Aris­to­crat build­ing homes that will last gen­er­a­tions

Property People: Andy Camp­bell of Mul­grave Prop­er­ties re­veals how old money is build­ing award-win­ning new homes. Sharon Dale re­ports.

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WHEN Lord Nor­manby de­cided to re­fresh his Mul­grave es­tate in Sand­send, he had no idea that the work would lead to the birth of a new res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment com­pany.

It started seven years ago with the ap­point­ment of Andy Camp­bell, who was asked to as­sess the property po­ten­tial on the 15,000 acre hold­ing near Whitby.

One of the first projects was the old Bungalow Ho­tel in Sand­send. A sep­a­rate com­pany, Mul­grave Prop­er­ties, was formed to de­velop the site and per­mis­sion was granted to de­mol­ish the ho­tel and re­place it with The Val­ley, nine tra­di­tional-style houses.

It won an RICS award for best res­i­den­tial scheme, which was quickly fol­lowed by a North York Moors Na­tional Park de­sign award for the af­ford­able homes the firm built at nearby Lythe.

“Each of the houses at The Val­ley is slightly dif­fer­ent from its neigh­bour and we spent a lot of time sourc­ing the stone, which is pointed with lime mor­tar. The last thing we wanted was iden­tikit houses,” says Andy, who is now MD of Mul­grave Prop­er­ties.

“Lord Nor­manby likes to be proud of his de­vel­op­ments so a lot of thought goes into the de­sign.”

Buoyed by the suc­cess, the com­pany pur­chased a tired ho­tel in Whitby and com­mis­sioned Mal­ton-based ar­chi­tects Bra­mall Blenkharn and K and D Builders to trans­form it into stun­ning, con­tem­po­rary town­houses with roof gar­dens. Moor­land Close re­cently won a na­tional LABC build­ing ex­cel­lence award.

Lord Nor­manby and his fam­ily are no strangers to de­vel­op­ment both here and abroad. They have in­ter­ests in Lon­don and in Canada, where they own Bri­tish Pa­cific Prop­er­ties, which has been de­vel­op­ing parts of West Van­cou­ver since the 1930s.

His lat­est “baby” has a new base near Eas­ing­wold. The re­lo­ca­tion al­lows Mul­grave Prop­er­ties easy ac­cess to some of the pret­ti­est ar­eas of North York­shire and Tee­side.

It is hop­ing to build 22 houses in Eas­ing­wold, while nine homes in Nun­thorpe, near Middlesbrough, are un­der con­struc­tion. Well­funded by old money, it is in a po­si­tion to buy other prime sites.

“The plan is to de­velop small, niche sites of be­tween five and 30 houses in high end lo­ca­tions. We’re also look­ing at build­ing bun­ga­lows be­cause es­tate agents tell us there is a de­mand for them” says Andy.

“We have a win­ning for­mula thanks to the qual­ity and de­sign of our build. Lord Nor­manby isn’t in­ter­ested in build­ing boxes. He thinks in terms of gen­er­a­tions rather than mak­ing a quick buck.”

OP­TI­MISM: Andy Camp­bell, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Mul­grave Prop­er­ties, which be­gan with an award-win­ning project at Sand­send.

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