Property round-up: Mason Owen markets five Mersey sites; Altrincham care home for sale at £1.8m; and more

PROPERTY consultancy Mason Owen has been appointed to act as joint agents for a portfolio of five industrial and business parks in Merseyside.

The parks, which are managed by Whittle Jones Chartered Surveyors, include four Wirral sites (Ocean Park in Wallasey, Plantation Park and Candy Park in Bromborough) and Birkenhead’s Maritime Business Park) as well as the Knowsley Point site in Knowsley.

Mason Owen associate Mark Coulthurst said: “We are delighted to be involved with such a prestigious instruction, which offers companies a real opportunity to occupy secure premises at very competitive prices and on terms that would not be available elsewhere.”

Legat Owen is acting as joint agents on the venture.


THE Manchester office of property agents Christie + Co has been instructed to sell the Oldfield Bank Residential Care Home in Altrincham, Cheshire.

The freehold of the 120 year-old property has been placed on the market with a price tag of £1.8m.

It is set in 0.4 acres of property and currently caters for 28 users via 26 single rooms and one twin. Six of the rooms have en-suite facilities.

Christie + Co’s Anthony Rae said: “This is an exciting opportunity. Oldfield Bank Residential Care Home is steeped in history, it has been maintained to a high standard throughout and our client has retained many of the home’s original features.

“The current owners are selling the business so they can retire from the industry.”

An adjoining property is also up for sale and could be acquired to provide an extension for the care home.

Christie + Co has also just sold the former Il Pianista restaurant in Accrington, Lancashire, off an asking price of £190,000. The four-storey, mid-terrace property is on a prominent main road and is surrounded by retail units.

The private purchaser has said that they intend to refurbish the property as soon as possible.

Andrew Dodd, who handled the sale at Christie + Co, said: “The sale of the former Il Pianista restaurant provides a number of exciting opportunities for the purchaser due to the versatile nature of the property.

“The new owner is an experienced operator who will no doubt make a success
of this latest acquisition.”


THE Skills Funding Agency has opened a 2,540 sq ft office at Peel Group’s Princes Dock scheme in Liverpool.

The agency, which is linked to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has relocated from Bruntwood’s The Plaza building on Old Hall St to occupy existing government office space at 12 Princes Dock until 2015.

Liza Marco, property manager at Princes Dock, said: “Peel are delighted to welcome the Skills Funding Agency staff to Princes Dock situated within a stunning waterfront setting in the heart of Liverpool city centre.”


THE Light Cinema at Neptune Developments’ £60m Marine Point scheme in New Brighton, Wirral, has opened.

The £5.5m, 1,200-seat cinema opened with a premiere last week attended by 350 guests, including Tranmere Rovers Chairman Peter Johnson, team captain John Welsh and players Enoch Showunmi and Andy Robinson.

Guests watched the first screening of New Year’s Eve starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron and Halle Berry, which was released worldwide last Friday.

The Light chain of cinemas was founded by Keith Pullinger and John Sullivan, who have experience in the cinema industry and in property development.

Mr Pullinger said: “We are thrilled with the New Brighton cinema. It is our pride and joy. The opening is the culmination of a great team effort by the wonderful people who work here.

“Hosting the UK premiere of such a big budget film must be a first for New Brighton, but hopefully not the last.”


HANKINSON Painting Group has relocated its headoffice to the 8,386 sq ft Cotton Place office building in Birkenhead.

The firm has relocated from former premises at Monks Quay in the town following its acquisition of competitor Whittle Programmed Painting earlier this year.

Property consultancy Smith & Sons secured the letting to Hankinsons on behalf of landlord Merseyside Estates. It has also sold premises at Portside and Alexander House at Monks Ferry on behalf of Hankinsons.

Stephen Hankinson, chief executive of Hankinson and Whittle, said: “As we grow and with the acquisition of Whittle, we recognised the need to take the next step into a head office that could facilitate further expansion plans and Cotton Place represents an ideal facility.”


HURSTWOOD has fully let its Courtyard Industrial Estate in Haslingden after completing two new lettings.
The Courtyard, Haslingden
The Manchester-based firm has let unit 14 on the estate to The Best Partnership, and unit 3 to Equinox Building Services. Both units measure approximately 3,000 sq ft.

The Best Partnership supplies engineering tools and items to the automotive and allied trades.

Equinox Building Services is a building contractor which was previously based in Burnley.

The Courtyard is located immediately off the A56 Haslingden bypass. The estate opened in 2007 and has 13 steel-framed industrial units from 2700 sq ft.