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.
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.