Diary of a Project Monitor February 2022

– Colin Ranshaw –

February seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye.  Thankfully my travels were not interrupted by the storms. My thoughts are with those who suffered damage and loss at the hand of the bad weather.

Challenges with supply have greatly improved but we are still seeing isolated issues where some developers continue to suffer at the hand of supply issues.  Planning continues to be a challenge, discharge of pre-commencement planning conditions continues to be an issue nationwide.

This month I have had the pleasure of visiting three projects on the South Coast.  All have their individual merits, totaling 30 individual dwellings of varying sizes between them.  It’s very humbling to know that the work we do is contributing towards a variety of housing needs from the more modest apartment aimed at the first-time buyer to the larger detached properties that hold the promise of a ‘forever home’.

I’ve shared some images of the various projects below to show the variety of projects I have the privilege of working on a weekly basis.

I’m fortunate that no two days are the same and my job takes me all over the country.  On a short flight to Leeds at the beginning of the month I witnessed a spectacular sunset and star from the plane window.  One of the many perks of my job.



“I really appreciate your hard work. We really like the way you communicate & I must say I haven't seen many people who are that approachable.”

“A very efficient processing team, dealing with the DD once deal credit approved, through to completion”

“Many thanks for your efforts on this one and getting it approved and sorted so swiftly, very much appreciated. I am sure I will be speaking to your over the coming months.”

“We had other funding options, but chose to use BLG again, as we work well with Tracey Abbott, who always provides very clear information and advice and welcomed you and your teams friendly approach throughout the funding process. Very efficient and always very helpful.”

“Many thanks Anil, it’s been a real pleasure working with BLG so far.  We’re lining up the next project too”

“We would recommend all staff we have dealt with at BLG, as we are very satisfied with Tracey and the initial offer/terms presented, then you and the funding team, through to the draw down team at valuation stage.”

“All documents are clear and the way you keep Clients informed, all the way along the funding process, is refreshing for us”

“With regard to what should be improved at BLG, we work with many lenders in our business and we do not get the help and response we have had on the two projects with all at BLG on our Funding for our developments.”

“We would particularly mention Dave Edwards and Tom Pitts as being central to having a smooth working relationship and being positive and helpful at all times. Their guidance in helping us navigate the project from inception to completion was invaluable. As was their patience, particularly at the beginning. We look forward to many future projects with the BLG team.”

“We would like to express our appreciation for your support on our development in Bristol. We were very pleased that, from the outset, you shared our vision of the project to convert a dated but classical building, that had outlived its usefulness as a school, into unique luxury apartments with views overlooking the city. We found our dealings practical and streamlined. Monthly payments were processed in an efficient and timely manner.”

“BLG are very good at communicating with Clients and all documents are very clear and all at BLG are always happy to help.”

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