Principle wins management of 1930’s art deco block in Birmingham

Principle Estate Management, launched in Birmingham just one month ago by Brett Williams, has won the management contract for a 1930s art deco office building in Birmingham city centre that has been redeveloped into restaurants and luxury apartments.

Burne Jones House on Bennetts Hill lies on the former home of Sir Edward Burne Jones, the 19th-century artist and designer best known for his stained glass works, including the windows at St Philip’s Cathedral.

The seven-storey building, which holds a blue plaque celebrating Sir Edward’s life, now houses the South American-style Bodega-Cantina restaurant and the smart Buffalo & Rye hamburger joint on the ground and basement levels, with 29 apartments above.

Principle Estate Management won the contract to look after the building from Leasemethod Ltd, which refurbished the property in partnership with Blackswan.

Brett Williams, managing director of Principle Estate Management, said: “It’s been great working with Leasemethod prior to handover of the building into management.

“We’re proud to have been selected to look after this charming building, and we’ve already formed a great working relationship with the occupiers.”

Oliver Horwitch-Smith, director of Leasemethod Ltd, said: “As a chartered surveyor myself, I know the complexities of managing a mixed-use building and selected Principle Estate Management in the safe knowledge that they have the required skillset.

“It can be tricky to balance the needs of the commercial and residential users, but Brett Williams has given us a personal service pre-handover and assisted with several matters beyond his remit which has been really appreciated.”

Principle Estate Management was launched in April 2018 by Mr Williams, the former head of residential property management at CPBigwood.

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