Property Requirements

Acquiring sites now for 2019 with or without planning permission

If you’ve got something to sell we want to hear from you


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All property development and investment sectors are of interest, in particular we’re looking for residential development land, student accommodation, co-living, build to rent / PRS, city centre regeneration, city and suburban retail, industrial, warehouse, and roadside A3.

We don’t mind if the property doesn’t have planning permission. In fact, we often prefer to create our own schemes or find ways to enhance or change an existing planning permission.

We have an excellent design and development team that has an enviable track record of creating value where others see problems.

We do not rely on bank finance, and usually buy properties subject only to legal searches so that you can receive quick payment on completion.

Introduction fees are available for opportunities that we are not aware of.

Development Sites

We urgently need land and buildings which are suitable for development.

Greenfield or brownfield sites are equally attractive to us.

We love city centres, university campuses, suburbs and former pit villages.

We will consider sites with or without planning permission. 


Investment Property

Property with a rental income of £50k – £500k pa with a minimum of 5 years remaining on the lease.

Yields will normally be in excess of 8% outside London and over 6% within the M25.

Exceptional properties are always of interest regardless of the yield, price, or location.

What’s that light at the end of the tunnel?

What’s that light at the end of the tunnel?

This article was originally written by Tony for the Hull  & Humber Chamber of Commerce in Summer 2013. There’s no denying that construction has been hit harder than most industries by the downturn, and our region has certainly had it worse than most. The health of...

Hyde Park Flats Sheffield 1988

Hyde Park Flats Sheffield 1988

While rooting through the image library this photograph turned up. It's of the Hyde Park Flats complex in Sheffield in about 1988, taken for a long forgotten college assignment. It's a dramatic (if grainy) image that shows how aspirations for public housing have...

An alternative Moor

An alternative Moor

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Housebuilding showing some signs of life

Along with the improved weather, April saw some encouraging indicators that life some is being breathed back into the new homes market from the unprecedented lows seen over the last two years. During the first quarter of 2010 a total of 31,038 new homes were...

Search for new office premises under way

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or; Does a client really need a building? Back in the 90's, when I designed buildings for a living with Crampin and Pring Architects, we had a client, Tim Hopwell, He owned a frozen food distribution business and had a string of cold stores around the UK. Hopwell's...

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The unprecedented fines levied by the Office of Fair Trading on the 103 building companies declared guilty of involvement in cover pricing has sent a shock wave through a construction industry already reeling from the worst recession in memory. With individual fines...

Window of opportunity to drive extreme value from projects

The Building Cost Information Service are reporting that tender prices are not expected to return to pre-recession levels in the next five years. The next two few years were always expected to be tough but they predict that prices will continue to fall until growth...

OFT cover pricing investigation results

After five years the Office of Fair Trading has released a press statement and published the outcome of the investigation into cover pricing. The wording is interesting because while enormous fines have been issued, and the firms involved have undoubtedly been in...

BPF says that town centre life support plan is not enough

Retail spend has experienced something of a mixed bag recently with some high street traders like Next seeing reasonable increases in profits alongside the supermarkets while French Connection and John Lewis are manning the barricades in the face of worsening figures....

… and the bees stole the show

… and the bees stole the show

I had a great opportunity to attend the From Bees to Best Practice event organised by BITC at the beautiful Temple Newson near Leeds. That's me far right, dressed to kill! The purpose was serious though. The speaker from Leeds Beekeepers outlined the issues around...

Simple ways to make your project meetings more effective

People usually fall into two categories - those who enjoy project meetings and those who hate them. Both sets of people are right. The opportunity to get together with the rest of the project team is one of the most valuable events that you can schedule, but they have...

Unite go ahead with new 3rd party investment

There is a some good news in the student accommodation sector as Unite PLC sign up to a joint venture with the Bahrainian Oasis Capital Bank. They will fund the development of three new student accommodation properties in London with a completed value of £194m. For...

5 planning pitfalls to avoid

All too often when we get carried away on a wave of enthusiasm for a new project but there are lots of traps for the unwary seeking a planning permission for their property. These five common pitfalls are all too easy to fall into, especially when you are...