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New Year health kick: Which of these homes with a gym would you choose – a £1.2m Scottish mansion or a £2.05m pad near Bournemouth’s beaches?

  • We take a look at two luxury properties for sale with state of the art gyms 
  • One is a mansion in Scotland’s South Lanarkshire dating back over 100 years
  • The other is in Dorset’s Bournemouth and is a modern five-bed house










You may have over indulged over Christmas or drank in excess on New Year’s Eve. Either way, you may have decided to overhaul your lifestyle in 2022 with plenty of exercise.

What better way to get fit than to have a gym on your doorstep, or even within your property – no excuses about dragging yourself away from home. 

With this in mind, our regular Mail Online Property Battle series takes a look at two different homes at either end of mainland Britain with their own gyms and ask, which one would you choose?

Which home for sale with a state of the art gym would you choose - one is a mansion in Scotland's South Lanarkshire and the other is in Dorset's Bournemouth

Which home for sale with a state of the art gym would you choose – one is a mansion in Scotland’s South Lanarkshire and the other is in Dorset’s Bournemouth

That is the question we are asking in this property battle, where we look at two different properties for sale.

Both homes have a seven-figure price tag and the facilities to get in shape in the coming months.

1. Seven-bed house, Strathaven, , Scotland, £1.2m

This home in Scotland¿s Strathaven is in on the market with a price tag of £1.2million and is being sold via Residence estate agents

This home in Scotland’s Strathaven is in on the market with a price tag of £1.2million and is being sold via Residence estate agents

The property has been added to by the current owners and includes a well-equipped gym with floor to ceiling mirrors and plenty of light

The property has been added to by the current owners and includes a well-equipped gym with floor to ceiling mirrors and plenty of light

This home in Scotland’s Strathaven was built around 1869 and was extended in the early 1900s. 

It has been added to by the current owners and includes a well-equipped gym with floor to ceiling mirrors and plenty of light.

These modern touches are in sharp contrast to the Baronial look of the property with its stone surround on the front door outside and its ornamental fireplaces and vaulted billard room on the inside. 

This later room offers a large space to workout indoors.

The Scottish mansion has a vaulted billard room that could be the ideal space to workout in if you're a dancer

The Scottish mansion has a vaulted billard room that could be the ideal space to workout in if you’re a dancer

Wood paneling continues elsewhere in the Scottish mansion, including in this grand living room

Wood paneling continues elsewhere in the Scottish mansion, including in this grand living room

The surrounding countryside offers a perfect environment for those seeking long hikes or bike rides

The surrounding countryside offers a perfect environment for those seeking long hikes or bike rides

The property is also surrounded by the stunning South Lanarkshire countryside, providing plenty of opportunity to exercise outdoors, including long hikes or bike rides.

The seven-bedroom property is in on the market with a price tag of £1.2million and is being sold via Residence estate agents.

2. Five-bed house, Bournemouth, Dorset, £2.05million

This modern home in Dorset's Bournemouth is for sale for £2.05million via estate agents STQ Property Group

This modern home in Dorset’s Bournemouth is for sale for £2.05million via estate agents STQ Property Group

The property has a state of the art gym that includes a treadmill, a workout bike and several weight areas

 The property has a state of the art gym that includes a treadmill, a workout bike and several weight areas

This modern family home in Dorset’s Bournemouth boasts a state of the art swimming pool and gym.

Outside there is a sunken hot tub that is under a covered area and surrounded by decking.

The five-bedroom property also backs onto a golf course, offering additional sports activities on the doorstep. And it is a short walk to Bournemouth town centre and its long stretches of beach.

It is for sale for £2.05million via estate agents STQ Property Group.

Outside in the garden is a sunken hot tub that is under a covered area and surrounded by decking

Outside in the garden is a sunken hot tub that is under a covered area and surrounded by decking

The workout equipment continues by the side of the large pool that has plenty of windows overlooking the large garden

The workout equipment continues by the side of the large pool that has plenty of windows overlooking the large garden

The property in Bournemouth has a large landscaped garden and is only a short stroll to the town centre and beaches

The property in Bournemouth has a large landscaped garden and is only a short stroll to the town centre and beaches

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Four found dead at US-Canada border believed to be human smuggling victims

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The bodies were found on Wednesday in barren, snow-covered terrain just feet from the United States border in Manitoba, Canada: a man, a woman, a teenager and an infant who appeared to have frozen to death while trying to cross into the US, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

All four have been tentatively identified as members of a family who may have been victims of a human smuggling operation, the authorities said. Their bodies were discovered about 30-40ft from the US border, in a remote area just less than 10km east of Emerson, Manitoba, the authorities said.

“It is an absolute and heartbreaking tragedy,” assistant commissioner Jane MacLatchy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said at a news conference on Thursday, adding that it appeared that all four had died of exposure to the cold.

She emphasised that investigators consider the four to be victims. “We’re very concerned that this attempted crossing may have been facilitated in some way and that these individuals, including an infant, were left on their own in the middle of a blizzard when the weather hovered around minus-35 degrees Celsius, factoring the wind,” Ms MacLatchy said. “These victims faced not only the cold weather but also endless fields, large snowdrifts and complete darkness.”

The bodies were found after US Border Patrol agents stopped Steve Shand (47), of Florida, on Wednesday, while he was driving a 15-passenger van less than 2km south of the Canadian border in a rural area between the official ports of entry at Lancaster, Minnesota and Pembina, North Dakota, federal prosecutors in Minnesota said. He was charged with human smuggling.

Law enforcement officials said two passengers in the rented van that Mr Shand was driving were citizens of India without legal permission to be in the US. While Mr Shand and his passengers were being taken to a Border Patrol station in North Dakota, law enforcement officers found five more Indian citizens walking in the snow about a quarter-mile south of the Canadian border, in the direction of where Mr Shand had been arrested, prosecutors said.

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The five Indian nationals, who appeared to be headed to an unstaffed gas plant in St Vincent, Minnesota, told law enforcement officials that they had expected to be picked up by someone, prosecutors said. They said that they had been walking for more than 11 hours and had crossed the border from Canada into the United States, prosecutors said.

One member of the group said he was carrying a backpack for a family of four Indian citizens who had become separated from his group during the night, court documents said. Inside the backpack were children’s clothes, a diaper, toys and children’s medication.

Canadian authorities then began a search with snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles that led to the discovery of the four bodies in Manitoba. One Indian woman in the group that had survived the crossing into the United States stopped breathing several times while she was being transported by the Border Patrol, court documents showed. She was flown to a hospital where she will likely require partial amputation of one of her hands because of exposure to the extreme cold, the documents stated.

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Prosecutors said Mr Shand made his first appearance on Thursday in US District Court for the District of Minnesota, where he was ordered to remain in custody until a hearing on Monday. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer. In a criminal complaint, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations said that the four deaths were being investigated “along with an investigation into a larger human smuggling operation of which Shand is suspected of being a part”.

According to the complaint, a Border Patrol agent said he knew of three other smuggling operations that happened in the place where Mr Shand was arrested. Two were in December and one was earlier this month, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that one of the Indian citizens detained on Wednesday said that he had paid a “significant amount” of money to enter Canada from India with a fraudulently obtained student visa. The man said he had walked across the border into the United States and had expected to be picked up by someone who would take him to his uncle’s house in Chicago.

Ms MacLatchy said she had a message for anyone who was thinking of crossing the international border in Manitoba: “Just don’t do it.”

“Do not listen to anyone who tells you they can get you to your destination safely,” she said. “They cannot. Even with proper clothing, it is not a journey that is possible.” – This article originally appeared in the New York Times

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CTP expands inner city logistics footprint with €125m investment (CZ)

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CTP has added 69,000m² of buildings and development land to its CTPark Brno Lisen in the Czech Republic through a sale-and-leaseback transaction with Zetor Tractors, the Czech agricultural machinery producer. The acquisition marks a major step in the overall €125m transformation of the former Zetor brownfield industrial site into a modern new park for light manufacturing, retail, research, and inner-city logistics which CTP embarked on in 2019. The transaction sees CTP consolidating its ownership in the Lisen district, increasing the total land size to 29 hectares. Upon completion, CTPark Brno Lísen will provide some 150,000m² of lettable area with over 2,500 jobs. 

 

David Chladek, Country Head, CTP Czech Republic said: “We have worked with Zetor for the past three years and this transaction represents an important milestone in the project for CTP, having agreed several deals leading to the creation of the largest brownfield industrial / logistics redevelopment by GLA in Brno. We have already developed 30,000m² of facilities at this location and continue to see strong demand for new space in our pipeline. The park is positioned in a prime location as a ‘last mile’ logistics and urban infill hub within the city ring road, just five kilometres to the east of the city centre and within easy reach of the airport. This makes it the perfect spot for businesses of all sizes, particularly e-commerce and urban logistics operators.”  

 

Zetor Tractors will continue to occupy the buildings that CTP has acquired in the latest transaction for its production activities. 

 

CTP aims to complete the c. 80,000m² of space currently under construction at CTPark Brno Lisen by 2024/2025, transforming a previously derelict area of Brno into a thriving urban business park. All the properties are built to BREEAM Excellent standards and solar energy is being used as a secondary source of electricity. 

 

Jakob Kodr, Head of Business Development, CTP Czech Republic, said: “CTPark Brno Lisen offers occupiers newly-built, flexible space in an inner-city business park location. Our strategy of developing parks that are adaptable to the changing nature of global and local businesses in and around urban centres is exemplified here. The transaction shows our long-term commitment to both the businesses which operate here and the surrounding community which works and pay taxes. The park is designed to be energy neutral and will include photovoltaic panels and water conservation.”

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I’m can’t sell my flat due to cladding issues, will Gove’s proposals help me?

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I’m stuck in my leasehold flat due to cladding issues in the block. I can’t sell due to the prospect of a bill for remediation works, which include ‘unsafe cladding, flammable balconies and missing cavity barriers’. 

Will Michael Gove‘s new proposals help me? LB

Leaseholders face fire safety bills of hundreds of thousands of pounds following the cladding scandal (pictured: Cladding victim and campaigner Sophie Bichener)

Leaseholders face fire safety bills of hundreds of thousands of pounds following the cladding scandal (pictured: Cladding victim and campaigner Sophie Bichener)

MailOnline Property expert Myra Butterworth replies: Cladding issues have made life a misery for leaseholders across the country.

Many are facing the real prospect of bankruptcy due to fire safety repair bills that can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds per flat.

The issue is that the owners are unable to sell the properties until the buildings are proved to be safe, leaving those who would like to move them stuck in their homes and also seeing monthly bills rise, as they are potentially unable to remortgage. 

Leaseholders have cautiously welcomed the housing secretary’s recent statement that they were ‘trapped’ and that it was time to protect them and make ‘industry pay’.

At the same time, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, announced: ‘We will scrap proposals for loans and long-term debt for leaseholders in medium-rise buildings and give a guarantee that no leaseholder living in their own flat will pay a penny to fix dangerous cladding.’

However, the current reality for many of these flat owners is that they still face massive bills to cover interim fire measures running into thousands of pounds.

Tom Beak, a solicitor at law firm Kingsley Napley, replies: The short answer is maybe. However, I’m afraid there are ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’.

First, Michael Gove’s announcement did not introduce new legislation, it merely set out an intention to negotiate with developers and invite them to contribute to the latest remediation fund, specifically for ‘medium rise’ buildings.

Mr Gove hopes to have agreed a fully-funded plan of action by March, but if negotiations stall it is currently not clear what measures will be taken to force a solution on the developers concerned or indeed how long this will take.

Second, the focus of the new proposals is to cover the outstanding cost of remediation of unsafe cladding to buildings 11 to 18 metres tall. So if your building falls in that range you may benefit in due course. If it is over 18 metres, you must continue to rely on pre-existing policies.

If your building is less than 11 metres, I’m afraid you remain outside the scope of Government-led financial support. In fact, at present, there are no solutions proposed for buildings that are declared unsafe but are less than 11 metres tall, hence such buildings are likely to remain unmortgageable making it impossible for leaseholders to sell.

Unfortunately, if your building falls within this category, the new proposals only offer the hope that the Government’s change in advice on building safety assessments encourages lenders to relax their position and return to lending on such properties.

It may also not be plain sailing if your block is ‘medium rise’. We await details of the precise eligibility criteria as to how the fund will be allocated. Despite the suggestion that ‘all leaseholders’ will be protected, previous policies have contained strict eligibility criteria for access to funds, so it is possible that not all buildings between 11 and 18 metres tall will qualify.

Of course, until we know that Mr Gove’s negotiations with developers are successful, there is no guarantee that the proposed remediation fund of £4billion will be available at all.

Other fire defects, such as flammable balconies, missing cavity barriers and replacing faulty fire doors are not covered 

Finally, the proposed remediation fund is designed to remove ‘unsafe cladding’ only. 

So, while you may well benefit from assistance with the cost of remedying the cladding issues on your building, other fire defects, such as flammable balconies, missing cavity barriers and replacing faulty fire doors are not covered. 

This is in keeping with previous policies, which have been criticised for providing partial solutions and making buildings ‘half safe’, with innocent leaseholders footing the remainder of the bill to remedy safety defects.

On the plus side, however, it is worth noting that the Government has scrapped its previous solution for 11 to 18 metres tall buildings that consisted of a long-term, low-interest loan for leaseholders. This would have added to leaseholders’ debt, rather ensuring that the ‘polluter’ pays.

In addition, Mr Gove’s announcement introduced fresh funds to cover common alarm systems on buildings that continue to use a waking watch.

This will be on top of the existing Waking Watch Relief Fund. Mr Gove also intends to enter discussions with the insurance sector to reduce insurance premiums that have soared in the wake of this safety crisis and to issue new proportionate guidance on building safety assessments. T

he hope is that this encourages the market and changes the ‘cautious approach’ adopted by buyers and lenders – which according to Mr Gove often ‘goes beyond’ what is necessary. Whether this is effective remains to be seen.

So while Mr Gove’s new proposals are a step in the right direction, much uncertainty remains. Provided that the proposed remediation fund can be realised swiftly and applied without unduly onerous eligibility criteria, it is surely a better solution than the previously proposed loan scheme.

However, it is likely that many leaseholders will continue to foot the bill for interim safety measures and struggle to sell their homes, until the practical effect of the changes are realised.

Without further, targeted policy or an extension of the remediation fund to cover fire safety defects beyond cladding, these defects will likely continue to be funded by leaseholders.

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