Burston Cook were proud to be sponsors of the Sellebrity Soccer and Events Charity football match raising money for the Winston’s Wish www.winstonswish.org childhood bereavement Charity in loving memory of Liam Shepherd who tragically died in March.
Below is a selection of recent press releases and market activity undertaken by Burston Cook
BURSTON COOK work with celebrities to support Winston Wish childhood bereavement charity
Raising money for Bristol Children's Help Society, Barton Camp
BC were delighted to again support this years Rotary golf tournament which proved a great success and helped raise £5,000.
16 teams competed . Barton Camp’s aim is to offer respite/educational breaks for underprivileged children from 5 to 11 years old in and around Bristol.
The BC shield was won this year by Pete McBride of Absolute Wealth Management.
‘BC continue to support and help the Normandy Veterans Association ‘
Dear Julian. Our memorial bench is complete and installed on the Normandy beaches-We are privileged to have one of only 6 on the site of the new memorial. Dad was so looking forward to seeing it as he was so proud that we had with your help achieved it. Our group are adamant that we must go ASAP to represent those that didn’t make it.
Thankyou for making this happen
Normandy Veterans Association
Burston Cook working with BID are supporting Southmead Hospital Charity and Above and Beyond
This year you can also help by purchasing a ‘Thank You Star’ which will be added to the Clifton Village Christmas Tree on Clifton’s, The Mall.
Each Star has it’s own unique number and you will have a real chance of winning one of a host of amazing Christmas prizes including a £2000 Sapphire and Diamond Ring from Titcombe jewellers, 3 bottles of 007 Bollinger Champagne from Burston Cook, dinner inc wine for 4 at The Ivy, dinner for 4 inc wine at Fishers, dinner for 4 inc wine at The Sausage, a case of Champagne from DBM Wines, Chandos Deli Christmas Hamper and a bespoke SKY Framed print. To donate and purchase your STAR and an entry to this amazing draw please contact Tony Miles ( Smiley Miley) by email:info@smileymileyevents
As restrictions ease, 33 Bristol leads the way…
Works are well underway at 33 Bristol, with completion of the refurbishment project due in September 2020.
Enquiries are already strong for the building, with interested parties keen to secure their place in this high profile office and we are pleased to report that we have already secured one new occupier for the building!
The refurbishment of 33 Bristol will provide open plan floor plates, with the penthouse having two roof terraces and full exposed services, on-site car parking, bike storage, shower facilities, electric car charging points, together with a completely reconfigured and remodelled reception area. Suites will be available in the building from 1,600 – 5,000 – 11,000 – 34,000 sq ft - offering complete flexibility for incoming tenants.
Shake up of Planning Use Classes Order
There are significant proposed changes to the current structure of the use classes order. The new provisions will come into force on 1 September 2020 and will allow much greater flexibility to change uses without the need to obtain planning permission. The changes will see Classes A1, A2, A3, B1, D1 and D2 revoked in favour of a new Class E ‘Commercial Business and Service’. This new class will cover a wide range of uses including: retail, financial and professional services, cafés and restaurants (currently A1-A3); offices, research and development and light industrial (currently B1); clinics, health centres and nurseries (currently D1) and indoor sport and recreation (currently D2).
Two other new use classes will be introduced: Class F.1 (Learning and non-residential institutions) which currently sit within use class D1, and F.2 (Local community) which currently sit within use class D2.
As one might expect, there have been some exclusions from Class E to protect uses with community value for example ‘cinemas and bingo halls’ (currently D2) and also to prevent unrestricted conversion to those uses with potential negative externalities, for example drinking establishments (currently A4) and ‘hot food takeaways’ (currently A5). These now fall within Sui Generis use and will need planning permission for change of use to or from.
The shake up of the Planning Use Classes Order will allow greater flexibility and generate opportunity for commercial property occupiers, developers, and investors - Please do get in touch with the team at Burston Cook to find out more …
To Work From Home or The Office?
Our feedback from major occupiers...
Following widescale reports of companies potentially resorting to a greater degree of working from home practices after Covid-19, we can report that from extensive feedback we have had from Bristol’s business owners, office occupiers and employees, working form home for the majority will not become the norm. Employee feedback suggests that for many, they do not have a long term home working facility and even if a space can be set aside at home, the feedback we have had would suggest that there has been an impact on morale together with a feeling of isolation and a loss of human contact in a business environment has had a negative impact on motivation, team spirit, team collaboration, the inability to separate home life from work life, difficulties in mentoring, poorer communication and generally missing team camaraderie and the efficiencies in working as a team under one roof. Equally, employers recognise all these issues and in addition are aware that if staff are encouraged/ forced to work from home after Covid-19, it will only be a matter of time before staff will need to be recompensed by their employer for their space used and costs incurred…
Post Lockdown - New Instructions
Since the government lifted the restrictions to allow us to carry out inspections and viewings, we are very encouraged by the number of new instructions coming our way including: -
- Newminster House, Baldwin Street, BS1
- 25-27 Clare St, BS1
- 16 Orchard Street, BS1
- Shore House, Westbury on Trym
- 60 Oakfield Road, BS8
- 141 Whiteladies Road, BS8
- 5 Westfield Park, BS8
- 3 Eclipse Park, Staple Hill
- QC30, Queen Charlotte Street, BS1
Major BS1 Office Review Completed – Post Lockdown
Acting on behalf of landlords, we have completed the rent review of Springfield House, Welshback, BS1 at a revised rental of £182,500 per annum exclusive.
New ‘Post Lockdown’ Retail Instructions
Since the lifting of Government restrictions on undertaking inspections, we have been instructed to market numerous retail units throughout the city including-
- 17 Druid Hill, BS9
- 2/3 Denmark Street, BS1
To Work from Home or the Office? … That is the Question!
Following widescale reports of companies resorting to a greater degree of working from home practices after Covid-19, we can report that from extensive feedback we have had from business owners, office occupiers and employees, despite potential cost savings, working from home for the majority, is not favoured in terms of its impact on moral, the feeling of isolation and the loss of human contact in a business environment which can have a negative impact on motivation, team spirit and efficiencies in working as a team under one roof.
BC Acquire 16,400 sq ft for International Clients
In one of Bristol’s largest office deals in Q1 2020, we acquired 16,400 sq ft at The Programme on behalf of NMI.
33 Colston Avenue – Landmark Offices, New Owners – New Approach…
Following the recent acquisition of this landmark building, BC have been instructed as joint agents to handle the letting. The offices are currently under refurbishment including a comprehensive redesign of reception. The building will provide top quality contemporary office space comprising single floors of c. 11,000 sq ft each which can be split to accommodate sizes from c. 5,000 sq ft.
Some Good News in Troubled Times… Tom Coyte promoted to Director
We are delighted to announce the promotion of Tom to Director.
Tom originally achieved a 1st in Economics at Exeter University and joined Burston Cook in February 2015 becoming a Chartered Surveyor and has since risen to director to reflect his ability, commitment and performance in his field.
Continued Success at Whitefriars...
Whitefriars is one of Bristol’s largest office buildings comprising 138,000 sq ft upon which BC have been appointed as joint agents. In the latest letting via us to IMD, the property is now fully let.
Burston Cook Scoop Numerous Property Awards in Early 2020...
We are delighted to retain our position at the forefront of Bristol’s Commercial Property Scene winning many new awards in 2020 including three CoStar Awards as ‘Most Active Agent’ in terms of sq ft and ‘Most Active Agent’ in terms of number of disposals and acquisitions in Bristol.
The Former RAM – Sold – Freehold
We recently brokered the sale of the former RAM bar and restaurant on Park Street to private investors and the unit is now offered to let, fully refurbished and fitted out. This famous Bristol bar once known Le Chateau is located in a prime position, very close to Bristol University, the city centre and the Docks.
Bristol’s Iconic Lead Shot Tower Office Investment – Acquired through BC
Acting on behalf of Workplace Development Trust Ltd, we negotiated the purchase of Bristol’s iconic lead shot tower office investment. Let to two office tenants, the acquisition equated to just under £300 per sq ft, freehold.
Eagle House Acquired for Major Media Occupier
BC acting on behalf of Immediate Media acquired Eagle House on Colston Avenue for their new South West HQ to accommodate 500 staff. After a complete strip out and state of the art refurb, the company have recently moved in…
Inside Asia Move Into their New Landmark Offices in a significant Transaction for Bristol City Centre
BC have acquired the entire ground floor of Electricity House for their Clients, Inside Asia who have recently taken occupation. After a complete strip out and refurb, this 13,000 sq ft letting has brought new life to this corner of BS1.
Three Clifton Office Deals
We maintain our position as Clifton’s most active office agent, having secured three office lettings in Clifton in Q1, including the letting of 81 Whiteladies Road to Calibro, the letting of 103 Whitleadies Road to Fortice Ltd and the letting of 23 Westfield Park to Origin 3.
BC Brokers latest office deal in Queen Square, BS1
The latest letting in Queen Square was secured by BC at number 30 to Aura Power.
Redundant BS1 bar transformed to State-of-the-art Offices
A sale brokered by us - a former redundant bar has been transformed to house Hybrid-s new state of the art offices…
From this........ To This!
Transformation of Period Offices
We are delighted to have been instructed to offer to the market 9 Portland Square, which has recently been the subject of a comprehensive refurbishment to provide top quality period office space with secure rear car parking, Details via Finola Ingham….
For You Foodies out There!... Opening Soon on Gloucester Road
Look out for Purezza and Streat Wok…
Purezza, straight from Brighton and Camden is the award winning, plant based, pizzeria.
Streat Wok, as the name suggests, will be offering Asian street food.
Major BS1 Rent Review Completed…
Acting on behalf of Thrings, we are delighted to have successfully negotiated their rent review on their 22,000 sq ft Bristol office HQ at The Paragon.
Podville – The Coolest Space in North Bristol…
We are delighted to be agents for this unique hub of all-inclusive individual office pods, comprising 12 high spec units built from re-purposed shipping containers.
Clifton Village – Unique Purchase Opportunity to Suit Office, Restaurant or Showroom Uses - STC
C. 1,400 sq ft, prominent corner unit for sale or to rent to suit a variety of uses.
Bristol City Offices - Latest Reviews and Renewals
- Barley House, Clifton – Acting on behalf of private landlords, BC are currently negotiating the lease re-gear and rent review for this substantial Clifton Office HQ comprising c. 15,000 sq ft and currently occupied by the University of Bristol.
- Penthouse office suite, Mariner House, BS1 – Rent review concluded for landlord
- Merchants House – Acting on behalf of NMI, rent review concluded on c. 8,000sq ft.
- 23-25 Coldharbour Road, BS6 – C.3,500 sq ft, renewal completed on behalf of landlords.
- 2 St Pauls Road Clifton – Rent review agreed on behalf of landlords.
Bristol Retail - Latest Reviews and Renewals
- The Mall, Clifton Village – Acting for Landlords, The Clifton Club. Rent review completed on Savills Estate Agents Unit.
- Simmonds View – Lease assignment completed on behalf of McColl’s retail group to FR Monkhouse, one of the UK’s largest independent school wear specialists.
- Union Parade, Broadmead – Let to Cha Time. Acting on behalf of private investors.
Latest News and Deals for Clifton Village
- Rent reviews completed at Jojo Maman Bebe, Crew Clothing, Café Nero to name just a few!
- 31 Regent Street – Sale completed on behalf of landlords to Harbour Family Law
- 1 Regent Street – Landlords have taken back control of this unit which will ideally suit offices, restaurant or showroom uses and is to be offered either for sale or to let.
- 21 The Mall – This high quality, fully fitted retail unit totalling 800 sq ft will be offered to let from September 2020
Bristol Offices - New Instructions
- Newminster House BS1 – Single Floor 2,900 sq ft
- Oakfield Road, Clifton – Coming Soon….. c. 1,900 sq ft contemporary offices
- 141 Whiteladies Road – Coming Soon… c. 1,000 sq ft office suite
- Westfield Park, Clifton – Coming Soon… c.1,900 sq ft office building under refurb
North Somerset – Construction Underway of the Arnolds Way, Business Park Yatton for owner occupiers
The Arnolds way business park in Yatton is currently being developed with completion scheduled for late summer/ Autumn 2020.
Already units 1 & 2 are sold and the development is targeting businesses seeking to own their own units ranging from 1,883 sq ft – 15,500 sq ft…
North Bristol Offices – We Are Pleased to Confirm the Following News and Deals…
Lots going on in the North Bristol Offices Market through BC…
- 4 Brook office park – 3,750 sq ft let on behalf of Ian Williams Ltd to AMX Solutions
- The Courtyard, Almondsbury – we have secured various lettings, the most recent to the Compass Group at £15 per sq ft
- Laurel House, Almondsbury – acting for M7 Real Estate, we have secured a deal on the First Floor to The Soucer
- Freehold opportunities – if you want to buy your own offices, we have opportunities at present including 8 Apex Court, 14 Apex Court, Cedar House and 530 Bristol Business Park.
Howzatt! Bowling Machine Manufacturer
We have secured the sale of 1/2 Ravenscourt Road comprising c. 16,720 sq ft to Bola for their new manufacturing facility.
North Somerset - News and Deals
As North Somerset’ s most active commercial agent, our recent news and deals include-
- Griffin House, Clevedon – 10,350 sq ft. Rent review settled on behalf of landlords.
- Arnolds Way Business Park – Appointed as agents on this prime, new, business park, developing units from c.1,800 sf ft – c.15,000 sq ft for sale.
- 85 High Street, Nailsea – Investment let to RSPCA, sold for landlords
- Eden Office Park, Ham Green – Various office deals negotiated for clients.
Retail Reviews and Renewals Continues at a Pace
Latest renewals and reviews…
- Quedgeley District Centre, Gloucester – On behalf of landlords, lease renewal completed to Domino’s Pizza and Andrews Estate Agents.
- 1-3 Frogmore Street – Restaurant review completed on behalf of Sergio’s (tenants)
- 40 Cotham Hill – Lease Renewal completed on behalf of landlord to MIND.
Well done Holly Tom and Charlie for helping raise £4500….
Holly, Tom and Charlie formed the Burston Cook team to compete in a gruelling Triathlon coming 5th out of 28 teams and raising £4500 for the Malcolm Gunter foundation in the process.
BC proud to support Rotary Golf Day’
‘We are delighted to support the Rotary Golf day to raise funds for the Jessie May Childrens Hospice at Home charity.”
Picture Charlie Kershaw ( Director BC) presents the BC shield to Debbie Rogan
£500,000 - 'Life for a Cure'
We are delighted to announce that after 10 years of fundraising, with our latest donation, Michelle Bresnahan, founder of this amazing Charity has reached the milestone of raising £500,000 to raise awareness and much needed funds for research projects to find the ultimate vaccine against Meningitis B. Please help us to help this amazing Charity save lives...
Burston Cook continue to support Bristol sport (screen sponsors for Bristol Rugby and Bristol City FC) as seen on Sky TV!
Supporting Bristol Down's Syndrome Trust –
Founded by Julian’s brother and sister in law, BDST is based in Westbury on Trym and provides speech and language therapy to children with Down's Syndrome. This facility was not previously offered in Bristol and now nearly 30 families attend every week, helping their children to achieve their full potential to live happy and rewarding lives.
Burston Cook - Auctions Service
The Burston Cook auction service, jointly with leading auctioneers Hollis Morgan is proving a great success having successfully worked together in advising clients on numerous property sales.
Combining the commercial property expertise of Burston Cook with the unrivaled auction services of Hollis Morgan, our joint team offer commercial property owners, specialist commercial sales advice with no extra fees...
A Royal visit...
Julian Cook was introduced to HRH The Princess Royal at the opening of the Chescombe Lodge residential home in Bristol.
Julian acts for the Trust and numerous other charitable organisations.