My interview with Property Week

August 14th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE


I recently met with Helen Crane from Property Week for a catch up and a chance for me to tell her all about our plans.

The 3-page interview (which can be read here) looked back to when we began “developing trendy loft apartments in former industrial buildings in Manchester and Liverpool city centres”, apartments which defined our “signature style” right through to where we are today with House.


It outlined how we are “ready to challenge perception” with House as “one of the first developers to launch a major push into modular construction”; it stated that the concept is “making waves in the property industry”.


It also gave me a chance to talk about our plans to turn the Office Village in Salford Quays into the Boat Shed. A “creative and ambitious” vision which allows us to take on the last bastion of building types; we’ve done Georgian buildings, we’ve done Victorian buildings, we’ve done Art Deco buildings, we’ve done concrete 1960s buildings (check our before and afters here) and this is one of those ugly 1990s office - for which we’re taking inspiration from Berlin artist studios to make it a much more funky office space.


You can read the full article here)

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A boutique hotel, ferry and bakery at the Yard

July 28th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip


Forget your far-flung shores, Royal William Yard in Plymouth is the place to be.

We’ve just confirmed that we’ll be opening the site’s first ever hotel later in the year; Bistrot Pierre with Rooms will be run by the bar and restaurant operator of the same name.


It will offer 14 brilliantly designed (created by Yard architect Gillespie Yunnie) rooms for visitors who want to make more of a holiday at the Yard, and sample what’s on offer for a bit longer.


We also announced that a new ferry route is in operation, taking passengers by boat to the Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe.


And we’ve welcomed the new Column Bakehouse bakery; there you can enjoy a range of in-house baked products against the backdrop of their beautifully designed space.


Add to that an awesome programme of summer events, with the Pennywell Farm event this weekend, to performances of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, films on the screen on the green, and the return of Weekend of Wonders, and it really is going to be a great couple of months.


Find out more about what’s on offer here.

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A great new space at the Yard

April 19th, 2017 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip


We’ve made even more great spaces for our tenants in Plymouth by opening the new common areas at Residence Two, Royal William Yard.


The new spaces show how committed we are to creating commercial communities and this new space is all about bringing the Residence’s awesome mix of tenants together.


The new amenities include a meeting room with TV and presentation screen, communal wifi and a ‘snug’ for informal collaboration - with power points for laptops.  We’ve also installed a great new kitchen complete with coffee machine, smoothie machine and a blackboard wall for community messages to encourage a bit of fun and to help tenants take ownership of the space.


A new chill out area gives tenants and their teams the opportunity to get away from their desks - and it leads out to a beautiful garden with deckchairs and table tennis; we’ll soon be adding an outdoor meeting area and bike racks here too!

We made sure the new space was put on tenants’ radars with a bit of a launch party with more than 40 of the Yard’s occupiers in attendance; a local DJ manned the decks and local brewer Bulletproof provided the beer. Nice weather meant we all got to experience the garden too!

Just three workspaces remain at the Residence Two building; if you want to get involved and give your team access to the awesome new facilities we’ve added, then drop us a line.

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Children in Need at Royal William Yard

November 22nd, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip


The BBC hosted part of this year’s Children in Need from Royal William Yard, with thousands of visitors and residents joining us to make the evening a great success.

This year’s event saw a record final Children in Need total of £46m raised for great causes; at the Yard, Plymouth did it’s bit by hosting a spectacular evening with fire dancers, light jacket performers, stilt walkers, wall runners and aerial dancers Yskynna all performing for the cameras.


There was also a night market and projections within the Yard and Factory Cooperage put on by the University of Plymouth.


And not forgetting the arrival of VIP guest Pudsey by an offshore raiding craft driven by Royal Marines based at HMNB Devonport.


In total, events like this helped £1.8m of the total Children in Need efforts come from the South West region.

I’m really proud that we were able to play such a big part in this year’s Children in Need success story.

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3-4 September: Weekend of Wonders returns to the Yard

September 1st, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip


Last year we welcomed thousands of people to the Yard for a day filled with spectacular international street performances at the Weekend of Wonders.

I’m delighted it’s back this weekend for a second year only this time for two days! There’ll be show stopping entertainment and street performances from The Invisible Circus and Yskynna-AA Vertical Dancers, and our award winning artisan Good Food Market will be within Factory Cooperage alongside one off craft stalls for this weekend only!


Best of all it’s free for all the family so come along and experience the fun, enjoy our shops and restaurants and take in the atmosphere of Royal William Yard. Hope to see you there!

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Royal William Yard in Plymouth’s been such a special development for us; it’s evolved into a real, recognisable destination, somewhere not only for people to live and work in, but a place to visit and holiday in too.

That belief was verified this month by an article I read in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine; in it a big feature entitled ‘Secret South West’ listed all the best bits of the region, with lots of Royal William Yard highlights included!

Pick up your copy of the magazine to read about Le Vignoble (an interior that’s “sleek and sexy”) , the Royal William Bakery (whch serves “ace coffee”), Bistrot Pierre (which “buzzes most nights”) and the Royal William Yard apartments which the mag cites as “swishly modern… with fabulous vistas”.

Come and visit us today; we’ve plenty of onsite parking or you can catch the ferry across from the Barbican.

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Love for ladies’ day at Royal William Yard

July 6th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip


We have so many events at Royal William Yard this summer; it’s a really exciting place to be.

This weekend, we’re celebrating the Wimbledon tennis finals with a ‘Ladies Day’ event at Royal William Yard. As well as showing tennis all week, the big screen on the lawn will be showing both the single and doubles finals for ladies day, with each guest receiving a glass of fizz from ID Fashion on arrival.

Our tenants are getting involved too; ID Fashion are giving the best dressed attendee a £50 voucher to spend in their store, plus a glass of fizz on arrival, while the Envy hair salon will give a £50 voucher to the best style they see on the day.

Other events coming up at the Yard include the Native Makers Market on 16th July, the next Good Food Market on 8th August, on while from 5th August, the Barbican Theatre’s performances of Romeo and Juliet!

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Our award winning Good Food Market

May 26th, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip


Royal William Yard’s Good Food Market has won another award, having scooped the Gold award for Best Farmers Market at the Taste of the West Food Awards!


The Market has been so well received since it started last year; now more than 50 stalls set up on the first Sunday of each month offering everything from fresh, local produce to crafts, to live cookery demonstrations to children’s entertainment! Judges visited one of the markets earlier this year and liked what they saw.


The award, the second the Yard’s Good Food Market has won, shows the tremendous work put on by the team there and the stall holders themselves. Let’s keep making it even bigger and better!


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A whole lot of history

February 3rd, 2016 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip


Take a look at this beautiful gallery of historical images from Royal William Yard.


Local Plymouth paper the Western Morning News recently featured the images; a fantastic archive of the hive of activity that preceded the new buzzing atmosphere we have here today


Do you have any old memories of the Yard you can share? Let us know in the comments below…

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A Weekend of Wonders ahead..!

September 3rd, 2015 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip


I am so excited about the Weekend of Wonders taking place here at the Royal William Yard this Sunday! We are delighted to be hosting the event at our beautiful waterfront scheme along with the fabulous crew from the Invisible Circus. The event is part of the launch of the Ocean City Festival.

Last week the circus announced more new spectacular street performance acts including tightrope Walker Chris “Anaspitos” Bull, who has been walking wires and ropes for over 12 years, will wire walk across the Royal William Yard Marina Basin, and the Wall Running artist and choreographer David Greeves, who has worked with aerial wire performance for over 18 years. There’s also Strong Man - Sir Leopold Aleksander - The Lion of London, The World’s Tallest Bubbleologist, Hula Hooper Miss Merlin, acrobat AJ James, showgirl Able Mable performers The Mighty Gareth, Bevan Adams and Cheeky Pete, Slack Rope impresario the Great Bullzini and of course The Invisible Circus Ringmaster Doug Francisco.


It’s going to be an amazing and dynamic event which I believe will showcase something that has never before been seen in Plymouth. The talent that will be at the Weekend of Wonders is phenomenal and to think we will actually have a tightrope walker across the marina and wall walkers performing the unimaginable within the yard, means this is going to be nothing short of spectacular.   There will be several performance ‘pitches’ around the Yard bringing the streets alive… look out for the main acts on The Green, as well as in front of Melville, at the front of the Main Gates and of course the huge wall along the back of The Yard.  Not only will it be a day of spectacular events, but we also have The Invisible Youth Circus located in front of Residence One encouraging children to come and get involved and have a go at learning some circus skills themselves!

The Good Food Market with additional craft stalls will be held on the lawn at the same time, so come along via ferry, foot, bus, bicycle or car and take in the splendour of Royal William Yard, our fabulous shops, galleries and restaurants. Buy your favourite local produce from the award winning Good Food Market, chill out on our deckchairs and prepare to be amazed by the spectacular line up of events from The Invisible Circus.  As well as rolling events through the day on all pitches, the timings for the wire walk and Doug Francisco’s main pitch are as follows:

10am – Miss Merlin

10.45 – Cheeky Pete

11.30 – Sir Leopold Aleksander

12.15 – Wire walk across harbour

1pm – Aj James

1.45 – Able Mable

2.30 - The Mighty Gareth

3.15 –Bevan Adams

Wall Walker timings will be confirmed on the day.

If all that isn’t enough we also have the Plymouth Lifeboat in the Marina for the public to board and explore.

I’d also like to thank Mark Laville of the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership for their support ahead of the event.

See you there…!

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