EG names Cooke & Arkwright Most Active Agent in South Wales

3 January 2020
  • Cooke & Arkwright Most Active Agent in South Wales 2019
  • Cooke & Arkwright Most Active Agent in South Wales 2019
  • Cooke & Arkwright Most Active Agent in South Wales 2019
  • Cooke & Arkwright Most Active Agent in South Wales 2019
  • Cooke & Arkwright Most Active Agent in South Wales 2019

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Cooke & Arkwright has been named Most Active Agent in South Wales 2019 by Estates Gazette, a leading title in the commercial property industry.

The award recognises the firm’s strength in the commercial property sector in South Wales and its influence with decision makers in the property community.

It is the fourth time in recent years that Cooke & Arkwright has won an Estates Gazette award and comes less than two weeks after the firm won the Commercial Agent category at the inaugural Cardiff Property Awards.

Managing Director, Andrew Gardner said, “It is very rewarding to receive this endorsement of the expertise and abilities of our 18-strong commercial agency team. They have delivered a strong performance for the firm in 2019 through leasing, acquiring and disposing of property across the office, industrial, retail & leisure, investment and development sectors.

“Being named Most Active Agent in South Wales is a great accolade to take with us into 2020 – a milestone year in which we will celebrate Cooke & Arkwright’s 120 year anniversary.”

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