EGL advise Edwards Trust on move to new premises
Edwards Trust is a Birmingham-based charity that is well known to those living and working in the area. It provides specialist counselling and well-being support for bereaved families and has now moved to a new home in the city with assistance from Emms Gilmore Liberson.
Edward’s Trust has moved from 43a Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, to recently refurbished premises at 3 Vicarage Road, less than a mile away on the Calthorpe Estate, after being advised by Beth Margetson and Anna Albini of our property teams.
We were appointed to guide Edward’s Trust through the whole process of the relocation – from its exit from its former headquarters to negotiating the lease for its new home.
The charity, founded in 1989 by Peter and Hilary Dent after the death of their seven-year-old son Edward from cancer, began to look for new premises when landlord Calthorpe Estates requested the return of the building when the lease was due to expire. The landlord plans to convert the property into a shop as a gateway retail outlet for its Edgbaston Village lifestyle and leisure development.
Property specialist Beth Margetson, director at EGL, said: “After many months of searching for suitable alternative premises and careful planning, we’re delighted to have assisted Edward’s Trust with its relocation to new premises. It is a great move for the charity because it is now housed in a fully refurbished property that is laid out more appropriately for the services it provides and which offers the homely feel that is important for its work.”
Beth, who works in the practice’s commercial property division alongside Mark Dakeyne, advised the charity on the new lease, while colleague Anna Albini, a director in the property litigation team at EGL, advised on its withdrawal from the former headquarters including dilapidations.
Neil Thorogood, Chair of Trustees, said: “Whilst the relocation has been somewhat of a challenge, the support of EGL was exceptional. A charity of our size really does depend on the goodwill and professional support of specialists such as EGL to ensure we are not disadvantaged and that we make the right decisions for the Trust, its clients and staff.”
Edward’s Trust supports people facing loss and surviving bereavement in the West Midlands for bereaved parents, anyone affected by the death of a child aged 18 and under, and children and young people who are coming to terms with the death of a parent, carer, sibling or friend.
Care and support, which includes counselling, wellbeing in bereavement support and specialist support groups is provided for as long as necessary. Edward’s Trust also provides training for professionals who work with bereaved families.
More information on Edwards Trust and the support it provides can be found on their website here