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The London office of commercial property expert Vail Williams is being reinforced with further blue chip experience as it welcomes the arrival of new senior management surveyor Nina Epstein.

Nina joins the expanding team at Cavendish Square with the experience and knowledge of a 13-year career supporting household names with their commercial/residential property and asset management needs.

She will be part of Vail Williams’ property asset management team working in the capital for a variety of clients ranging from institutional organisations to private investors.

Nina will focus on maximizing results from clients’ holdings through agreed asset management initiatives, as well as supporting a new client development programme to boost the comprehensive services already offered by Vail Williams’ London office.

Her past experience will be invaluable, having advised major companies including the Ropemaker Portfolio pension fund on behalf of BP, the Crown Estate, BAE Systems, ING, The Church Commissioners, Network Rail, Royal & Sun Alliance and 8th Earl Spencer Family Settlement.

Nina comes from the property management team at DTZ where she spent nearly four years in its City office. Working alongside fund managers, clients included National Grid and Imperial Tobacco.

Vail Williams partner Andrew Outterside said: “Nina brings to our clients a wealth of valuable experience and expertise from a 13-year career which includes working with some of the best known names in the British investment sector.

“The recruitment of high quality new team members like Nina underlines our strong and well-founded growth plans. We are committed to building the numbers and capabilities of our offices around the country – and London is no exception.”

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A public vote helped win commercial property experts Vail Williams’ Guildford office the title of Best Surveying and Professional Services Company at this year’s Surrey Property Awards.

The Vail Williams team was presented with the prestigious accolade at a ceremony held at G-Live in Guildford attended by about 400 property professionals from Surrey, Sussex and the Home Counties.

Former international rugby player and TV presenter Martin Bayfield presented the prizes which were decided on the combination of an online vote and the quality of comments from the public and fellow businesses.

In voting for Vail Williams, several of the nominations praised its staff for being “fun, professional, proactive and dedicated”.

Vail Williams’ award recognised the service delivery, market reputation and professionalism shown by the company’s disciplines operating within Guildford, Surrey and the Gatwick region.

The team was represented at the dinner on Thursday November 13 by Ashley Bell, Vincint Verster, Tom Spencer and James Lacey, who brought clients along to the dinner including Thakeham Homes, RBS, Abingworth Strategic and Birchwood Commercial.

The award ceremony was attended by some of the biggest names in the development and property industry, including Taylor Wimpey, Linden Homes, Savills and Knight Frank.

Vail Williams partner James Lacey said: “We were overwhelmed by the warmth of the comments from the public, fellow professionals and the members of the regional business community who voted for us.

“To be recognised by our peers reflects our standing as a growing, national company. It’s a source of great pride for us and something we can show to potential clients as evidence of what we can achieve for them.”

Vail Williams regional partner Martin Tice added: “This award is another boost for our growing reputation and it reflects the way our valuation, planning and development services all work together for our clients.”

The award follows other silverware won by Vail Williams in the Thames Valley and Solent regions – including Estates Gazette’s Individual Deal Maker award (scooped by Andy Gibbs in the Solent Business Space team in October), and the Thames Valley Best at Business award (presented as part of the unveiling of The Business Magazine’s Thames Valley 250 in July).

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Commercial property expert Vail Williams has welcomed back a former employee to its Heathrow office where he has become the company’s newest Partner.

Mark Jennings last worked for Vail Williams 17 years ago, and returns having built up valuable experience and expertise including development and investment in industrial, retail, office and residential sectors.

Clients will benefit in particular from his strong links to the airport property market, where Mark has acted for airlines, operators and Heathrow Airport Ltd, as well as associated developers and investors.

Mark’s industry insight in the Thames Valley and Heathrow markets has been extended  for the last 11 years having worked at Taylor Woodrow Developments, Chancerygate Business Centres and latterly Safestore.

Vail Williams Partner Kevin Cook said: “It’s great to have Mark back again at Vail Williams. He adds valuable experience and expertise in sectors that are crucial to the clients we’re working with in the Thames Valley and Heathrow region.

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Another company has chosen to relocate operations to Winnersh Triangle, near Reading, since the business park’s relaunch earlier this summer.

The latest brand to arrive is US-headquartered Manhattan Associates, an international market-leader in providing Supply Chain Commerce Solutions.

The company has moved from Bracknell to take up 11,300 square feet of Grade A office space at Winnersh Triangle in the refurbished E2 building on a 10-year lease.

The arrival is the latest in a series of new tenants since real estate investor PATRIZIA UK acquired Winnersh Triangle’s 1.3 million square feet of mixed-use accommodation in July 2013.

There are now more than 60 diverse companies with 3,000 employees on site. Names include Jacobs (UK) Ltd, Virgin Media, BMC Software, Microchip, Grant Thornton, Lloyds Bank, WH Smith and Bang & Olufsen (UK) Ltd.

Craig Sears-Black, Manhattan Associates’ UK managing director, said: “We’ve experienced strong growth in the UK in recent years with both local and global companies – in increasing numbers and from a variety of industries – choosing to deploy our market-leading Supply Chain Commerce Solutions.

“Manhattan’s move to Winnersh Triangle really marks a new era for our business here in the UK though. Providing a modern workplace and better reflecting the technology sector in which we operate, the new office will also accommodate the company’s future growth and allow us to better serve our UK customer base. In the coming months, we look forward to welcoming customers, prospects and partners to view our new facility and share our vision for Manhattan Associates and Supply Chain Commerce.”

Will Lawrie, asset manager at PATRIZIA, said: “We are delighted to welcome Manhattan Associates to Winnersh Triangle and wish them success in their new office premises. As the economy strengthens, more and more companies are seeing the business advantages of the park’s excellent transport connections, its high quality premises and first class facilities.”

The letting to Manhattan Associates was brokered through commercial property specialists Vail Williams, advising Manhattan Associates; and JLL, acted for PATRIZIA UK.

Amenities at Winnersh Triangle include a four-star hotel with conference facilities, a fitness centre, pool and spa, bistro, bar and restaurant. There is an additional 12 acres of development potential within the estate about which further announcements will be made.

The business park has its own Winnersh Triangle train station providing frequent rail services direct to central London and Reading. Junction 10 of the M4 is less than five minutes away and Heathrow is 30 minutes’ drive.

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A global business software company is poised for continued growth as it becomes the latest name to relocate to Winnersh Triangle since the business park’s relaunch this year.

Award-winning Invenio Business Solutions has chosen to expand to Winnersh Triangle from its former serviced premises in east Reading.

It will take up 2,611 square feet of office space on the first floor of 125 Wharfedale Road over an agreed 10-year lease, which comes with a five-year break clause.

The space and tenancy arrangement will give the company room to grow, as well as the benefit of Winnersh Triangle’s premier location, facilities and transport connections.

The arrival is the latest in a series of major new tenants since real estate investor PATRIZIA UK acquired Winnersh Triangle’s 1.3 million square feet of mixed-use accommodation in July 2013.

Will Lawrie, PATRIZIA asset manager, said: “Invenio is moving into one of the 100 series units at the front of Winnersh Triangle which make excellent premises for companies ready to make their move out of serviced offices.

“It’s great to welcome a new brand to Winnersh Triangle and we wish Invenio a successful future on the park. We are attracting both established and growing companies keen to seize the commercial advantage that our connections and facilities provide.”

Invenio’s managing director Partho Bhattacharya said: “Winnersh Triangle is a new and modern business park with all the facilities that a growing IT consulting organisation needs. We plan to expand in our new premises, and this office space augurs well with our recruitment plans.

“We’re pleased to be joining a number of other well established names at Winnersh Triangle and look forward to being part of such a vibrant business community.”

There are now more than 60 diverse companies with 3,000 employees on site. Big names include Jacobs (UK) Ltd, Virgin Media, BMC Software, Microchip, Grant Thornton, Lloyds Bank, WH Smith and Bang & Olufsen (UK) Ltd.

The deal between Invenio and Winnersh Triangle was brokered through commercial property consultancy Vail Williams.

Vail Williams associate Charlie Nicholson added: “We’re delighted to see Invenio take offices at Winnersh Triangle. Our close and in-depth knowledge of the local market ensures we can provide the best property advice and solutions for our clients.”

Amenities at Winnersh Triangle include a four-star hotel with conference facilities, a fitness centre, pool and spa, bistro, bar and restaurant. There is an additional 12 acres of development potential within the estate with further announcements to come.

The business park has its own train station providing frequent rail services direct to central London and Reading. Junction 10 of the M4 is less than five minutes away and Heathrow is only 30 minutes’ drive away.

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Plans for an industrial site in Newbury are set to create 60 new jobs thanks to a redevelopment deal structured between Aviva Investors and commercial property experts at Vail Williams.

Travis Perkins Group has purchased the quasi office / industrial investment known as Silverbridge House on the Hambridge Road Industrial Estate. The site will be developed into a Wickes store and two other facilities under the Travis Perkins fascia.

Travis Perkins Group acquired the 0.88 hectare site on condition of gaining planning permission for a new 3,670-square metre unit divided into three separate business spaces, including mezzanine levels. The application was approved by West Berkshire District Council in June.

Vail Williams Associate Charlie Nicholson said: “This is great news for Newbury’s local economy because it creates jobs, builds on the UK’s economic recovery, and brings fresh investment and activity to the Hambridge Road area of Newbury.

“Before they have even been constructed, the three sub-units are earmarked for Wickes and the wider Travis Perkins Group of Companies. That’s a very satisfying turnaround for once empty premises whose layout and structure made it a big challenge in the recent economic environment.

“The industrial estate is perfectly placed for business: it’s near a train station, it’s surrounded by commercial operations, and occupiers can recruit from the skilled workforce in Newbury.”

The new unit will be divided into three. Wickes will occupy the biggest space (2,462 square metres). There will be two other 604-square metre facilities, both of which will be occupied by a Travis Perkins Group company.

As well as floorspace, the new development will feature external storage and display, servicing areas and parking for 67 cars and 18 bicycles.

Aqleem Khokhar, Senior Property Acquisitions Manager at Travis Perkins Group, said: “This is great news for Travis Perkins and for the wider area as it will bring jobs and business opportunities. The site is perfect for our operations and Vail Williams did an excellent job making sure the transaction progressed smoothly.”

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Commercial property expert Vail Williams has added to its team in Birmingham as it continues to expand the business.

The fresh arrival follows last month’s cohort of new recruits consolidating Vail Williams’ growing operations around the country. They will help to serve a lengthening national roster of clients.

Joining the Birmingham office at Brindley Place and strengthening Vail Williams’ West Midlands offering is Associate Valuer Chris Worrall.

Chris specialises in valuations for trading/going concerns for secured lending purposes for banking and lending clients together with valuations for accounting and other purposes.

His in-depth commercial property expertise stretches back over a 15-year career and includes in particular the leisure, retail, healthcare and education sectors.

His career began at Pinders Professional and Consultancy Services (Christie Group) which he joined as a graduate surveyor, before moving on to become an in-house valuer based at Milton Keynes and then a National Business Appraiser and Valuer.

Vail Williams Partner and Head of the Birmingham office Chris Cave said: “It’s been an exciting time recently as our business has grown nationally and we’ve welcomed new recruits bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience for our clients. Chris is skilled in the area of trade valuations; a specialism that our clients have been asking us to provide, and we are delighted to be able to respond to their needs with his appointment.

“Chris strengthens our line-up of property experts serving the West Midlands. His arrival demonstrates very clearly how committed we are to offering our clients first rate property advice and solutions across all our regions.”

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Commercial property expert Vail Williams has added to its teams in Heathrow, Reading and Guildford as it continues to expand the business.

The fresh arrivals follow last month’s cohort of new recruits consolidating Vail Williams’ growing operations around the country. They will help to serve a lengthening roster of clients in the Heathrow, Thames Valley and Surrey areas.

Arriving at Vail Williams’ new Heathrow office at Capital Place in Bath Road, next to the airport, is Marcus Smith. He joins as Associate in the Business Space discipline covering the Heathrow and Thames Valley areas.

With 16 years’ experience, Marcus specialises in the disposal and acquisition of office, industrial and mixed-use schemes across west London and the Thames Valley for occupiers and landlords.

Joining the Guildford office as Associate is Thomas Spencer who focuses on Valuation services. With a decade of experience, he has worked with major lenders, residential developers and public sector clients such as Surrey Police.

Previous roles have included work on valuation, residential development agency and asset management development surveying, housing enablement, and general practice surveying. He will cover the Surrey area.

Vail Williams Partner Kevin Cook said: “It’s been an exciting time recently as our business has grown nationally and we’ve welcomed new recruits bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience for our clients.

“Marcus and Thomas strengthen our already formidable line-up of property experts. They demonstrate very clearly how committed we are to offering our clients first rate property advice and solutions across all our regions.”

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Local chilli sauce producer Thousand Hills Limited has taken a 2,500 sq ft unit at Unit 6 Bridge Industries in Fareham. Commercial property consultancy Vail Williams acted on behalf of the landlord Sumner Properties Limited.

Unit 6 Bridge Industries recently underwent a comprehensive refurbishment and the letting sees Thousand Hills Limited take a new three-year lease.

Thousand Hills, which boasts a Royal Navy sauce range, produces chilli sauces (initially based on Rwandan recipes) ranging from ultra-mild heat up to flaming hot! Head of Operations Nathanael Boarer said: “We are very pleased with our new unit – it will enable us to increase output of all our range, which can be purchased online at www.thousandhills.co.uk.”

Vail Williams surveyor Leanne Channon said: “Our client is delighted that Thousand Hills Limited has chosen Bridge Industries as its operational base. The unit had recently been refurbished and demonstrates that tenants are seeking good quality units ready for occupation.”

Profits from the Royal Navy chilli chutney sauces are being donated to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, the principle charity of the Royal Navy.

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A national recruitment drive in response to increasing demand and powerful business growth has brought a fresh cohort of experts to commercial property consultancy Vail Williams.

Appointments and promotions at senior and junior levels have been made at Vail Williams’ offices in Guildford, Crawley, Reading, Southampton and London, reflecting the expanding company’s commercial success around the country.

A total of 18 new faces, promotions and transfers across Vail Williams have boosted key services: planning and building consultancy, valuation, lease advisory and property asset management.

Vail Williams’ confidence to strengthen further its expert and experienced teams provides more evidence of the continued upswing of activity in the property sector and the UK economy more widely.

The firm’s London office has welcomed new partners Richard Dawtrey and Graham Saunders.

Richard joins Vail Williams’ investment team, with responsibility for the acquisition and disposal of commercial investments throughout the UK. He has 15 years of property investment experience and has completed more than 500 transactions within the office, industrial, retail and leisure sectors.

Graham leads Vail Williams’ valuation business in London. He joins from Cushman and Wakefield and brings with him a wealth of experience and success developed in the London valuation market.

Planning experts joining Vail Williams’ Guildford office include Associate Planner Vincint Verster – a Chartered Town Planner with more than 11 years’ experience, who comes from Boyer Planning Ltd where he was Senior Planner. Also joining the Vail Williams team in Guildford is Administrator Candice Sweeney.

Arriving at Vail Williams’ Reading office is Associate Peter Fry, whose commercial property career spans almost 24 years. Peter has specialised in valuation since 1994, and will cover the Thames valley, west London and M40 regions. Graduate Planner Sarah Isherwood also joins the Reading office.

Marie Newman has joined the Southampton office as an Associate, in the valuation team with a focus across the Solent region. Marie has 20 years’ experience in valuing commercial property, residential land and investments for corporate and private clients. In Crawley, Vail Williams welcomes Graduate Planner James Guthrie.

A series of promotions and transfers has also strengthened Vail Williams’ teams around the country.

In Southampton, Mike Greenwood is promoted to Partner, Valuation, and Russell Miller moves up to become Partner, Law of Property Act Receivership. In Birmingham, Paul Arnell has been promoted to Partner, Valuation. Meanwhile, Ben Christian is promoted to Planner in Southampton; Jen Sanders to Senior Planner in London; and Emma Bourke to Surveyor (Level 2) in property asset management, also in London.

Vail Williams Chief Executive Ian Rudland said: “The talented new recruits we are welcoming, and the well-deserved promotions are a clear sign of how Vail Williams is powerfully growing as a business.

“Our aim is to offer our clients business-centred property solutions that directly support their business needs; this requires our team to have both the relevant skills and experience to draw upon. Town planning, building consultancy, valuation, lease advisory and property asset management are key sectors for us.

“Our growth is in evidence around the country and we are building that capability on each office’s deep local knowledge and expertise. We are now even better equipped to call on expertise for every situation wherever it is. Our future is very bright.”