New Office Suite Completed At Savoy Street

The Duchy of Lancaster has recently completed the refurbishment of several floors at 9 Savoy Street to provide contemporary open plan office space in one of London’s most historic and prestigious addresses. Located between the Strand and the Embankment, the original building was built in the 1920s and forms part of a large split-level block which also houses the Duchy’s administrative headquarters.

Historically, the second floor of 9 Savoy Street was home to multiple small offices with no external space. The interior has now been converted into a bright open plan space of 4,980 sq ft with a new private stone-built terrace overlooking the River Thames. Two parking spaces in the basement of the adjacent building at Brettenham House have also been converted to provide shower and cycle storage facilities serving tenants within the building.

Commenting on the project, Duchy Head of Urban Mike Andrews said: “We are delighted to bring this new office suite to the market and would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and commitment to the project. The new open plan space has been designed with today’s working practices in mind and we were very keen to be able to add some external space to capitalise on the spectacular views on offer. We also wanted to provide high quality cycle storage space and shower rooms to reflect the growing numbers of people cycling into this part of the city. As a result we believe this is one of the best designed and equipped office spaces currently available to let in this part of the city.”

The team involved in the design and delivery of the project included architectural firm ORMS, contract administrators Quartz and contractor 21 Construction. All works were delivered whilst observing strict Government guidelines on social distancing and travelling to places of work.

The Duchy’s Head of Project Management Graeme Chalk congratulated the team on the quality of the finished project, saying: “This was a very challenging project not only due to the nature of the work involved but also the exceptional circumstances of delivering the construction during the Covid-19 pandemic. Project Manager Peter Russell at 21 Construction did an exceptional job of managing the works to the highest standard of finish.”

9 Savoy Street forms part of the Duchy’s historic Savoy Estate, which also includes a number of office and retail buildings on Lancaster Place and the Strand. The ground floor of the same building, currently let to STV, was fully refurbished and let in 2017.

For further information or to arrange a viewing please contact Mark Anstey at Farebrothers on 0207 855 3552.


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Grade II Listed Property Fully Refurbished

Working closely with the Conservation Officer at North York Moors National Park, the Duchy of Lancaster has completed the refurbishment of a Grade II listed building on the Pickering Estate in Yorkshire.

Park Gate Cottage is a detached, stone-built 3-bedroomed property located in a picturesque setting flanked by fields and woodland. Originally built as a farmhouse in the 18th century, the property has been refurbished to the Duchy’s own Design Standard and quality specification while carefully preserving its character and heritage.

The ground floor accommodation has been opened up to provide an open plan living kitchen as well as a separate sitting room, utility room and downstairs cloakroom, while the first floor offers three bedrooms (one with ensuite bathroom), a family bathroom and a loft room for storage. The property has private front and rear gardens which have been laid to lawn as well as secure parking and a covered linked to a number of smaller outbuildings equipped with light and power.

Commenting on the project, the Duchy’s Regional Surveyor of Lands for the North Andrew Johnson said: “We are very pleased to have been able to bring this period property back to life. Everyone involved in the project has worked extremely hard to complete the works, particularly at a time when we have been observing strict Government guidelines around social distancing and safe working practices. The end result is a stunning family home in a beautiful semi-rural location which is also within easy reach of the town and all local amenities. We look forward to letting Park Gate Cottage to a new family of tenants and starting the next chapter in the property’s history.”

Park Gate Cottage is located on Blansby Park Lane beyond the level crossing for the North York Moors Steam Railway and is within a 20-minute drive of Malton station which has regular train services to York and London.

The refurbished property is now available for rent at £1,050 pcm. For details or to arrange a viewing please contact lettings agents Rounthwaite & Woodhead on 01751 472800.

The Duchy of Lancaster’s Pickering Estate extends to 1,027 hectares and forms part of the Yorkshire Survey which also includes estates in Cloughton, Goathland and Pontefract. For further information on the Duchy and its estates across England and Wales please visit

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Duchy Appoints Carol Hawkey As Head of Rural Investment

The Duchy of Lancaster has appointed a new Head of Rural Investment to support the management and growth of its rural estates across England and Wales.

Carol Hawkey joins the team after over 7 years as Head of Rural Asset Management at The Church Commissioners for England. As Team Head in the Investment Division there, Carol was responsible for a £900 million portfolio of diversified rural property, including 100,000 acres of tenanted farmland, 6,000 acres of strategic land and 500,000 acres of mineral assets in the UK, as well as overseas assets in renewable energy and forestry.

Born and brought up on a farm in Scotland, Carol graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Sociology and with a Masters in Land Economy, becoming a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), RICS Registered Valuer and Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (FAAV) in 2002. Prior to her work at the Church Commissioners, Carol was a partner of Bidwells, and has chaired the Institutional Landowners Group of the CLA.

Commenting on the appointment, Duchy of Lancaster CEO Nathan Thompson said: “We are particularly delighted to welcome Carol to her new role.  Working with our Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow, her skills and experience will further strengthen our in-house teams and help us in our drive towards continuous improvement. We believe strongly that our people are our most  valuable asset and I am sure that Carol will make a positive contribution to the future development of the rural teams and management of the Duchy estates.”

In response, Carol said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the Duchy team and to familiarising myself with the estates at what is clearly a challenging time for tenants and their businesses.  Since it brought the estate management function back in house at the end of 2018, the Duchy has built up an excellent team and improved the quality of its rural Surveys overall.  I am thrilled by the prospect of adding my personal contribution to what is already an exciting, diverse and growing portfolio of land and property assets across England and Wales.”

A keen sportswoman, Carol enjoys running and hill-walking and is also an experienced horsewoman, having recently been accepted as a civilian support rider for the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. She is also an accomplished musician, playing both modern and baroque violin at a professional level with a variety of ensembles. Carol is married to The Reverend Dr Jamie Hawkey, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and a Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen.

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New Student Placements For 2021

Building on its annual programme of bursaries and scholarships, the Duchy of Lancaster is to offer two new 12-month student placements from September 2021.

The new placements are designed for students of either land and estate management or building surveying and project management courses whose study requires them to spend a ‘year out’ in the workplace.

Young people studying at Harper Adams University have been invited to apply for the inaugural estate management placement which will be linked to the Duchy bursaries awarded to second-year students each year. Those applying for the building surveying and project management placement will be able to do so via the Duchy of Lancaster website.

Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel and short-listed candidates will be invited to the Duchy’s administrative headquarters in London for a face-to-face interview with the senior team.

Commenting on the initiative, Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “The Duchy already has strong links with a number of academic institutions and agricultural colleges across the estates and is keen to encourage students who are seeking to pursue a career in rural estate management or building surveying. These placements will provide first-hand experience of what it means to manage and maintain a large portfolio of land and property assets.”

Based at Lancaster Castle within the Duchy’s Northern team, the placements will also provide the successful applicants with the opportunity for further CPD to help him or her in their future careers.

Duchy Chief Executive Nathan Thompson added: “This initiative is designed to build on the academic bursaries already offered by the Duchy and provide an opportunity for young people to apply their learning in the workplace.  We will provide access to a wealth of expertise and experience as well as the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of all who live and work on our estates.  Our placement students need to demonstrate genuine passion, a determination to succeed and an absolute commitment to delivering the highest quality standards in all that he or she does.”

The Duchy of Lancaster invests over £30,000 each year in academic grants and bursaries for students of agriculture, agri-business and traditional construction skills as well as supporting hardship funds at a number of partner schools, colleges and institutions nationwide.

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COVID-19 Update

We would like to thank all staff, tenants, contractors and business partners for their continued support as we adapt our working practices during the current health crisis. The Duchy of Lancaster is continuing to maintain a limited presence in our offices in London and Lancaster in line with Government guidance on social distancing. The majority of our business functions are now being run remotely or from home.

A letter was sent to all tenants in mid-March outlining these new working practices and providing details for the key contacts managing our estates across England and Wales.

As indicated in that same letter all non-essential visits have been halted and we will only undertake essential repair, maintenance or compliance work while the current restrictions are in force. Where such works do prove necessary these will be undertaken by approved contractors working to stringent health and safety rules to protect both our tenants and themselves.

We would ask tenants to keep us informed of any material change to their personal circumstances. This will mean that we can work with you at the earliest opportunity to identify appropriate sources of advice and support.

We appreciate that this will be a very difficult and unsettling time for many and would urge everyone to continue to observe Government guidance in order to keep themselves safe and well.

Any further updates will be posted on the news pages of our website.

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