Vickery HolmanVickery Holman

The South West Specialists

Truro t: 01872 245600 Plymouth t: 01752 261811 Exeter t: 01392 203010
SearchSearch Vickery Holman
  • LnConnect on LinkedIn
  • GsJoin us on Google+

News from the West

Property Consultants Vickery Holman are the latest addition to the PAI Network and bring with them coverage of the south west of England from the main regional centres of Truro, Plymouth and Exeter.

They provide a full range of commercial and development property services including Agency, Valuation, Lease Consultancy, Rating Advice, Building Surveying, Development Advice and Property Management.

Vickery Holman is a Limited company owned by its employees and can trace its roots back to 1848, although specifically the Vickery Holman brand name itself had its
25th anniversary in February 2015. Vickery Holman have just over 50 staff of which 26 are RICS members.

With their local office network their emphasis is on providing expertise and professionalism at a local level. Knowing their local markets is key to their success, as well as having the size and scope of operation to deal with instructions across the region.

Alan Treloar, Director and Head of Agency at Vickery Holman comments “We are really
keen to establish links with other firms around the country across the PAI network and have already seen the benefits of dealing with one of our neighbour firms. I think we will be an excellent fit with the rest of the PAI network giving in depth coverage in our region.

Our region is very diverse - you can find some of the best regarded restaurants and boutique hotels within a short journey of some of the Country’s most economically challenged neighbourhoods.

Cornwall has undergone a transformation in the last 20 years with many new landmark attractions which have built on the culture, landscape and coastline which have been in place for generations. The appeal of the County has grown in that time and the quality of what is now on offer has increased greatly. The tourist spend per head has extended the tourist trade to a more or less year round business now.

Tourism is only part of the picture however, with European grant funding helping facilitate commercial development that simply would not have happened without it. Partnerships coupled with grant funding have led to a very significant growth in the education sector in the County which is providing a supply of locally educated graduates for the first time, many of whom are creating new businesses.”

Joanne Harwood, Agent at Vickery Holman’s Plymouth Office comments “Plymouth is still a very important naval town with its fortunes closely linked to the dockyard but that is only part of the story. The City has seen significant development over the past 10 years and it is now an attractive place to shop and work.

With over 30 miles of coastline that rivals some of the best in the world it is for good reason that Plymouth is known as Britain’s Ocean City. The City Deal is seeing further development and projects become possible. One of the main projects is the release of over 18 acres of former MOD land at South Yard, Devonport Royal Naval Dockyard. The site is currently being master planned and has already attracted expressions of interest from over 70 businesses. Development should commence in 2016. The site is extremely important for Plymouth’s growth as it provides three wet docks and deep water access that can enable large equipment to be constructed in Plymouth and exported Worldwide. The site will further build on the marine industry that is prevalent within the City due to the docks and the skilled workforce that has been attracted to these high value jobs.

The University has gone from strength to strength and is consistently ranked as one of the leading universities in the UK. The Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK and provides the research and graduates needed for the marine related businesses nearby.

Plymouth ranks third out of 20 of Britain’s largest cities for its quality of life. With the natural backdrop of Dartmoor to the north of the city, the sea and deep harbour of Plymouth Sound to the south, and the rivers Plym and Tamar to the east and west, there really is no other city like Plymouth. There is an abundance of culture, restaurant and leisure facilities to also attract people to the City.”

“It is all good news in Exeter at the moment” comments Clare Cochrane - Associate working out of the Exeter office, “with IKEA coming to town, the airport expanding including day trips to the City of London Airport and being a venue for World Cup Rugby in 2015.  With the recent Princesshay shopping centre development and the new John Lewis in town store opening, there has been a major uplift in the cities retail offer.

The commercial property market in and around Exeter continues to prosper, with major relocations to the area as well as the expansion of home grown businesses. 

Last year Exeter achieved the Triple Crown of an unprecedented hat trick of annual awards – meaning the city can lay claim to the best Museum, College and University in the country.   Further good news was the recent publicity of being in Britain’s top 10 happiest places to live.”