Property manager surpasses 20,000-unit mark following deals around the country

Ian Magenis

Scanlans, the property management and surveying firm, has secured a raft of block management contracts at sites up and down the country.

It takes the Manchester-based firm, which also has offices in Leeds and Birmingham, past 20,000 units under management, for the first time.

Recent instructions have come at apartment blocks in West Yorkshire, the West Midlands and East Midlands, Liverpool and Bournemouth.

The latest agreement, which enabled Scanlans to reach the milestone, came in Birmingham.

Scanlans has been appointed by Elevate Property Group to manage 79 luxury apartments at Priory House, a former forensic science laboratory in the city’s popular Southside.

The 77,000 sq ft building was previously home to the Forensic Science Service, where experts analysed evidence from crime scenes for police forces in England and Wales.

Scanlans manages more than 300 residential sites nationwide, from listed apartment blocks to new-build housing developments.

Other recent instructions include ones to manage 850 units across various locations for Ground Rents UK, and a number of apartment blocks in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Partner, Ian Magenis, who heads Scanlans’ property management division, said the firm has grown its portfolio by 10% in the past 12 months, largely due to recommendations from existing clients.

He said: “Leeds and Birmingham have been strong areas of expansion for us, but we have also expanded our portfolio in a number of regions beyond our office locations.

Priory House, Birmingham

“We have recruited in key positions and have developed the skillsets of existing staff to cater for an expanding client base, while at the same time investing in our systems and processes.”

Ian added: “As a firm of chartered surveyors and as members of the Association of Residential Managing Agents, we are well placed to understand and lead our clients through an ever-changing landscape in the property management industry, especially in view of the new Building Safety Act which will mean increasing requirements in relation to compliance and accountability.

“We are confident that our robust business model, vast experience and wealth of knowledge stand us in good stead for the future in a highly competitive market.”

Alongside property management, Scanlans provides commercial and residential property valuations and surveys, expert witness, building surveying and LPA Receivership services.