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202,000 sq ft former food processing plant on 27 acres
East Anglia’s No. 1 retail letting agent......again.
Sam is the Managing Partner and has been with Roche since 2003. He works across occupational agency, investment and development and is a RICS Registered Valuer.
He prides himself on providing honest, straightforward advice and having worked in the commercial market for over 20 years in Norwich, he has a strong track record with sound market knowledge and an understanding of the drivers affecting the local economy.
Career highlights include acting for a private investor in the sale of a £15 million office portfolio and working on the development of Briar Park, a multi-use business park, with car sales, trade counter and traditional business uses.
Sam works for a number of major landowners and funds including: Columbia Threadneedle, Chancerygate, Kames, Anglian Windows and Tesco. Local investors and developers include: Dencora, Peter Colby Commercial and Tilia.
Outside of work Sam likes sailing on the Norfolk coast and competing in ultra-running and triathlon events – having completed the Marathon Des Sables.
Adrian is a Partner in the firm and responsible for the retail and leisure departments which are branded under “Roche Retail”. The retail Department has won the EGi most active retail and leisure agent for East Anglia for 8 years and was recently awarded No.1 retail letting agent in East Anglia by Trevor Wood Associates.
Adrian is an expert in shopping centre, high street and out of town retail leasing, professional work, investment agency and active asset enhancement/management. He has worked on many regeneration projects including Anglia Square in Norwich and Friary Street in Guildford that have both focussed on turning outdated real estate into assets for the future.
Adrian enjoys advising on strategic asset enhancement by maximising client income not just for the short term but by providing a stable income flow for the future.
Current clients include: Columbia Threadneedle, Aviva, Aberdeen Standard, Ellandi, Legal and General, Waypoint, Infra Red and Warren James.
Prior to joining Roche in 2004 Adrian worked at Cushman & Wakefield (Healey & Baker) for 20 years where he was the Partner responsible for the South of England retail & leisure team, as well as the Netherlands, where he was based for 7 years as Head of Retail.
A keen cyclist in his spare time, Adrian rode from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2012 and 2018.
A partner at Roche, James Allen joined in 1989 and has over 30 years’ experience working in commercial property.
James deals with agency transactions, principally in the office, industrial and distribution sectors, including advising on new developments, investments and company relocations. He has handled major disposals for clients including Jewson, BT and Associated British Ports and has dealt with many of Norwich’s office buildings and industrial estates. He has advised firms such as Howes Percival and Savills on recent office relocations.
James has been involved in the 300-acre Broadland Business Park, Norwich’s leading business development, since 1998 when it was a greenfield site. Initially providing development advice to guide the plans for the scheme, James has played a part in virtually all the subsequent transactions. The Park is still expanding and now boasts approximately one million square feet of floorspace which house over 4,000 employees.
Outside work, having previously played hockey, squash and football, James takes a keen interest in sports, following the fortunes of Norwich City, North Walsham Rugby Club and the England cricket team, as well as keeping fit – he walks part of the Norfolk coast most weekends.
Graham is a Partner at Roche and has over 15 years’ experience in dealing with commercial property. Graham splits his time between general commercial agency across the office, industrial, retail and leisure sectors and the firm’s lease advisory department undertaking rent reviews, lease renewals and general lease consultancy work. He is also an RICS registered valuer and carries out valuations for a wide range of lenders and clients.
Graham enjoys a diverse role advising both landlords and tenants/occupiers and in particular likes helping clients restructure their property holdings to suit their requirements. Career highlights include acting for the landlords in the letting of a 40,000 sq ft grade A office building in Norwich prior to the landlord incurring any void costs and which was the largest office letting in the city for a decade. Current projects include assisting two property companies improve their industrial estate portfolio assets values by restructuring the lease profiles and acting for a national pub company in regional freehold pub disposals.
Current clients include: Ei Group/Stonegate, East of England Co-op, Lothbury Investment Management, Mileway, Canmoor, Breckland Council and Stenprop.
Outside of work Graham enjoys keeping fit by running and swimming and is a (very) keen golfer.
David is a Partner at Roche and heads the Project and Building Consultancy department. David has more than 14 years’ experience in dealing with a broad range of commercial property instructions.
He has worked for clients ranging from major international property funds, pension investors and blue-chip companies to single investors and local authorities. Clients have included M&G, Ministry of Justice, NHS and local school academy trusts.
David has considerable experience in all areas of commercial property building surveying, specialising in dilapidations, refurbishment of commercial property and due diligence surveys. Notable instructions include settling a £700,000 office dilapidations claim against a multi-national occupier, project managing a £2m refurbishment of a manufacturing plant and an acquisition survey of a Grade II Listed local landmark building.
Additionally, David supports the RICS as a trained assessor for the Assessment of Professional Competence examination.
Outside of work David is kept busy with a young family but finds time to be a Norwich City Football Club season ticket holder and go on (steady) lunchtime runs
Sam Freakley is a qualified Building Surveyor at Roche, having joined the business in 2018. He has a Masters in Building Surveying, joined the firm as a Graduate Surveyor and qualified in 2021.
His time is spent as an active member of the Project and Building Consultancy department with his main duties including building surveys, project management, reinstatement cost assessments, schedule of condition surveys, dilapidation surveys, and party wall negotiations. Sam has experience in numerous projects to date, including overseeing a multi-hundred-thousand-pound fit-out contract of a 44,000 sq ft multi-let office building in Norwich city centre.
Sam also brings with him a broad range of experience from his previous career as an environmental consultant and from his practical experience of the residential construction industry.
In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling and swimming (preferably in the sea if it’s warm enough).
Agency (Retail & Leisure)
Ben is a Graduate Commercial Surveyor who joined Roche in 2020. In 2019 he graduated from Sheffield Hallam University attaining BSc (Hons) in Real Estate. Ben has enrolled onto the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence where he is undertaking training for the Commercial Real Estate Pathway. Currently, Ben is working within Roche’s retail department in a supporting role, however, throughout the course of his training he will gain exposure in all areas of the business.
Outside of work Ben loves to travel, a recent highlight was Sri Lanka in 2019. He also enjoys Rugby and Cricket (he considers himself a useful bowler).
Valuation & Professional Services
Emma has recently joined Roche as our Commercial Property Manager. She provides assistance to property owners in managing their properties in line with the lease agreements while working closely with the tenants.
Emma is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day management and operational functions on assigned properties across our portfolio of instructions. She brings with her a wealth of experience from her 14 years in the Property Management industry.
Emma is kept busy outside of work with her young family and enjoys the simple things in life like meals out and beach walks.
Paul has recently joined Roche as a Building Surveyor, expanding the Project and Building Consultancy department and complimenting the wealth of experience within the team. He is currently working towards the Assessment of Professional Competence to become a Chartered Surveyor.
Paul has over 20 years’ experience in building surveying and during that time he has worked for local and national surveying firms in the public and private sector. His considerable experience includes design, specification and project management skills on refurbishment and extension projects across various types of properties and office to residential conversion schemes. He has assisted homeowners and commercial clients with the complexities involved in carrying out works under The Party Wall etc Act 1996, undertaken pre-acquisition surveys to support clients on potential purchases and other types of surveys commonly carried out by building surveyors. Paul has also had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects outside of the typical Building Surveyor role, including a £1m resurfacing of a taxiway scheme at a regional airport through to being a Principal Designer in accordance with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 on a civil engineering, surface drainage and hard landscaping scheme linked to a science park development masterplan located south of Cambridge.
Outside of work Paul can be found going on long walks with his partner and Romanian Shepherd dog, being part of a team of parent coaches to his son’s football team and just occasionally, riding his bike through the Norfolk countryside!
Market Asset Management (MAM) will transform the space into ‘Castle Social’, a new dining and entertainment concept incorporating five new street food kitchens, a live performance space and a programme of regular events. MAM has signed a ten-year lease on the 18,500 sq ft area.
Occupying the top floor of the centre with great views of the city’s medieval Castle, and capitalising on the outside space provided by the external garden terrace, Castle Social will bring in local, independent operators to create an iconic venue and destination in its own right. As a leading market and food hall operator, MAM manages successful schemes across the UK, such as the independent food hall Sheffield Plate and Doncaster’s award-winning markets.
The creation of Castle Social is the latest stage in the repositioning of Castle Quarter as a mixed-use destination by Roche Retail. With leisure operators such as Vue, Boom Battle Bar, Putt-Putt Noodle mini golf, PureGym, Superbowl and Spy Missions open and trading – alongside consolidation and re-anchoring of the retail offer – Castle Quarter is Norwich’s go-to location for socialising as well as shopping.
Adrian Fennell, Partner at Roche Chartered Surveyors said: “Offering a range of local independent street food operators, alongside a bar and entertainment, Castle Social will create a destination that people will actively choose to visit and support the other fantastic activities we have in the centre. Catering for everything from a morning coffee to post-cinema cocktails, it will bring new people to the centre and is emblematic of the wider transformation taking place at Castle Quarter. We can’t wait to welcome Market Asset Management to Norwich and help its curation of a truly unique space for the city.” Roche acted for the landlord throughout, together with their joint agent Jamieson Mills.
The strength of demand for freehold industrial and warehouse properties in Norwich area was evident with the recent sale of 6–8 Burton Road, Norwich in which Roche Chartered Surveyors acted for the vendor, Harber Properties. The premises have been bought by G & G Gallo, an expanding regional drinks distribution business.
Located on the Vulcan Road Estate, one of Norwich’s oldest established industrial estates between the outer ring road and the airport, the former Broadland Radiators premises comprise two buildings extending to approximately 11,500 sq ft with a large yard, on a site of approximately 0.77 acres. G & G Gallo have moved from their previous premises in Hurricane Way and are in the process of refurbishing the front building.
The sale of the property generated strong interest with eight parties viewing the site and the eventual sale being concluded by best offers. The asking price was £825,000. James Allen of Roche who handled the sale commented, ‘The strong interest reflected the high level of demand for freehold properties from industrial and logistics companies. There is an acute scarcity of available industrial and warehouse property at present, particularly freeholds with yard space and it was therefore no surprise that this generated considerable interest which enabled the market to be vigorously tested, resulting in a satisfactory outcome for our client. We are aware of numerous companies and investors that are continuing to seek suitable freehold properties of all sizes.’
Roche Chartered Surveyors has recently arranged the sale of Kier Construction’s office and storage premises at Mason Road, Norwich.
The freehold property comprising offices with ancillary storage is located just off Norwich’s outer Ring Road on establish business estate and extends to 6,100 sq ft. The property will retain its connections with the building industry, having been purchased by JTL, a national training company specialising in the construction sector. The availability of the property generated strong interest. The asking price was £675,000.
‘’We were very pleased to assist Kier in arranging a sale of their Norwich property as part of their regional reorganisation. The property is something of a hybrid, being primarily offices but also having a substantial element of storage and being located on an industrial estate. However, it suited a number of possible occupiers and appears to be ideal for JTL’s expanding needs in Norwich,“ said James Allen of Roche who handled the sale.
Acting on behalf of Amber Real Estate, Roche have recently sold a former food processing plant, which extends to over 200,000 sq ft on a total site of 27.65 acres. The properties had been vacant for several years and having lost a planning appeal for conversion to residential use, Amber instructed Roche to dispose of the asset, which was no longer fit for food production.
The property, which sits adjacent to Haughley Park and the A14, was marketed in the summer of 2021. Following a strong level of interest in the site from both developers and occupiers there were two rounds of best bids resulting in the property selling for substantially more than the £2.5million guide price. The property has the additional benefit of a major power supply which also helped to drive the interest. The sale underpins the continuing strength of the industrial an warehousing sector, in particular properties strategically located close to the major road network.
Roche Chartered Surveyors’ Project and Building Consultancy team have been appointed to lead the design and carry out contract administration on the refurbishment of the Grade II Carrow House by Norwich City Council. Roche initially undertook an acquisition survey of the site including projecting future maintenance costs prior to being appointed to lead the full refurbishment of the site.
The property was constructed by the Colman Family as offices and a family home in 1860, later extensions included the large Bolton and Paul Conservatory added in 1895. In around 1960 a large 6 storey office extension was added to the North. The property provides circa 50,000sq ft of office accommodation and set in a wider site of 4.5 acres. The property was most recently used by Norfolk County Council with Old Carrow House used as coroner’s courts.
The Project and Building Consultancy team have been appointed as the lead consultants co-ordinating the design with other specialists including conservation consultants and mechanical and electrical engineers. The works include a full refurbishment of the interior of the property to provide modern office accommodation on multi-let basis. Externally the buildings will be refurbished to address concrete and stonework repairs and a full external decoration.
David Hall, who heads Project and Building Consultancy commented: It’s a great project to be involved in with a building of such local historic interest. To be able to advise on the acquisition and feasibility of the council’s plans for the property, through to designing and overseeing the works shows the strength of Roche’s offering and local knowledge.
The very strong demand for small self-contained freehold office buildings on Norwich‘s prime business parks was evidenced by the recent sale of 10 Meridian Way by pension fund clients of Roche Chartered Surveyors.
The 3,076 square-foot building with 28 car parking spaces generated strong interest from occupiers and has been purchased by Black Swan International Limited, the expanding regional care company which has bought the property as its new headquarters and administrative centre.
James Allen of Roche who handled the sale for the vendor commenting on the sale added, ‘‘Small self-contained freehold offices rarely become available on Norwich‘s main business parks at Thorpe and are extremely sought-after. The location is even stronger now that the Broadland Northway helps to make it a focal point for business activity in the Norwich area. It is therefore no surprise that this property generated strong interest and a favourable outcome for our clients.’’
Roche Surveyors acting for London based investors have recently completed the letting of a 14,000 sq ft warehouse on Bessemer Way, Great Yarmouth. The warehouse has been occupied by a Norwich based house builder that will be utilising the property to assemble timer framed housing.
Sam Kingston of Roche comments “the lack of opportunities in Norwich led the tenant to seek accommodation in Great Yarmouth. The premises at Bessemer Way offered cost effective warehousing space at a time when there were various options in the market. However availability of space has now decreased in Great Yarmouth driving strong demand across the region”
Roche surveyors acting on behalf of private landowners have concluded the sale of 11 acres of residential land at Snettisham. The land was promoted through the planning system by Pigeon and once planning was obtained the site was openly marketed. There was a high level of interest leading to best bids with Bennett Homes purchasing the site.
Sam Kingston of Roche comments “The promotion of the land through the planning system, via Pigeon, has resulted in a premium price being paid for this residential site in the popular west Norfolk village of Snettisham. Several developers bid for the site with Bennett Homes securing the land”
Acting on behalf of Mileway, Roche have recently completed the lettings of Unit 4 and Unit 9 at the Guardian Road Industrial Estate in Norwich.
As a result of the lettings, the Guardian Road Industrial Estate is now fully occupied. Unit 4 extends to 2,444 sq ft and has been let to Soter Professional Services whilst Unit 9 is 3,025 sq ft and has been let to Hidden Botanicals.
Ben Common of Roche who acted for the landlord commented “Industrial units within this size range are in high demand. The short void period for these units and the rents achieved being in excess of £7.00 per sq ft demonstrates the continued strong appetite from businesses to occupy small industrial units across Norwich.’’
Roche are pleased to report they have taken on two more properties to manage for out of area clients.
Both properties are in the city centre and add to the extensive portfolio we manage.
The premises are multi let or in the process of being multi let by Roche. One property comprises just over 5,000 sq ft with a rent roll in excess of £60,000 pax and the other is a night club with adjacent premises of similar size and is partially occupied.
Jackie Crisp, Partner of the management department, says, ‘This is a great example of how we can provide a bespoke service for new clients and we look forward to proactively managing these properties and creating an efficient, well run package for our clients’