Despite being told it couldn’t be done, intrepid engineers built the Bellrock Lighthouse, the very first lighthouse at sea, making treacherous waters around submerged rocks safe. Over 200 years later the Bellrock lighthouse remains an inspiration to those prepared to challenge how people think and strive for a better way.
At Bellrock our vision is to deliver the organisational goals of our clients using their real estate as a lever for success, be that commercial, user satisfaction or community engagement. We have an integrated property and facilities management offer including valuations and development advice particularly to the educational, charity and ecclesiastical sectors, planned and reactive maintenance, engineering and project management. In addition we are probably the largest independent service charge advisory business in retail and commercial for both landlords and tenants.
Our property team’s wide ranging skills means we take pride in providing a personalised and quality service to a very diverse range of clients. The team is supported by our technology platform allowing them and our clients a unique insight into the performance of their property, enabling informed decision-making.
We have some of the best known brands in the UK. Concerto (our software platform), Planned Engineering Services (PES), service charge consultants Property Solutions and Profile plus City based Chartered Surveyors Stanley Hicks all operate under the Bellrock group. These highly specialised businesses are all market leaders in their own right.
Stanley Hicks is a long established chartered surveying business originally founded in 1807 and has been based in the City of London since the early 1900s. Well known for its experience in the education, ecclesiastical, charity and healthcare sectors, Stanley Hicks provides a highly specialist and wide ranging from valuation advice in the charitable sector, highly regulated by the Charity Commission, through to unlocking value from assets to enable the development of new school facilities for the benefit of the communities they serve. With school funding forever under strain Stanley Hicks can provide a compelling solution by providing advice to schools on relocation, reconfiguration and extracting latent value through to acting on development agreements.
The acquisition of Stanley Hicks by Bellrock in 2016 now enables the business to access these wider Bellrock services for the benefit of their clients as well as providing strategic advice using the Concerto platform to centralise all the data relating to an estate.
Stanley HIcks has acted for numerous ecclesiastical organisations and charities including the London Diocese Board for Schools, Diocese of Southwark, Diocese of Kent, Diocese of Arundel and Brighton the Salvation Army and many academies.
Property Solutions (PSL) is the UK’s leading commercial service charge consultancy, providing clients, with real data on service charge costs that offers comparative benchmarking in a range of sectors. A range of service charge portfolio administration and consultancy services are designed to improve the management of commercial service charges, by offering expert advice to property owners and occupiers in the office and retail sectors. Tenant service charge administration and advice
- Treasury payments of all occupancy costs and consultancy to ensure lease compliance
- Analysis and forensic audits as well as detailed technical investigations and commercial service charge assurance reviews
- Payment advice
- Advice on dilapidations negotiations
Landlords and investors advice
- Pre-acquisition due-diligence on existing service charge accounting regimes
- Manage service charge including governance and lease compliance and auditing services ensuring RICS Code-compliant service charge frameworks
- Produce service charge budgets and collection services
- Pre-certification assurance reviews and an analysis of the service charge accounts.
- Provide security risk assessments
Profile Consultancy is a tenant focused commercial practice advising many of the UK’s leading FTSE 100 companies with a focus on blue chip retail clients. Acquired by Bellrock in 2017, Profile is in a integral part of the property solutions business.
The experienced team, based in Bedford draws upon a range of specialist skills in property, accounting and building consultancy to provide robust advice. Best known for service charge management and consultancy engagements, the Profile Consultancy team also provide unparalleled expert advice to challenge landlords’ insurance demands and offer building surveying solutions to complex technical problems.
John Pike is an advisor to the Bellrock Property Services Group: ‘ We have built a strong and diverse property services network that focuses on working with key clients to maximise the value of their assets. We are working with large land owners and many blue chip clients to develop estates strategies, development opportunities and cost reducing initiatives that not only deliver for the organisation but for the community at large.’
Read the full article here on pages 46 & 47: Bellrock: a beacon for real estate management
2018 will be the seventh consecutive year that our Service Charge Operating Report (SCOR) is published. The report doesn’t just cover benchmarking costs but also operational performance and is researched from both the tenant and landlords perspective. The report analyses compliance the RICS code of practice, soon to become a professional statement.
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