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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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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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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Feast your eyes on the Yard

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

rwy-wildwood-blog2_sqWe’ll soon be welcoming another restaurant at Royal William Yard.

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.


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.


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 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


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.


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.


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Setting sail once more at the Yard

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015


It’s my favourite time of year - the time when I can set sail once more and relaunch Royal William Yard’s ferry service.

After a long winter break, I was able to get back on the water on Saturday and start taking passengers from the Yard around to Plymouth’s Barbican.  It’s a wonderful job to do; our journey takes us out onto the water, where we can see beautiful sights like Devil’s Point and Devenport, before pulling in to the Barbican just half an hour away.

Each year, more and more people use the service, especially now there’s so much going on at the Yard itself; as the days warm up the restaurants on the front are bustling with visitors all of whom like to start or end their journey on the water.


We’ll now be running until the autumn and our service leaves the Yard every hour on the hour from 10am Monday through to Sunday. We then leave the Barbican on the half hour every hour for return journeys. Click here for more information - I hope to see you soon.


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The Daily Express on Royal William Yard

September 1st, 2014 [ No comments ] [ Add comment ]
by Tom Bloxham MBE


The Daily Express has written a feature about the changes we’ve made at Royal William Yard over the past 10 years; an article that comes following HRH The Prince Of Wales’ visit to the scheme.

Read the full story on the Express website

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