Katie Riches Wins London Property Manager of the Year Award
We are thrilled for our Portfolio Director Katie Riches to have been named the London Property manager of the year at News on the Block Property Management Awards. This award celebrates exceptional achievement within the industry with candidates judged on multiple criteria by leading property professionals.
The awards ceremony took place at Old Billingsgate where Katie was joined by LBM team members in celebration of her win. Talking about the award Katie said:
‘It’s an incredible honour to win the prestigious award of London Property Manager of the Year - especially given the challenges we have all faced over the past few years. I am extremely proud and overwhelmed by this achievement and cannot thank the team at LBM enough for their support and hard work. Winning this award really highlights my commitment to the Block Management industry and to providing first-class customer service to our clients ‘’
We want to congratulate Katie on winning the award and express how happy we are that her achievements have been recognised by the industry.
World Mental Health Day
This past Sunday marked a World Mental Health Day; an awareness day that is of increasing importance as we are all re-adjusting to the new “normal” way of working, living and experiencing our day-to-day lives. At LBM we understand the importance of ensuring our team is in good physical and mental health and have joined forces with British Safety Council’s Better Together Initiative to get support and guidance from the best experts in the field. By doing so, we can ensure that all the necessary steps are taken to achieve the best health and well-being outcomes for our employees. #worldmentalhealthday
Global Accessibility Day
Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day! We are sharing this article by Recite Me explaining why web accessibility is so important! We want to raise awareness for people with disabilities online and provide an inclusive experience when visiting our website, that is why our website was built with accessibility in mind.
Mental Health Awareness Month
With the Mental Health Awareness Week campaign coming to an end yesterday, we are sharing a link to some interesting and helpful content published by Mental Health Foundation. This year, mental health awareness month is dedicated to reconnecting with nature to improve our mental health.
Be it walks in the park, buying another plant from the market or taking part in outdoor activities, make sure to give it a go. Whatever it is for you, we invite you to #ConnectWithNature and share what this means for you.
Experts at Managing Historic
At London Block Management, historic buildings are a passion of ours. They require a different kind of expertise and approach to the norm, and we love that challenge. Our portfolio includes numerous historic and listed buildings across London and we are always looking for stunning buildings to add to it.
If you live in a historic or listed building and would like to discuss how we can work together, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Managing Waterside Buildings
London’s canals were built largely in the first half of the 19th century to accommodate demand for moving goods by water. Commercial canal use decreased from the mid-19th century and today, 100km of canals stretch across north London, becoming the new village greens, as these once-industrial sites are transformed into centres for residential living.
In the past year, London Block Management has taken over the management of various buildings within The Regent’s Canal Conservation, Fish Island, London’s docklands and Thames Path areas. With over 10 years’ experience, we can provide real insight and industry expertise regarding waterside buildings, be it dealing with the new regulations within the conservation areas or adding value to the property.
Briefing Note for Our Residents
We have now published a special note to all of our residents. It outlines our comprehensive plan, which has been put in place to ensure that we maintain a continued high standard of service and availability.
We are individually communicating our action plan with all of our clients via email as well.
LBM is committed to ensuring the well being and health and safety of all of our staff. That is why we will be keeping our approach flexible and, if required, will update it in line with the official advice.
You can read our full briefing note by clicking here
Helping Nationwide deliver premium property management in its home town
LBM has been appointed by Nationwide Building Society, the world’s largest building society, to specify and find the right managing agent for their major housing development in Swindon.
Oakfield is delivering 239 beautiful homes in Nationwide’s hometown of Swindon. It’s a new place. A place for people. A place which links existing communities together, and creates a connected community at its heart. A place that welcomes all ages and all lifestyles. Nationwide seeks to appoint a Managing Agent to match. A managing agent that can deliver a proposal which puts the community, sustainability and quality at the centre of its proposal to deliver excellent residential management services to Oakfield.
LBM is working closely with both Nationwide and igloo Regeneration, the UK’s leading responsible real estate business tasked with delivering Oakfield, and will be going out to the market in the next month to find the right partner for Nationwide for the long term management of the development.
LBM Joins the British Safety Council
As part of our continuous efforts and dedication to maintaining the highest standards of health and environmental safety at work, London Block Management is proud to announce that we have joined the British Safety Council (BSC).
It has always been part of our philosophy to protect our employees, clients and the environment and now, we are ready to improve even further and embrace the additional training and guidance offered by the BSC. This step is a further demonstration of our commitment to workplace, employee and client safety and we are looking forward to working with the British Safety Council in the future.
Shelter Sleep Walk
Last night our team took part in Sleep Walk For Shelter to support Shelter charity in their efforts to help thousands of people struggling with homelessness and bad housing. So far, we have raised almost £1000 for this amazing cause.
A very big thank you to everyone who has donated, to our team members for taking part and to all the wonderful volunteers who were showing us way and cheering on us throughout the evening!!!
LBM Fundraiser - Shelter Sleep Walk
This December, London Block Management team members will be joining hundreds of Londoners at 10km Shelter Sleep Walk to help fight homelessness.
We're going to brave the winter cold to help fight homelessness... but we cannot do it without YOU!
This year, Shelter declared a national housing emergency with ''thousands of people sleeping rough and 6 million households at risk of losing their homes.''
Everyone should have a safe, secure and affordable home. Please help us support Shelter with this extremely important and worthy cause.
Any donation, large or small would be appreciated.
The World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Last week we were busy baking for the World's Biggest Coffee Morning.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is usually held on Friday, 27th September and is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.
Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.
The team at LBM joined the Coffee Morning fundraiser and baked some delicious desserts and savoury pastries, raising more than £300.00 in total
Internal Workshop - Transport Safety
Today, our internal Health & Safety team will be conducting Transport Safety Awareness training. Some of the topics covered include commuting, driving safely, managing vehicles on site, safe pedestrian practices and using public transport.
LBM is Joining London National
Park City Quests
London Block Management is joining London National Park City quests to help make our surroundings greener, healthier and wilder.
Look up their web page to see how you can help make London greener and make a difference!
Garden Party at Hibbert Almshouses
Last weekend the Trustees of the Hibbert Almshouses held a garden party, which was sponsored by London Block Management. LBM has been managing the houses since 1st April 2019 - the garden party served as a a wonderful opportunity for us to meet the residents and to get to know the community.
The eight Hibbert Almshouses in Wandsworth Road, were built in 1859 to provide accommodation for older women from the Ancient Parish of Clapham.
The Hibbert Almshouse Charity is always grateful for financial support to help with maintenance and repair of these historic Grade II-listed buildings. The charity number for donations, gifts & legacies is 214672. Hibbert Almshouse Charity is a Registered Charity, no. 214672 and a Registered Provider of Social Housing, no. A2485 hashtag
Internal Workshop - Hoarding Behaviour
Last week at London Block Management, we held an internal workshop on hoarding behaviour and how our team can best address it.
Through an interactive session, this workshop aimed to raise awareness of Hoarding Disorder, increasing the team's understanding of it as an illness. The team discussed the increased health and safety risks associated with the behaviour and the best ways to approach the matter within the block management sector.
Residential Portfolio Manager Vacancy
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced (2 years plus) Residential Portfolio Manager to join the London Block Management team. The team is very hands on and oversee all aspects of their own portfolios, from preparing annual Service Charge Budgets, raising Service Charge demands, dealing with all maintenance issues to hosting quarterly review meetings with clients and attending AGMs.
The successful candidate will be expected to hit the ground running and take over a small portfolio on day one, which will be overseen by one of the Portfolio Directors; the team works very closely and every member of the team is supportive of the other. Although there are specific administrators and accounts personnel to assist our Block Management department, your role will be varied and where possible, you will be expected to handle your own admin including filing and dealing with the post in relation to your portfolio.
If this sounds like an opportunity that you would be interested in, please send to us the following:
An up to date CV with contact information
A cover letter explaining what you feel you could bring to the team and an outline of your current experience and role.
New client announcement - Hibbert Almshouses
London Block Management is pleased to announce that it has taken over the management of Hibbert Almshouses on Wandsworth Road in Clapham.
Hibbert Almshouses have a fascinating history. They were designed by the renowned Victorian architect Edward I’Anson (president of RIBA and of the Surveyors Institution, the forerunner to RICS, and designer of the Royal Exchange buildings and additions to St Bartholomews Hospital). Hibbert Almshouses were built in 1859 by the Hibbert sisters. A trust took over the management in 1864 and has been responsible for the buildings since that date.
The Almshouses are grade II listed and the front façade is particularly noteworthy. The buildings last had major renovations over 30 years ago and are in need of substantial repair to the fabric of the building over the next few years, along with some alterations to introduce modern amenities for the residents.
If you would like any further information, or could consider making a donation to support the charity, please visit their website at www.hibbertalms.org.uk
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