1. Ellie Philcox joins EKPS

    Ellie Philcox has joined Euan Kellie Property Solutions (EKPS) as associate director. Ellie joins the planning firm from Deloitte (formerly Drivers Jonas) with over 10 years’ experience in the planning profession. Ellie has joined EKPS to assist with their growing workload, and to provide retail planning expertise.

    Euan said: “I am absolutely delighted that Ellie is joining us. It is an indication of the strength of the business – and the direction in which we are taking it – that we have been able to recruit someone of Ellie’s calibre and experience, and shows our continued commitment to providing the very highest level of consultancy advice to all of our clients.”

    Ellie said: “I am hugely excited to be part of the dynamic planning team at EKPS, and look forward to bringing my experience to a range of projects in Greater Manchester and across the North West, and to helping Euan and Kelly to continue to grow the business.”

    Euan Kellie Property Solutions was set up in 2009 and provides an innovative and commercial approach to clients’ land and property needs through the planning process.  They have recently secured planning permission for development at The Crescent in Salford, the second large-scale PRS development planned by Bet Fred owner, Fred Done, and the mixed-use ‘Astley Point’ development in Wigan.

    Ellie’s appointment was covered Place North West, Insider and the Businessdesk.

  2. Lisa joins Inner City Music board

    Inner City Music, the charity that owns and operates Manchester’s Band on the Wall, has announced Lisa Ashurst, director, Ashurst Communications and Julian Curnuck, finance director, Urban Splash have joined the board as trustees.

    Julian, who has been finance director at Urban Splash for 11 years, joined Inner City Music last month.  His main focus will be to provide strategic advice and guidance as it develops plans which could see Band on the Wall increase its capacity by approximately 45% (to 500 people) and importantly, provide more learning and participation facilities for its education and charitable activities delivered through its partner charity Brighter Sound.

    Julian said: “I am delighted to join Inner City Music at this exciting time as we look to expand the capacity and facilities at Band on the Wall.  With major developments taking place around the venue, in the next few years we’ll see the area come into its own and Band on the Wall will be right at the heart of it.”

    Lisa is providing strategic communications advice to Inner City Music and helping to build relationships with local businesses and the City.

    Lisa said:  “It’s a real honour for me to be involved with Inner City Music.  Band on the Wall is far more than just a music venue. It has an amazing legacy but, importantly, has a very exciting future.  By developing the facilities at Band on the Wall, more people will be able to take part in the hugely successful education and development programmes run by our partners Brighter Sound.”

    Inner City Music’s vision is to enrich people’s lives by enabling them to access, enjoy and participate in the best music from many cultures in a stimulating, social environment. The extension of Band on the Wall will help provide an integrated education programme, developing the venue as centre for creative music making, music technology and multimedia.

    Gavin Sharp, CEO, Inner City Music said: “Lisa and Julian join the Inner City Music board of trustees at a very exciting time for us.  Their skills and experience will be invaluable to us as we move forward with our plans to develop Band on the Wall.”

    Band on the Wall has been one of the cornerstones of Manchester’s thriving music scene for the greater part of the last century.  Band on the Wall exists to promote equality and diversity through music and bring the best music from around the world to the stage – both at the Manchester venue and across the country through its touring schemes.

    Inner City Music Ltd is supported by Arts Council England and Manchester City Council.

    Lisa and Julian’s appointment was covered by Manchester Evening News.

  3. A new look at James Robertshaw

    Bolton based James Robertshaw which designs, manufactures and installs awnings and blinds for its trade and commercial clients has revealed its new identity and website.

    The family owned and run firm worked with Manchester based brand consultancy Project Simply to rework its logo and website, and will be rolling out its new identity across its vans, uniforms and products over the coming months.

    Matthew Garnett, sales and marketing director at James Robertshaw said: “We spent a lot of last year looking at many aspects of our business, including our marketing and communications.  We decided it was time to bring in a fresh, new look to James Robertshaw and we’re thrilled with the new identity and website delivered by Project Simply.”

    Before Project Simply set to work on design, they carried out research with James Robertshaw’s 25 staff and customers, to find out what they like about the existing identity, website and marketing materials and importantly, to discover what wasn’t working.

    Christian Hill, director, Project Simply said:  “We looked at all aspects of the business at James Robertshaw, from how contact is made with customers and orders taken, to the manufacturing processes and after sales services.

    “For us perhaps the most exciting part of the process is all blinds, canopies and awning products are manufactured on site at the Bolton HQ and we really wanted to make that a big part of the new identity.

    “We also spoke to a lot of the team at James Robertshaw and their customers to find out what works and what doesn’t work so well.  We realised we needed to make the product range easier to digest online and we’ll be developing a series of downloadable marketing materials to assist the sales team, and also visitors to site.”

    The new website features films, images and case studies of the full range of James Robertshaw products, which are all available to its trade clients as well as its commercial customers.

    The new identity sees the round blue and white stamp replaced with simple new logo design featuring an icon to represent the shading all James Robertshaw products provide.  A new colour palette has been introduced to help provide a distinctive, modern feel to its communications.

    Matthew Garnett continued:  “We’ve long been known for our innovative approach to designing our products to meet the specific requirements and challenges faced by our customers.  When we took a long look at our marketing materials, we realised we should be demonstrating that flair for innovation and design in everything we do.  I hope our customers love our new identity as much as we do.”

    Established in 1860, James Robertshaw operates from its HQ in Horwich, Bolton.  The company is known for its innovative approach to product design, working closely with its clients to find the best solutions to even the most challenging of projects.  It’s most recent installations include the awnings and café barriers at Manchester’s Corn Exchange and a series of parasols for the new Home Sweet Home at Great Northern Square, Manchester.

  4. Planning submitted for 67-75 Mosley St

    A planning application has been submitted to Manchester City Council by London based real estate investor and developer Boultbee Brooks Real Estate (BBRE) which will see the buildings 67-75 Mosley Street transformed into high quality office space and new retail/leisure opportunities.

    The 66,165 sq ft development is being project managed by OBI Property and designed by PRP.  The application brings the two buildings together into one address – 75 Mosley Street.  Access to the offices will be via a new central reception and a new 7,189 sq ft seventh floor will span across both buildings and includes a small terrace.

    James Whitcher, BBRE said: “67-75 Mosley Street presented a great opportunity for us to bring the buildings together into one address.  We’re very pleased with the design by PRP and look forward to seeing the buildings brought back to life as 75 Mosley Street.”

    At ground level, the Bank of China which occupies 2,788 at 67 Mosley Street, will be staying throughout the works and beyond.  The remaining 2,549 sq ft retail units fronting on to Mosley Street will be refurbished and OBI Property are already in discussions with a tenant to take the space.  Two new retail/leisure spaces of 3,512 sq ft and 2,281 sq ft will be created on the Nicholas Street side of 75 Mosley Street, facing the art gallery.

    Andrew Cowell, transactions and asset management, OBI Property, said: “75 Mosley Street is a fantastic scheme, bringing over 50,000 sq ft of new work space which stands apart from other Manchester schemes.  Its close proximity to the rejuvenating St Peter’s Square means we’ve already received very positive interest in both the retail and office space.”

    The offices above will be refurbished to Cat A specification and will include exposed services.  The East Wing (formerly 73 Mosley Street) will comprise 17,050 sq ft over six floors, while there will be 28,221 sq ft of offices over six floors in the West Wing (formerly 75 Mosley Street).

    The exterior of 73 Mosley Street will be removed and replaced with a new anthracite zinc façade and will include floor to ceiling height windows while the original Portland Stone exterior of 75 Mosley Street will be fully repaired and restored.

    Fiona Sadler, Associate, PRP said:  “75 Mosley Street is a truly individual building in Manchester, built in 1964.  It’s Portland Stone façade is wonderful and we’re really pleased we are able to repair and restore it as part of the development.”

    Zerum is providing planning advice to OBI Property and PRP, the other design team members are: Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture; structural engineers Tier and services engineer Reds.  If planning is received work should start on site in autumn and be complete for summer 2017.

    BBRE has invested £28 million into Manchester city office market.  BBRE is a privately owned property company with a development and investment portfolio valued at approximately £350 million.  The company is a major investor in London, South East and key regional cities.

    News about the planning application was featured in Manchester Evening News, Property Week, Place North West, Insider and the Businessdesk.

  5. Two wins for OBI at Insider Awards

    OBI Property won two awards at the North West Insider Property Awards held on Thursday 12 May.

    Co-founder Will Lewis won the ‘North West Property Dealmaker of the Year’. With just two people shortlisted the judges said Will was a worthy winner. “He’s passionate, knows his clients, has fantastic contacts and has created a formidable brand.”

    Will has completed a string of high profile deals during 2015 including; a 50,000 sq ft pre-let to PwC at No.1 Spinningfields, the leasing and investment sale of 35 Fountain Street and the leasehold acquisition of 60,000 sq ft of workspace in the XYZ Building on behalf of NCC Group.

    Will Lewis said: “We are delighted to have won both of these awards and it was especially satisfying to have our Building and Workplace Consultancy teams recognised with the professional services award.

    OBI also won ‘Professional Services Award, with the judges commenting: “It was only when we read the entry that we realised that OBI Property is so such more than an agency. Their consultancy business is a worthy winner.”

    OBI’s business is built around providing clients with a multi-disciplinary service from interior design, project management, dilapidations, rating, leasing and investment consultancy. This “OBI Difference” has seen them continue to build the business through 2015 and having launched their new office at the start of this year they expect 2016 to be even more successful.