The Social Christmas Lunch – Tickets now on sale!

Tickets now on sale!


It’s time for our 7th Annual Social Christmas Lunch! A chance to network with other property professionals in a relaxed and fun environment whilst raising money for charity.

Tickets are only £50 and include a drink on arrival, a three course festive lunch, raffle/auction and entertainment. Tables of 10 can be purchased for the discounted price of £450.

Later in the day we will move into the Refuge Bar to party the night away to the live resident DJ’s!

This year’s chosen charity is the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity.

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The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity is an independent charity which was launched in April 2019.

Focussed on raising money for the issues people care about in Greater Manchester, this independent charity will initially look at helping to reduce homelessness. One of the projects it will support is Bed Every Night, set up to help deliver the Mayor’s ambition to end the need for rough sleeping in our city region.

Every individual on the streets has a different story including relationship breakdown, mental health issues, substance misuse, childhood trauma, domestic abuse, offending, human trafficking, poverty and migration. The profile of rough sleepers in Greater Manchester is changing, with more women and younger people now sleeping on our streets and rough sleepers remain targets for abuse and are a target for criminal activity.

Chair of the Trustees Board, Tim Heatley of Capital&Centric will be joining us at the Christmas Lunch to tell us more about the scheme and how the money we raise will make a difference.

This event is always a sell out so buy your tickets ASAP.

All the sponsors look forward to a great afternoon with you.

Laceworks, Nottingham

Works are progressing well on our Laceworks site in Nottingham – 221 unit student accommodation scheme – Cruden Construction are contractors on the site. IDS are PM/QS/EA/PD on the scheme.




We are remembering the 22 fallen angels today at the Soapworks, 1 year after the Manchester bomb.

This is Manchester, we do things differently here!

  1. Saffie Rose Roussos, 8
  2. Martyn Hett, 29
  3. Georgina Callander, 18
  4. Olivia Campbell, 15
  5. Elaine McIver, 43
  6. John Atkinson, 26
  7. Kelly Brewster, 32
  8. Alison Lowe, 44
  9. Lisa Lees, 43
  10. Marcin Kils, 42
  11. Angelika Kils, 39
  12. Nell Jones, 14
  13. Jane Tweedle-Taylor, 50
  14. Michelle Kiss, 45
  15. Sorrell Leczkowski, 14
  16. Chloe Rutherford, 17
  17. Liam Curry, 19
  18. Eilidh MacLeod, 14
  19. Wendy Fawell, 50
  20. Courtney Boyle, 19
  21. Philip Tron, 32
  22. Megan Hurley, 15IMG_3666


Imperial Photobooth at The Social Christmas Lunch

We are very excited to have Imperial Photo Booth at our The Social Christmas Lunch this year!

They supply photo booths all around the North West and Manchester. With an unlimited number of photos available we expect there to be a queue all day long!

To find out more about them visit their website: www.imperialphotobooth.co.uk

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EKM Office up for a Prolific North Inspired Spaces Award

Our clients scheme at Taylor House, Preston has been shortlisted for a Prolific North Inspired Spaces Award. IDS were Employers Agent and Quantity Surveyor on the scheme.


IDS expand their team

Innov8 Development Solutions, based at the Soapworks in Salford Quays, are pleased to announce the recent recruitment of 2 new team members.


Steven Eccles has joined as Quantity Surveyor from AA Projects and Sam Hussain as Front of House/Office Manager.


Carl Glover, Director at IDS said “We are delighted to welcome Steven and Sam to the company, which expands our team into double figures. The appointments are in line with our structured growth strategy and will support our ongoing workload as well as strengthening our offering within other target sectors.”




Social Summer BBQ – Tickets now on sale!

It’s that time again for our Social Summer BBQ!

In 2015 we raised a massive £8,333 for Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention and we greatly appreciate your help!

This year’s chosen charity is The Seashell Trust, a charity based in Cheadle Hulme that provides education and 52-week residential care for children and young people aged 2 to 25 with profound learning disabilities and sensory impairments.

The children and young people have some of the most complex needs and disabilities in society including deafness, blindness and autism, combined with physical disabilities and profound learning difficulties. All of them have some degree of brain damage, and critically, all have little or no ability to communicate. Every young person receives 1:1 support and some require 2:1 support.

This year we will be aiming to raise £9,000 for the Messy Play Room and adjoining Play Area in the BRAND NEW Royal School Manchester.

Children with multi-sensory impairments experience unique problems in mobility, accessing information and exploring and understanding their immediate surroundings and the wider world. Children need encouragement to explore their surroundings and need easy access to a variety of textures and play areas to develop tactile processing. Tactile panels, different surfaces and textures and areas for sand and water play are an essential part of our education here. It is also incredibly beneficial to those children who are tactile defensive. Children who cannot stand touch really struggle to have any sort of independence in life so if we can help them overcome this, they will have a much greater chance of developing their life skills.

Tickets are only £35 and you recieve a BBQ, Music, Raffle, Arrival cocktail and 2 complimentary drinks from the sponsors, what more do you need on a summers afternoon!

 Maximum numbers are 150 so please book your ticket ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Last year’s event was a great success, let’s make this year’s event even better.

BOOK HERE – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-social-summer-bbq-tickets-24283984050

IDS fight for victory!

Lindsey Fallon and Carl Glover of IDS raised £1,465 between them this weekend for two separate charities at two separate events.

Lindsey signed up to Pink Collar Boxing in August where she went on to do 8 weeks of intensive boxing training which ended in the ring on Sunday 20th September, where she fought her opponent Jodie Fogarty and won on points 30 to 28. Her family and friends attended to cheer her on at the Portland Hotel in Manchester.

Lindsey’s charity of choice was The Seashell Trust, a local charity is dedicated to providing a creative, happy and secure environment for children and adults with complex and severe learning disabilities which include little or no language abilities. She has raised £565 so far for the charity and hopes to raise more – if you would like to donate then please follow the link www.virginmoneygiving.com/FerociousFallon

Carl raised in excess of £900 organising a golf day for Gregson Green at Fishwick Hall Golf Club, Preston. Gregson Green is a community run project looking to raise in excess of £1m to provide a shared facility for the whole community in Gregson Lane, Hoghton.

Northgate Point student flats approved

A joint venture between Primus Property Group and Property Alliance Group has been granted planning permission for a 121-studio student accommodation scheme in Trafford Street, Chester.

Innov8 Development Solutions are delighted to be providing a full service role including Project Management, Cost Consulting, Principal Designer, Employers Agent and Clerk of Works. This is IDS’s 3rd instruction from Primus Property Group with Primus Place, Leicester due for completion in September 2015 with Primus Edge, Leicester recently commencing in June 2015.

The development, designed by Tim Groom Architects, is aimed at postgraduate and overseas students who want 51-week letting periods and high quality accommodation.

The ground and first floor of the building are divided vertically to create the impression of town houses running along Trafford Street. The property will be within walking distance of the University of Chester campus, the railway station and the city centre.

The rooms include self-contained kitchens, security, storage and high-speed internet connections.

The building is due for completion in time for autumn term 2016.

TalkTalk takes 106,000 sq ft at Soapworks

Asset manager The Carlyle Group and joint venture partners Nikal and Abstract Securities have secured a 106,000 sq ft letting to TalkTalk at the £70m Soapworks redevelopment in Salford Quays. Innov8 Development Solutions act as Estate Managers.

The 15-year lease is in addition to the 20,000 sq ft which TalkTalk already occupies in the Soapworks’ Boilerhouse building.

TalkTalk will use the office for its North West headquarters.

The Carlyle Group also confirmed a 54,000 sq ft deal with the Home Office on a 10-year lease.

The Home Office will relocate its current services from a number of separate premises around the Greater Manchester area including Manchester Airport. The move is due to take place in June 2016.

Soapworks is a 400,000 sq ft redevelopment of the former Colgate-Palmolive factory. Phase one and two at Soapworks totals around 230,000 sq ft. Only around 50,000 sq ft now remains available in this phase. Phase three can bring forward up to 160,000 sq ft.

The lettings to TalkTalk and the Home Office are in the main building, in blocks A, B and C.

The Carlyle Group and its joint venture partners were advised by Chris Mulcahy, director at letting agent JLL, with joint agents Canning O’Neill.

Ben Du Boulay, director of The Carlyle Group, said: “When we commenced the redevelopment of the former Colgate factory in Salford, we were confident that there was a strong latent demand from regional occupiers across both the public and private sectors for high quality office space, particularly if it was located in such an iconic an historical building as Soapworks. Both lettings are a significant endorsement of that belief.”

IDS win Best PM/QS at the Grafters Awards 2015

IDS are delighted to have won the Best PM/QS award at this years Grafters Awards held at Hotel Football. We would like to thank all of our clients and consultants who voted for us.

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