A Gwent-based estate agency has opened two new offices in Risca and Newbridge.

Parkmans Estate and Lettings managing director Charlotte Burles Corbett said: “We have been working hard during lockdown to get our new offices ready to open once we had the go-ahead from the government.

"The announcement by the First Minister didn’t give us much notice but, nonetheless, we are pleased to now be able to welcome customers to our new offices in Risca and Newbridge as well as our current office in Blackwood.”

The teams in the new Newbridge office at12 High Street, and the Risca office at 61/62 Tredegar Street, will offer the full range of Parkmans services including property sales, lettings, block management and insurance.

Charlotte said: “Our two new offices are located in prime locations on the main streets in Risca and Newbridge. This was a strategic decision to ensure customers and clients within our customer base area have access to us and to support expansion in all of our services. We are very excited about this development and have been very busy ensuring the company adapts to a new social distance way of working.”

Before the Covid19 outbreak Parkmans was experiencing a stronger housing market than it had seen for a few years. The office of National Statistics said in April that house prices climbed 3.7 per cent during the year to April (the strongest rate of growth since February 2017.)

Charlotte said: “We strongly believe the property market will pick back up from where it was before lockdown, although we may not experience the same rate of growth as we did during the first quarter of 2020.”

Parkmans has more than 50 years of experience as specialist estate and letting agents, block managers and insurance brokers in south east Wales.

The business was founded 1963 and was previously known as William Parkman and Daughters until it re-branded to Parkmans.