NovaLoca Blog https://www.novaloca.com/blog Keeping you up to date with commercial property news Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:48:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 Deals and Developments in the North East https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/09/21/deals-developments-north-east/ https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/09/21/deals-developments-north-east/#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:19:30 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10292 We are focusing on the commercial property market of the North East for this blog post. It’s a region that has a strong history in technological innovation and where manufacturing is the largest industry. We catch up with deals and developments that some of our agents have been involved with:   Avison Young secured the forward funding for a new Holiday Inn Hotel in Keel Square, Sunderland. The square is named after the Keel Line of a ship to celebrate the city’s shipbuilding past. The hotel will have ground floor commercial units suitable for food and beverage outlets and will create around 130 jobs.   Carter Towler have recently let 1,070 sq ft of office space to debt solutions firm Freeze Debt in Ambler House, Boar Lane, Leeds. This five-storey Grade II listed building has recently undergone refurbishment . It has 11 office suites on the four upper floors and two retail/leisure units on the ground floor.   Carter Towler also acted with joint agents CBRE in representing CDP Marshal, a large infrastructure investment company in the acquisition of 119,500 sq ft industrial space at 62 Leeds, Geldard Road, a 70-acre industrial site at J27 of the M62.   Gent Visick have been getting a bit into the outdoors with a letting to a glamping pod manufacturer Anthropods at the Hambleton Grove industrial and warehousing estate,  Knaresborough. Why not also have a read of our interview with Nick Atkinson of HTA Real Estate, niche industrial agents in the region who takes a look at current North East demand and trends?    

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Interview with Nick Atkinson of HTA Real Estate https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/09/21/interview-nick-atkinson-hta-real-estate/ https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/09/21/interview-nick-atkinson-hta-real-estate/#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2020 09:14:54 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10283 Nick Atkinson of HTA, recently spoke to NovaLoca about demand in the North East region of the UK, enquiries for start-ups and SME companies and his company’s busy year, even throughout lockdown: “Some trends in the sectors where we have seen demand and deals, include PPE manufacture Parcel delivery E-retail fulfilment Food packaging Short term storage requirements, for example automotive parts where production has been halted   Viewings were briefly interrupted by lockdown, but not where enquiries were Covid related as above. Also small enquiries for start-ups and SME companies are expanding. These often correlate with people having time off work so those off on furlough possibly considering new ventures? The industrial sector is going from strength to strength. Unfortunately, this is partly to the detriment of retail and coronavirus appears to have exacerbated this trend. The Manufacturing sector has been up and down i.e. many manufacturers are either busier than ever in response to the pandemic, or they have ceased production until demand returns. Others have adapted their products/skills to meet demand for new markets. BREXIT has had both positive and negative impact on demand, but overall detrimental due to uncertainty and the assumption of no deal/WTO tariffs. Demand for industrial investment properties remains very strong because of the relative strength of the occupational market compared to other sectors.”  HTA Real Estate are niche industrial agents in the North East. View their property listings on NovaLoca here   

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What is Dark Data? https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/09/07/what-is-dark-data/ https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/09/07/what-is-dark-data/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 13:24:00 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10279 Come to the dark data, we have information… Although the name sounds like something that should be leading Imperial forces across the galaxy (yes -finally got a Star Wars reference into the blog!) Dark Data is in fact all the raw information that your company collects and stores but doesn’t use. You probably don’t even realise you have it as it’s usually spread out across sources, not in any sort of order and often not complete. So the dark title is referring to how invisible the data has become. It can be made up of such things as: emails and other messages, call records, old spreadsheets and earlier versions of documents. However as there is so much of it, (it is estimated dark data forms 80 – 90% of all digital data) because it is going to continue to grow, and because data is being seen as more and more valuable it could be useful to collect and analyse what you have. It may provide useful insights for seeing such things as: What is a typical email query?  Are you answering calls quickly enough? Is there a certain property location that keeps cropping up? One of the big advantages of seeing what data you have is the chance to get rid of what is of no use. If it is not going to offer any value to your company it needs to go. Equally move everything you want to keep to one place, freeing up wasted storage space. Looking forward, your company could automate the process of keeping or destroying data. Take a look at our previous blog post on the various ways you can visualize your collected data, allowing you to make valuable connections between lots of different information.  Let the dark become light…  

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The different commercial property types in the UK Part 4: Class D and Sui Generis https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/09/01/different-commercial-property-types-uk-part-4-class-d-sui-generis/ https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/09/01/different-commercial-property-types-uk-part-4-class-d-sui-generis/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 08:23:37 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10272 The final part of our guide to the commercial property categories covers both Class D and Sui Generis. You can visit our guide for Class A here, Class B here and Class C here  *From 1st September 2020 a new use Class E ‘Commercial, Business and Service’ and Class F.1 ‘Learning & Non-Residential’ and F.2 ‘Local Community’ will come into use. I have noted those classes that will be changing against their existing types.   D1 – Non-residential Institutions This property class includes: places of worship, church halls, clinics, health centres, crèches, day nurseries, consulting rooms, museums, public halls, libraries, art galleries, exhibition halls, non-residential education and training centres. *Medical health facilities and creche/nurseries will become part of the new Class E. *Non-residential institutions (education, art gallery, museum, public library, public exhibition hall, places of worship, law courts) will become F.1 ‘Learning & Non-Residential’. Any changes of use within this class will not require planning permission. Imperial War Museum, Manchester The Manchester museum, which opened in 2002, is one of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum and the first one in the north of the country. It is situated in Trafford Park overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal, an area that suffered during the Manchester Blitz because it was a significant industrial area.  Did you know the building is made up of interlocking shards representing a globe that has been shattered by conflict?   D2 – Assembly and Leisure D2 class includes: cinemas, music and concert halls, live music venues, dance, sports halls, swimming baths, skating rinks, gymnasiums, other indoor and outdoor sports and leisure uses, bingo halls, casinos. *Cinemas, concert halls, live music venues, bingo halls, dance halls, will become sui generis use from September 2020.  The Electric Cinema is one of the oldest working cinemas in Britain. The cinema has been through periods of closure through to the 1990’s but after a restoration in 2001 and despite a fire in 2012 it continues to show films to today.  Did you know the first film to be shown was Henry VIII, screened on 23 February 1911.   Sui-Generis Where uses do not fall within the main classes, they are classified as sui-generis. It currently includes: theatres, launderettes, car showrooms and filling stations. A planning application is always needed to change to or from any of these uses. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall  This hall is one of the largest in the UK and is used for concerts in all genres of music. It is also the headquarters of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  Did you know that the auditorium area cuts out noise and vibrations from the underground with a massive rubber membrane built into the floor   Search for all types of commercial property classes, in all regions of the UK on Novaloca’s website.           

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Spotless Supply Chains: Promoting Proper Hygiene in Warehouses https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/08/25/spotless-supply-chains-promoting-proper-hygiene-warehouses/ https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/08/25/spotless-supply-chains-promoting-proper-hygiene-warehouses/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:19:22 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10268 We don’t need to tell you that, in light of the ongoing pandemic, hygiene has become a more prominent issue than ever before across all customer-facing industries. In warehouses, this is particularly crucial due to the sheer volume of products that travel in and out of these environments on a daily basis. With this in mind, today we’re showing you how to encourage spotless supply chains. Not only will this ensure the safety of your warehouse employees day to day, but it can also help make internal practices more efficient in the process – a real win-win!  Update your cleaning schedule  We’re sure you already have a regular cleaning routine for your warehouse, but following the outbreak of COVID-19, updating processes to be in line with new guidelines is of paramount importance. Focus on two elements: the extent of the clean and the time of the clean.  To optimise cleanliness, a quick wipe down at some point of the day simply won’t cut it anymore. Cleaning processes should be thorough, using disinfectant with over 70% alcohol to effectively kill germs lingering on surfaces. Ideally, a deep clean should be scheduled every night after the departure of your warehouse employees. This will ensure areas aren’t quickly reinfected after cleaning, as well as help cleaning and warehouse staff adhere to social distancing guidelines.  Use labelling and taping effectively  On the topic of social distancing, clear labelling and taping has become a distinctive characteristic of warehouses up and down the country. With that in mind, look to promote hygiene in your warehouse by utilising these tools effectively – this can be done in two ways.  Firstly, use warning tapes on floors in areas of heavy foot traffic to reinforce the latest social distancing guidelines. Similar to new queuing systems in supermarkets, this will help your employees envision what 1 or 2 metres actually looks like, ensuring they keep safe distances from colleagues. Secondly, look to improve your labelling systems for a more efficient stock identification process. Employees should be able to locate and source items at a glance to prevent any unnecessary contamination from sifting through mountains of stock. By creating a simple and logical labelling system, your warehouse can benefit from better sanitation and more efficient product picking. Utilise PPE correctly  PPE or personal protective equipment, has been dominating national news recently – yet it’s not just the NHS frontline staff that require this as part of their daily operations.  PPE has been vital to warehouse workers for many years – however never has it been more important than right now. While PPE such as hard hats and hi-vis jackets remain an everyday essential, wearing gloves and masks should also be a priority for staff.  If your warehouse handles airborne substances and hazardous materials, it’s likely you may already have respiratory protection and gloves in stock. However, these should no longer be worn on an ‘as needed’ basis. Instead look to instill the importance of wearing PPE amidst the current pandemic in... Read more

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The different commercial property types in the UK: C Class https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/08/18/different-commercial-property-types-uk-c-class/ https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/08/18/different-commercial-property-types-uk-c-class/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:43:06 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10248 In part three of our guide to the different commercial property categories we take a look at the C Class. There’s famous examples of historical and iconic commercial types that fall into each category. Blog posts covering Class A can be found here, Class B here and Class D here. Although from 1st September 2020 a new use Class E ‘Commercial, Business and Service’ will be introduced it does not affect properties in Class C. C1 – Hotels This class includes Hotels, Boarding and Guest Houses where no significant element of care is provided (it excludes hostels). Hard Days Night Hotel, Liverpool. The hotel is a ‘Grade II’ listed building which was built in 1884 and was previously home to merchant businesses when Liverpool was one of the world’s major seaports. Now it is the only Beatles inspired hotel in the world with celebrities such as Robert Downey Jr staying amongst the memorabilia.  Did you know the hotel opened in 2008 as part of Liverpool’s year as the European Capital of Culture.   C2 – Residential Institutions  Residential care homes, Hospitals, Nursing homes, Boarding schools, Residential colleges and Training centres Great Ormond Street, London The Hospital for Sick Children, as it was originally known, began in 1852.  It was the first hospital in England to provide beds just  for children. It became part of the NHS in 1948 and is the largest centre for child heart surgery in the UK as well as one of the largest centres for heart transplantation in the world. Did you know In 1929 J. M. Barrie donated the copyright to Peter Pan to the hospital.   C3 – Dwelling Houses Dwellings, Small businesses at home, Communal housing of elderly and handicapped Garage, Los Angeles It started with a mouse. Possibly literally in this case because The Walt Disney company began with Walt and his brother making short films in their uncle’s garage in Los Angeles in 1923. Did you know Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to ever speak?   You can find all these property types on NovaLoca’s website in all areas of the UK.         

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The different commercial property types in the UK: B Class https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/08/10/different-commercial-property-types-uk-b-class/ https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/08/10/different-commercial-property-types-uk-b-class/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:08:02 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10234 Continuing our guide to commercial property categories with famous examples of historical and iconic commercial types that fall into each category. You can view Class A here, Class C here and Class D here. *From 1st  September 2020 a new use Class E ‘Commercial, Business and Service’ and Class F.1 ‘Learning & Non-Residential’ and F.2 ‘Local Community’ will come into use. I have noted those classes that will be changing against their existing types. The new uses will not be relevant for the General Permitted Development Order (the order that  grants planning permission for certain types of development) until 31st July 2021. Until that time both the old and new system will be used.  B1 – Business (*to become part of Class E Commercial, Business and Service).   This category includes Offices (not generally visited by members of the public so not within A2), Research and Development studios, Laboratories, High Tech, Light industry (which covers industrial processes that can be carried out in residential areas without causing harm to the amenity of the area) The Cavendish Laboratory housing the Department of Physics, Cambridge University was opened in 1874, although it has since moved from its first central location when it became overcrowded. It was the first central facility for Experimental Physics early and some of the most important physics discoveries were made here, including the discovery of the electron Did you know the Department of Physics has produced 30 Nobel Prize winners with discoveries including the finding of the electron, neutron, and structure of DNA.   B2 – General Industrial General industrial use covers industrial processes other than those in B1, car repair services, catering premises and production.    I don’t need much of an excuse to talk about chocolate, or eat it for that matter. The Cadbury company began in a Birmingham shop in 1824, moving to Bournville in 1878. As well as a factory a model village was created to house Cadbury workers. The company is now the second largest confectionery company in the world.  Did you know Cadburys created the modern chocolate Easter egg in 1875?    B8 – Storage and Distribution Wholesale warehouse, distribution centres, repositories buildings used for storage are included in this class.  One of the largest warehouses in the UK is the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Dunfermline, Scotland. It is 1 million sq. ft, that’s the size of 14 football pitches.  Did you know the most sold items on Amazon are books? This book worm may have had a lot to do with that….   Search in all property types in all areas of the UK on Novaloca’s website.                 

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The different commercial property types in the UK: A Class https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/07/29/different-commercial-property-types-uk/ https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/07/29/different-commercial-property-types-uk/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2020 08:20:29 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10211 Here’s part one of our handy guide to commercial property categories with famous examples of historical and iconic commercial types that fall into each category. This post covers Class A. You can view Class B here, Class C here and Class D here. *From 1st  September 2020 a new use Class E ‘Commercial, Business and Service’ will be introduced and will be made up of a combination of elements from A, B and D classes. These changes are partly in response to Covid19 and are intended “to support the recovery and reimagination of our high streets and towns”  Secretary of State, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP. It means the types within this new class will not need planning permission for changes. I have noted those classes that will be changing against their existing types. The new uses will not be relevant for the General Permitted Development Order (the order that  grants planning permission for certain types of development) until 31st July 2021. Until that time both the old and new system will be used.  Class A.  General retail use class  A1 – Shops (*to become part of Class E Commercial, Business and Service except for those shops selling mostly essential goods that are less than 280 mt sq, with no other services within a 1000 metres. These will fall under a new F2 (local community use class) with the intention of offering these units more protection) . The shop class includes retail warehouses, travel and ticket agencies, post offices, showrooms, domestic hire shops and funeral directors. Hamleys of Regent Street, London is one of the oldest and largest toy stores in the world. It was founded in 1760 and moved to Regent Street in 1881. It currently has seven floors of toys for the big kid in all of us. Did you know the store gained a reputation for having the latest toys and games when it first began and is said to have been the reason for the popularity of table tennis?   A2 – Financial and Professional Services (to become part of Class E Commercial, Business and Service)  This category is for Banks, building societies, estate and employment agencies, professional and financial services. (It no longer includes betting offices or payday loan shops, in March 2015 these were classed as “sui generis”) The Bank of England, Threadneedle Street was established in 1694, which puts it into eighth place in the order of world oldest banks. Monte dei Paschi di Siena’s in Tuscany takes the top spot with claims that it began in 1472.  Did you know Charles Dickens held several accounts at the bank and featured the Consol Office in his first novel The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1836)   A3 – Food and Drink (*Cafe and restaurants to become part of Class E Commercial, Business and Service. Wine Bars will become ‘Sui Generis’)  A class close to our stomachs as it includes Restaurants, pubs (when the business is food led), snack bars, cafés, wine bars, shops for sale... Read more

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Driving Traffic to your Local Authority Site using ZipBox search technology https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/07/21/driving-traffic-local-authority-site-using-zipbox-search-technology/ Tue, 21 Jul 2020 13:35:22 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10205 When encouraging businesses to invest in a certain area, one of their key considerations will be the physical premises required. Once exploring an inward investment site it makes sense to keep people in one place and also show them the local available space. Invest in Angus manage this really well by clearly laying out the benefits of the area alongside this space. Taking advantage of the ZipBox search technology and available property data offered by NovaLoca, Invest in Angus can easily put forward a really searchable and comprehensive database.  Mark McGee, Team leader Economic Development Angus Council told us: “Invest in Angus, formally Business Angus, has been using the NovaLoca ZipBox property search for the past couple of years. It is integrated into our website and is in the top 5 things people use when they visit Invest in Angus pages. It is of huge benefit to be able to direct businesses to property listings specific to Angus and to have it on a website which complements our main website. Since using ZipBox there has been a consistent high volume of enquiries that we receive from the NovaLoca listing which helps us support business and keep things local. The Invest in Angus team are committed to supporting business development with land and property, skills and training and sector support to ensure Angus is a vibrant place for business. ”  If you would like more information visit the ZipBox website, call us on 01767 313380 or email zipbox@novaloca.com  

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Modern Office Lighting Options To Boost Productivity https://www.novaloca.com/blog/index.php/2020/07/20/modern-office-lighting-options-to-boost-productivity/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 08:28:30 +0000 https://www.novaloca.com/blog/?p=10198 Interview with Helen White at houseof.com  If you step back 20 years into a “typical” office space you will find a grey, lifeless building full to the rafters (literally) with fluorescent lighting. We have come a long way in the last 2 decades with goliaths like wework championing the movement into more creative spaces and hubs.  Whilst we all don’t have the budgets of the big guys there are some easy fixes most businesses can adopt to make their space more creative and oozing with productivity.  The key to this quick fix?  Lighting.   Tip 1 – Create zones Where we used to adopt banks of desks and workstations we are now moving towards more spaced out offerings. Larger square tables where employees are not situated side by side utilising task lighting as opposed to ceiling lighting will also become the norm. Long tables normally reserved for the boardroom are finding their way into the main office space – however they are trickier to light.  Treat these spaces like your dining room table, hang a row or two of pendants just above each place setting.  Hanging them at head height means that there are no nasty shadows to work under.  Tip 2 – Make it bright Don’t fall into the trick of style over substance when it comes to office lighting.  Style should certainly be a factor but not THE factor.  A lot of industrial office spaces use a warm white LED filament bulb and whilst they look great they are not entirely practical.  The warm glow is better suited to home interiors than commercial spaces.   Tip 3 – Daylight is key  There are numerous studies citing the importance of our daily dose of sunlight but whilst working we are normally only lucky enough to see this on our lunchtime dash to Pret.  Having access to sunlight in the office is key to productivity as well as reducing eye strain and headaches.  If you aren’t lucky enough to have a window seat then recreate the daylight glow with lighting looking for bulbs with a colour temperature of 5000 Kelvins plus. Tip 4 – Add atmosphere An office space needs to be multifunctional and although brighter lighting is great for general working areas, lighting can also be used to zone breakout areas and relaxing spaces.  For these areas accessorize your office space with floor lamps and table lamps which omit a soft diffused light.  This creates a sense of privacy for meetings and also helps rest and recharge workers before heading back to their desk.        

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