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With 8 surveyors, collectively providing over 150 years’ experience, Roche offer unrivalled in-depth knowledge of the commercial property market.

Sam Kingston

Sam Kingston

Partner

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Adrian Fennell

Adrian Fennell

Partner

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James Allen

James Allen

Partner

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Graham Jones

Graham Jones

Partner

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David Hall

David Hall

Partner - Building Surveyor

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Sam Freakley

Sam Freakley

Building Surveyor

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Ben Common

Ben Common

Commercial Surveyor

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Hiedi Collis

Hiedi Collis

Agency Assistant

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Robert Payne

Robert Payne

Property Manager

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Chris Watkins

Chris Watkins

Graduate Commercial Surveyor

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Sam Kingston

Partner

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.

M: 07796 262472
T: 01603 756333

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Adrian Fennell

Partner

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.

M: 07880 975250
T: 01603 756334

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James Allen

Partner

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.

M: 07778 297298
T: 01603 756332

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Graham Jones

Partner

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.

M: 07496 164609
T: 01603 756338

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David Hall

Partner - Building Surveyor

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

M: 07469 392530
T: 01603 756335

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Sam Freakley

Building Surveyor

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).

M: 07393 583072
T: 01603 756342

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Ben Common

Commercial Surveyor

Ben joined Roche in 2020 and qualified as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in November 2022, having successfully completed the RICS assessment of professional competence.  Ben graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2019 achieving BSc (Hons) in Commercial Real Estate. He is actively involved in agency and professional work at Roche advising a number of clients across the office, industrial and retail sectors.

 

Outside of work Ben loves to travel, a recent highlight being a trip to Malaysia and Singapore. Although he enjoys most sports, he has a particular love of Rugby and Cricket (he considers himself a useful bowler).

M: 07917 762230
T: 01603 756340

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Hiedi Collis

Agency Assistant

Hiedi joined Roche in November 2022 as part of the Agency team, in a part time supportive role.  She obtained her AssocRICS qualification in Commercial Real Estate in March 2021.

Hiedi has worked in both Residential and Commercial Property for over 13 years and during that period has worked for several firms in the private sector putting her knowledge to good use.  Her friendly and approachable personality is something the clients and applicants appreciate.

During her time with Roche Hiedi has also assisted the Property Management Department and continues to offer support.

Outside of work Hiedi enjoys walking and socialising.  She is also a dog carer, looking after customer’s dogs whilst their owners are on holiday.  She is also an advocate for sustainable energy and works to offset her carbon footprint along the way.

M: 07474 469929
T: 01603 756343

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Robert Payne

Property Manager

Robert is a Property Manager having over 30 years experience within the Commercial and Residential property sectors.

Robert is dedicated to the safety and effective management of the business’s portfolio of commercial investment property including multi-tenanted offices in the City of Norwich, and beyond to landmark Retail Parks. The role of Property Manager encompasses everything from day-to-day routine repairs and maintenance through to the control and monitoring of Service Charge Budgets, ensuring clients receive value for money for all building services provided. Robert serves as a go-to point of contact and is happy to respond to the many and differing challenges the job demands.

M: 07459 504777
T: 01603 756344

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Chris Watkins

Graduate Commercial Surveyor

Chris joined Roche in September 2023 as a Graduate Commercial Surveyor. He is currently working towards completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in order to qualify as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Chris graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2023 achieving a Merit in his MSc Real Estate postgraduate degree. He is actively involved across the business to gain the necessary breadth and depth of experience required to achieve chartered status.

Outside of work Chris loves the outdoors and regularly walks the Norfolk coast, the Isle of Wight downs, and the scenic valleys of the Peak District. On rainy days he can usually be found putting his history degree to use when exploring the numerous country houses scattered across Norfolk and beyond.

M: 07907 449061
T: 01603 753336

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    St Benedicts Street welcomes Rural Hair & Co
    March 2024

    St Benedicts Street welcomes Rural Hair & Co

    On behalf of TCNUK, Roche Retail is delighted to announce the letting of 8 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, to Rural Hair & Co. Situated in the heart of the Norwich Lanes district, the property occupies a prime position amongst a number of well-established retailers and restaurants.

    “This is an exciting new addition to St Benedicts Street which remains a vibrant and popular part of the city. I wish Rural Hair & Co all the very best with this new venture and expansion into the city.”

    Ben Common, Surveyor at Roche

    Large North Norfolk factory sold
    February 2024

    Large North Norfolk factory sold

    Roche has completed the sale of large former factory premises in North Walsham.

    Robertson House is located in a prominent position at the entrance to the town’s principle industrial estate. The 3.71 acre site is currently occupied by 41,592 sq ft of buildings comprising workshop and warehouse accommodation with a two-storey office, forecourt parking and a rear yard. Also at the rear is large area of undeveloped land.

    The new owners are planning convert and develop the site to create a number of smaller units as a new industrial business park.

    “We are delighted to complete this sale. Large freehold sites such as this are rare and highly sought-after, and the location of Robertson House at the entrance to North Walsham’s main industrial area also made it a very attractive and cost-effective proposition for both developers and potential occupiers.”

    Graham Jones, Partner at Roche
    Norwich city centre bank sold
    February 2024

    Norwich city centre bank sold

    Roche Retail, acting jointly with BWD, has completed the sale of 69 London Street, Norwich, on behalf of The Co-operative Bank.

    “After significant levels of interest in the premises, it was an excellent result to have agreed a sale significantly in excess of the asking price of £335,000 on behalf of our client. The sale demonstrates that city centre high street property remains very much in demand, and I look forward to seeing what is next in store for this historic building.”

    Ben Common, Surveyor at Roche

    Trespass takes space at the Britten Shopping Centre
    February 2024

    Trespass takes space at the Britten Shopping Centre

    Roche Retail is pleased to announce the letting of two units at the Britten Shopping Centre in Lowestoft.

    The international outdoor clothing retailer Trespass has taken occupation of unit 7, which comprises 2,481 sq ft, whilst unit 10B has been let to a local beauty salon.

    “These new lettings underpin the continued demand for space within the centre. Both of these businesses bring exciting new offerings to the scheme which is a key part of Lowestoft’s vibrant town centre and retail offer.”

    Ben Common, Surveyor at Roche
    The international outdoor clothing retailer Trespass has taken occupation of unit 7 at The Britten Centre in Lowestoft

    Repurposed office space proves ideal for NHS
    February 2024

    Repurposed office space proves ideal for NHS

    Roche has completed the letting of grade A office space in Norwich to the NHS.

    The 9,127 sq ft premises on Meridian Business Park in Norwich have been taken by the NHS on a 10-year lease. The office space has been repurposed for clinical uses, with Roche completing the letting on behalf of Dencora Investments.

    “Repurposing the offices for NHS further enhances Meridian’s position as a successful business park. It is a popular employment location, which has strong access routes due to its proximity to the Southern Bypass and Northern Distributor Road.”

    Sam Kingston, Surveyor at Roche
    Norwich premises let to popular Scandi retailer
    February 2024

    Norwich premises let to popular Scandi retailer

    A contemporary Scandinavian retailer is set to open a new store in Norwich this Spring. Roche has just secured Søstrene Grene as a tenant for premises at 15 -17 London Street.

    Established in Denmark in 1973, Søstrene Grene is a home retailer, selling furniture, interior decor, kitchenware, party supplies, stationery and toys. While it has 15 stores across the UK, the closest one to Norfolk is currently in London.

    Roche has let the London Street unit, principally arranged over a 5,612 sq ft ground floor, on a 10-year lease. The premises occupy a prominent corner location and have an extensive frontage, adjacent to Jarrold’s Department Store, making them an attractive proposition for retailers.

    “We are delighted to secure this letting for Søstrene Grene to move into the popular London Street shopping area. The location is within one of Norwich’s principal retail thoroughfares which link the professional business district, the Cathedral and railway station to the city centre. This will be the retailer’s first store in the region and we are pleased to have found them ideal premises here in Norwich.”

    Adrian Fennell, partner at Roche

    Francis Darrah acted jointly on the letting and Hynes Illingworth advised Søstrene Grene.

    Car repair firm drives new letting in Rackheath
    February 2024

    Car repair firm drives new letting in Rackheath

    Halo Accident Repair Centre has moved into new premises north of Norwich, following a letting by Roche.

    The 8,082 sq ft warehouse is located on Ramirez Road within Rackheath Industrial Estate. Acting on behalf of Tilia Properties, Roche has let the premises to Halo on a 10-year lease with five year break.

    “We are delighted to welcome Halo Accident Repair to Ramirez Road. The premises are well suited to Halo and this letting brings a new occupier to the popular Rackheath Industrial Estate which also widens the tenant mix.”

    Sam Kingston, Surveyor at Roche
    China Town Supermarket moves into city centre
    January 2024

    China Town Supermarket moves into city centre

    Roche is pleased to announce the letting of 4 – 6 Queens Road, Norwich, to China Town Supermarket.

    The retailer has signed a 10 year lease for the 4,874 sq ft retail premises, which lie adjacent to the popular and well-established St Stephens Street shopping precinct.

    China Town Supermarket is the latest retailer to move into the Queens Road parade alongside other food and beverage retailers Boba Bubble Tea and Lucky Fortune Asia Market.

    “We are delighted to welcome China Town Supermarket to this great location, which is an ideal fit for the retailer. The Queens Road parade continues to attract a healthy level of footfall and has begun to establish itself as a popular food and beverage destination in the city centre.”

    Ben Common, Surveyor at Roche
    City centre office let to Conisbee Consulting
    January 2024

    City centre office let to Conisbee Consulting

    Roche has completed the letting of an office at 1 Bank Plain, Norwich, to Conisbee Consulting Engineers.

    The second-floor office forms part of a larger multi-let office building and ground floor retail premises located in the heart of Norwich. The property has also recently welcomed other new tenants – Francis Darrah Chartered Surveyors and Wright’s Café.

    Established in 1982, Conisbee Consulting has teams across London and East Anglia. Its first Norwich office opened in 2012.

    “The letting to Conisbee is a great addition to the building and an excellent outcome for all parties. This latest tenant demonstrates the continued demand for high quality office accommodation within Norwich city centre.”

    Ben Common, Surveyor at Roche
    Educational play café debuts in Castle Quarter
    January 2024

    Educational play café debuts in Castle Quarter

    Engino, an educational STEM building system toy, has made its UK debut with a new ‘play café’ concept at Castle Quarter in Norwich, following a letting secured by Roche.

    The new ten-year lease sees Engino taking 4,405 sq ft across Units 54 – 55 at Castle Quarter – Norwich’s leading social, leisure and lifestyle destination. As well as selling Engino’s range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) toys aimed at children aged 18 months upwards, the store is home to a ‘play café’ concept, enabling visitors to test out the brand’s unique building system while having a bite to eat.

    Launched in 2004 in Cyprus, Engino is a modular plastic system for children to construct vehicles, buildings and robotic machines. Together with associated Keiro software, it promotes problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. Its ‘Edutainment’ ecosystem includes STEM workshops, robotics camps and birthday parties, which will all be available in its new Norwich location.

    “We are delighted to welcome Engino to Norwich as the brand debuts its range using this exciting new play café format. Engino further improves the offer at Castle Quarter, which has successfully repositioned towards innovative social, leisure and lifestyle operators while retaining its traditional retail strength.”

    Adrian Fennell, Partner at Roche Retail, the letting agent with Jamieson Mills