In case you missed it….. Star Ship Enterprise set to be lost in Devastating Divorce

Hidden away within a block of flats in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is the product of ten years’ hard work, over £4000 and the estimated equivalent of hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of labour costs. Mr Tony Alleyne has spent a large part of his life lovingly recreating the bridge of the Star Ship Enterprise in his one bedroom flat and he looks set to lose it all in a messy divorce.

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Lloyds TSB research shows £48,000 extra to live in a spa town

Spa towns like Ilkley in West Yorkshire, which boasted the highest premium of all, Boston Spa in Lincolnshire and Bath in North Somerset, have been shown to have signficantly higher house prices.

The report by Lloyds TSB indicated the spa town house prices were around 27% or £48,123 higher than neighbouring towns, averaging at £275,397 last year. Spa town homes now cost typically 8.3 times gross annual earnings.

Second firm goes down during £28m Ebbw Vale project

Following the closure of MJN Colston just a week ago, Bristol based firm All Mass Cladding Systems has been placed into administration.

Both firms were working on Leadbitter’s £28m Blaenau Gwent Colege project in Ebbw Vale and up to 25 people are now thought to have lost their jobs. The company reputedly turnedover around £10m per year.

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Liverpool opts for Directly Elected Mayor

Following our article on the subject in February’s newsletter (which can be found here), Liverpool has now decided to elect a Mayor for the city.

The move follows the striking of a so called ‘City Deal’ which will grant Liverpool considerably greater power over its own future. This deal is the first of its kind and includes such measures as the provision of a single investment pot of funds and a new enterprise zone for North Liverpool.

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Manor House near Birmingham was set for Hitler Occupation

Birmingham Surveyors – A Grade II* Listed, Gothic style country mansion was apparently eyed up by Hitler as he set plans to invade Britain.

Apley Hall, located in the beautiful Shropshire countryside near Birmingham in the West Midlands, is said to also be the inspiration for P. G. Wodehouse’s famous novels the ‘Blandings Castle Stories’. The author did indeed stay in the castle in the early twentieth century.

Fortunately Hitler never realised his ambitions, but perhaps you can with the property listed on Savills at £1.75m.

Birmingham Council to consider plans to build 400 homes for market rent

Birminghambuildingsurveyors – Birmingham City Council is planning to develop 400 homes for market rent on public land in partnership with a housing association and developer.

The cabinet will receive a report next week outlining proposals to develop the homes on the St Luke’s estate in Highgate through an innovative partnership with housing association WM Housing Group and developer Willmott Dixon.

The development is understood to use a new funding model where the developer and council will both take an equity stake in the homes, with the aim of selling them on to an institutional investor within a five to 10 year time frame.

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Cardiff contractors set to shut 26 years after opening

CardiffBuildingSurveyors.co.uk – Cardiff concrete floor specialist Mike Amodeo (Contractors) is set to close after 26 years of running and a repertoire that includes Cardiff City’s Football Stadium.

The firm, along with Mike Amodeo Group and Mike Amodeo Haulage, is expected to go into voluntary liquidation at a creditors’ meeting next week.

The meetings for creditors of the three companies will take place on 28 February at the Cardiff offices of corporate recovery firm Begbies Traynor.

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Caerphilly tenants block transfer of 10,980 homes

caerphillysurveyor.co.uk – Tenants have voted out plans to transfer homes to a housing association comprehensively by 65 per cent to 35 per cent.

Caerphilly Council had planned to transfer the 10,980 homes to a new not-for-profit community housing mutual, Castell Mynydd.

The ballot ran from 21 January to 17 February and transfer could only go ahead if the majority of tenants who voted in the ballot were in favour of the proposal.

The ownership and management of the homes will now stay with Caerphilly Council.

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York Art Gallery to undergo major refurbishment

Yorkbuildingsurveyors.co.uk – Working in partnership with Ushida Findlay Architects, the York Museums Trust have launched into a £6m refurbishment scheme to restore one of the most recognisable and historic buildings in York.

Situated near the banks of the River Ouse in one of York’s biggest attractions, a beautiful open area flanked by York Crown Court and Clifford’s Tower, the Art Gallery is a major source of tourism in York. Work should begin soon on creating a new ‘secret gallery’ and opening up a thus far hidden area of York, to become a new landscape garden and arts area.