Principle to manage development of luxury apartments in Solihull

A contract to look after a large, modern and luxury development of 78 apartments in six buildings in Solihull has been won by Principle Estate Management.

The sought-after two and three bedroomed properties at Chancel Court were built by Taylor Wimpey in the early 2000s and are close to Solihull town centre and its train station.

The apartments lie within a private gated development and have landscaped grounds, surface level and underground parking, lifts serving each building and a pumped water system.

The Chancel Court Management Company Ltd chose Principle because of its growing reputation and expert knowledge of the apartment block sector.

Bernard Coles, chairman of the management company, said: “As a retired chartered surveyor myself, qualifications and experience were important factors to us when seeking our new managing agent.

“We wanted a firm we felt we could have a good and long-term working relationship with and feel we have made the right choice with Principle.”

Principle’s lead on the Chancel Court contract is senior property manager Danielle Randles, who has already met the management company directors.

Mr Coles added: “We met Danielle prior to selection and she demonstrated knowledge and keenness to work with us, and so we know she’ll be proactive and responsive to our buildings’ and residents’ needs.

Mr Coles explained Chancel Court was a well-run development but there had been frustrations at previous changes of property managers and lack of progress on action points from meetings.

The management company wanted a proactive and capable property manager from a well-regarded firm with knowledgeable personnel.

Prior to the management handover, Principle swiftly dealt with an automatic entrance gates problem to demonstrate its responsiveness and willingness to handle reactive maintenance issues.

Brett Williams, managing director of Principle, said: “This is our fifth new residential development in Solihull we’ve taken into management in the last six months, in addition to a large commercial building.

“Solihull’s becoming a real growth area for us as our reputation spreads, and I know that Danielle – who has a positive approach to communications and getting things done – will do a fine job here.”

Ms Randles said: “This is a luxury development and one I am thrilled to be working on.

“I know I’ll have a good working relationship with the directors and together we will ensure Chancel Court is well maintained and is a great place to live.”

Principle Estate Management was launched a year ago by Mr Williams, the former head of residential property management at CPBigwood in Birmingham.

The company is based at Cornwall House in Lionel Street, Birmingham, and offers a national property management service.