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With its appointment on a second project at one of Wolverhampton’s most prestigious schools, national property and construction consultancy Wakemans is reaping the benefits of its education sector expertise.

Wakemans is acting as quantity surveyor on a new science block at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School. The building has been designed by Seymour Harris Architects (SHA), which was instrumental in the School securing Selective School Expansion Fund (SSEF) funding last year.

Joe Harris at SHA said: “As Wakemans are a trusted partner and have worked closely with us on the first project for the school, you have really appreciated what we as architects and the school are trying to achieve. We were therefore keen to work together again on this expansion project that will provide dedicated science, dining and community sports facilities in readiness for a growth in pupil numbers over the next five years.”

Wakemans quantity surveyor Gerard Belfield said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with SHA on this important school expansion project.”

Over the past 40 years Wakemans has worked in partnership with SHA on a wide variety of regional and national projects. Most recently the two companies have collaborated on the £2.4million Sixth Form hub at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School and a £4.2million teaching block at Joseph Leckie Academy in Walsall.

National property and construction consultancy Wakemans is working with Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel brand, on a £13million property in north London to meet growing demand for good quality, low-cost accommodation in the Capital.

Overseeing Travelodge’s interests, Wakemans is acting as tenant’s agent on the new London Manor House Travelodge PLUS, an eight-storey hotel in Finsbury Park that will provide 143 rooms.

Designed with both business and leisure travellers in mind, this new-build hotel is designed in the company’s ‘budget chic’ hotel format, called Travelodge PLUS. As well as the brand’s enhanced new look rooms, the hotel features 33 SuperRooms, Travelodge’s premium economy room concept with extra amenities for added comfort. Meanwhile, a fully licensed new-look Bar Café features distinctive zones for those working outside the room, more intimate booths and dining benches for groups and a stylish new statement bar.

Jo Dale, Head of Technical Services for Hotels at Wakemans, said: “Travelodge is resolutely committed to delivering value for money for people who want to overnight close to the City of London. The layout of the site makes this an interesting development because the building is eight storeys, yet from one elevation it appears to have only six floors.”

Tony O’Brien, UK Development Director at Travelodge said: “London is a key growth area for Travelodge and we are delighted to be opening a Travelodge PLUS hotel in the premium location of Manor House, just by the tube station. There is a desperate need within the area for good quality and low-cost accommodation and our new hotel will be a great addition, helping to attract new visitors to the area and to boost the local economy.”
Situated adjacent to Manor House tube station and overlooking Finsbury Park, the hotel shares the site with a Co-op store and an unlet A3 unit.

Contractor Harvard Knight Construction has completed the concrete frame and commenced the interior fit-out phase of the project. The London Manor House Travelodge PLUS is due to be completed in summer 2020.

There are eight Travelodge PLUS hotels across the UK, including London, Gatwick Airport, Brighton, York and Edinburgh.


National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has been appointed on a new £14m development of warehouses and industrial space in the heart of Cheshire. Artis Park is being developed by Winsford Dev Co LLP, a joint venture between Kier Property, Yorvale Investments and Maple Grove Developments.

Working on behalf of the joint venture company, Wakemans is acting as employer’s agent, quantity surveyor and principal designer, on this the latest phase of development at the popular Winsford Industrial Estate.

A 195,000 sq. ft. warehouse has been demolished to make way for the development and contractor HP Construction started on site in October. The new scheme comprises 13 flexible units for B2/B8 use providing a total floor space of 11,523 sq. m. (124,034 sq. ft. gross internal area) plus 187 car parking and covered cycle spaces. Wakemans is also overseeing external works, external services and s278 works plus drainage and landscaping.

Wakemans director Seinde Balogun said: “Artis Park represents a significant phase of expansion at the well-established Winsford Industrial Estate, which is the UK’s first Green Business Park and was the first estate to become a Business Improvement District.

“The development’s mix of smaller units should appeal to a variety of trades and light industries that require a counter facility, and with three units already under offer it is clear there is demand for this type and quality of space among both local and national businesses.”

On behalf of the JV, Kier Property’s managing director (North) Tom Gilman added:
“We are delighted to appoint Wakemans at Artis Park. This is Kier Property’s second development in partnership with Yorvale and Maple Grove having successfully developed and sold a 150,000 sq. ft. industrial scheme in Wakefield earlier this year.”

The site enjoys a prominent frontage to Road One at Winsford Industrial Estate, which is already home to Henkel, International Paper Containers (UK), Weatherseal, Iveco, Wincanton Logistics and packaging companies Jiffy and Ambassador.

For sale or to let, the units range in size from 3,450 sq. ft. to 26,620 sq. ft. and can be combined. With an internal height of at least 8m, the units feature mezzanine/ first floor offices, partially glazed frontages and electric loading doors and incorporate 25m yards.

The development benefits from easy access to the motorway network from either junction 18 or 19 of the M6 and since Winsford rail station is part of the West Coast Main Line, there are direct links to some of the country’s key national hubs.

Phase 1 units are scheduled for completion in May 2020, with completion of the entire development due in December 2020.

Kier Property has developed more than 5 million sq. ft. of industrial space and has a pipeline of £1.5bn GDV.

Photo caption: Kier Property’s new Artis Park development in Winsford.

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