Monday, June 20, 2016

News: New Rotherham site drives growth for Motor Auction Group

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The Motor Auction Group (MAG) has increased its throughput from 400 vehicles to over 500 vehicles per week at its new premises in Rotherham.

Rothbiz featured the move in March when Bawtry Motor Auctions, one of the country's oldest motor auctions, rebranded and relocated to a large auction house facility in Rotherham.

Previously operating from its site at Corner Garage, Bawtry, Doncaster, the company hosts sales three times a week from vendors including The Car People and motor finance firms. The first "Grand Show & Motor Auction" was held in 1947.

The move into a new seven acre facility at Carr House on Greasborough Road was facilitated by the building consultancy services team at the Yorkshire offices of Knight Frank and BHP Consulting. A dedicated 15,000 sq ft auction house underwent a full restoration to concourse condition in readiness for the move.

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Close to Barbot Hall Industrial Estate, the site has previously been home to Transco, Fulcrum, British Gas and East Midlands Gas Board. Converting the premises, UK Auctions PLC operated the site from 2014, hosting regular vehicle auctions until the company, previously known as Vehicle Locators PLC, entered administration in 2015.

Daniel Green, partner at Knight Frank (pictured, right), said: "We were appointed by Bawtry Motor Auctions to manage the acquisition of a new site including lease agreements surrounding the company's planned move, which was a substantial body of work.

"It included an acquisition survey to determine the new property's condition and identify any significant issues or repair liabilities either during the term or in respect of dilapidations on lease termination.

"We advised on lease repair, reinstatement and decoration covenants contained within the lease to mitigate the client's liability.

"The schedule was prepared to record the condition of the premises at the start of the term and we arranged planning applications for change of use and new signage. Finally, we undertook design and contract administration services for the internal refurbishment and alteration works to bring the premises to Motor Auction Group's operational requirements."

James Tomlinson, managing director of MAG (pictured, left), added: "The company has grown considerably over the past few years and we knew that there was a need to expand as we aimed for sales of more than 300 cars per week.

"It was clear to us that the Bawtry site was no longer sufficient and we spotted an opportunity to acquire the Rotherham site. There was a lot of work to secure the site and to make the changes required so we appointed Knight Frank who worked alongside Mark Roberts, our business development manager from BHP Consultancy, to organise the logistics and practicalities of the relocation."

Motor Auction Group website
Knight Frank website
BHP Consulting website

Images: Knight Frank

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