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There Once was an Ugly Duckling…….

There once was an ugly duckling – the whole of the St George’s area in Leicester now known as the “Cultural Quarter”. Intali was formed fifteen years ago to bring forward regeneration projects. As this then neglected area was right on our doorstep, it was the focus of our attention. We have been involved in…

Win-Win Student Development Proposed

We have acted for City Styles in Leicester for many years. They have run a thriving business from a very ordinary factory on St Nicholas Circle in Leicester since 1988. Recently the area around them has changed. The Leicester Waterside development directly behind their factory has brought massive new residential schemes with many more in…

Business Adolesence

Intali is 15 years old today! According to the marketing guru’s, what I am supposed to do is tell you what we’ve achieved, who we’ve worked for, where we’re going and how brilliant we are. But you already know that and it is not the way we do things! So, as a small break from…

London Sets the Viability Agenda

Viability is a mess. A hotch-potch of policy, guidance, case law and interpretation. Benchmarks, inputs, outputs and appraisal. Report, submission, review and appeal. Argument, counter-argument and compromise. The purpose is to tax the uplift in value of land when planning permission is granted. A simple tax would do that but it’s been tried a few…

Trust

We were looking at a difficult investment for a pension fund client a few weeks ago. Great tenant, good location for the industrial use and a new 10 year unbroken renewal lease. Our “desk-top” due diligence report made a recommendation to submit a bid subject to inspection and the client agreed. Then it started to…

Business Rates, Tenant Security and the impact on Investment Value

The furore over business rates is gathering speed.  Today government ministers claimed the “revolt” over business rate revaluations was rooted in “distortions and half-truths”.  Sajid Javid called it a relentless campaign of misinformation. Really?  Well here is just one example. We look after many properties for investors and that naturally means that we have to build a…