Project Manager Joins Duchy Team

IB  apptThe Duchy of Lancaster has strengthened its Planning and Development team with the appointment of a new Project Manager.

Ian Bartlett (32) joins the Duchy from York-based conservation specialists William Anelay Ltd where he was Contracts Manager on the restoration of Durham Cathedral and after four years at Simpsons (York) where he led the team working on  the Cathedral’s ‘Open Treasures’ project as well as the redevelopment of Temple Hall for St John’s University, York.

In his new role, Ian will assist the Duchy’s Head of Project Management, Graeme Chalk, on a number of joint venture development projects as well as our ongoing programme of refurbishment and repair currently underway across the Duchy’s rural portfolio.

Commenting on the appointment, Graeme Chalk said: “The Duchy has a significant pipeline of projects and we are very keen to ensure that these are delivered on time, on budget and to the standard of excellence we expect. This is a new role and one that we believe will add further value and efficiencies to our business. We look forward to welcoming Ian to the team.”

Ian will take up his new role on 7th November 2016 and will be based at the Duchy’s recently refurbished office suite at Lancaster Castle.

The Duchy of Lancaster is a historic portfolio of land and property assets which began as an ancient inheritance over 750 year ago. It generates a private income for the Sovereign, while protecting long-term capital values for future Dukes of Lancaster.


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RedEye Expands At Crewe

Crewe-Hall-Farm-Exterior Multi-channel marketing and digital analytics expert RedEye Ltd has more than tripled in size since the Duchy of Lancaster redeveloped Crewe Farm Buildings as luxury office suites in 2009. RedEye was one of the Duchy’s first tenants at Crewe Hall Farm, originally occupying 3,741 sq ft of office space.

Today this award-winning company has offices in London, Milton Keynes and Dusseldorf, as well as retaining its corporate headquarters in Crewe. When the time came for further expansion earlier this year, the team elected to stay at Crewe Farm Buildings rather than moving to a city centre location or out-of-town premises. 

The Duchy of Lancaster worked with the company and other commercial tenants occupying office suites at Crewe Farm Buildings to release a further 2,400 sq ft of space and refurbish it in line with the existing offices, relocating another occupier within Crewe Farm Buildings as part of the process.

Commenting on the support provided to facilitate the company’s expansion, RedEye CEO Garry Lee said: “In the digital world, data, its analysis and application is mission-critical for companies. At RedEye everything we do is about making sure we have the best quality data and that we are able to utilise it to its fullest. This depends on a fully motivated workforce, so the working environment is key. We really appreciate of all the hard work done by the Duchy team to help us stay here, while continuing to expand and take the company on to even greater success.”

Duchy of Lancaster Head of Urban Mike Andrews added: “We are very pleased to have been able to come up with a solution which allows RedEye to stay here, while at the same time making good on our promises to other tenants. Crewe Farm Buildings provides an attractive business park environment within minutes of the busy motorway and national rail services, providing high quality office accommodation with views over open countryside.”

Crewe Farm Buildings was originally part of Lord Crewe’s estate acquired by the Duchy of Lancaster back in 1932. It now forms part of the Cheshire Survey, one of five rural Surveys owned by the Duchy across England and Wales.

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Lancaster Approves Growth Plans for the Castle

Phase 2 for Lancaster CastleThe Duchy of Lancaster has secured planning consent for the next phase of restoration work at Lancaster Castle. Plans and drawings submitted at the start of the summer illustrated ways in which the former prison kitchen yard could be opened up to reveal further historic buildings currently hidden from view. These would include the King’s Evidence Tower, Male Felons and former prison hospital building.

Under the proposed plans, the next phase of works will include the removal of the existing Visitors Centre to create a large new public open space and reveal a series of arched colonnades along the front of the Victorian debtors workshops. A state of the art teaching and conference facility and new catering and hospitality suite will also be developed in the former ‘link block’ and running along the rear exterior walls. Detailed architectural plans and design specifications are now being drawn up for final approval by the Duchy Council.

Commenting on the proposals, Graeme Chalk, Head of Project Management for the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “Our focus is on continuing with our remedial works to make the Castle buildings weather-proof and watertight. We also remain committed to revealing and restoring as much of the Castle as possible and these proposals will help us to do that.”

The Duchy of Lancaster has already made significant investment in the restoration of Lancaster Castle since its return to Duchy ownership at the end of 2011. Much of the work to date has concentrated on repairs and remedial works to the roofs, windows and stonework of the historic buildings facing onto the Castle courtyard. Recent additions also include the development of a new permanent Duchy office on the first floor of the Victorian debtors’ workshops and the restoration of the ‘Duchy Room’ at the base of the clock-tower.

The next phase of development is expected to start on site in Summer 2017.

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Duchy Invests £1m in Yorkshire

The Duchy of Lancaster has continued its programme of restoration and renewal in Yorkshire, investing £1m to date in the refurbishment of its residential portfolio. A number of cottages in villages around Scarborough have been upgraded and refurbished in line with the Duchy quality standard and specification already this year, while larger period properties in Burniston, Cloughton and Scalby are being sympathetically remodelled to reflect modern family life.

Six properties across the Duchy’s Yorkshire estates are currently being refurbished, ready for occupation before the end of the year.

Commenting on the results to date, Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “This investment in our residential property portfolio is a key objective for the Duchy in the years ahead. We are breathing new life into many of these historic buildings and creating a common standard of excellence in the refurbishments that we carry out across the Survey. The response from both our existing tenants and the wider public has been very positive and we look forward to continuing to work with them to deliver both planned maintenance and general improvement works between now and 2018.”

The Duchy of Lancaster owns around 50 residential properties across Yorkshire, including cottages, farmhouses and several listed period properties. The Yorkshire Survey is made up of four core estates – Cloughton, Goathland, Pickering and Pontefract – and covers just under 7,000 hectares.

For information on properties currently available to let in Yorkshire, please contact George Wise at Savills York office on 01904 756316.

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‘Gravity’ Pulls Duchy South

GravityThe Duchy of Lancaster has acquired a portfolio of commercial buildings which significantly increases its presence across the South of England. 

The ‘Gravity’ portfolio, which comprises four distribution warehouses (Basingstoke, Harlow, Redditch, Alcester) and one industrial estate (Swindon), was acquired for £34.25m. The acquisition will generate a net income of £2.37m in year one and is forecast to make a positive contribution to the Duchy’s financial performance going forward.

Commenting on the deal, Head of Urban Mike Andrews said: “All of the properties within the portfolio are in established locations and have long-term tenants with very good covenants. This acquisition will increase the Duchy’s commercial asset base and improve our geographic spread, enabling us to extend the range of distribution warehouses and commercial buildings we can offer from the North and the Midlands down to the South of England.”

The Duchy of Lancaster has been steadily building its distribution warehouse network in recent years, acquiring Wardley Industrial Estate in Greater Manchester in 2015 and both Estuary Commerce Park in Speke, Liverpool and Units A and B at Walker Park, Blackburn in 2014. This is the biggest single acquisition made by the organisation to date and brings our total offering to over 1.7m sq ft in 12 strategic locations nationwide.

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