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What’s on the desk of Ashby Capital’s Peter Ferrari?

Ashby Capital’s chief executive walks us round the company’s West End

Ashby’s Rising Star: How to develop for digital natives

Over the last few years, much has been made of the property industry’s need to adapt to millennials. Whether by prioritising…

Slough office building recognised at two awards

Slough’s newest office building has seen success at two recent awards ceremonies. The Future Works on Brunel Way was named ‘In-town…

The Philosophy of Property Development

Studying philosophy may not be the most obvious route into property development, but for AshbyCapital founder Peter Ferrari his undergraduate degree…

Helical and AshbyCapital buy development site in Farringdon

Helical and AshbyCapital have acquired a major development site in Farringdon in a 50:50 joint venture. The JV partners have bought…

Think outside the office box to boost productivity and peace of mind

Think outside the office box to boost productivity and peace of mind By Peter Ferrari, Chief Executive of AshbyCapital This week…

AshbyCapital and Helical let floor at One Bartholomew

AshbyCapital and Helical have agreed a letting at One Bartholomew, in the City of London, to InfraRed Capital Partners. The investment…

The Future Works wins at the Thames Valley Property Awards 2019

The Future Works, AshbyCapital and U+I’s landmark office development in central Slough, has been crowned ‘In-town Office of the Year’ at…

Property has a role to play in promoting positive mental health

With Mental Health Awareness Week on the horizon, issues such as workplace anxiety, stress and work-life balance have never been so…

Birmingham’s Colmore Building 100% let as four deals are signed

AshbyCapital, the property investment advisory company, has fully let The Colmore Building, its grade A office building in Birmingham’s city centre,…

The University of Chicago Booth School Of Business takes 43,000 sq ft for new campus facility at One Bartholomew, EC1

AshbyCapital and Helical plc, one of London’s leading property developers, have agreed a new 15 year lease at One Bartholomew, EC1,…

AshbyCapital serves up a record MIPIM Tennis Classic

AshbyCapital serves up a record MIPIM Tennis Classic   AshbyCapital, the property investment advisory company, was delighted to support the MIPIM…

AshbyCapital’s Orega deal at The Colmore Building wins at the CoStar Awards 2019

AshbyCapital, the property investment advisory company, has won ‘Deal of the Year’ at the Birmingham Office CoStar Awards 2019 for…

AshbyCapital makes dual Kensington purchase

AshbyCapital makes dual Kensington purchase AshbyCapital, the property investment advisory company, has purchased 127 Kensington High Street and Kensington Arcade from…

One Bartholomew completes

One Bartholomew completes Helical, the property investment and development company, and its partner AshbyCapital, the property investment advisory company, have launched…

2019 forecast: highs, lows and predictions for the year ahead

Eight leading names from across the property sector including Jonathan Goldstein (Cain International), Keith Breslauer (Patron Capital), Ami Kotecha (AMRO Living)…

Investors shouldn’t write off physical retail

With House of Fraser entering administration, Debenhams announcing the closure of up to 50 stores and accessories chain Claire’s rumoured to…

Co-working booms in Birmingham as city’s newest co-working space hits 73% occupancy in just four weeks

Birmingham’s newest co-working space, at The Colmore Building, AshbyCapital’s 14-storey office building in the city centre, has seen exceptional levels of…

AshbyCapital & Helical secure first pre-let at One Bartholomew

California-based The Trade Desk has become the first occupier to sign up at AshbyCapital and Helical’s new Farringdon office development One…

Slough bicycle race

Last week, Property Week wrote about the launch of The Future Works and the regeneration of Slough. Metropolis can reveal that nine agents…

Chubb locks up Colmore Building move

AshbyCapital has let the remaining space on the second floor at The Colmore Building in Birmingham’s Colmore Business District to international…

The Future Works: the future work place?

Last week, at the London Real Estate forum (LREF), one of the hot topics was Slough. The town is normally talked…

Slough’s renaissance continues as The Future Works launches

The Future Works is the first phase of a £200m investment in Slough and provides 100,000 sq ft of prime office…

Top of the class:from Monty Python’s converted Camden studio to a tiny former garage — these are London’s best new homes 2018

The Evening Standard New Homes Awards champion excellence across the housing spectrum, from first-time buyer flats to big family houses; from factory lofts…

Smithfield set to be London’s next hot neighbourhood

What makes a new development a place in its own right? The concept of placemaking has become a major focus over…

Orega extends co-working space at Colmore Building

Owner AshbyCapital has signed shared workspace operator Orega to an expanded letting at The Colmore Building in Birmingham. The deal sees…

AshbyCapital and U+I complete first pre-let at Slough scheme

AshbyCapital and U+I have completed the first pre-let at The Future Works, their new office building in Slough. The serviced office…

GAME, SET AND MATCH TO LANDID

This year’s MIPIM Tennis Classic smashed last year’s total to raise more than £35,000  for the property industry charity. James Lugg…

Gadgets, party rooms and style — it’s the ultimate bachelor pad

The bachelor pad has traditionally been more about high-tech gadgetry and less about domestic appliances, but times have changed. Today the…

IS THE LUXE LOOK OVER?

We’ve all heard of them, but few of us have seen inside London’s high-end luxe-look apartments. Nigel Lewis went to look…

AshbyCapital adds two international tenants at Colmore Building

Investment manager Rathbones and multinational risk management firm Willis Towers Watson are the latest two tenants to sign at AshbyCapital’s The…

Samsung SRA acquires 200 Aldersgate

AshbyCapital has sold its maiden investment, 200 Aldersgate in the City of London, to Samsung SRA Asset Management, for a figure…

Netflix signs for new London HQ

Video streaming service Netflix has secured a new London headquarters at Fitzroy Place. The platform, which is home to shows including Stranger Things, Orange…

2018 Preview: Expert forcasts

Leading names from across the property sector including Jonathan Goldstein (Cain International), Keith Breslauer (Patron Capital) and Charlie Green (The Office…

Drive economic growth by investing in infastructure

Continuing uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations has led to negative sentiment in sections of the press and in the broader economic sector…

Fitzroy Place by LDS and Sheppard Robson wins Mixed-Use Project of the Year

The winner of the Mixed-Use category is Fitzroy Place in London by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Sheppard Robson ‘It creates a…

Morfa Shopping Park Bags Top Gong

AshbyCapital’s retail investment in Swansea, has been awarded Shopping Complex of the Year at The Welsh Hospitality Awards 2017. The awards…

Pedalling the Future

Dan Van Gelder and Peter Ferrari are whizzing around the foyer of The Avenue, their latest scheme, on Bromptons. Fun, light-hearted…

The Avenue office space fully let six months after completion

The office space at The Avenue in London’s West End is now fully let six months after completion. The Avenue, the…

Fitzrovia penthouse is food for thought

The last flat at Fitzroy Place offers a tranquil spot at the heart of the West End — and two kitchens…

The Estee Lauder Companies wins National BCO Award for Fitzroy Place

The Estée Lauder Companies, One Fitzroy, 6 Mortimer Street, London Estée Lauder compacted five London offices into this single new central Headquarters building….

AshbyCapital strikes three deals at The Colmore Building

Hogan Lovells has taken the eighth floor at Birmingham’s Colmore Building, one of three leasing deals secured by landlord AshbyCapital. The…

Capital attraction

CBRE and Savills appointed to market 200 Aldersgate on back of overseas demand for London offices AshbyCapital is looking to cash in on…

Community and flexibility are on the tenant’s wishlist

Creating a sense of community has for a long time been a key consideration for residential developers. But the concept of…

How technology is transforming Birmingham’s commercial property landscape

Peter Ferrari, chief executive at property investment firm Ashby Capital, explains how top-quality connectivity is making Birmingham a more attractive hub for…

Feel better, work better: new video highlights AshbyCapital’s attitude to commercial property

AshbyCapital has created a new video that reflects its attitude to wellness and community within its buildings. With an emphasis on…

Ashby/Exemplar sign William Hill for London offices

AshbyCapital and Exemplar have secured a 30,000 sq ft office letting at The Avenue, their office and retail building located on…

Employers have a growing responsibility to provide staff with cycling facilities

This month, the British Council for Offices (BCO) launched a new report looking at the importance of offering better workplace facilities for cyclists…

Three retail units let at The Avenue

AshbyCapital and Exemplar have let three of the five retail units at The Avenue, their new office and retail building located…

London & Capital to land in 2 Fitzroy Place

Aviva Investors and Ashby Capital have signed up global wealth and asset manager London & Capital to let the second floor…

Get on your bike: why property and pedal power are inextricably linked

With 200 real estate professionals having already taken part in the cycle to MIPIM this March (and many reporting the route…

West End’s The Avenue gains Wired platinum rating

The new office and retail building at One Bedford Avenue has achieved a Wired Certified Platinum rating for its best-in-class connectivity….

Collaboration is key in a people-focused industry

One of the major trends to emerge in the commercial property industry in recent years has been the rapid growth in…

The Duke of Bedford visits The Avenue

AshbyCapital and our development partners Exemplar were pleased to welcome His Grace, the 15th Duke of Bedford, to The Avenue, our…

The Colmore Building wins Innovation Award for Midlands and Central England at 2017 BCO Awards

The Colmore Building, AshbyCapital’s recently refurbished office building in Birmingham’s Colmore Business district, has won the Innovation Award for the Midlands…

Trio of Birmingham buildings crowned region’s best

British Council for Offices recognises three city centre workplaces as exemplars in the Midlands region A trio of buildings in Birmingham…

AshbyCapital’s The Avenue Project Launches Ahead of Crossrail Renaissance

AshbyCapital and Exemplar are among the first to benefit from the renaissance of Tottenham Court Road, with this week’s launch of their…

Double promotion boosts AshbyCapital

AshbyCapital has promoted Charles Etienne-Lawrence to investment director and Lucy Arthur to head of asset marketing  Etienne-Lawrence’s joined the company…

The Future Works. A vibrant new addition to Slough’s skyline

First phase of major new Slough office development tops out. Regeneration specialist U+I’s development, The Future Works, which is a key…

Lure of London will always prevail over domestic gloom

It would be easy to have a gloomy outlook in London at the moment. BNP Paribas Real Estate is reporting that…

AshbyCapital secures £105m financing for Fitzroy Place

AshbyCapital has secured a £105m loan facility against its 50% stake in Fitzroy Place, a mixed-use development in central London’s Fitzrovia,…

Skyscanner lands at The Avenue

AshbyCapital and Exemplar have pre-let the top three floors of The Avenue, their office and retail development on the corner of…

200 Aldersgate receives Platinum WiredScore rating

AshbyCapital’s 200 Aldersgate office building in London’s Farringdon has achieved a Wired Certified Platinum rating, ranking its technology infrastructure as…

A new look for today’s trading places

How the workplace can raise productivity and help attract and retain the best talent. The role of the office – a…

AshbyCapital takes £217.1m slice of Fitzroy Place

AshbyCapital has completed the acquisition of a 50% stake in Fitzroy Place, in London’s Fitzrovia, from Kaupthing for £217.1m. Fitzroy Place…

Invest in Birmingham as companies turn attention away from London

Investing in Birmingham’s commercial property market is essential for the city to remain attractive to major occupiers, says head of adviser…

Ferrari on the comeback of the traditional office

Peter Ferrari, Chief Executive of real estate investment advisor, AshbyCapital, observes how traditional office spaces have had to up their game…

Wellness in the workplace is more than a fad

Employees don’t want to be stuck at their desks all day. With staff working longer hours, having a comprehensive offering of…

AshbyCapital puts it on the Fitz

AshbyCapital has emerged as the frontrunner to buy Kaupthing’s 50% stake in Fitzroy Place, WC1, for around £218m – a 4%…

The Colmore Building becomes first in Birmingham to receive a WiredScore Platinum rating

Wired Certified Platinum rating marks recently enhanced office building as one of the UK’s best for connectivity The Colmore Building, in…

Birmingham buoyed as corporations clamour for space

Everywhere you go in Birmingham, there is a palpable sense that something exciting is happening in the city. Much of the…

New Next store opened in Swansea’s Morfa Retail Park

Swansea’s newest Next store opened its doors today and we brought you updates throughout the morning from Morfa Retail Park. Swansea’s…

The Colmore Building launch event

Around 80 agents, local business people, project consultants and representatives of local organisation attended a launch event to celebrate the completion…

AshbyCapital celebrates completion of enhancements at The Colmore Building

AshbyCapital, the real estate investment advisor, has completed its enhancement programme at The Colmore Building, its office property in Birmingham city…

AshbyCapital makes four new appointments as investments reach £750m

Having exceeded £750m in total capital deployed Ashby Capital has made four new hires. The real estate investment advisor has appointed…

Peter Ferrari discusses how Birmingham has gone from bust to boom

Peter Ferrari, Chief Executive of real estate investment advisor, AshbyCpaital, discusses how Birmingham has gone from bust to boom, but its…

Birmingham café to launch backed by former Pizza Express chief

A contract catering group backed by the man who spearheaded the growth of Pizza Express and Patisserie Valerie is to launch…

AshbyCapital funds U+I’s Brunel Place development in Slough

AshbyCapital has advised its group investment company on the funding of 2 Brunel Place, an office-led regeneration project by U+I. AshbyCapital…

Planes, trains and automobiles – the race back from Mipim

For those who decided to make a weekend of it after Mipim and were left stranded in France following the French…

Building for Business: Businesses are demanding more from commercial property

For architects and designers, the idea that buildings can influence the wellbeing and productivity of their occupants is far from new….

Regions are tempting but can they get product right?

Unlike many other European countries, which often a number of major business cities, there has always been a wide gap between…

AshbyCapital secures £53m financing from Deutsche Hypo for Morfa Retail Park, Swansea

AshbyCapital, the real estate investment advisor, has secured a £53m loan facility from Deutsche Hypo for Morfa Retail Park in Swansea….

Morfa Retail Park, Swansea acquired for £83.5m from The Crown Estate

The group investment company of AshbyCapital, the real estate investment advisory company, has purchased Morfa Retail Park in Swansea from The…

AshbyCapital relaunches Colmore Plaza as The Colmore Building and initiates £3.5m enhancement programme

AshbyCapital, the real estate investment advisor, has relaunched the Colmore Plaza building in Birmingham’s city centre, unveiling a £3.5 million enhancement…

Over £80 per sq ft achieved in series of lettings at 200 Aldersgate

AshbyCapital has completed a series of retail and office lettings at 200 Aldersgate, the 434,000 sq ft building in London’s Farringdon….

AshbyCapital secures £80m financing for Colmore Plaza in Birmingham (UK)

AshbyCpaital has secured an £80m (€113,7m) loan facility from AgFe for its Colmore Plaza building in Birmingham’s city centre. The financing,…

Ferrari’s Ashby speeds off with £140m Brum trophy

Ashby Capital has bought Colmore Plaza in Birmingham city centre from Carlyle for close to the £140m mark, after battling with…

AshbyCapital closes London and regional deals totalling £450m

AshbyCapital, the real estate investment company, has closed deals worth around £450m on behalf of its group investment company. AshbyCapital has…

Ashby completes One Bartholomew buy

Helical Bar and funds managed by The Baupost Group have agreed to sell their jointly owned company that owns One Bartholomew,…

Challengers abseil down AshbyCapital’s 200 Aldersgate for Stand Up To Cancer

AshbyCapital LLP, the real estate investment advisory company focusing on prime real estate assets in London and key European capitals, has…

AshbyCapital selects lender for City’s 200 Aldersgate

AXA Real Estate has won a competitive pitch to provide £135m of senior debt for AshbyCapital’s 200 Aldersgate office building near…

AshbyCapital clinches first development deal

Peter Ferrari’s AshbyCapital has swooped on its first development deal, backing Exemplar Properties’ £100m redevelopment of One Bedford Avenue Ashby Capital…

AshbyCapital appoints heavyweight advisory trio

AshbyCapital, the real estate investment advisory vehicle focusing on prime real estate assets in London and key European capitals, has appointed…

Ferrari revs up AshbyCapital with hire of finance guru

Ashby Capital, former Heron managing director Peter Ferrari’s investment vehicle, has hired Charles-Etienne Lawrence as vice-president. Lawrence joins from HSBC, where…

Ashby Capital LLP makes property investment debut with purchase of £225m City of London office block

Ashby Capital LLP, the real estate investment advisory firm, advised its group Investment Company on the purchase of 200 Aldersgate for…

BLP lawyer heads in-house at Ashby Capital

The Real Estate investment advisory company has announced the appointment of Tom Hill as in-house legal counsel. Hill was previously at…

Ping pong wizard

Although Peter Ferrari alleges that his previous table tennis experience is limited, he certainly scored a resounding victory against Property Week…

Ferrari launches £1.5bn London real estate investment fund

Former Heron International directory and property bigwig Peter Ferrari launching AshbyCapital, a new real estate investment fund investing in prime central…

Ferrari changes gear with £1.5bn London drive

Former Heron International managing director Peter Ferrari has launched Ashby Capital, an £1.5bn investment management vehicle targeting prime central London property….