Cooke & Arkwright named Commercial Agent of the Year 2019

14 November 2019
  • Cooke & Arkwright Commercial Agent of the Year 2019
  • Cooke & Arkwright Commercial Agent of the Year 2019
  • Cooke & Arkwright Commercial Agent of the Year 2019

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Cooke & Arkwright was named Commercial Agent of the Year at the inaugural Cardiff Property Awards, held at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff on Friday 8th November 2019.

The awards celebrate the best of the Cardiff property sector, from residential to commercial, lettings and new builds.

The judges said, “Cooke & Arkwright is steeped in Cardiff’s commercial property, with impressive detailed knowledge. 2019 highlights include advising on the Plasdŵr development and being appointed on the former HMRC campus.”

Ben Bolton, Director of Business Space and Robert Evans, Associate Director with Development Land collected the award trophy and a bottle of champagne.

Ben commented, “It’s an enormous pleasure to receive the very first Commercial Agent award at the inaugural Cardiff Property Awards.

“This is the culmination of a very successful year in which we advised on some of the most notable and complex deals in Cardiff.

“It also recognises the hard work and professionalism of our 60 staff headquartered in Cardiff, including our 18-strong agency team. They have provided expert advice to high profile clients on leasing, acquiring and disposing of retail, leisure, office, industrial, investment and development property and helped shape the city throughout the year.”

More here on the Cardiff Property Awards.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group