraser said:
“6 Queen Street is an outstanding building. Ever since plans to speculatively develop the offices were announced in 2014 there has been a real buzz about it; initially because of the bold move the developers, CDP Marshall and Rockspring made in actually going ahead with the development, then because of the major letting of approximately 50,000 sq ft to Burberry. Then, earlier this year, the building was sold in an off-market deal to the Swiss Life European Properties fund. It has been fantastic for Carter Towler to be involved in the marketing of this fabulous building.”
6 Queen Street is a BREEAM excellent building located in the heart of the Leeds business district and providing a total of 70,940 sq ft of Grade A offices over six floors with three private terraces and basement car parking. Only the first floor, comprising 12,688 sq ft, now remains available.
Carter Towler Revitalises One of Leeds’ Oldest Buildings
Three divisions of Carter Towler have been integral to breathing new life into 90 Kirkgate, a three storey 18th century property in the heart of the city’s Townscape Heritage Initiative.
The dilapidated building has practically been rebuilt and is now back in use with a retail unit on the ground and first floors, and offices on the second.
Commenting on the redevelopment Chris Priestley said:
“This has been an extraordinary project to work on not just because of the historical significance of the building but the extent to which we as a company have been involved.
“Our Building Consultancy team first started on the scheme 18-months ago. We have project managed all aspects of the rebuild including feasibility studies, design and specification, negotiating with Leeds City Council’s planning department and heritage officer, securing funding, overseeing the tendering process and managing the principal contractor.
“We were then joined by our Agency colleagues who then marketed the property and secured a new tenant before the works had been completed. Now we have handed over to Carter Towler’s Property Management team who are responsible for looking after the building going forward.”
Leeds House, Bradford Sold to the Priestley Group
Carter Towler has just concluded the sale of Leeds House, Bradford on behalf of local investment company Oyster Ventures. The prominent four storey building opposite Kirkgate Shopping Centre has been sold to the Priestley Group off a guide price of £595,000.
Commenting on the deal Priestley Chief Executive Officer Nathan Priestley said:
“We are very excited about purchasing Leeds House. It is a significant and sizable building and is ripe for redevelopment. We are considering a number of interesting options including a possible residential conversion to the upper floors.”
The ground and first floor of the 13,980 sq ft building are currently retail and office units. The upper floors are vacant.
David Towler added:
“Whatever Nathan and his team decide to do with the building we are sure it will be carefully considered and completed to a very high standard. Our client Oyster Ventures is delighted with the outcome of this deal and the prospect of the building being given a new lease of life.”
Yorkshire Expansion for National Training Company
Acting on behalf of Renew Holdings Plc, Carter Towler has just let Phoenix House, Hawthorne Park, Seacroft to electrical training company Trade Skills 4U.
Commenting on the deal Richard Fraser said:
“Trade Skills 4U are expanding and were looking for a suitable location for their latest training centre. Phoenix House is an impressive building. It has 16,500 sq ft of fantastic quality offices, meeting rooms and storage areas, ample parking and is set in mature woodland.
“The location also played a large part in securing the letting. Phoenix House is close to the Leeds outer ring road, just a few minutes’ drive from the city centre and the motorway network.”
Carl Bennett, Trade Skills 4U executive chairman added:
“This facility will enable us to bring our unique training service skills to the good people of Yorkshire.”
Carter Towler Negotiates Bar and Microbrewery Deal
We have successfully completed a 10 year lease on 46 Kings Road, Harrogate. The former Cartridge World retail unit has been converted into a microbrewery and bar by new tenants Cold Bath Brewing Co.
Commenting on the deal Max Vause said:
“This has been a particularly interesting project for Carter Towler. We have not only been directly involved with negotiating the new tenancy agreement on behalf of our client the W A Barker Family Trust but have closely followed the redevelopment of the building and the installation of the brewing facilities.
“Whether people are looking to visit the brewlab of Cold Bath Brewing where recipes are created and honed or for a new drinking destination, we’re sure they’ll really appreciate all the effort that has been put into the new venture. The building was once a garage and the high ceilings and large doors have really added character to the microbrewery, as has the new mezzanine where the brewing process can be seen in action.”
Coldbath Brewing Co was set up by Harrogate friends Jim Mossman Mick Wren and Roger Moxham.
Jim Mossman commented:
“It’s been hard work getting everything just right for the opening of the microbrewery but it’s been great fun. Seeing our own beers in production now is fantastic and the response we’ve had from customers so far is very encouraging.”
Valuation Surveyor Joins Carter Towler
Carter Towler has appointed a new valuation surveyor to support its expanding Professional Services team. RICS qualified, Charlie Armour began his career with Fleurets in London where he gained extensive experience in the leisure and hospitality sectors.
Commenting on the appointment Chris Green said:
“We are delighted that we have managed to tempt Charlie to join us here in Yorkshire. He has made a very promising start to his property career and is a fantastic addition to our team.
“Charlie has a firm understanding of the wider commercial property market and in the last three years he has worked on a large number of deals and professional instructions involving cinemas, hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars.
“The leisure and hospitality sectors are growth areas for Carter Towler and he will be able to provide some very pertinent additional valuation expertise. Charlie is extremely keen to expand his wider commercial property knowledge.”
Carter Towler’s Professional Services department is one of the busiest and most experienced in the region. The team’s expertise is based on specialist knowledge gleaned from managing exceptional volumes of commercial property activity across many sectors, including industrial, office, retail, residential investment, commercial and residential development, leisure and healthcare.
Old School Deal Adds Up
Acting on behalf of Absolute Commercial Interiors Ltd (Absolute CI) Carter Towler has successfully negotiated the sale of The Old School House, Grove Road, Harrogate for a figure in excess of its £550,000 guide price.
The 3,056 sq ft, two-storey premises which were the interior fit out company’s former offices have been purchased by Harrogate-based residential property developers, Truly Alternative.
Commenting on the sale Richard Fraser said:
“We are delighted that this deal was concluded so effectively. Carter Towler assisted Absolute CI with finding and acquiring their new much larger HQ at Hornbeam Park, so to then negotiate the sale of their former premises to Truly Alternative has completed the circle nicely.
“The Old School House is a fabulous building and will be converted into very fine residential accommodation I’m sure, it just wasn’t big enough for Absolute CI who have grown rapidly in the last couple of years.”
Strategic Move For Betfred
Carter Towler has just let 753 Chesterfield Road, Woodseats, Sheffield to Betfred. Acting on behalf of landlord Skinners Ltd, a 10 year lease has been negotiated on the property.
Commenting on the deal Pete Bradbury said:
“Betfred has relocated to this property because it is larger and in a more prominent location. The company previously had an outlet nearby but were looking for more space.
“Whilst many other retail betting companies are adjusting to the recent Fixed Odd Betting Terminal maximum £2 stake regulations, Betfred has reacted positively to the changes and is taking the lead. The new premises in Woodseats are ideal for them and we wish them every success here.”
Speculative Trade Counter Development is Snapped Up
Carter Towler has advised on the successful purchase of a 78,836 sq ft trade counter development on Roundhay Road, north Leeds.
The seven-unit scheme was acquired for a sum in excess of the £9m guide price by London-based investment manager St Bride’s Managers for their St Bride’s Key Cities Partnership.
The former Thomas Danby College site was originally acquired in 2015 by Leeds based property developer Bridge Estates and was redeveloped to create seven trade counter units ranging in size from 2,593 – 35,016 sq ft.
St Bride’s partner Ian Houston said:
“Leeds is one of five cities outside of London that we have identified as key investment locations for us because of the excellent growth prospects. The quality of the scheme, long term income and tenant profile made this an excellent fit for the Partnership.”
Ian Greenwood added:
“Our client, St Bride’s was very keen to add this development to their property portfolio because of its fantastic location and the calibre of businesses that have already chosen to locate here. There is nothing available like this in the Leeds’ area and hence the unprecedented interest in acquiring the development.”
College Trade Park is located on Roundhay Road at the A58/A61 Sheepscar Interchange. The last remaining 2,593 sq ft trade counter unit is available to let.
South Kirkby Industrial Units in Demand
Work has started on the third phase of construction at Marshall CDP’s South Kirkby Business Park. Hundreds of tonnes of steel are currently being used to build three industrial units on the 22 acre site adjacent to the new A628 and close to the A1, A1(M) and M62 motorway network.
Commenting on the development Ian Greenwood said:
“We have already had lots of enquiries about this latest phase which is fantastic as these units are being built speculatively. There is considerable demand for industrial properties like these across the region, the initial phase which started in 2014 completed very quickly and we are very positive that these will be sold or let just as promptly.
“This £2.25m scheme is in a great location in the heart of West Yorkshire and Marshall’s are committed to building top quality premises that are suitable for small to medium sized distribution, warehouse or manufacturing companies.”
The three completed detached units have been bought by PHS and commercial vehicle converters VFS. The remaining three which measure 13,600, 10,000 and 11,500 sq ft will be ready for occupation in May 2018.
Gelderd Trading Estate is Now Fully Let
Acting on behalf of the Industrial Property Investment Fund (IPIF) our industrial agency team has successfully let the last remaining unit at Gelderd Trading Estate, Leeds. The 19,500 sq ft property has been let to car components distributor Multiparts Europe Ltd.
Commenting on the deal Josh Holmes said:
“IPIF’s extensive investment in refurbishing and upgrading the trade park has certainly paid off. This was the last remaining property and so it is really satisfying to see the industrial park now fully let.
“Multiparts was looking for larger warehouse and office facilities for its expanding European operations and this established industrial South Leeds location is ideal for them.”
Trio of Investment Deals
The Investment division of Carter Towler has just concluded three deals totalling over £3m.
In the first deal Carter Towler negotiated the sale of the Titan District shopping centre at Wyke near Bradford. The centre, which has been purchased by North Yorkshire-based Masham Investments off a guide price of £1m, has four fully let retail units generating a rental income of £86,750 per annum.
In the second deal, the 16,108 sq ft Byram Business Park at Brotherton, near Wakefield was sold to an investor with a substantial portfolio of similar industrial properties across the North and Midlands. Byram Business Park has four fully let trade units that generate an annual rental income of £90,000 per annum and was sold off a guide price of £1.15m.
Finally Carter Towler negotiated a sale price of over £750,000 on behalf of BW SIPP Trustees for a 10 unit, 14,329 sq ft industrial estate at Barnes Road, Bradford. West Bradford Industrial Park, has been purchased by Preston-based Errigal Contracts Group Ltd.
Commenting on the deals David Towler said:
“We are delighted with all three of these sales for different reasons. The Titan District deal was concluded very quickly and the two industrial estate sales achieved excellent returns for our clients. There was a healthy level of competitive bidding as both of these industrial investments offer the potential for further growth.”
Room to Expand for Flourishing House Builder
Carter Towler has successfully let Vico Court, close to junction 1 of the M621 to Keepmoat Homes.
The prominent 8,300 sq ft office building will provide the national house builder with sufficient space to further expand its operation in the region.
Commenting on the deal Richard Fraser said:
“It’s great to see the company doing so well and fulfilling its expansion plans. These are outstanding premises; they are in an excellent location for access to the transport network across the region and are also very well appointed. The landlord has taken a great deal of care in developing, fitting out and maintaining the property. We hope Keepmoat Homes continues to flourish here.”
New Designer HQ for Absolute
Harrogate-based Absolute Commercial Interiors Ltd (Absolute CI) has moved to a larger head quarters at Hornbeam Park in a deal negotiated by Carter Towler.
The commercial interior design company has taken a 10 year lease on 2,300 sq ft of the ground floor of Gardner House.
Commenting on the deal Richard Fraser said:
“Absolute CI asked us to help them find alternative offices because the company had outgrown their current head quarters. We carried out a search of the Harrogate area and identified a number of options.
Following negotiations with the landlord’s agent, Chris Robbins of Robbins Associates, we agreed terms to acquire a sizable part of the ground floor of Gardner House together with a good car parking allocation.
Absolute CI has recently completed an extensive fit-out which looks great. The new premises will make a superb working environment for the company as well as a fantastic showcase for their commercial interior design and refurbishment skills.”
Phil Brown, Absolute CI’s managing director added:
“We carried out an extensive search with Carter Towler and have found our perfect new home. We have seen an immediate positive effect on staff morale and the space allows us to showcase our skills in the very best light.”
Prominent Premises Let to Global Recruitment Company
Acting on behalf of Schroder Real Estate Trust our office agency team has successfully let 3,620 sq ft of Coverdale House on East Parade, Leeds to recruitment company Reed Global. The building is now fully let.
Commenting on the deal Philip Shopland-Reed said:
“These are outstanding self contained offices; they are prominently situated in the city centre, have been extensively refurbished to include LED lights and full access raised floors and have a private car park. We’re delighted that a leading brand such as Reed Global would choose to locate here.”
Well Deserved Promotions
We are delighted to announce that Chris Lewis and Daniel Duce have been promoted. Chris is now an associate director and Dan is an associate.
Commenting on the promotions Ian Greenwood said:
“It’s great to see these two gentlemen progressing so well; they have both made a fantastic contribution to the business.
“Chris is an extremely loyal and hardworking member of our property management team. Since he joined us aged just 16 in 1989 he has steadfastly developed his career and now manages a very large mixed portfolio of over 200 properties.
“Daniel on the other hand joined us relatively recently having previously worked in a number of management positions. He has played an instrumental role in developing our building consultancy which has doubled in size in the past 12 months.”
London Firsts for Property Management Team
Carter Towler’s property management team has won three significant new instructions. We will now be managing 12 additional properties for leading European investment company Avignon Capital, nine of which are in London.
Commenting on the recent success Matthew Faulkes said:
“We are very fortunate to have worked for Avignon Capital for many years and it’s fantastic that they have chosen to extend our remit with these new instructions.
“We are particularly pleased to have picked up responsibility for the properties in London. Whilst we’ve been managing properties for clients in the North West, North East, East Anglia and Midlands for some time now, these are our first in the capital.”
In the first contract Carter Towler has been given responsibility for five Curzon art house cinemas in Sheffield, Canterbury, Colchester, Hoxton and Aldgate. In the second instruction the company will be managing a 4,885 sq ft Brasserie Blanc restaurant at the luxury Thames Pathway Fulham Reach mixed-use development which Avignon purchased last year. The third contract covers a retail unit and five apartments on Chiswick High Street, west London.
Drilling Company’s Yorkshire Expansion
An 18,100 sq ft industrial warehouse at Helios 47 Business Park, Garforth has been let to Stockton-on-Tees based PBU UK in a 10 year lease deal negotiated by Carter Towler.
PBU UK is one of the UK’s leading industrial drilling specialists whose clients include utility, civil engineering and construction companies such as Balfour Beatty, Amey, Interserve, Morrison Utilities and Essex Water.
Commenting on the deal Josh Holmes said:
"Helios 47 is well placed as it is close to the A1 and M1 and means PBU UK’s staff will have easy access to the motorway network. They operate all over the UK and were looking for a large secure base in Yorkshire to strengthen their service provision in the region.
This deal was concluded very swiftly with the new tenants moving in immediately after the previous tenants departed. Top quality premises like these continue to be in short supply."
Carter Towler has just let 95 Main Street, Bingley to Domino’s Pizza.
Commenting on the deal Pete Bradbury said:
"I’m sure Domino’s will prove to be very popular here, the property is in a great location close to the centre of Bingley and just a few minutes’ walk from the train station. It’s a very strong brand and our client is delighted with the 20 year lease we have negotiated.
"While we were working on the deal, the property next door became available and we agreed a three year lease on that one too – you could say there’s been a bit of a domino effect!"
The adjacent retail unit has been let to Gather, an events company that sells party accessories, runs party workshops and provides bespoke event advice.
Car Care Plan Expands Bradford HQ
Carter Towler has sold three offices at The Courtyard Mid Point Business and Leisure Park, Thornbury, Bradford to Car Care Plan.
Acting on behalf of Leeds-based Keyland Developments Ltd, the 9000 sq ft freehold offices have been acquired by the expanding automotive insurance company.
Commenting on the sale Richard Fraser said:
"Units 2, 3 and 4 were the last three offices available at Mid Point so this has been a very satisfying deal in a number of respects. Our client Keyland is pleased that the commitment they made in developing the business park has proved to be so worthwhile. The confidence they had in Bradford has been endorsed by leading companies such as Car Care Plan investing here."
Ryan Unsworth, Keyland’s development manager added:
"The scheme is now fully occupied and this latest sale reinforces the current high demand for well located, modern business accommodation within the Yorkshire region."
Mid Point is located on the western edge of Bradford close to the M62, M621, M1 motorway network and Leeds ring road. Other companies located at the business park include Loop Customer Management, Ellis & Everard (UK Holdings) Ltd and Fiske Food Ltd.
Quick Succession of Deals for Carter Towler
The investment division of Carter Towler has recently concluded three commercial property deals totalling over £4m.
We completed the £750,000 purchase of a 17,000 sq ft warehouse in Pym Street, Hunslet, Leeds on behalf of investment company Oyster Ventures Ltd earlier this month. The modern industrial unit is currently let to Vantage Motorhomes on a 5 year lease.
In a second deal negotiated by Carter Towler, Oyster Ventures, based in Jersey, also purchased Booker Wholesale’s warehouse at Coopies Lane Industrial Estate, Morpeth. The 32,000 sq ft cash and carry was sold by Palmbest Ltd off a guide price of £1.7m.
Finally Carter Towler negotiated a sale price of over £1.5m on behalf of Northern Irish real estate company Kesh Properties Ltd for a 32,354 sq ft industrial premises in Derbyshire.
David Towler commented:
“These three deals have followed in quick succession which is indicative of just how buoyant the market is for commercial investment property at the moment, not just here in Yorkshire but across the country. There is a lot of interest particularly in properties with secured long-term tenants.”
Record Results and Senior Promotions
Carter Towler has continued to strengthen its leading position in the property market over the past twelve months. We have increased year-on-year profits by 15%, made two senior promotions and appointed six additional staff.
Commenting on the company’s success Ian Greenwood said:
“We have been consistently active across all departments – retail, office, industrial, property management and building consultancy – and this is reflected in our solid financial performance.
“Succession planning is of course instrumental to our continued growth and therefore I am extremely pleased to welcome Josh Holmes and Chris Green to the Carter Towler board. Their promotions are well deserved.”
The company also welcomes six new recruits: Max Vause, trainee surveyor; Chris Harrison, assistant surveyor; Mark Marshall, compliance co-ordinator; Zack Sorkin, graduate property management surveyor; Kim Gray, credit controller and Gary Lewsley, service charge manager.
Biggest Out-of-Town Office Sale
Carter Towler has concluded the sale of Brabazon House, the largest out-of-town office building in Leeds to be sold so far in 2017.
The 28,350 sq ft property at Turnberry Park, Gildersome, south west Leeds was owned by The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and has been sold off a guide price of £2.25m.
Commenting on the sale Richard Fraser said:
“It has taken us just six months to find a suitable buyer and negotiate the deal which is fantastic for such a large out-of-town office property like this.”
Adjacent to the M62/M621, Brabazon House was recently vacated by West Yorkshire Police who have moved to new headquarters at Normanton, Wakefield.
£1.4m industrial premises investment
Carter Towler’s industrial team has successfully agreed the sale of a 14,666 sq ft, £1.4m property at West 26 Business Park, Cleckheaton.
The distribution premises on Whitehall Road adjacent to Junction 26 of the M62 are currently let to central heating boiler manufacturer Vokera until 2030.
Commenting on the sale, Josh Holmes, said:
"We are delighted with the deal agreed. There has been a lot of interest in this distribution and training facility from investors not only because of its size and excellent location, but because of the strong occupational lease in place with Vokera. The market for quality industrial premises like these is still very buoyant."
Really Useful Location for Expanding Child Safety Company
Innovative nursery safety products company, Lindam has signed a 5 year lease on a new larger property.
Owned by US-based Munchkin Inc, Lindam is moving its UK distribution operation from Thorp Arch Trading Estate, Wetherby to the new industrial development owned by Really Useful Products at Whistler Drive, Glashoughton.
Josh Holmes said:
"It was very shrewd of Really Useful Products to invest in developing this purpose-built facility – there really is a shortage of industrial premises of this size and quality in the region. The entire development covers 13.3 acres and Lindam has taken 82,000 sq ft in order to expand their operations. It’s great to see two world leading brands, with operations in Yorkshire, doing so well."
Mabgate Mills Attracts Creative Talent
Carter Towler has successfully secured five new tenants for Mabgate Mills in Leeds 9. MTD Coln Industrial Limited, the owner of the Victorian mill, is delighted with the new tenants who between them have taken over 8,750 sq ft.
Commenting on the deals, Richard Fraser said:
“I’m sure all five companies – The Data Shed Limited, Style Grab Ltd, Shot by Sodium Limited, Bodhi Yoga Studio and WEC International – will settle in well at Mabgate. There’s a thriving business community developing here with a great mix of new start-ups and more established businesses. It’s proving to be particularly popular with creative companies such as those involved with design, music, yoga and dance and we have several further units under offer.
“There are still a number of suites available and we are able to offer a range of flexible deals on a number of different space options including workshops, studios, showrooms and offices. In addition to the work spaces themselves, tenants have access to on-site car parking, secure bike storage and shower facilities, and it’s all just a few minutes’ walk from the bus station, the new Victoria Gate shopping development and a good number of cafes and bars. It really is an up and coming, edge of town, business location.”
Priestley Homes Plan Residential Conversion for Hanover House
Fast growing Leeds-based property company Priestley Homes has applied for planning permission to convert Hanover House, 22 Clarendon Road, LS2 into apartments. The 7,600 sq ft Victorian property, formerly Blacks Solicitors’ head office, was sold to the developer in a deal brokered by Carter Towler.
Commenting on the sale director Richard Fraser said:
“We had a lot of interest in this prestigious property and a high number of offers. Hanover House is a fantastic building not just because of its architecture and location but also because of its potential.
“Priestley Homes is hoping to convert the building into top quality residential accommodation and I’m sure they will make a very good job of it. They have completed a number of similar conversion projects in Leeds, Bradford and Manchester and are developing an excellent reputation for their work.”
Hanover House was sold off a guide price of £900,000. Blacks Solicitors has moved to City Point, King Street.
Chris Allen, Blacks Solicitors managing partner concluded:
“Hanover House was a happy home for our staff for 28 years. We are delighted that the building will be used for another good purpose and will continue to enhance the local area.”
Ultra Proud of our Colleague Josh
We’re a sporty bunch at Carter Towler. There are some very keen cyclists, golfers, footballers, badminton players, gym bunnies and runners amongst us...and then there’s Josh! Josh Holmes’ love of sport puts him pretty much in a league all of his own.
Having recently completed the 40 mile Oldham Way Ultra and a 70 mile Ironman triathlon he decided to push his stamina to the max and try an even more challenging event – Rat Race’s The Wall. Just a couple of Saturday’s ago, while the rest of us were out shopping or mowing our lawns, Josh was running the 69-miles from Carlisle to Newcastle along Hadrian’s Wall.
“It was harder than I thought it would be!” says Josh.
“The sun was shining brightly and it was already pretty warm when we set off at 7am. It continued to get hotter throughout the morning making the task of running all that distance twice as hard as it should have been.
“I ran well for the first 45 miles and surprisingly found myself in the top 10. However the heat started to take its toll and I ended up shuffling the next 20 miles. I eventually decided to stop and compose myself, and somehow managed to muster enough energy to jog to the finish.”
Josh finished in 28th place with a very impressive time of 13 hours 54 minutes and raised £1,700 in the process for Cancer Research UK. For his next challenge he is mulling over the idea of tackling the 100 mile White Rose Ultra in November, at least it should be a bit cooler by then!
Clutch of Horsforth Deals for Carter Towler
In the last six months Carter Towler has successfully negotiated the letting of four properties in Horsforth on behalf of Jack Lunn (Properties) Ltd.
Growing Leeds digital marketing company Smart Insights has moved to a new 1,995 sq ft premises at Suite 5 Jason House, Kerry Hill, Horsforth and commercial interior design company Rodley Interiors has taken Suite 2, which is 960 sq ft, in the same building.
Two further offices have been let at Feastfield, a courtyard development adjacent to Town Street, to ISS Ltd and Yorkshire Wealth Management. ISS Ltd has moved into Unit 4 Feastfield which is 1,575 sq ft and Yorkshire Wealth Management Ltd has taken the 1,575 sq ft Unit 7.
Commenting on the lettings, Philip Shopland-Reed said:
“There are a couple of suites still available in both properties but we know they won’t be for long! The market for quality, small to medium-sized offices such as these is currently very buoyant especially in out-of- town locations such as Horsforth. The excellent local amenities including shops, cafes and leisure facilities coupled with good transport links makes Jason House & Feastfield very desirable places to work.”
WSB and Carter Towler acted as joint agents on these lettings.
Largest Office Letting in Leeds
Carter Towler is delighted to have been involved in securing the largest office deal in Leeds this year.
Acting on behalf of Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust, Carter Towler and joint agents, Knight Frank, have secured a 10 year lease with iconic fashion brand Burberry on 46,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation at 6 Queen Street.
Burberry, who was represented by Cushman & Wakefield, is relocating 300 staff from London to create a new business services centre.
Commenting on the deal, Richard Fraser said:
"Burberry’s decision to relocate its London-based business services to Leeds is a fantastic endorsement for all that the city of Leeds has to offer and is a particular compliment to the quality and specification of 6 Queen Street. The fact that Burberry selected 6 Queen Street ahead of other available Grade A office buildings shows that the quality of build and attention to detail shown by the developers has paid off."
Located in the heart of Leeds business district 6 Queen Street was developed by Marshall CDP and Rockspring and provides a total of 70,940 sq ft of office space over six floors with three private terraces. Only the ground and first floors now remain available from 11,810 - 24,882 sq ft.
Trib3 Ups The Pace in Wellington Street
Acting on behalf of James Hare Ltd, Carter Towler has just agreed a 10 year lease on 4,865 sq ft at 68-72 Wellington Street, Leeds with fast-growing Trib3 gymnasiums.
The Sheffield-based high intensity bootcamp gymnasium concept which will shortly be opening its first operation in Leeds, currently has four outlets in Sheffield and Barcelona and has another opening lined up in Manchester. Trib3 has plans for a further 35 across the UK and Europe.
Commenting on the letting Pete Bradbury said:
"Trib3 had been looking at a number of different options in the city centre so we were really pleased to attract them to Wellington Street. The character of the building was a huge factor, as was the location. Their plans to design a unique and completely different style gym offering look fantastic."
Charlie Hare of James Hare Ltd added:
"It will be great to see the space being used again as it’s been empty for around 25 years. We are really looking forward to seeing the transformation."
"We hope the new gym will prove to be popular with people both working and living in the city centre who are looking for somewhere with a different approach to fitness training."
100,000 sq ft LCC Acquisition Deal for Muse
Leeds City Council has acquired three industrial units at Muse Development’s flagship site, Logic Leeds.
Construction of the speculative units will begin later in the summer with completion scheduled for early 2018. The three units are 30,000 sq ft, 33,000 sq ft and 37,000 sq ft respectively.
Carter Towler represented Muse throughout the negotiations.
Commenting on the acquisition Ian Greenwood said:
"This is the second deal that the Council has concluded at Logic Leeds having already purchased an 80,840 sq ft distribution warehouse last year and just goes to show the fantastic commitment it has to this scheme and the wider Enterprise Zone."
James Scott of Muse added:
"This significant sale is both a resounding endorsement of the qualities of our development at Logic Leeds and a sound investment for the council."
"It meets all the city council’s investment criteria, as the three industrial units will provide a strong rental income stream in the years to come. There is a massive pent-up demand in West Yorkshire for units of this size, while their location, at the heart of Yorkshire’s superb motorway network and within the Enterprise Zone, makes them especially attractive."
Popular Leeds Business Park Nearly Full
Acting on behalf of Orchard Street Asset Management, Carter Towler has successfully completed a brace of deals at Gildersome Spur industrial park, Leeds.
A 23,810 sq ft warehouse has been let to wholesale catering equipment supplier Alliance and a 10,000 sq ft unit to refrigeration and building services company, A1 Engineering Solutions.
25-acre Gildersome Spur is adjacent to junction 27 of the M62/M621 and has 31 units, 29 of which are now occupied. Regarded as one of the most successful business locations of its kind in Yorkshire, current occupiers include CM Downton, Next, EE, DHL and Yodel.
Commenting on the deals Josh Holmes said:
“Orchard Street recently carried out extensive refurbishments in line with their asset management plans making these modern warehouse facilities highly desirable. We are delighted to have let them to two flourishing national operators.”
Carter Towler to Sell Gildersome Police Properties
The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire have instructed Carter Towler to sell two of its properties at Turnberry Park, Gildersome, south west Leeds.
Adjacent to the M62/M621, the prominent buildings have recently been vacated by West Yorkshire Police who have moved to new headquarters at Normanton, Wakefield.
Richard Fraser commented:
“We are really pleased to be acting on behalf of West Yorkshire Police with regard to the sale of Brabazon and Sunningdale House. We did in fact sell them the buildings 10 years ago, so it seems fitting that we will be assisting them with the sale.
“Carter Towler won this instruction via competitive tender and, we are confident these sizable properties have a lot of potential. There have already been some enquiries from companies expressing an interest in refurbishing or redeveloping them.”
The 28,350 sq ft Brabazon House and 12,245 sq ft, Sunningdale House both benefit from large secure car parks and are available for sale or to let.
Fully Let at Lister House, Horsforth
Carter Towler has successfully let the last remaining suite at Lister House, Horsforth to 4IT Recruitment.
The letting follows hot on the heels of the January letting of first floor office space to Whitesides Chartered Accountants.
Commenting on the lettings, Philip Shopland-Reed said:-
“The two recent lettings are testimony to the quality of the refurbishment of both the reception and office suites which provide a modern work place with an efficient floor plate for both Whitesides and 4IT Recruitment to work with.”
Lister House is a detached three storey office building located in Horsforth set in attractive landscaping. The building was bought in 2012 and has since undergone a comprehensive scheme of modernisation.
Landmark Offices to Let to Infinity Works
Fast-growing Leeds tech company Infinity Works is expanding and has moved to new premises at Apsley House, Wellington Street, Leeds. Carter Towler acted on behalf of the property’s owner, J Pullan & Sons, negotiating a new lease on the 10,360 sq ft, third floor office suite.
With operations in Leeds and London, Infinity Works employs 100 people and its clients include finance, telecoms, health, gaming and IT services organisations across the UK.
Commenting on the letting, Richard Fraser said:
"Apsley House is one of Leeds’ finest buildings; it’s in a great location and has been completely refurbished to a very high standard. I am sure it will make a fantastic new HQ for Infinity Works."
Paul Henshaw, Infinity Works director added:
"We needed bigger office facilities to accommodate our growing numbers and are really pleased to be able to move into Apsley House, not just because it’s over the road from our original location in Queen Street. The office facilities are perfect for us and it’s at the heart of the professional services quarter, has easy access to public transport links, the inner ring road and motorway as well as bars, restaurants and cafes. It will provide a great foundation for our continued expansion."
There is an additional 12,644 sq ft of space available on the second floor at Apsley House. WSB and Knight Frank are joint agents for the Grade A property in conjunction with Carter Towler.
Carter Towler’s Teamwork Shines at ECCO
The first phase of the nine-acre mixed-use scheme at the junction of Coal and Victoria Roads, Seacroft has been completed and the new single-storey 105,000 sq ft manufacturing and distribution facility let to ECCO Safety Group Europe.
Acting on behalf of the developer, Commercial Development Projects (CDP), Carter Towler negotiated the terms of the letting to Ecco – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of vehicle reversing alarms and emergency services lighting products – in addition to providing building consultancy services for the initial 12 month construction and fit out phase.
Commenting on the project, Chris Priestley said:
"This has been a fantastic project for us to work on. Not just from a letting point-of-view but for Carter Towler as a whole. Our building consultancy team has been working closely with CDP’s construction design team, project managers and the contractors, Marshall Construction West Yorkshire, throughout the 12 month build period.
"Ecco is gearing up its manufacturing and distribution capacity significantly and we have assisted with space planning, specifying and co-ordinating all parties involved to ensure the move from their existing premises to the new facility goes as smoothly as possible."
Two further properties being built on the site are due to be completed in the summer.
Three More Wade Lane Office Blocks For YPP
Carter Towler has just concluded the third of three purchases on Wade Lane, Leeds for long-term client YPP. The Leeds-based property company has just acquired (2nd March) 14,800 sq ft Warwick House off a guide price of £2.1m from Signal Property Investments.
The building is currently let to Interserve Working Futures and generates a gross rental income of £196,000 a year.
Late last year, Carter Towler negotiated the acquisition of Belgrave House, adjacent to Warwick House and prior to that Commerce House, in June 2016.
Commenting on the deals Carter Towler director David Towler said:
"All three properties have been purchased by YPP on behalf of Middle East based clients as an investment. This area close to the Arena and Merrion Centre is flourishing and my client was keen to add these office blocks to his growing portfolio of properties in the city centre.
"I am extremely pleased with the successful completion of Warwick House. It has been a very busy period, not just for us at Carter Towler but the office market generally. We’ve had to be nimble with our negotiations to stay ahead of the competition."
16,200 sq ft Belgrave House was purchased from Wade Lane Developments Ltd off a guide price of £2m and is currently let to Leeds City Council. The gross annual rental income is £243,000.
Commerce House which was owned by Allois Properties was purchased off a guide price of £2.5m. The 22,725 sq ft, 5 storey building with two tenants, Unison and Foundation Credit Counselling, produces a gross annual income of £252,680.
Quality Tenant Secured for Courtyard 31
Carter Towler’s office agency team has successfully secured a new tenant for a 3,830 sq ft office building at Courtyard 31, Normanton. Leading security company Securitas UK has taken a 10 year lease on Unit 1 of the prestigious development which is close to junction 31 of the M62.
Commenting on the deal Philip Shopland-Reed said:
"We are extremely pleased that Securitas has chosen to locate their offices at Courtyard 31. It demonstrates their confidence in the quality of the buildings, and the convenient location provides them with an excellent base in the area. Securitas is a well-respected company and it’s fantastic that they were willing to make such a long term commitment to the property."
There are just two buildings remaining at Courtyard 31 which consists of 9 air-conditioned two-storey self-contained office buildings all with private parking. They are available to let on very competitive terms.
Three Deals in Three Months for Eskmuir
Carter Towler along with JLL have successfully agreed two lease agreements on units at Latchmore Park, Gelderd Road and a further deal on Unit 4 at Stadium Way, Elland Road.
Earlier in the year London-based Eskmuir Properties commenced a refurbishment programme extensively modernising all of its properties at both Leeds business parks.
Commenting on the consecutive deals, Josh Holmes said:
"Eskmuir has done a fantastic job revitalising their properties; they are now in great condition and as a direct result of the upgrades, have attracted a good level of interest."
Unit D at Latchmore Park is 51,555 sq ft and has been let to Rexel UK Limited; Unit C is 20,000 sq ft and is now Interlink Express’ new Leeds parcel hub and 4,550 sq ft Unit 4 Stadium Way is to be occupied by electrical wholesaler Eyre and Elliston.
First Australian Client for Carter Towler
Carter Towler has been appointed by an Australian property investment company to manage their recently acquired industrial estate in Bradford.
This is the first UK investment for the Sydney-based company who purchased the 33,586 sq ft Enterprise 5 Estate in the City from supermarket group Morrisons.
Commenting on the appointment, Tim Rhodes said:
"We are absolutely delighted to be looking after the company’s assets in Bradford. Enterprise 5 Industrial Park comprises 17 units, the majority of which are already let. We will be assisting with identifying further suitable tenants for the empty properties, as well as providing the full range of professional management services.
"It’s fantastic to see another Australian organisation showing such confidence in the City – it’s just what Bradford needs. First we had Westfield’s Broadway scheme and then Redfern Travel was purchased by Brisbane based Corporate Travel Management."
Carter Towler manages over 3000 properties across the UK, many of which are owned by international investors based in countries such as the USA, Africa and Israel but this is its first Australian client.
Speculative development success
Together with Robert Austin & Co we have successfully let 7 units at a new Normanton industrial development. Speculatively developed by Oakwell Securities, it has taken just 6 months to find tenants for each of the buildings at Valencia Court. The new tenants include Siemens, Vanguard Security and AC-Sys Ltd.
Commenting on the success of the development Mathew Austin of Robert Austin & Co said:
"It’s great to see how successful this project has been. The units range in size from 1,500 – 3,200 sq ft and are ideal for light industrial businesses, those requiring smaller warehouse spaces or as trade counters.
The properties were released in May and it has taken just 6 months for the scheme to become fully let. Suffice it to say, all parties are very pleased with the progress of the development."
Josh Holmes added:
"We were very confident Valencia Court would prove to be a popular scheme and it has! There is considerable demand for high quality, smaller units like these across the region."
Headingley Hat-trick for Retail Team
In the last few of months we have successfully negotiated a hat-trick of new leases in Headingley. Our retail team has brokered the deals, two for properties on North Lane and the third on Otley Road, all with separate landlords.
Commenting on the deals, Pete Bradbury said:
"Headingley has always been a popular location and it seems to be buzzing even more now than ever. There’s an eclectic mix of retailers, bars, restaurants and offices which make it a very vibrant suburb and I’m sure the new tenants will thrive there."
The three lease deals are: 11a North Lane which has been let to electronic cigarette retailer, Totally Wicked on a 5 year lease; 31 Otley Road, has been let to Brain Tumour Research Campaign for 10 years and 34 North Lane has been let to The Fancy Dress Experience also on a 10 year lease.
Grade A instruction for Carter Towler
Carter Towler has been appointed, alongside Knight Frank, to market newly refurbished 12 Greek Street. The Grade A 7- storey office building in the centre of the city’s business district has recently undergone an extensive £2m transformation.
The comprehensive upgrade included changes to the building’s exterior which now features a highly contemporary bronze-clad façade as well as ultra modern common areas including impressive entrance and reception area.
It also has state-of-the-art security, lighting, heating and ventilation and many additional high-end facilities such as showers, ‘club class’ lockers and drying cabinets.
Commenting on the instruction Richard Fraser said:
"We are highly delighted to have been appointed by the building’s owner London-based investment company, Ricsion LLP . The attention to detail throughout the refurbishment has transformed this into an exceptional office building which will attract a lot of interest from prospective tenants."
"There are 14,621 sq ft of offices available which can be taken as a whole or divided into suites. Either way, this building will make a very prestigious corporate base for businesses looking to offer their staff and customers the very best in terms of location and facilities."
Speculative Industrial Units for Aire Valley Enterprise Zone
Carter Towler will soon be marketing a number of small and medium-sized industrial units at Thornes Farm Industrial Estate, part of the Aire Valley Enterprise Zone.
The speculative units are part of a development proposed by Leeds-based ACS Stainless Steel Fixings (ACS), the leading building structural components manufacturer.
ACS has applied for planning permission for a number of trade counters and industrial units ranging from 2,650 to 8,650 sq ft.
Josh Holmes added:
"ACS is a progressive company and it’s fantastic to see them doing so well. It might seem to be a bold move to construct these premises but there are very few smaller, good quality, industrial premises available in the region. We know there is demand. “The added financial benefits offered by the Enterprise Zone in the form of rates relief, will make the Gateway Trade Park even more appealing to businesses in search of a new location. We are looking forward to marketing the new units very much."
New York House Sold to Rushbond
Acting on behalf of property investor and developer, Evans Property Group, Carter Towler has recently concluded the sale of New York House to Rushbond Plc.
The 19,766 sq ft, four storey building on the corner of Harper Street and New York Street currently has four retail units on the ground floor with 11,500 sq ft of office space on the three upper floors.
Commenting on the sale Richard Fraser, said:
"This has been a particularly satisfying project to work on as both Evans Property Group and Rushbond Plc are longstanding clients of ours. The building is in a really good location and has lots of potential. It will be interesting to see what Rushbond, who has a proven track record in successful urban renewal, do with it."
Carter Towler acted as joint agents with JLL on this deal.
Grade ll Highfield House, Ripon Sold by Carter Towler
Carter Towler and Greenoak Development Consultancy acting jointly have just concluded the sale of Highfield House, Kearsley Road, Ripon on behalf the property’s private owner. The imposing Grade II listed building has been sold to London-based Prestigic Holdings off a guide price of £700,000.
Adjacent to College and Highfield Business Parks, 7,332 sq ft Highfield House is set in 2.8 acres of grounds and is currently leased to North Yorkshire County Council.
Commenting on the deal, Carter Towler director David Towler said:
"This is a very fine property with an excellent long term tenant; it also has significant redevelopment potential should the new owners wish to explore that option in the future.
I am delighted for my client with the outcome of this deal."
Coronet House is Fully Let
Carter Towler has just let offices at Coronet House, Queen Street to award-winning IT consultancy, BJSS. The consultancy has taken an additional 6,000 sq ft of ground floor office space at the central Leeds location. Coronet House is now fully let.
BJSS currently employs over 200 people in the Leeds area alone and has operations across the UK and USA.
Commenting on the letting, Richard Fraser said:
"We are delighted that BJSS has taken the remaining space in the building, it’s great to see such a dynamic company doing so well and what’s more they are great neighbours – Carter Towler’s offices on the top floor of Coronet House!"
Stuart Bullock, BJSS board member added:
"The ground floor space at Coronet House adds to the over 21,000 sq ft we already have across the first, second and third floors of the building. We are pleased that Coronet House continues to play a role in BJSS’ expansion."
£2.2m Normanton Factory Purchase
Carter Towler’s investment team has just concluded the £2.2m purchase of a 39,000 sq ft manufacturing unit at Tyler Close, Normanton on behalf of London-based property European investment and asset management company Avignon Capital Limited.
The modern detached facility, adjacent to the A665 Pontefract Road and close to the M62, is currently let to Harvard Engineering, a world leading energy saving lighting manufacturer.
Commenting on the purchase David Towler said:
"This has been a particularly satisfying deal to be involved with, our client Avignon Capital has acquired a very good industrial investment property with an excellent tenant. The price paid, annual income and 8.5% net of costs return together makes this an exceptionally good deal considering the current trading conditions."
Harvard Engineering has a 15 year lease on the property which has a further 10 years to run.
Louis Duffield, Investment Manager at Avignon Capital added:
"We continue to grow our UK portfolio and recognise new acquisition opportunities. Tyler Close was attractive to us as the property is in a strong industrial location, which is also benefiting from further development. It is a large, high quality, recently refurbished industrial warehouse and office facility which is being put to great use by an innovative manufacturing tenant; we are delighted with the purchase."
Oxford Place Letting is Child’s Play
We have just finalised the letting of 5-6 Oxford Place, adjacent to the Town Hall, in Leeds civic district. The impressive, self-contained, 3,930 sq ft, 4 storey building is currently being internally remodelled ready for new tenants, Twinkles Nurseries.
Commenting on the letting, Richard Fraser said:
"There is a shortage of quality children’s day care facilities in the city centre; it’ll be a fantastic addition to the amenities available to families living and working in the city centre."
"Twinkles Nurseries has been a great client to work with, they are a very enlightened and progressive business whose track record in providing top quality early years childcare speaks for itself. They have won a whole host of awards and are growing steadily."
Founded in 2000 by former primary school teacher Jill Johnson, Twinkles has 5 nurseries across North and West Yorkshire. Oxford Place will be the company’s sixth and is due to open in the autumn.
Healthy Move for Pulse
Carter Towler has let the 2nd floor of Fountain House, 4 South Parade to Pulse Healthcare Ltd. The healthcare recruitment agency, who has offices nationwide, has taken a 5 year lease on the 4,995 sq ft office suite.
Carter Towler's Philip Shopland-Reed commented:
"Fountain House is a very impressive building not only because of its imposing Headrow façade and location at the heart of the city centre business district but also because its proximity to the train station, commuter routes as well as shops, restaurants and bars which make it a great place to work.
"Individual office suites and communal areas have all been completely refurbished and are now very smart and contemporary including LED lights throughout. There are however still suites available on the lower ground, ground and first floors."
Industrial Letting Success
Carter Towler has just completed the successful letting of E3 DeVilliers Way, a new build industrial unit, on behalf of fund management company St Bride's Managers.
Global manufacturer, ITT Industries Limited, a subsidiary of ITT Inc, has taken the property on a long term lease and is now gearing up to commence production at the Trident Park, Normanton site later this summer.
ITT Industries is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered, customised solutions for the oil & gas, petrochemical, chemical and industrial markets.
"This has been a fantastic project for Carter Towler, the unit is high spec and in a great location at junction 31 of the M62," explains Josh Holmes.
"Trident Park has a number of top quality tenants including West Yorkshire Police, Bosch Rexroth, SEW Eurodrive and now ITT Industries. St Brides' foresight in forward funding the unit has proved to be a very shrewd business decision; there was a lot of interest in leasing it."
Full House For Industrial Park
Overland Park at Gelderd Road was one of the first industrial parks to be refurbished in the city following the recession. Now the 8.72 acre, 14 unit site is full. The last remaining property has been let to Anchor Bay Construction Products Ltd in a deal brokered by Carter Towler.
The 116,346 sq ft development, on junction 27 of the M62, was refurbished in 2011 by landlord CBRE Global Investors.
Commenting on the letting Josh Holmes said:
"Concluding the final lease with Anchor Bay is really significant because it shows just how far Leeds' industrial property market has come in the last 4 years."
"The business park has been transformed from the previously low grade site it was and is now an impressive modern commercial hub that is full to capacity with flourishing businesses."
Middle Eastern Investor Purchases Zicon House
Carter Towler has just concluded the purchase of Zicon House, Wade Lane, Leeds on behalf of a Middle Eastern investor who has plans to convert the 3 storey 23,000 sq ft office block into apartments.
Adjacent to the Merrion Centre and close to the First Direct Arena, Zicon House was purchased off a guide price of £2.3m. Permitted Development Rights have already been granted for 65 studio and one bedroom apartment scheme.
Commenting on the deal, Carter Towler director David Towler said:
"This is the seventh deal we have done with Leeds-based property company YPP who represent this client and we are thrilled with the successful outcome of this particular deal. We had to act quickly to tackle one or two challenges including negotiating the removal of a restrictive user covenant. The market is very buoyant at the moment; there was a lot of competition."
Plans to convert the building from office to residential use have been made possible by the Government's relaxation of the planning regulations in the form of temporary permitted development rights. These changes have facilitated a raft of conversions and have contributed considerably to the vibrancy of the city centre. There is now a plethora of new private and student living accommodation under development.
Abdulaziz Al-Nujaifi of YPP added on behalf of the purchasers:
"Leeds is a prosperous city and the area around the Arena has a great deal of potential. Our other developments in the city have been very well received; indeed Q One, formerly Brunswick Point, which is adjacent to Zicon House and which we recently completed, is now fully let and occupied."
"We are already seeing significant new investment in the hotels, restaurants, bars and shops close to Zicon House and are confident our apartments will provide very attractive and conveniently located homes for people working or studying in the city centre.
Sheffield Dairy Site Sale
Carter Towler has successfully overseen the sale of a former dairy in Sheffield on behalf of Co-Operative Estates.
The 1.58 acre Hemsworth Road site, which has planning permission, consists of a variety of buildings including single storey structures and a two-storey farmhouse. The site has been purchased off a guide price of £1m by Bracken Burrows Ltd, a Sheffield-based developer who plans to retain and refurbish the farm dwelling and build an additional 13 new homes.
Commenting on the sale David Towler said:
"The site was one of the Co-op's original dairy facilities; it is in a very nice location just 4 miles south of the city centre and surrounded by lots of green space including playing fields, a golf course and the Peak District National Park is just a few miles away. It's good to see the site being revitalised."
Celebrations Come in Threes
We are delighted to announce a trio of promotions at Carter Towler.
Josh Holmes is now an Associate Director, achieving this senior position at a relatively young age is testament to his hard work and the outstanding contribution he is making to the business.
Steve Spittlehouse has been promoted and is now an Associate Surveyor. A dedicated member of our Management department, Steve's promotion reflects his long term commitment to Carter Towler and the increasingly important role he is undertaking.
And last but by no means least, Mark Green, who recently switched teams - transferring from Management to Landlord and Tenant - is making fantastic progress and has been promoted to Associate Surveyor.
Hearty congratulations to the three of you...and indeed to the whole of the company. We have just found out that we have won three awards. Firstly Estates Gazette's Yorkshire Overall Regional Deals Winner. On top of that Josh has been named North and West Yorkshire Deal Maker and third, we have retained our EGi North & West Yorkshire Deals Winner title - for the 9th consecutive year!
Commenting on the recent successes Ian Greenwood said:
"We have been incredibly busy and I am extremely grateful to everyone at Carter Towler for all their hard work."
"The commitment everybody has put in to making sure we provide the very best service for our clients has been exceptional. We have a number of new staff and newly promoted staff who have got stuck into their new roles and are providing very valuable additional support."
Property Investment Expands Portfolio
Acting on behalf of long standing client Beltowin Estates Ltd, Carter Towler has successfully concluded the purchase of a 3000 sq ft retail unit and small redevelopment plot in Manchester.
Currently leased to One Stop Stores Ltd for a term of 15 years, Beltowin paid £325,000 for the recently refurbished property on Moston Lane East, Manchester.
Commenting on the deal, David Towler said:
"This is a great property investment for Beltowin for a number of reasons. The property is in a good location, is let to a high quality tenant on a long FRI lease and includes a small site for development. We agreed a good price which represents a net initial return of 7.35%."
West Yorkshire-based Beltowin Estates has been a client of Carter Towler's for many years. Our management and investment departments look after the company's portfolio of properties throughout Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Carter Towler have successfully concluded a sale of the former Head Office of J M Glendinning Group in Park Road Guiseley off an asking price of £650,000.
Airedale House comprises some 5,400 sq ft of high quality air conditioned offices with parking. The property has been sold following a successful change of use application to The Ashley Gospel Hall Trust.
J M Glendinning Group CEO, Paul Glendinning, commented:
"The rapid expansion of our business necessitated a relocation to our new Head Office, Elmwood House in Guiseley. Airedale House became surplus to our needs but hit the market at a challenging time. The Agency team at Carter Towler showed great patience and perseverance in getting the sale over the line. We're delighted with the outcome."
Middlesbrough Industrial Park Is Fully Let
Carter Towler's Property Management team is celebrating the conclusion of an intensive 30 month project - the revamping and letting of a 9 unit industrial park in Middlesbrough.
Since being appointed in 2013 by client Bawnmeadows Properties, we have systematically upgraded the entire 15,492 sq ft freehold Murdoch Road site at Skippers Lane Industrial Estate close to the A66.
All brickwork, roofing and exterior fittings have been repaired or replaced and additional improvements such as on-site security and monthly maintenance services are also being provided.
Property Manager, Heather Aspin commented:
"The industrial park was purchased by our client from the Receiver and was in a rather sorry state. Now it has been transformed and is attracting a lot of interest from local businesses looking for smart and flexible premises. It's really satisfying to see the estate fully let and bustling with activity."
Our Office Agency team has just successfully pre-let offices in Headingley to marketing company, Principles Agency.
Acting on behalf of property development and investment business, ATC Properties, Carter Towler has negotiated a 6 year lease on 8,900 sq ft at White Rose House, Otley Road. Previously let to Leeds City Council, the suite of offices has been extensively refurbished.
David Barrass, ATC Properties Managing Director said:
"I am delighted with our new tenants. Principles is a very well established business with an excellent reputation."
"Two other premises were shortlisted alongside White Rose House but the plethora of local amenities really worked in our favour. Headingley's vibrant shopping, cafe and bar scene clinched the deal."
Carter Towler's Richard Fraser concludes:
"Headingley has always been a popular choice for businesses in the marketing sector and Principles move from Roundhay really consolidates that."
Staying Local Makes Sense
Electrical goods company Hisense has taken 5,100 sq ft of offices at Meadow Court, Millshaw, Leeds 11. The company is the UK-subsidiary of one of the world's biggest manufacturers of flat screen TVs, smart phones and household appliances. It had outgrown its original premises just a stone's throw away.
Commenting on the relocation Richard Fraser said:
"Hisense was very happy with its location; Millshaw is so close to the motorway and city centre, as well as being handy for a number of retail parks along the outer ring road such as White Rose but they needed more space. These top quality offices were available at competitive rates and a lease for 5 years has been agreed."
Meadow Court is a courtyard style development of 5 modern two storey brick office buildings.
Thompsons Solicitors Relocate
Acting on behalf of one of Schroder's office investment funds Carter Towler's Office Agency team has just concluded a deal with Thompsons Solicitors LLP. The legal practice has offices across the country and was looking to relocate its established Leeds team.
Following a thorough search, Thompsons selected the recently refurbished 7,250 sq ft ground floor office suite at Coverdale House on East Parade in Leeds City Centre.
Commenting on the relocation Richard Fraser said:
"It's always great working with thriving companies that need new premises and we are particularly pleased with Thompsons' choice. The offices and the location are perfect for them; they're in the heart of the legal/business district and are complemented by an excellent range of shops, cafes and transport links."
Green Light for Ambulance Manufacturer
Acting as advisors for Axa Real Estate Investment Managers Ltd, our Industrial department has successfully managed the sale of a 28,500 sq ft warehouse at Commondale Way, adjacent to the M606 in Bradford.
Following a brief marketing campaign which attracted three interested parties, Carter Towler has agreed a deal with Huddersfield vehicle conversion company VCS Ltd.
Commenting on the sale Josh Holmes said:
This was a great project to work on, both the client and the purchaser are really pleased with the outcome, and so are we.
"VSC has won a number of significant new contracts for its police and ambulance vehicle conversions in recent months and needed additional design and production facilities. It's good to see a local manufacturing company doing so well."
Our Office Agency team has successfully let 8,700 sq ft at No. 1 Trevelyan Square to the Department of Health.
Situated just off Boar Lane and opposite Trinity Leeds, the offices will facilitate the government department's expansion. The third floor space has been leased for 3 years.
Commenting on the deal Richard Fraser said:
"Trevelyan Square is a very attractive courtyard of fabulous buildings - this is one of the oldest squares in the city centre. The building is very well maintained and provides those working there with easy access to car parks, the station and of course all the city centre amenities are right on the door step."
New Leeds HQ for Beauty Brand
On behalf of Caddick Developments Limited and Prose Investments Limited we have just completed a new letting to High Definition Group who has taken a 5 year lease on premises at Rose Wharf, Leeds.
The 7,000 sq ft Riverside Suite will be the UK headquarters for the rapidly expanding eyebrow treatment brand which was originally founded in South Elmsall in 2008.
Joanne Kennedy, High Definition Group Managing Director commented:
"Our investment in these premises is about building the future of the High Definition brand. We have been able to create a space that not only meets our needs but importantly creates a statement about the kind of business we are: ambitious, forward-thinking, and well established, with a timeless, elegant edge."
The landmark building is an award winning conversion of a Grade II former flax mill, providing large, light and character-full office space.
Property Management Success
Carter Towler's Property Management team have also been celebrating. A private client has instructed us to provide a full property management service for 32 properties across Yorkshire and the North of England. The properties are both stand alone and multi-let and include retail, leisure, office and industrial units.
Commenting on the contract, Tim Towler said:
"This is a fantastic piece of business for Carter Towler because it not only draws on our knowledge and experience in property management, rent collection, maintenance and service charge administration, but also draws on the full breadth of other services we provide, including lettings, professional rent review and lease renewal work and refurbishment. The work extends beyond what is usually considered to be our normal geographical reach, the Yorkshire Heartland, into Lancashire and the Midlands."
"As well as looking after all aspects of managing the occupied properties in the portfolio, we will also be assisting the clients with income stream solutions on a small number of unoccupied units."
'Deal of the Year' Winners
Carter Towler is delighted to have scooped the Yorkshire Business Insider Property Deal of the Year award for its work in marketing and letting of the XL industrial park at Link 62 Normanton.
Working on behalf of developers, Marshall CDP, the 525,000 sq ft development represents the biggest single property let in the company's history.
Ian Greenwood commented:
"We are especially proud of this deal not only because of the sheer scale - at 525,000 sq ft this is one of the biggest industrial properties in the region - but also because of the excellent working relationships fostered between all parties.
"Working closely with joint marketing agents CBRE, we have managed to secure a fantastic tenant, Poundworld Retail Limited, who will be opening a new distribution centre and creating 300 new jobs as part of its ambitious expansion plans."
The bargain retailer was keen to enhance distribution capabilities here in its Yorkshire heartland. We let them their 215,000 sq ft warehouse facility at Axis 62 (adjacent to Link 62) five years ago and we are delighted to be working together again now.
Axa Purchases John Lewis Warehouse
Carter Towler acted as advisors to Axa's UK Long Lease Property Fund in the £6.2m purchase of the 50,500 sq ft state-of-the-art John Lewis distribution warehouse now being built at Logic Leeds.
Sold by Muse Developments, work has started on the customer delivery hub and is scheduled to be completed early next year. John Lewis has signed a 20 year lease for the new facility which will service orders from the York and new Leeds stores.
Commenting on the deal Ian Greenwood said:
"This has been an exceptional project on many levels for Carter Towler. Working with one of the UK's favourite retail brands and one of the biggest property funds is a real coup. The market is highly competitive and we've managed to broker a fantastic forward funding deal which is a great result."
Fit for a King
The Office Agency team have just completed a letting on the second floor within Carlton Tower on St Paul's Street in the heart of the office core of the city centre.
Following a wide search around the city for new premises, Cartwright King Solicitors ended up choosing Carlton Tower over the competing buildings and signed a new 10 year lease on 2,600 sq ft.
With an additional 1,250 sq ft also under offer in the building this just now leaves the last remaining suite on the fifth floor.
Bruntclife Trading Estate, Morley
Carter Towler have completed the sale of the 89,000 sq ft Bruntcliffe Trading Estate to Kass Bathroom Products on behalf of their client Beach Front Properties.
The estate was fully refurbished prior to the sale, a project which was managed by James Gibson of Carter Towler's Building Consultancy team.
Kass Bathrooms are to occupy circa 55,000 sq ft of the estate and have agreed to let the remainder to Viamaster in another deal that was brokered by Carter Towler.
Josh Holmes, who put the deal together, commented:
"Kass had been looking for a freehold opportunity in South Leeds for a long time and Bruntcliffe presented a perfect opportunity for them with expansion space to move into as their business continues to grow. The freehold market is going from strength to strength and with a lack of available product we are seeing a lot of interest when we put a freehold unit on the market."
Double Brace Of Deals For Carter Towler Office Agency Team
Following a number of deals completing within a matter of weeks, 31/32 Park Row is now 90% let with only two suites remaining in the building.
Two existing tenants within the building took expansion space, with Event Genius relocating to the first floor into 3,175 sq ft and the Cordant Group taking two more suites totalling 1,785 sq ft.
Front Row Legal relocated from The Round Foundry Media Centre and now occupy 1,375 sq ft on the third floor. In addition to these lettings another suite of 1,270 sq ft is under offer to a recruitment firm.
The landlord, Aegon, has invested in the building and the much needed refurbishment upgrade is now reaping the reward with this letting success.
Winners of 'Best Small Agency'
In the category for firms with less than 20 partners, Carter Towler has won 'Best Small Agency Practice' at the recent Yorkshire Property Awards 2015.
The awards which represent the industry's 'premier awards' ceremony recognised Carter Towler as having 'a long track record of knowing its market'.
The awards help raise essential funds for Variety, the Children's Charity, to improve the lives of disadvantaged children throughout Yorkshire.
15,000 Sq Ft Supermarket Let!
Acting on behalf of the Co-operative Group we have recently completed the letting of a 15,000 sq ft supermarket in Grimsby Town Centre to discount retailer Poundland.
Anthony Jackson commented:
"We worked very hard to secure Poundland for our client. The letting emphasises the continued appetite in the discount retailer market for additional stores"
Design and Build Deal Agreed at Trident Park
Acting on behalf of the developer, Commercial Development Projects, Carter Towler have agreed another design and build deal on the enduringly popular Trident Park, Normanton.
Wakefield District Housing have signed a Design and Build contract to take a 38,000 sq ft warehouse on Rosie Road from which to base their operations.
Ian Greenwood commented:
"Wakefield District Housing saw the quality of the speculatively developed Unit C Rosie Road which was snapped up by Speedy Hire prior to completion. They follow in the footsteps of a number of major regional and international occupiers that have decided to locate themselves at Trident Park, including Bosch Rexroth, Fyffes, SEW and Forza."
There are still a couple of plots left at Trident Park and other development opportunities exist within the area. For further information please contact Ian Greenwood.
The Office Agency team have had a successful run of lettings at The Bourse in the centre of Leeds in the first quarter of 2015.
Following an extensive search to relocate from the building, Robert Half, an existing tenant in the building, agreed a new 5 year deal on the ground floor of No.2 Sterling House.
In February, Microdentistry, an Italian specialist dentistry practice, signed a new 20 year lease on the first floor of No.1 Equity House after an extensive search of the city centre. The Bourse will be their first premises in the UK. The third deal to complete was a letting on the 2nd floor of No.1 Equity House where a niche recruitment firm, NJP Selection, took 1,500 sq ft on a new 5 year term.
This now leaves only two vacant offices to let in the building ranging from 1,000 to 2,600 sq ft.
For the 8th year in a row our Agency team have been confirmed as the most Active Agents in North and West Yorkshire in the latest EGi Deals Competition.
In addition to the overall award, Josh Holmes in our Industrial Agency team, was awarded "Deal Maker" of the year and our Office Agency team were confirmed as the Most Active Office Agents in Yorkshire. All 3 of these much coveted awards are based on actual deals done and reflect our continued ability to deliver results in a very competitive market.
Leeds's Largest Out-of-Town Office Deal of 2014
Acting on behalf of Rushbond Plc we have recently completed Leeds's largest out-of-town office deal of 2014 after letting a newly refurbished 5 storey building, extending to 24,000 sq ft, to global digital marketing agency Search Laboratory.
The building, known as Blokhaus, is a landmark building fronting onto the Leeds Outer Ring Road at West Park, Horsforth.
Refurbishment works had only just started when we latched onto the requirement from Search Laboratory and we quickly negotiated Heads of Terms in order that both parties could legally commit to the transaction whilst the refurbishment works were still ongoing.
Our joint agent was Jones Lang LaSalle.
New Handelsbanken Acquisition
Acting on behalf of Handelsbanken we have recently acquired 8,300 sq ft of prime Grade A office accommodation in No. 1 Whitehall Riverside.
We were instructed to search for and acquire new premises suitable for the new Yorkshire and North East regional head office for Handelsbanken. Having identified No. 1 Whitehall Riverside as the best existing Grade A city centre office building currently available we successfully negotiated to acquire 8,300 sq ft on the 4th floor by way of a new 10 year lease at a new record headline Grade A rent in Leeds of £26 per sq ft.
Our client, Simon Lodge of Handelsbanken, said. "We are really pleased to have secured space in No. 1 Whitehall Riverside. It is the best building for all our business needs and we are pleased to commit to a long term lease".
Good Quarter for Office Agency
The 4th quarter of 2014 proved to be a good quarter for the Office Agency team at Carter Towler. As well as acquiring over 8,000 sq ft for a new Handelsbanken regional office we let nearly 25,000 sq ft in just four separate transactions involving both city centre and out-of-town buildings.
A floor of Stockdale House at Headingley Office Park was let to Bartfield Accountants (7,018 sq ft) and a floor in Coronet House on Queen Street in Leeds city centre comprising 6,990 sq ft was let to BJSS.
We also let two self-contained office buildings at Airedale House, Guiseley and 93 Water Lane, Holbeck to Shipley Hydroponics and This Is My respectively with each building providing approaching 5,500 sq ft.
Watch this space for the announcement of further lettings in Q1 2015!
Leisure Lettings in Leeds City Centre
Our Retail Agency team have recently completed 3 key leisure lettings in Leeds City Centre.
American burger chain Five Guys and Bristol based restaurant chain Pieminister have both taken new units on Duncan Street. In addition craft beer bar chain BrewDog have taken 4,000 sq.ft in Crispin Lofts on North Street.
Anthony Jackson, Director in Retail Agency commented:
"We are delighted to secure these 3 lettings which will provide great additions to the city's vibrant and expanding leisure scene".
Carter Towler have been appointed alongside JLL to market the newly refurbished Unit D, Latchmore Park, Leeds on behalf of Eskmuir Group.
Unit D comprises 51,550 sq ft of newly refurbished modern industrial/warehouse accommodation that has been finished to an exceptionally high standard.
Josh Holmes, Associate in Industrial Agency, commented:
"There is a real shortage of supply in the West Yorkshire market for warehouses of the size and quality of Unit D Latchmore Park. We have already received good interest in the building and we had a very positive response from the Leeds industrial agents at our marketing launch last week".