String of sites acquired for Government’s post-Covid Restart Scheme

Seventeen sites across the Midlands and central and west London have been acquired for the Government’s post-Covid Restart Scheme by the Ingeus Group.

Property consultancy Vail Williams acted for human services specialist Ingeus over the acquisitions which totalled 153,229 sq ft with overall annual rent a shade under £5.4m.

Vail Williams associate Charlotte Fullard and Surveyor Oli Muscutt, both based in Birmingham, handled the lettings.

Three of the sites are in the Midlands, in West Bromwich, Birmingham and Dudley (total 17,933 sq ft).

Twelve of the sites are in London (total 121,609 sq ft) – Wandsworth, Lewisham, Hammersmith, Kensington, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Barnet, Ealing, Hackney, Brent, Islington and Lambeth. Others are in Hounslow and Harrow (total 13,687 sq ft).

Fullard said: “We were instructed by Ingeus to source suitable public-accessible properties for this important programme with sites successfully sourced in all 17 locations.

“It has been a challenge in some areas to secure sites of the required size/specification but from 4,400 sq ft in Kingston House, West Bromwich to more than 20,000 sq ft at LUMA, Lambeth, Vail Williams has delivered.”

Law firm Pinsent Masons also acted on behalf of Ingeus during the negotiations.

Ingeus, part of international human services organisation, APM Group, is one of eight suppliers contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to deliver the Restart Scheme over a three-year period.

The organisation is responsible for the Restart Scheme in Central and West London and Greater Manchester, and separately acquired eight sites across Greater Manchester.

Ingeus is also delivering the programme in the West Midlands on behalf of another supplier.

Spokesman Paul Huntingdon said: “We had particularly tight deadlines on these acquisitions as it is imperative that the Restart Scheme is able to function quickly and effectively.

“Our faith in Vail Williams’ ability to fulfil our needs effectively has been rewarded with the hardworking agency team often going the extra mile to clinch the property deals so vital to our work.”

Restart Scheme is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs to support millions of people across the country who have been directly impacted by coronavirus, especially those out of work for longer periods.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak allocated £2.9bn for the new Restart Scheme which is expected to benefit more than one million Universal Credit claimants by providing up to 12 months of tailored support for participants.

Ingeus provides recruitment and employment services to ensure people have the skills, support, and behaviours they need to get jobs, gain independence and become productive employees. It also works in health, justice and youth services where they are a leading provider delivering programmes to help people realise their potential across the UK.

APM Group is a human services and healthcare organisation a team of more than 9,000 people across 11 countries who helped the lives of more than one million people in the last 12 months.
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