Property overview: Northern Trust; Priestley Building; Armstrong Craven; McGoff Construction; We Influence; Bob & Berts

Metacre Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chorley-based Northern Trust Company, has completed the sale of its 35-acre site in Great Eccleston to Duchy Homes for an undisclosed sum.

The site was planned and promoted over several years, resulting in planning permission for 350 new homes. The master plans also included a new community hub with school, medical centre, village hall and store, as well as one hectare of employment land.

Stephen Glenn, Land Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted that all the hard work, diligence, innovation and skill of the team delivered this complex project and worked tirelessly to complete the sale to Duchy Homes. . We wish them every success in the development of this prestigious site.

Privately held Northern Trust has a land bank of over 5,000 acres and is actively seeking other residential and commercial land opportunities to buy or promote across the UK.


cable street

Work on a £6.5million bespoke student apartment scheme in Lancaster has been completed.

Priestley Construction, the Leeds-based contractor, delivered the project which included a 19,217 square foot new build and conversion of a five-storey Grade II listed building, creating 89 new apartments, as well as communal areas for residents.

The realization of the project did not go without problems. A partially designed project and partially completed M&E report identified several issues that needed to be addressed.

Having received instructions in early February 2021, with the prevailing issues discovered in the partial build, Priestley Construction felt the best solution was to completely restart the design process, completely re-working the schedule, which delayed delivery.

The final project has been completed for the client, Priestley Homes, with Cheadle-based Together as the financial partner. The latest apartments have been made available through Homes for Students.

Nathan Priestley, Chief Executive of the Priestley Group, said: “The delivery of Cable Street has been a success, despite the setbacks we have encountered. This is a testament to the team at Priestley Construction, their expertise and technical skills have enabled us to provide top notch student accommodation to our usual high industry recognized standards. We have transformed the Grade II listed building into a modern and striking communal space for student enjoyment.


3 Barrington Road

Global talent consultancy, Armstrong Craven, has found a new home for its head office offices at the newly refurbished 3 Barrington Road in Altrincham, taking up space on the fourth floor.

Armstrong Craven has a global footprint and a team of over 120 experts in providing intelligence and talent analytics, talent mapping, pipeline and executive search services. The move to 3 Barrington Road keeps the headquarters in the North West and is part of its continued global growth plan, which has seen the business more than double in size since January 2021.

Co-CEO Rachel Davis said, “As a global company that’s been around for over 30 years, we’ve always had a flexible working structure that allows for global working. Post-pandemic, this is an ideal opportunity to occupy new and improved office space that reflects the next chapter of our global growth, while keeping our headquarters firmly based in the North West, where we have lived for 32 years. At 3 Barrington Road, we appreciate the bright, airy and modern space the office provides, and the central location is ideal for transport hubs.

The property at 3 Barrington Road was acquired by Columbia Threadneedle in 2019 and has been extensively remodeled to bring a modern, eco-friendly workspace to Altrincham. The building offers up to 30,000 square feet of light, bright and contemporary workspace with ample parking (electronic parking bays) and ample bike storage and new showers/changing rooms,

Simon Gardener, Associate Director at Williams Sillitoe, said: “We are delighted to lease the fourth floor at 3 Barrington Road. It’s great to see Armstrong Craven retain its headquarters in the North West and use Altrincham as an investment location. It’s great to see that they recognize the amazing location and transport links that 3 Barrington Road offers.

Williams Sillitoe and Canning O’Neill are the building co-agents.


Altrincham-based McGoff Construction has started delivering a new £9.5million care home locally in Weybridge for Barchester Healthcare.

This program marks McGoff Construction’s 15th project for Barchester, having worked with them for the past six years as a trusted turnkey construction partner. The projects delivered to date include both light steel structures (metsec) and traditional constructions ranging from 60 to 75 beds.

Following the demolition of a large garden centre, the project, located on Seven Hills Road, Weybridge, will include the design and construction of a 64-bed Metframe care home. It will provide high quality residential and dementia care for older people in the Weybridge community and is due to be completed in the summer of 2023.

Declan McGoff, Co-Managing Director of McGoff Construction, said: “Securing our 15th program with our valued client Barchester is a testament to the dedication and passion of our delivery teams built over many years and many successful projects. We look forward to adding another stunning setting to Barchester’s portfolio.

McGoff Construction is a privately held, integrated construction and support services company located at the heart of the McGoff Group.


New Chester offices

Digital marketing agency, We Influence, has opened its new office in the heart of Chester.

Founded in April 2017 by Graham Withe as an e-commerce marketing and advertising agency, We Influence has grown to serve a list of clients including Winfields Outdoors, CCL Computers, Direct Stoves, Blue Vanilla and more. Again.

With a staff of 20 and hiring seven more this year, the agency offers services in the areas of paid search, paid social media and earned media. The agency’s fifth anniversary coincides with the move to a new office at the Steam Mill Business Center on Steam Mill Street in Chester city centre.

Graham Withe said: “It’s great to be moving to the heart of Chester, which is fast becoming a thriving hub for digital marketing agencies. We look forward to being part of Chester’s business community and supporting more brands in their growth plans. »



Bob & Berts, Bury

Independent coffee and food chain Bob & Berts opened its latest store in Bury’s The Rock shopping center on Friday April 29, creating 35 new jobs.

The company transformed an empty 3,500 square foot unit into a new café.

Colin McClean, Founder of Bob & Berts, said: “We have made a significant investment in transforming the Bury site to create a totally unique venue in the city that will offer customers a wide range of excellent food and good coffees served all day. a long time in our relaxed environment.
“We carefully select each of our locations where we see a real opportunity to serve the needs of the community by providing a store that offers quality, affordable food and beverages, and demonstrates a commitment to supporting the future of the street. local principal.”

David Ferguson, co-owner of Bob & Berts, said: “We are really delighted with the new store, which is our fourth opening in England in the last 12 months. Early feedback from passers-by and the local community on social media has been very positive, and we look forward to opening our doors to the public this week and giving them a taste of what Bob & Berts has to offer. ”

Founded in Portstewart, Northern Ireland in 2013 by Colin McClean and David Ferguson, following a £2 million investment from BGF in 2017, the business has grown to 25 locations across the UK and over the last 12 months, opened its first three sites in the North. West of England in Lancaster, Kendal and Preston – all of which are seeing strong sales.

For the next phase of expansion, the company is considering other locations in the North West, including Southport, Lytham St Annes, Blackpool and further north in Carlisle, among other opportunities.