Category Archive: Development

George F. White Makes Multiple Hires and Promotions in Push for Growth

A leading North East property consultancy has expanded its 70+ strong team with the recruitment of seven roles over the last five months as well as three graduates becoming fully qualified chartered surveyors in the last week.

George F. White is experiencing strong growth following the recent launch of a new office, with a fully serviced team, in Durham and partner appointment of Andrew Creighton as head of commercial.

Robyn Peat, managing partner at George F. White, said: “Despite the pandemic-induced challenges, the business has grown steadily this year and we’ve continued to expand our vast range of property, planning and development services, to help meet specific client needs”.

“The team has grown by 10% in the last five months, we’ve taken on a range of new clients in sectors such as architecture, farm business and commercial, and we’ve opened a new office in Durham due to increased demand in the area for housing, planning and farming advice.”

Development surveyor Rhys Jones, commercial surveyor Victoria Huntley and Ellie Exelby, a rural surveyor, are now fully qualified RICS Chartered Surveyors who bring a diverse mix of skills to the consultancy reflecting the expansion of the range of services provided by George F. White.

Jones and Huntley are based in George F. White’s Newcastle office, but operate across the region, and Exelby works out of the consultancy’s Yorkshire office.

Peat added: “It’s great to see Ellie, Rhys and Victoria become qualified surveyors; our record with APC students is something I am very proud of and I look forward to them continuing to develop and grow within the business. They bring to the business the kind of specialist skills we need as we continue to bolster our presence in the region and beyond”.

“While we offer a vast range of diverse and structured consultancy support, it’s also vital to provide specific expertise in each of these areas too”.
“It’s what our clients deserve, and expect, in a turbulent environment with ever changing legislation and regulations.

“We’re here to inform, advise and guide businesses to help them weather some of the toughest conditions they’ll ever experience, and create opportunity at a time of adversity.”

To talk to our team please call 0333 920 2220.

The Future of the Property Market

 

2020 has been a year of uncertainty in many ways and that includes those in the property market. Whether you are buying or selling your home, a residential or commercial landlord or your interests lie within the rural sector you will no doubt be considering what lies ahead for the property market.

Join our panel of experts at 4:00pm on Wednesday 9th December as they share their thoughts on the future of the property market. For more details and to register click here.

 

 

Leading property group opens new Durham office

We are delighted to announce the opening of a new office in the city of Durham to support our continued growth and market dominance in the region.

In the latest expansion for George F. White, with existing offices across the North East and North Yorkshire including Alnwick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bedale, and Barnard Castle, our new office is based at Durham Workspace in Pity Me.

Managing Partner Robyn Peat alongside partner Elliot Taylor alongside a core team will be based at the office providing key consultancy services primarily focused on high-end residential sales and lettings as well as farm business services. This key move for the company includes the appointment of Melissa Lines, who will head up residential sales for Durham City Centre the consultancy’s high-end property offering.

Robyn Peat, Managing Partner at George F. White, said: “Like every property consultancy across the country, we’ve had to adapt to current market needs and try and stay one step ahead so that we can provide the type of services clients want and need.”

“The new office is a strategic move for us as we’ve identified a gap in the market due to client demand. We’re delighted to set up an office in Durham. It has a strong community feel and some beautiful homes, with a perfect mix of urban infrastructure and fantastic countryside on your doorstep.”

September 2020’s House Index Report revealed that the value of ‘second stepper’ three or four-bedroom homes in the North has reached a new record of £291,618, as more buyers seek larger homes. Compared to the same period last year, sales of second stepper homes are 55% higher demonstrating how strong the market is, despite COVID-19 challenges.

The George F. White office will provide a full range of land and property consultancy services including building surveying, planning, development, architectural, commercial, rural professional, and farm business consultancy services.

Robyn continues: “The Durham office is a key highlight of 2020 and despite the disruption we’ve experienced due to the current pandemic, it’s shaping up to be a pivotal year for us.”

“We have continued to push ahead with our growth plans and our long-established reputation and expert team ensure we’re best placed to increase our commercial strength in the region’s land and property market.”

Contact us today on 0333 920 2220.

Planning for the Future

The planning system has recently hit the press with the Government’s publication of their consultation document ‘Planning for the Future’. The degree to which the proposed radical changes materialise will remain to be seen, but things are going to change.

It is encouraging to see that there is a greater emphasis on recognising quality development, simplifying the planning process, and trying to remove some of the hurdles that cause frustration throughout.  However, there are concerns over the potential for increased landowner contributions for affordable housing and infrastructure.

As the headlines fade and the Government proposals get watered down, our advice is clear: Consider your options now, agree on a strategy and a budget to suit you, then act and respond appropriately.

The last major change in 2012 saw significant opportunities for our client base and those who were best prepared made the most of the opportunities.

In response to the consultation, we are currently offering a free planning appraisal service to clients with land and property which may have development potential, identifying development potential and suggest strategies for making the most of the forthcoming changes.

To arrange your free appraisal, please click here to provide your name, contact number, and details of the property and a member of our specialist planning team will be in touch.

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