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REF: ehB02 STATE-OF-THE-ART HOMELESS CENTRE TO TRANSFORM LIVES IN STRATFORD

Long-term let secured by Leamington commercial property experts enables project to complete

A state-of-the-art homeless centre which is set to transform lives in Stratford-upon-Avon is due to open its doors this summer.

The iconic building at 41 Guild Street, formerly the Fred Winter department store, has been converted to provide a food bank, office space, café and specialised accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The ground-breaking project has been masterminded by Springs Housing Association after it secured the building on a 15-year lease from Leamington-based commercial property experts, ehB Reeves.

Two housing associations, along with Citizens’ Advice and Job Centre Plus will all be based at the site, which is earmarked for a late-June opening and will be called the Fred Winter Housing Plus Centre.

Dominic Bradley, group chief executive of Springs Housing Association, said his organisation has a history of working with the private sector for social good.

He said: “The big thing for us was creating a housing partnership and also employment, which is key to keeping people out of long-term homelessness.

“It’s a situation which has been brought into sharp focus by COVID-19. Stratford has a lack of affordable housing and has seen a huge increase in Universal Credit applications, which can be a precursor to homelessness.

“The Fred Winter Centre can be a big help to the town and will be a one-stop shop for people who need its help. The most exciting thing for me has been the support of the people from the town.

“We had 100-plus people at all of the information sessions prior to the planning application and the fact we didn’t receive one single objection during the planning process shows us what an amazing community we have here in Stratford.

“It’s a model which could be used elsewhere and what is refreshing is it’s a project where all parties from public, private and the charitable sector have come to the table to deliver a shared vision for centre.”

Simon Hain, director of ehB Reeves, who brokered the deal with Springs Housing Association, said: “This development is a state-of-the-art homeless centre which will transform lives in Stratford.

“It’s a wide-reaching partnership between the town council, several charities and other organisations, who are all coming together to offer a ground-breaking service.

“The Winter family were faced with competition for the landmark building and felt this was an ideal use for it, so we were delighted to secure the deal with Springs Housing Association on their behalf and pave the way for this development to go ahead.

“We wish everyone involved with the project every success.”

The site is located within the town’s conservation area and will include 14 one-bedroom apartments and a two-bedroom apartment over three floors.

“The centre has been owned by the Winter family for a long time and we wanted to honour that. There is more than 100 years of history here and it’s synonymous with the town,” added Dominic.

 

ehB Reeves was formed in 2018 by a merger between Leamington-based companies ehB Commercial and Reeves and Partners. The new firm enjoys a growing management portfolio in excess of £100 million.



Our Surveying Team

Simon Hain

Simon Hain has worked as a commercial property consultant in Leamington Spa since 1984 and has been very active within the local community and is a former chairman of Leamington and District Round Table and trustee of various local charities. Simon specialises in Commercial Agency, Development, Acquisitions and Corporate Property Advice and is a director of ehB Reeves.

Nick Evans

Nick is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked in Leamington Spa since 1992. Born in Warwick, Nick is a Fellow of the RICS, Registered Valuer, RICS Accredited Mediator and former Chairman of the RICS Coventry and Warwickshire Local Association. Nick generally concentrates on Valuation and Professional / Landlord and Tenant work as well as Investments and Corporate Property Advice for clients and is a director of ehB Reeves.  

Scott Blake

Scott is a Chartered Surveyor having worked in general practice surveying in the West Midlands area since 1991 and mainly within the Coventry and Warwickshire area. He has a wide range of experience dealing with commercial property matters including professional valuation services for private and corporate clients, other professional work including rent reviews, lease renewals, business rate appeals as well as commercial agency investment acquisitions and disposals. Scott is a director of ehB Reeves.

Stuart Gregory

Stuart heads our property management department working closely with clients to maximise returns from their property assets. He advises a number of private investors, high net worth individuals, property companies, pension funds and organisations with a charitable status, dealing with all aspects of the management of their property investments. Stuart is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in Landlord & Tenant and general practice work in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. He joined Reeves & Partners in 2001 and is a Director of the firm.  

Robert Hawkins

Robert is a Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience in the property business, having worked on both sides of the fence, as adviser and client, in all market sectors and on properties and portfolios large and small. He enjoys dealing with all aspects of commercial property and acting for all types of client.

Phil Harvey

Having joined Reeves & Partners in 2011, Phil has over 18 years’ experience in the Property industry specialising in Commercial Property Management. Phil works closely with a wide range of clients including private investment companies, pension fund operators and religious organisations advising on all aspects of Property and asset management. Phil is an experienced and valued member of the Property Management team and has acted across a wide range of property sectors including residential, industrial, office and retail. Outside of the office, Phil enjoys music, reading and Formula One.

Nigel Grugeon

Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 years' experience in General Practice. Originally with a background in commercial property he has for many years concentrated on providing general consultancy advice to his many charity clients throughout the UK, occasionally involving properties in Ireland, France, Belgium and Italy. Nigel’s work covers a wide range of activities associated with charity owned properties which include the sales and acquisitions of substantial Estates, of properties in the healthcare and education sectors as well as development land and conventional domestic residences. Formerly based in the City of London, Nigel joined Reeves & Partners in 2010 adding his many clients to the firm's already substantial charity client base.

Sam Hain

Sam Hain joined us in the summer of 2017, shortly after graduating from the University of the West of England, Bristol with a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations

Sam started work in asset management department, working as a graduate asset manager as well as is now very active in the agency department and will soon be starting his assessment of professional competence (APC) - the on-the-job training scheme graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Sam is also currently undertaking a day release MA degree in Estate Management.

Sam grew up in Warwickshire and attended Warwick School and outside of work, he enjoys playing golf and football and is a Coventry City supporter.