Roche Chartered Surveyors

56 Thorpe Road Norwich,
Norfolk, NR1 1RY

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Norwich, 21 Gentleman's Walk, NR2 1NA

Norwich, 21 Gentleman's Walk, NR2 1NA

Roche Retail let the former HMV store, 21 Gentleman's Walk, to NatWest Bank ..... 

May 2015

Norwich, 21 Gentleman's Walk, NR2 1NA

 

Roche Retail has let the former HMV store at 21 Gentleman's Walk to NatWest Bank. The property occupies a 100% prime location in Norwich City Centre and comprises over 13,300 sq ft, with a secondary entrance on to Davey Place.

Roche Retail acted for the landlord, Legal & General, and negotiated NatWest Bank taking a new 10 year lease at an initial rental of £325,000 pax.

Adrian Fennell, who heads up Roche's retail and leisure division, commented; "This is the most significant retail letting in Norwich for the past 5 years. NatWest opening one of their 'flagship' banking centres, reinforces Norwich's retail and commercial dominance in the region."

May 2015

HOUSING TRUST ACQUIRES WOODLAND PLACE OFFICE BUILDING, NORWICH

HOUSING TRUST ACQUIRES WOODLAND PLACE OFFICE BUILDING, NORWICH

Roche act for Cemex in the disposal of its interest in Woodland Place, Pinetrees Business Park ......

April 2015

HOUSING TRUST ACQUIRES WOODLAND PLACE OFFICE BUILDING, NORWICH

Norwich-based property consultants, Roche Chartered Surveyors has acted for Cemex, the international building materials company, in disposing of its interest in Woodland Place at Pinetrees Business Park, one of the largest available office buildings in the Norwich area.  The building extends to approximately 22,300 sq ft and has 96 car parking spaces.  It has previously been occupied by Royal Bank of Scotland and Virgin Bank.

The surrender of Cemex's leasehold interest has enabled the property to be sold to Saffron Housing Trust that intend to convert the building to flats.  Permission for the conversion was granted by Permitted Development Rights, the fast-track planning process introduced by the Government to increase the housing stock and provide alternative uses for vacant offices.

"The disposal of Woodland Place represents a significant liability disposal for our clients, Cemex, and is an example of the Permitted Development Rights proving effective," commented James Allen of Roche Chartered Surveyors who handled the property for Cemex.

April 2015

Roche Retain Top Industry Accolade

Roche Retain Top Industry Accolade

Roche Chartered Surveyors, "Most Active Agent for Norfolk", for the third year running ......

April 2015

Roche Retain Top Industry Accolade

Roche Chartered Surveyors, for the third year running, have been awarded the Industry's most prestigious award as the Estates Gazette "Most Active Agent for Norfolk".

The annual award, which is given by the Estates Gazette to recognise the top commercial surveyors across the country are widely knowledgeable in the property sectors as being market leading and are a reliable reflection of activity during the past year. The award underpins an extremely successful year for Roche, that has seen them advising on some of the most significant transactions across the region including the sale of a 227,438 sq ft distribution centre in Beccles; the largest office letting in Norwich of 40,000 sq ft to Perenco at St Andrews Business Park; the letting of 24,000 sq ft of new build industrial premises at Campbell's Meadow Business Park in King's Lynn at a record rent for the town and advising on the investment purchase of The Guineas Shopping Centre in Newmarket, totalling 110,000 sq ft.

James Allen, Senior Partner of Roche Chartered Surveyors, commented that the uplift in the economy has created a much increased level of activity throughout all commercial property sectors and Roche are looking forward to a buoyant year ahead".

April 2015

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Business Rates Update

Business Rates Update

April 1st 2015 is not just April Fool's Day ..... it is also the actual valuation date for the 2017 Business Rating ...

March 2015

Business Rates Update

April 1st 2015 is not just April Fool's Day .....  it is also the actual valuation date for the 2017 Business Rating Revaluation.  Although the new rating list will not come into force until 1st April 2017, the revised values will be based on what will then be historic values as of this April.  This ensures all properties share a common valuation date.

The basis for the revaluation will be market rental information pertinent to April 2015.  It is acknowledged not all property will have a new rent established on that day as:

The premises may be occupied by the owner, rather than rented, or  

  • There may be vacant accommodation, or

  • The passing rent may have been established at either an earlier or later date by way of a new letting, rent review or lease renewal.

However, in the majority of cases where premises have a contemporary rent, the rental evidence can be distilled into a rate per square metre, taking into account any relevant issues including the surrounding built environment, the physical characteristics of the premises, the lease terms agreed and any other pertinent factors. 

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) will consider all the evidence that it has collated to create a tone of values specific to an area that relate to premises of the same use, with the tone being adjusted to apply to each property, to reflect its unique characteristics.

Property occupiers may be asked to provide information on their property by the VOA, and should do so as it is a statutory obligation!

So, what this means is, any occupier who agrees a rent review or lease renewal or who acquires a new lease on premises in line with market conditions  on or around 1st April this year,  may have a good indication of the new rateable value which will apply in 2017.  There is therefore extra incentive to make sure the rent is agreed at an appropriate level - to do otherwise might be doubly foolish

Jackie Crisp, FRICS, Partner, Roche Chartered Surveyors

March 2015

A11 dualling - the impact on commercial property

A11 dualling - the impact on commercial property

Norwich will no longer be the largest city that is not connected to the motorway network via a dual carriageway  ......

December 2014

A11 dualling - the impact on commercial property

The long-suffering business community and residents of East Anglia that use the A11 as a means of connecting with the wider world, can finally look forward to the imminent opening of the last dual carriageway section of this vital trunk road.

Norwich will no longer be the largest city that is not connected to the motorway network via a dual carriageway.  Journey times for people and goods will be reduced whilst predictability of arrival and delivery times will be dramatically improved.  But what impact will this have on commercial property in East Anglia?

A sudden improvement in accessibility can change distribution patterns.  The overall improvement in the accessibility of Norwich will undoubtedly enhance the City's appeal as a business location.  However for distribution, it will now be easier for companies to cover the whole of East Anglia from, say, Thetford or Bury St Edmunds which are geographically more central.  My firm is already advising logistics clients that are reviewing their operations in this way.  Therefore, a boost for warehousing in the centre of the region.

Manufacturers will find it easier to get goods to and from East Anglia.  This should reduce costs, improve service and therefore competitiveness.  Logically, I expect to see improved demand for industrial units in Norfolk and Suffolk along the A11. 

For retailers, critical considerations are catchment areas and drive-times.  Therefore the big regional centres of Cambridge and Norwich will be further boosted by being more accessible from the centre of the region, possibly to the disadvantage of smaller towns between the main cities.  Better communications within the region might also make East Anglia more attractive to big retailers such as IKEA and Decathlon as more households fall within an acceptable drive-time.

As far as offices are concerned, Norwich will be significantly enhanced, enabling it to challenge Cambridge with more credibility.  With prime office rents exceeding £30 per square foot, arguably Cambridge has become over-heated.  Norwich is roughly half this level and therefore well placed to take up the pressure.  Norwich Research Park's competitive prospects are similarly enhanced.

It will take time for the consequences of this significant improvement in our road infrastructure to work through the economy and into the commercial property market.  The overall impact will undoubtedly be positive but as improved accessibility opens up new markets, there will be greater challenges for businesses in some locations although I expect the over-riding impact to be extremely positive.

 by James Allen, Senior Partner, Roche Chartered Surveyors, Norwich 

 

December 2014

Break Clauses - Back to Square One

Break Clauses - Back to Square One

With the changes in the economy and parties to a lease having an eye to every opportunity to improve their situation and ...

November 2014

Break Clauses - Back to Square One

With the changes in the economy and parties to a lease having an eye to every opportunity to improve their situation and their business strategy, break clauses have become and continue to be a hot topic.

The drafting of leases historically, was, thought to create a water tight situation where both parties can rely on the lease to satisfy all scenarios in respect of break clauses.

However, changing times have proved this not to be the situation and case law is now prevalent and ever-changing on this matter.  The leading case in these circumstances relates to Marks & Spencer PLC v BNP Paribas Securities Trust Company (Jersey) Limited and another 2014. 

This case has recently been heard at the Court of appeal.

By way of background, a lower Court decision permitted M&S to reclaim rent paid in advance and which was relevant to the period of time after the break date itself.  This earlier decision has been swiftly over-turned by the Court of Appeal stating "...it would have been obvious to the parties before they signed up to the lease that there was a possibility that rent would have to be paid on the last quarter day in full for a period which went beyond the break date.  They would therefore have made some provision for this case".  Obviously not!!!

This latest decision does give certainty in this situation  and going forward it is evident this situation must be addressed in all future leases.  Thus if the intention is for rent after a break clause to be reimbursed it must be stated so.

Not a welcome decision for tenants but at least it gives clarity.

November 2014

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