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It's a big year for sport. The London 2012 Olympics, Euro 2012 are all sporting highlights to look forward. But there's one event that should be on every property company's calender and that's the annual Buccleuch Property Challenge writes Lisa Pilkington.
This year, Estates Gazette is delighted to be teaming up with Buccleuch Property as the event's media sponsor and we want to see you there.
The no-nonsense team building event will take place on 7th September at the Duke of Buccleuch's historic Drumlanrig Castle and Queensberry Estate in Edinburgh.
The perennially popular event will feature up to a hundred teams made up of property professionals from across the UK and this year it will be in aid of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, as part of a year-long fundraising campaign by the Edinburgh-based company.
Teams will endure a six hour test of mental and physical endurance, split into three stages. These include a 50km cycle, kayaking and an orienteering course on foot (I'm worn out just thinking about it) and finishes with prize giving and a BBQ for all participants (that's better).
A variety of other fundraising activity will be held before and after The Buccleuch Property Challenge in September to try and raise more than £10,000 for Maggie's.
Buccleuch MD David Peck says the firm chose to support Maggie's this year as it plays a crucial role supporting cancer patients across the country. "Having now visited the centre in Edinburgh I have been able to see at first-hand the excellent job that the people at Maggie's do and the unique environment that the centre has created."
So if you, your colleagues and clients are up for a challenge it's time to step up. I'll be covering the event - see you there!
Pic cap from left to right: James Macleod, Buccleuch Property Finance Director, Nick Waugh, Buccleuch Commercial Property Director , David Peck, Buccleuch Property Managing Director
Office building site tours are like hen's teeth at this point in the economic cycle, owing almost entirely to the lack of development. So when the opportunity arose to have a look around Edinburgh city council's bold 200,000 sq ft speculative office development called Atria for myself it was hard to resist.
Wellies, high-viz and hard hat all on, the schemes agents Hugh Rutherford of Montagu Evans and Ben Reed of Jones Lang LaSalle took me and EG's online editor Nathan Cross up to the top floor where the concrete floor has just started being poured. Even against the overcast sky, the panoramic views of the city and its famous castle were breathtaking.
We couldn't resist using the castle as a back drop to talk to Hugh about the rationale behind the council's decision to speculatively build and how letting the space is going ahead of it's Q1 2013 completion.
You can watch the interview next week on EGi but in the meantime here are some pictures I snapped.