Estate Management Instruction

Block Management UK Ltd are pleased to have been instructed to manage Rampton Drift in Longstanton Cambridgeshire.
Rampton Drift is an ex-ministry of defence housing estate in the parish of Longstanton, made up of  106 privately owned detached, semi-detached and terraced houses built between the 1950s to 1970s.
Block Management UK Ltd offers a comprehensive estate management service covering both the leasehold and freehold sector.

Block Management UK Ltd understands that there are some key differences between estate management and block management that requires a managing agent who is pro-active and experienced. These differences can include managing a larger physical location, boundary issues and use of outdoor communal ar..

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(16 May 2022 )

Block Management UK take on the management of a superb 1930s conversion in Portsmouth

Block Management UK take on the management of a superb 1930s conversion in Portsmouth.

The building was built in 1932 as a Passenger Transport Office before being utilised by the Police force as Southsea Police Station.

Although the site was derelict since 2016, this building is finally being put to good use after years as Southsea Police Station. Behind secure gates, these luxury apartments in Eastney, Portsmouth, retain many original features.

Completed in 2020, the development is heated throughout using a renewable energy source and qualifies for Renewable Heat Incentive payments.
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(23 March 2022 )

New Management Instruction: Coombelands Gardens

The taking on of this property marks our first management contract between Block Management UK Ltd and Martin Grant Homes. We are very happy to be working with a housebuilder with such a great reputation and high level of quality in their developments.

This estate has a very green setting, located near to a number of local parks and the Surrey Hills.  

Customer satisfaction is of great importance to Martin Grant Homes and the homes on this new estate are still within a 10 year National House Builders Council (NHBC) warranty cover period. So we have our work cut out for us maintaining a similarly high level of customer satisfaction across the communal areas and facilities of the estate.

Some elements of this site that we have had to work closely with Martin Grant Homes on have included a foul water pumping station, an off-site private road scheme and the retention of the services of a local landscaping firm.

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(23 March 2022 )

New Management Instruction: Sayes House

Block Management UK is delighted to announce our management of a new residential development located in Addlestone, Surrey. 

Sayes House is a 2020 project from local Surrey-based developers The Property Partnership. The firm has been in business for 15 years and this development represents an extremely high level of finish with a lot of thought gone into the build. The site includes allocated parking, communal gardens and a communal storage area and bike shed.

This property is located just north of our Guildford and Woking management portfolio.

Leaseholder residents will now be kept up to date with our handover process as our property team upload operational details onto our system ready for the management commencement date when we officially take over as managing agents.  

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(25 February 2022 )

Property Developers: Everyone loves the look of a glass atrium, until it comes time to clean it

(This article is part of a series written by our Business Development Manager Fiona DuCasse, exploring how service charge implications can be addressed at the design stage of a development)

There is no doubt that glazing – be it glazing panels, modular rooflights or structural glazing- in communal areas helps create attractive, healthy and restful public spaces. However, the developer needs to consider issues of access to these areas for maintenance and cleaning.

High level glazing may need roof and rope access, a MEWP (Mobile Elevated Working Platform) or scaffolding. If the glass includes climate control, shading options, or is a stick or electric opening system these all impact on a maintenance schedule and budget. 

If a smoke ventilation option is added (for instance one that is EN 12101-2 certified) this will need to be added to the inspection calendar. All of this really does aff..
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(24 January 2022 )

New Management Instruction: Mulberry Court, Chislehurst

Mulberry Court in Chislehurst in the borough of Bromley is on the border with Kent and was built by Kent-based Paye Homes in 2017. A high-spec property, the development features a secure underground car park, communal gardens, secure gated entrance and a lift.

Block Management UK has an office location in Croydon and manages several properties across a southeast London portfolio within the boroughs of Bromley, Croydon and Bexley.

With the property going through our handover process, residents should expect to receive information about our services as well as contact details for their own property manager. As we take on the accounts and add the property details to our management software, several regular tasks will be added to the schedule including arrangement of new insurance policy and a note of when regular inspections are due. 
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(21 January 2022 )

Block Management UK takes on a new Cardiff instruction and offers advice for small self-managers who feel overwhelmed


This Victorian residential conversion is our first in the city although not our first in Wales. We already manage property in nearby Pontypridd, and on the north coast, where we manage properties near Colwyn Bay.  

The Cardiff property had previously been self-managed by one of the residents. However, in time she felt that she no longer could devote her time and energy to the complexities of management. This scenario is a very common situation especially with a new flat owner who does not count on having to perform so many admin functions in her free time.  

Tasks such as renewing buildings and D&O insurance and company secretarial duties are too important to be ignored. And these tasks are the same whether the property has four flats or forty or more.  

We see many small properties struggle to manage themselves but also cannot afford to hire a managing agent. We do note that  those self-managers who are successful tend to apportion a set time to their man..
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(17 January 2022 )

Property Developers: hiring concierge and other staff for estate management

(This article is part of a series written by our Business Development Manager Fiona DuCasse, exploring how service charge implications can be addressed at the design stage of a development)

It is very common at the design stage of a development, to see a number of 'nice to have’ line items being moved to the 'must have’ column, This results in considerable costs and an unreasonable service charge level.

A managing agent’s ability to see way down the line and anticipate issues around service charges for your residents is the reason you will benefit from bringing on board a property manager as soon as possible.

For instance, when it comes to adding concierge staff to a development, developers not only need to consider the type of staff (concierge vs caretaker vs security staff) but also their hours of work, pay scale, on-costs, equipment, uniform, area for refreshment and WC.  

Will the concierge handle complaints or operate the C..
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(14 January 2022 )

Important regional area gets its own property manager

Block Management UK Ltd are delighted to welcome property manager Jon Park to the firm. Jon is our first property manager to be based in Yorkshire.  

With 10 years of commercial management experience and five years of residential, Jon is a very experienced and mature presence across this large region which includes Yorkshire and surrounding counties.

Jon enjoys direct contact with customers and resolving issues. He is approachable, listens to customers and responds to requests/issues quickly and efficiently.

His proactive approach is needed because the region contains a significant proportion of Block Management UK's property portfolio. Our sites are located mostly across Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield, however there are also important properties in Scarborough, Thirsk, Selby and Wakefield.

The properties range from Victorian residential and industrial conversions to the modern, ethically green Waterton Green estate just outside Wak..
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(13 January 2022 )

New Management Instruction: The Gables, Guildford

Busy commuting professionals in Surrey put their faith in Block Management UK to upkeep their smart, new development.  

Block Management UK has recently signed a deal to manage a new development in Guildford, Surrey that has strong commuter links to central London. We already manage several properties across this home county, including in Guildford, Woking and Godalming. These new, smaller sites within the commuter belt are popular with hard-working professionals needing links to the city who favour high-end properties and do not necessarily want to have to think about managing their development.

The Gables, on London Road is a smart development created by Rushmon Homes, a developer who produce quality small developments of flats and houses across Surrey and beyond. Their design-led properties are sought-after, quality-built homes.  

The Gables is located on a private road, the flats have individual parking.
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(11 January 2022 )
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