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New Associate Director of Business Development

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Associate Director of Business Development

Following a period of further expansion Block Management Uk Ltd has appointed Thomas Pickering as Associate Director of Business Development, Thomas joins our creative team and brings a wealth of experience across all sectors of block and estate Management. 


Thomas has been in the property industry for over 8 years, starting in estate agency and moving across to residential property management where he has been for last 6 years.

Thomas started off as a Property Manager in London managing a portfolio of properties learning how to create budgets, manage contractors and how developments are run.  He then went on to work at both a smaller private company and larger corporate companies where he progressed into Business Development which he has a great passion for. 

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(29 September 2022 )

We are delighted to welcome Kirsten King to the business development team.

Following a period of strategic growth, BMUK has appointed a new business development executive to join the business development team.
 
We are delighted to welcome Kirsten King to the business development team.
 
Kirsten has been in the property management industry for 5 years and joins BMUK from Warwick Estates where she provided management handover and new business acquisition support.  Prior to this Kirsten worked for well renowned estate agents Savills in London where she was involved in the planning and drafting of digital communications.  
 
In her new role at BMUK, Kirsten will work closely with Business Development Manager Fiona Ducasse devising social media content, meeting with potential clients, and producing tailor-made management proposals.
 
Kirsten King said: “I’ve had such a warm welcome from all my new colleagues at BMUK and excited to learn and grow in this new chapter of my career using the skills I’ve gained from my previous roles in..
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(29 July 2022 )

Estate Management Instruction

Block Management UK Ltd are pleased to have been instructed to manage Rampton Drift in Longstanton Cambridgeshire.
 
Rampton Drift is an ex-ministry of defence housing estate in the parish of Longstanton, made up of  106 privately owned detached, semi-detached and terraced houses built between the 1950s to 1970s.
 
Block Management UK Ltd offers a comprehensive estate management service covering both the leasehold and freehold sector.

Block Management UK Ltd understands that there are some key differences between estate management and block management that requires a managing agent who is pro-active and experienced. These differences can include managing a larger physical location, boundary issues and use of outdoor communal ar..

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(16 May 2022 )

Block Management UK take on the management of a superb 1930s conversion in Portsmouth


Block Management UK take on the management of a superb 1930s conversion in Portsmouth.

The building was built in 1932 as a Passenger Transport Office before being utilised by the Police force as Southsea Police Station.

Although the site was derelict since 2016, this building is finally being put to good use after years as Southsea Police Station. Behind secure gates, these luxury apartments in Eastney, Portsmouth, retain many original features.

Completed in 2020, the development is heated throughout using a renewable energy source and qualifies for Renewable Heat Incentive payments.
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(23 March 2022 )

New Management Instruction: Coombelands Gardens


The taking on of this property marks our first management contract between Block Management UK Ltd and Martin Grant Homes. We are very happy to be working with a housebuilder with such a great reputation and high level of quality in their developments.

This estate has a very green setting, located near to a number of local parks and the Surrey Hills.  

Customer satisfaction is of great importance to Martin Grant Homes and the homes on this new estate are still within a 10 year National House Builders Council (NHBC) warranty cover period. So we have our work cut out for us maintaining a similarly high level of customer satisfaction across the communal areas and facilities of the estate.

Some elements of this site that we have had to work closely with Martin Grant Homes on have included a foul water pumping station, an off-site private road scheme and the retention of the services of a local landscaping firm.

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(23 March 2022 )

New Management Instruction: Sayes House


Block Management UK is delighted to announce our management of a new residential development located in Addlestone, Surrey. 

Sayes House is a 2020 project from local Surrey-based developers The Property Partnership. The firm has been in business for 15 years and this development represents an extremely high level of finish with a lot of thought gone into the build. The site includes allocated parking, communal gardens and a communal storage area and bike shed.

This property is located just north of our Guildford and Woking management portfolio.

Leaseholder residents will now be kept up to date with our handover process as our property team upload operational details onto our system ready for the management commencement date when we officially take over as managing agents.  

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(25 February 2022 )

Property Developers: Everyone loves the look of a glass atrium, until it comes time to clean it


(This article is part of a series written by our Business Development Manager Fiona DuCasse, exploring how service charge implications can be addressed at the design stage of a development)

There is no doubt that glazing – be it glazing panels, modular rooflights or structural glazing- in communal areas helps create attractive, healthy and restful public spaces. However, the developer needs to consider issues of access to these areas for maintenance and cleaning.

High level glazing may need roof and rope access, a MEWP (Mobile Elevated Working Platform) or scaffolding. If the glass includes climate control, shading options, or is a stick or electric opening system these all impact on a maintenance schedule and budget. 

If a smoke ventilation option is added (for instance one that is EN 12101-2 certified) this will need to be added to the inspection calendar. All of this really does aff..
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(24 January 2022 )

New Management Instruction: Mulberry Court, Chislehurst


Mulberry Court in Chislehurst in the borough of Bromley is on the border with Kent and was built by Kent-based Paye Homes in 2017. A high-spec property, the development features a secure underground car park, communal gardens, secure gated entrance and a lift.

Block Management UK has an office location in Croydon and manages several properties across a southeast London portfolio within the boroughs of Bromley, Croydon and Bexley.

With the property going through our handover process, residents should expect to receive information about our services as well as contact details for their own property manager. As we take on the accounts and add the property details to our management software, several regular tasks will be added to the schedule including arrangement of new insurance policy and a note of when regular inspections are due. 
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(21 January 2022 )

Block Management UK takes on a new Cardiff instruction and offers advice for small self-managers who feel overwhelmed

 

This Victorian residential conversion is our first in the city although not our first in Wales. We already manage property in nearby Pontypridd, and on the north coast, where we manage properties near Colwyn Bay.  

The Cardiff property had previously been self-managed by one of the residents. However, in time she felt that she no longer could devote her time and energy to the complexities of management. This scenario is a very common situation especially with a new flat owner who does not count on having to perform so many admin functions in her free time.  

Tasks such as renewing buildings and D&O insurance and company secretarial duties are too important to be ignored. And these tasks are the same whether the property has four flats or forty or more.  

We see many small properties struggle to manage themselves but also cannot afford to hire a managing agent. We do note that  those self-managers who are successful tend to apportion a set time to their man..
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(17 January 2022 )

Property Developers: hiring concierge and other staff for estate management


(This article is part of a series written by our Business Development Manager Fiona DuCasse, exploring how service charge implications can be addressed at the design stage of a development)

It is very common at the design stage of a development, to see a number of 'nice to have’ line items being moved to the 'must have’ column, This results in considerable costs and an unreasonable service charge level.

A managing agent’s ability to see way down the line and anticipate issues around service charges for your residents is the reason you will benefit from bringing on board a property manager as soon as possible.

For instance, when it comes to adding concierge staff to a development, developers not only need to consider the type of staff (concierge vs caretaker vs security staff) but also their hours of work, pay scale, on-costs, equipment, uniform, area for refreshment and WC.  

Will the concierge handle complaints or operate the C..
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(14 January 2022 )
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