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How our new office transformed our business
Matthew Clarke, head of our Teesside office, talks about how our new office space has transformed the business.
“It’s been a year since we moved into our office at Bowesfield Park. On paper the second floor 1,532 sq ft space was providing an upgrade in terms of a newer property with a high specification, but in practice our new office has changed our team dynamic, and the way we work.
We spend more time in our workplace than anywhere else. There’s no doubt we are all influenced by our surroundings, and feeling proud of where you work ultimately impacts the work you produce. I think the new, higher spec office re-energised our surveyors, which strengthened us as a team and as a leading local firm.
We’re lucky to have in house architects and building surveyors, who transformed the space into a Sanderson Weatherall office. Our iconic dark blue covers a feature wall by the entrance, so there’s no doubt when people arrive at the office of where they are. We also commissioned a local photographer, who took a fantastic shot of the infinity bridge, which now sits proudly on our meeting room wall.
A single floorplate was the only option for us, and our space in Roseberry House is the perfect layout for open plan working. As a full service property firm, our clients tend to be using multiple services and surveyors at the same time. Being positioned in one space allows us to work collaboratively, and ultimately gives our clients a better, more efficient service.
We opted for facing desk pods for each team, and then a sofa style break out area for when our surveyors want a change of scenery. There’s definitely a trend of hot desking at the moment, but we decided against that, wanting to offer everyone a space of their own in the office.
The move to a new office was also the perfect time for us to look at the way we work, and see if we could make any changes. A year on, I’m proud to see we’ve significantly reduced our use of paper. By investing in new technology to allow us to work with less paper, and discouraging printing by simply having less spaces to leave bits of paper, our carbon footprint is definably shrinking. I took our green credentials one step further when I spotted an electric car charger in our new car park, and so ordered a hybrid c
Graduate surveyor joins Teesside teamOur Teesside team has welcomed a new graduate building surveyor, Alex Carter. Alex will work as part of the building consultancy department alongside partner, David Fairley. Alex graduated from Northumbria University in June 2014 and worked at Newcastle-based construction and property consultancy, Summers-Inman, for six months to gain valuable experience.
Our Teesside team has welcomed a new graduate building surveyor, Alex Carter.
Alex will work as part of the building consultancy department alongside partner, David Fairley. Alex graduated from Northumbria University in June 2014 and worked at Newcastle-based construction and property consultancy, Summers-Inman, for six months to gain valuable experience.[fulltext] =>
In his new role, Alex will be responsible for undertaking a variety of building surveys as well as preparing reports in order to gain as much experience and knowledge whilst he prepares for his Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) final assessment.
Alex said: "Sanderson Weatherall is a well-established and market-leading property company with excellent opportunities for graduates to undertake training and development. It provides a very well structured APC programme which is essential when becoming chartered. The firm has a high success rate and provides great opportunities for career progression.
"Since joining the team in November, the guidance and support I have received from David and my other colleagues has assured me that joining Sanderson Weatherall was definitely the right choice."
Commenting on Alex's appointment, David Fairley, building consultancy partner in our Teesside office, said: "Alex has already shown he is a valuable asset to the department at a time when we are seeing more and more demand for this service. Alex is keen to learn and ambitious, qualities which stand him in good stead for this busy and demanding role."
New office for our Teesside teamWe have recently reinforced our commitment to the Tees Valley region with a move to a high-quality new office in Stockton on Tees. Our Teesside team has moved to brand new, second floor 1,532 sq ft premises at Roseberry House, Kingfisher Court on the Bowesfield Park development, delivered by The Banks Group. The mixed use scheme is located just south of Stockton with excellent transport links and modern commercial and residential accommodation, sitting alongside a 15-hectare wildlife conservation area.
We have recently reinforced our commitment to the Tees Valley region with a move to a high-quality new office in Stockton on Tees.
Our Teesside team has moved to brand new, second floor 1,532 sq ft premises at Roseberry House, Kingfisher Court on the Bowesfield Park development, delivered by The Banks Group. The mixed use scheme is located just south of Stockton with excellent transport links and modern commercial and residential accommodation, sitting alongside a 15-hectare wildlife conservation area.[fulltext] =>
The office move was driven by a desire and requirement to occupy newer, better-specified accommodation to allow us to grow and greater integrate our working practices. After considering alternative premises throughout the Tees Valley, we were able to draw on our internal expertise with Craig Stobbart, associate partner in Agency, negotiating the rental and terms of the lease.
Commenting on the office modification David Fairley, partner in our Building Consultancy department, said "Utilising the skills and services that we offer our clients, we were able to design, space plan, tender and project manage both our own works and those of the landlord's. Working with our network of contractor contacts in the area we have sub-divided the space and created a vibrant, modern working environment."
Commenting on the relocation, Matthew Clarke, partner in Valuation Services, said: "We chose to move to Bowesfield Park as it offers modern, high specification facilities and excellent links to the wider Tees Valley area. This is Grade-A office space and we consider ourselves to be a Grade-A surveyor and property consultancy, so the new office is a mark of not just our commitment to Tees Valley but also our ambition to grow the services offered by firm in the area.
"One of our main strengths is our ability to offer multiple services under one roof, and the new office layout reflects these collaborative working relationships, enabling different departments to work closely together which will continue to benefit our clients."
Stuart Morgan, project manager at The Banks Group, commented: "Bowesfield Park is home to many well-known businesses in a range of different business sectors, and we're very pleased to be welcoming Sanderson Weatherall as its latest commercial tenant.
"Bowesfield Park's excellent transport links, its proximity to Thornaby, Stockton, Darlington and Middlesbrough, and the huge appeal of the nature reserve, have all combined to make it a very impressive development, and as a North East company, we are proud to have brought it forward."
New appointments strengthen our Teesside teamWe have strengthened our Teesside team with the appointments of Craig Stobbart as associate partner, leading the agency department and new graduate surveyor George Williams.
We have strengthened our Teesside team with the appointments of Craig Stobbart as associate partner, leading the agency department and new graduate surveyor George Williams.[fulltext] =>
Craig will lead the commercial agency department, and brings over 20 years’ experience in the commercial property market to the role having previously worked as a director at GVA and as regional director of Ashtenne.
In his new role, Craig will act on behalf of Sanderson Weatherall’s existing clients and new clients alike in the sale, lettings and acquisitions of commercial property, as well as building the commercial agency business across Teesside.
Craig said: “The opportunity to take the lead on Sanderson Weatherall’s commercial agency department in Teesside was one I could not resist. I am looking forward to continuing to work with Sanderson Weatherall’s current client base and overseeing the expansion of the commercial agency business in the region.”
As well as welcoming Craig to the team, Sanderson Weatherall has also appointed graduate surveyor George Williams to the agency department. George joins from Venture Properties where he was employed as a sales negotiator, accompanied viewer and valuer.
George will handle the sale and letting of commercial property across all sectors – offices, industrial, retail and development land.
He commented: “Sanderson Weatherall’s reputation as a leading national firm was very attractive to me. I am keen to progress professionally and become a chartered surveyor, and I know that the company’s emphasis on professional competence and training makes them the ideal fit for what I hope to achieve.”