Property

Land experts at Bath law firm Thrings help UK’s biggest solar farm power ahead

January 6, 2014
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Land experts at Bath law firm Thrings help UK’s biggest solar farm power ahead

Construction work has started on the UK’s largest solar power farm, thanks to Bath-based agricultural land specialists at West law firm Thrings. The firm acted in collaboration with land agency WebbPaton on behalf of the landowner of the 230-acre site near Didcot, including negotiating the lease of the land to Hampshire-based solar farm developer...

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Graduate surveyor joins Knight Frank’s South West industrial team

January 6, 2014
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Graduate surveyor joins Knight Frank’s South West industrial team

National property agents Knight Frank’s industrial team in the South West has been boosted with the arrival of Josh Gunn as a graduate surveyor. Josh, pictured, joins the Bristol office from Plymouth property consultant Vickery Holman where he spent two years in the agency department after graduating from Oxford Brookes University in Real Estate...

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Strong year for farmland sales as investors continue to plough money into ‘safe haven’

January 2, 2014
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Strong year for farmland sales as investors continue to plough money into ‘safe haven’

The farm agency team at national property consultancy Carter Jonas, which has offices in Bath and Wells, has completed its most successful year ever, handling more than 18,000 acres of land with a combined asking value of more than £185m. The figures reflect the continued strength of the farmland market and the high regard...

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New Year’s Honours for Bath business figures

December 31, 2013
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New Year’s Honours for Bath business figures

Some of the Bath area’s best-known business figures – and some who are lesser known – have been recognised in today’s New Year’s Honours list. Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, pictured, who lives in a 15th-century farmhouse near Frome, has been honoured for services to sustainable living and energy saving with the MBE. Mr...

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Top UK ranking for Wiltshire housing group GreenSquare

December 31, 2013
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Top UK ranking for Wiltshire housing group GreenSquare

GreenSquare, the social housing group with an office in Chippenham, has been placed among the top five housing associations in the UK. It is the only South West-based housing association to be included in the list, compiled by leading industry magazine 24housing and the Housing Quality Network (HQN). GreenSquare came in at number five...

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Nash Partnership projects among pace-setters in Placemaking Awards

December 17, 2013
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Nash Partnership projects among pace-setters in Placemaking Awards

Two projects by Bath-based built environment design practice Nash Partnership have been shortlisted in a prestigious national awards scheme. The St Paul’s project in Cheltenham – a consultation-led masterplan for Cheltenham Borough Homes – is competing in the ‘regeneration’ category of the Placemaking Awards while the Kingston Mills scheme in Bradford on Avon is...

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What’s the big idea? Bath firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

December 16, 2013
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What’s the big idea? Bath firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

Ideas on the best way to create sustainable jobs and growth across the West of England are being invited from Bath firms. The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) today launches a six-week public consultation on its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) – a blueprint for growth over the next six years. The Government has challenged England’s...

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IT director joins expanding Bath law firm Stone King

December 13, 2013
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IT director joins expanding Bath law firm Stone King

Stone King, the Bath and Melksham-based law firm, has appointed Rupert Poole as IT director as it continues to expand its specialist legal services to individuals and organisations. Rupert, pictured, joins from technology outsourcing and consultancy firm Principality IT in South Wales where he was IT director working with a wide range of geographically-disperse...

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National environmental award for Grant Associates’ Tyneside park project

December 11, 2013
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National environmental award for Grant Associates’ Tyneside park project

A recently-opened waterfront park in South Shields designed by Bath-based landscape architects Grant Associates has achieved a major national accolade. The CEEQUAL award recognises the £2.3m Harton Quays Park’s high environmental and social performance. CEEQUAL awards are presented to innovative civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects. Harton Quays Park stretches along the River...

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Govt’s wind turbine planning changes could be big blow to badly-needed schemes

December 9, 2013
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Govt’s wind turbine planning changes could be big blow to badly-needed schemes

A West of England property expert is warning that Government plans to give communities a greater say over wind turbine proposals are deeply flawed and could scupper many small schemes. James Davis, pictured, who heads the regionally-based planning team at national property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall, fears the changes will make smaller renewable energy schemes...

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