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Children in Need at Royal William Yard

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

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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.

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

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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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A rich range of events at the Yard

July 22nd, 2015 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Emily Handslip

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For almost a decade now I’ve had the pleasure of working with commercial occupiers at Royal William Yard in Plymouth. In that time, I’ve seen it transformed during that time from a disused naval base into somewhere that’s a flourishing cultural and gastronomical hub.

That was in part thanks to the fantastic range of occupiers who moved here, Seco Lounge, River Cottage, Le Vignoble, Wagamama, Las Iguanas to name a few, but more recently their presence has been bolstered by a fantastic and consistent programme of events.

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It’s rare now that a week goes by at the Yard without an event being hosted - each one bringing with it more local people and visitors who want to explore what’s on offer. Recently, the BBC hosted the Antiques Roadshow here to much acclaim. A vast crowd came along to see the filming and we got a ringing endorsement from the show’s presenter Fiona Bruce who said: “I’ve never been to Royal William Yard before - it’s beautiful. The people that live here are so lucky… The history of this place is absolutely fascinating… to be in a place with such historical resonance works very well for us.”

We also continue to play host to a monthly Good Food Market; regular arts & crafts markets and I’m very excited that we’ll be hosting a week of outdoor performances of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.  It’s going to be one of the most ambitious and exciting events we’ve ever hosted and comes courtesy of Mark Laville of Barbican Theatre; together we managed to find the right spot where this fascinating production will take place.  The Yard seems unique in its chameleon ability to fit itself to such events.  We’re planning more pop-up theatre in different locations later in the year but I’m particularly excited by our Weekend of Wonders on 6th September when the Invisible Circus will join us at that month’s Good Food Market, animating the site with street performances from some of the country’s finest artistes, expect the unexpected and prepare to be amazed!

It’s such a change from what life used to be like here at the Yard. Urban Splash completed the first homes in 2007 and 2008 and as the community has grown so has the range of events and things happening here. If you’ve not visited, then now’s the time to do so! Also, watch this space for announcements of events later in the year including an outdoor cinema and Christmas markets.

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Feast your eyes on the Yard

May 16th, 2015 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Nathan Cornish

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London-based pizza and pasta restaurant Wildwood has confirmed that it is going to join the likes of Prezzo, Seco, Wagamama, Las Iguanas, Le Vignoble and more in the Slaughterhouse building at the scheme.

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It’s an exciting time at the Yard; just a couple of weeks ago,  the ferry service from the scheme restarted for the summer 2015 season and just a few weeks ago Visit Britain put the development in lights as part of a spectacular display which saw 18m high projections put onto the various buildings.

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Keep checking the blog for details of the restaurant as it progresses, and if you’re a restauranteur or business owner looking to move to the scheme, contact emilyhandslip@urbansplash.co.uk in our commercial team for details of what’s available.

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Creating ‘fabulous environments’!

April 9th, 2015 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Nathan Cornish

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I recently received a lovely email from a lady living in Plymouth who took the time to write to us and tell us what she thought about the work we’ve done at the city’s Royal William Yard.

Letters like these really do put a smile on my face; we worked so hard to retain the heritage of the area and its integral to the whole scheme, so it’s great when people share their memories of what was there and what it has now become.

As she mentions in her correspondence, our next challenge in Plymouth will be working on the Civic Centre, you can read more about what we’re planning here.

In the meantime, you can read an excerpt of the letter below.

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Dear Mr Cornish,

I come from a long and continuing line of architects and quantity surveyors and grew up in Plymouth, so this comes as a big thank you. Personally, I fall on  the artistic temperament side prone to attacks of the vapours and could not draw a straight line to save my life.

As a little girl growing up in Plymouth (although not a native, father in Royal Navy) we often caught the Cremyll  foot ferry from the King Billy dockyard to walk to Rame  and picnic at Cawsand.  I can only applaud what you have done (I recognise not personally but with a team…but please take all the credit ) at the dockyard.  It is spectacular and inspiring and truly lifts my heart whenever I visit (quite frequently even though I no longer live in the area). To breathe life into old buildings without destroying the integrity and soul  as you do is so commendable and laudable.

I have connections with Manchester too – my sister and her family have lived there for years so we have all been aware  of other projects the company has undertaken and appreciate your company vision (good name too).

I remember the Civic Centre being built and the public were able to get the lift up to the top floor and “admire the views”  for many years - it is an iconic building and part of the whole post war rebuild which still causes debate….I will say all those town centre buildings  with the sun shining off them is migraine city.  I remember as a child in the 60s large areas of Plymouth still war damaged, particularly the  Drakes Circus area…  I am so thrilled to read that you will be taking on the project  and excited to see what you will do with the whole area – maintaining ponds and fountains please!   To me it is all about the  evocation of the sights and memories.

So please be suitably smug and wave this around at the next board meeting to confirm that you create fabulous environments – it’s not just about the awards (admittedly they are pretty impressive) but it’s creating spaces ordinary people like me appreciate and recognise for their brilliance.

Rebekah

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