David Appleton & Judith Healy

Cavendish & London Property Group have filled two pivotal roles within the business. The company's expeditious plans to double the size of its current portfolio progresses as two great candidates join the team. Cavlon now has a new Property Manager and Finance Director.

Judith Healy has taken the role as the firm's Property Manager and will head all the day-to-day management of our residential & commercial clients aswell as the letting agencies the firm works with. Judith recently completed Level 3 in Managing Property & Residential Lettings via NRLA and has been an asset to the team since taking on this role.

Our new Finance Director David Appleton now consults the company and helps implement the vision to increase the property portfolio and revenue. David brings over 30 years of financial experience and will be ensuring the companies p&l's, balance sheets and forecasts are all at hand to drive the most important element of the business forward.

We are very pleased to welcome the two new team members and wish them all the best within our company.


A developer says he is helping breath new life into Derby by transforming empty retail units and their vacant floors.

Atish Parmar, director of Cavendish & London Property Group, is regenerating properties in Wardwick, in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter.

He said one project has been completed, and another is due to start in April. He is also looking for more buildings to buy.

The area surrounding the Wardwick is currently the focus of major regeneration plans, with the £200 million Becketwell scheme, which would create hundreds of build-to-rent apartments, retail units and offices, close by.

Cavendish & London, which is based in Leicester, specialises in creating student and professional accommodation.

Mr Parmar said his company completed its first Derby city centre project after buying the freehold of a vacant unit which was in a poor state of repair. It has now been refurbished and is home to University of Derby students on its upper floors.

He said: “Our main objective is to make this part of the Cathedral Quarter vibrant again. There is a current void within the vicinity and action needs to be taken by private investors like myself to start getting the cogs turning again.

“We believe in bringing residential accommodation back into the city centres, so that local businesses are having a positive impact from the occupiers.

“We have just completed our project on Wardwick which is a retail unit and seven bedroom student accommodation on the upper floors.

“Our next development is taking place in Curzon Street.

“This will be an 18 bedroom luxury student accommodation with large bedrooms all with en-suites, contemporary communal kitchens & lounges with high speed internet for the modern-day student.

“The area has had some great news recently in terms of the Becketwell scheme, we see this as a huge step forward for Derby and we look to help the area by purchasing more properties that are vacant to allow for professionals and students into the centre.

“Good quality accommodation is always needed. Having this within a city centre can only benefit us all.


An East Midlands developer is set to renovate a building on Curzon Street in Derby and turn it into an 18-bed luxury student apartment.

Cavendish & London Property Group says it is looking to welcome students for the next academic year.

The Curzon Street scheme follows on from the renovation of a retail unit and upper floors on Wardwick in the city, which is now home to University of Derby students.

Atish Parmar, director at the company, said: “Our main objective is to make this part of the Cathedral Quarter vibrant again. There is a current void within the vicinity and action needs to be taken by private investors like myself to start getting the cogs turning again. We believe in bringing residential accommodation back into the city centres, so that local businesses are having a positive impact from the occupiers.”

Parmar added: “I feel the introduction to residential accommodation will pave the way for local entrepreneurs to secure the vacant retail units within the Cathedral Quarter. Small independent businesses will be the majority on the high street in the very-near future, this area will be one to keep an eye on.”


A pair of property development companies have joined forces with the aim of breathing new life into one of Derby city center's historic streets.

Cavendish & London Property Group and Urban Sister Developments are working together to revamp properties in the Wardwick.

The area surrounding the Wardwick is currently the focus of major regeneration plans, with the proposed £200 million Becketwell scheme, which would create hundreds of build-to-rent apartments, retail units and offices, close by.

Cavendish & London, which is based in Leicester, specialises in creating modern student and professional accommodation.

The firm has recently invested in property in the Wardwick and snapped up an 18-bedroom property in nearby Curzon Street, which it intends to renovate later this year.

Meanwhile, Urban Sister Developments, is also investing in properties in the Wardwick.

It has recently secured a deal for the former offices of Lings and also has an offer under consideration for a property next door.

Combined, the two properties would provide 5,500 sq ft of floor space, which the firm would convert to luxury student accommodation.

Urban Sister was founded by sisters Ruth and Gillian Hobbs, who are both from London. Ruth now lives in Derbyshire and the company has become a Marketing Derby bondholder.

For the past 18 years, the pair have been working on residential and buy-to-let refurbishments in London - but have since expanded to the Midlands.

The firm specialises in taking unused and unloved city centre buildings and converting them into luxury living accommodation for students.

The Wardwick would not be the company’s first project in Derby. The firm is also responsible for the award-winning Urban Lofts project, a new luxury student accommodation scheme at the former Majority House, in Lodge Lane.

The empty office block has been converted into three stylish co-living apartments, each with six en-suite bedrooms.

Ruth said: “We are committed to helping the high street and bringing unloved buildings back to use.

“We’ve just completed the purchase of a listed 2,500 sq ft building in the Wardwick, which is in a terrible state.

“We are also currently under offer on the property next door, which has a floor space of 3,000 sq ft which we intend to convert, sympathetically.

“We’d love for the people in Derby to get behind the scheme and help us clean up the street and bring vibrancy back to this beautiful area of the city centre.”

Atish Parmar, from Cavendish & London Property Group, who also runs his own digital marketing company Metric Connect, said he has decided to invest in Derby following a number of successful projects in his native Leicester.

He said: “Derby needs to bring more student and professional clientele into the city centre, where the yields are attractive. I know Derby well as my wife is from here and I’m a regular visitor to the city.

“Our development formula, which we have used in Leicester, works well - and I’m now bringing this to Derby.

“The strip of properties within Wardwick has been lifeless for a long time and we shall be adding more vibrancy by having residential living on the upper floors.

“We have also instructed Innes England to look for a tenant within the commercial unit too.

“We look forward to seeing the change in the coming years to this part of the city centre.”