Callan Connect is a civil engineering ground works specialist in the telecommunications industry, with blue chip clients including BT Openreach and Virgin Media. The Company, based in Aston, Birmingham, was recently awarded a contract with City Fibre to roll out broadband across the City and needed premises in the City to service the contract.

Drake Howard Property had just placed the perfect workshop and yard on the market in Progress Way, following exercise of a break clause by the former tenant, Envisage Group Limited.

Martyn Howard said, “In our managing agent capacity we had only just agreed the scope of dilapidations work to be undertaken with the outgoing occupier when it was decided to waste no time in putting a To Let board on the premises. Four potential new tenants were quick to inspect and put in offers to take the unit with its valuable secure yard.”

The proposal from Callan Connect offered the owner a Company with a solid financial status to secure the rent under a new 5 years lease and Envisage Group, the prospect of a new tenant taking early possession to allow them to exit in advance of the break date and save on rent and business rates.”

Drake Howard Property took up the challenges of a quick transfer of the premises.

  1. Tender of dilapidation works and instruction of selected contractor on behalf of Envisage Group.
  2. Arrangement of a license for early occupation of the yard to store fibre cables, plastic conduit, plant & machinery, on behalf of the prospective tenant.
  3. Instruction of solicitor to prepare lease and surrender deeds.
  4. Project management of works on a strict timetable, to include early storage occupation of part of the workshop and completion of legal documents, all within 6 weeks, to delight the owner, outgoing and incoming tenant!!

It takes experience and expertise to handle all aspects of building work, legal tenure of temporary and permanent occupation and contractual lease obligations. It also takes judgement of personalities involved and their driving forces. Get it wrong and without a fall-back position the ‘wheels can come off’. Drake Howard Property possesses the skill sets and in this case, the parties all had the same drivers and goodwill.