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Duchy completes £130,000 eco-heating project

01st April 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed the installation of a £130,000 eco-friendly heating system at a farm property on its Needwood Estate. The innovative biomass system will provide heating and hot water for both residential and commercial elements of Woodhouse … Continue reading

Duchy starts work on North Yorkshire farm development

30th March 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has started work on a new farm development in Cloughton, North Yorkshire. Building work commenced on the steading buildings and farmhouse in March, with completion expected in October 2015. The £2m project has strong green credentials, … Continue reading

Duchy’s Ripon Road development fully-let

27th March 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster’s £2million residential development in Harrogate is now fully occupied less than six months after its completion. All 13 apartments at 11 Ripon Road have been let by Harrogate-based agents Linley & Simpson. The development – which … Continue reading

Duchy completes renovation of Grade II Listed farmhouse

18th March 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed the extensive refurbishment of a Grade II Listed farmhouse in Cheshire. Located in Barthomley and forming part of the Duchy’s Crewe Estate, the work on Mill Farm included a complete rebuild of one of … Continue reading

Duchy targets further acquisitions following £10.6m investment

20th February 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster is targeting further commercial property investment following the £10.6m acquisition of 175,000 sq ft of space at the Estuary Commerce Park in Speke, Liverpool. The Duchy has acquired two modern properties – a warehouse and a … Continue reading

Duchy completes 10-year lease with global courier firm TNT

19th February 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed a deal to rent 22,700 sq ft of warehousing space in London to global courier business TNT. The Duchy has agreed a 10-year lease with TNT for 68 Willow Walk in Bermondsey, a modern … Continue reading

Duchy of Lancaster selects Lambert Walker for £1.5m Lancaster Castle restoration project

18th February 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed award-winning conservation and restoration specialist Lambert Walker to undertake a £1.5m refurbishment project at Lancaster Castle. The conservation programme will include repair works to the roof, windows and stonework of the 1,000-year-old Grade II … Continue reading

Duchy completes London residential refurbishment

17th February 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has recently completed the internal refurbishment of a residential property at 19 Buckingham Street, London WC2N. The two flats, located in a beautiful Grade II listed property on a quiet street hidden away from the hustle … Continue reading

Derbyshire’s Andrew, 19, awarded Duchy of Lancaster scholarship

12th February 2015

Andrew Gregory-Campeau has been selected as the first Duchy of Lancaster scholar at Harper Adams University. Second year Agriculture with Mechanisation student Andrew, 19, receives £2,500 in the current academic year to support his studies. Andrew, from Flagg, Derbyshire, is … Continue reading

Duchy sponsors Forest of Bowland AONB Awards

19th January 2015

A former headteacher was presented with the Duchy of Lancaster-sponsored Outstanding Contribution Award at this year’s Forest of Bowland AONB Awards. Since moving to the village of Bleasdale 25 years ago, Jean Fone has variously been a primary school headteacher, … Continue reading

Duchy of Lancaster launches new holiday cottages website

10th January 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster has launched a new website dedicated to helping visitors find information on its growing portfolio of holiday cottages. The new site – www.duchyoflancasterholidaycottages.co.uk – features a sleek, simple navigation system that makes finding information and placing … Continue reading

Duchy supports Greater Manchester church renovation project

05th January 2015

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund has donated to a campaign to help renovate a church in the village of Hopwood, Greater Manchester. Essential repair work will begin in January after St John Evangelist Church raised £125,000 to kick-start a … Continue reading

Bolton wrestling club receives royal support

11th November 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund has awarded Bolton Olympic Wrestling club a £500 grant following its success at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The club has roots dating back more than 90 years and has produced Olympic, World, European, Commonwealth … Continue reading

Duchy tenants celebrate MBE

10th November 2014

Duchy of Lancaster tenants Geoff and June Wothers enjoyed a trip to Buckingham Palace to see their scientist son awarded an MBE. Dr Peter Wothers, 45, was presented with the MBE for services to chemistry by Princess Anne, at an … Continue reading

Lettings surge for Duchy’s Harrogate residential development

07th November 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster’s £2million Ripon Road residential development is more than 60 percent let just weeks after its completion. Eight of the 13 apartments at 11 Ripon Road have now been let by Harrogate-based agents Linley & Simpson. The … Continue reading

Duchy of Lancaster consults on changes to the treatment of capital spend

07th November 2014

The Proposal The Duchy of Lancaster is consulting with Her Majesty the Queen, as Duke of Lancaster and other members of the Royal family on the proposal by the Council of the Duchy to seek a Legislative Reform Order under … Continue reading

Mark Hudson appointed as Chairman of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster

22nd October 2014

Mark Hudson has been appointed as the next Chairman of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster. He will succeed Lord Shuttleworth who took up the post of Chairman in January 2006 and who will retire at the end of … Continue reading

Duchy of Lancaster invests £150,000 in new biomass heating system

17th October 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster, in accordance with its sustainability statement and acting as a responsible landlord, has invested £150,000 in a renewable energy heating system at a farm property on its Needwood Estate. Woodhouse Farm is an equestrian centre and … Continue reading

Golden year as Scalby Lodge scoops five more awards

14th October 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster’s Scalby Lodge holiday cottages have been awarded five Gold Awards by holiday rental website, Cottages4You. Five properties on the Duchy’s tourism site, Mulgrave, Fortescue, Fell, Harrowby and The Barn, were each recognised by the independent online … Continue reading

Willows thrives as new tenant moves in

03rd October 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has agreed three new 15-year leases with managed document service provider, Citydocs, at its conveniently located small business park on the Willows, London. Citydocs has signed three individual leases on four units, comprising 8,500 square feet, … Continue reading

Ventia takes a new 10-year lease on the Savoy Estate

29th September 2014

Commercial property management company, Ventia, has signed a new 10 year lease on office space in the Duchy of Lancaster’s prestigious building at 9 Savoy Street, London. Ventia, which operates serviced offices across London, Bristol and the Thames Valley, has … Continue reading

Alexandra Park memorial restored to mark World War I centenary

19th September 2014

A donation made by the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund helped restore a war memorial in Alexandra Park in Liverpool ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Local stonemason John Smith and his team … Continue reading

11 Ripon Road: Practically Complete

12th September 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has taken practical completion of 11 Ripon Road which comprises 13 high quality properties in Harrogate. The development includes a refurbishment of a Victorian villa, renamed Granville House, to create four apartments, and an additional new-build … Continue reading

Five star success for Duchy holiday homes

28th August 2014

Two holiday cottages in the Duchy of Lancaster’s Scalby Lodge development have been awarded five star ratings by Visit Britain tourism board’s Quality in Tourism scheme. Both the Fortescue and Scarborough cottages have been awarded the honour which promotes only … Continue reading

Duchy News Summer 2014

26th August 2014

To read the latest views and news from The Duchy of Lancaster, please click here for a copy of our newsletter.

Duchy of Lancaster appoints new head of rural

26th August 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed the appointment of Christopher Sparrow to head up its rural portfolio. Christopher has spent the last 10 years working for The Duke of Buccleuch as estate manager for the Boughton Estate and will take … Continue reading

Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund takes a walk on the wild side at Lancashire Wetland Centre

05th August 2014

A donation made by the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund has helped deliver an exciting new wetland habitat attraction at Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough, Lancashire. The new Wild Walk attraction gives visitors an opportunity to encounter three types … Continue reading

Duchy invests in restoration works at Savoy Chapel

31st July 2014

As part of the quinquennial program of works at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, the Duchy’s investment in and commitment to the future of the Chapel continues this summer, with two substantial pieces of work which will be carried … Continue reading

Scalby Lodge shortlisted for White Rose Award

17th July 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster’s Scalby Lodge Holiday Cottages have been shortlisted for the White Rose Awards 2014. Scalby Lodge has been nominated in the Self Catering category, less than two years after the Duchy invested £3million to renovate nine existing … Continue reading

Duchy of Lancaster invests in distribution premises

19th June 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed the acquisition of Units A and B, Walker Park, Blackburn for £10.738m, reflecting a capital value per square foot of £23.30. Walker Park is a strategic warehouse distribution location immediately adjacent to Junction 5 … Continue reading

Duchy appoints Linley & Simpson for Harrogate development

16th June 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed award-winning letting agents Linley & Simpson to market its new residential development in Harrogate. Linley & Simpson – one of Yorkshire’s leading independent letting agencies – is inviting enquiries for Granville House and Villiers … Continue reading

Duchy ‘Tops Out’ Harrogate residential project

12th May 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster’s sustainable residential development in Harrogate has ‘topped out’ and remains on target for completion later this summer. 11 Ripon Road, which is owned and managed by the Queen’s Estate, is being converted from office space to … Continue reading

Duchy of Lancaster announces four new senior appointments

28th April 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed four new senior appointments to the roles of head of commercial property, head of project management, and two consultants on development planning and investments in the North West respectively. Mike Andrews MRICS, who will … Continue reading

Duchy of Lancaster welcomes new High Sheriffs into office

28th April 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has welcomed three new High Sheriffs for Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Dr James Barry Johnson (High Sheriff of Lancashire), Abila Pointing MBE, DL (High Sheriff of Merseyside) and Paul Anthony Lee, DL (High Sheriff of … Continue reading

Plan Bee: Duchy announces new Beekeeping Grant

23rd April 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has announced a new Beekeeping Grant to encourage its farm tenants to support the country’s rapidly declining bee population. The Duchy of Lancaster is offering start up support for tenants or interested parties who wish to … Continue reading

Duchy selects new national PR firm

14th March 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed the appointment of The BIG Partnership, one of the UK’s largest public relations and digital media agencies. Founded in 2000, The BIG Partnership now operates out of five offices across the UK, employs more … Continue reading

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall In Final Funding Push

29th January 2014

Love Music campaign to aims to raise £1million for the venue refurbishment in 2014   The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has launched a campaign to raise the final £1million it needs to undertake the much anticipated £12 million refurbishment of Liverpool … Continue reading

High speed broadband helps Duchy secure three new tenants at Crewe Hall Farm Buildings

13th January 2014

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed another three lettings at Crewe Hall Farm Buildings and invested in a high speed broadband provision to support business growth in the rural area. Active Brand Concepts Limited, Clarke Steel Distribution Limited and Provoke … Continue reading

Lettings Complete at Wellington House

26th November 2013

Lettings Complete at Wellington House The Duchy of Lancaster has successfully let the first floor of its prime central London office development, Wellington House, to leading theatre production company, Stage Entertainment UK. This latest tenancy agreement signals full occupancy of … Continue reading

Duchy announces awards for agricultural students

15th November 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has announced a new student award scheme as part of its wider commitment to securing the future of Britain’s farming industry. Students taking degree courses in agriculture at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, or Myerscough College in … Continue reading

Duchy lets space at New Oxford House

01st November 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has completed two lettings at New Oxford House to After Adoption and What’s On Magazine, both taking 5 year leases. Jones Lang LaSalle acted on behalf of the landlord. Located on Waterloo Street, alongside Birmingham’s Victoria … Continue reading

Purchase of Quadring Fen Farm

29th October 2013

In 2010 the Duchy of Lancaster announced that, as part of an improvement plan for its agricultural land holdings, an investment would be made in the acquisition of higher quality farmland to add to its existing estates in England and … Continue reading

Duchy lets second floor of Wellington House to EADS (UK) Ltd

25th October 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has successfully let the second floor of its prime central London office development, Wellington House to EADS (UK) Ltd. Part of the EADS Group, a global leader in aerospace and defence, the company, will move from … Continue reading

Duchy Lets Space at 81 Fountain Street

24th October 2013

Four tenants have been signed up at 81, Fountain Street, Manchester. 81, Fountain Street is a prestigious eight-storey office building in the heart of the city, just a short walk from Manchester Town Hall. The building is being marketed by … Continue reading

Duchy lets third floor of Wellington House

16th September 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has successfully let the third floor of its prime central London office development, Wellington House.

Duchy registers historic land rights

22nd August 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster is in the process of registering its historic manorial mineral ownership following a change to the law governing land registration.

The future is green for Rushden Golf Club

08th July 2013

Rushden Golf Club is set to tee off a weekend of celebration to mark a new 18-hole course.

Duchy News Summer 2013

14th June 2013

To read the latest views and news from The Duchy of Lancaster, please click here for a copy of our newsletter.

Duchy announces final Meremoor Farm letting

04th June 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has let the final cottage at Meremoor Farm Barns near Weston in Crewe, just over six months after the development was completed.

The Duchy launches Scalby Lodge

03rd June 2013

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, has opened a scheme of 15 holiday properties on the edge of the elegant seaside town of Scarborough.

Dewynters takes space at Wellington House

22nd April 2013

Dewynters, one of the world’s leading live arts and entertainment marketing specialists has relocated and taken space over three floors at the newly refurbished Wellington House on the Strand.

DoLHT exhibits home plans for Draycott in the Clay

11th April 2013

The Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust has announced an exhibition highlighting its plans for six new high-quality, affordable homes at Draycott in the Clay that will be for local people.

Lancaster Castle opens for Easter

27th March 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed that Lancaster Castle will open its doors for a series of public tours this Easter weekend, to include various parts of the former prison site.

Duchy of Lancaster appoints new CEO

13th March 2013

The Duchy of Lancaster has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Thompson, who will start in post from August 2013.

Queen’s chapel welcomes Brandenburg Choral Festival

07th March 2013

The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy has thrown open the doors to welcome the Brandenburg Choral Festival to the chapel for a series of concerts throughout March and April.

Business Thrives in Bermondsey

23rd January 2013

Providing tenants with excellent access to London city centre, The Duchy of Lancaster has let the last of its business units on the Willows development

Thousands turn out for castle exhibition

07th November 2012

An overwhelming response to the Duchy of Lancaster’s invitation to the city’s residents saw more than 2,200 people turn out to give their views on the future of the castle.

Duchy News Autumn 2012

06th November 2012

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Duchy invites views on plans for Lancaster Castle

22nd October 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster is opening Lancaster Castle to the public later this month, inviting people to view plans for its future use.

Duchy completes Wellington House refurbishment

21st September 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster’s £9m refurbishment of Wellington House, Strand in the heart of London has been completed on schedule.

Plans for Lancaster Castle move closer

18th September 2012

Following a six-month study by heritage experts, potential plans for Lancaster Castle have moved a step closer.

Witches dungeon to open to the public

06th August 2012

To mark the 400th anniversary of the trials of the Lancashire witches this month, The Duchy of Lancaster will be opening the Witches’ dungeon at Lancaster Castle to the public.

Duchy of Lancaster CEO to stand down

30th July 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has announced that Paul Clarke, CEO and Clerk of the Duchy Council will be standing down when his term of office expires in August 2013.

Students celebrate winning Duchy schools’ competition

20th July 2012

Nine Lancashire students are celebrating after winning first prize in the Duchy of Lancaster’s Diamond Jubilee schools’ competition.

Duchy of Lancaster Final Results Year Ended March 31st 2012

19th July 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has today announced its financial results for the year ended March 31st 2012.

The Duchy nears completion of Winmarleigh sales

21st June 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed that it is close to completing the sale of all seven farms which formed part of its 2,000-acre Winmarleigh estate.

Construction starts at Scalby Lodge

08th June 2012

Work is underway to deliver a £2.5 million holiday-cottage development at Scalby Lodge in Scarborough

Duchy of Lancaster registers historic land rights

07th June 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster is in the process of registering its historic manorial mineral ownership following a change to the law governing land registration.

Duchy News Spring 2012

25th May 2012

To read the latest views and news from The Duchy of Lancaster, please click here for a copy of our newsletter.

The Duchy announces new tour of Lancaster Castle

25th May 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed that it will be running a special tour of Lancaster Castle to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations from 2nd – 5th June 2012.

Unseen areas of Lancaster Castle to be revealed

04th April 2012

Previously unseen areas of Lancaster Castle will be opened up to the public for the first time in over 50 years this Easter weekend.

Schools’ competition still open for entries

04th April 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has confirmed that there’s still time for Lancashire schools to enter its competition and commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Closing date for affordable homes’ applications approaches

06th February 2012

Ribble Valley Homes is urging anybody interested in new, affordable housing in Dunsop Bridge to contact them by 17th February 2012

Heritage experts to progress plans for Lancaster Castle

06th February 2012

The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed specialist heritage consultants to help shape the future of the landmark building.