So it's been an adventurous few days getting ourselves to Basecamp (2,500m). Starting off in Tbilisi where it was 40 degrees and having to take 5 different vehicles to get us to, through and past territories such as South and North Ossetia and eventually to the Hotel Orient in Pyatagorsk. Getting through the anti republican states of Ossetia was high on the uncomfortable scale. AK47 wielding soldiers and pop up border controls complete with coach and lorry scanners and a look of complete bewilderment welcomed us as we past through. But that we did. Somehow.
Since reaching base camp it's been cold and wet. The landscape very much resembling Welsh countryside on steroids. Yesterday we made our first acclimatisation trek moving our food and some kit up to camp 2. We battled constant driving rain, lunched under an emergency bivvy and finally returned to camp 7 hours later after ascending and descending a cool 1,200m. The landscape is bold and not overly inviting. Plenty of steep rock scrambles and loose scree descents helped cause a few altitude induced headaches. As soon as we reached base camp the stove was on and the miracle worker of salty Russian dried soup and tea without milk...did its job and we were back fighting fit. Dinner consisted of a selection of Goulash, bread filled with potatoes and Russian pie after which we were spent. A big nights sleep was needed as we would face the same trek, tomorrow this time with full packs weighing 30kg each. This is where the men get sorted from the boys. It's going to be a very tough climb. As if our wishes came true the sun has decided to veer its head out today and we have a day (for now) of clear skies and an imposing view of the dual peaks of Mount Elbrus towering high above everything else at 5,642m.
We will be camping high tonight at 3,700m. Sleep will be broken and breathing beginning to get short and sharp. We need to acclimatise at that height so will spend a couple of days there practising cravase rescue and some glacier climbing before setting off to Lenz Rocks another 900m or so up. After which weather and health permitting we hope to summit. The summit is usually a 9-12hr climb so it's going to push us all to the limit. Signal will go after this point so hopefully the next time I check in we will all have successfully summited Elbrus and are celebrating with a well earned beer in hand.
The time has nearly come whereby myself, Jon Beswick of Adventure in Architecture, Charlie Oliver of JLL, Russel Brooks of RLB and Jon Maguire our professional adventurer cameraman embark for the Red State of Russia to climb and Summit Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus.
Before you ask why, we are doing this to raise valuable funds for our charity, Landaid for whom I am an Ambassador. LandAid tackles youth homelessness in the UK. They bring the property industry together to support charities delivering life changing services for young people who have experienced homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness in the future. We are also embracing this mad challenge through our desire for adventure channelled through the property industry.
I often get asked when discussing the expedition, “how’s the training going??” To which I reply “well, I think…”
I had acute appendicitis half way through my training and was in hospital for a week and on medical leave for a further two. That wasn’t ideal. That was six weeks ago and since then I’ve slowly had to rebuild my fitness and ramp up the training. I’ve walked (not quite 500) many a mile with a backpack full of bricks but mostly I’ve been attending The Altitude Centre in Bank. A fantastic facility that allows you to train at altitude without leaving London (or Manchester!) By the end of this week I will have completed a course of 6 POD sessions which consists of an hour each time in the POD simulating the oxygen levels available to you at different altitude levels. I am currently simulating 6000m which is great training but not too pleasant. I will also have had three HIIT classes at an altitude of 2,970m. These are brutal. 30 min sessions with depleted levels of oxygen and High Intensity Sprinting / Spinning really takes it out of you. I’ve really noticed an improvement in my recovery period each time which will apparently help me when I’m blowing out of my a*rse attempting to summit!
Last night we hosted a Pub Quiz fundraiser and managed to raise over £1,000 for LandAid via entry and an auction. To date Team Elbrus has raised over £2,500 and we hope those who’ve promised to donate once we complete the expedition stay true to their word! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Not only does it provide valuable funds to a fantastic cause it gives us that extra little boost to get up the mountain. We need all the help we can get!
Next time you’ll here from me is when I’m in Piatigorsk prior to heading to base camp at Mathansu Meadow (2,500m)…
We would welcome any donations to make our challenge worthwhile and have set up a fundraising page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elbrusclimb
Paragon is delighted to confirm a new sponsorship deal with Esher Rugby Club for the forthcoming season. Esher Rugby play in National League One (the third tier of English rugby) and have aspirations for promotion to the Championship. Paragon’s logo will adorn the shirt sleeve of the 1XV home and away strips. There are close links between the two organisations, as Paragon Director Jeff Smith is currently Chairman of Rugby at Esher and a former 1XV prop forward. Paragon also employ Tom James as a graduate surveyor, who is a current 1XV winger. Jeff assures us that Esher will have a successful season but have some tough local fixtures against the likes of Rosslyn Park & Blackheath and further afield against Coventry & Plymouth. Paragon look forward to sharing in Esher Rugby Club’s successes this season and beyond.
Dealing with neighbours when undertaking works is paramount to the smooth and successful outcome of projects, but is often easier said than done, especially in high density urban environments. With many projects seeking to maximise usable space, party wall and neighbourly matters have become integral to all schemes for both developers and neighbouring asset holders. Click here to download our guide to Neighbourly Matters and the key issues you need to consider. Paragon’s Neighbourly Matters team can also provide the content as a CPD seminar upon request.
MEES update - July 2017
The upcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations are coming into force in April 2018. This means Landlords have 9 months to evaluate your portfolios to ensure that they are compliant.
Since October 2016, Paragon has undertaken hundreds of assessments of properties with EPCs that fell below threshold. The majority of these simply involved a re-evaluation of the inputs used for the EPC model whereby, more often than not, default values had been used. Simply entering the correct building inputs using skilled and experienced assessors has had an extremely high success rate in bringing properties to compliance at a very low cost to our clients. With enforcement to be carried out by local authorities and potential fines of up to £150k, it is important to ensure your portfolio is in a position to comply come April 2018.
Everything you need to know about the MEES regulations can be found .
For your properties in Scotland do not forget about the implications of the Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016, whereby action is required in the event of a sale or new leasehold interest of properties over 1000 m² to assess and improve energy efficiency.
Please get in touch with our if you would like to discuss ways in which Paragon can offer support in meeting compliance with the regulations. (Note that buildings that meet energy standards equivalent to those introduced by the 2002 Building Regulations or are already improved via a Green Deal are exempted from the regulations).
The Apex building in Reading for L&G involved the refurbishment to the existing Atrium to create more a modern and useable break-out areas and meeting rooms for tenants. This project was managed by the Paragon PM team from conception to completion.
This project is part of a group of projects to create wholesale change for the Apex building in Reading and was completed with tenants in occupation and delivered under budget with high tenant / client satisfaction.
Paragon celebrates it’s 8th Birthday this week.
Paragon is delighted to announce we that we have teamed up with Revcap for this year's National Surveyors Sevens Tournament.
The Tournament has become one of the major 7s events of the calendar year, officiated by the London Society and International referees and takes place at Richmond Athletic Ground on Thursday 11th May.
The first game starts at 1pm with the final due to start at 7.30pm.
Paragon is delighted to sponsor the jersey tops for Blacktop Road Cycle Club, a new club bringing together like minded individuals in the property industry, built environment, creative sector and cycle industry who all share a love of riding bikes!
The club has been set up with the aim to promote cycling within the industry and capitalise on its popularity as a sport and transport solution with a health and wellbeing aspect.
The club offers four interesting rides per year with an annual social ride. The rides are often based around a cycle specific destination or café stop such as the Velo House in Tunbridge Wells and Giro Café in Esher.
Richard Trubshaw from Paragon, comments “The rides are a fantastic networking opportunity on bikes and aim to be social rather than a training session. We aim to foster rides with great company and good camaraderie.”
The next rides are planned for 4th March and 12th May and more details about the club and past rides and events can be found at www.blacktoprcc.com
Paragon had an absolute blast at Propski 2017 held in the beautiful Tignes. After a staggered arrival on Saturday and a combination of planes, trains and automobiles, the Paragon Troops set down in resort. Our Gavin McCosh, Nick Myers, Emily Bradshaw and Paul Arthur (PropSki Committee member) were charged and ready for a busy week of events, networking and fun in the snow.
First up was the Estate Gazettes welcome drinks at Tignes Space – a fantastic & much improved venue for everyone to have a natter and meet one another.
After a few morning runs on Sunday, Paragon amongst a select group of others were invited to Panoramic for Lunch hosted by Macdonald & Company. After delicious food and a one too many glasses of wine we gingerly made our way through poor visibility down the mountain. After a few tumbles we all arrived safely back in Le Lac.
Mondays events consisted on the Estate Gazette Question Time feat. Guest Speakers Nick Cuff of Pocket Living and Tom Redmayne of Wired Score, giving insightful and witty thoughts and perspectives on a range of property related topics. In the evening Paragon hosted the Mountain Meal for over 200 people at the magnificent Panoramic. The entire Funicular was hired for the event which consisted of fantastic food and even better company. The night was capped off by making a record of over £7,000 for LandAid in donations via the raffle and auction prizes.
Tuesday was the Macdonald & Co Race Day which saw some highly competitive snowboarding and skiing taking place down a challenging slalom sprint course. Our own Paul Arthur picked up the Adventure in Architecture ‘Sled Master’ trophy! Despite plummeting temperatures the plentiful supply of Vin Chaud kept us all going.
Wednesday was the day when Aston Rose put on a the Killy Espace guided tour, a fantastic day of skiing / snowboarding with instructors based on ability levels across tens of kilometers of piste and off-piste runs. Everyone convened in the ‘Ice Bar’ for fromage, jambon baguettes and refreshments before casually making our way down for some well earned Apres at Follie Douce. The live music, performers, table dancing and drinks aplenty all round for the PropSki party ensured we were in high spirits heading down to Val D’Saire for beer pong shared experiences of the day at Pacific before organised mini buses took everyone back to Tignes.
Thursday was the last day of organised events by the committee and consisted of the famous Revcap Mountain Challenge, which this year awarded points for effort on the airbag, the best mannequin challenge (awarded to the team that managed to get a whole funicular carriage to take part) rapping with a stranger in a bubble and testing ones orienteering skills! Evening entertainment ending up with Emily sporting futuristic Paragon branded sunglasses (in a club).
Friday was a day of meat and more meat as Paragon hosted a lunch and dinner for clients and two of the top restaurants in Tignes. There were no planned PropSki activities so we all just had a good last day’s ski and relaxed out aching limbs in the luxurious spa!
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations passed in March 2015, make it unlawful to lease all privately rented commercial property or permit lease renewals unless the building complies with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) with an EPC rating of ‘A’ to ‘E.
Download our easy guide to understanding how the MEES regulations will affect you.
Contact Dan Fitch who heads up our Environmental and Sustainability Due Diligence team.
North West agents were impressed with Paragon's completed refurbishment of Target M62 - a 148,000sqft industrial unit in Middleton for Vengrove.
"Dear John and Rob
First of all thank you so much for nomiting HCUK as one of your charity partners this year. The property/building industry is an awareness platform that we would not have been able to use without your support, and for that i am extremely grateful.
I was only too relieved that not only was the weather wonderful on Friday, but i was a supporter, and interested onlooker, rather than a participant. I knew it was going to be muddy, but this was on another level! Having said that, the HCUK teams loved every single minute of it, i hvae never come across an event that was so enthusiastically talked about at the finish - they loved it, all of it, particularly the mud. This seemed to be a universal voice of enthousiasm from all participants. You must be delighted that it was such a succesful event.
My thanks again to you both, and all the directors of Paragon.
Chairman - Hearburn Cancer UK"
Paragon's Manchester team recently completed a project on behalf of Praxis Real Estate. The project involved a CAT A refurbishment with a build cost of circa £3 Million (49,031 sq ft GIA (£64 / sq ft/ 40,350 sq ft NIA (£73 / sq ft). Paragon provided Project Management and Cost Consultancy expertise throughout the duration of the project. Please visit the following link to view full details of the scheme. http://concordbusinesspark.co.uk/
Paragon is delighted to be attending Expo Real 2016. Please get in touch to arrange a meeting with Marcus Wroe and Charlie Knox and learn more about Paragon's European due diligence, environmental and project monitoring expertise.
Paragon team completes SLM charity bike ride from London to Chicester! A fantastic day for a great cause, thanks to all who sponsored our team,
The Meridian Leisure Park in Leicester for L&G involved the provision of two retail units within an existing underused cinema auditorium space. The project included a refresh to the frontage with feature lighting. The units have been let to Five Guys and Prezzo who are currently in the process of undertaking their own fit-out.
In response to increased flood risk awareness, following two 1 in 100 year flood events in the UK in the past two years, we invite our clients to consider their knowledge of different sources of flooding and the impacts that it can have on their property portfolios. As we progress into Autumn, we are reminded that flooding is a big issue in the UK and that robust due diligence and flood resilience planning is vital to protect assets.
Paragon's Environmental team provides the following flood risk advice:
If you have flooding concerns on your existing property portfolio, Paragon is able to provide business continuity plans, which provide information to reduce financial losses, damage to property and business interruption and to reduce exposure to civil or criminal liability.
Save this news link somewhere handy, winter is coming and we are here to help!
Following on from the success of Mudathon 2015 we are taking it to an even muddier, wetter and challenging course. Over 100 obstacles designed by ex-military forces this will really test your determination! We did 10km last year but with the number of obstacles it's dropped to 7km for a reason! Guaranteed to be a right laugh for all levels we would love to welcome you down on the day to put yourself round the course on your own or as a team. Food, drink and music to follow with lots of stories of mud, mud and more mud! And fun of course! All proceeds raised will once again be shared between LandAid and Heartburn Cancer UK.
Full details of the event can be found on the website www.themudathon.com. Key information as follows:
• Date: FRIDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2016
• Location: SWIRES FARM • HENFOLD LANE • DORKING • SURREY • RH5 4RP
• Race Starts at 10:30/Registration opens at 09:00
• Cost: £50 individual entry /£40 per team member (maximum 5 per team, team members to help each other through obstacles. Fastest combined team time will win team competition)
• Food, bar & live music.
• Changing: Toilets & Changing Area
• Journey time from London Waterloo or London Victoria to Dorking is 50 minutes http://www.nationalrail.co.uk Please indicate on registration if you will require a shuttle bus service to and from the station to the venue.
• Car parking will also be available for those who wish to drive.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!!!: www.themudathon.com
CRC will be replaced, "in a revenue-neutral way", with an increase in the Climate Change Levy (CCL) from 2019. Good news for Landlords who are responsible for large energy bills - hopefully the change will involve less paperwork! Contact Paragon's environmental consultancy team led by Dan Fitch to discuss your environmental property matters further.
Peter McIlhagger of Paragon comments: “Katy’s appointment is the fourth recruitment to our team this year and is in response to our growing clients’ needs and a number of significant new instructions that we have secured over the last few months. Our office now boasts a 10 strong team and as we approach the end of our first year in business in Manchester, we are cementing our reputation as one of the leading building consultancies in the North West.”
Some of us have worked closely with David for almost 20 years and over that time he has helped us become one of the most respected building consultancies in the country. Having been Head of Building Consultancy at Edward Erdman, David was co-founder of CNP in 1994 which grew to 150 people by 2008. David then jointly formed Paragon in 2009. He is yet to decide what he will do with his time!
Furthermore, we announce that Andrew Harriman will also be leaving in April 2016. He has established a development company, Paradigm Land and will be concentrating 100% of his efforts on this venture.
We wish both David and Andrew huge success and we will continue to work with them as further opportunities arise in the future. They will remain great friends of ours and the business.
Paragon Building & Project Consultancy has ambitious plans for the coming years. During the last year we have surveyed over £7.5 billion worth of property for investors, surveyed over £4billion worth of property for vendors and currently have approximately £2.4 billion of construction work in progress, which we are project managing and monitoring.
Over the last twelve months we have strengthened the Paragon Board with the key appointments of James Onions and Rob Simpson from Colliers and Peter McIlhagger from Mace. We are well positioned to continue to grow, diversify our client base and increase our market share.
To discuss any of your property matters further please contact one of the Paragon Directors.
James Onions, head of Paragon Manchester, which opened last year and now employs nine people, said: “Our continued expansion of the recently established Manchester office is client-driven and the direct result of a number of significant new instructions. Jerome and Aled have strong track records in our industry and Aled previously worked with Peter McIlhagger, our director of projects. We are committed to continuing to grow and invest in our business, which we do by securing the best talent in the region.” Paragon is an independent building and project consultancy advising commercial property owners, funders, occupiers and advisers on the whole lifecycle of property assets.
HCUK wants to make sure people don’t ignore persistent heartburn this festive season. It is staging a Heartburn Cancer Awareness Day on the 14th December, with plans to inform commuters and travellers at railway stations in the capital about the worrying illness.
The day finishes at the Houses of Parliament at 3pm where the HCUK branded ‘Battle Bus' will be parked in Old Palace Yard. Letters have been written to all English MPs encouraging them to visit the bus. Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke, is working with us to ensure as many MPs as possible visit us.
8.00 - 9.10AM - Kings Cross Station N1C 4TB
7.30 - 9.30AM - Cannon Street Station EC4N 6AP
8.00 - 9.50AM - Waterloo Station SE1 8SW
8.00 - 10.10AM - Victoria Station SW1E 5ND
8.00 - 10.30AM - Charing Cross Station WC2N 5HS
11am - Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN
PICK UP FROM Trafalgar Square - 12.30
1PM - Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LR
PICK UP FROM Leadenhall Market - 2.30
3pm - Old Palace Yard bus and events people will be here until 4pm
Paragon has recently won a leisure refurbishment project circa £1M and will provide Project Management and Cost Consultancy services to help deliver a newly refurbished leisure centre in Frogmore, complete with spa and hot yoga studio.
The annual event takes place in January at Val Thoren, French Alps and affords property professionals the chance to meet and engage with a wide range of industry peers at all levels of experience. With more than 300 attendees from over 70 different companies set to attend, PropSki 2016 is set to be the largest PropSki event to date.
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Please visit www.themudathon.com to view full image reel and a showreel of drone footage from this year’s event. A big thanks to all competitors and sponsors of this year’s event. We look forward to hosting The Mudathon 2016 and seeing you there!
Simon previously worked at Colliers with James Onions, head of Paragon’s Manchester office and co-director Rob Simpson who also joined when the new office was established in May of this year. Neil joins from DTZ having previously worked at Colliers, McGrath Associates and EC Harris. The appointments follow the recent recruitment of Peter Mcllhagger as Director of Projects in July.
James Onions, Head of Paragon BC Manchester, comments: “I am delighted that Simon and Neil have joined us. Having already worked with both Neil and Simon, I look forward to continuing our successful working relationship. I am confident that our combined experience of building surveying and project related services will enable us to offer an even greater level of service to our clients. It has been four months since we opened in Manchester and we have been incredibly busy working with both existing and new clients. Neil and Simon’s appointments are part of an ongoing expansion strategy and they will play an integral role in the continued growth of the Manchester office.”
The course involved muddy waters, quarry hill runs, vertical walls, tyre challenges, balance beams, cargo nets and tunnels to name a few of the challenges that competitors faced! Fastest male was won by Richard Trubshaw of Paragon, Fastest female, Clare Grieves of Apss Group and fastest team by Apss Group. Awaiting at the finish line was a festival-esque after party that included a live band, delicious hog roast and a chance to network with other property professionals.
Congratulations to all those who took part and raised funds for two fantastic charitable causes, with thanks going to our communications partners EG and Cormack Advertising for their help in creating such a fantastic event.
John Munday, MD of Paragon comments
‘Thanks to all who supported the mudathon 2015 and helped to make it such a fantastic day. We look forward to The Mudathon 2016!’
Paul Morrish, LandAid CEO comments
“Never let it be said that the property industry can’t play dirty! Yet despite a 10km race through mud, obstacles and challenges, there was nothing on show but the finest sportsmanship, team spirit and camaraderie at Paragon’s inaugural Property Mudathon. And raising money to help LandAid support young people in real need across the UK just helped make it all worthwhile. Thank you to everyone at Paragon and to everyone who ran for making it such a fantastic day! The LandAid team can’t wait for the next one!”
There will be 12 speakers for this Soapbox Science – Environmental Special, and their discussion topics, include:
Dr. Carolyn Pearce, University of Manchester “Using mineral minions to contain our radioactive waste”
Dr Clare Thorpe, University of Manchester “How radioactive are you? Natural and man-made radioactivity in our daily lives”
Dr Joanna Bagniewska (@JMBagniewska), University of Reading “What do scientists see in poo?”
Hannah Bloomfield, University of Reading “Future Climate Future Energy”
Heather Sanders, University of Nottingham “Contaminants in the Environment”
Charlie Knox, Paragon “Source-Pathway-Receptor: The Key Principle of Contaminated Land”
Dr Jessica Johnson (@volcano_jess), University of East Anglia “Using small earthquakes to forecast volcanic eruptions”
Prof Lian Lundy, Middlesex University London “Creating a splash: water management in the city of the future”
Rachael Maskill, Moors for the Future Partnership “Peak Condition – How environmental science is helping us monitor the health of Peak District moors”
Dr Jacqueline Hannam (@Dirt_Science), Cranfield University “What lies beneath: how soils change in space and time”
Dr Cath Waller, University of Hull “Life at the bottom of the world”
Kathryn Brian, University of Nottingham “Biochar: Ancient agriculture feeding the world”
Friday 4th September 2015
Waves start at 10.30 (Registration opens at 09:00).
Waves will be allocated pre event. Waves will start every 10 minutes. Please ensure that you are on time and prepared for your wave start.
Welford Road, Sibbertoft, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 9UJ
Journey time from London to Market Harborough is 54 mins from St Pancras Intl http://www.nationalrail.co.uk
£50 individual entry
£40 per team member (maximum 10 per team) - more info on website.
Entry includes medal, technical t-shirt, goody bag, hog roast sandwich & pint.
Village Fete with Hog Roast, Coconut Shy, Archery, Cash Bar & Live Music
Toilets, Showers & Changing Area Available.
A Coach service will be running from Market Harborough (MHR) Station from 08:00. Coaches will drop participants back at the station after the event.
Car parking will also be available for those that choose to drive.
To register please visit www.TheMudathon.com
The office will be led by James Onions and Rob Simpson who have both left Colliers to join as Directors. James had previously worked for Colliers as head of its Manchester and Leeds building surveying and project management teams for 13 years. Rob had been based in the firm’s Leeds office for the last 11 years.
Paragon already has a strong track record in the North West having worked on numerous acquisitions for clients such as Rockspring, LJ capital, Magnus, Lasalle and Karlin. Paragon is also retained by Legal & General on their New Bailey Street development.
John Munday, Managing Director of Paragon, comments: “This new office is an exciting venture for us. Having established a successful nationwide business from London, we were keen to supplement this in the North and whilst we considered a number of cities, Manchester was the obvious choice for us as it is a powerful city competing on an international platform. The Manchester office is very much an integral part of the business as a whole, with the full support of the London team. We have an ambitious but viable strategy to grow the business exponentially over the next 12-24 months.”
Commenting on his new role, James Onions says: “This is an incredibly exciting and unique opportunity for us to establish a new office for Paragon at the centre of the new Northern Powerhouse and build a team of the best talent and expertise in our field. Paragon is an enormously enthusiastic, dynamic company run by people who know and understand our line of work, with a focused client approach. They offer a service level that resonates with our own business beliefs. We are very excited about this new venture and look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Paragon is delighted to have been responsible for the project management and cost consultancy of the five new build townhouses in the heart of Marylebone. Each house provides four floors of contemporary design which respects the tradition of it’s Central London locality
The appointment was made due to the need to fast track the Phase 1 works and secure the planning consent for the overall development of the hospice. The construction of the Environment Centre is an important step forward for Noah’s Ark and will act as a beacon to attract investors and donations to construct the Phase 2 children’s hospice. The facility will be very important for the Noah’s Ark charity, who provide an invaluable service to the north London community. Paragon was brought in to co-ordinate the design team to revise the design of the Environment Centre, discharge all the pre-commencement planning conditions and make an effective start on site before the planning consent for the hospice expired. The project is particularly challenging due to the tight programme and fixed budget which has come solely from donations to the charity. Paragon is leading the project team to deliver this important asset to the charity at minimum risk.
Paragon currently undertake a considerable amount of work in the north and a northern office will further enhance our high levels of service delivery for our clients. John Munday, MD of Paragon comments ‘ The opening of a Manchester office is a very exciting development for the Paragon business and we look forward to further developing our presence in the North with our new office. Watch this space for further details regarding the Paragon northern team!….’
The sun was shining and the atmosphere was electric as the riders took to the route. We are very proud to announce that Richard has raised over £3000 for CORAM, a charity that helps to improve the lives of disadvantaged children, there is still time to sponsor his efforts visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/trub to donate. We will of course be posted evidence of his fancy dress leg later in his journey….!
He has now raised over £2500 of his £3000 fundraising target but there is still time to donate and suggest a fancy dress idea for Richard to wear on a leg of his journey. The idea with the most donations wins their choice of fancy dress outfit and photo evidence – so far a mankini is the current leader!! The deadline for fancy dress donations is end of play Friday 27th February. Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/trub to donate.
To find further details about Cycle to Cannes, please visit www.cycle-to.org
We are delighted to announce that Richard Trubshaw, Associate Director at Paragon will be participating in Cycle to Cannes in the lead up to MIPIM 2015.
Cycle to Cannes involves cycling 1500 kilometres from London to Cannes over six days with the aim of raising £3,000 for five charities, including Coram a charity who provides support to vulnerable children across the UK. The ride is usually completed in teams of three but Richard is riding the whole distance on his own just to make life a little harder for himself! Richard is busy training for the long and challenging ride and would love your support to inspire his journey and beat his target of raising £3,000.
There are numerous ways in which you can support Richard in his ride:
Become an alloy sponsor benefits of which include:
Become a personal sponsor by being the first 8 to donate over £250 benefits of which include:
Donate and suggest fancy dress:
To find further details about Cycle to Cannes, please visit www.cycle-to.org
05.12.14Paragon is delighted to have been involved with key portfolio transactions throughout 2014 with over £1.5 billion worth of assets surveyed by Paragon on behalf of vendors. Notable instructions include:
02.10.14After a very busy year we are thrilled to announce the following additions to the team;
02.10.14Shopping Centre specialist Ellandi has bought The Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle with Paragon completing the acquisition surveys. Totalling over 400,000 sq ft and containing 130 stores, Ellandi acquired the Centre for £27m from Kennedy Wilson as reported by Property Week. Paragon know the Centre well having previously prepared Vendor's reports as part of the Britannica Shopping Centre portfolio in 2013.
02.10.14The 226,500 sq ft Cameron Toll Shopping Centre in Edinburgh was recently placed under offer for £46m, as reported by Property Week. Paragon completed Vendors surveys for the Centre which Oaktree, in partnership with Hunter Asset Management, purchased.
30.09.14Paragon's Richard Trubshaw took part in both the Club Peloton ride organised by Cycle To around the surrey hills, he then raced over to Broadgate tower to compete in the cycle leg of the Land Aid Towerathlon in a Propski team alongside Will Chambers from JLL and Jon Beswick from WMOR architects.
03.09.14PropSki 2015 is coming up and we are delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring the mountain meal, held at the Le Chalet Du Thorens restaurant. The PropSki annual skiing trip is an amazing opportunity for young surveyors to meet and network with their peers whilst competing on the slopes.
03.09.1411 of our boys make us proud once again by raising money for the Samaritans by running in the JLL property 5k. Over £20,000 was raised with 798 participants. Richard Trubshaw came 65th and Gavin Mccosh came in at 72nd followed by Ross Sampford at 148th.
29.08.14Richard took part in the Prudential RideLondon, finishing only 12 minutes behind first place!
10.06.14Paragon celebrates its 5th Birthday this week.
10.06.14Congratulations to Paragon Cormack Barbarians on winning the Plate after beating CBRE 10-5 in the final.
27.03.14No silverware during the racing on the Saturday, but every effort was made!
06.02.14Propski is a fresh new look at building relationships within the property industry, set in the Alps in an informal & inclusive setting. The event offers a unique opportunity for surveyors to meet, compete and network with peers in the Industry…. So much for a dry January! Thanks to the Propski committee for the fantastic organisation and see you all in March for the reunion party!
09.12.13Paragon is delighted to announce the following additions to their team: senior surveyor Andrew Hezelgrave who joins from Lambert Smith Hampton; head of cost management Pat Coleman from Bingham Anderson Partnership; senior surveyor Guy Barlow from CS2 and Placement Student Rob Keen on his year out from Sheffield Hallam.
18.11.13The first phase comprised a new build 76,000sqft Morisons supermarket with PFS. The remaining phases are currently in planning.
10.10.13Paragon Company Director Andrew Harriman says that, “it is a great testament to the growing strength of Paragon that they can keep ahead of such an aggressive store opening curve to get the deals done in a commercial and technically sound manner. Our team has adapted to many changes since we started advising Wren from their inception and we continue to adapt and support their commercial and operational needs to meet the aspirations of the board whilst securing safe long-term assets for the business”.
03.10.13Paragon had the unique opportunity to donate to the very worthy cause, Julia’s House Children’s hospice, for the opportunity to have our logo placed on a Ginetta G50 race car. The car took centre stage at the recent Julia’s House fund raising dinner where the chance to drive it at Silverstone was auctioned raising further funds.
25.09.13The event was raising money for the Samaritans with 748 runners participating. First home in overall 75th place was Gavin McCosh in a commendable time of 20:16 with Richard Trubshaw wheezing in at 83rd place in a time of 20:27 and Paul Arthur catching rapidly in the closing stages with a time of 20:44 and 93rd overall! Well done to all involved and for supporting such a worthy cause.
14.08.13Rob has joined our London office as a year-out placement student from Sheffield Hallam University.
14.08.13Paragon have been appointed by Ignis to act as PM&QS for the substantial refurbishment of Watergate House a Grade II listed period office building on York Buildings next to the Adelphi Hotel on the Embankment. The speculative refurbishment includes major internal structural alterations to reposition the stair and lift core and toilets as well as replacement of the windows. A very good Breeam rating will be achieved. Paragon have been advising Ignis on their options for the c.12,000sq.ft building for some time and are exited about the opportunity of delivering a first class office building back to the market by the end of 2014.
17.07.13Paragon, appointed by Great Marlborough Estates for Project Management and QS services have successfully delivered 3 new build prime town houses in the fashionable Bloomsbury area of the city. The development has just taken the prestigious RIBA London Award for 2013, recognising the design and quality of the development in this sensitive location. Please contact Partner Rob Kendall for further information
01.07.13Please note that as of 1 July 2013, for internal re-structuring purposes, Paragon will be transferring its operations to a Limited Company (Paragon Building Consultancy Limited - registered company number 08482471) from the current Limited Liability Partnership. All individuals and activities of Paragon UK LLP will continue unaffected. Professional Indemnity cover will be maintained for all instructions carried out by the LLP and will be unchanged going forward.
10.12.12whilst in turn provided stellar conversation on the subject with fellow Mo Bro’s and the general public a like throughout the month of ‘Movember’. Just as importantly, Richie, Paul and Richard have raised valuable funds to support the fight against Prostate Cancer and although the month is drawn to a close and the tash’s will be mournfully removed from the faces of our gents, we hope their efforts have gone some way to support a wholly worthwhile cause.
14.11.12We have recently recruited Tom Simmons and Nick Myers as Senior Building Surveyors in the firms London office. Tom joins from PBC Ltd & Nick from Deerbrook where he was working in-house. Simon Mummery has also joined as graduate surveyor.
31.08.12Dan has been on the Paragon journey since the business was established and he continues to push the Environmental Services at Paragon forward providing solid commercial Environmental advice for all of our clients.
17.07.12Acting as multi-service project consultants to Development Securities, Paragon are on track to successfully oversee completion of a 112 unit residential development adjacent to the Olympic Stadium before the Olympics start on 27 July. The 90% completed development was bought by DevSec and Canadian Fund, Realstar, in March 2012 with the aim of completing the scheme and securing some lettings prior to the Games. Despite the tight schedule the first units have now been let and tenants are moving in. Paragon contact: Jeff Smith
17.07.12Following on from their early success winning the Sunshine 7s, the Paragon Lions won the National Plate competition, beating Rugby Lions 36-5 in the semi and Loughborough University 34-7 in the final.
17.07.12The RICS RFC annual tour 2012 saw them visit Chicago in June. A game of rugby was squeezed into the itinerary and the RICS comfortably saw off the Chicago Blaze despite the 30degree heat and two days of less than ideal preparation! Paragon Partner Jeff Smith had the honour of captaining the team.
17.07.12The Kings Place & Conquest House Project we are carrying out for Rockspring was nominated at the Office Agency Development Awards on Friday & won the Award for Best Deal outside Central London. Paragon carried out the pre-purchase surveys as part of the St Martins South East Office Portfolio. We were subsequently involved in the feasibility of the major refurbishment scheme, the negotiation of the specification and agreement of all technical aspects with the tenant's team on Rockspring's behalf and were subsequently appointed as Project Manager, Cost Consultant an Mechanical & Electrical Services Engineer for the project. The £8.5million scheme is currently on site, approximately 4 months into a 9 month contract programme. Paragon contact: Robert Perry
27.06.12Our partner Richard Estrop was part of the winning team at the annual Property Gun and Punt Club clay pigeon shoot this month. A blustery day at Holland & Holland’s shooting ground in north-west London provided some extremely challenging clays and amongst some stiff competition, Richard shot the top score in his team of 55 out of 68 to take them to victory.
01.03.12Morrisons will be occupying a new 71,500 sq ft foodstore and petrol filling station. There will be 14,000 sq ft of additional retail space.
01.03.12The scheme is anchored by a two storey 65,000 sq ft M&S and comprises 13 retail units totalling approximately 200,000 sq ft of space in addition to a 1025 space multi storey car park. Construction of the circa £30 million scheme is due to commence in the summer of 2012.
25.01.12Paragon Partners David Nurser, John Munday, Robert Perry & Richard Estrop will be attending MIPIM 2012 from 6-9 March. If you are also attending MIPIM and would like to meet up during the week, please contact them by phone or email:
19.01.12Following Paragon's appointment to carry out the Project Management, Cost Consultancy & M&E Engineering roles on this prestigious project for Rockspring in 2011 the tender process has now been completed with the works starting on site in January 2012.
04.01.12Paragon's London Office Manager Kate McCord, along with her mother and brother are embarking on running the 2012 London Marathon. Having all completed it once already at different times, they have decided to join forces and do it one last time as ‘Team McCord’ in order to try and raise as much money as possible for Heartburn Cancer Awareness & Support http://www.h-cas.org.
19.09.11Instructed by Allianz & Moorevale to design and Project Manage the extension and alterations to two existing retail units at 245 High Holborn, to form one enlarged unit with 6,000sq.ft sales area. Paragon obtained planning permission, designed, procured and managed the Landlords works, which were delivered to Waitrose for fitting out on time. The store opened for trading four weeks later on 4 September 2011. Farebrother acted for Allianz & Moorevale to secure the pre-let with Waitrose.
24.08.11Paragon Partner Jeff Smith, along with George Shaw of Ignis Real Estate, presented Sam Robson of Middlesex CCC with the Ignis Asset Management Player of the Month award for July during the interval of the Middlesex Panthers Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture against Yorkshire at Lord’s on Wednesday 10th August 2011. Sam accepted a cheque for £1,000 and a magnum of Bollinger champagne. Jeff was attending the cricket as a guest of Ignis Real Estate and was asked to assist with the presentation having won a quiz competition in the Ignis box. (For the benefit of any sports trivia buffs – John Emburey won 64 England caps)
30.06.11Oxford Properties have recently acquired a 50% stake in Mid City Place. We carried out survey overviews and are delighted to have been involved in yet another high profile transaction.
02.06.11Paragon acted for the administrators, PWC, on the large island site in the City of London known as Leadenhall Triangle, preparing fully assignable vendors’ condition surveys and numerous dilapidations schedules. The site comprises 5 office buildings with a total lettable area of circa 500,000 sq ft. The sale was successfully concluded to Henderson Global Investors.
25.05.11We are delighted to announce that Paragon have recently been selected for the Land Securities Framework for Projects in the central London area.
30.03.11Paragon recently completed acquisition surveys of 11properties in the Greenridge Portfolio for Rockspring, which they bought from Alderley Group (Property Week News 25/3/11). The buildings were inspected and Building, M&E and Environmental reports completed and issued within 10 days of instruction.