The expertise of Garness Jones’ commercial property specialists was highlighted at a prestigious awards ceremony last night with the firm hailed for its success in five categories – and surveyor Charles Parkinson named ‘Dealmaker of the Year’.
The CoStar Awards recognise and celebrate the performance of the UK’s top commercial property professionals, with the awards focussed on achievements between January 1 and December 31, 2018.
It saw Garness Jones recognised for its success across Yorkshire and Humber in terms of both deals done, and attracting investment into the region.
The firm was the best represented from East Yorkshire, as it was recognised as a leader in the amount of investment attracted to the region, for being one of the most active agencies in terms of property disposals by size and number, and one of Yorkshire and Humber’s most active branches.
Whilst the company received great recognition, it was Agency Surveyor Charles Parkinson who was the headline maker, as he was named ‘Yorkshire and Humber Industrial Dealmaker of the Year’, which was an ‘Editor’s Choice’ award.
It reflects an impressive port-folio of work over the past 12 months which has seen him establish himself as a pivotal part in the firm’s industrial department.
This culminated in being involved with the letting and sale of industrial premises of more than 850,000 sq ft across East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire in 2018, including a number of deals in which premises have been converted for completely new uses.
These included transforming a large unit used for storage into a facility to accommodate a six-metre by three-metre hydro pool for a rehab centre for dogs in Beverley, converting a large unit into a fully fitted brewery for a client and agreeing a deal which currently sees a former newspaper press hall being turned into a new climbing centre attraction in Hull.
He also played an instrumental role in the letting of 122,402 sq ft on a trading Park in Hedon Road, to the east of Hull, on a 10-year term at a rent of £360,000 per year.
Commercial team sold or let property to value of £55million in 2018
David Garness, managing director of Garness Jones, said: “Last year was a very successful year for the Garness Jones commercial team as we sold or let property to the value £55million over the 12 months.
“It was fantastic to see our success recognised alongside our peers at this prestigious event, and especially for the industrial team as they have played a huge role in that success.
“Charles in particular has continually demonstrated his ability to ensure excellent returns for property owners and investors and he fully deserves his title as the region’s ‘Dealmaker of the Year’.
“He has constantly provided excellent advice to his clients on how to ensure industrial sites remain appealing, from advising over required investment to being pro-active in marketing strategies.
“In many cases this has led to lettings to businesses who would not perhaps have been considered traditional target tenants.”
The CoStar Awards are selected on the basis of detailed analysis collected on thousands of property deals across the region over 12 months, with a number of awards also voted for by the readers of CoStar News.
Experienced Senior Agency Surveyor Dale Gooderham was also nominated by Garness Jones for the award category relating to the Top Industrial Commercial Property Deal across Yorkshire and the Humber in 2018.
This related to the letting of 77,640 sq ft of premises on behalf of a private investor client to a national operator at an annual rent of £235,000 per year.
The awards the firm was recognised in, and named as a finalist, were; Investment Top Local Investment Agency by value Industrial Most active agent by disposals (sq ft) Most active agency by disposals (number) Most active single branch acquisitions (sq ft) Most active single branch (number of acquisitions and disposals)