ENERGY PERFORMANCE IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS (A subject to thrill or if not to thrill, have careful regard to)

In the world of valuing, buying, selling and letting non-domestic property it is increasingly important to understand the energy performance of commercial buildings and to understand the trend of where regulations are going. (Stay awake at the back there). The commercial property world has been relatively sleepy both before and since the Energy Act of 2011 but as of 1st… Read more

BREXIT – Good or Bad for property?

I was asked, again, the other day whether I thought that property values are likely to be affected by the Brexit result. All property, that is land and the built environment means the entire land mass of the UK so the question is a big one. “Brexit result”; well we don’t have one yet but three years into the process,… Read more

Property Values; Up or down?

As the new Laurel and Hardy film was released last Friday it seems particularly apposite to quote Oliver Hardy; “Well here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into”. Actually, this is a misquote. The correct quote is: “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into”. Either will do right now seeing the chaos being displayed in the House of… Read more


As the clocks have gone back and dark evenings are upon us it will be Christmas before we know it and then having endured the 4 months of gloom we will be smack into March and Brexit. I recall the last almost worldwide panic as we approached the Millennium as in the Millennium Bug and the possible effect of the… Read more

Brexit and rash decisions don’t affect underlying confidence

We had a deal cancelled at the point of signature last week.  All the reasons for completing the contract remain; the rent and terms is fine, the size is what is required and the location was perfect.  The reason given was that (if true) the company’s accountant had advised that because of Brexit they should find somewhere to buy. “No… Read more

Chartered Surveyors Merge….

Two of West Yorkshire’s leading property consultancies merge. Hanson Chartered Surveyors have joined forces with Walker Singleton, one of the region’s leading independent firms of Chartered Surveyors with offices across West Yorkshire. Huddersfield-based Hanson’s, led by Mark Hanson FRICS, has spent nearly 30 years providing quality commercial property advice and estate management services to clients throughout the region. Walker Singleton,… Read more

Change Is The Only Constant

Heraclitus of Ephesus told us that “change is the only constant”.  Some things which seem permanent change imperceptively, other things change before our eyes but the phrase “change is the only constant” is the observation which is quickly followed by “adapt and survive” which is its consequence. Take the Piece Hall in Halifax.  Opened on New Years Day 1779 and… Read more

Brexit winning out?

There are those who smoke, those who have never smoked and those who have given up. Those who have given up are often convinced advocates for not smoking. Okay, I admit it, I voted to Remain but as I also subsequently admitted, had there been an “r” in the month I could have voted to Leave. Did that make me… Read more

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