Property consultancy appointed to manage newly revamped workplace

Katy Clark, Partner, Property Management with Murray McCheyne, Facilities Manager from Naylors Gavin Black outside Portland House in Newcastle Picture: DAVID WOOD

Newcastle property consultancy Naylors Gavin Black has been appointed as managing agent for Portland House as the building prepares to launch this autumn following a multi-million-pound revamp.

The move, which follows 12 months of redevelopment work at the former head office of Newcastle Building Society, will see the firm’s property management team take on responsibility for running the 60,000 sq. ft. building.

Naylors Gavin Black will oversee all aspects of premises maintenance, compliance and building inspections along with managing the building’s competitive service charge which includes three-year fixed energy contracts.

Situated off Blue Square in the city centre, Portland House has been transformed by developers Oliver Holland and James Keegan to provide ultra-modern workspace for organisations requiring energy efficient and sustainable office accommodation.

Oliver Holland said: “We’re delighted with the appointment of Naylors Gavin Black to act on our behalf as managing agents for Portland House. We have worked hard over the last 12 months to ensure the building will meet the needs of modern-day office occupiers, so it’s important to have expert property management services in place to ensure that the building is run efficiently and properly for the benefit of its tenants.”

Redevelopment work, carried out by Gateshead-based Ultimate Group, has centred around creating a sustainable building that lessens the impact on the environment with a low carbon footprint. Eco-friendly lighting, water-saving shower and toilet facilities and carbon neutral flooring will be part of a new-look interior while special paints and technology will remove toxins and improve air quality for occupiers.

Katy Clark, partner at Naylors Gavin Black, which is based a short walk from Portland House at Hadrian House, said: “We are delighted to be appointed as managing agents and very much look forward to being part of the new Portland House. The building will deliver inspirational office space that will be able to provide cost savings for many organisations.

“New occupiers will be able to take advantage of the building’s competitive running costs, particularly energy charges, which are fixed for a three-year period at a time when the market is highly volatile.”