A new dawn for Liverpool’s historic leather-works site

A new dawn for Liverpool’s historic leather-works site

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  • Surrenden Invest launches Liverpool’s iconic new development, The Tannery
  • Historic Tannery enjoys prime spot in Liverpool’s most desirable area
  • 6% NET yield & long-term growth projections appeal to domestic and international investors alike

In 1899 three brothers named Boston founded the Garston Tanning Company in Liverpool’s Garston, Merseyside.

The company would provide leather hides for the automotive, furniture, shoe and fancy leather goods industries.  The family-run business opened its processing factory on Garston’s King Street and over the next 100 years employed generations of local families.

In its heyday, Garston’s Tanning Company was one the largest producers of leather upholstery for the European car trade and one of the most important leather goods producers in the UK, handling about 12,000 hides per week.  In 1971 Garston’s installed one of the largest tannery drums in the world on its factory floor.

In the late 1970s jobs began to dwindle as foreign manufacturers took up the lion’s share of available raw materials. In 1999 Scottish Leather bought Garston’s, and seven years later the tannery on Kings Street was finally closed due to a downturn in sales, thus ending over 100 years of tradition and dedicated family craftsmanship.

The old tannery site stood derelict for the next decade until it was taken over by developer the Vinco Group to be transformed into 106 residential studio apartments, 136 one-bed and 139 two-bed apartments which comprise the luxury site today.

The Tannery, exclusively available from investment agency Surrenden Invest, enjoys a prime position in Liverpool’s L3 postcode area to the north of the city centre.  It is just 1.1 miles from the 125-acre Ten Streets regeneration project, which is set to create some 2,500 jobs, as well as being close to the £150m Great Homer Street regeneration scheme (known as the Jennifer Project), with its flagship new Sainsbury’s superstore and extensive retail offering.

This historic, once industrial part of town is rapidly becoming one of the most desirable and trendy investment locations in Liverpool, with The Tannery standing out as an iconic building on one of the most covetable roads in the city.

The building’s design draws from the site’s history as a tannery. Folded aluminium panels resemble the hanged leather that the site’s original building once housed, while horizontal breaks in the façade represent the leather press.

“We are delighted to be able to offer our clients a brand-new opportunity which far surpasses anything else previously available in the Liverpool area. This project delivers the design, specification and quality formerly limited to large capital cities such as London.  Not only that, but we are very proud to have been able to contribute to the bringing back to life of an important corner of the city which has a fascinating socio-cultural history.”

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest

Apartments at The Tannery will offer bright, contemporary residences that blend spacious, private accommodation with extremely well designed communal areas and amenities. Facilities such as 24hr concierge, on-site gym, laundry facilities and underground secure parking are just some of the comforts which come as standard. Impressive views over the city centre complement modern interiors, designed to offer both comfort and contemporary appeal to urban residents.

Liverpool itself is packed with attractions which have contributed to its ranking as one of the UK’s top 5 visitor destinations.  The city has also been enjoying sustained property price rises, with data from Zoopla showing an increase in home values of 5.52% over the past year and of 28.35% over the past five years.

Prices at The Tannery start from £85,000 with net rental yields estimated at 6.0%. 

For more information contact www.surrendeninvest.com
London office: 0203 3726 499
Liverpool office: 0151 3477 459
Email: info@surrendeninvest.com

The rise of Surrenden Invest

The rise of Surrenden Invest

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  • Surrenden Invest announces expansion of business to Liverpool and Manchester
  • Investment agency becomes the ‘go to’ consultancy for buy-to-let property investment
  • Surrenden Invest attributes success to client trust and holistic approach to property investment

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director of Surrenden Invest, started out with a very different vision for his future.

From a young age, Jonathan showed a keen interest and skill in professional equestrianism. He had thought this would be his lifelong career, but injury meant this wasn’t to be the case. Instead, Jonathan directed all his competitive spirit and drive to succeed into a career in the property investment sector.

From his first role in property investment in 2007, Jonathan worked his way up and gained vast experience within the industry before attaining all the skills required to open a consultancy of his own, Surrenden Invest, in 2015.

Three years later, Surrenden Invest enjoys a superb track record of working with some of the largest developers and housebuilders in the UK. It has established numerous professional partnerships and relationships to present its valued clients with off-market investment deals that would typically only be obtainable to institutional investors. This is one of the many reasons that Surrenden Invest has become the ‘go to’ consultancy for UK property investment.

Surrenden Invest offers a rounded approach to property investment, allowing its investors to entrust the day-to-day running of their portfolio to the in-house management team, which is comprised of a mixture of financial and property professionals. For those investors who prefer to do it themselves, they too can benefit from the advice and experience of the multi-talented team.

Over the three years since its foundation, Surrenden Invest has launched 38 developments, in 9 towns and cities in the UK. 20 of these have already been delivered, while the remaining 18 are on track to complete, on time, over the coming 18 months.

Such is the demand for Surrenden Invest’s services and investment opportunities that the company has already expanded from its London headquarters to open a secondary office in Liverpool’s financial district. Opened in October 2017, the Surrenden Invest Liverpool office takes the full staff complement up to 29.

The opening of the Liverpool office precedes that of the Manchester office, which will open its doors in early 2018. The local presence allows Surrenden Invest to deliver national services based around local knowledge. It is this divergence from a ‘one size fits all’ approach that has contributed to the company’s rapid and resounding success.

 “Expanding Surrenden Invest is a necessity. I am proud to say that the company has grown more than I could have even imagined over the last two years. This is down to the hard work that the Surrenden Invest team put in to ensuring we give our clients and development partners the very best service at every stage of the process, from pre-purchase through to completion. The opening of the new office in Liverpool is extremely exciting. We selected the financial district due to its central, prime business location. This enables us to enjoy even closer relationships with both our clients and partners alike. With the Manchester office due to open shortly, the outlook for 2018 is very exciting for Surrenden Invest.” 

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest 

For more information visit www.surrendeninvest.com or call 0203 3726 499

Own your dream home in the sun, just like ‘Dragon’ Duncan Bannatyne

Own your dream home in the sun, just like ‘Dragon’ Duncan Bannatyne

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The Overseas Property Show
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th January 2018, 10-6pm
National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham
Free Admission & Parking
eTickets: www.theoverseaspropertyshow.com

Duncan Bannatyne, well known entrepreneur and TV personality, made the decision to sell his home in France to take advantage of Portugal and all the benefits it has to offer.

He found his home at the popular Overseas Property Show, where he met with founder of the property exhibition, Chris White, who helped him to find his dream home in the Algarve, Portugal.

WATCH THE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHbwLryc8GI

With a busy lifestyle and many demands, the Dragon’s Den star wanted a place where he could retreat to, providing him with the means to escape the pressures of life and when he bought his home in the Algarve through Ideal Homes International, life had never tasted so sweet!

Portugal is an increasingly popular location for buyers looking to relocate and buy second homes due to its fantastic quality of life, ease of access from the UK, growing property market and welcoming atmosphere. Additionally, the benefits reaped from tax incentives have become one of the biggest motives behind high net worth individuals relocating to Portugal.

Whether you’re looking to buy or invest in Portugal like Duncan or indeed Spain, Florida or Cape Verde, the Overseas Property Show is where smart buyers come to make their dreams come true!

The Overseas Property Show is returning to Birmingham next weekend, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th January at the National Motorcycle Museum. Free admission, free parking and all the information you need to set your plans to buy overseas in motion is here, so what are you waiting for?

On the Market: What you can buy abroad for the average price of a home in Birmingham (£240,065):

2 bed apartment with sea views in Portugal – EUR 275,000

This immaculate 2 bedroom apartment on a quiet condominium is located in between Armaçao de Pera and Porches. Both towns are only a couple of minutes drive away. The apartment is within a 15 minute walk to a beautiful local beach, and only a few minutes walk to restaurants, bars, supermarkets and amenities.  

2 bed sea view apartment in Spain – EUR 259,900

Ocean Homes is a private residential complex located on the very edge of the beach. A seafront location with direct access to the promenade and the sea. The complex 17.800m2 plot, incorporates a central lagoon with an island, garden areas, sunbathing and relaxation zone and swimming pools. In a unique beachfront location with 2 & 3 bedrooms and characterised by large spaces, modern materials and fittings.

Duplex suite, Cape Verde – EUR 232,550

An expansive duplex suite with a spacious living area, a bathroom with a whirlpool bath and separate shower are all found on the lower level. A staircase leads to the master bedroom on the second level. The bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and large plasma TV. The suites also come with a private terrace and hot tub to enjoy the spectacular sea views.  

The Overseas Property Show
January 27th & 28th, 2018, 10-6pm
National Motorcycle Museum
The Kirkmichael Suite
Birmingham, United Kingdom
B92 0EJ

Additional information: +351 289 513 434 or 0800 133 7644

Investment eggs in alternative baskets

Investment eggs in alternative baskets

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  • Surrenden Invest offers a more balanced, profitable and counter-cyclical portfolio
  • 51% of survey respondents considering alternative investments in 2018 favour hotels (JLL UK hotels forecast 2018)
  • New Whitley Bay hotel investment promises strong yields and 94% ROI (Surrenden Invest)

Investing in a hotel room isn’t a new concept. For decades, institutional investors have been purchasing hotel rooms around the world, leasing them back to paying guests and enjoying the lucrative income.

What is new however, is that thanks to a new breed of investment firms such as Surrenden Invest, private individuals are now also able to access the so called “beds-sector” and the market is booming.

When priced out of mainstream sectors and looking for higher yields than traditional property asset classes such as residential property, offices and retail can offer, savvy investors know that there are numerous appeals to investing in alternative property such as hotel rooms.

“Given the cyclical nature of the property sector, adding an alternative asset class to an investment portfolio provides the benefit of countering dips on the mainstream side, such as traditional buy-to-let.  The hands-off and hassle-free aspects of room ownership are highly appealing, hotel room investors can sit back and relax whilst the management team market, manage and maintain the room.”

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest

Hotel rooms offer a lower entry price and lower risk profile compared to traditional property investment, along with immediate income from the date of purchase.  Buy Back-schemes, which are in place in many hotel room investments offer a guaranteed exit when the lease ends.

Overall, there is confidence in the UK hotel sector, performing well in 2017 and mirroring property investment in general; a weakened sterling, growth in staycations and improved infrastructure development all contributed to investments in built assets exceeding those of 2016.

Looking ahead to 2018 and the outlook is equally bright. CBRE’s 2018 Market Outlook expects the UK property sector to continue to perform solidly, with the beds sector, which includes hotels, weathering any uncertainty well.

“While some property sectors will see extremely patchy growth performance, the rise of Industrials & Logistics looks likely to continue and the ‘beds sectors’ such as hotels, built-to-rent and healthcare are also set to grow strongly.”

Miles Gibson, Head of UK Research at CBRE

Looking to the regions, JLL have forecast year-on-year regional hotel occupancy growth of 0.3% in 2018, whilst PwC anticipate a further 2.3% RevPAR growth for the UK regional sector in 2018 with an expected 12,000 new hotel rooms coming on stream during the year.

Another key driver which made its presence known in 2017 and will continue to do so in 2018 is inbound tourism to the UK. Visit Britain’s inbound visitor forecast for 2018 is at 41.7 million visits, an increase of 4.4% on 2017 levels and a total spend of £26.9 billion

Surrenden Invest is delighted to have partnered up with leading financial and property group, The High Street Group to deliver the benefits of hotel investment to its private clients.

The latest opportunity provided by Surrenden Invest is the Whitley Bay Hotel; an exclusive 32-bedroom hotel located in an excellent position in Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, just a short walk from the town centre and its award-winning Blue Flag beaches.

The hotel is just 25 minutes to Newcastle city centre by Metro, 30 minutes to Newcastle International Airport and 10 minutes from the International Cruise Terminal by car. Durham and a variety of tourist locations in Northumberland can also be reached in under 50 minutes.

The hotel offers guests an enhanced budget-boutique package, rivalling that of standard budget hotel groups such as Travelodge or Premier Inn. Guests will find rooms furnished to a higher-than-average standard with en-suite facilities and extremely comfortable beds.  A personal level of service ensures each guest receives a warm welcome and a wonderful stay thus delivering a 70% rebooking rate.

Renovated at a cost of £1.25 million in 2017 Whitley Bay Hotel has seen occupancy levels increase month on month. The average hotel occupancy rates in the North East of England is 75%, in the 3 months from July – September of last year Whitley Bay Hotel achieved an average occupancy rate of 83.8%.

Investors in the Whitley Bay hotel will receive an immediate guaranteed yield from day 1 for up to 10 years with a guaranteed Buy Back offer at 110%, backed up and securitised by the High Street Group of Companies. An investment of £70, 000 is required for an income of £59,000 net and an ROI of 94%.

Whitley Bay town itself has grown to 36,000 people and has become increasingly popular with visitors. It comes alive at weekends and bank holidays, when young and old alike enjoy the local amenities including restaurants, bars and nightlife.

A decade ago, in 2007, North Tyneside Council announced a £36 million regeneration plan for the coast at Whitley Bay.  This has included, among other projects, the regeneration the Spanish City site with its iconic dome, completed in 1912. The dome is expected to reopen summer 2018 complete with fine dining seafood restaurant, champagne and oyster bar, a tearoom, fish and chip restaurant and ice-cream parlour.

To find out more about allocated property investment please contact:

Surrenden Invest
London office: 0203 3726 499
Liverpool office: 0151 3477 459

Brollies and boots or sunshine and sea views?

Brollies and boots or sunshine and sea views?

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Ever dreamt of retiring somewhere warm and sunny?  Perhaps you’d like to own a holiday home in Spain or Portugal to sound quality time with friends and family?

Now you can!  Begin the journey by visiting the free-to-attend  Overseas Property Show at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum on Sat 27th and Sun 28th January 2018, open 10am-6pm daily.

Whether you want a brand-new dream house or something more rustic, a rental investment or a permanent residence, the Overseas Property Show is the perfect place to look.

Our carefully selected, qualified property industry experts will take the guesswork and daunting amounts of research out of the equation and answer any questions you may have about purchasing abroad directly during individual face-to-face conversations.

You will have the opportunity to meet a wide range of experts individually during personalised consultations and find out all about mortgages, currency exchange, tax incentives, residency, legal requirements, the buying process, design and build and much, much more.

Buying a home abroad can seem intimidating, especially when you aren’t familiar with the physical and legal environment.  That is why events like these are an invaluable help – there is so much knowledge and advice all under one roof!

“Our goal is to ensure visitors who come to the show have access to independent opinions, gain valuable information about their location of choice, understand their options, and are able to walk away feeling much more confident about their buying decisions than they did before.” 

Chris White, Founder of The Overseas Property Show. 

At the Overseas Property Show you’ll be able to browse stunning luxury properties in the prestigious Quinta do Lago on Portugal’s Algarve coast or perhaps you’ll find your ideal home on one of the wonderful islands of Isla Canela in Spain or Cape Verde?  Who knows, you might even be able to snap up a fantastic bargain from the repossessions portfolio?!

Let 2018 be the year you make the dream come true.

Join us at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham 27th & 28th January 2018, 10am-6pm daily

Admission & parking free.

For e-tickets visit: www.theoverseaspropertyshow.com

Additional information: +351 289 513 434 or 0800 133 7644

Buy-to-let expert shares 5 predictions for UK property in 2018

Buy-to-let expert shares 5 predictions for UK property in 2018

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With 2018 now upon us, anyone thinking about investing in bricks and mortar wants to know what’s going to happen over the next 12 months. Will prices continue to edge up, stabilise or dip down? Where is best to invest? Does buy-to-let still stack up?

Jonathan Stephens, Founder and MD of expert property investment agency, Surrenden Invest, which has helped 700 clients invest in UK bricks and mortar over the past 2 years, shares his 5 predictions for the UK property market in 2018:

  1. Manchester will remain robust with city centre fringe redevelopment schemes offering the best opportunities. Manchester is tipped for rapid growth over the years ahead. Its population is projected to expand by 20% by 2025, reaching 625,000 residents, according to city analysts. Such a rapid turnaround in population size is never easy for city planners to address and Manchester is estimated to be around 40,000 homes behind the number it needs, with demand continuing to put pressure on supply. Pressure on city centre land remains incredibly high thus it is to the outer fringes of the city that tenants are moving to, taking advantage of more affordable housing. With property prices significantly less than city centre sites, this is where buy-to-let investors need to be looking when it comes to Manchester.
  1. Birmingham will continue to be one of the strongest buy-to-let markets in the country. Oft overlooked, the UK’s second city (by population), Birmingham, has a great deal to tempt buy-to-let investors in 2018. Birmingham’s youthful population and the huge number of graduates that the city produces every year has created an excellent environment for entrepreneurship. One part of the city in particular, Digbeth, has become a hotspot for new businesses and cultural activities, attracting large number of young professional residents. We will see Digbeth, just 10 minutes from New Street Station booming with gentrification this year and so now is the time to buy before prices soar.
  1. Liverpool will continue to offer low price points and strong growth potential. 10 years on from being announced as the European Capital of Culture, the city has gone from strength to strength. Liverpool has a thriving, service-based economy, which was worth £29.5 billion in 2015 and the city is leading the UK’s Northern Powerhouse region in terms of its overall GVA growth and its growth of GVA per capita. Economic output will continue to improve with the likes of Cunard Shipping bringing a large share of their operation back to where it all began in 2018. A growing population and plenty of blossoming talent, backed by strong economic credentials and a buoyant housing market make for an ideal environment for opportunity, boosting Liverpool up the list of cities to watch most closely in the UK over the coming year.
  1. London will remain slow with some prominent city centre locations seeing prices drop. Anyone who lives in London, or indeed reads the papers, will know that the capital slowed in 2017 and whilst the long-term outlook for one of the world’s top real estate markets remains optimistic, the impact of slowing prices will be felt especially if we see further interest rate increases. However undervalued pockets will continue to offer irresistible opportunities especially locations set to benefit from Crossrail due to open later this year.
  1. Newcastle will be the dark horse of 2018. Newcastle and its twin city, Gateshead, has been quietly waiting in the wings, growing in population and economically, over the last couple of years. 2018 will be the north-east city’s time to shine as a higher than average economic activity rate, rising property prices and significant local investment mean that Newcastle is becoming something of a favourite with businesses and investors alike. Surrenden Invest has taken up options on several sites and predict big things for buy-to-let investors in this hidden gem.

For further details contact Surrenden Invest on 0203 3726 499 or visit www.surrendeninvest.com.


Top property agency Surrenden Invest announces Liverpool office expansion

Top property agency Surrenden Invest announces Liverpool office expansion

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Top property investment agency Surrenden Invest has enjoyed spectacular demand for its exclusive, end-to-end services during 2017, cementing an impressive track record since its foundation in 2015. As part of 2017’s success story, Founder and MD Jonathan Stephens expanded from his London headquarters to open a secondary office in Liverpool’s financial district.

Highly experienced residential property expert and Liverpudlian Joanne McCormack is heading up the brand-new office, which is located in the heart of Liverpool’s financial district at 20 Chapel Street.

Bringing 12 years of experience in the valuation and appraisal of residential property, as well as an impeccable track record in sales – including 13 developments 100% sold out, amounting to 2,000 units across the UK – Joanne has been handpicked to represent Surrenden Invest in the North.  An experienced manager, Joanne operated a flagship estate agency and led a team of 14 to great success. Her focus for the last eight years has been on selling off-plan property, as well as the purpose built student accommodation sector, equipping her perfectly to meet the needs of Surrenden Invest’s client base.

“Surrenden Invest has positioned itself in Liverpool with a long-term view. We see huge growth potential for our investors to take advantage of the regeneration and gentrification underway across the city. We have seen how well major northern cities can perform with our extensive portfolio of investment opportunities in Manchester and now recognise that same potential in Liverpool.   Now open, the Surrenden Invest Liverpool office will be the base for a team of new staff members and enable clients based in the North to visit the team with ease should they wish to”. 

Joanne McCormack, Sales Director, Surrenden Invest

Joining Joanne in the new office will be Amy Lawless. Amy has supported and assisted Joanne in all aspects of the purchase and sale of units over the past four years. She is responsible for all communications, support, advice and overall client management.

Having to manage a large client portfolio spread all over the world, Amy’s strong organisational skills and extensive property knowledge have enabled her to build and develop exceptional rapport with clients, allowing them to feel confidant and secure in all their property dealings. This is precisely in line with the Surrenden Invest ethos, which sees the company delivering a fully supportive service, from pre-purchase through to exchange and completion.

“I’m delighted to have opened Surrenden Invest’s first regional office in Liverpool during 2017. A local base allows us to better tap in to regional knowledge and expertise, while continuting to deliver a national and international property investment service. We plan to continue this approach during 2018 with the opening of a new regional office in Manchester – watch this space for further details!”

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest

For more information, you can visit Joanne and the team at new office at 20 Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9AG, call 0151 347 7459 or go to www.surrendeninvest.com

Rare Grade II Listed convent redevelopment calls for unique innovation and intricacy in design

Rare Grade II Listed convent redevelopment calls for unique innovation and intricacy in design

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  • Rosary Manor redevelopment has presented unique challenges for Bellis Homes
  • Focus has been on presenting interiors that reflect the natural surroundings
  • ‘Historic yet contemporary’ brief has created 12 truly individual homes in Mill Hill Conservation Area

Developing a Grade II Listed building comes with its own unique challenges and rewards, as family-run housebuilder Bellis Homes knows well.

The Bellis Homes team is delighted to have  obtained the opportunity to turn the former Sisters of Charity St Vincent convent, nestled in the Mill Hill Conservation Area and the North Barnet Area of Special Character, into unique residential accommodation.

The company is nurturing the derelict buildings into 11 luxury apartments and one three-bedroom house with a communal gym. Turning a derelict site negating the character of the area into a prosperous development maintaining the origins and history of the building starting a new chapter in the site’s history.

One of the most interesting aspects of working on a site such as Rosary Manor has been how to present the homes’ interiors. The Grade II listing rightly imposed certain restrictions on the redevelopment process, in order that the character of the original buildings could be retained. We wanted to reflect this internally as well, while also providing a luxurious, contemporary feel. It was a wonderful balancing act that has resulted in the creation of 12 very individual homes.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

With 3.3 hectares of mature grounds, Rosary Manor has a wonderfully countrified feel, despite its London location. Each apartment is unique, with individual proportions fitted to the shape and space available within the original manor house. The planning phase of the redevelopment was intricate, to say the least, with Bellis Homes keen to retain the character of the site while also delivering outstanding contemporary homes.

Upgrading structures that date back to the 17th century to comply with current standards presented a need for serious innovation at times, but the result is a superbly sympathetic redevelopment.

Externally, the process has involved careful landscaping to discretely provide apartments with private areas whilst retaining the open nature of the landscape. Internally, the design has been all about natural materials and tones.

“A key focus of the interior design has been to reflect the natural surroundings that Rosary Manor enjoys, while providing a sense of serenity and indulgence. The large, light-filled rooms create a sense of connection with nature that flows throughout the development, ensuring that the interiors are just as unique as the exterior.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

In the kitchens, that has meant plenty of deep woods with greys. Handmade British shaker style kitchens provide a traditional contemporary style that balances the building’s heritage with modern convenience. Bathrooms also reflect this traditional yet modern style, with traditional vanity units paired with contemporary colours and brassware. Meanwhile, flooring in the living areas is a mixture of beautiful wooden herringbone and grey planks.

This intricate blending of old and new has created an ambience that is historic yet contemporary – an impressive achievement that will serve those who are part of the next phase of the convent’s history well.

Apartments at Rosary Manor are available from £1.1 million to £4 million with completion due from March 2018. For more information, contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit www.bellishomes.co.uk.

Keeping it in the family: The building of Bellis Homes

Keeping it in the family: The building of Bellis Homes

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  • Family-run house builder Bellis Homes prove that you really can mix business with pleasure
  • Company has expanded rapidly from 8 to 40 employees with a new head office secured
  • Bellis Construction founded in 2015 to consolidate home construction practices

Bellis Homes is an upmarket luxury homebuilder operational across London and the Home Counties, headquartered in Harlow, Essex. The company has a wealth of experience with over 40 years of construction and development knowledge as well as project management.

Alan Fordham, the founder of the business, initially started at St James Developments, formed in 1995 to develop the Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club, the first of many successful projects in both the residential and leisure sectors.

The name ‘Bellis’ originated from the bellis perennis, a common European species of daisy. Thought to originate from the Latin for “pretty” and “everlasting”, Alan felt that this was an apt name for his family-run business – Bellis Homes – not least as Alan’s wife is a florist! The flower features on the logo to this day.

Since forming in 2014, Bellis Homes has expanded swiftly from a single residential project in the first year, to two more in 2015, a total of seven by the end of 2016 and even more to this day.

With Alan Fordham’s son, Henry coming on board to push the business further, Bellis Homes is going from strength to strength. In addition, Edward, another son of Alan’s has recently joined the company to head up the marketing and Alex, son-in-law to Alan brought in to manage sales, in keeping with the family run theme! Their team of eight has now expanded to around 40 employees, with a move to a larger head office now complete.

Being a family-run business allows Bellis Homes to provide a personal service, with a team they can trust, in a relaxed close-knit setting. They say, ‘don’t mix business with pleasure’ but Bellis Homes is proof of how a family can work together to real success.

“I can only see our business going from strength to strength. There are expansive financiers available today with demand being greater than I have ever known it; if you have a good scheme, you are likely to find the money. It really is a great time to be involved in the luxury homes market and I am very proud of how far Bellis Homes has come. It is amazing to have achieved such success within our family and to work so closely with one another on a daily basis is a reward in itself”. 

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

The first completed development by Bellis Homes was located 20 miles outside of London in Musley Hill, Ware.  Set on top of Musley Hill itself, the development consisted of five 4-bedroom detached houses and two 2-bedroom apartments. The quality exceeded expectation for its price range offering oak flooring, underfloor heating, bespoke Italian kitchens and luxurious master suites. Construction started early 2014 with completion early 2015.

The latest development to launch from Bellis Homes is located in Camden Town – Marine Ices Apartments. The former iconic ice-cream parlour is only a short walk from the fashionable Camden Market and Camden Lock.  Marine Ices Apartments are currently under construction and when completed in 2018 will offer 19 apartments ranging between 566 sq ft and 1,221 sq ft with fabulous amenity spaces. The apartments vary from one to three bedrooms with vibrant finishes, CCTV, large balconies and composite oak panelled front doors with security features.

Another residential development of note and one which exemplifies Bellis Homes’ breadth of expertise is Rosary Manor. Located in a prime position in Mill Hill, North London, Rosary Manor is a Grade II listed former convent and school house which the Bellis Homes team are sympathetically transforming into a collection of luxury apartments.

With sturdy corporate mentalities, each project Bellis Homes has undertaken continues to bolster their established status of a luxury house builder with homes constructed to the finest specification and contemporary design.

In 2015 Bellis Construction was created to consolidate construction methods. The specialised in-house team brings invaluable experience of site and project management together with a detailed knowledge of all trades. 

“Taking the strategic decision to bring our construction team in-house means we have total control over every aspect of our developments from start to finish. It also means we can better manage budgets and ensure our homes are completed to our extremely high standards.” 

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

Exclusively Bellis is the prestigious homebuilder’s prime brand. Methodical to the highest specification, features of Exclusively Bellis developments include gated entrances, swimming pool and spa areas, bars, grand staircases, staff accommodation, specialist interior and lighting design as well as some of the best home technology control systems.

Bellis Homes also features an in-house interior design team – Darsah Interiors with whom they work closely to dress many of their new developments.

For more information, contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit www.bellishomes.co.uk

Fit and fabulous homes for 2018

Fit and fabulous homes for 2018

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  • Gym traffic jumps 40% between December and January
  • But a few weeks later only 5% of total sign-ups still visit regularly (Golds Gym)
  • Rising number of buyers require homes which offer options for combining family and leisure time (Bellis Homes)

Aah, yes. The New Year.

Time to wipe the slate clean. Time to end the debauchery of the festive period; the booze, the food, the dodgy dancing…

As we emerge from underneath the layers of novelty jumpers and woolly socks we are confronted with the inevitable consequence of our seize-the-moment existence of the last two months – hello weight gain, sluggishness, bad skin and low mood.

Something needs to change; we spring into action, sign up for the gym and vow to start training for that marathon. But in between busy careers, children and long commutes we are lucky if we manage to wing one workout a week…!

So, what’s the solution?

Luckily, a new and forward-thinking generation of home builders is beginning to provide alternatives to real people with real commitments by designing homes with built-in health and fitness facilities.

Family run development and construction business, Bellis Homes, has established a reputation for building homes to the highest quality whilst providing a very personal service to their clients. It is this close rapport which tuned the Bellis team in to the rising demand for health facilities in the home.

Bellis Homes now aim to incorporate space for gyms, swimming pools, saunas or hot tubs into most of their planned residential developments and are leading the way towards new standards of home building.

“We want to offer owners beautiful and functional spaces where they can rest, play, work and exercise in a flexible manner which seamlessly blends into their daily lives, freeing them up for the things which really matter.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

New homes on the market with on-site fitness facilities

Eleven Trees, Mill Hill, London
From £4.5 million

The Eleven Trees development, which was completed in June 2017, comprises three brand new detached homes, two with five bedrooms and one with six.

Designed by HAP Architects, and finished by Alexander James Interior Design, all properties include gyms with changing rooms as well as swimming pool and spa areas complete with steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs. There is even a hydro pool for those who are serious about shaving off a second or two from their PB.

Rosary Manor Apartments, Mill Hill conservation area, London
From £1.1 million – £4 million

An altered house of late 17th-century origin, Rosary Manor was purchased by The Sisters of Charity St Vincent in 1887 and expanded it into a convent. The Grade II listed building has been brought back to life by Bellis Homes and transformed into 11 luxurious apartments ranging between one and three bedrooms.

The development has its very own fully equipped gym and enjoys spectacular views across the countryside with its many rural lanes and footpaths which are ideal for jogging and cycling.

Magna House, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire
A£2.3 million

A brand new, detached family home located in the ancient and quaint village of Much Hadham.

This stunning 6-bedroom contemporary house has spacious and well-proportioned rooms which have been finished to a very high standard. There is excellent living and entertaining space including a large basement featuring a leisure area with a gym, cinema room and a wine store.

The ground floor of Magna House boasts a large living room featuring a contemporary fireplace and open plan kitchen area, with comfortable family living space with bi-fold doors opening out to the garden.

The property’s generous accommodation includes three large reception rooms situated off the impressive entrance hall including a formal dining space. Six bedrooms are set over two floors, four have their own en-suites whilst the second-floor rooms utilise one expansive shared bathroom.

For more information, contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit www.bellishomes.co.uk.

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