Sunderland estate agent create’s street garden around new offices

Paul Airey.
Paul Airey.
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A CITY centre street is blooming thanks to estate agent Paul Airey.

Paul, who has been based in the city for more than 32 years, has just rebranded his company and moved his team from Athenaeum Street into larger new offices in Frederick Street.

Now, he has helped transform the area, organising the installation of hanging baskets on the street’s Victorian lampposts.

“Investing in a new headquarters here is our way of showing confidence in the future of the city,” said Mr Airey.

“When I started looking at new, larger offices, moving into Frederick Street was the obvious choice, as it has once again become the central hub for the city’s property professionals, whilst also providing a pleasant environment to work in, with its array of pavement cafes, specialist niche retailers and many of the city’s firms of solicitors.”

Paul has invested heavily in refurbishing and extending the four storey Grade 2 Georgian-Listed Building, which had once been home to the offices of local estate agent and chartered surveyor Frank Cole.

Paul said: “Frederick Street contains attractive period properties and has really been regenerating over the past couple of years, and I am keen to accelerate and promote the appeal and vibe of this area.

“An array of specialist niche businesses, such as Serendipity Tea Rooms and First Glance Bridal and Prom Wear, have moved in to create an attractive feel to the area, and the new Victorian lampposts have really improved the look and feel of the street scene.

“I was keen to assist and promote this and organised hanging baskets for the Victorian lampposts, which was done with the financial assistance of local traders, who each contributed £20 towards the cost of having these made up.”