A NORTH-EAST leading firm of chartered surveyors, land agents and estate agency has fulfilled its enterprising plan and moved to purpose-built premises in Darlington Auction Mart’s multi-million pound Humbleton Park site, situated on the A68. Vickers & Barrass is the first business to open its doors at the much-awaited, state-of-the-art auction mart and business centre.

The investment by Vickers & Barrass has seen the relocation of its Crook estate agency operation to Darlington and the consolidation of its current seven-strong team of sales negotiators, chartered surveyors and support staff from across the region.

The expansion signals a greater provision of professional services to residential, land and commercial clients from the firm. The strengthened business operation comes with additional specialist Alan Falshaw, who recently joined the team, and offers a dedicated farm business consultant service ideally placed to assist with the changing Common Agricultural Policy and the various schemes that are available to farmers each year, as well as ensuring compliance, for example, with Nitrate Vulnerable Zones and Cross Compliance.

Adam Barrass, the company’s managing director and rural chartered surveyor, says that the expansion programme is a key investment for the firm, despite the backdrop of the global pandemic and economic uncertainty post-Brexit.

He said: “We are a local firm, employing local people and we’re delighted to be opening our doors in the new DFAM site. Our expansion programme will serve us well as we continue to grow our regional footprint of our estate agency services across the county.”

“The mart is the hub of the North-East farming community and being the first to open our doors on-site has been a superb achievement in these times.

"We look forward to welcoming our current clientele, as well as those looking for a local personable professional business, from someone looking to sell their home to selling their farm. Being so accessible to new and existing clients, in modern office space, is a very exciting prospect for us.”

The firm’s existing Tow Low office has also seen investment during lockdown. It's been extended, doubling office capacity and continues to offer its services to the wider region.

Adam said: “We are busier than ever and now feel extremely well placed to serve our future growth plans.”

Vickers & Barrass offers a professional land, estate agency and surveying services for residential, agricultural and commercial property across the region. For more details, visit vickersandbarrass.co.uk.