Following many successful years at their old head office on Marlborough Place, Brighton, March of this year saw Oakley Property expand into new head office premises in the North Laine.
Both the new head office and their existing residential estate agency offices in North Road remain firmly rooted in the heart of the City of Brighton & Hove, just a short walk from one another.
Their new head office is located at 30-31 Foundry Street, Brighton, and will bring a variety of their Brighton-based property teams under one roof, vacating their two previous buildings in Marlborough Place.
The beautiful new building that houses the head office is known as the ‘The Property Works’ and originally formed part of the Regent Iron Foundry that gave Foundry Street its name.
Prior to the move, the building was refurbished to a very high standard in order to provide their staff with a carefully considered, modern working environment.
Chris Oakley, Executive Chairman, said, “We are committed to delivering to our staff, a great place to work, and to our clients, an exciting place to meet and work with us. The move underlines our commitment to attracting and retaining the very best staff to serve our clients and we are delighted with the finished product.
“We are already seeing the positive impact the new working environment has had on our team, and we are thrilled with the feedback we have had from clients.
“At Oakley, we pride ourselves on being different and aim to break down the stereotypes associated with estate agency. Having a modern, open plan office that welcomes people in and creates a collaborative and relaxed atmosphere really helps us in our mission to change the way people think about estate agency.”
The Property Works supports several key objectives for Oakley Property, as they bring together the majority of their Brighton teams into a single, exciting workplace.
Historically, their Brighton offices have been spread across four buildings and they hope that by bringing more of their departments under the same roof, it will encourage their ever-growing teams to work in even more collaborative ways. The team at Oakley are already seeing the benefits of the move and believe it has enabled them to deliver the best possible service to their clients.
The move to The Property Works brings together their Brighton-based commercial agency, property management, land and new homes, residential lettings, valuation, lease advisory and marketing departments.
In addition, it has enabled them to bring about a large expansion of their industry-leading and highly successful New Homes Lounge concept, where they are able to demonstrate the latest finishes for new developments and sell them off plan.
As mentioned, their expansion plans also included the retention and major refurbishment of their two existing North Road, Brighton residential estate agency offices as well as their High Street estate agency branch in Lewes.
The refurbishment of the Brighton branches was completed at the beginning of June and follows the same theme as their head office which is designed to complement the forward-thinking mindset of the Oakley brand.
The refurbishment of the Lewes office is expected to reach completion towards the end of July.
David Beaken, director of the Lewes branch, spoke to us about the refurbishment and said, “As the team has gone from strength to strength, we have expanded and grown. With a bigger team, we needed more space, but did not want to lose our prestigious high street location, so the obvious move was to redesign the office and create a new working environment which complimented the ethos and identity of the company, thus was born The Lewes Property Hub.
“Whilst the refurbishment takes place, I’m pleased to say that you will still be able to find us in Lewes, as we have relocated to a temporary office at the exciting new Atelier development, opposite the main Tesco supermarket “Please do come and have a chat if you’re in the area!”.
Earlier this year, and for the third year in a row, the Lewes office was awarded The British Property Award for Best Estate Agent in Lewes.
The British Property Awards provide agents throughout the UK with an invaluable opportunity to compare the service that they provide against the service provided by their local, regional and national competition.
Estate agents who go that extra mile and provide outstanding levels of customer service are rewarded with the accolade, which acts as a beacon to highlight these attributes to their local marketplace.
Oakley Property are extremely excited about this new chapter and have promised to keep all of their clients and partners up-to-date as the refurbishment of the Lewes office progresses.
Oakley Property also have a highly successful Shoreham branch who, like the Lewes branch, won Gold at this year’s British Property Award for Best Estate Agent in Shoreham.
The Shoreham office covers large parts of West Sussex, and although the expansion and refurbishment plans do not affect their Shoreham branch, it remains a key part of Oakley Property and their commitment as Your Sussex Property Expert.
The Shoreham branch, which was opened in 2019, The Property Works, and the refurbished offices in Brighton and Lewes, all incorporate ground-breaking property sector facilities.
The highly ambitious expansion plans of Oakley Property will surely ensure a prosperous future for their teams.
Chris Oakley finshed off by saying, “Our doors, whether in Brighton, Lewes or Shoreham, are always open, and if anyone has any property-related queries, please do pop in and say hello to one of our friendly team. There will be a hot drink of your choice waiting for you!”