Principle to manage top Walsall apartment block

Principle Estate Management has won the contract to manage a highly regarded apartment block in Walsall.

The company has been appointed by Fishers, a lettings agent based in Harborne, Birmingham, to look after Melrose Court on Mellish Road, near Walsall town centre.

Melrose Court is a three-storey property containing 21 flats that was built around 18 years ago by Kendrick Homes.

Fishers – which has been operating for over 100 years – does not undertake block management but one of their clients owns Melrose Court and so Principle has been appointed as management specialists.

Alan Holland, the owner of Fishers, said: “Our client wanted proactive management as their building, while highly regarded, is now getting a bit older and we needed a property management agent that really cares and provides top quality service.”

Brett Williams launched Principle Estate Management in Birmingham in April this year and was recently joined by director Joe Jobson. Both are chartered surveyors.

Mr Holland added: “I’ve known Brett Williams for 25 years, and he has acted for Fishers’ clients on block management during that time.

“We know that Principle is unique in that both Brett and Joe are experienced and respected chartered surveyors who are determined to deliver that quality stamp.”

Brett Williams, managing director of Principle, said: “It’s great when clients have such faith in us and are prepared to move management to us to ensure their residents get a better standard of service.

“We’ve already met with Melrose Court’s residents to discuss maintenance issues and have prepared a short-term action plan to repair gates, deep-clean carpets and check that the electricity provider is providing best value.

“Longer term items include undertaking a full financial review so that we can put forward appropriate budgeting to plan external redecoration for next year.”

Before launching Principle Estate Management, Mr Williams was the head of residential property management at CPBigwood in Birmingham.

He was chairman of ARMA, the Association of Residential Managing Agents, from 2007 until 2010, and is a Fellow of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Residential Property Management.

Principle Estate Management is based at Cornwall House in Lionel Street, Birmingham, and offers a national property management service, predominantly to modern residential apartment buildings and traditional blocks of flats.