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The Crown Estate

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The Crown Estate manages for the nation the bed of the sea, approximately half of the foreshore and beds of tidal rivers. This management is effected through a series of specialist managing agents. Peter Riches was appointed to this role in East Anglia in 1990 and since 2008 has delivered the service in conjunction with Carter Jonas. In 2013 the role was extended to include areas on the River Thames.

The significant areas The Crown Estate manages through Morley Riches & Ablewhite are

  • The rivers of the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads
  • The Wash
  • Beaches from Blakeney to Horsey (including Holkham and Bacton), Hembsy, Hopton, Lowestoft to Kessingland, Walberswick to Bawdsey (excluding Thorpeness)
  • The estuaries of the rivers Blythe, Alde/Ore, Deben, Stour, Blackwater and parts of the Crouch and Roach
  • Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour
  • Parts of the Port of Felixstowe
  • Ports of Harwich and Parkeston Quay
  • Burnham Yacht Harbour
  • Hamford Water National Nature Reserve
  • Sections of the River Thames fronting current or former public buildings such as the Tower of London, Palace of Westminster, Lambeth Palace and Hampton Court

Activities typically undertaken on the foreshore and beds of tidal estuaries include

  • Structures for access such as jetties and pontoons
  • Reclamation
  • Moorings
  • Marinas
  • Pipelines, cables and outfalls
  • Wildfowling
  • Coast protection
  • Environmental management

The Crown Estate has recently published two new reports focussing on the coastlines of Norfolk and Suffolk which challenge perceptions about erosion and dredging:

Aggregate dredging and the Norfolk coastline

Aggregate dredging and the Suffolk coastline

Read more about the Crown Estate

Our Services

Clients choose to work with our friendly, professional team time and time again because we consistently deliver a quality service that makes their lives easier. Our plain-speaking approach ensures everyone is kept on the same page and that a project can move forward in a timely and cost-effective way.

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Property Valuation

Landlord and Tenant

Building Surveying

Development Consultancy

What people say about working with us

  • "Peter Riches of MRA has managed an industrial property we own for the last 10 years and we have been delighted with the way our business has been handled. We have always found Peter to be very professional in his attitude; he has a good understanding of what we are trying to achieve, listens to our ideas and offers suggestions of his own. The rest of the team at MRA are always polite, friendly and helpful and we highly recommend the company and the services they offer."
    A J Kernahan, Developments Limited
  • "Griffin Chapman has a long-standing relationship with Morley Riches & Ablewhite. Our experience is that they are highly professional, efficient and proactive. We have been pleased to recommend a number of our clients to Morley Riches & Ablewhite for assistance in property matters. The feedback that we have received has been highly positive. We have also been pleased to co-sponsor a number of successful corporate events with Morley Riches & Ablewhite over recent years."
    Griffin Chapman, Chartered Accountants
  • "We have employed the services of Morley Riches & Ablewhite for over 10 years and have always found them to be Professional to deal with. Both Peter and Jon have a wide knowledge of the local commercial market which has enabled them to advise us on various aspects within our diverse business."
    Ian Newman, East Anglian Group
  • "Dudley Smith Partnership has enjoyed a long and positive professional relationship with Morley Riches and Ablewhite. Their broad professional services are delivered with efficiency and they display a practical approach together with proactive client service. Our respective firms have from time to time worked jointly on projects over the years and we are pleased to recommend Morley Riches and Ablewhite when the opportunity arises."
    Dudley Smith Partnership
  • "Morley Riches & Ablewhite have managed two of our multi-let office investments since 2008.  We have always been completely satisfied with their performance and feel comfortable that our tenants are in safe hands.  Rents are always collected promptly and accounted to us accurately.  Service charge accounts are always well maintained and presented to our tenants. We have also instructed Peter Riches to undertake a range of professional work on other properties in our portfolio including valuations, rent reviews, records of condition and schedules of dilapidation.  Again, we have always been pleased with the outcome and as a result have been happy to recommend him to other property owners known to us."
    Graham Holdgate, Moreland Limited
  • "We have acted alongside Peter Riches of Morley Riches and Ablewhite for a number of years for a mutual client which is a major national landowner. Peter is sharp and incisive and a pleasure to deal with and we value the expertise and commitment he brings to transactions. We look forward to continuing to work with Morley Riches and Ablewhite in the future."
    Anthony Alderman, Partner of Bond Dickinson LLP
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