BB&J Commercial

Bondholder sells landmark building

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Bondholder BB&J Commercial has secured the sale of a prestigious landmark office building on Derby’s premier business location of Pride Park.

BB&J Commercial acted on behalf of Total Integrated Solutions Ltd to sell Technology House in Mallard Way as an investment property to DI (UK) Ltd for an undisclosed amount.

The deal was put together by BB&J Commercial’s senior agency surveyor Chris Keogh, who worked to match up the right buyer for the transaction in a very tight timescale.

The three-storey, 7,894 sq ft property is one of the most prominent on Pride Park, and will continue to be occupied by Lionbridge (UK) Ltd which is a multi-national software and professional services company that has based part of their UK operations in Pride Park since 2014.

Chris Keogh said: “Investment properties are in extremely limited supply, and we have a number of very keen investors looking for opportunities.

“Being able to put together this deal using our expert knowledge demonstrates that with the right connections and clients there is exceptional demand in the market place. The deal was agreed before the property was even formally put to the market.”

Scott Bailey, of DI commented: “We have dealt with BB&J Commercial previously and when they came to us with this opportunity, we knew we had to take it seriously and move quickly to secure the investment. We are delighted with the purchase.”

Chris concluded: “We have several other investment opportunities currently on the market in Pride Park and in prime locations across Derbyshire, which are all either the subject of interest or under offer.”

BB&J Finalises Aerospace Relocation Property Deal

Bondholder BB&J have finalised the lease of a 12,000 sq ft industrial unit in Raynesway to an international aerospace hardware and fasteners company which is relocating its UK base from Cannock to Derby.

BB&J have been working proactively with Blue Sky Industries to meet their relocation requirements in line with its expanding European operations to meet increased business opportunities with Airbus and other major OEMs across Europe.

Graham Bancroft from BB&J continued: “Having worked closely with Blue Sky Industries to understand their requirements, and having recently taken the instruction to market this unit from Bailey Construction we thought that they would be a good match.

“They recently acquired this property with a view to achieving a letting and we were able to quickly bring both parties together to secure the deal.

“This further strengthens Derby’s credentials as the home of planes, trains and automobiles and proves that the city is at the top of the relocation wish list for supply chain businesses across the transport industries."

General Manager Jonathan Morgan explained that Blue Sky Industries was founded in California with other worldwide operations established in Brazil and China.

He said that the privately-owned company was planning to expand its current workforce of ten in the UK to around 25 in the coming two years in sales, inspection and warehousing roles – all based at the new Derby location.

New Appointment at BB&J

Commercial property agent Chris Keogh has joined Bondholder BB&J Commercial and will play an important role in the company’s plans to further expand its geographical reach.

Chris will focus on expanding the agency side of the business including sales, lettings, acquisitions and disposals and will lead on the company’s growing client portfolio in the north and south of the county and further afield across the East Midlands.

Chris said: “I was keen to join BB&J who are a growing, forward-thinking and proactive company who put their clients first and have a superb reputation in the commercial property sector both locally and regionally.

“The company is the perfect fit for my knowledge and expertise and I look forward to working with the team to further grow the business.”

Partner Mark Richardson added: “Chris’ appointment further strengthens our agency operations at a crucial time in the local and regional commercial property market.

“Having become well established in the city, we are looking to further expand our geographical reach and Chris’ knowledge and experience will be invaluable in achieving this goal."

Bondholders set to Fundraise at Ramathon

A number of Bondholders are set to compete in this year's Ramathon, organised by Bondholder RunDerby, to help fundraise for fellow Bondholder Safe and Sound.

Bondholders in the Safe and Sound team include Nathalie Walters, Chief Executive of Safe and Sound; Anthony Lomas, Partner at BB&J; Claire Tonks, Partner at Flint Bishop LLP; and Sean Price, Director at RDS Global.

When asked why she was fundraising for Safe and Sound, Claire Tonks said: “I have decided to run my first half marathon, (much to the surprise of my three boys – “you’re quite old mum to run that far.”) to help raise funds and awareness for Safe & Sound.

"Having a teenager myself and working with schools and colleges, it is impossible not to be aware of the dangers to our children in the digital world. Safe and Sound is a fantastic, local charity providing specialist support to children and young people affected by sexual exploitation.

The race is also sponsored by fellow Bondholder Dains

 

 

Agent Returns to Derby

Commercial property agent Paul Harding has returned to his roots and joined Bondholder BB&J Commercial as part of the chartered surveyor and commercial property firm’s ongoing expansion.

Paul started his career initially at the Valuation Office in Derby. He has since worked in private practice in the East Midlands, Central London and the South East in a career spanning thirty years.

He is an RICS registered valuer and has successfully undertaken instructions in respect of commercial agency, rating, valuation (including assets) along with providing advice on landlord and tenant issues.

Paul said: “Having worked with a wide range of clients from both the public and private sectors over the years, I have still maintained strong links to the East Midlands.

“This is an exciting time to be returning to my home city with increased activity in the commercial property market both in Derby and across the region.”

 

 

The Bondholder League

With the Central Health Derby 10K approaching and 23 businesses already submitting teams, including bondholders BB&J, Tidyco, Derby Telegraph, Innes England, Rolls Royce and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, Sporting Futures are urging more bondholders to sign up for the challenge.

The Derby 10K is running for its 17th year on 9th April and Sporting Futures want to get as many Marketing Derby bondholders involved as possible. A new bondholder league is being organised for the first time.

The inaugural league will work based on a points-per-team system. Companies are invited to enter as many teams as they like (minimum 4 and maximum 10 per team), but efforts will be scored per team not by company, meaning the more teams you enter the more chance you have at claiming the title.

Points will be awarded as follows:

•    10 automatic points for team entry

•    1 additional point per team member

•    10 points for each runner finishing sub 45 minutes

•    5 points for each runner finishing between 45-60 minutes

•    3 points for each runner finishing in 60+ minutes.

In addition, teams can scored extra points by signing up volunteers.

 Volunteers can sign up online www.sporting-futures.org.uk/volunteer-0, citing their company name in ‘How did you hear about us’ for points to be added to the overall team score. Volunteer points will be added after their attendance on race day, and each volunteer will gain 5 points for their team.

Bonus points will also be awarded for the most original and imaginative team photo, uploaded via the team’s preferred social network with the hashtag #BHchallenge.

Winners will be announced the week after the race and the team will receive a free entry for 5 people into a future Sporting Futures event. All bondholders who take part will be acknowledged as charity supporters through Sporting Futures’ website, social media and post-race report.

To sign your team up visit www.sporting-futures.org.uk/register or request a manual form from events@sporting-futures.org.uk. A fundraising pack can also be requested by email for those wishing to support Sporting Futures develop the work they deliver to disadvantaged young people across Derby and Derbyshire.

City Living Boom for Derby

Having identified an opportunity to further fuel the Derby city living boom, Godwin Developments have just struck a deal, brokered by BB&J Commercial, on land at Phoenix Street, Derby, with Phoenix Properties.

Godwin, who have lots of experience in city living across the Midlands, have huge ambitions for this site, which has been left undeveloped for many years.  Godwin plan to create a residential-led tower development.
 
It is hoped the scheme will be a real coup for Derby as the building can set a benchmark for tall buildings in the area. Initial sketch drawings show an iconic, landmark scheme that is sure to be popular with investors and occupiers who are hungry for new apartments as demonstrated by other, recent sell out schemes. 
 
Godwin Developments are showing a real commitment to investing in Derby, with a deal for land on Agard St in the University Quarter having been completed earlier this month. 
 
Stephen Pratt, Godwin Developments, commented “ We see Derby as a great opportunity for city living and now have two live deals with more in the pipeline. We are keen to create some quality apartments for the city and satisfy the demand of the many young professionals who work here.

We are delighted that Godwin Developments are continuing to invest in sites across Derby for city living. Having been in discussions with them for some time, we look forward to the delivery of a landmark, high quality development that helps put Derby Riverside on the map, and will continue to offer our support in bringing the scheme to fruition.
— Tom Erskine, Inward Investment Executive

"We have been working hard as a team to put the right sites together and we are looking forwards to working with Marketing Derby and the City Council to achieve two quality developments. We have similar schemes on across the Midlands and this site adds to our growing portfolio."
 
Mark Richardson of BB&J Commercial said  “It is refreshing to see a quality developer take hold of key regeneration sites with ambitious plans that the city deserves. As a city we missed the apartment boom last time around and as a result there is a real underlying demand for quality city living.

"I feel Godwin Developments are the right developer with the expertise and clout to deliver this exciting scheme which will firmly put Derby City on the residential map with this stunning new development.”

New Partnership at BB&J

Bondholder BB&J Commercial has announced two new appointments to its partnership.

Joining existing Partners Rob Jones, Mark Richardson and Chris Birds are Graham Bancroft and Chris Wright.

Mark Richardson, Partner, said of the appointments: “These promotions represent a significant landmark in both BB&J’s heritage and future growth strategy.

"Over recent years we have continued to expand despite a challenging backdrop and all four individuals have played a major role in contributing to this success.

"We are now the top agency in Derby city centre across both residential and commercial property, and plan to grow further as a major player within the East Midlands."

Speaking of his appointment, Graham Bancroft said: “I hope to continue growing the brand in a more structured way in the new role whilst investing in the team to help us move to the next level of regional commercial property consultancy.”

Chris Wright commented: “As partner I’m looking forward to expanding the firm’s success beyond Derby, securing instructions within the wider East Midlands regional market and honing my skills within the office, land and industrial sectors.”

DCFC Communities Trust's new HQ

Bondholder BB&J Commercial has closed a deal for fellow Bondholder DCFC Communities Trust to move its HQ to a stunning 5,215 sq ft office on Pride Park.

The two-storey building, located at 14 Pride Point, is the perfect location for the growing communities arm of Derby County Football Club which is dedicated to serving the community and supporting local projects and charities as part of the Football Club’s long-term commitment to the city.

As a major employer and occupier within the city, we’re thrilled to have now completed two deals with Derby County FC in the past 6 months. We have been able to quickly and successfully match the specific requirements of the football club on both occasions and, with this latest deal, accommodating the Trust so close to the stadium was particularly important.
— Chris Wright, BB&J Commercial

In the short time since the deal, the firm has begun the move into its new head office.

BB&J property surveyor wins Deal Maker of the Year

Leading property surveyor from Bondholder BB&J Commercial, Chris Wright, has been awarded the prestigious title of Deal Maker of the Year for the second time thanks to a number of major deals he has secured over the past year.

Chris was announced winner in the Derbyshire category by leading industry firm, EGi which publishes the Estates Gazette magazine and undertakes extensive research and analysis of the UK property market.

BB&J's Mark Richardson said: "This is fantastic news and truly well deserved. Chris works very hard and has a strong commitment to clients as well as a clear natural aptitude and sense of the market which has helped to make him Derby's top agent."

Chris has been integral in some of Derby's biggest property deals including the most recent announcement that cyber security firm Webroot is doubling its presence in the city thanks to a move brokered by Chris.

Chris commented: "It's an absolute honour to gain the Deal Maker title once again, it's been an incredibly busy year and I've been involved in some very exciting projects which has contributed towards Derby's continued reputation as a major centre for business and innovation."

Next-gen market leader doubles office space in city

The market leader in next-generation endpoint security and cloud-based collective threat intelligence has made a major commitment to Derby and will create around 50 jobs across the next year.

Webroot arrived on Pride Park in 2013 when it acquired Prevx and invested in 7,128 sq ft new-build offices - a sale led by Bondholder BB&J Commercial. Since then, Webroot has been enjoying significant success in Derby and has been on the lookout for similar space in order to grow the firm's operations within the city.

BB&J Commercial were able to successfully secure the letting of a prestigious office building at adjacent Mallard Way, taking the firm's total occupancy on Pride Park to around 14,000 sq ft with the potential to expand further.

Chris Wright from Bondholder BB&J Commercial, who secured both deals, said: "It's great to see a company such as Webroot, which is the global market leader in its field, committing once again to Derby. Their expansion demonstrates the confidence they have in the market and the strength of Pride Park in particular as a professional centre for businesses from around the world."

Bill Evans, Senior Manager of Facilities at Webroot, said: "We are inspired by the innovation in Derby and, after more than three years successfully building our team and operations in the city, the time is right to expand our business again by taking on additional premises and recruiting 50 new employees. We are thrilled to be expanding our presence within such a successful commercial area and to be part of the city's thriving tech industry."