Parker & Company was founded in 1979 by Roger Parker MRICS. The business plan was to concentrate on agency matters for bigger clients or bigger projects offering strategic advice. Roger Parker is a born and bred Prestonian and was educated at Preston Catholic College in Winckley Square.
Parker & Company has acted for a succession of successful entrepreneurs, major companies and for many major development and investment projects.
These include John Whittaker, the now billionaire owner of Peel Holdings, with whom a very high proportion of the retail warehousing in the North West was developed. John Hargreaves, the now billionaire owner of Matalan, was also a client when he traded as Jaymax from high street shops throughout the UK.
Parker & Company acted exclusively for Walmsley Furnishing plc in their expansion from 7 branches in the North West to 109 branches nationwide and Greenhalghs Craft Bakery Limited, established in the 1950’s is a current client with 70 high street shops and continuing to expand. Parker & Company has acted for Conlon Construction in respect of their very large portfolio since the 1980’s.
Parker & Company acts nationwide. Recent acquisitions including Thurrock, Brent Cross, Glasgow, Reading, Leicester, Pontefract, Halifax, Cheadle, Bradford, Leeds and Hemsworth with Southampton and York underway. We have recently successfully negotiated the reduction of the rating assessment of the largest warehouse in the Midlands. Other locations outside Preston where advice has been given recently include Altrincham, Ashton, Bury, Manchester, Lytham, Bolton, Leeds, Wednesbury (2), Chester, Blackpool, Chorley, Stockport and Leyland.
Historical major projects locally include the major Blackpool Airport development (Peel), the Capitol Centre, Preston (Pentith), the Lower Audley Street Retail Park, Blackburn including the Ice Arena, Asda etc (Peel).
Current major projects locally include Corporation Street, Preston comprising 200,000 sq ft of Grade A offices and a 147 bed 4 star hotel (McAleer & Rushe) and Waterside, Blackburn ( Conlon Construction ), a major motorway industrial development.
Well-known names for which Parker & Company has acted in the past include Apollo Leisure (cinemas), B&Q, Buckingham Bingo, Comet, Done Bros, McDonalds, the Co-op, Thos Cook, Walmsleys, The Watch Lab, William Hill etc etc. Major financial institutions include Barclays Bank, Bradford and Bingley, Co-op Bank, Hambros, Prudential, Royal Bank of Scotland, Schroders, Singer and Friedlander, Sun Alliance, Westpac etc. A longer list is on the Parker & Company website.
"The Guild Hall is possibly the biggest building in Preston City Centre and it is very exciting to be involved in its renaissance. It is surprising to think that there was talk not long ago of it being demolished. It is in excellent condition. The retail, leisure and entertainment uses will be continued and complementary uses will be added to generate a high footfall at all times of the day and night. There are plans to substantially upgrade the subway and bridge routes across to the Bus Station and multi-storey car park. All the vacant shops are available to let as are other parts of the huge building and we look forward to being contacted by anyone with an interesting use."
Roger Parker, Managing Director, Parker and Company