New Associate Director of Business Development

New Associate Director of Business Development says company has 'laid the foundations’ for growth

Block Management UK’s Associate Director of Business Development says the company has managed to keep its 'family-run’ feel, despite enjoying strong and steady growth over the years.

Thomas Pickering has now been at BMUK for six months, and says he sees huge potential for the company to take on bigger and bigger clients.

Hugely experienced in the property sector, Thomas spent the first three years of his career as an estate agent, selling homes in Belgravia in London, before moving into property management around six years ago.

Thomas said as Block Management UK is privately owned, it can react and adapt to the market much more effectively than other businesses in the sector.

“They are a privately owned company, w..

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(22 March 2023 )

Block Management UK Ltd risen to the challange

Block and estate managers have faced their most demanding years – but have risen to the challenge

The last five years have been a turbulent time for block and estate management – with the Grenfell tragedy, Brexit, the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis transforming the sector.
The industries have changed dramatically, and companies have had to adapt quickly to each new challenge as they arose.

Here, David Collinson, MD at Block Management UK, reflects on the last few years and how companies like his have changed the way they operate under the most difficult of circumstances.

The tragedy at Grenfell was a turning point for all that are involved in the management of blocks of flats, a moment of tragedy that brought the challenges of the sector into the public eye.

The sector changed overnight, with many leaseholders in high rise blocks fearing their property could be fitted with the same dangerous cladd..
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(17 March 2023 )

Estate management jargon-buster

Sometimes, speaking about estate and block management can feel like navigating a minefield of puzzling terms and phrases.

To help you navigate the terminology, we thought we would do some jargon busting.

Here is a rundown of some of the terms and expressions used in our profession and what they mean.

Leaseholder –owns a property for a set period of time – typically for hundreds of years - but not the land it’s built on. The owner could be an individual, organisation or company.

Freeholder –owns a property and the land it is built on outright.  The owner could be an individual, organisation or company.

Lease – an agreement, usually between a freeholder and leaseholder, giving possession to the leaseholder for an agreed fixed period of time.

– someone in temporary possession of a property, rented from a leasehold..
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(06 March 2023 )

What is block management?

What is block and estate management and why do you need a management company?

Managing leaseholds can be a challenging endeavour, managing multiple properties, keeping flats and houses in good repair, all while ensuring residents are safe and happy.

That’s where estate and block management come in – taking on much of the daily running of the properties, freeing up valuable time for the leaseholder.

Here, David Collinson, MD at Block Management UK, explains what block and estate management is, and why you need it.

What is block and estate management?

Put simply, block and estate management involve maintaining and managing residential leasehold buildings.

Block management companies take on the upkeep of a residential building or estate’s shared spaces – from lifts and stairwells to gardens, courtyards and reception areas.

They provide a one-stop-shop for managing these spaces, as well as a range of financial and legal ser..
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(06 March 2023 )

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. 

Block Management Uk’s Managing Director D..
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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 )
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