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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Last Chance To Buy At Nantwich

Nantwich continues to prove a popular choice for homebuyers, with Arley Homes announcing that just one townhouse is left at its exclusive Mansion Gardens development on London Road.

"With its excellent transport links and unique mix of historical buildings and lively restaurants and bars, Nantwich continues to attract homebuyers of all ages," says Alison Holton, sales and marketing director at Arley Homes.

"The townhouses have sold particularly quickly which we believe is thanks to the flexible living on offer. As well as a garage, there are three large double bedrooms - one of which has an ensuite bathroom- plus another single bedroom which could be used a study, home office or playroom. As a result, we've had enquiries from both families and young professionals who may want to spend more time working from home."

Located in the elegant 3-storey 'Sycamore' building within Mansion Gardens, the last remaining townhouse is built to the highest specification and includes a fully fitted state-of-the-art kitchen, with AEG stainless steel appliances, an integrated Electrolux fridge freezer and dishwasher, plus an extensive choice of Porcelanosa ceramic wall and floor tiles.

Together with the six 4-bedroom townhouses that make up 'The Sycamore', Mansion Gardens also includes traditionally styled apartment buildings 'Aspen House', 'The Juniper' and 'Cedar House'. These provide homebuyers with a broad range of one-, two- or three-bedroom designs to reflect individual tastes and lifestyles - so that Mansion Gardens really can claim to offer 'something for everyone'.

The last remaining townhouse is priced at £227,950 and Arley Homes is currently offering to pay 5% deposit or part-exchange on selected plots to help prospective purchasers to secure their dream home. In addition, there are just three of the 2-bedroom apartments still available, these prices start at just £153,950 and the penthouse priced at £189,950.

For further information on either the town house or the few remaining apartments at Mansion House, please call 0800 434 6166 or call in to the Sales Centre and view the new Show Apartment (open daily, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm).

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk/ egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625) 506444

 
PJ LIVESEY CHAMPIONS YMCA JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB

Members of Huddersfield YMCA Junior Football Club under-10's teams visited PJ Livesey's showcase development, Quarry Bank Mill in Huddersfield with team manager John Pettinger to thank staff of the specialist developer for their financial support.

PJ Livesey is sponsoring the two junior teams, which have both been placed at the top of their division, and has so far paid for shower tops for each player and a selection of necessary equipment for the Club.

John Pettinger is delighted to have the support of a company which has a strong local presence: "A lot of parents and supporters are familiar with the PJ Livesey brand as Quarry Bank Mill has attracted a lot of positive interest in the local area. It's nice to have a sponsor that can be identified by the Club as a local as well as a national business. We're very grateful to receive the financial support and it's nice to visit the development and see the high quality of our sponsor's work."

Build manager for PJ Livesey, Howard Linford, was happy to welcome the boys to Quarry Bank Mill: "We're keen to foster relations with groups in the area and we jumped at the chance to back these champions. Both teams have done incredibly well over the last two years and we will be following their future progress with interest."

PJ Livesey is a privately owned residential housing developer and the biggest single developer of listed buildings anywhere in the UK. Its reputation has been built on a passion for architecture, commitment to craftsmanship and attention to quality and detail. Its portfolio also includes new build developments, mixed use schemes and the GL-14 fitness centre chain and its developments span the whole of the UK. The company was also responsible for showcase development, The Royal, in Halifax, College House in Barnsley and Kingswood Hall in Sheffield.

For further information about the company log onto the PJ Livesey website on www.pjlivesey-group.co.uk. Quarry Bank Mill is open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk/eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
01625 506444

 
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Strong UK Performance Boosts Interim Results

Adsteam UK has had a positive impact on the half-yearly results released by parent company Adsteam Marine today, with a 7 per cent growth in its business and EBITDA up by a record 31 per cent over the same period l2 months ago.

The 7 per cent increase in the number of jobs won in the first half of the year reflects growth in the majority of ports, with Liverpool and Felixstowe being the star performers, and is particularly impressive in the light of the changes to the traditional working model introduced across the UK. A reversion to more 'normal' weather patterns has also contributed to the UK's excellent performance.

Commenting on the half-year to date, Adsteam (Europe) CEO, Stephen Eastwood said: "This is a first-class performance by staff and crews, but particular thanks are due to the senior management team. During a period of uncertainty, while the Svitzerwijsmuller bid for the business was referred to the Competition Commission, this team has kept the business focused and on course. The results speak for themselves and I would like to thank everyone for maintaining 'business as usual' and remaining committed to growing and improving our business."

The UK results are just part of the bigger picture, with the parent company reporting a net profit NPAT of $AUS 25.8 million, an increase of 22 per cent over the same period in 2006. Overall, revenues are up by 8 per cent to a total of $AUS 172 million.

The company's positive performance coincides with the announcement that Svitzerwijsmuller is to waive the condition relating to UK competition approval in its bid to acquire Adsteam Marine. Subject to the acquisition of 90 per cent of the Adsteam Marine shares, the Adsteam Marine Board maintains its recommendation that, in the absence of a higher offer, shareholders should accept the SvitzerWijsmuller offer, which is scheduled to close at 7.00pm (AEST) on the 16th of March 2007.

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For further information, please contact:

Stephen Eastwood Deborah Garritty
Chief Executive Europe Director
Adsteam (UK) Ltd Bell Pottinger North Ltd
tel 01482 337 650 tel 01625 506444

 
Altrincham's 'Perfect 10'

Homebuyers looking for a 'city centre' lifestyle in the heart of fashionable Altrincham have snapped up all but ten of the apartments currently being built at Arley Homes' stunning Tivoli House development adjacent to Goose Green.

Following the unveiling of a stunning new Show Apartment at the end of last month, visitors responded positively to the high quality design, specification and value for money on offer by queuing up to reserve their pick of the plots. With just ten apartments in five different styles now remaining, Sales & Marketing Director Alison Holton expects to be moving off site in record time.

"Tivoli House is in a fantastic location," says Alison, "literally adjacent to the town's new cinema and restaurant complex and within minutes of a brand new fitness centre. A stroll over the pedestrian bridge opposite brings you out into the picturesque centre of Goose Green, while the Metrolink is just three minutes' walk away. All in all, there are probably few locations in the whole of the South Manchester/Cheshire belt to rival this one - and it's no surprise that people want to live here."

Built in traditional red brick, Tivoli House is a contemporary architectural design featuring a white rendered façade, punctuated by large French windows giving onto galvanised steel balconies. Public and communal areas are open, well-lit and completely secure, while access to the individual apartments within the building is controlled by video answerphone. There is also a lift to take residents from the private underground car-park directly into the reception hall on each of the five floors.

"Our new Show Apartment clearly demonstrates the size and scope of these modern living spaces," adds Alison. "We've deliberately showcased the versatility of apartment living, while keeping room sizes generous throughout. Tivoli House is the perfect combination - it's conveniently located, low-maintenance living with plenty of living space and a new landmark building for an already popular residential address."

Prices at Tivoli House start at just £189,950 for a 2-bedroom apartment, rising to £274,950 for larger units with a spectacular view over the rolling hills to Manchester City Centre and beyond. Both penthouse apartments have already been sold off plan.

For further information, please call 0800 434 6166 or call in to the Sales Centre and view the new Show Apartment (open Thursday to Monday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm).

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625) 506444

 
Friday, February 16, 2007
BOLTON TRIUMPHS AS LEADING NORTH WEST HOT SPOT

With prices having risen by approximately 130 per cent in the last five years, Bolton is fast becoming one of north Manchester's prime residential locations - a fact which has been borne out at PJ Livesey's current Bolton development, The Cottonworks. The 1926 mill, which was the last mill to be built in the area, has been partially released by the conversion specialist and the sales team has been inundated by calls from buyers who missed out on the company's last mill development in Bolton and are keen not to be left behind again.

The Grade II listed building, which will be home to 284 luxury apartments, was designed and built for Sir John Holden by Bradshaw, Gas and Hope and has retained a number of distinctive architectural features which PJ Livesey expect will appeal to the more discerning homebuyer. Show apartments are expected to open on the development in March to give visitors the opportunity to see the stylish, modern designs that have been introduced behind the remaining facades of the historical mill town's most identifiable assets.

Within five minutes of Bolton's town centre, The Cottonworks is in a prime location. An ideal alternative to Manchester City Centre living for commuters who yearn for extra space and style, the one, two and three-bedroom apartments promise to make this attractive development one of Bolton's most talked about addresses for some time to come.

Six years ago, PJ Livesey launched an old mill development, Eagley Mills situated less than a mile from the current development. In the time since the final sale on Eagley Mills and the launch of The Cottonworks, prices on the first development have risen by an average of between £70,000 and £90,000.

PJ Livesey's sales manager, Colette Gannon has spoken to a few homebuyers who regret not having bought in 2001: "A lot of local prospective buyers have seen the PJ Livesey signage for The Cottonworks and have come to register their interest in these apartments and, in doing so, have expressed regret that they either hesitated or didn't secure the finances early enough to purchase at Eagley Mills given the rate at which the value of the properties has risen. They don't want to make the same mistake twice and are keen not to miss out with these latest apartments."

In the last decade, Bolton's popularity has grown with a range of trendy bars, cafés, restaurants and smaller specialist shops joining the ranks of busy chains and High Street names which flank the town centre. With improved public transport links to major northern city centres and easy access to motorways, Bolton looks set to continue to flourish.

For further information on The Cottonworks, or to register your name as an 'early bird' enquirer, please call 01204 305012 (open Thursday to Monday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm) or 0800 7830259 (freephone).


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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk/eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
01625 506444





 
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Beachcroft urges Yorkshire businesses to review company car policies

Leeds-based commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP, is warning that forthcoming changes to legislation will affect any Yorkshire business that provides company cars to staff.

Harmajinder Hayre, an employment partner at Beachcroft in Leeds comments: "From 27th February 2007, the Road Safety Act will introduce tougher new penalties for using mobile phones when driving. In addition, by July 2007 it will be a criminal offence to smoke in a company vehicle that is used by more than one person. Both issues will have an impact on any organisation where company cars are used regularly by staff to travel.

"Employers have a legal obligation. While we recognise that staff will need to make some calls whilst on the move, employers should prevent employees from smoking in company vehicles and ensure that they are aware of the risks of using mobile phones while driving.

"Employers should consider putting together clear company policy and employee guidelines in relation to these issues. They should also make clear that employees must use hands free kits safely. Breach of company policy should be a disciplinary offence and employers should ensure, not only that company policy is being applied, but also that their employees are aware of the consequences of failure to do so.

"On the positive side, these new laws should help reduce accidents. Employers will also be encouraged to know that the government estimates that reductions in sickness absence alone will save businesses up to £28 million a year."

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For further information, please contact
Deborah Garritty or Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North
egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / 01625 506444

Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.

The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Leeds team currently includes 21 partners and 169 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

 
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
HUDDERSFIELD GIVES FIRST-TIME BUYERS CHANCE TO INDULGE IN COUNTRY LIVING CLOSE TO TOWN

Following on from recent media reports that have identified Huddersfield as a hotspot in terms of affordability and return on investment for first-time buyers, specialist developer PJ Livesey has announced that over 90% of buyers at its striking development on the outskirts of Huddersfield are those who are taking their first step on the property ladder.

Situated in a unique valley location, surrounded by fields and reservoirs, the progress of Quarry Bank Mill has been closely followed by local residents. When properties were finally released last year, the majority of early reservations included local first-time buyers and walkers who had discovered the development whilst exploring favourite nearby routes.

Besides its country setting, Quarry Bank Mill owes its surplus of charm and individuality to the series of Grade II listed old mill buildings which have been converted into one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

With a large number of the one and two-bedroom homes having been snapped up by the first-time buyer market, PJ Livesey is expecting the remaining, larger living spaces to attract older, more established buyers who will be influenced by the lack of investors on the development.

Sales manager Colette Gannon explains: "Investors have swamped the edge of town apartment blocks and there is a surplus of buy-to-let accommodation on the market. Buyers who are moving onwards and upwards to bigger apartments don't want to buy on a development that has been monopolised by investors and their tenants as tenants don't have the same vested interest in their homes and the developments they live on and a surplus of to-let boards can drive the overall value of the properties down."

Although situated in a semi-rural area, Quarry Bank Mill benefits from being just a short drive from Huddersfield town centre with its High Street stores and wide selection of bars and restaurants. Just five minutes drive from the motorway, residents will be able to make a short commute to Leeds and Manchester allowing them to enjoy a 'best of both worlds' scenario.

The pedigree of the development is assured as P J Livesey is renowned across the UK for its sympathetic conversions, its design excellence and craftsmanship. Quarry Bank Mill stands out on the landscape as a prime example of local heritage and the developer is working to ensure that the completed interiors and finishes will be worthy of the imposing historical exterior.

There is a selection of specification options available on this development, demonstrated in the elegant and individual show apartments, to give buyers the best possible flexibility and choice. Prices for the one-bedroom properties start at £107,500 and two-bedroom properties are available from just £139,950.

For further information on Quarry Bank Mill, or to request a viewing, please contact the Sales Centre direct on 01484 655364. The Sales Centre is open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk/eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
01625 506444






 
Thursday, February 01, 2007
NEW 'PAGE' FOR ISG DEAN AND BOWES

National fit-out and refurbishment specialist ISG Dean and Bowes has recruited Caroline Page as marketing manager to be based at its Cambridgeshire head office.

The appointment is in line with the company's strategic development plans following its acquisition by ISG plc in 2006 and has been made to strengthen support surrounding its overall commercial growth.

A former Cosmopolitan Woman Of The Year, Caroline has over 20 year's senior marketing and communications experience in both national and international arenas.

Having begun her career in the publishing industry, Caroline spent a number of years working with the Ministry of Foreign Trade in China before taking on the role of head of employee relations and communications for the Royal Mail.

Since then she has worked in a variety of senior roles for British Aerospace, Excel Logistics, Caterpillar and Cleanaway before moving to New York to become vice president of global marketing and communications for Esselte, the world's largest manufacturer of office products.

ISG Dean and Bowes MD Jim Parker is delighted to welcome Caroline to the team: "Caroline's appointment is a real coup. She has an extremely impressive career trajectory and has very strong and definite core skills to bring to the team. We're looking forward to harnessing the benefits of the experience she brings with her from other sectors that we can learn from and applying this to our own market."

Caroline is looking forward to the year ahead: "The first 12 months post-acquisition are extremely important in terms of making a mark and setting a standard. I admire ISG Dean and Bowes's track record of customer loyalty and 100 per cent commitment to the service agreement, which has resulted in them retaining over 80 per cent repeat business. My aim is to make sure that they are recognised within the industry - by clients, competitors and suppliers - as a company that always reliably delivers, that keeps its promises and, most importantly, that honours its clients' brand values as well as its own."

ISG Dean and Bowes lists T-Mobile, Argos, DC Leisure, HSBC, Monsoon, Next, Primark and University of Cambridge among its blue-chip client base.


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Photo caption- Caroline Page, marketing manager, ISG Dean and Bowes

Editor's note

ISG Dean and Bowes provides a broad range of fit-out and refurbishment services to property owners and operators in the retail, lifestyle and education sectors. The company is part of Interior Services Group (ISG), the UK's leading construction services group, which also owns premium brands such as ISG Interior Exterior.

Press contact: Deborah Garritty / Elizabeth Swain
Bell Pottinger North (01625 506444)
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk /
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


 
BIRMINGHAM 'THIRTY SOMETHINGS' WAVE GOODBYE TO CITY CENTRE

Many of Birmingham's young professionals are turning their backs on the glut of City Centre new-build apartments and are looking for something more unique on the outskirts of town, according to conversion specialist PJ Livesey.

Having assessed sales on its development, Highcroft Hall, situated four miles from Birmingham's City Centre in Erdington, PJ Livesey has discovered that all sales so far have been made to single professionals and couples under the age of 40 who have chosen the development over City Centre alternative apartments.

The individuality of each property has been recognised as a huge factor in the demographic of buyers by sales and marketing staff. There are a total of 47 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and 15 two-bedroom villas at Highcroft Hall, yet there is no duplication in the design of any of the properties - giving potential buyers the opportunity to fall in love with their new home and know that it is a totally unique offering. The designs of the interiors are also a contributing factor as many visitors respond enthusiastically to the use of space in the apartments, their open plan layouts, split levels, eye-catching original features and elegant mezzanines.

Built in 1869 as part of the Aston Union Workhouse, Highcroft Hall was designed by Yeoville Thomason - the architect behind Birmingham's Council Chambers, Museum and Art Gallery. The façade of the Hall, in its original glory, reflects some of the most impressive architecture of its day and provides a fitting main entrance point to a luxurious shared hallway, complete with sweeping staircase and opulent interior design.

The overall look of the development has obviously made an impact on its younger visitors who have opted for this stunning combination of style and space and are now helping to make Erdington one of the City's fastest-growing residential suburbs. PJ Livesey sales manager Colette Gannon comments: "These properties have a particular appeal to the young, professional market as they look so creative and individual. By mixing the traditional and the modern, the overall internal style conforms to neither genre and so is an exciting proposition.

"These homes are winning over the City Centre market which has fast become over-saturated and tired. Buyers are starting to want something a bit different that stands out from the norm and isn't simply an investor magnet with basic designs to attract those who are looking to acquire rental property. With Highcroft Hall, buyers are not only getting more space for their money, they are also getting something a bit special."

With prices staring at £154,000, over a third of the apartments have now been sold to early bird enquirers. For further information or to arrange a viewing, please call the Sales Centre direct on 0121 350 9155.


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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk/eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
01625 506444





 
IMMEDIATE SUCCESS FOR PJ LIVESEY IN FRODSHAM

PJ Livesey has announced a record result of 75 per cent sales success within a fortnight of launching the first phase of homes to be released at its exclusive Frodsham development, Kingsley Park.

Situated on the edge of Delamere Forest, hidden from the road, with its grand sweeping drive and lush, green, overhanging surrounds, Kingsley Park is gradually being transformed into the pride of the local area. The progress of the painstaking restorative work at the development has been eagerly followed by local residents and aspiring Frodsham home-buyers alike - a point that has been underlined over the past couple of weeks as visitors have flocked to the secluded location in their droves.

Conversion specialist PJ Livesey is working to preserve most of the infrastructure and architecture as they complete their work on the restoration and redevelopment of the buildings (once known as Crossley Hospital East). As the UK's largest developer of listed buildings, the company specialises in breathing new life into some of the country's best-loved and most treasured architectural landmarks.

The transformation of the main hall and nursing home includes a selection of individually designed one, two and three-bedroom apartments with prices starting at £169,950. Period outbuildings - including the old pump house and hospital chapel - are being carefully restored to create a number of semi-detached and detached properties within the boundaries of the hospital estate. There will also be a sympathetically designed 4-bedroom detached home in the grounds.

Sales manager Colette Gannon believes that certain buyers had made up their minds before even stepping foot on the development: "Of the 75 per cent of sales in the first fortnight, 25 per cent were agreed in the first 24 hours, indicating that people had done their research and were familiar with both our work and the history of the building. Obviously Delamere Forest is an extremely popular and renowned beauty spot in the region, so to live with it in sight of your kitchen window is to live the romantic dream. However, a lot of buyers were also familiar with the old Crossley hospital and recognised it as an iconic building that is steeped in history and part of their cultural heritage. When you marry the building and the location it becomes an absolute must have."

Planning permission was granted for Kingsley Park last year. The original Grade II listed buildings first opened their doors as a hospital in 1905, having been funded by Sir William Crossley, the owner of a large engineering company in Manchester. The main building's south-facing aspect, set approximately 480 feet above sea level, boasts beautiful views of the adjoining Delamere Forest, the Cheshire Plains and distant Welsh and Peak District mountain ranges.

The sales office at Kingsley Park is open from Thursday to Monday (11.00 am to 5.00 pm) and sales advisors can be contacted on 01928 740078. For information on other PJ Livesey developments log on to www.pjlivesey-group.co.uk

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk/eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
01625 506444

 

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