Pure Block Management chosen to manage historic Hessle property

Hull-based property firm Pure Block Management has been appointed to provide professional management services at Mentone House in Hessle, once the home of one of Hull’s most famous historic figures.

Liam Parker

The property on West Hill, which today houses six luxury apartments, was built in 1869 as one of eight villas developed by a syndicate of Hull businessmpen including James Reckitt of health, hygiene and nutrition giant Reckitt.

Mentone House, named by Reckitt after a town near the French / Italian border where he recuperated after an illness, is the only one of the original villas that remains. After a long period as a private residence it spent several decades as a care home before being converted to six upmarket apartments in 2001.

The apartments’ current leaseholders have now appointed Pure Block Management to manage the property, from arranging day-to-day repairs and planned maintenance to taking care of financial and legal matters including service charge collection.

It is the latest in a series of new client wins for the growing firm, which manages over 120 apartment blocks and residential complexes across the region and is part of property specialist Garness Group.

Pure Block Management director Liam Parker said: “We’re very happy to add a property with such an interesting history to the portfolio of developments we manage.

“The leaseholders of Mentone House exercised their right to take on the management of the property some time ago.

“After several years of handling it themselves they have decided the time is right to appoint a specialist firm to manage it on their behalf, giving them peace of mind that all their responsibilities and obligations are taken care of in a timely and professional manner.

“We manage developments of all types and sizes across the region, from apartment conversions in historic properties like Mentone House to new-build housing developments, and pride ourselves on providing a responsive and expert service.”

Among the other residential developments in Pure Block Management’s portfolio are the Queen’s Court BBC building in Hull city centre, luxurious Raywell House in East Yorkshire and Broadway House, on Hornsea’s seafront.