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27th November 2014
Published by: Fife & Kinross Extra & Dunfermline Press

Hardies introduce new commercial property expert

Hardies Property & Construction Consultants are delighted to introduce Paul Carr to their commercial property clients.

He has joined the firm as a new commercial property surveyor to cover Fife and the Lothians and brings just short of 20 years’ experience in commercial property, gained from both the private and public sectors.

Having spent his early career in the public sector working with carious bodies/agencies, Paul has worked in the private sector since 2000, firstly with Lloyds Bank and, for the last seven years, with DM Hall Chartered Surveyors.

Paul is experienced in all aspects of general practice surveying, including valuation, agency, landlord and tenant, property management and rating.  His particular specialism is in the valuation of commercial property for secured lending, having in recent years undertaken valuations for all of the major lenders in locations the length and breadth of Scotland.

Said Paul, “I am absolutely delighted to join the Hardies team at this time.  Hardies is an extremely long-established and professional surveying firm well respected throughout Scotland and I am very much looking forward to further developing the commercial property sector of the business by advising existing clients and developing new contacts and opportunities for the firm.

“Whilst my focus at Hardies will, in the first instance, continue to be East Central Scotland, Hardies have the geographical spread of offices and the ability to provide national coverage too.”

Paul, who is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb), has additional expertise in representing both landlords and tenants in rent review and lease renewal negotiations.

Commenting on Paul’s appointment, Jim McArthur, Hardies business development partner, said, “Securing someone of Paul’s high calibre and experience will undoubtedly prove to be extremely beneficial to us overall as we move forward in developing our range of services relating to all aspects of commercial property which we offer to the business community.  I wish to welcome him aboard and look forward to introducing him to clients and other business contact.

“The timing of Paul’s appointment could not be better as we are still seeing very encouraging signs in the commercial sector, with a recent flurry of lets, heads of terms issued and new properties coming to market.”

Paul added, “It’s all very positive and a welcome sign indeed that the commercial market in East Central Scotland, including Fife, is well on the way to recovery.  This is a key time of year for businesses who want to get settled into new premises in plenty of time for Christmas trading or to make an impact before the end of the financial year next Spring.  They have to get moving now!”

At Wymet House in Dunfermline’s New Row, Hardies has let an office to a firm of physiotherapists with the upper part of the building going to well-known fashion boutique Maggies Farm, which is establishing an online shop.

“A number of Heads of Terms proposals have been issued for offices throughout Fife, including several in Elgin Industrial Estate, Dunfermline and in Glenrothes where Hydrasphere Ltd have taken a 1200 sq ft unit,” said Paul.

Properties coming onto the Hardies portfolio include a bakery business in Aberdour, nursery premises in Canmore Street, Dunfermline, Ricks Fast Food outlet in Hospital Hill, Dunfermline and a gym in Cowdenbeath.

Other development sites Hardies are handling include the old Stephens Bakery in Monastery Street, Dunfermline, and a development site in Rumblingwell which has planning for 24 flats and 14 houses.  Former bank premises in Kinross High Street are also available, with plenty of car-parking to the rear of the building.

Dunfermline’s Chalmers Street is welcoming back the original Serena restaurant which is re-opening under the stewardship of Balgit Singh.

For further details on any commercial property issues plus a full fit of properties available for sale or let, check out Hardies website at

With 100 years of experience behind them in a wide range of property- and construction-related issues such as property development, property valuations, building and quantity surveying, project management, leasing and sale of commercial and industrial buildings, CDM co-ordination and the provision of Energy Performance Certificates, the firm is more than happy to provide initial advice to prospective clients.  Give the Dunfermline office a call (01383 731841) and Paul and his team will be delighted to assist.

Altogether, Hardies employ around 100 members of staff, with 58 professionally qualified in various disciplines.  Further details

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