Free Training Programme Offers Lifeline For Covid Job Losses

Leading property training business, Your Freedom Empire, is rolling out a free initiative designed to help those who have lost their job during the Coronavirus pandemic to find work once more. The Midlands-based company has launched its ‘YFE COVID-19 Support Package’, which aims to deliver high-level mentoring to people who have been made redundant following furlough, experienced job cuts or had to leave work to care for someone who has been ill. The training will be delivered by Your Freedom Empire founders Hayley and Paul Andrews – who between them boast over two decades’ experience in investing in the UK

Residential property expert Centrick secures £400k grant for cladding

Centrick's Group Managing Director Phil Johns in front of Birmingham city centre's buildings discussing cladding

Residential property expert, Centrick, has become one of the first in the region to secure remuneration as part of the government’s cladding £1billion building safety fund. Receiving £400k on behalf of its client – a 227 unit development in Birmingham – the money negotiated by Centrick will cover the costs of replacing the building’s cladding to updated safety specifications, as well as recovering legal, professional and survey fees for the leaseholders. The money secured will be put directly into replacing the external façade on the building with Euroclass-A rated materials, in a process that involved removing the current render and

CENTRICK SECURES HIGH STREET SPACE FOR CHINESE SUPERMARKET IN SELLY OAK

A Chinese supermarket, complete with accommodation above, is set to open in the heart of Birmingham’s student village following a major deal secured by Centrick Commercial. A welcome addition to the vibrant Selly Oak high street, the unit will be the latest home for Taste Chinese Supermarket, secured with rent in excess of the £80,000 a year guide price. The 3,850 sq. ft. site, situated at the junction of Bristol Road South and Harrow Road in Selly Oak, has been let to business owner Jiang Young Feng. Having already established a number of similar developments in Leeds, this will be

CENTRICK OPENS THE DOOR TO NEW DIRECTOR

Centrick has continued to cement its place in the property industry with the expansion of its team; the property specialist is welcoming two new members, including most notably Sarah Hammond as it new Estate Management Director. With over 20 years’ experience working in the residential property industry – including director level roles at Mainstay Residential – Sarah already feels at home with Centrick. Her latest position will involve overseeing its portfolio of more than 250 estate management properties, focusing on bringing the highest level of customer service to its 10,000 plus residents. One of the leading managing agents in the

CENTRICK MOVES IN TO COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SECTOR WITH ACQUISITION OF ANDREW GRANT COMMERCIAL

The region’s leading residential property expert, Centrick, is making a home for itself in the commercial property sector with its buyout of Andrew Grant Commercial. Creating a new branch of the business operating under the title Centrick Commercial, the team will oversee an extensive portfolio of property lettings and sales instructions, alongside numerous rent reviews, lease renewals, and Red Book Valuations. Following the introduction of the deal by Ben Ackrill at Strava Consulting, Centrick acquired Andrew Grant Commercial, a division bought out of the Andrew Grant LLP, which entered administration in June. The deal sees its full team move across to Centrick Commercial, including three chartered surveyors and commercial property consultant with a combined 120

POST-LOCKDOWN PROPERTY INDUSTRY: HOW DO WE UNLOCK THE NEW NORMAL?

Centrick - The New Normal for Property post-lockdown

With the latest government guidance signalling that the property industry can start transitioning into the next phase of operating during Covid-19, residential property expert Centrick has started to build what the ‘new normal’ looks like. Putting the focus on the safety of its customers and its employees, Centrick is instigating a way of working that it hopes will keep the market moving. Ensuring that the members of its team that can work remotely remain at home, this latest move will see the likes of site inspection staff and estate agents transition back to work. Phasing this in by allowing by-appointment-only

VIRTUAL VIEWINGS ARE THE KEY TO SUCCESS AT CENTRICK

Centrick Virtual Viewings

Residential property expert, Centrick, has unlocked the key to success after launching virtual viewings in the wake of Covid-19. Just three weeks after offering renters and buyers the chance to see properties via their screen, the estate agent has already secured 42 new tenancies through the service. As the UK headed into lockdown, Centrick mobilised its team to roll-out a brand-new ‘virtual viewings’ service, just in time for stricter social distancing and self-isolation measures. Covering over 140 properties in its portfolio – including both those to rent and to buy – initial success has seen Centrick convert 100% of virtual

CENTRICK LAYS FOUNDATIONS FOR STELLAR 2020 WITH BRINDLEY HOUSE INSTRUCTION

Centrick

Leading property specialist, Centrick, is building on its success with its first Estate Management instruction of the decade, adding Brindley House to its ever-expanding portfolio. The development – which boasts 182 state-of-the-art apartments right in the heart of Birmingham – will see Centrick’s expert ARMA-accredited Estate Management team at the helm, taking over as the managing agent for its leaseholders.  Kick-starting Centrick’s 2020 instructions, Brindley House undeniably cements Centrick’s reputation as one of the leading managing agents in the region. Adding almost 200 additional units to its books, the city-centre asset further strengthens its impressive residential property offering: currently, Centrick manages over 10,000

IA ARCHITECT BEGINS BUILDING BIRMINGHAM’S FUTURE

Intervention Architecture’s (IA) project architect Marina Strotz, who is behind some of the city’s most exciting design projects, has been announced as the new President of the Birmingham Architectural Association. Building on two years as Vice President, where she was pivotal to making the group the most successful RIBA chapter in the UK outside of London, she is focused on the big opportunities that the city’s current property boom brings to the industry.  The newly appointed president has formed an all-female team to lead Birmingham Architectural Association (BAA), which was founded in 1874. Now at the helm, Marina is joined by Vice President

SUCCESS FOR INTERVENTION ARCHITECTURE AT WEST MIDLANDS PROPERTY AWARDS

Intervention Architecture

Birmingham-based Intervention Architecture is building its national reputation and its trophy cabinet, having been named the ‘Architects Practice of the Year’ at the West Midlands Property Awards. The RIBA chartered architecture and design studio received the prestigious accolade on the back of a terrific 12 months, which has seen team growth, increased turnover, and the signing of its biggest project to date. The five-strong interdisciplinary team took home the award for its depth and breadth of knowledge, experience, and implementation across the region. This ranged from highly design-focused projects including the design and fit-out of both The Whisky Club and