National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has adopted a new business structure and announced a raft of senior management promotions that are set to deliver new levels of expertise across key commercial property sectors.
Following a strategic review Wakemans has moved from a service-led approach to business to one that will enable it to hone its expertise and develop a clear identity in the market sectors in which it is most active.
Executive Chairman John Woodhall said: “This is an important stage in the evolution of our business. Repositioning our offering enables us to maximise resources to improve our technical quality and accuracy as well as our planning and response times, and provides a clear structure for future growth.
“The promotions recognise the major contribution made by some of our most talented managers and reinforce our commitment to offering our employees opportunities for career advancement.”
Newly appointed Divisional Director Nigel Himpson will head up the leisure division alongside Senior Quantity Surveyor Joanne Dale, who becomes Head of Technical Services for Hotels. Their remit is to continue to grow the firm’s market share in hotels whilst also diversifying its client base in conjunction with exploring new opportunities throughout the leisure arena.
Andrew Hancock steps up to Divisional Director to take charge of Wakemans’ new industrial and logistics division, where he will be supported by Andy O’Connor, who is promoted to Associate Director. They will focus on raising the profile of Wakemans in a highly active marketplace in which the firm enjoys both considerable expertise and broad experience.
Clients’ land remediation and infrastructure service requirements will also be handled by the new industrial and logistics division.
Seinde Balogun, who joined the Wakemans board as Director and shareholder in 2008, will lead the division that specialises in residential/retail and public sector projects. The restructure will see him focus on expanding the firm’s client base, especially in the education sector, taking advantage of opportunities in school refurbishment/remodelling and student accommodation projects.
Divisional Director Adrian Cartwright and the firm’s building surveyors will support all three divisions as will the project management team led by Senior Project Manager and Head of Project Management Matt McWalter.
As part of the new look Wakemans set-up, Divisional Director Tony Hooper assumes extra responsibilities. Tony, who is based at the Wakemans office in Bristol, becomes the firm’s head of expert witness services, advising on commercial and residential cases involving disputes over quality, workmanship and financial payments.
In a further sign of inward investment to develop the logistics industry in the south west, Clifton-based property and construction consultancy Wakemans is underway with a new £110million industrial scheme at the thriving St. Modwen Park Gloucester.
A long-time partner of developer St. Modwen, Wakemans is acting as employer’s agent, quantity surveyor and principal designer/health and safety advisor on the project, which will provide approximately 935,000 sq. ft. of industrial and warehouse space across 14 units.
The 58-acre Stonehouse Lane site occupies a prime central location four miles south west of Gloucester and is close to the M5 motorway, which runs along its western boundary.
The scheme will be built in stages. Phase one has contract value of around £20million and will provide three high quality units totalling 173,166 sq. ft. Contractor Winvic Construction is on schedule to complete the works by December.
Wakemans Divisional Director Tony Hooper said: “St. Modwen’s credentials as a regeneration specialist are second to none and this new scheme will open up more quality accommodation for a wide variety of industrial, engineering and distribution businesses across the south west.
“For existing tenants at St. Modwen Park Gloucester who are looking to expand, this new development heralds an opportunity to build on their achievements to date and capitalise on a prime location.”
Unit 1 is a steel frame detached warehouse of 55,583 sq. ft. with integrated office plus fully clad elevations and roof. As well as vehicular access at both ends, there are hard standing areas well-suited to open storage. Units 2 and 3 are of similar construction and will provide 44,860 sq. ft. and 72,723 sq. ft. of space respectively.
Next, Wakemans will go out to tender for improvement works at junction 12 of the M5. Incorporating overnight slip road closures, they are expected to be completed by April 2020.
As Travelodge continues its expansion across the Midlands, national property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed work on the budget hotel chain’s latest development in Solihull.
Wakemans acted as tenant’s agent on the £10million Solihull Travelodge, which has 82 rooms including SuperRooms, an on-site restaurant called the Bar Café and free car parking.
The new Solihull hotel joins the Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge in offering SuperRooms, the company’s increasingly popular room designed around the ‘premium economy’ concept familiar to airline users. This new class of room is the first of its kind in the UK budget hotel market and enhances the comfort factor for business and leisure customers who want the extra choice of a more premium room.
In a central location, the Solihull Travelodge is a few minutes’ walk from the railway station and close to local amenities, including two shopping centres and a cinema as well as bars and restaurants. It is also a short drive from Birmingham Airport.
Wakemans Divisional Director Nigel Himpson said: “We’re delighted to support Travelodge in implementing its strategic growth plans in the West Midlands. As the region’s economy grows and Solihull, in particular, benefits from rising visitor numbers, this new hotel meets the need for good quality, affordable accommodation.”
Travelodge operates 25 hotels across the West Midlands and Wakemans also played a key role in the development of its Dudley Town Centre, West Bromwich and Walsall properties.
Photo caption: Wakemans has completed work on the new Solihull Travelodge, the budget hotel chain’s 25th property in the West Midlands.