December 4, 2019
The origins of youngsRPS go back 140 years. Although traditionally the firm concentrated on servicing rural clients, it has moved firmly into the commercial sector as opportunities have presented themselves.
A significant element within this change came in 2017 when the company merged with Stanton Mortimer, an established firm of commercial chartered surveyors, which resulted in the creation of a wide-ranging suite of complementary land, business and property services.
Speaking about the firm’s motivations to relocate, director Michael Blake says: “While our traditional rural and residential services remain extremely important to us, we have seen significant developments in our commercial work, both from our property and planning sectors.
“Our planning consultants have moved from Hexham to Newcastle, joining our existing commercial property team.
“I’d describe 23 Grey Street as a hub for commercial activity. Despite being relatively small in numbers in comparison to some of the other city centre agents, we have more than 100 years’ experience within the Tyne and Wear region.
“As well as bringing new clients on board, we’ve expanded the overall team and our new office space allows for further recruitment opportunities to support client growth, both now and in the long-term.”
Planning for success
The youngsRPS planning team, originally based in the firm’s Hexham office, will now also be based in the city centre. The relocation was determined primarily by the ongoing demand from clients for large, and often complex, commercial developments in and around the city.
As the team brought on more clients, they began to expand, most recently with the appointment of Helen Marks as a planning and development consultant, who brought with her more than 20 years’ experience in both the private and public planning sectors.
Helen has hit the ground running, taking a major office and residential development proposal on Strawberry Place, beside St James’ Park, and a mixed-use development scheme on a brownfield site in Hexham through the planning system.
Both have recently been given the go-ahead following her appearances at planning committee.
2020 is set to be an exciting year for the team, with a comprehensive portfolio of large-scale development projects in the pipeline.
Reflecting on the move, Richard Morgan, planning and development consultant, says: “With offices across the North East, North Yorkshire and Scotland, we have a wide-ranging client base and the planning team is successfully working on projects across a number of local authority areas.
“The Newcastle office allows us to be more effective with our time and to work collaboratively with other technical consultants, such as architects and engineers.
“We are focused on securing deliverable consents for our clients and working closely with our commercial surveying team will ensure that issues such as marketability and viability are a key consideration in the advice that we provide.”
A commercial hub
The youngsRPS commercial property team specialises in investment, valuations, management and agency. It has a loyal client base, many of which have used the services of the firm since the 1970s.
Speaking about what the move means for the future of the youngsRPS commercial team, chartered surveyor Paul Fairlamb says: “While we have been at the forefront of the commercial property market in the North East since the 1970s, and in Newcastle city centre for nearly 20 years, we haven’t had the exposure that our new Grey Street office will offer.
“We’re finding that we’re working alongside our in-house planning team more than ever, so being based under the same roof and offering a multi- faced service is a huge benefit to clients.
“With more space, our new office also allows for our agricultural and residential agency teams to work from Newcastle remotely.
“This again adds value to the service we offer clients, which is something that is extremely important to us.”