Property deals over the past 12 months have led to Stratton Creber Commercial (SCC) being named the most active commercial property agent in Devon for the eleventh consecutive year, meaning the firm has let, sold and acquired more property than anyone else in the county’s commercial sector.

The Most Active Agent Award for Devon 2020 was received from EGi, the online arm of Estates Gazette, the property industry’s leading journal. Recognised as one of the top accolades for commercial property agents, the award celebrates the number of transactions completed each year and marks a particularly successful year for the regional firm.

Director of the Plymouth office Chris Ryland says: “Having come through a challenging period, we are particularly proud to have retained this award. Our dedicated agency team is the largest in Devon with offices in Plymouth and Exeter and we are really proud to continue to lead the county’s commercial market.”

Centrally involved in a number of high-profile projects, SCC has completed major transactions across the county, including, in Plymouth, the sale of student investment Regent House, the former Devon & Plymouth Chamber building in Lockyer Street and the former Plymouth Arts Centre in Looe Street. Activity levels at Royal William Yard, where SCC is retained by developers Urban Splash, have created occupancy levels at their highest in the site’s history. Deals here look set to continue with the refurbishment of the Melville building about to create a further 90,000 sq ft of office and leisure space.

Elsewhere in the county, the firm’s notable transactions included the sale of a former Co-op supermarket at Pottington in Barnstaple, disposals of retail and industrial investments for the Dartington Trust and the acquisition of large industrial sites at Broadclyst near Exeter and at Honiton in East Devon.

Jonathan Ling, Director in the Exeter office, comments: “In a year which saw critical lack of availability in some sectors followed, of course, by a virtual freeze on economic activity, we have worked harder than ever to keep transactions going through.”

Damian Cook, director in the Exeter office adds: “With a team of commercial agents which includes the Westcountry’s only dedicated retail agent, we are at the coalface of the fast changes in the way our economy and society are changing, and are ready to advise both landlords and occupiers.”

EGi invited agents to submit records of their deals for the twelve months to August 2020 before compiling a comprehensive list of which agents had carried out the most across all commercial property types and across all regions of the UK.