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Wed 4 December 2019
We've officially begun our latest chapter as we relocate our Newcastle office onto Grey Street in Newcastle City Centre, placing us at the centre of the city’s property and development market.
The origins of youngsRPS go back 140 years. Although traditionally we concentrated on servicing rural clients, as opportunities have presented themselves, we have moved firmly into the commercial sector. Most significantly in 2017, when the we merged with Stanton Mortimer, an established firm of commercial chartered surveyors, resulting in the creation of a wide-ranging suite of complimentary land, business and property services.
Speaking about our motivations to relocate, Director, Michael Blake said: “Whilst our traditional rural and residential services remain extremely important to us, we have seen significant developments in our commercial work; both from our property and planning sectors. Our planning consultants have moved from Hexham to Newcastle, joining our existing commercial property team.
“I’d describe 23 Grey Street as a hub for commercial activity. Despite being relatively small in numbers in comparison to some of the other city centre agents, we have over 100 years’ experience within the Tyne and Wear region. As well as bringing new clients on board, we’ve expanded the overall team; and our new office space allows for further recruitment opportunities to support client growth, both now and in the long term.”
The youngsRPS planning team, originally based in the firm’s Hexham office, will now also be based in the city centre. The relocation was determined primarily by the ongoing demand from clients for large, and often complex, commercial developments in and around the city. As the team brought on more clients, they began to expand, most recently with the appointment of Helen Marks as a planning and development consultant, bringing with her over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public planning sectors.
Helen has hit the ground running, taking a major office and residential development proposal on Strawberry Place beside St James’ Park and a mixed-use development scheme on a brownfield site in Hexham through the planning system; both having recently been given the go ahead following her appearances at planning committee. 2020 is set to be an exciting year for the team, with a comprehensive portfolio of large-scale development projects in the pipeline.
Reflecting on their move, planning and development consultant, Richard Morgan said: “With offices across the North East, North Yorkshire and Scotland, we have a wide-ranging client base and the planning team is successfully working on projects across a number of local authority areas. As a base, the Newcastle office allows us to be more effective with our time and to work collaboratively with other technical consultants such as architects and engineers.
We are focused on securing deliverable consents for our clients and working closely with our commercial surveying team will ensure that issues such as marketability and viability are a key consideration in the advice that we provide.”
The youngsRPS commercial property team specialise in investment, valuations, management and agency. They have a loyal client base, many of which have used the services of the firm since 1970s.Speaking about what their move means for the future of the youngsRPS commercial team, Chartered Surveyor, Paul Fairlamb said: “While we have been at the forefront of the commercial property market in the North East since the 1970’s and in Newcastle city centre for nearly twenty years, we haven’t had the exposure that our new Grey Street office will offer. We’re finding that we’re working alongside our inhouse planning team more than ever so being based under the same roof is a huge benefit to our clients; offering a multi-faced service. With more space, our new office also allows for our agricultural and residential agency teams to work from Newcastle remotely, again, adding value to the service we offer our clients; something that is extremely important to us.”