RICS Commercial Property Survey

The Q4 2014 RICS UK Commercial Property Market Survey landed on my desk the other day and it makes interesting reading. Headlined ‘Demand continues to comfortably outweigh supply’ it certainly reflects the changes that we are seeing in the market. The report states that for occupiers, ‘available space has now declined for 6 consecutive quarters’. […]

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Primary Care Premises Funding

I’m pleased to be able to introduce Stewart Gregory of Browne Jacobson. Stewart is head of the property health team with over 12 years of experience in NHS property work. He is recognised as a leading individual in health property law for his work on major property based projects, including NHS LIFT and property development schemes in […]

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Garden cities

My professional career goes back longer than I care to admit – my first job on gaining my surveying diploma was at Milton Keynes Development Corporation during the early 70’s. It was a very exciting time and I clearly remember being involved in land acquisition by compulsory purchase powers, which subsequently became sites for the […]

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A (colourful) challenge…

  It’s not every day we get to pore over paint charts in the office, indulging our artistic side, but that’s exactly what we did for one of our latest projects. We’ve recently managed a programme of roof repairs and façade decoration for a Grade II listed building owned by a client in the centre […]

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Is your surgery leasehold? New NHS rules will affect your rent reviews

Practices occupying property subject to a lease to a third party landlord are facing changes to the way in which their rent reviews will operate, thanks to new NHS directions and guidance (Premises Cost Directions April 2013). Under the previous system, the landlord activated the rent review clause in the lease, specifying a proposed new […]

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Pharmacy income: leave no stone unturned

When planning a pharmacy, patient numbers are the key, not necessarily the size of the space available. Pressures continue to build to identify new sources of practice income. No stone is left unturned: one off health checks, adding new service areas or renting out under-utilised rooms are all possible routes to maximising cash flow. Rental income […]

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Space planning: how big is big?

If you are planning to expand or replace your existing premises, you need to comply with the requirements set down within NHS England’s Health Building Notes. For primary and community care, you need to review Health Building Note 11 which should be read in conjunction with the relevant parts of NHS England’s Health Technical Memorandum […]

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Newsletter: Spring 2014

Our latest newsletter is now available for download from our website. This issue covers: Neil’s thoughts on pharmacy rental income Matt Collerson of APC on Section 106 Healthcare Agreements Phil on space planning for new developments An update from Rob Lynch, practice manager at Uppingham Surgery, on the practice’s new premises. Download the newsletter now […]

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Thinking about a third party development scheme?

I’m very pleased to welcome Mick Suggett, Associate at health lawyers Browne Jacobson to the blog.  Mick works in the Health Property team, specialising in advising health clients on property and estates matters including acquisitions and disposals, leases, licences, property development and strategic estates advice. In 2012-2013, Mick was seconded full time to a PCT […]

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Section 106 and healthcare: balancing long term benefit against short term pain

This month, we’re pleased to welcome Matt Collerson of APC Architects and Planners. Matt is a Chartered Town Planner who has a great deal of experience in planning new residential developments and solving complex planning issues. In this post, Matt discusses how GP practices can use a Section 106 agreement to improve services for an expanding local population and […]

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