Gateway Two hits the market

Gateway Two hits the market

Helmsley Group has put its Gateway Two office development in York on the market.

The 14,472 sq ft building, located in the popular Holgate Business Park, is available to buy or rent in its entirety.

Gateway Two offers modern, high-quality office space across three floors. It benefits from excellent transport links to York city centre as well as the wider region, being conveniently located on the A59 for travel to Harrogate and Leeds. It is within walking distance of the city centre and railway station.

Current occupiers at Holgate Business Park include leading names Benenden Health, Bupa Dental Care, COWI UK Ltd, Parsons Accountants and Gear 4 Music.

Alexia Swift-Cookson, head of asset management at Helmsley Group, said: “With a scarcity of high-quality office space in York, and employees having returned to the workplace following the ending of Covid-19 restrictions, Gateway Two offers an exciting investment opportunity or for an owner occupier looking to expand and benefit from their own ‘front door’.”

Gateway Two being presented to the market follows Helmsley launching neighbouring office development Gateway One last year.

Following an extensive refurbishment, Gateway One offers 12,204 sq ft of flexible office space across two floors.

Matthew Tootell, director at Bowcliffe, which is marketing Gateway Two on behalf of Helmsley Group, added: “Given the rate of expansion many businesses are experiencing across a range of sectors, we expect high levels of interest in Gateway Two, both from investors and owner occupiers looking to take the advantage of the rare opportunity of purchasing your own building in York with the level of prominence which Gateway Two offers. In addition, the office provides great flexibility in being able to split the building wing by wing or floor by floor which is also a key advantage of the building.”

For more information and enquires please contact Matthew Tootell on mt@bowcliffellp.com.

Helmsley Group makes key hire to head up asset management division

Helmsley Group makes key hire to head up asset management division

York-based property investment and development specialist, Helmsley Group, has announced the appointment of Alexia Swift-Cookson as its new head of asset management.

Originally from Yorkshire, Alexia joins Helmsley from Cushman & Wakefield in London, where she was a partner.

Bringing 16 years’ experience to the role, she will assist the group’s growth by managing the performance of its syndicated investment portfolio, ensuring that the properties continue to deliver strong returns for Helmsley’s network of over 800 high-net-worth investors.

Commenting on her appointment, Alexia said: “I’m really excited to have joined the Helmsley team. As a small business which packs a huge punch both regionally and nationally, the group’s dynamic and entrepreneurial culture really stood out to me.

“The team’s redevelopment plans, particularly around York’s Coney Street, also provide a once-in-a-career opportunity to be involved in placemaking on a large scale, delivering a transformational scheme that will benefit York city centre and beyond.”

Richard Peak, managing director of Helmsley Group, added: “Alexia joins at an opportune time for Helmsley, as we continue to seize opportunities for investment and development in the region. She brings a wealth of experience to the role and will be a key factor in the continued growth of our asset management division and investor network, as well as positively contributing to the development and diversification of Helmsley as a whole.

“As a business which has been developing and investing in Yorkshire for over 40 years, we’re always looking to work with those who are passionate about seeing our region thrive, making Alexia a fantastic addition to the team.”

Located at Monk’s Cross, York and operating across the UK, Helmsley Group offers commercial property syndication, development finance and property development services. To find out more, visit: https://helmsley.co.uk/.

Planning approved for zero carbon hotel

Planning approved for zero carbon hotel

Property investment and development specialist Helmsley Group has received approval from City of York Council for a new hotel development.

The six-storey hotel will comprise 82 bedrooms and will be one of the first hotels to generate net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

Located on the currently derelict Mill House car park site, off North Street in York city centre, the building will be a net zero carbon development, with a BREEAM target rating of Excellent.

This means during construction, the greenest alternatives to traditional construction will be used. The carbon output from construction will be minimised and where it can’t be, will be offset.

The design also includes sustainable features such as solar PV, air source heat pumps and a biodiverse green wall. No car parking spaces will be provided in order to reduce carbon emissions and to support City of York Council in meeting its climate change targets.

The hotel will not feature bar or restaurant facilities as Helmsley wants to encourage business and tourism guests to visit surrounding hospitality businesses and visitor attractions.

Max Reeves, development director at York-based Helmsley Group, said: “The approval of our plans for the Mill House site is good news for the city of York, as we not only enhance an underutilised space, but create a building of architectural and environmental high standards that will make a positive contribution to the surrounding area and wider city economy.

“We are grateful to City of York Council for its support and acknowledgement that our proposals will preserve the appearance and character of the conservation area and nearby listed buildings and places of worship, as well as being considerate to neighbouring residents by not including a food and beverage offer.”

Helmsley supports Fabrication with Coney Street move

Helmsley supports Fabrication with Coney Street move

Social enterprise Fabrication Crafts has found a new home on York’s Coney Street thanks to Helmsley Group.

The independent organisation, which supports dozens of local artists and makers, has become a popular destination in the city centre having been based in Coney Street since November 2018.

Established in 2008, Fabrication Crafts supports local artists and makers with making and retail space. It has supported more than 50 makers since launching in Coney Street.

It has been looking for a new home after revealing its current lease was coming to an end this month.

Helmsley has stepped in, with Fabrication moving from its current home to unused space, formerly occupied by River Island, within 19 Coney Street.

Helmsley acquired the 50,000 sq ft 19 Coney Street retail unit, currently occupied by Next and Monsoon, last month.

The acquisition, from NFU Mutual, is the latest in a series made by Helmsley on Coney Street, with the company owning several other buildings at the major city centre retail destination.

Alexia Swift-Cookson, head of asset management at Helmsley Group, said: “As a well-established York-based business, Helmsley is passionate about supporting local organisations and helping the city to prosper.

“We are fully committed to bringing a new lease of life to York’s riverfront and redeveloping Coney Street as a high-quality commercial destination. We’re delighted to have supported Fabrication Crafts through this letting, ensuring it can continue to make a positive impact in the area.

“Coney Street has a rich history of independent trade stretching back many hundreds of years and Fabrication Crafts is a fantastic organisation continuing this tradition. We look forward to watching it go from strength to strength supported by us in Coney Street over the years to come.”

Dawn Wood, chief executive of Fabrication Crafts, added: “We are hugely grateful to Helmsley Group for its help in securing this letting, which enables us to stay on the amazing Coney Street.

“Our new and bigger shop will enable us to support more local makers, have creative workspaces and launch a community hub bringing together local organisations.

“We love being based here and are passionate like Helmsley Group in helping Coney Street to have a vibrant and thriving future. Our work on the Coney Street Heritage Project during 2020-21, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, shows how adaptable the street is and demonstrates how it can grow and change for the future.”

Helmsley Group and Fabrication Crafts are both partners in the Street Life Project, which is being led by University of York researchers.

Premises at 29-31 Coney Street – let to the project by Helmsley Group – have been transformed into a gallery, printing press and cultural hub with activities including music, creative writing, printing and heritage workshops.

Street Life has received funding of £469,000 from the Government’s Community Renewal Fund to not only explore the 1,000-year history of Coney Street but support the creation of opportunities for the future.

Helmsley Group backs Street Life to boost Coney Street future

Helmsley Group backs Street Life to boost Coney Street future

Helmsley Group believes the Street Life project on York’s Coney Street will play a vital role in helping to shape its plans for the future of the major city centre destination.

The Street Life project, led by University of York researchers, will run events from 29-31 Coney Street – let to them by Helmsley Group – until the end of June.

The premises have been transformed into a gallery, printing press and cultural hub with activities including music, creative writing, printing and heritage workshops.

Street Life has received funding of £469,000 from the Government’s Community Renewal Fund to not only explore the 1,000-year history of Coney Street but support the creation of opportunities for the future.

Property investment and development specialist, Helmsley Group, has acquired several properties on Coney Street in recent years as part of its wider ambition to regenerate the area as a high-quality commercial and visitor destination.

The latest was the purchase of 19 Coney Street – a 50,000 sq ft retail unit currently occupied by Next and Monsoon.

Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, said: “Helmsley Group hugely welcomes the Street Life project to Coney Street. Coney Street and the connected riverfront have been vital to York’s growth and prosperity for more than 1,000 years and they have a similarly important role to play in the city’s ongoing success.

“It’s vital that our vision for Coney Street, which we’ll be sharing publicly over the coming months, is shaped collaboratively with the public and key city stakeholders and Street Life is an important element in helping to achieve this.

“We are grateful to the university of York and other partners from across York, including York Civic Trust, the York Conservation Trust, City of York Council and the York Music Venue Network, for spearheading Street Life and we look forward to using the insights gathered for the good of the city.”

To find out more about Street Life and register for the upcoming events, visit: https://www.streetlifeyork.uk/events.

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