Name: Alison Richardson
Location: Kings Lynn
Qualifications: FNAEA FICBA
1. If you had to summarise your work at Brown and Co in three words, what would they be?
People, people, people!
2. Do you have a favourite building in Kings Lynn? If so, which one and why?
Aside from one or two drinking establishments, not one specific building but a place - The Tuesday Market Place, which is the largest Medieval market square in Europe. It just fascinates me to be surrounded by hundreds of years of fascinating architecture and social history.
3. What is the most interesting instruction you are working on at the moment?
I sold a 6,989 sq ft ex removals/storage unit to a local company as part of their expansion programme. The business base altered and the building was then surplus to requirements. I discussed and advised on refurbishment works and put the unit back on the market. After only a couple of weeks and 3 viewings later, I agreed a letting which should complete this week.
4. What has been your most rewarding job to date and why?
I let a brand new shell industrial unit to an Education Trust. What was an unassuming factory building was granted change of use and became part of the Engage Norfolk. Engage offers tailored support plans to individuals with disabilities and allow everyone to fulfil their potential, offering support to assist people to be as independent as possible, along with a range of learning opportunities. The unit has undergone an entire internal fit out and now comprises classrooms, mock living accommodation as well as kitchens and social hub. I then let the next door redundant trucker café to the Include service which caters for 14 to 16-year-olds whose education had been disrupted because they have been excluded from main stream schools. This means that the pupils leave with proven qualifications under their belt. What was an industrial compound with an untidy café has turned into a secure environment for young people with learning difficulties and both tenants work alongside each other to help integrate and prepare their respective client base for entry into the adult world.
5. You are known for your adventures! Where are you going next?
This year’s horsey trip is to Rajasthan in India. We ride the local Marwari horses, famed for their pointy ears and fighting spirit, attend a local Camel fair, go on a tiger safari and visit the Taj Mahal, ending up with a night of luxury at Claridges in Deli. I think I might need a good bath and some pampering after that lot!