Property round-up: Pugh launches Liverpool auctions; and more

PROPERTY auctioneer Pugh & Co is to host its first Liverpool auction on February 29 at Aintree Racecourse.

The company, which has its headquarters close to the racecourse in Newton-le-Willows, handles sales of properties worth around £79m a year. It typically sells around 200 lots per catalogue – split evently between residential and commercial properties.

Kate Lay, former director at Merseyside Property Auctions, now heads up Pugh & Co’s residential division. She said: “We made the decision to launch in Liverpool following great success in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

“The auctions are split between commercial and residential lots, so we work with a wide range of customers, many of whom have been with us for years.

The company is holding 28 auctions throughout 2012.

Lay added: “We have already had a great deal of interest in our Liverpool auction. There is a real variety of lots available so far and there is still a bit more time for people to include their properties in the auction.”

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WHR Property Consultants has sold two adjacent warehouses containing 20,250 sq ft of space for Lantern Property to engineering company Luccini in Trafford Park for £1.1 million.  Berkeley Brown was the joint acting agent.

The units, which are situated on Parkway Four Industrial Estate in the heart of the North West’s most popular industrial park, have recently undergone a refurbishment, including a new roof.

Simon Hampson, partner at WHR, said: “There was been very little speculative builds in the industrial sector over the last three years and whilst this is understandable in the current market, as supply and demand for good quality accommodation is becoming more closely balanced, prime areas such as Trafford Park are sure to be the first to see new developments take place.”

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THE Home Office has agreed a deal to lease the 10,522 sq ft Poplar House office building in Huyton, Merseyside, from landlord Bramspear.

The organisation has taken a 10-year lease on the two-storey building at Poplar Bank in Huyton at an undisclosed rental. Bramspear was advised by Knight Frank.

Associate Paul Kelly said: “Poplar House offers modern self-contained quality office accommodation and is ideally suited to the requirements of the Home Office. We are pleased to have been able to secure the disposal of Poplar House on behalf of our client.”

Bramspear’s Daniel O’Brien said:  “We are delighted to have worked with Knight Frank in securing the letting of Poplar House and with the professional manner in which it was handled throughout. The letting to the Secretary of State will be of great benefit to the local community.”

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A NEW £6m neigbourhood health centre based in Anfield, north Liverpool has opened its doors to the public.

The centre was developed by LSHP on behalf of Liverpool Primary Care Trust. It will offer extended-hours GP services, dental services, counselling, a sexual health clinic, pharmacy, healthy living services, blood tests and minor surgical procedures.

The centre is part of a wider revamp of Liverpool Primary Care Trust’s facilities which has seen £70m of investment since 2004.

Graham Pink, chief executive of LSHP, said: “We are delighted to be able to open this new neighbourhood health centre. As a company, we are absolutely committed to providing buildings which positively contribute to the health and wellbeing of whole communities, and we believe that this will be a huge asset for everyone living in the area.”

LHSP has already developed several neighbourhood health centres throughout Liverpool and Sefton, and has a further three centres currently under construction.

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