Property agent expands following growth

Leading independent North East property agent Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents is continuing its rapid expansion and streamlining commercial and residential operations across the North East.

The company, which operates under BH Group following the addition of new services and subsidiary businesses, now oversees separate commercial and residential property operations, BH Financial Services, BH Mortgages and new arm BH Planning and Design.

The expansion follows investment of around £150,000 and the relocation of the company from its Grey Street office to take 4,000 sq. ft. on the upper floor of 1 Hood Street, near Grey’s Monument, Newcastle.

Thanks to recent growth, the company turnover has increased by an impressive 43% year on year. Neil Hart, managing director of BH Group, said: “It was a natural progression for BH Group to streamline its services following the rapid expansion of the business over the past couple of years. Thanks to our quick growth, the company has developed into the largest independent, general practice chartered surveying firm in the North East.

“Bradley Hall has grown its resources and team to provide competitive commercial property advice and support to Top 200 companies in the region. We’re consistently handling bigger instructions, for both commercial and residential projects.”

This year saw the Bradley Hall commercial operation secure some of its biggest instructions to date. The company has celebrated particular success in the leisure sector, recently managing the sale of Newcastle’s Union Rooms, which was completed for an undisclosed fee.

Other leisure deals have included successfully marketing number 14 High Bridge, which is now set to become one of Newcastle’s most popular bars. The company was also appointed to market Eldon Chambers, an impressive Newcastle Quayside building which is currently on the market with full planning permission to be converted into a boutique hotel and restaurant.

The move and relocation reflects an impressive year of growth and change but also further ambitions in the coming 12 months. BH Group intends to increase its team of staff from 35 to 50 within the next couple of years and is currently recruiting for several posts.

Chartered surveyor Henry Scott recently joined the team as associate director of building surveying within the commercial property operation, closely followed by experienced chartered planning and development surveyor Chris Whitehouse, who was appointed as planning director to lead BH Planning and Design.

Neil continued: “We now offer a wide range of property related services, offering clients across the North East unrivalled expertise from the very best industry talent thanks to our newly strengthened team. Both Henry and Chris will be assets to the company, and we are looking forward to having them on board during this exciting time for the business.”

The first two independent companies to launch directly under BH Group, BH Financial and BH Mortgages have also doubled staff numbers, adding services along the way, including insurance and protection advice from BH Mortgages, with BH Financial now providing support on sourcing and financing cars and vehicles.

Bradley Hall currently employs staff over operations in its main head office and commercial base at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle city centre, with residential offices in Gosforth, Durham, Alnwick and Morpeth.

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