Estate agents pick iconic CQ location for new home

Left to right: Sean Akins from Bildurn Properties and Mark Batty from Walton & Allen

Walton & Allen has created a new high-tech, high street estate agency in the heart of Nottingham’s flourishing Creative Quarter.

The business has invested £50,000 in moving to the distinctive glazed 4,400 square foot Pavilion at the heart of Lace Market Square, designed by award-winning landscape architects Wolfgang & Heron.

Walton & Allen is launching its first state-of-the-art facility at the Pavilion, that will offer seven day opening, an “i -lounge”, touch screens on the exterior for 24-7 house hunting and follows the successful launch of its interactive new app.

The firm has been operating in the city for 15 years, recently from a base on Stoney Street and all of its team of 30 are relocating to the Pavilion.  As well as estate agency Walton & Allen offers a comprehensive property management, maintenance and lettings service.

According to figures released last month month[i], the house price index for the East Midlands reached a record level of 205 in July 2015, an increase of 1.1 per cent from the previous record level of 202.8 in June 2015. The price index for the East Midlands is 5.9 per cent higher than the pre-economic downturn peak in January 2008.

Mark Batty, Director at Walton & Allen commented “With the growth in sales and the buoyancy of the housing market we’ve spent 12 months looking for a suitable location for the launch of this new concept estate agency.  Lace Market Square’s Pavilion is perfect, being close to the first tram stop and in the heart of the booming Creative Quarter.

“Finding this iconic location gave us the confidence to invest a considerable sum in new technology for the business, demonstrating our commitment and ambitions for the property market in Nottingham.” He added.

Lace Market Square was created by Nottingham’s Bildurn Properties, developers with an award-winning reputation for creative architectural design and for breathing new commercial life into cities of the East Midlands.  The business has built a reputation for creative architectural design and for iconic character buildings including modernist Pod development, Lace Market Square and most recently regenerating Cobden Chambers.

Sean Akins is Managing Director at Bildurn; “We’re delighted to welcome Walton & Allen into Lace Market Square, they are a great addition to the local landscape and their new concept estate agency is the perfect fit for this space.”

Walton & Allen join Smith Cooper, one of the Midlands’ most progressive firms of accountants and business advisors who relocated to Grade A offices at 2 Lace Market Square in 2011.