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Live the coastal dream at The Courtyard Situated overlooking St Austell Bay and less than a mile from the picturesque World Heritage village of Charlestown, The Courtyard at Duporth is a unique collection of thirty-eight, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, houses and bungalows. Centred around a landscaped courtyard and Grade II listed clock tower, the homes also benefit from private access to woodland and a sheltered beach. Part of Acorn’s lifetime living collection, each home has been thoughtfully laid out and designed to a high specification exclusively for over 55s. PRICES FROM £310,000 Manor Farm Road, Duporth, Cornwall PL26 6BD For further information contact: Acorn Blue 01637 876 000 email@example.com www.acornpropertygroup.org
WELCOME TO THE 2021/22 ISSUE OF ACORN LIFE It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the latest issue of Acorn Life after what has been for all of us, a very different year to the one we were expecting. Like everyone, we have navigated the challenges of lockdown and adapted to different ways of living and working. We stood on our doorsteps and applauded our amazing NHS and Key Workers for the outstanding work they’ve done and continue to do. Thank you, we are forever grateful. As a business we were able to act quickly and put appropriate processes in place to allow the construction of our developments to continue and fortunate enough to keep the rest of the business operating remotely. As ever, the Acorn family has demonstrated outstanding dedication, passion and teamwork. Spending so much more time at home has shown how important our home environment really is to us and we have seen clear evidence of people searching for a lifestyle change with unprecedented demand for homes in more coastal and rural locations with plenty of access to outside space. Whether you are hunting for that special coastal escape, yearn for the convenience of vibrant city living, desire the tranquillity of a rural retreat or are looking for space so your family can grow, we pride ourselves on providing a dream home to suit all lifestyles.
Aside from the pandemic, we’re all very aware of the impact housing has on climate change and with homes accounting for 18% of the United Kingdom’s CO2 emissions, we are constantly reviewing the design and construction of our homes, and indeed the way our buyers occupy them. Acorn already exceeds industry carbon standards, but to further improve, we are pleased to announce the launch of our own Acorn Green initiative which is a proactive approach within Acorn to continue reducing our carbon emissions. Our London head office and regional offices across the South West of England and South Wales continue to thrive and grow, and offer a wide selection of stunning homes throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. We also have exceptional developments in the Cotswolds and city centre developments in Exeter, Bristol, Bath and London. As always, coastal and waterside homes remain highly desirable and are a large part of our portfolio of homes including schemes in Constantine Bay, Padstow, Fistral Bay, Duporth, Falmouth, Totnes, Poole and Porthcawl. As Acorn continues to grow, I am also pleased to announce the launch of Acorn Property Invest and the issue of Acorn’s redeemable share investment products which offer investors the opportunity to assist with our expansion and provide an alternative way of investing in the property market. An eventful year to say the least, 2020 was also the 25th year since Acorn was founded, our aim remains to continue building quality homes that incorporate our Different by Design ethos and produce award-winning housing to help meet the country’s housing needs.
Romy Summerskill Executive Chairman and Founder
We hope you enjoy the read and look forward to welcoming you to your new home or as an investor in the future.
Cover: The Courtyard at Duporth, Cornwall
Introduction from our founder and chairman, Romy Summerskill.
There is always something new to discover along the coastline. From luxury apartments to historic conversions, explore our homes by the coast.
Endless entertainment, vibrant social scenes and exquisite dining all on your doorstep. There is nothing quite like the allure of a home in the city.
Urban Village Collection Where rural living meets culture, vibrancy and style. The charming enclaves of Frome and St Leonards, Exeter offer strong community spirit.
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Set overlooking St Austell Bay, this charming development of thirty-eight, 2 & 3 bedroom homes is centred around a landscaped courtyard and listed clock tower with sea views and private beach access.
Rural Collection A chance to unwind and enjoy the idyllic countryside. Browse our rural collection and explore a more relaxed pace of life.
Construction Challenges Dave Gittins, our Head of Construction in Bristol gives us an insight behind a wealth of creative conversions and ambitious new builds.
A New Lease of Life A clever design approach is at the heart of Acorn’s ethos when it comes to breathing new life into historic properties.
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To aid our expansion Acorn has launched a range of redeemable share investment products.
The launch of Acorn Green represents our commitment to long-term sustainable homes.
Frome One of the most sought-after towns in the West Country, Frome is famous for its creative roots, award-winning independent market and boutique shops.
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Discover the progress we are making towards our sustainability goals.
We speak to our in house construction team, AHCS to find out what inspires them in and out of work.
Vale of Glamorgan Featuring stunning Welsh scenery of the coast and countryside, the Vale of Glamorgan offers delightful villages, is steeped in history and is ready to be explored.
Poole From miles of golden sands and clear waters to contemporary waterside bars and restaurants, there’s always something new to discover in this charming coastal town.
COASTAL living Nothing quite beats the feel of sand between your toes amidst the calming sound of waves smoothly greeting the shore. Fresh sea air fills your lungs as you glimpse towards the blue horizon and notice the gentle bobbing of boats. Overhead, the sun peeks through fluffy clouds leaving warm hues of pink and orange on the sand’s surface. And in these moments, you remember why the coastline feels like home. From energetic beach days chasing rolling waves to breathtaking walks along rugged cliff tops, the UK coastline really does have something for everyone. Perfectly positioned to make the most of the Atlantic swell, Porthcawl in Wales is a top destination for surfers, not to mention its pale white sands and great seaside amenities. Though it’s not all about water sports - if a great meal is what you are seeking, Falmouth in Cornwall takes the win with its eclectic choice of restaurants and vibrant community spirit. An exciting and varied landscape balanced with an array of charming towns and villages, North Cornwall is an enticing coastal location. Set within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Constantine Bay Beach offers a wide stretch of golden sand just four miles from the bustling fishing town of Padstow. Head south on the Cornish coast and you will find the UNESCO World Heritage village of Charlestown, just one mile from Duporth. Renowned for its Georgian port and filming location of the BBC drama Poldark, Charlestown is full of character with majestic ships and beautiful period architecture. So whether you’re seeking the thrill and excitement of water sports or maybe it’s the calm and carefree lifestyle that draws you in, there is no doubt that the coastline is a great destination to call home.
Constantine Bay Beach, Cornwall
Rest Bay Beach, Porthcawl
Padstow Harbour, Cornwall
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth
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Exceptional coastal living at Rest Bay, Porthcawl A luxurious collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments overlooking South Wales’ top surfing beach and next to the world-renowned Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. The Links features the careful regeneration and conversion of a striking Grade II listed building, along with a second phase of contemporary new build apartments; The 18th. Finished to a high-quality specification, each home also boasts private outside space. PRICES FROM £240,000 - £750,000 Rest Bay, Porthcawl CF36 3UP For further information contact: Acorn Cardiff 01656 501 110 firstname.lastname@example.org acornpropertygroup.org
The Liner, Falmouth From £325,000 Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NB Boasting uninterrupted south-facing sea views over the award-winning Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, the beachfront apartments and penthouses at The Liner offer the ultimate in contemporary coastal living.
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Fifty-three beachfront apartments and penthouses Private outside space and parking Within walking distance of the harbour
The Courtyard at Duporth From £310,000 Manor Farm Road, Duporth, Cornwall PL26 6AH Centred around a Grade II listed clock tower and landscaped courtyard, these new homes from our Lifetime Living Collection are in an enviable location near the picturesque village of Charlestown and overlooking St Austell Bay. • • •
Collection of thirty-eight 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, bungalows and houses Private access to woodland and sheltered beach Lifetime Living, exclusively for over 55s
Treglos, Constantine Bay From £725,000 Constantine Bay, Cornwall PL28 8JH The second phase of Treglos is wonderfully situated within walking distance of Constantine Bay Beach, a short stroll from Trevose Golf and Country Club and 4 miles from Padstow. • • •
Collection of twenty-eight 2, 3 & 4 bedroom apartments, duplexes and houses Private outside space and surf storage Featuring sea views
Padstow Bay, Padstow
The Padstow Collection COMING SOON Station Road, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8DB This unique scheme set in the heart of Padstow, a short ride across the Camel Estuary from Rock, is wonderfully situated to enjoy everything the bustling port of Padstow has to offer yet nestled in tranquil surroundings. •
An exclusive collection of ten 2 & 3 bedroom apartments • Sought-after town centre location • Private outdoor space • Allocated parking
Fistral Bay Hotel, Newquay COMING SOON Pentire Avenue, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1NZ Subject to planning, the former Fistral Bay Hotel will undergo an exciting transformation to create a bespoke collection of apartments overlooking Fistral Bay and with far-reaching views of the sea, Newquay Golf Course and towards Towan Headland. • • •
A bespoke collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments With parking and outside space Prime Newquay position with far-reaching views
River Dart, Totnes
New Homes in Totnes COMING SOON St Peter’s Quay, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5EW An exciting new collection of homes set on the banks of the River Dart located within easy access of the heart of Totnes. • • • •
Regeneration of a brownfield site, creating a new community Located in a bustling and thriving market town Easy access to Exeter, Plymouth and the South West In conjunction with TQ9 Partnerships
New Homes in Exmouth COMING SOON Douglas Avenue, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AT Subject to planning, this collection of new homes is situated less than a 10 minute walk to Exmouth Beach. Signaling the start of the majestic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Exmouth boasts golden sands and the longest seafront in Devon and Cornwall. • • •
Bespoke collection of high-quality 1 to 4 bedroom houses and apartments Featuring the conversion of a Grade II listed building Within walking distance of Exmouth town centre
Harbour Lofts, Poole
Harbour Lofts, Poole From £375,000 High Street, The Quay, Poole, Dorset BH15 1AB Linking Poole’s historic quarter with its beautiful and vibrant quayside, the apartments at Harbour Lofts boast uninterrupted views over the harbour. • Nine 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and penthouses • Stunning water views • All benefit from private terrace or balcony • Modern open plan living
The Links, Porthcawl From £240,000 Rest Bay, Porthcawl, South Wales CF6 3UP A collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments within a striking Grade II listed building, alongside thirty-five new build apartments and duplexes. • • • •
Many homes feature a terrace or balcony Retained historic features within the Grade II listed building make each home unique Majority with stunning sea or rural views Allocated parking
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Contemporary 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes in St Werburghs, Bristol Located in the vibrant neighbourhood of St Werburghs, these exciting new homes feature access to Mina Road Park, private outside space and allocated parking as well as being within walking distance of a number of popular eateries, independent shops and beautiful open green spaces with excellent transport links into the city centre. 2, 3 & 4 BED HOMES FROM £385,000 Sevier Street, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9QS For further information contact: Acorn Bristol 0117 405 4002 email@example.com www.acornpropertygroup.org 13
CITYliving Whether it’s access to cultural attractions, local amenities, transport links or the plentiful green spaces, there are many reasons for choosing to live in a city. The South East and the West of England is home to some of the most attractive cities in the country. London and Bristol offer everything you’d expect from a big urban centre yet are within a stone’s throw of beautiful coastline and countryside. London’s SE1 is a vibrant destination boasting an array of cultural centres, while being home to some of London’s most iconic attractions. Enjoy some of the best stretches of riverside walks in the capital, with many green parks, picturesque cobbled streets and lots of places to take in the sights and atmosphere. Bristol, known for its creativity, diversity and fantastic food culture, is regularly ranked as one of the best cities to live in the UK. Nearby to Bristol, is Bath, the only city in the UK to be a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety. Beautiful and rich history, you can enjoy the magnificent Georgian architecture along with great schools, fantastic shopping and good transport links.
14 Views across the city of London
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
Tower Bridge, London
Cabot Circus, Bristol
Gunnersbury Park, London
Roman Baths, Bath
Bristol Cathedral, Bristol
Street Art, Bristol
King’s Court, Acton
King’s Court, Acton From £375,000 King Street, Acton, London W3 9LD Set within the London Borough of Ealing, King’s Court is a superb collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and duplexes along with commercial space in a prime location at the heart of Acton’s regeneration. • Twenty-five new build and converted new homes • Set opposite the listed St Mary’s Church • Less than a 10-minute walk to Acton Town station • Great access to open green space including the popular Gunnersbury Park
Newham’s Yard, SE1 From £525,000 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 3LW Located just 650 metres from Tower Bridge, boasting views of The Shard and with great access to the popular amenities of nearby Bermondsey Street, Newham’s Yard is perfectly located for easy access across the capital. • •
Deluxe studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments in conjunction with Galliard Homes A short stroll from iconic landmarks including The Shard and various green spaces such at Tanner St Park Balconies and terraces to selected apartments Under a 10-minute walk from London Bridge station
Brooks Dye Works, St Werburghs
Brooks Dye Works, Bristol From £385,000 Sevier Street, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9QS Located in the heart of St Werburghs and adjacent to Mina Road Park, the regeneration of Brooks Dye Works will deliver high-quality homes close to the city centre.
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Eighty-one 2, 3 & 4 bed homes with allocated parking in conjunction with Galliard Homes Short walk to Montpelier and Stapleton train stations Open plan, flexible living spaces with outside space New pedestrian routes into neighbouring park
Alliance House, Bristol From £150,000 Baldwin Street, Bristol BS1 1SD Located in the heart of the Bristol’s city centre, these contemporary starter homes are ideally placed for accessing Bristol’s vibrant city life and are a short stroll from the iconic Bristol Harbourside. • • • •
Forty-four studio & 1 bedroom apartments Well thought-out functional design to make the most of the internal space Contemporary high-quality finish Perfectly positioned for city centre living
Hope House, Bath
Hope House, Bath From £295,000 Lansdown Road, Bath, Somerset BA1 5ES Set in six acres of parkland, this prestigious development is situated around the conversion of the majestic Hope House Grade II listed building, together with a collection of carefully-designed new build homes within walking distance of the city centre. • • • •
Fifty-eight 1, 2, 3 & 4 bed apartments & townhouses in conjunction with Galliard Homes Private allocated parking Landscaped communal gardens with tennis court Panoramic views over Bath
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A collection of deluxe studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments in SE1 Designed with contemporary living in mind, Newham’s Yard features a high-quality specification with select apartments featuring private outside space. Under a 10-minute walk from London Bridge station for easy access across the capital, the development boasts excellent transport links and residents will be spoilt for choice for local amenities and facilities at their doorstep. PRICES FROM £525,000 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 3LW For further information contact: Acorn London 020 3858 0518 firstname.lastname@example.org www.acornpropertygroup.org 19
URBAN VILLAGE living An Urban Village is where rural living meets culture, vibrancy, and style. From the historic town of Frome to the sought-after St Leonards area in Exeter, these charming enclaves combine a strong community spirit with a laid-back lifestyle and countryside feel. Repeatedly featured in The Times ‘Best Places to Live’ list, Frome has the perfect balance of tranquil living and adventurous independent spirit. Winding cobbled streets filled with beautiful independent shops offering the best in designers and makers or vintage delights, plus once a month there is the renowned Frome Independent Market. With a further fantastic selection of independent boutique shops and cafes, St Leonards is a another highly sought-after area to live. Located by the historic Quayside on the east side of the River Exe, perfect for enjoying walks by the water. Just a short drive from Exeter’s city centre, the fast-growing City of Exeter is a peaceful, scenic city which is rich in history and offers a great lifestyle to its residents. All in all, with plenty of green open spaces, neighbourly streets and excellent schools, these areas are deservedly popular places for young professionals, growing families and older generations to call home.
Catherine Hill, Frome
Catherine Hill, Frome
Exeter Cathedral, Exeter
Cheap Street, Frome
River Exe, Exeter
The Old Printworks, Frome
The Old Printworks, Frome From £235,000 Caxton Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 1NE Contemporary new homes located in the vibrant town of Frome. Featuring a children’s play area and newly created footpath to enjoy walks along the River Frome. • 2 bedroom apartments and 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses in conjunction with London & County • Access to 1.5 acres of open green space • Less than 1 mile to Frome town centre • Communal electric car charging with many houses ready for future installation of a private connection
Saxonvale, Frome COMING SOON Saxonvale, Frome, Somerset BA11 1PS Set in the heart of Frome’s bustling town centre, the regeneration of 10-acre brownfield site, Saxonvale, will see the delivery of a high-quality mixed-use development; offering design-led new homes, communal open space and a range of commercial space. • •
Creation of a vibrant new community in central Frome Flexible communal open space with views over the River Frome Commercial space to include live/work opportunities Provision of a Arts/Heritage/Education centre
St Leonards Quarter, Exeter COMING SOON Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 3NF Located in the highly sought-after St Leonards area with a great selection of independent shops, cafes, good local schools, this is a prime residential area in Exeter.
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1 & 2 bedroom apartments 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom houses Within close proximity to the River Exe A short drive from Exeter’s city centre
Oliver Buildings, Barnstaple COMING SOON Taw Wharf, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 2AA A mixed-use scheme, the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Oliver Buildings will feature new apartments, shops, restaurants and commercial space becoming a destination for people to live, work and play. • • • •
Forty-seven new apartments Adjacent to the River Taw Known as the ‘social heart of North Devon’ due to central location Exmoor National Park nearby
RURAL living From rolling hills and wooded valleys to historic market towns and villages, rural England and Wales offer a more relaxed pace of life, a chance to get close to nature and be part of tight-knit communities. In Somerset, the small farming town of Bruton has now become one of the trendiest hotspots in the UK, thanks to the arrival of pioneering art gallery Hauser & Wirth, which has placed it firmly on the global map. Considered one of the ‘prettiest’ villages in Somerset is Wedmore. Well positioned to enjoy beautiful views of the Mendips and surrounding countryside, Wedmore benefits from a lovely selection of local amenities and boutiques. The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales making it a perfect base for those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. The Cotswold Water Park has much to offer, from a beautiful lakeside stroll to lovely village pubs and the chance to enjoy activities from water sports and fishing to birdwatching. The village of Sherston is a pretty Cotswold Village with its own amenities including a local shops and two pubs – one of which has previously been the local pub of choice for Princes William and Harry!
Ashton Fields, Cotswolds
St Mary’s Church, Wedmore
Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Bruton
Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar
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Contemporary country living in Bruton Cubis Bruton is a unique collection of bespoke 3 & 4 bedroom houses, offering rural living at its best, in the stunning Somerset countryside of Bruton. Intelligently and individually designed to be energy efficient and highly sustainable. 4 BEDROOM HOMES FROM £555,000 Cuckoo Hill, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0AF
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Cottrell Gardens, Bonvilston
Cottrell Gardens, Bonvilston From £299,995 Bonvilston, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales CF5 6TR A bespoke collection of homes perfectly positioned in the tranquil village of Bonvilston, with views of the award-winning Cottrell Park Golf Resort. • Forty-one 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes in Phase 1 • Flexible open plan design to suit a variety of lifestyles • Sophisticated and high-quality specification • Set among the rural beauty of the Vale of Glamorgan yet just a 20-minute drive to Cardiff • Access to open green space across the development
Bookers Edge, Hay-on-Wye From £315,000 Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5BZ Comprising 3 & 4 bedroom homes situated in the charming town of Hay-on-Wye known for its many bookshops and the renowned Hay Festival.
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Last few homes remaining Bespoke design and open plan living Idyllic countryside location close to the River Wye and Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons Walking distance to town centre
Ashton Fields, Cotswolds
Ashton Fields, Cotswolds COMING SOON Cotswold Water Park, Wiltshire SN6 6QU Located within the Cotswold Water Park, Ashton Fields offers a collection of contemporary country homes nestled within the heart of a new community.
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Seventy-five 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes Restoration of four Grade II listed buildings Fifteen acres of public open space Exceptional lake and countryside views Accessed via a private drive
Stanbridge Park, Sherston COMING SOON Sopworth Road, Sherston, Wiltshire SN16 0QB In the sought-after village of Sherston, Stanbridge Park will bring together a bespoke collection of new homes along with plans to provide a new doctors surgery to further enhance this rural community.
• Up to forty-five 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes • Idyllic Cotswold Village with local amenities • A 10-minute drive away from the motorway and connections to Bristol, Swindon, London and Bath
Cross Farm, Wedmore
Cubis Bruton, Bruton From £555,000 Cuckoo Hill, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0AF Set in a natural amphitheatre overlooking the market town of Bruton, this innovative scheme is modern in style, designed to be energy efficient and highly sustainable. • • •
Highly contemporary 3 & 4 bedroom homes Beautiful landscaping to blend nature and design in harmony Often referred to as ‘the new Notting Hill’, Bruton was declared ‘the most fashionable place to live in the UK’ by The Times
Cross Farm, Wedmore From £295,000 Cross Farm, Wedmore, Somerset BS28 4ED Nestled in the glorious Somerset countryside, Cross Farm is perfectly positioned to enjoy beautiful and peaceful surroundings within walking distance of village amenities. With great commuter links and well served by schools, the new homes offer something for everyone. • • •
Thirty-one 2, 3 & 4 bedroom apartments and houses Traditional homes with high-quality specification Ideally located for exploring the great outdoors including the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge
Cross Farm, Wedmore
Green Park, Chillington COMING SOON Green Park Way, Chillington, South Hams TQ7 2HY Located five miles from the bustling estuary town of Kingsbridge and just two miles from the coast and South West Coast Path at Torcross, Green Park is ideally located to explore both land and sea.
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Bespoke 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses Within walking distance of Chillington’s village amenities Surrounded by green open space Contemporary living designed to a high-quality specification
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Discover the best of contemporary Somerset rural living Located in the picturesque village of Wedmore, Cross Farm features a collection of thirty-one, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom apartments and houses, perfectly positioned to maximise this stunning rural location. Finished to a high-quality specification, the homes feature contemporary open plan living with ample glazing to enjoy the idyllic country views. Enjoy having the best of Somerset on your doorstep and being within commutable distance of Bristol. PRICES FROM £295,000 - £750,000 Cross Farm, Wedmore, Somerset BS28 4ED For further information contact: Acorn Bristol 01394 806 196 firstname.lastname@example.org www.acornpropertygroup.org different by design
Brooks Dye Works, St Werburghs, Bristol
Brandon Yard, Bristol
Dave Gittins, Head of Construction
CONSTRUCTION CHALLENGES From former factories and historic buildings to waterside locations, Dave Gittins and his team are not afraid of challenging developments and delivering complex construction projects. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Dave Gittins our Regional Construction Director and his team have a proven track record of delivering complex construction projects. Their vast experience and specialist skill set along with a flexible approach to planning and problem solving, enables them to successfully deliver bespoke solutions for demanding schemes to maximise a site’s full potential. Here are a few the Bristol team have been working on. Brandon Yard, located on Bristol’s Floating Harbour opposite the SS Great Britain, was a regeneration project that involved the careful restoration and conversion of two Grade II listed buildings, as well as the creation of a six-storey new build apartment block on a former Gasworks industrial site. Derelict for over 40 years, the listed buildings - which were originally constructed in the early 19th century, were at risk of collapse. So our design and construction team had to carefully stabilise, dismantle and reconstruct elements which involved the removal of support steels within the buildings and an installation of piling and new steel frames for the retention of the existing Grade II listed facades. Many challenges were also posed logistically on this project, as the site was tightly positioned along a popular harbour walk regularly used by the public which meant there was limited space for storage of materials and therefore prudent planning for management of deliveries was required. Eventually site access had to instead be created by removing an existing listed wall, involving collaboration with the local conservation officer.
Brooks Dye Works is a key regeneration site in St Werburghs, Bristol. The former Brooks Laundry dates back to the 19th century when the site was used by Brooks Dyers and Cleaners. However, when Acorn took on the project - the derelict buildings were unsafe and required demolition, but the iconic landmark chimney was to be retained. There was significant contamination due to the previous industrial use and the site required extensive remediation for groundworks to proceed. The site was also a risk for unexploded ordnance, so the team had to work carefully with UXO specialists under a watching brief. It’s safe to say that this was one of our most interesting development projects so far! The Old Printworks in Frome required demolition of the existing print works and presented interesting challenges due to being located on the former Butler, Tanner & Dennis site; one of Britain’s foremost colour printers. The site was part landfill, so extensive land remediation and ground stabilisation techniques were essential to clear the site. We also had to de-commission and remove an existing substation, as well as undertake major foul sewer diversions and re-route major high voltage and take overhead cables underground. Slope stabilisation was needed at the southern edge of site, where it was subject to falling into the River Frome and with the river there were naturally many ecological factors to consider too, including creating a new riverside walk.
A NEW LEASE OF LIFE
As covered in our last issue, a large number of Acorn’s developments involve the careful restoration of existing buildings and landmarks. Whether a building or landmark dates from Georgian or Victorian eras or even more recent decades like the 1970s, the team is committed to maximising its potential, finding new ways to reveal touches of character, whilst ensuring the space is fit for 21st century living.
You want to know that there has been care and attention to detail when a historic building has been redeveloped. It may be listed, it might have had a fascinating former use, or it could be brimming with original features such as period fireplaces, cornicing or beautiful brickwork. Julian Hampson is Acorn’s Group Design Director with an eye for detail and blending the old with the new. “We believe that these qualities are an asset and must be brought to the fore,” he says. “These characterful features take on a different status when they are framed by stylish, modern design.” Acorn’s properties are developed to the highest specification. Think generous living spaces, underfloor heating, clever lighting control and striking design, married with the latest ecofriendly features. “We find that our contemporary approach to design sets off the historic charm of a building. We
take great pride in considering each property individually, looking at its merits and taking a unique approach to each one.” Among Acorn’s recent projects is The Links at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, South Wales. Originally built as a specialist convalescent hotel, “The Rest” as it was known back then, first opened its doors over 150 years ago. Supported by nursing pioneer, Florence Nightingale, the hotel provided a much-needed place for local labourers and miners to take a break from their demanding work. During both the First and Second World Wars, the building was used to support the British Army as a war hospital.
Julian Hampson, Group Design Director
Hope House, Bath
It has now been given a new lease of life as contemporary coastal apartments and careful attention has been paid to preserving its unique charm with many original features like exposed brickwork, beams and tiling being retained.
The Courtyard at Duporth, Cornwall
In the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, Hope House is a Grade II listed mansion house dating back to the 18th century. This prestigious building is nestled within rich woodland grounds, overlooking a grand formal lawn and private tennis court, and is accompanied by a meticulously designed collection of new build houses and apartments in matching Bath Stone. The original building, which was also a former school attended by baking extraordinaire and national treasure Mary Berry, has been restored to its former glory and transformed into an exclusive collection of luxury apartments featuring magnificent sash windows and detailing.
The Links, Porthcawl
Further south in Duporth, a small village in Cornwall near the Poldark filming hotspot of Charlestown, The Courtyard was formerly part of Duporth Holiday Village which dates to the 1930’s. The site is now home to a fantastic blend of new build and characterfully refurbished Cornish stone homes, set around a wonderfully restored Grade II listed clock tower which we fondly refer to as ‘the leaning tower of Cornwall’. Part of our Lifetime Living Collection for over 55s, each home has been thoughtfully laid out and designed to a high specification with future adaption taken into consideration
Cobbled Streets, Frome
One of the most successful and sought-after towns in the West Country, Frome is a historic market town offering a creative atmosphere and vibrant spirit. Named “Best Place to Live” by The Sunday Times as one of its many accolades, the town is famous for its award-winning independent street market, artisan studios and boutique shops. The town itself is built around the River Frome, with steeped streets and historic architecture creating a quirky townscape. Much of the centre of Frome has been completely revived in recent years - the beautiful cobbled streets of St Catherine’s Artisan Quarter are filled with delis, coffee shops and beautifully curated lifestyle stores. To add to Frome’s illustrious charm, on the first Sunday of every month, the town hosts the well-known ‘Frome Independent Market.’ Here you will find an array of stalls showcasing independent designers and makers, delicious food stalls and vintage interior traders – you’ll be hard pressed to find a better way to spend your Sunday.
Perfect for families, Frome is well served by many schools that are rated good or excellent by Ofsted. There is also an abundance of arts and culture on offer for all ages, and a lively community events programme comprising of the 10-day Frome Festival, the Agricultural Cheese Show and the Frome Christmas Extravaganza! If rest and relaxation is more your area of interest, then Babington House is just 15 minutes away -the original rural outpost of Soho House remains very alluring to those seeking serenity in the Somerset countryside.
St Michael’s Tower, Glastonbury
Situated in Somerset, Frome is easily accessible from London Paddington in under 2 hours, Bath is only 13 miles away and Bristol is just 24. You can also discover more of what rural Somerset has to offer right on your doorstep with walks in the Mendip Hills; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All in all, with tranquil surrounding countryside, great schools and creative spirit, Frome is a fantastic destination to make your home or to have as your weekend retreat.
Cobbled Streets, Frome
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Modern homes in the vibrant town of Frome The Old Printworks is a collection of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes located on the site of the former Butler, Tanner & Dennis printers. The first phase of fifty-one homes offer modern living inspired by nature, with sustainable features, highquality specification and bespoke design. Explore open green space, links to riverside walks and a children’s play area. The homes are well-served by schools and are within walking distance of the town centre. PRICES FROM £235,000 - £500,000 Caxton Road, Frome BA11 1NE For further information contact: Acorn Bristol 01373 888 303 email@example.com acornpropertygroup.org 37
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PARTNERSHIPS, COMMERCIAL & LAND Are you a landowner or agent who has land or buildings suitable for development? Acorn has a proven track record as a development partner, with over 25 years’ experience creating award-winning residential and commercial developments. We have offices in London, Bristol, Cornwall, Cardiff and Exeter and our experienced and imaginative team make us the ideal partner for your future project. Working with and on behalf of landowners, we make the most of every opportunity to ensure the best return on assets. With funds readily available we can make immediate decisions and offer a number of potential purchase structures including outright purchases, subject to planning permission purchases and joint venture partnerships. Our innovative, knowledgeable and professional team of planners, designers, project managers and sales negotiators makes us the perfect team to help realise the value of your land. Treating partners as clients is fundamental to the success of our joint ventures as we assess and understand project needs to provide each partnership with the unique and flexible approach it requires. We have years of experience developing and regenerating a host of sites, including brownfield, industrial and new build locations. Our team has a unique understanding of the complexities involved in achieving a site’s potential as well as in-depth knowledge of the local area, community needs and the planning expertise to ensure a profitable development and a greater return on your investment. Many of our developments have been in collaboration with landowners, introducers, local authorities, public bodies, housing associations, banks and funders. Creating beautiful, bespoke spaces people want to live and work in is something we excel at, with several mixed-use developments under our belts.
Upcoming developments with commercial space… Tower Bridge Road, London Forming part of a mixed-use residential and apart-hotel development, the commercial spaces at 151-157 Tower Bridge Road will occupy the ground floor and basement, and comprise over 21,000ft². Providing a mix of uses within five units to include retail, offices, gymnasium or a café, the development is situated just moments from Tower Bridge with easy access to London Bridge Station and the local amenities of Bermondsey Street - one of SE1’s most desirable locations. We are really pleased that among the retailers will be Planet Organic, the UK’s largest fully certified organic supermarket.
New Road, Crouch End, London
Situated on a peaceful no-through road, New Road delivers quality office space over three levels in the heart of Crouch End. With its striking design featuring a curved grass roof, New Road comprises almost 5000 ft² and benefits from a private courtyard garden plus mezzanine work levels and an exposed industrial steel aesthetic.
King’s Court, Acton, London Set within the London Borough of Ealing, King’s Court offering over 5,400 ft² of new commercial space in addition to twenty-five residential homes. The space, which can be occupied as one unit or split into two, faces a vibrant pedestrianised area with a bustling local market. The units benefit from flexible uses including retail at the front and retail/financial and professional services/offices/ gymnasium at the rear.
Alliance House, Baldwin Street, Bristol
Situated in the heart of Frome’s creative town centre, subject to planning, this 10-acre brownfield site will see the delivery of a high-quality bespoke residential-led mixed-use development, offering 300 new homes and around 45,000 ft² of commercial floor space. Yet to be designed in detail, the buildings allow flexibility for the end-user allowing for a truly mixed-use environment by including workspaces for the social, creative, digital and high-tech industries.
Located in the heart of Bristol city centre, Alliance House features a selection of retail units across the ground and basement levels ranging from 800sqft up to 4,000sqft. These units will be available to let and there is already strong interest from a wide selection of tenants.
Recent devlopments with commercial space include… The Dunes, Perranporth Beach, Cornwall
Online fitness platform Zwift – new tenants at Design House
The Dunes, Perranporth Beach, Cornwall
Design House, Long Lane, London
The Dunes presented the opportunity to let a prime seafront restaurant. This opportunity was realised by a local family-run business well known for their existing beachfront premises and ‘Tunes in the Dunes’ music festival. The Summer House offers indoor and al fresco dining that can be enjoyed while taking in the idyllic uninterrupted sea views of Perranporth Beach.
Design House is located close to the popular Bermondsey Street and less than 700m from the vibrant Borough Market. In a year where cycling and running became even more popular, space at Design House was let to Zwift, an innovative indoor fitness training company.
The Liner, Falmouth, Cornwall Set opposite Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, the commercial units at The Liner offer a rare opportunity to be part of a landmark development, on one of Cornwall’s most beautiful coastlines. The units which have been agreed with the Co-op Group are set in a prime position on the ground floor and ideally located for business among a popular tourist destination with fantastic sea views.
WORK WITH US At Acorn we believe in order to be an industry leader we need a diverse and talented team who inspire and deliver innovative ideas to drive our business forward. We don’t just look for skilled people, we look for driven, motivated individuals, and in return we provide them with space to develop those skills and inspire them to be the best they can. We believe in removing barriers and providing the kind of benefits that support our team members through all life’s stages; we offer a generous maternity package, healthcare plan, pension scheme and personal development support. Giving back to the communities we work within is a fundamental part of the Acorn ethos, and we actively encourage our team members to get involved in community work by giving them an additional two days paid leave per year, enabling them to support local charities, devote time to community projects or take part in fundraising events. By investing in our team and providing an environment where they are encouraged to develop and thrive, we ensure we retain the best talent enabling us to grow our business with a dedicated and experienced team who in return are rewarded with exciting opportunities and careers. This is borne out in the number of team members who have been working with us for in excess of 10, 15 and 20 years.
Acorn has a strong proportion of female employees – what sort of roles are they in?
We are proud of the fact that around 45% of our employees are female. Our board of directors includes our Chairman, Group Managing Director and Funding Director, and myself, who are all women. We have other senior roles that are also held by women, such as our Accounts Director, Group Sales Manager and Group Marketing Manager. We have female project and development managers throughout our regional construction and land teams, and other management positions all held by women.
Show House spoke to Mette Blackmore, our Group HR Director about her role. Here’s what she had to say… Please tell us about yourself, your career path and your current position.
I joined Acorn Property Group 20 years ago, at the time we were a small company with around 15 team members. Since then, Acorn has gone from strength to strength and the company has grown from that small initial team to five regional offices in London, Cornwall, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. I now look after well over 130 team members, and together we have delivered over 100 successful residential and mixed-use developments throughout these regions. I am responsible for the implementation of Acorn’s human resource strategies and objectives across all of our regional offices, including recruitment, training and development, health and welfare, employee relations and retention I continually work to ensure that we lead as a proactive, flexible and responsible employer. I am especially proud when we have people celebrating their 5, 10, 15 and 20-year anniversaries, knowing that I have been there along the way.
What is the current policy on recruitment for different roles?
We have successfully grown by ensuring we have the right people in place to drive the business forward and deliver our ‘different by design’ ethos, which is vital to our success. With continued growth throughout our regions, we employ various strategies to ensure we identify the best candidates who will fit our business. This could be through direct referrals from professional or personal relationships, from candidates seeking us out via LinkedIn or our website or through advertising within the industry.
Are there different ways to attract young people and women into the industry?
The industry is facing a skills shortage as its current workforce reaches retirement, and fewer young people are taking up skilled trades. There are now a lot of positive initiatives in place in schools, colleges and across the industry aiming to counter the outdated perceptions of construction, attract new talent and offer an attainable and rewarding career path. At Acorn we have worked hard to create an environment that encourages our team to flourish. We support each individual in building their skills through additional training, as well as nurturing the hands-on experience they gain daily. Providing a supportive and flexible working environment helps to attract more young people and women to the industry as there is a clear career path which will benefit them, and us, in the long run. We’re also working to educate local schools and colleges, as well as pupils, on the wide range of careers on offer in construction. We have teamed up with a number of initiatives to promote and support women entering the industry and we strive to ensure that our HR policies are fair and inclusive, making us an attractive employer to women
Has a more flexible approach to, for example, working hours and home working, made the industry more appealing to women?
We pride ourselves on our flexible approach, something that has been one of our core values for decades. This has helped us to create a work environment where our team are happy, they achieve exceptional standards of work and are committed to Acorn and our vision, which is why we have such a high staff retention rate.
Interview first published in leading new homes publication Show House - www.showhouse.co.uk
VALE OF GLAMORGAN Stretching across the South of Wales and bordering Bridgend across to Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan is a beautiful county borough, offering the best of the Welsh landscape through the stunning scenery of the coast and countryside. The coastal scenery around ‘The Vale’, is particularly breath-taking. The Glamorgan Heritage Coast is 14 miles of unspoilt coastline, with spectacular cliffs and secluded coves. The renowned Wales Coast Path also runs through from Gileston in the East to Porthcawl in the West, a beautiful route that takes in golden beaches and dramatic cliffs. Throughout the county you will find idyllic villages like Bonvilston. Full of character, this village dates to Norman times and has an array of traditional pubs and a lovely village shop. Just a 20-minute drive from Cardiff, this village has the best of both worlds – rural living close to city life. Cottrell Park Golf Resort is also just 5 minutes away - nestled within 400 acres of beautiful parkland, the resort boasts two 18-hole championship courses. Close by is the ancient market town of Cowbridge, a charming haven of independent retailers and high street favourites, alongside cafes, restaurants and bars. Tucked away in the centre is the Cowbridge Physic Garden, a beautiful half acre enclosure - an oasis of calm in a busy town.
There are so many heritage focal points across the county from Ogmore Castle to Penarth Pier and Pavilion to Nash Point Lighthouse along the Heritage Coast. A highlight is the National Trust owned Dyffryn House and Gardens, selected by the British Tourist Authority as one of the top gardens in the UK, here you can explore 55 acres of Edwardian garden design. The Vale of Glamorgan is quite simply one of the most beautiful places to have the pleasure of spending time in. Once you visit, you just won’t want to leave.
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Rural living within easy reach of Cardiff Cottrell Gardens comprises a bespoke collection of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes perfectly positioned in the tranquil village of Bonvilston. Set among the rural beauty of the Vale of Glamorgan yet just a 20-minute drive from central Cardiff, you truly have the best of both worlds on your doorstep. The first phase of forty-one houses sit overlooking the award-winning Cottrell Park Golf Resort and feature access to open green space. PRICES FROM £299,995 - £790,000 Bonvilston, Cardiff CF5 6TR For further information contact: Acorn Cardiff 01446 489 407 firstname.lastname@example.org acornpropertygroup.org
The Dunes, Perranporth
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Acorn’s range of redeemable share investments offer either regular income or capital growth, enabling investors to choose the product that best meets their investment objectives. Funds raised will be used alongside Acorn’s own borrowing and equity to assist with the expansion of Acorn’s business, with a focus on investment in new and existing sites across the South West of England and South Wales. Our redeemable share investments give you the opportunity to assist directly in the delivery of our exciting new schemes.
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Homes account for 18% of all CO2 emissions in the UK. Since our establishment in 1995, Acorn has been implementing design strategies and technologies aimed at steadily improving the environmental impact of our projects. We believe a focus on sustainability and wellbeing should be at the absolute forefront of everything we do. The launch of Acorn Green represents our commitment to the implementation of the best possible design and technologies to further drive down the carbon footprint of our homes, moving towards long-term sustainable housing in communities. As we have always done, each development we design and build is looked at on its own merits. There is no standard layout or design and this approach also applies to sustainability. As technology evolves, so do our homes. The way in which we live is constantly changing and Acorn’s innovative thinking ensures we can respond in a proactive way.
Shared roof garden - Trilogy SE1
A fabric-first approach... We start by maximising the performance of the building envelope and then look at ways to further improve the building’s sustainability. High performance double and triple glazing are the norm across all Acorn projects. Where possible, ground and air source heat pumps, MVHR systems, PV panels and solar thermal converters are used for efficient heating of our homes.
Use of PV Panels
Where possible, smart technology systems are fitted to assist with energy saving and electric car charging points are installed. We also consider rainwater harvesting strategies along with sustainable urban drainage (SuDs).
Balancing light, insulation and ventilation are key design principals. Triple Glazing - Cubis Bruton, Bruton
Green Roof - Cubis Bruton, Bruton
Approximately 70 times more carbon is embodied within a newly built office building compared to an existing building of a similar size. (Source: Nef) Many of our schemes involve re-using existing buildings. The environmental benefits of repairing, refurbishing and saving buildings from demolition are huge, minimising disruption to the local community, reducing pollution and ensuring the best use of natural resources. Using existing buildings rather than demolishing and building new structures preserves their embodied energy, decreasing primary energy use and, therefore CO2 emissions.
Place making... Acorn Green extends beyond the buildings themselves and incorporates their surroundings, the local community and people who live and work in them. Our aim is to create developments that have a positive impact and contribution to the local community with careful consideration given to the environmental impact of our activities.
Outside space... The health benefits of spending more time outside are becoming more and more apparent, both from a physical and mental health perspective - being close to nature has been proven to lower blood pressure, boost your immune system and boost your mood. The Covid 19 pandemic of 2020 has also put a spotlight on this subject and we’ve seen a shift in what people value most from a home - and easy
access to outdoor space is now very much sought after. At Acorn we have always been ahead of the curve on this subject and this is why we design our homes with as much outdoor space as possible – be it communal or private. Our homes are intended to be a sanctuary, to enhance wellbeing and give peace of mind – to allow our communities, individuals, as well as nature, the opportunity to thrive.
In to the future... We are continually exploring how we can move nearer towards our zero-carbon goal. Our construction teams are striving towards creating our first zero carbon housetypes and are implementing further use of lower carbon materials such as timber frame and timber based Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). We are making steps towards having smart systems and smart meters installed as standard as well as working with local authorities on future provision for district heating. More native planting and trees are being incorporated into sites. Not only does this benefit our residents as higher levels of oxygen are produced, but additional planting will also contribute to wildlife and biodiversity. We will continue to explore how we can re-use existing buildings in order to reduce embodied energy At Acorn we are wholly committed to a green future ahead.
A spotlight on some of our recent developments and how they contribute to our sustainability goals. Cottrell Gardens, Bonvilston, Vale of Glamorgan Our passion is to create positive change to meet the needs of local communities through innovative and exciting new projects and infrastructure. Designing buildings and spaces where people want to live, work and spend time. Cottrell Gardens is just that, a beautiful rural site in the Vale of Glamorgan just a 20-minute drive from Cardiff.
The rural setting of this site meant it was within a conservation area and naturally we found some interesting biodiversity before we began development – over 150 Great Crested Newts were one of the highlights! Because of this, we invested time into safely relocating these newts to breeding ponds and have since kept the majority of hedgerows on the site to preserve a network of wildlife corridors. More native planting and trees are being incorporated into the site to further contribute to wildlife and sustainable urban drainage systems have been implemented to collect rainwater from the houses and roads then slowly release it back into the ground. The homes themselves have been built with the future of sustainability in mind. Cables have been pre-installed to every garage on site to aid in future installation of electric car charging points. They have wifi controlled heating which aids in monitoring your usage and LED lighting has been fitted throughout the homes which offers better quality of light and is free of toxic chemicals.
The Old Printworks, Frome, Somerset When we build on brownfield sites, we combine inventive and bespoke architecture to create schemes which have a sense of uniqueness within their local environment and we’re proud to say that The Old Printworks in Frome embodies this to a tee. Each home has been designed using timber frame construction and eco stock bricks, along with triple glazed windows which allows for efficient insulation to minimise heat loss. Energy saving appliances and lighting feature throughout the development as standard, and sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs) allow rainwater from the houses and roads to be collected and stored in tanks below the public open space which will then be slowly released back into the River Frome. Communal car charging ports are available and many of the houses are pre-installed with cables to aid future installation of electric car chargers, solar panels and battery storage. One of the most exciting parts of this project is our partnership with Ecotricity. Ecotricity are leaders in making green energy – they have built windmills and solar parks across Britain, helping to supply customers with 100% green electricity. Together they save over 37,000 tonnes of CO2 every year – to put that into perspective it would take nearly 6,000 trees to absorb that much carbon. The homes themselves aren’t the only consideration we’ve taken when upholding our values in the environment. The site itself incorporates 1.5 acres of public space promoting not only the health and wellbeing of the residents, but also the ecology and biodiversity of the natural world. We’re planting 81 new trees, installing 12 bat boxes and 10 bird boxes, and a number of houses feature bee bricks providing a safe habitat to thrive in.
Cubis Bruton, Bruton, Somerset Cubis Bruton in Somerset, has been one of our most sustainable developments to date and the pinnacle of our green design process. The homes at Cubis Bruton were designed by highly regarded land artist Mark Merer, whose works successfully combine architecture and landscape sculpture to create environmentally sensitive living spaces. Built in harmony with the landscape, this was the ultimate in design meeting ecology – the sedum roofs on selected houses allow for a range of planting and provide all important microclimates for insects, birdlife and other species, they also offer a sustainable urban drainage system – this infrastructure allows for rainwater to absorb and slow release into an attenuation pond to the nearby Marksdanes estate. The ecology of the surrounding area is wonderfully vast and something that we continue to do our best to preserve and improve. A full Environmental Impact Assessment was carried out at the planning stage, along with a number of ecological surveys covering bats, dormice, reptiles and slow worms. The results of these surveys were then accommodated into the development plan and build timetable, as they revealed a number of protected trees and animal habitats: 8 different bat and bird boxes were installed to surrounding trees and full ecologist surveys were undertaken prior to hedge removal. The houses are of timber frame construction, using sustainably resourced local timber, the precise construction of which also creates a more energy efficient building. Enhanced insulation has also been added to the walls, floors and roofs – with Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems and triple glazed high efficiency windows throughout. A truly modern sustainable home.
The Liner, Falmouth, Cornwall Located on a unique and wonderful beachfront site in the heart of Falmouth, The Liner is a bold and imaginative regeneration project of a former hotel. Careful consideration in every aspect of the design was taken to ensure that where possible, modern sustainable living could be incorporated into the development, a development which now displays nautical inspired architecture and bespoke designed apartments to provide the very best in Cornish beachfront living. We looked at various solutions to ensure good levels of thermal efficiency – including south facing glazing to maximise solar gain in the winter months and small openings on the north elevation to minimise heat loss. Enhancing biodiversity also remains a top priority here and green roofs have been added to the ground floor units and commercial space as well as a landscaped area on the atrium deck. Wherever possible we use local suppliers and local sub-contractors – people that know and are invested in the area. Altogether a great example of creating new sustainable solutions for 21st century living.
Left to right: Electric car charging points, Sustainable urban Drainage Systems, regeneration project, triple glazing, timber frame construction, enhancing bio-diversity, tree planting, Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery system
From miles of golden sands and clean clear waters to contemporary waterside bars and restaurants, Poole is truly a fantastic coastal destination. Nestled between the Jurassic Coast and Bournemouth, and home to Europe’s largest natural harbour; Poole is a haven for all manner of water-based activities. From sailing to windsurfing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, you can still admire the beauty of the ocean from one of the charming cafés, restaurants or bars on the quayside, watching the ships, fishing boats and even luxury Sunseeker yachts leave the harbour. Poole isn’t without some remarkable neighbouring beaches too. With views of the Isle of Wight and an impressive seven mile stretch of coastline, the Victorian seaside resort of Bournemouth is just a short drive away and is considered the best beach in the UK, receiving many awards for high standards of cleanliness. Sandbanks Beach, renowned for being one of the most exclusive beaches in the world is also within easy reach of Poole and has gained more Blue Flags than any other UK beach resort. For art and culture, visit The Lighthouse in the heart of Poole. The largest arts centre outside London; you’ll find a symphonic concert hall, two theatres, an independent cinema, art galleries and function room spaces.
The Lighthouse & local High Street
There is no shortage of options when it comes to shopping in Poole either. The traditional High Street offers popular brands alongside independent retailers. Poole Quay also has a mix of gift shops and cafes, while the indoor Dolphin Shopping Centre is Dorset’s largest covered shopping area, with over 140 shops. All-in-all, whether you are drawn to Dorset for the relaxed coastal lifestyle, the water-sports or the bustle of the quayside, Poole offers a perfect destination for anyone to make a home. 50
Historic pubs on the Harbour
Luxurious homes on Poole’s iconic quayside Harbour Lofts is an exclusive collection of eight, 2 bedroom apartments located on Poole’s iconic quayside. Each apartment is contemporary in design with open-plan living and a high-quality specification. All apartments benefit from a balcony or terrace making Harbour Lofts the perfect spot to enjoy the stunning quayside views. PRICES FROM £375,000 High Street, The Quay, Poole BH15 1AB
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MEET THE TEAM: AHCS
As experts in design, construction and project management, the highly experienced and knowledgeable team within our direct construction arm, Acorn Homes Construction Solutions Ltd (AHCS) bring plans to life creating Acorn’s award-winning homes. In this issue, we speak to them about their role at Acorn…
Name: David Brunton Title: Construction Director Region: Acorn Blue, Newquay What’s the best bit about your job?
Being the first region to set up our own in-house construction company AHCS is definitely up there, however I think the pride I have in watching and mentoring my teams on the construction sites and within the office is my favourite part. I am a very hands-on Director and get involved in all aspects of the build and enjoy my walk rounds with site staff at the projects.
What inspired you to get into construction?
I took the alternative route of starting with a ground works company - I loved the camaraderie and the physical work. From there I moved to Tilbury Douglas Construction where I worked my way from Site Manager to Project Manager, and then on to Crummock (Scotland) Ltd where I was Contracts Manager. From there I became a Director of a reinforced concrete company managing the build of Aldi stores throughout Scotland and private developments for small developers. My experience is varied but after an interview in Newquay with Acorn Blue, the rest is history.
Favourite Acorn development and why?
It has to be The Dunes at Perranporth Beach as this was our (AHCS) very first build for Acorn. The quality in the build is there for all to see and the lack of maintenance issues even on such an exposed site is testament to the quality of the build.
Advice for anyone looking to get into construction?
Review your options, think about what you would like to do because there is a role for everyone - whether it’s a trades person or in management. You need to have a high work ethic and be able to pay attention to detail.
Describe your ideal day off in Cornwall... Out on the water on my paddle board with my grandkids or on my own just paddling around the bays and creeks. I am yet to get my boat into Cornish water and I am determined to get her in next year - then it will be sailing that will take up every spare moment!
What’s your favourite... Place to eat? Chain Locker, Falmouth. Place to visit? The Minack Theatre, Porthcumo. Local produce? Fresh fish and a pint of Tribute.
What inspired you to get into construction?
Name: Anca Gujba Title: Design Manager Region: Bristol
I had always wanted to be an architect, so the intent was there all along. I worked for architecture practices and freelanced as an architectural designer for many years until an interesting job came up from a developer working on historic and listed buildings. I started off working in the planning and preconstruction phases and gradually my role shifted towards detailed design and delivery of projects on site while getting my architect qualification at the same time.
What’s the best bit about your job?
Favourite Acorn development and why?
I like that I am in control of my time and methods to complete my work. Joining AHCS at its Bristol launch has meant that I was given a lot of input on how to run jobs and establish my own procedures. The best bit of my job are the days when I get no calls from site, as it means they have everything they need and everything is going well!
Hope House in Bath is the development that inspired me to want to work with Acorn. I knew about the challenges they had faced but I was really impressed with the end result. It is a great example of sensitive conversion and new build in a fantastic location which I hope will be repeated soon.
Name: Tony McCraith Title: Senior Site Manager Region: Bristol
Favourite Acorn development and why?
What’s the best bit about your job?
As Site Manager I like the control I am given in leading the build of projects and working with a great, close-knit team to achieve shared goals. Of course, there are good and bad days, but I get a lot of satisfaction from what I do and it’s always great seeing the end-result of a project you’ve managed and feeling a sense of pride.
What inspired you to get into construction?
I’ve been in construction for many years, originally starting as a carpenter and moving into refurbishment. I love transforming properties and have been lucky enough to work on some amazing residential and commercial projects including the refurbishment of the Bath Racecourse - a multimillion-pound redevelopment.
Joining Acorn in July 2019, The Old Printworks in Frome is the first development I’ve worked on. For me it’s been great coming into a brand-new project with a clean, blank canvass and injecting personality into it. I think that’s the beauty of working on construction projects from the outset.
Advice for anyone looking to get into construction?
Construction is a great industry to get into - with new projects arising all the time there is always a need for skilled workers. No two days are the same and you are exposed to new, interesting challenges throughout the projects you work on. With technology advancing and providing great benefits to the sector, it’s an exciting industry to be a part of.
Describe your ideal day off in Frome...
I’m in a local rock band so I love visiting the Cheese & Grain to play a
Advice for anyone looking to get into construction?
Make sure you are always ready to learn and adapt, it never stops. Make friends with the trades - you will gain invaluable knowledge. If coming from a design/creative background, give it a try - it’s not for everyone, but it provides vital insight into real-world construction and it will undoubtedly make you a better designer.
Describe your ideal day off in Bristol...
Wake up late, go for brunch in Stokes Croft, check out the markets downtown, enjoy some craft beer at Small Bar and a steak dinner at Pasture followed by a play at The Old Vic.
What’s your favourite... Place to eat? The Harbourside Market. Place to visit? Westonbirt Arboretum. It is a peaceful and beautiful escape from reality. Local produce? Five Acre Farm, a local sustainable community farm.
gig. Frome is very up and coming and there are lots of independent shops and creative people. Just outside of Frome you will find the great city of Bath which has a lot to offer in terms of places to eat and drink as well as a fascinating history.
What’s your favourite... Place to eat? Eight Stoney Street in
Frome is great for tasty all-day dining and people watching. Wines are also a real selling point here; 10 are served on tap – you can take some away in your own bottle! Place to visit? The canals in nearby Bradford-on-Avon are great, especially in the summer. There are lots of nice walks and pubs to stop at along the way! Local produce? In Somerset, obviously there is plenty of delicious cheese and cider to choose from – If I had to choose one of each, I’d go for Westcombe Dairy cheese and Worleys Cider – both are based just down the road from Frome.
CREATIVE REGENERATION We are proud to work with local communities and promote positive change through seeking to refurbish, convert and adapt existing buildings rather than demolish where possible.
Working on brownfield sites, many of our schemes involve the retention of historic buildings and we have successfully converted warehouses, factories, houses and offices including listed Georgian and Victorian buildings. By recognising the distinctive character of an area, we design each development to complement its locality. Having restored many buildings of historical significance, we work to preserve and renew local heritage and ensure the long-term viability of local communities. Skilled at recognising a site’s potential we work to innovatively restore historic and listed buildings including derelict industrial buildings. As well as those included in our ‘A New Lease of Life’ feature on page 34, current projects include Brooks Dye Works, Bristol – The historic site of The Brooks Dye Works Co. with a history stretching all the way back to 1819 when it first started out dyeing clothes in the city centre. For more than 130 years, Brooks Dye Works provided Bristolians with a range of great dying, cleaning and ironing facilities and was also a huge support during both world wars. At the heart of the St Werburghs site is the iconic landmark chimney around which the new homes and outside space have been designed ensuring its place in Bristol’s skyline is secured. Set within the London Borough of Ealing, adjacent to the Acton Town Centre Conservation Area, the Listed St Mary’s Church and Acton Market, our King’s Court development comprises twenty-five converted and new build apartments over a new commercial space. The project is
based around the reworking of an existing 1960’s building, stripping back to the concrete frame, providing a new cool contemporary overcoat and adding on top three layers of stepped 2 bed penthouses with large areas of glazing and flowing space. As the surrounding urban landscape is low to medium scale these terraces have largely uninterrupted views to the horizon in most directions. Although sitting in the heart of Acton Town once you are up on the terraces you can feel removed from the hustle and bustle of the busy market below whilst admiring the fine gothic architecture of St Marys across King Street. On the grounds of the former Butler, Tanner and Dennis printers, and in a joint venture with London & County, The Old Printworks, Frome is an innovative, design-led regeneration scheme which incorporates materials inspired by and sympathetic to its natural surroundings. The new homes have been carefully curated to provide a unique addition to Frome’s existing community, drawing reference to the former printworks buildings while keeping Acorn’s ‘Different by Design’ ethos at the heart. In central Bristol, Alliance House is a collection of carefully designed apartments offering a rare opportunity to live in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting and energetic cities. Occupying a commanding building with a rich history, it was originally completed in 1881 for Dunlop, Mackie & Co, a Bristol-based firm of wine, spirit, ale, and porter merchants. With careful attention being paid to the retention of original details, these new homes have been designed to make the best use of space and offer the ultimate city centre starter homes.
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The Old Printworks - Show Homes
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BUYING WITH ACORN Whether you’re taking your first step on the property ladder, buying for investment, upsizing or downsizing, purchasing a new property needn’t be a daunting prospect with our guide to help you through the buying process.
Get your finances in place Buying a property is a big step often involving a substantial long-term financial commitment. If you need a mortgage, make sure you get one agreed in principle before starting your search.
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Find your dream home with us Do you want to be in the heart of a big city, have the best of city/rural living in a country town, live on the coast or among the sprawling countryside? You can search our properties by development, location or collection.
Reserve Once you have made your decision, you will complete the reservation paperwork with the sales team. At this stage, you will need to pay the reservation fee which forms part of your deposit and takes the property off the market.
Arrange your mortgage and instruct a solicitor We can give you details of our recommended financial advisors and conveyancers.
Exchange of contracts Once the legal work is complete and if applicable you have received your mortgage offer, it’s time to exchange contracts. This is required to take place within 28 days from the date your solicitor received the contract pack from our solicitor. As you approach the time to exchange contracts your solicitor will go through the contract papers with you, request you to sign them and ask you for the balance of your 10% exchange deposit. If your new home is already built and finished you will exchange with a fixed completion date, or if your new home is currently being constructed you will exchange for completion on notice.
Once your new property is build complete we’ll invite you to come and have a look at it. The sales and site team will help you get an understanding of how your property has been built and how things work.
Once everything is in place for completion, your solicitor will advise your mortgage lender to release the funds. Or if you are not having a mortgage your solicitor will request that you transfer the monies to them. Your solicitor will then transfer the funds to our solicitor and once the funds have been received, our solicitor will confirm that legal completion can take place.
Collect the keys! We will call you to confirm when you are able to pick up your keys from the sales team. At this stage, you will be given a homeowner’s manual. This manual will have detailed information about your property including appliance serial numbers, instructions and guides.
Aftercare Once you move in, our aftercare team will ensure you are happy with everything in your new property and address any issues or answer any questions that may arise.
HELP TO BUY
The Government-backed Help to Buy scheme has been created to support first-time buyers in England, so that more people are able to make their first step on the housing ladder. How does Help to Buy work? With a Help to Buy Equity Loan, the Government lends you up to 20% (40% in London) of the cost of your newly built home. This means you’ll only need a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest. You will not be charged loan fees on the 20% loan for the first five years of owning your home. How much you can spend on your home will depend on which region it is in. Regional price cap London - £600,000 South East - £437,600 South West £349,000
Important things to note: - The scheme is available to first-time buyers only - Price caps vary by region. See website for details: www.helptobuy.gov.uk - This scheme is not available to buy-to-let investors
Help to Buy - Wales - An equity loan from the Welsh Government could allow you to buy your new home in Wales with a 5% deposit - More more information visit: www.gov.wales/help-to-buy-wales
Following major changes in July 2020, if you complete on a residential property in England between 8th July 2020 and 31st March 2021 as your main residence, you will have no Stamp Duty Land Tax to pay on properties up to £500,000. For homes over £500,000 you will save £15,000. These rates apply whether you are buying your first home or have owned property before. The Welsh Government announced changes in July to the Land Transaction Tax threshold meaning you do not have to have LTT on properties up to £250,000. This change will take effect on 27 July 2020 until 31st March 2021 and does not apply to second homes.
Acorn’s Assisted Move scheme is in place to allow you to reserve the perfect home with Acorn Property Group while we help you find a buyer for your existing property. Once you have reserved your new home, completed the paperwork and paid your reservation fee, we will withdraw your chosen new home from the market for a period of 6 weeks. Working closely with a local agent, we aim to take away the stress of selling your home and offer support throughout the process. Progress will be monitored and reviewed at the end of the 6-week period. An extension may be granted if deemed appropriate. Once a buyer has been secured, we will complete the reservation process. For more information on Assisted Move then speak to our team today.
Help to Buy Terms & Conditions: YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. Credit is secured against your home. Subject to status, and available on selected properties only. Eligible applicants will be offered an equity loan up to a maximum of 20% of the purchase price (based on the open market value). Applicants are required to fund at least 80% of the purchase price by means of a conventional mortgage, savings/deposit where required. The equity loan is provided by the HCA and held as a second charge. This offer is not available in conjunction with any other promotion. Full details will be provided on request. Assisted Move Terms & Conditions: Subject to availability. On selected homes and developments only. Reservation fee refundable if a buyer is not found for your existing property within the agreed period. Not in conjunction with any other offer.
Simon & Luke helped raise over £75,000 for the African Children’s Fund on their French cycling adventure Acorn Blue and Stride Treglown’s Cycling Sportive
Cheque totalling £4,360 presented to the Nicola Corry Support Foundation
Mette and Christina supporting Action Aid Ed at Colour Bomb Race Photo Credit: The Deaf Academy
Bristol team take on the Half Marathon
Cheque totalling £481 presented to the Children’s Hospice South West
Working within local communities and proud to support some fantastic charities, such as:
CHARITIES As a mindful developer focused on meeting the needs of local communities, Acorn fully encourages charity initiatives, supporting employees who wish to undertake fundraising and volunteer work. Romy Summerskill, Executive Chairman of Acorn Property Group believes “working within local communities is key to the ethos of Acorn and we are proud to have so many team members take part in charitable endeavours to help raise vital funds for these worthy causes.” Acorn is proud to be associated with the RNLI and for over a decade has supported their lifeguards and lifeboat crew. With many of our Acorn Blue developments located on the Cornish Coast within close proximity to the sea, we truly appreciate the importance of their lifesaving work and make regular donations via a multitude of fundraising efforts. Acorn Blue also raised funds this year for Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) Little Harbour in St Austell, achieving a total of £481 through the sales of bacon rolls to help support families using this care setting in Cornwall. For the second consecutive year, Acorn Bristol had great fun taking part in the Bristol half marathon in 2019 with nine keen team members running to raise funds for the Nicola Corry Support Foundation, a local charity that help families cope with cancer. In addition, Simon Gait and Luke Burwood joined 36 other cyclists and took on the 3-day cycling challenge ‘VADO Velo’ covering 250 miles from Calais to Reims in aid of the African Children’s Fund. In total, the event organised by VADO bathrooms raised an impressive £75,000. While keeping on the cycling theme in celebration of the Cycling UK’s Bike Week, Acorn Blue hosted their third annual #AcornStrideSportive helping raise money for ‘It’s In The Bag’ a testicular cancer awareness charity based in the South West. The day consisted of a 50 mile road ride and mountain bike course around Cornwall raising a total of £650.
Acorn Exeter took part in Exmouth’s first ever sponsored Colour Bomb event with various members from across the regions running a 4km course along the beach while getting messy with paint, to raise funds for the new Deaf Academy. The former school site will become one of Acorn Exeter’s first developments, St Leonards Quarter and funds raised have been used for the new state-of-the-art, purpose-built school in Exmouth. Acorn also continues to work with ActionAid and as time has gone on since teaming up in 2018, it has been great to see the relationships grow as each region engages with their sponsored child, sending letters and receiving updates. Acorn is proud to be able to support such a wonderful charity that works with communities to provide adequate healthcare, improve education standards and install secure water sources to help the health and wellbeing of families like the ones which Acorn sponsor. The charity also works with women and girls to make sure their voices are heard so they too can play an active role in the development of their communities. We have so far donated in excess of £10,000 to ActionAid. November 2021 will hopefully see Christina Massos and Mette Blackmore from Acorn London set off on their next adventure, following on from their successful fundraising trip in Rwanda in 2018. As part of Acorn’s ongoing support for ActionAid the pair will embark on a worthwhile project in Cambodia, helping to build much needed new classrooms as part of a local school project to enable children access to their right of an education in a safe and supportive environment, helping to break the cycle of poverty.
South West Insider Awards. Residential Development of the Year 2020 Brandon Yard, Bristol WhatHouse? National Awards. Bronze Winner Medium size housebuilder 2019 Acorn Property Group South West Insider Awards. Residential Development of the year 2019 The Dunes, Perranporth (Shortlisted - Brandon Yard) RICS Awards winner of the South West Residential category 2019 The Dunes, Perranporth
RESI Award 2018 highly commended for Development of the Year
Brandon Yard, Bristol
Bristol Life Award winner of the Property category 2018
Bath Property Awards. Winner of the Best Residential Development 2019 Hope House, Bath LABC South West Building Excellence Awards. Best High Volume New Housing Development 2019 The Dunes, Perranporth Bristol Property Awards. Developer of the year 2019 Acorn Property Group Bristol Property Awards. Development of the year 2019 Brandon Yard, Bristol
RICS Awards shortlisted in the Residential category 2018
Old Station Master’s House, Fowey Horizon, Ogmore-by-Sea Marine Place, Clevedon
Acorn Property Group UK Property Awards winner of the Best Residential Property Category 2018-19
Hope House, Bath
LABC Building Excellence Awards for the South West
UK Property Awards winner of the Best Development
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The Gardens, Hope
Bath Life Awards finalist in the Property category 2018
Old Station Master’s House, Fowey
Property Category 2018-19
Loft House, Bristol
UK Property Awards Residential Development for South East Wales 2017 Horizon, Ogmore-by-See
LABC Building in Excellence Awards for the Vale of Glamorgan 2017 Horizon, Ogmore-by-Sea
UK Property Awards Residential Development 2017-
Shortlisted for the 2017 RICS Awards – Regeneration
Old Station Master’s House, Fowey
Station Master’s House, Fowey
5 Star Gold Best Residential Development Cornwall 2016-2017
One Lusty Glaze, Newquay
5 Star Gold for Best Development, Multiple Units Cornwall 2012-2013 Crantock
5 Star Gold for Best Development, Multiple Units Cornwall 2012-2013 Salcombe
UK Property Awards 5 Star Best Property
UK Residential Property Awards Best Development Cornwall 2010 Cribbar, Newquay
UK Residential Property Awards Best Apartment Cornwall 2010 Apartment 14, Pearl, Newquay
Mail on Sunday British Home Awards Winner Housing
UK Property Awards 5-star Gold Award for Best
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Project of the Year 2009
UK Residential Property Awards Best Development Cornwall 2009 Azure, Newquay
UK Property Awards 5 Star Best Development Cornwall 2011 Rocket, Newquay
Development, Cornwall 2008 Zinc,
Premier Guarantee Awards Highly Commended Medium Development of the Year 2008
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