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Are you ready for a VIP stay in York?

We’ve created an exclusive partnership with five star hotel The Grand, York for Helmsley Group clients.

You’ll able to benefit from Champagne on arrival and a free hamper in your room when you book in at The Grand, York. Room upgrades will also be offered when available.

The Grand, York is Yorkshire’s most luxurious address. Housed in the former North Eastern Railway headquarters, the Grade II listed, Edwardian building is bursting with stunning architecture and original features and offers guests an unbeatable, 5 star experience in the heart of York.

A warm Yorkshire welcome is guaranteed from the moment you arrive at The Grand, with our brand new arrivals lounge, created as part of our recent £15m transformation, and an award winning Concierge team on hand to take care of all your needs and requirements.

The Grand also opened an additional 100 bedrooms this year, complete with marbled bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and modern touches adding to its portfolio of spacious rooms and suites, including the decadent Penthouse Suite which offers the ultimate in luxury with a roll top bath and stunning views across York. Our Suite guests also enjoy access to our exclusive White Rose Lounge, a comfortable and stylish space designed as both a haven of productivity and relaxation, with complimentary refreshments and dedicated work stations.

For unforgettable dining experiences, reserve a table at one of The Grand’s two restaurants. Open to both residents and non-residents, The Rise Restaurant, Terrace & Bar, serves classic modern cuisine from their open kitchen whilst 3 AA Rosette Hudsons by Craig Atchinson, offers an indulgent fine dining experience, with a nine-course tasting menu featuring the finest ingredients sourced and foraged from across the region. Our 1906 bar boasts an extensive menu of signature cocktails, hand selected wines, local ales and premium sprits, including an impressive Whiskey collection, and is the perfect place to relax and unwind pre and post dinner.

Tucked away in the atmospheric former vaults where the North Eastern Railway once stored its millions, our spa provides a tranquil and secluded escape. With an indoor pool, Nordic dry sauna, Aromatic steam room and relaxation room alongside a host of luxury treatments and packages, it is the ultimate sanctuary to relax.

For luxury experiences and unbeatable service, there really is nowhere quite like The Grand, York.

6000 trees planted to alleviate flood risk

Helmsley Group, in conjunction with Rt Hon. Michael Howard and Carole Whitby of Upside Down Design, has arranged for 6000 trees to be planted on land owned by the three parties to help prevent flooding in York.

The land is part of Yorks flood plain and its hoped the trees will eventually slow the flow and soak up water, whilst helping to improve air quality and the diversity of wildlife around the City.

The trees were planted with the aid of grants from central government and the public will have access for a minimum of 10 years to the emerging ‘Whitby Wood’.

Helmsley Group Chairman John Reeves said: “’It’s not often we get the chance to try to make a real difference to York’s green spaces. The planting of 6000 trees is going to have a huge beneficial impact on York long after the three of us are gone and our hope is that these trees will help to relieve flooding in central York in the future.”

He added: “Many feel that developers aren’t keen on looking after the environment and we hope this project shows how far from the truth this is. I’m personally a bit of a closet ‘green’ so I’m keen to see initiatives that improve the environment, just like our Urban Orchard at The Walk development in York. It’s important that we all try to look after our City and its future and green spaces can have practical benefits as well as becoming a place for local people to enjoy.’’

Arabesque House set to offer nearly 20,000sq.ft of office space for York

York businesses are struggling to find space to grow according to Helmsley Group, however one new redevelopment is set to change that. We look at the latest in office trends in the City.

“Companies wanting to expand or relocate to York are struggling to find enough modern offices. This is especially true in the city centre, where we all know space is an issue,” according to Tom Sykes, Group Asset Manager.

He adds: “Many commercial offices in York have now been converted into much needed homes for local people. As York is such a coveted place to live and there were a limited amount of homes being built, this worked well for both homebuyers and developers alike.”

“York’s heritage means we have a plethora of old buildings, yet most aren’t suitable for modern offices. This means that many growing firms are looking having to look at the out of town business parks such as York Science Park, Monks Cross, or to Clifton Moor where there are good parking provisions and access to the city centre. However even in these locations there is not enough supply to meet the demand.”

He continues: “The Local Plan was recently published and my fear is that not enough land is being allocated to commercial development.

“This would attract more major employers and keep our existing businesses and their staff here. It’s essential that our city provides enough land for new office buildings and companies to be able to flourish and grow in York.

“We don’t want York to become a commuter city to Leeds. People who live in the city should be able to work here too. There’s a real lack of supply for offices in and around York at the moment.”

“Many office buildings in the city centre are either not suitable due to their size, or have been turned into homes because of Permitted Development Rights, a planning policy which encourages development for homes.”

Helmsley Group, which owns syndicated property on behalf of investors, has many properties that have already been converted into residential.

He adds: “Several York based companies have approached us as they look to grow their businesses in the city.  They are looking for suitable space with good services and not too much traffic, which at the moment exists only outside the city walls. We have a commercial office building at Monks Cross – Arabesque House – which could be ready within a few months for a local employer looking for a larger space and modern office, yet this is one of the few available at present. As a group we’ve invested over £20m in York office space in the last few years, however this is mostly full and businesses need even more.”

Matthew Tootell, Director at property agency Bowcliffe, confirms: “There’s a real lack of quality office space in York and certainly none with excellent parking provisions and amenities, so the refurbishment of Arabesque House on Monks Cross will create an excellent opportunity for businesses to relocate.”

He continues: “Local firms want to expand and stay in York, though many currently don’t have the opportunity due to a lack of suitable space. York Central is planned and there are more plans at Piccadilly, yet these developments will be a few years in the making and at the moment there’s no availability for good quality offices in the city walls.

Helmsley Group launches new branding

As part of a continued focus on growing Helmsley Group portfolio, a new logo will be launched this Summer.

The business has been working with The Wrapped Agency, a York based digital brand agency on the new look, which will be unveiled this July.

Richard Peak, Managing Director, who has overseen the project, comments: “We’re confident that the new logo reflects the professionalism of the Helmsley Group and we’re looking forward to rolling out the new brand across our business.”

Kate Eady, Creative Director at Wrapped, adds: “We’ve enjoyed creating the new logo and believe it will create a more modern look for Helmsley Group across its print, digital and event brand activity.”

Helmsley Group gets theatrical as Shakespeare’s Rose theatre pop up arrives in York

Helmsley Group is one of the lead sponsors of this Summer’s Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York.

Sue Jones, Group Financial Controller at Helmsley Group comments: “We do have a limited number of friends and family discount tickets, so any clients who’d like the chance to come along can get in touch.”

She adds: “This is a major coup for the City and we can’t wait to see Shakespeare performed live in this iconic space.

“As part of the activity we’ll be hosting an evening in August with the York based Women in Property group.

“We’ve also been running a competition and two lucky winners have won the chance to come along to the gala opening night of Macbeth in June.”

For further information please contact candice-robertshaw@helsmley.co.uk

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