A developer’s perspective on new Permitted Development Rights

In March, the Government recently announced it is widening Permitted Development Rights (PDR) so developers can demolish empty buildings and replace them with good quality new build housing – without planning permission. Consultation on the controversial move is currently being undertaken and a paper is due to be published in Spring 2020. The new PDR is one of a number of planning freedoms aimed at speeding up housing delivery, and [...]

Living through lockdown: a CEO’s perspective

Gary Morton, CEO of The Morton Group, gives us the lowdown on keeping positive through these difficult and uncertain times. Recent events have undoubtedly taken their toll on all of us in different ways of the past few weeks and there is no doubt that the implications of coronavirus will be long lasting. For businesses, including those of us who work in the construction sector, the uncertainty, closures, restrictions and [...]

Green light for Luxury new homes on Former Sanderson Hospital site in Gosforth

Lok Developments, part of Newcastle based Morton Group, is set to develop 37 new homes on the Former Sanderson Hospital site in Gosforth, after Newcastle City Council voted to approve the plans at its Planning Committee meeting on 31 January 2020. The residential scheme, named Sycamore Square, will create 23 new houses and 14 apartments centred around a large green central space, near Gosforth High Street. There will be [...]

Joint Venture Deal To Bring Forward Newcastle Apartments

The redevelopment of 152-156 New Bridge Street in Newcastle into 24 high quality new apartments is one step closer as Morton Group signs a deal with Tyneside Group to fund and deliver the scheme. The joint venture will bring forward the £6.6million redevelopment known as ‘Regent Manor’. The plans, granted planning permission in July 2019, will see the conversion of the existing 10,800 sq ft office block into 24 [...]

Kapex Construction appoints Commercial Director

Congratulations to Dave Lovatt who has been promoted to Commercial Director for Kapex Construction. Dave joined Kapex as Commercial Manager in 2019 having been a Quantity Surveyor in the sector since graduating in 2004. Gary Morton said; ‘Dave’s abundance of enthusiasm and drive, combined with his professionalism and outstanding commercial skills has added real value in helping the business succeed over the last 12 months. As we kick off 2020, I [...]

Morton Group kicks off 2020 with generous donation to The People’s Kitchen

Morton Group marked the start of the new decade by delivering a generous donation to a local homelessness charity. Approximately £1,000 worth of food, toiletries, clothes and supplies were gathered by Morton Group and delivered to The People’s Kitchen in Newcastle, with kind donations gathered from staff, partners and suppliers, including J T Dove, Hunter Johnstone, Lord Tool Hire and Speedyhire. The People’s Kitchen has been supporting homeless and disadvantaged [...]

RICS Matrics Christmas Ball

Morton Group were named the headline sponsor of the RICS Matrics Christmas Ball 2019, held in aid of the Bradley Lowery Foundation. This year the annual ball was hosted at BALTIC, Gateshead, on Friday 29 November. The evening was attended by over 150 property professionals from across the North East. Speaking about the event, Gary Morton, Group CEO, said: “We are really proud to support the young surveyors of [...]

Gary Morton shortlisted for the North East Times IMPACT Awards

Gary Morton, CEO of Morton Group, has been shortlisted for the North East Times magazine Financial Impact Award 2019. The awards, now in their second year running, shine a spotlight on individuals across the North East who have made an exceptional impact across five key areas – financial, global, regional, profile and innovation. Gary is one of three contenders in the running for the Financial Impact Award, the winner of [...]

Morton Group moves into new offices at Regent Centre

Arden House – Office Move Morton Group moves into new offices at Regent Centre Morton Group has moved into a new office space at Regent Centre, Gosforth, as part of the company’s plans for expansion. In under 18 months, staff numbers at the Morton Group headquarters, now based in Arden House, rose from five in May 2018 to 15 as of September 2019. In addition, both Kapex Construction and [...]

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