Kettering firm wins contract to manage government’s agricultural land

Paul Pridmore, partner at Berrys in Kettering
Paul Pridmore, partner at Berrys in Kettering

Kettering based property and business specialist Berrys has won a major government contract to manage the agricultural land portfolio held by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The HCA is the government’s housing, land and regeneration agency and regulator of social housing providers in England and the four year contract covers the whole of England.

Paul Pridmore, Berrys’ partner at Kettering who will be managing the contract, said: “We are extremely delighted to win the tender for the HCA national rural management contract.

“The HCA has offices in Bedford, which we can easily service from our Kettering office, and in Warrington which we will service from our Northwich office under the eye of our partner there, Graham Bowcock.”

The HCA’s land and property portfolio extends from Cornwall in the south west to the Tyne and Wear region in the north and Berrys will be responsible for managing this, and maintaining relationships with tenants and licensees, and ensuring that the estate is commercially managed until required for future development.

Mr Pridmore added: “One of the main roles of the HCA is to increase the supply of public land for development to build more homes and create employment opportunities and it this that attracted us because we have wide-ranging skills in areas such as renewable energy and planning as well as property management.

“We offer a proactive and innovative management service that will help protect the portfolio of land ready for regeneration.”