The Church of England Birmingham has appointed property consultants Bruton Knowles to manage its entire commercial property portfolio.
The instruction sees Bruton Knowles providing a range of agency and professional services, including property management, rent reviews, lease renewals, lettings and development advice, to the church.
Founded in 1905, Birmingham is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands, including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Its property portfolio comprises agricultural smallholdings, retail units, housing and investment properties.
Ian Pitt, partner and head of Bruton Knowles’ Birmingham office, said: “The size and scale of the Church of England Birmingham’s property holdings means this is a significant win for the office.
“As a charity, the diocese’s property portfolio provides a valuable source of income. Our focus is to ensure it is maximising the value held within its property assets.”
In a further coup for Bruton Knowles, the firm has been appointed on six of the seven lots of the West Midlands Combined Authority Building Surveying Services Framework.
The six lots include lease advisory, valuation services, planning development/environmental advice, commercial property agency, land and property management, and compulsory purchase.