It was a month of celebration across our offices in May with four new shareholder appointments, three partner appointments and three of our graduates passing their assessment of professional competence to become full members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
A huge congratulations to Dan Matthews, Josh Peacock and Morigan Wilson who have all recently qualified as Chartered Surveyors. At Sanderson Weatherall, graduates benefit from a comprehensive training programme which includes taking part in mock interviews and advice from external consultants on presentation and interview skills.
Our planning team has recently advised on the planning application for 25 additional static holiday caravans, which will be able to be sub-let by their owners, at Lido Leisure Park in Knaresbrough, North Yorkshire. They have also helped secure planning permission for 34 static holiday caravans at Home Park Holiday Park, Edithmead, Burnham-on-Sea.
We were delighted to assist with the asset valuation and property work on this project and enable the first new legal whisky distillery to open in the Scottish Borders in almost 200 years.
In the first quarter of the year, office take up in Newcastle city centre totalled 39,194 sq ft, equating to the strongest first quarter in the city centre since 2015.
With the Summer season almost in full swing the caravan park market is continuing to take full advantage of the strong trading conditions and since the start of the year have already completed on the sale of 10 parks, with a number of others currently under offer. In May the team completed the sale of the charming Wrens of Ryedale caravan park, located near Helmsley, North Yorkshire.
We recently carried out both a building survey and provided the property valuations for the lend on three Yorkshire pubs which have now been returned to family ownership.
There are also a number of property professionals across our offices gearing up to take part in various charity events. On the 9th June a team from our Bristol office are undertaking the Youth Adventure Trust 10 Peak Challenge that sees them climbing 10 Brecon Beacon peaks in just 10 hours.
Fundraising is also well underway for our annual charity bike ride, which this year sees a team of 20 cycling the demanding 200-mile route from London to Brussels. This year the team are cycling in support of Marie Curie and you can donate by clicking here.