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Touchstone instructed on Build to Rent Portfolio

Touchstone instructed on Build to Rent Portfolio

Touchstone has begun work on a new residential portfolio led by Mill Group. The portfolio is made up of a mixture of flats and houses built by Bovis Homes and purchased in conjunction with the...

Residential
Touchstone managing new PfP PRS portfolio

Touchstone managing new PfP PRS portfolio

Touchstone has recently begun managing a new residential portfolio for Places for People.  The portfolio of 320 new-build units is spread across 10 locations, with concentrations in the North West,...

Residential
Touchstone appointed as Asset Manager on mixed Tenure Portfolio

Touchstone appointed as Asset Manager on mixed Tenure Portfolio

Following on from previous work assisting in managing problem portfolios, Touchstone have been appointed by PWC as part of their administration duties on a mixed tenure portfolio of over 600 units....

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Relocation for Milton Keynes Office

Relocation for Milton Keynes Office

The long awaited move of our Milton Keynes office to the award winning Group development at Wolverton Park has now been completed and employees are settling in to their new exciting surroundings. A...

Residential
Touchstone Residential Maidstone Moves!

Touchstone Residential Maidstone Moves!

Touchstone’s Maidstone office has recently moved to new premises at 6 Clarendon Place, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BQ. The office is within a conservation area of Georgian properties but is...

Residential
Get ready for Gas Safety Week 2013: 16 - 22 September

Get ready for Gas Safety Week 2013: 16 - 22 September

This year sees the third annual Gas Safety Week, taking place 16 - 22 September 2013, which Touchstone is proud to be supporting. With national advertising, media coverage and events throughout the...

Residential
Touchstone is proud to support SAFEagent Awareness Week

Touchstone is proud to support SAFEagent Awareness Week

Letting agents are uniting for the second national SAFEagent Awareness Week to remind consumers of the importance of choosing a letting agent which offers Client Money Protection.

Tenant...

Residential
Touchstone named “Property Manager of the Year” in 2013 Resi Awards

Touchstone named “Property Manager of the Year” in 2013 Resi Awards

Touchstone has just won the award for Property Manager of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony run by Property Week. This is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work and...

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Tenancy Deposit Scheme Northern Ireland Launched

All Landlords and Letting Agents in Northern Ireland who take a deposit from a tenant for a new tenancy must now register it with an approved deposit protection sceme.

The laws, similar to those...

Residential
Touchstone shortlisted as finalists in Resi Awards 2013

Touchstone shortlisted as finalists in Resi Awards 2013

The Resi Awards are designed to recognise and reward the leading players involved all aspects of residential property including development, investment, management, construction and funding to name...

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Change in local circumstances leads to change in charity project

Due to continuing difficult circumstances in Sierra Leone, Touchstone’s Bath Office Charity Committee have agreed that it is sensible to change plans to support the building of a new community...

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Touchstone Client, Hearthstone Investments

Touchstone Client, Hearthstone Investments

Touchstone client, Hearthstone Investments, has announced today the award of a new mandate by Islington Council, who will invest £20m into the UK’s first and only regulated residential property...

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News Update

News Update

The Touchstone business has been acquired by Places for People Group Limited (PfP).

PfP is one of the UK’s leading property management, development and regeneration companies. They own or manage...

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Gas Safety Week: Take care, be Gas SAFE

Gas Safety Week: Take care, be Gas SAFE

Touchstone is proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week, taking place 10th -16th September 2012.
Touchstone has already pledged its commitment to consumer protection by being a founder mermber of...

Residential
Costa chooses Touchstone

Costa chooses Touchstone

From 1 September 2012 Touchstone has been appointed to provide management services in respect of residential properties connected with the Costa portfolio of coffee shops. The contract will be...

Residential
Property Manager appointed for UK’s first residential fund

Property Manager appointed for UK’s first residential fund

Touchstone has been appointed as the property management firm for the UK’s first authorised residential property fund, the TM Hearthstone UK Residential Property Fund, which received FSA approval...

Residential
Be safe - choose a SAFEagent

Be safe - choose a SAFEagent

SAFEagent registered letting agents across the UK are this week taking part in the first annual National SAFEagent Awareness Week (14 – 20 May).

National SAFEagent Awareness Week has been...

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Touchstone says ‘play it SAFE’ for money protection

Touchstone says ‘play it SAFE’ for money protection

A national campaign is set to benefit tenants and landlords in by calling for all private landlords and tenants to ensure that their money is SAFE by choosing a an agent which is part of a Client...

Residential
Touchstone opens in Ashford!

Touchstone opens in Ashford!

Touchstone's new letting office in Ashford is now open for business.

Jill Norfield and her team, with great support from Christine Fitzpatrick and her team in the Touchstone Canterbury office,...

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A further instruction for Touchstone Residential

A further instruction for Touchstone Residential

Touchstone Residential are proud to announce that they have received further management instructions from the Bovis Joint Venture.  Bovis JV are very happy with the level of service Touchstone have...

Residential
Can Britain’s empty homes be returned to residential use?

Can Britain’s empty homes be returned to residential use?

Jon Clark, director of Touchstone says: “Two property issues of the moment are empty homes and the demise of the high street and there is actually an interesting link between the two. There is a...

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Former Gordon Brown adviser to lead private rented sector investment review

Former Gordon Brown adviser to lead private rented sector investment review

Housing minister Grant Shapps has announced that Sir Adrian Montague will lead a review of barriers to investment in private rented homes.

His review will examine how best to encourage greater...

Residential
Portas Forgot to ‘Look Up’

Portas Forgot to ‘Look Up’

Mary Portas missed a trick in her review of the high street by failing to lift her head beyond the street level shop fronts and consider the impact of empty homes above stores, often controlled by...

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Support for Forever Friends Appeal

Support for Forever Friends Appeal

Staff at Touchstone’s Bath office have agreed to continue their support of Bath’s Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal in 2012 through sponsoring and taking part in the Walk of Life being...

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Tenancy deposit changes will ‘give law more teeth’

Tenancy deposit protection schemes will have more teeth, once changes are implemented next April, says a lawyer.

Olivia Tassell, a property lawyer at Boodle Hatfield, said that courts will be...

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SAFEagent recognised in Government’s Housing Strategy for England

SAFEagent recognised in Government’s Housing Strategy for England

The government has displayed its continued support for SAFEagent by referring to the mark in its new Housing Strategy for England.

In the chapter ‘A thriving private rented sector’*, SAFEagent...

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Ted’s Big Day Out

Ted’s Big Day Out

Touchstone staff recently 'beared' all for the region-wide annual fundraising event 'Ted's Big Day Out! 2011.

Over 50 staff brought their teddies to work and raised over £300.00 through...

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Building to Start in Sierra Leone

Building to Start in Sierra Leone

Representatives of the Bath office Charity Committee recently travelled to Bakewell to meet with Village Aid to finalise Touchstone's involvement in fund raising to support the work of MMYDA - the...

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Touchstone helps launch new Forever Friends campaign

Touchstone helps launch new Forever Friends campaign

Following their highly successful campaign to build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, local charity 'The Forever Friends Appeal' dropped into...

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Bath City FC Foundation Charity

Bath City FC Foundation Charity

This week has seen the launch of Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation. An initiative that Bath City FC hope will realise increased funding for the club through its activities and projects in...

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Excellent news from Milton Keynes!

Excellent news from Milton Keynes!

A year ago Touchstone’s Milton Keynes office won the contract to manage the residential units connected with Lloyds Pharmacy retail premises, a portfolio of over 300 units. The contract was won...

Residential
Hampset Cricket Club

Hampset Cricket Club

Young cricketers celebrated another successful summer at Hampset Cricket Club on Friday.

More than 100 junior players attended an awards ceremony and barbecue at the club in Bloomfield Rise,...

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Touchstone manages LIoyds Banking Group Refurbishment Program

Touchstone manages LIoyds Banking Group Refurbishment Program

Touchstone has recently been instructed by LBG and Jones Lang LaSalle to undertake a major refurbishment program on empty flats above Lloyds, HBOS and Cheltenham and Gloucester branches. The...

Property Industry News

TK Maxx lands at London mall ahead of £2.3m refurbishment
Discount fashion retailer TK Maxx has taken a 26,000 sq ft anchor store in Capital & Regional’s...

Pair of ‘ripe for residential’ West End sites hit the market at £27m
A tired 1970s office and a residential block in London’s Marylebone have been put up for sale for...

JV wins Discovery masterplan approval
A joint venture between Trevor Cartner, Chris Musgrave and Palmer Capital has secured planning...

VOA to close 40 offices
The government quango that deals with business rates is to close almost two-thirds of its regional...

Industrial could soon outpace office returns
The sheds market is set to outperform the office market in 2015, for the first time since 2009,...

Ferrero Rocher sweet on West London office
Chocolate brand Ferrero Rocher has bought an office block in Greenford, west London, as an...

LaSalle kicks off £200m student digs spree with Campbell deal - and snaps up Odyssey Park for £40m
LaSalle Investment Management has embarked on a £200m-plus drive in the student accommodation...

NFU Mutual grabs trophy City fringe sites for £55m
NFU Mutual has made a significant move into the City fringe markets in London, snapping up two...