March 2024

Sewell Estates Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is eggstra insightful this month (I’m sorry, that’s the last time I promise!).

This month brings some thoughts from our teams on advising a range of public bodies about their estates and how to do more with the same or less budget than in previous years. Also, we’ve got a word on the compliance side of things too – non-negotiable, I’m afraid, but we have plenty of support if you need it. All food for thought as we approach a new financial year.

In other news, our West Yorkshire-based teams go from strength to strength, improving facilities at the University of Leeds and Harry, one of our up and coming managers, winning a place on the coveted Top 30 Under 30 list! We also explore our approach to talent attraction and retention with first hand experience shared by Michael, who joined us as a Graduate Developer and has recently been promoted to Product Lead in our software business.

Finally, our 212-acre Yorkshire Energy Park development within the Humber Freeport got the green light from Hull City Council as landowners this week, so we are gearing up to hit the ground running later this year.

As always, I’m available for a chat if you want to learn more about our Group, or maybe you just have an idea or problem related to the built environment that you’d like a second opinion on. Feel free to drop me a note and we can have a chat after Easter. As for me, I will be hoping to get out into the Spring-like conditions over the holiday weekend and enjoy some daylight…it’s long overdue 😊

Best wishes, Jo



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Social care capacity planning

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The Parallel team’s interactive mapping system SHAPE can help.



Compliance. Safety. Regulations. It’s all someone else’s responsibility, isn’t it? If you’re a senior team member, you may have more responsibility than you think.



We’ve been working side-by-side with the University of Leeds’ estates team on a number of projects to improve facilities for students.


Proud to be there for the NHS

Since the start of the pandemic, Sewell Facilities Management have been providing a 24/7 reactive maintenance service across all of Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s properties, from community hospitals to secure inpatient mental health facilities.

“Sewell FM are always on hand should we require any assistance, day or night.”

Steve Leeman, Operations Manager, NHS Humber Foundation Trust


I&G’s Harry named rising business star

I&G’s Harry Watt has been officially recognised as one of the brightest young things in the region, as a winner of the Leeds and West Yorkshire Top 30 Under 30. Congratulations Harry, well deserved!


Starting the year with a bang

The Project Management team at Shared Agenda has started the year as they mean to go on, with a wide range of projects spanning the health, leisure, sports and education sectors, with work ranging from new builds to demolition.


Hull City Council Cabinet give the green light

Hull City Council’s cabinet has given the green light for Yorkshire Energy Park, a multi-million-pound innovative scheme at the former Hedon Aerodrome which is expected to create thousands of new jobs.

“Yorkshire energy Park will help cement Hull’s status as a leader in renewable energy.”

Cllr Paul


The importance of early engagement with healthcare planners

People who work in the health sector may have heard of healthcare planning, but what exactly is it, and how can it help support clinical and service led decision making, especially around estate? Director of Consultancy, Jonathan Turner tells us more.


Keeping new graduates in Yorkshire

One of the biggest challenges for the North of England is creating skilled, interesting career paths to encourage young people to build their careers in the area. There’s a perceived lack of skilled, interesting roles for young people in the North, and this misconception is something that we’re fighting against with Project GATEway.