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Archive of: 2018

  • Massive interest in Tower House scheme

    “The best site in a long, long time” is how estate agent Graig Robertson describes T A Fisher’s Tower House development in Mortimer.

    Mr Robertson, director at David Cliff estate agent, says the diverse mix of 17 homes, ranging from two bedroom apartments to five bedroom detached houses, has attracted well over 100 enquiries since the T A Fisher board went up on site.

    He said Mortimer is already much sought-after but Tower House offers a rare combination of easy access to all the essential services along with a wide mix of properties in a village with precious little development.

    He said: “From my point of view this is the best site I have seen for a long, long time. There really is something for everyone; first time buyers, upsizers and also downsizers who are moving from bigger houses but want to stay in Mortimer.

    “You tend to find once people come to Mortimer they want to stay. People aspire to come here from the surrounding villages.

    “Mortimer is still what you call a proper village. You’ve got everything for day-to-day living and you don’t generally have to get the car out which is quite nice.

    “It’s a good family area. There’s a really big community here, there’s always lots going on. It’s a really good village.”

    As well as shops, restaurants, coffee shops, a large Post Office and the Horse & Groom pub, popular for its food, the site offers easy access to the railway station, countryside walks and is almost directly opposite Mortimer Common.

    There is also good transport access to Reading, Newbury and Basingstoke.

    Mr Robertson said David Cliff’s Mortimer office handles enquiries about Tower House on a daily basis. The site is due for completion in November.

  • T A Fisher has promoted Alex Chapman promoted to Construction Director

    Alex Chapman has been promoted to Construction Director for housebuilder and development business T A Fisher.

    Alex, who joined the firm as a surveyor in 2008 and later became commercial manager, has developed his technical knowledge since joining the company.

    Managing director John Fisher said the new role recognises the increased knowledge and responsibility Alex has taken on as the company’s housing activity has grown.

    He said: “The appointment will allow Alex to engage with the wider development team in shaping new projects to our renowned high standard and, at the same time, achieving competitive build budgets and commercial programming.

    “All of this is crucial as the company enters a period of undertaking more substantial projects.”

    Since joining the company back in 2008, as a Surveyor, my role has been varied and I’ve been involved with all aspects of the construction process from pre-start through to after sales.

    In 2014 and following a restructure internally, my role evolved to Commercial Manager, this gave me more responsibility whilst still continuing to be involved with the day to day running of projects.

    My recent promotion to Construction Director is greatly appreciated and underpins my developing role within the company.

    This new role will allow me to continue with my previous responsibilities but also to become involved with higher level decisions, inclusive of land buying and strategic decision making, which will hopefully keep the company on track to meet the expectations of our Managing Director, John Fisher.

    I would like to thank both John Fisher and Robert Price (Commercial Director) for this opportunity and look forward to what the future brings!

  • New Beginning at Lane End

    Both upsizers and downsizers have registered interest in a select development of just nine detached T A Fisher homes in Shinfield which launches Sat 21st/Sun 22nd April, 10am – 4pm.

    The development of three and four bedroom detached family houses at Lane End has attracted a mix of potential buyers, many of them from nearby conurbations.

    Craig Robertson, director at David Cliff estate agents whom are marketing the homes on behalf of T A Fisher, said Shinfield already appealed to people from more densely populated areas.

    He said: “What you tend to find in Shinfield is a lot of people move there from bigger suburbs like Lower Earley and Woodley because it is a little bit more exclusive.”

    But he said Lane End offers even more exclusivity. David Cliff assisted T A Fisher in acquiring the site which already had planning permission for nine homes. T A Fisher, said Craig, ‘improved and enhanced’ the original scheme.

    All nine are being sold on the open market and those interested from the initial promotions represent both people moving up the property ladder and those looking to downsize while remaining in a quality environment. Many already have their eyes on specific plots.

    Hundreds of homes are being built in larger developments in the wider area, and Craig observed that that made Lane End a rarity, being both exclusive and maintaining competitive prices.

    Craig added: “I think that is the thing about these homes, it’s a select development. That’s what differentiates it from its competitors, you get an intimate smaller, setting.

    “Another thing is the T A Fisher name. People are aware of their company history locally and it’s a name that stands out from the crowd. They know they are going to get a product of a certain quality and specification.”

    The show home opens at Lane End on Saturday and Sunday, April 21/22, 10am – 4pm. To arrange an appointment to view please call David Cliff Estate Agents 0118 467 7999.
  • Homes and shops planned for Theale High Street

    Two new retail units may be created on Theale High Street as part of a redevelopment of a disused office building.

    Developer T A Fisher plans to convert the former home of the Horticultural Trades Association to include 17 apartments with two retail units on the ground floor frontage which could be used as A1 (shops), A2 (financial/professional services) or A3 (café/restaurants). They could also be amalgamated into one larger unit.

    Three of the apartments would be created above the retail units, overlooking the High Street while the other 14 are in a courtyard to the rear within the existing car park.

    The office buildings, known previously as Horticulture House & Partners House, have been empty for over a year and T A Fisher, whose head office is next door, has now applied to West Berkshire Council to carry out the redevelopment. It will have a total 18 parking spaces.

    T A Fisher development director, Steve Davies said: “We believe these plans make a really positive contribution to the area.

    “The offices were rather obsolete and virtually unlettable. Therefore the building created a dead frontage to the High Street so by redeveloping the front building to include retail units with residential above and to the rear, this proposal not only brings vitality to a part the High Street where there were previously no shops, but also provides housing in this very popular village.

    “As our offices are next door we know what a great community there is in Theale and we think the chance to own an apartment here will prove really popular.

    “T A Fisher is known for the quality of its developments and this gives us a great opportunity to bring that reputation to our own neighbourhood.”

  • KTM Online, part of Greentech Distribution plc, has taken space at Unit 5 of the E-Centre in Bracknell.

    Landlords T A Fisher has announced that KTM Online chose the centre as its new base of operation to launch the new business venture.

    KTM Online is the latest part of Greenwich Distribution’s expansion in the Thames Valley. The High Wycombe-based smart wireless device distributor topped the 2015 Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league with average growth in sales of 248 per cent.

    KTM Online joins Miles 33, Electra Networks Ltd, Channel C, Loewenstein Medical and Key Training at the E-Centre. The deal leaves 2,945 sq ft available in Unit 5 with an additional 5,521 sq ft becoming available in Q2, 2018 (Unit 2).

    T A Fisher managing director, John Fisher, said: “It’s exciting to welcome KTM Online to Bracknell to join our growing community in the E-Centre. It tells a compelling story that occupiers want to expand along the M4 corridor and benefit from the excellent new amenity at the Lexicon in Bracknell town centre.”

    Chief executive of KTM Online, Ben Branson, said: “Bracknell works well for us as a location to recruit new staff and continue to expand our business. We look forward to establishing ourselves in Bracknell and the E-Centre.”