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Birmingham

Kettering Borough Council appoints Jones Lang LaSalle to provide property consultancy services on its ‘Suite 16’ town centre regeneration programme


Birmingham, 7th July 2009 –– Following a competitive tender process, Kettering Borough Council has appointed Jones Lang LaSalle to provide comprehensive property consultancy advice on its town centre regeneration projects collectively known as ‘Suite 16’.

 
‘Suite 16’ is an ambitious programme, in partnership with North Northants Development Company, to bring forward 16 redevelopment projects across central Kettering including a re-invigorated high street with a substantial new retail development, relocation of the Council’s offices, an office based regeneration of the station area and the creation of a number of residential and retail quarters.
 
Jones Lang LaSalle will provide advice to the Council on all property issues concerning the Suite 16 programme including strategic development, specialist valuation, lease advisory and a full agency service for the sale of residential, retail and commercial land and buildings.
 
Paul Thomas, Suite 16 Programme Manager from Kettering Borough Council, said: “The Council and its partners have a robust vision for the regeneration of Kettering town centre to create a vibrant heart; a place that is characterful, distinctive and fun.  Suite 16 has been developed through a coherent programme approach and we have already begun to assess the viability and deliverability of three of the projects and we anticipate that a further four will require the completion of development appraisals within the next two years.”
 
Paul Spencer, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Development and Asset Strategy team in Birmingham, added: “The Suite 16 programme will be the catalyst to the regeneration of Kettering town centre as it emerges as a growth point and we are very excited to be involved.”
 
The Market Place Buildings have been identified as a priority project within the Suite 16 programme. Kettering Borough Council is already progressing the redevelopment of this area through improved public realm and the buildings, which will comprise restaurant and residential accommodation, will see the Restaurant Quarter plans come to fruition.
           
                                                            
Notes to Editors:
The majority of the Suite 16 projects fall within the Kettering Town Centre Area Action Plan Preferred Option Document.
 The document can be viewed online here.  The Area Action Plan is expected to be in place by late 2009/early 2010. In the meantime, the Council is progressing with the ‘Suite 16’ programme of town centre regeneration projects.