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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
PJ Livesey has now released the long-awaited waterside properties at its Parkwood Mills development on the outskirts of Huddersfield. Each of the exclusive one- and two-bedroom apartments in the stand alone block has a private balcony which instantly increases the premium of these attractive new build homes.

There are just 16 apartments in the block, which has aptly been named Waterside Mill, and the conversion specialist expects that demand will be high. Overlooking the mill- pond, with its waterfall and meticulous landscaping detail, these properties exude luxury and are guaranteed to prove a strong draw for those who want to indulge in the idyllic surrounds after they have closed their front door.

The external building has been carefully crafted to complement the surrounding old mill buildings which make up the rest of the development. The first phase of the development, Quarry Bank Mill, has proved a huge success, largely due to the accessibility of the site - it is located within minutes of motorway access to Leeds and Manchester - and its prices, which start at £99,950, making some of the apartments really affordable for first-time buyers.

Sales manager Colette Gannon comments: "There has been much excitement surrounding the release of Waterside Mill as it is fairly unique to get a block which allows each individual homeowner his or her private balcony with such a tranquil and picturesque view.

"The location has been crucial to the success of Quarry Bank Mill. This is Yorkshire countryside at its absolute finest. Although the development is just a minute away from the main road, once you have gone down the cobbled street that allows your approach and you reach the bottom of the dip that the mills are situated in, you feel like you are in a remote piece of countryside, miles off the beaten track. Hard to believe that Huddersfield town centre is a mere stone's throw away !"

Prices for the properties at Waterside Mill start at £134,950 for a 1-bedroom apartment.

For further information on any of the properties available at Parkwood Mills, or to request a viewing, please contact the Sales Centre direct on 01484 655364 or call in and see for yourself why PJ Livesey is fast becoming the nation's favourite residential developer (Sales Centre open Thursday to Monday, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm).

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Taylor @ Bell Pottinger North
01625 506444

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
ISG Dean+Bowes has strengthened its service offering, along with its senior management team, with the appointments of new retail divisional managing director, Andy West and contracts director, Peter Knowles.

Both candidates have a strong retail background which reflects the national fit-out and refurbishment specialist's strong presence and growing market share in the retail sector. These appointments come as the company is preparing to launch an exciting new service for selected retailers who share ISG Dean+Bowes' values relating to environmental issues. 

Andy joins ISG Dean+Bowes from PEL Interiors where he retained the position of group operations director. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Styles & Wood as a divisional managing director. Andy's current remit is to take full responsibility for the delivery of all existing retail projects, deliver complete customer satisfaction and continue to develop the strategy which is aimed at achieving growth in overall targets.

With over 20 years' experience of retail construction, Peter has spent the majority of his career so far with Simons Construction where he has risen through the ranks from foreman to business development manager. 

Both Peter and Andy have worked with a wide array of High Street names including Somerfield, Sainsburys, Boots, House of Fraser, Toys R Us, Homebase, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, HSBC Retail Banking and McDonalds.

ISG Dean and Bowes MD Jim Parker comments: "Andy and Peter have the skill-set and experience we require to take our retail portfolio on to the
next level. This is a very exciting time for the company as we are looking forward to launching service offerings which will be close to the heart of the retail sector and will redefine our role as the partner of choice for those who want to stay ahead of market trends."

ISG Dean+Bowes currently lists T-Mobile, HSBC, Monsoon, Next, Primark and Woolworths among its blue-chip client base.

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Editor's note

ISG Dean+Bowes provides a broad range of fit-out and refurbishment services to property owners and operators in the retail, lifestyle, education, healthcare and commercial sectors. The company is part of ISG plc, the UK's leading construction services group. 

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

Thursday, June 14, 2007
Beachcroft closes £25m PFI project
Manchester company to aid student charity

Manchester-based Web site Sell Student Books.com today announced its collaboration with students’ charity UNIAID.  Both organisations aim to help students manage the financial challenges of higher education.


Sell Student Books.com and UNIAID are working together to give users of the charity’s Student Survivor game (www.studentsurvivor.org.uk) the opportunity to win one of six impressive student survival kits which will include a top of the range laptop, a stylish laptop bag and an all-terrain mountain bike.


Launched earlier this year, Sell Student Books.com enables students and graduates to save money by buying or selling unwanted academic books.


The company’s founder, Mark Fraser, set up the business with the aim of helping tackle the problem of rising student debt. He is supporting UNIAID because he believes in the charity’s vision which is to promote ‘a world with neither practical nor financial barriers to individual fulfilment of potential via higher education.’


“Graduates are leaving university with an average debt of £13,252. The support UNIAID gives to students, by offering financial advice, awareness and direct assistance is vital,” said Fraser. 


“Our aim is to show students that there is a value in the books they no longer use. Making them aware of this may help towards elevating the financial burdens of higher education.”


Sell Student Books.com has a database of over 700,000 books covering every college and university course in the UK.




Notes to editor:

Sell Student Books.com is the first commercial Web site linked to innovative mobile phone ISBN search technology to specialise in giving past and present students the opportunity to buy and sell used academic books. www.sellstudentbooks.com



UNIAID is an independent national charity that aims to help students cope with financial hurdles to higher education with online tools, interactive teaching resources and accommodation bursaries. Student Survivor is supported by HSBC. For more information please visit: www.uniaid.org.uk


For more press information contact John Butters or Faye Burton at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email fburton@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
PJ Livesey has announced the purchase of Needham Hall of Residence in Didsbury from Manchester Metropolitan University. The national conversion specialist initially inherited an outline planning consent for a new build development of 42 apartments and 6 townhouses, with the existing building estimated as providing a further 11 units, but has since submitted a revised application for just 46 units to include 27 townhouses and 8 apartments.

As the single biggest developer of listed buildings in the UK, with a reputation for craftsmanship and attention to quality and detail, PJ Livesey's developments are always built to preserve the integrity of the original building and to protect and complement the local environment.  The company made the decision to focus on townhouses after reviewing the amount of apartments already available in the surrounding area and noting that larger homes are at a premium in Didsbury.

The overall height and scale of the new build proposals are similar to those of the existing halls of residence on site and PJ Livesey has worked to stay in line with the outline consent in terms of size and massing. New proposals comply with existing Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and many of the parking spaces are located underground, with reduced surface parking allowing for a greener and better landscaped area within the site. No building work will start until full planning permission has been granted for the new proposals.

Land and estates director, James Woodmansee comments: "Our aim is to create a mix on the development which represents the needs of the local community. Our brand is associated with quality rather than quantity and we are extremely proud of our reputation. It's not in our interests to over develop or to build any properties that do not enhance the locale."

With a pedigree spanning almost 30 years in this specialist market, the company has been responsible for the restoration and development of some of the UK's most prestigious addresses. This track record of success has made the company a valuable partner to other guardians of the built environment, including English Heritage, the Royal Society of Historical Monuments and Buildings and Georgian and Victorian Societies across the UK.

For further information about the company log onto the PJ Livesey website on www.pjlivesey-group.co.uk.

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Press contact:              Deborah Garritty / Elizabeth Taylor @ Bell Pottinger North
                            01625 506444

Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Following a meeting of the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society (RLAS) Council last week, a decision to move to a temporary showground in 2008 within the proposed Duke of Lancaster Park site was unanimously approved.

The Duchy of Lancaster is moving forward with its master-plan for redevelopment of a 220-acre site at which forms part of the Duchy's Myerscough Estate. Final proposals for the new Duke of Lancaster Park are expected to be the subject of widespread consultation later this summer, in advance of a formal planning application in early 2008.

Commenting on the RLAS decision, Paul Clarke, CEO of the Duchy of Lancaster said: "We are delighted that the RLAS has chosen to move to our proposed new showground at Duke of Lancaster Park. We are currently preparing proposals which we believe will enhance the area for generations to come and, as part of that vision, wanted to offer the UK's oldest agricultural society a new home worthy of its history and reputation."

RLAS Chair Gordon Roberts believes this could be the first step towards a long-term solution for the Show: "Whilst RLAS has held successful  shows at Salesbury over recent years and are grateful for the support of Colin Mustoe at a critical time in the Society's history, both Colin Mustoe and the Society recognise the benefits of  a permanent, purpose-built home for the Show. With ever-increasing numbers of exhibitors and visitors, it is important that the Show continues to grow and keep pace with demand. We believe that the proposed Duke of Lancaster Park could provide us with that long-term future and room for further growth."

Leader of the Council, Russell Forsyth welcomed the RLAS decision which, he believes, could act as a catalyst for further investment in the area: "While these proposals are of course subject to planning approval, the concept of a new state-of-the-art showground in the Borough is hugely welcome. It could significantly boost our tourist traffic, while also generating welcome employment opportunities. Overall, we are very pleased to be able to offer this prestigious agricultural show an opportunity to relocate to one of the finest development sites currently available in the region."

Details of the proposed masterplan are unlikely to be unveiled until late summer, though all parties are hopeful that community consultation will begin before the autumn. "This consultation process will be extensive," adds Paul Clarke, "and we will be working very closely with RLAS and Wyre Borough Council to canvass local opinion and incorporate the feedback we get from the local community in our formal planning application."

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty, Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506444/411

Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Courting Acclaim
Bell Pottinger North, the regional arm of the UK's leading public
relations group, has been highly commended for its work in the legal
marketing sector.

Short-listed for its campaign in support of national commercial law
firm, Beachcroft LLP, the consultancy was runner-up in the PR Agency of
the Year Award at the prestigious Legal Marketing Awards in London.
Hosted by Legal Week and presided over by Janet Street-Porter, the
Awards ceremony took place at the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel.

Bell Pottinger North Director Deborah Garritty, who heads the Beachcroft
account, said: "Our client nominated us for the Award which is an
excellent endorsement for the team, as it means that we have exceeded
our client's expectations. We are delighted by the result, which proves
the added value that regional campaigns can offer."

Beachcroft LLP is one of the largest national commercial law firms in
the UK. With nearly 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

"We were looking for a regional PR agency which could demonstrate
tangible results," added Claire Wilkins, Head of Corporate
Communications at Beachcroft LLP. "With over 80 regionally based
partners looking to drive the campaign, it was essential that we provide
a structure and methodology which would ensure consistency of message
nationwide. The Bell Pottinger North team has more than delivered on
that brief - while continuing to provide strategic counsel on
confidential and strategic matters to all our regional senior partners."

Bell Pottinger North (BPN) provides tailored PR and communications
campaigns to clients from a cross-section of industry sectors. Since its
inception in 2005, it has developed particular strengths in the
professional services, planning property & construction, public affairs
and healthcare sectors. From its offices in Manchester and Liverpool, it
also acts as a gateway to the broader Bell Pottinger Group offering,
including market research and analysis, planning, public affairs and
change management consultants.

Notes to editors
Bell Pottinger North, part of the Bell Pottinger Group - voted number
one in PR Week's league tables for the last four years - was established
in July 2004. It has offices in Manchester and Liverpool. For more
information please visit www.bellpottingernorth.co.uk.

Press information:
Please contact director Debbie Garritty at Bell Pottinger North, on
01625 506444 or email dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Detached properties are selling quickly at PJ Livesey's showcase development, Kingsley Park in Frodsham, with half of the link-detached, three-bedroom homes selling off-plan thanks to breathtaking, natural, wooded gardens, some of which border Delamere Forest.

The generous woodland gardens - between one fifth of an acre and two acres - are a refreshing alternative to other new build developments in less scenic surrounds which are restricted by space and can only offer small, standard lawns.

The Lodge, Ash House, a stand-alone three-bedroom property, has two acres of wild garden which includes a natural stream. The link-detached properties have the added appeal of being close to the development's tennis court which is expected to be a popular addition for residents who enjoy active leisure pursuits.

Healthy activity is a given in a country setting such as Delamere Forest. Sales manager Colette Gannon explains the location's appeal: "The Forest is a well-known beauty spot providing both a local and a national attraction. The houses are being built in the grounds of what was once an old hospital and the original buildings are being redeveloped as luxury apartments. The development affords magnificent views of the Cheshire Plains and distant Welsh and Peak District mountain ranges as well as the surrounding forest.

"The benefactor of the original hospital, Sir William Crossley, was keen to provide a respite for city and town workers suffering from tuberculosis. The initial idea was to give people in ill-health the benefits of fresh country air and beautiful views to lift their spirits. These benefits are still relevant today, particularly given the fast-paced lifestyles most of us maintain, and so Kingsley Park exists in the spirit that the original buildings benefactor intended."

Kingsley Park is gradually being transformed into the pride of the local area. Besides the three-bedroom detached properties, work is currently underway on the restoration and redevelopment of the main hall and nursing home into luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. In addition, a number of period outbuildings - including the old pump house and hospital chapel - are also being renovated.

Prices for the three-bedroom detached properties at Kingsley Park start at £430,000 rising to £630,000. The apartments start at just £179,950. The development is open from Thursday to Monday (10.00 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 Taylor @ Bell Pottinger North
01625 506444

Monday, June 04, 2007
Beachcroft's bumper start to the year
Following a strong financial year which has seen turnover increase by over 18%, Leeds-based commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP, is celebrating the re-appointment of Glenn Miller as regional senior partner and a number of new promotions.

Following an election involving the 172 members of staff at Beachcroft's Leeds office, Miller will continue to lead the firm and drive future growth. This is the 11th year he has held the senior role and will remain in post for the next three years. 

Employment solicitor, Helen Rowley, and Vicki Hilton in Beachcroft's personal injury team have been promoted to associates reflecting the continued growth of both practice areas in the Leeds office.

"As regional senior partner, I hope to build on our success over the next financial year and continue to position Beachcroft as one of the region's leading commercial law firms," said Miller.

"Helen and Vicki's promotions are a result of both their excellent technical ability and commitment to developing their areas of the practice.

"With 15 solicitors and partners, our employment team is now one of the largest in Leeds, as is our personal injury practice which has retained its pre-eminent position in a number of legal directories for several years. Both are still growing with work coming in from a wide range of local and national clients, including Asda, Zurich, Allianz, and Norwich Union."

Nationally, Beachcroft recently announced overall profit of £29.7 million - up by more than 20% on last year. The Leeds office made a significant contribution to this success, achieving turnover of £14.4 million.


For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 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, 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 172 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  

Friday, June 01, 2007
PJ Livesey has noted a recent surge in already healthy sales at its Parkwood Mills development on the outskirts of Huddersfield. The specialist developer believes that its continued success is due to a sales strategy which has kept some apartments below the £100,000 mark, whilst ensuring that all properties display a generous abundance of space.

Prices from £99,950 have meant that the properties have been affordable for first-time buyers, who currently account for the majority of sales on site. Last month, PJ Livesey announced that it had already sold half of the apartments at Quarry Bank Mill, the first phase of the development, within months of the first site board being erected. As word of mouth has spread and the marketing strategy has become established, more and more younger buyers are visiting the development to see what's on offer.

Nestled in a valley, surrounded by rolling hills and fields, the development is minutes from the motorway yet seems to be in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside - a location which is providing a draw in itself. In recent weeks, PJ Livesey has concentrated on the extensive landscaping on the development to ensure that features such as the mill-pond will be off-set by as much screening and planting as possible.

The interiors of Quarry Bank Mill have been established as pinnacles of style for some time. The apartments are individually designed so that each of the one- and two-bedroom properties differs stylistically, leaving the potential buyer with an abundance of choice. The stone work, high beams and columns of the old mill building have been retained as classic features ensuring maximum visual impact for visitors.

Sales manager Colette Gannon comments: "For those looking for a return on investment, these properties are an absolute must. In terms of square footage, design and location, Parkwood Mills presents the best value for money in the area and stands head and shoulders above any new-build development. Opportunities like this don't come around often for first-time buyers so it comes as no great surprise that the development is proving to be so popular."

There are larger, two- and three-bedroom properties also available on this development, with a selection of specification options to give buyers the best possible flexibility and choice. In a further demonstration of PJ Livesey's commitment to individuality, there are several different show apartments available to view - each illustrating the various specification packages available. Prices for the 1-bedroom and mezzanine-bedroom properties start at just £139,000.

For further information on Parkwood Mills, or to request a viewing, please contact the Sales Centre direct on 01484 655364 or call in and see for yourself why PJ Livesey is fast becoming the nation's favourite residential developer (Sales Centre open Thursday to Monday, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm).

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Taylor @ Bell Pottinger North
01625 506444

EIC is on course to complete work on the new phase at Malvern Hill Science Park, near Worcester. The national mechanical and electrical specialist started the £1.5 million mechanical and electrical installation last July and is expecting to finish by mid-June 2007.

The contract has called upon EIC's commercial and education expertise as the industrial and research Park, which is dedicated to high-technology companies, requires its units to contain services for future laboratories as well as commercial space.

There will be three floors of offices and two floors of laboratories available on this third phase of the development. For EIC, this is an eco-friendly, new-build contract which is marked by sustainable credentials. The building will use ground source heating systems to heat and cool the building and will allow ventilation via "Termodeck" precast reinforced concrete floor planks. This hollow core structure enables floors and ceilings to be heated and cooled by fresh air for the most efficient heat transfer through the thermal mass of the building structure. There will also be a rainwater recovery system.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal comments: "We are always delighted to extend our eco-credentials and demonstrate our knowledge in this field, so the team has been very pleased to add the Science Park to its bulging portfolio. We've liaised closely with engineering consultant, Couch Perry Wilkes to ensure that the work is completed to meet their vision for the energy efficient standards set out in their design."

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Notes for Editor
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors working collaboratively with all members of a project team, providing innovative, sustainable solutions and best whole life value. For further information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Taylor @ Bell Pottinger North
(01625 506444)


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