Acquiring authority

CPO case studies

Regeneration / Renewal Schemes

Victoria Gate, Leeds

GVA acted on behalf of Leeds City Council, the acquiring authority for the Victoria Gate city centre regeneration scheme led by Hammerson and anchored by John Lewis. We advised Leeds City Council on the entire compulsory purchase process, including preparation of the land assembly estimate. We formulated the acquisition / relocation strategy and opened pre-CPO negotiations, concluding Advance Agreements with large, complex businesses to prevent scheme delay and minimize total costs. We inputted into the Public Inquiry process and post Order confirmation acquisitions via the Notice to Treat and Notice of Entry route. Site assembly was achieved in satisfactory time, at appropriate cost.

Contact Rachael Fewell, or 0161 956 4480.

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council - Bridgefield CPO

GVA acted on behalf of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council providing compulsory purchase and compensation advice in relation to the Prince’s Street/Bridgefield Street improvement works linked to the Redrock Stockport scheme. We provided Proofs of Evidence for the CPO Inquiry, and as a result of our advised acquisition strategy and advanced negotiations, all objections were withdrawn prior to the CPO Inquiry and the CPO was confirmed.

Contact Rachael Fewell, or 0161 956 4480.

Paradise Circus, Birmingham

GVA was appointed to act for Argent, and then later the joint venture partnership with Birmingham City Council on the valuation, budgeting exercise, CPO advice and negotiation to acquire the incumbent tenants for a wholesale redevelopment of Paradise Circus in central Birmingham.

This is progressing in harmony with commercial agency advice being given on the emerging scheme.

Contact Martin Patrick, or 0121 609 8809.

U+I Plc. Hale Barns

GVA acted for the developer, U+I Plc, in relation to this town centre redevelopment. The development was anchored by a 30,000 sq ft food store, pre-let to Booths foodstore, and also included 12,000 sq ft of additional retail space and 24 apartments.

GVA advised the developer from the inception of the CPO, preparation of a PCE, through to CPO Inquiry and negotiation of all acquisitions, delivering land assembly within budget and required timescale. Practical completion was achieved in March 2015 and Booths opened for business in April 2015.

Infrastructure Schemes

Mersey Gateway

GVA are currently acting on behalf of Halton Borough Council in relation to the largest infrastructure project in the north of England, the Mersey Gateway scheme, comprising the construction of a new six lane bridge crossing over the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes and associated highway improvements. The land and property interests were acquired under a Transport and Works Act Order. All aspects of the compulsory process including valuation, disturbance and strategic advice, were led by GVA.

GVA’s early engagement with claimants and managing their objections meant that no parties with land or property related interests appeared at the Public Inquiry with formal objections to the Order. Our input in to acquisition strategy reduced costs and contributed to securing a confirmed Order in a timely manner. The interests to be acquired included large, complex manufacturing companies, two of which where quickly identified as requiring prolonged periods in which to achieve relocation in the manner required to mitigate losses and hence cost of purchase. Any failure to identify and attend to such issues would have adversely impacted timely possession of land to deliver the road scheme, and would have resulted in much larger claims and hence scheme cost.

Contact Helen Kirkham, or 0151 471 6715.

Thames Tideway Tunnel

The project involves the construction of a new super sewer tunnel across London. It is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) that has been approved using the Development Consent Order (DCO) process under the Planning Act 2008. GVA was instructed in regard to multiple work streams within the DCO process and prepared documents for the examination before appearing on behalf of the Promoter in the examination. GVA was also instructed to undertake negotiations with multiple significantly affected parties including the Environment Agency and London Boroughs.

GVA negotiated acquisitions and compromise agreements which allowed objections to be withdrawn and multiple property interests to be acquired by agreement. These agreements also allowed mitigation works to be undertaken prior to the DCO being confirmed so that the project could be delivered more quickly and with reduced impact.

Contact Mark Davey, or 020 7911 2812.

Network Rail - Ordsall Chord, Manchester

As part of the plan to improve rail travel in the North, Northern Hub, a new viaduct is planned to connect Manchester’s Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations, known as the Ordsall Chord.

The chord will be 300 metres of new track that will create a new link between Manchester city centre’s main train stations. Once completed, it will increase capacity, meaning more trains will be able to run. Being able to transport more people and improve links across the north brings wider benefits, helping create thousands of jobs.

The scheme impacts a broad range of City Centre land and property assets on a temporary and permanent basis. GVA prepared acquisition budget estimates, dealt with the acquisition strategy for the scheme and pre CPO negotiations including land and property compensation advance agreements. We inputted into Public Inquiry evidence on land acquisition strategy, assisting the process for securing the confirmed Order.

Contact Michael King, or 0161 956 4008.