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REGENERATION

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RESPONSIBILITY

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Since forming Acorn Property Group over 20 years ago we have firmly cemented our position as one of the country’s leading bespoke residential-led developers. With offices in London, Cornwall, Bristol, Cardiff and Hampshire we have completed numerous developments creating houses, apartments and commercial premises across the country. Following Acorn’s ‘different by design’ ethos our regional success has been built by employing talented people with extensive local experience who fully understand the region’s risks and opportunities. This allows us to plan our regional businesses to suit a community’s housing needs. The majority of our schemes involve the regeneration of brownfield sites, replacing and converting redundant buildings to create homes and, where appropriate, offices and retail spaces. We develop a wide variety of sites; urban, rural, brownfield, greenfield and conversions, including many listed buildings. Each development is designed entirely around a site’s locality and future occupiers. We believe that by combining experienced Group and regional design and management skills, while recognising not only national trends but also local issues, our business will thrive. Furthermore, the diversity of our homes and buyers means that the financial health of the Group is not reliant on any one market sector or region. Strong and mutually beneficial partnerships are at the centre of our business. An increasing number of our developments are joint ventures with landowners, public bodies, charities, banks and a variety of introducers and private equity funders. For many regional and national agents we are the recommended Development Partner of choice for landowners. Our willingness to structure deals to meet our partner’s needs means we have successfully completed many joint ventures involving a wide variety of arrangements. In each case our Acorn brand together with our management teams, construction and sales expertise, means we successfully created value and made the most of every opportunity. Our intention is to continue to grow our regional offices while further cementing our position as a company dedicated to productive partnerships and residential-led regeneration. With our professional, imaginative team and our varied and diverse portfolio of current and future developments, I believe our business has a bright future. Romy Summerskill Founder and Chairman


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“Each region is different and recognising this is the key to our success.”

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“Combining a strong national brand and design ethos with the needs of very diverse regions is a challenge. However, our teams ensure the Acorn brand’s standards are maintained in all our homes and price ranges and we are committed to being the best high quality residential developer in each of our regions.”

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Different Regions - Different Challenges The London market has been dominated by a severe shortage of land, high values, increasing construction costs and a very difficult planning environment but benefits from strong, local and international demand. The Bristol region is driven by strong local demand, sound regional business and population growth. Land supply is mainly from the regeneration of brownfield sites and profitability is driven by our ability to provide a bespoke product at an affordable price. The Devon & Cornwall, Acorn Blue region is our most diverse market where we build stunning, high value

coastal houses and apartments for the second home market whilst also developing more affordably priced sites for the local owner occupier market. The South Wales market is dominated by employment in Cardiff which generates demand both in the city and suburbs and opportunities to build amazing holiday homes on the South Coast. The South is generally an affluent region driven by a wide variety of demand ranging from local housing needs to retirement homes, holiday homes and housing within commutable distance of London.


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In 2013 Trinity House, a 500 year old charity that was historically dedicated to the welfare of seafarers who managed Britain’s lighthouses, decided to seek partners to develop a corner of their central London Trinity Village Estate. Determined to create ‘best value’, and following a lengthy selection process, Trinity House chose a partnership with Acorn and Galliard Homes to deliver a mixed-use development that would be of clear benefit to all parties. With Acorn London’s experience in high quality design, planning and delivery, the team was well placed to provide a development that would optimise value for all the partners. Acorn London led and managed the design and planning process, selecting a team of consultants which included Stirling Award winning architects Haworth Tompkins.

The site is adjacent to a Conservation Area and close to a number of listed buildings which resulted in a particular design solution of three distinct buildings reflecting the characteristics of their micro-locality. This ranges from the grand scaled south building topped with an elegant bronze aluminium frame expressing lightness and delicacy of the upper floors to the more moderate north building designed in homage to the previous courthouse, with railings and stonework echoing the history of the site. The result is a rich and elegant mix of architecture and detail, a development known as Trilogy SE1 which is clearly contemporary whilst respecting the history of the site.


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Newspaper House is a mixed-use development of 12,000 sq ft of office space and nine unique residential apartments set around a raised courtyard. The scheme provides much needed employment and housing space and is one of over forty schemes Acorn has completed in London’s South Bank.


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“Unlocking a development’s true potential is a process of vision. Making a scheme deliverable needs teamwork and experience.” John Skok - Founder and Group Operations Director

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Bath is without doubt the most beautiful city in England HOPE HOUSE, BATH

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Bath is the only place in Britain to have the whole city designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO and therefore managing the regeneration of a large city centre residential scheme, was challenging. The Hope House site in central Bath will comprise fifty-eight new dwellings within and around the historic listed Manor House. The site’s extensive 6 acre gardens and parkland sits proud at the top of a dramatic natural amphitheatre with magnificent views surrounded by amazing Georgian architecture.

Daniel Lugsden, Partner and Architect at the Bath based Nash Partnership, says: “This site, original building and 1960s built school with its history and presence took time to understand and interpret. However, we believe we have created unique homes that blend into Bath’s treasured Georgian setting offering the best views across Bath and to give Bath a beautifully remodelled and landscaped development in the heart of the city.”


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chosen as the regional bespoke residential specialist to undertake the development. Acorn Bristol re-engineered the planning permission to provide a block of forty five apartments and four town houses, named Water’s Edge, all fronting the River Tone and overlooking Firepool Lock. This collaboration between Acorn Bristol, St Modwen and Taunton Deane has played a key part in the regeneration of the city centre.

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The centre of Taunton, Somerset and the banks of the River Tone have over the years been dominated by the county’s cattle market. As part of a £105m regeneration project Taunton Deane Borough Council, in conjunction with commercial developer St Modwen plc, sought to regenerate the now redundant site into a mixture of retail, commercial and residential space. An outline planning permission for a substantial mixed-use scheme which included a residential block, was obtained and Acorn Bristol was


“Providing affordable homes for local housing needs, whatever they may be, is the key to the success of our business” Stuart Callaghan - Regional Managing Director Acorn South

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When Acorn South was approached to purchase Heron House, an unattractive 8-storey 1970s office block in central Bournemouth, we immediately saw potential to refresh the building and turn it into a successful mixed-use scheme. The copper and brown building was named The Chocolate Box. The ground floor banking premises was retained and Acorn South provided over 14,000 sq ft of commercial space over the next two floors and converted the remaining six floors of the existing building to create fifty four sensibly priced first time buyer and investor apartments. Subsequently we obtained planning permission for side and upper floor extensions comprising an additional ten apartments and five duplex penthouses with amazing views over the English Channel, the Purbeck Peninsula to the south and countryside to the north of the city.


The agency selling this run-down beachfront house in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, saw a block of apartments or a new bungalow; Acorn saw a Californian beach house. The Award-winning house was entirely clad in Iroko timber, which after weathering formed a silver-white patina that complemented the natural tones of the shale beach.

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“I have worked in Cardiff for over 10 years and if I could choose one apartment in the city, it would be the penthouse at Cathedral House” James Groombridge Regional Managing Director Acorn Cardiff

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Cathedral House was a tired vacant office block in a prime suburb of central Cardiff. However, the 1970s eight storey building offered versatile floor plates perfect for conversion to residential accommodation with amazing views from the top four floors. The building was converted into twenty one apartments, with the penthouse benefitting from 360° views over Cardiff Bay, central Cardiff and the countryside beyond. The ground floor was refurbished and sold as a coffee shop and the scheme was successfully developed by Acorn Cardiff and sold within 18 months of purchase.


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“Acorn Blue has played a key part in the regeneration of North Cornwall’s coastline by replacing redundant hotels with bespoke, award-winning homes” Stuart Brereton MRICS Joint Regional Managing Director and Land Director Acorn Blue

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There is no place more beautiful than the Cornish coast


Acorn prides itself on reacting to local demand. This is clearly demonstrated by Acorn Blue in the Devon & Cornwall region where we have developed a huge variety of sites including brownfield and greenfield sites and converted redundant hotels to provide local housing, stunning luxury beachfront homes and much needed social housing. Throughout all our regions we adapt to not only the individual site’s planning requirements, but also the local community and the needs of our buyers. Wherever we build a home we always ensure it is of the highest possible quality.” Julian Hampson BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA Group Design Director

PEARL, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

THE SANDS, POLZEATH, CORNWALL

COAST, PORTH, CORNWALL

THE VIEW, ST IVES, CORNWALL

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Heaven is a home by the sea

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“Our vision for each site starts with the raw materials – the land and the existing buildings; We then examine the local needs and the site’s opportunities to create the best possible space for people to live and work in; The result is a building that enhances its local environment and the lives of its occupiers” John Skok - Founder and Group Operations Director

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The Valentine was a derelict public house in a prime position between Weston Street and Long Lane in London’s South Bank. Acorn London entered into a joint venture with the landowner who had obtained a planning permission but was unable to sell the site for an acceptable price. Acorn London analysed the existing planning permission, which was for thirteen apartments, and went on to obtain a much improved planning permission increasing the net saleable residential floor area by 43% by adding six additional private apartments and a seventh storey. The ground floor commercial space was reorganised to make it suitable for a blue chip tenant which Acorn London then identified. Upon completion of the development the landowner received not only his target land value but a share of the profit and received significantly more than he had ever hoped for with his original sale price being increased by nearly 300%.

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Successful urban regeneration means making the most of valuable space whilst never compromising standards


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The London Borough of Barnet had insufficient funds to refurbish or construct a new library in Muswell Hill so sought a Development Partner to help them achieve their goal. The brief was challenging – to create a futuristic landmark building in a predominantly Edwardian residential area that included state-of-the-art library facilities and residential accommodation, which profited both the Council and the developer.

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Acorn London won the public bid with a library scheme where the façade was reminiscent of the irregularity of books on shelves. The light filled glass and steel structure was aptly named Pages and the development design was cleverly integrated to respect the neighbouring buildings. This part public, part private scheme was a resounding success. All stakeholders’ aims were achieved and the development was delivered on budget and on time.


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Lee Bay is a village that lies in a hidden valley between the popular coastal towns of Woolacombe and Ilfracombe in Devon. With its own microclimate the valley hosts stunning seasonal displays of flora and fauna and was a popular holiday destination in the heyday of British tourism. The former Lee Bay Hotel is located on the seafront and has lain derelict since 2005. Riddled with complex flooding, drainage, ecological and logistical issues, the site needed the expertise of an innovative developer to find a way forward. Acorn Blue formed a joint venture with the landowner and is in the late stages of securing a planning permission for a sensitive redevelopment that will bring people back into the valley. The development comprises a diverse mix of apartments, terraced houses and detached houses, along with large communal gardens. In addition a public cafĂŠ, an enlarged beach car park and a wonderful public terrace overlooking the sea will enable people to rediscover this stunning part of North Devon.

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When the Cornish family-run Crantock Bay Hotel - set in a beautiful location with stunning ocean views - closed, the family wanted to sell part but not all of the site so Acorn Blue proposed a structure that allowed them to do just that whilst obtaining maximum value.

The development Crantock Bay Apartments involved converting the hotel into fourteen 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and a 4 bedroom house. 90% of the apartments were sold off plan with many of the hotel’s former visitors investing in a holiday or buy-to-let home.

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Acorn Blue purchased the site and once completed, transferred a purpose built office, cafĂŠ and leisure complex back to the owners. The owners also retained the freehold and its valuable ground rent income.


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The Rest Convalescent Hotel in Porthcawl is a Grade II listed building constructed in the 1860s when the design was influenced by Florence Nightingale.The building laid dormant for a number of years despite having a detailed planning permission for conversion into residential use. The owner needed someone with the skills, expertise and vision to take the project forward.

regeneration. Acorn Cardiff has uncovered many hidden features and working closely with the Conservation Officer, the project team have refined and improved the existing planning consent identifying an additional 6,000sq ft of residential space and improving the mix and design of the apartments so to maximise sales values and market demand.

Located in Rest Bay, Porthcawl the building overlooks one of South Wales’ finest surf beaches, enjoys unencumbered sea views and is adjacent to The Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, a regular host to the Senior Open Championship golf tournament.

The result has created a significant improvement in the project’s viability and will ensure this much loved local building enjoys many more years of life.

Acorn Cardiff was selected as the joint venture partner due to their local expertise and track record of coastal development, restoration and

Overall The Links will provide 70 apartments of which half are in the listed building and the remainder within a new building overlooking the golf course.


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THE DUNES, PERRANPORTH

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With site based teams of experienced Construction and Project Managers, Site Managers, Technical Managers, Design Co-ordinators and Construction Planners, AHCS has all the assets to plan, design and deliver a project on time and within budget. In addition AHCS’s office based teams include Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Structural Engineers, M&E Engineers and a buying team to ensure intelligent design led solutions, construction best practice and value for money are realised on every scheme. With extensive knowledge in the regional construction markets, each Acorn office has a network of local contractors, professionals and suppliers. Our range of experience and technical expertise means we can deliver new build projects, conversions, houses, apartments or mixed-use schemes whether new build or conversions. If a site has topographic or geotechnical challenges, is in an extreme coastal location or a complex inner city location, Acorn has a track record of delivering quality completed developments. Whether acting as a Main Contractor, Management Contractor or fixed price Design and Build Contractor, AHCS can meet any development’s construction needs.

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A.H. Construction Solutions Limited, ‘AHCS’ is the direct construction arm of Acorn Property Group. Employing their own construction staff, AHCS undertakes a wide range of bespoke projects from new build residential houses and blocks, as well as refurbishment and conversion of residential and industrial premises including listed buildings.


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ROCKET, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL


TANNER STREET Your New Home Awards 2007 Best Development for First Time Buyers - Winner WELLER STREET LOFTS Your New Home Awards 2007 Best City Development - Highly Commended WELLER STREET LOFTS Hot Property New Homes Awards 2007/8 Metropolitan Living - Gold Award WOODLAND TERRACE Hot Property New Homes Awards 2007/8 Family Homes - Silver Award WOODLAND TERRACE Best Homes Garden Awards 2008 Best Garden - Silver Award WOODLAND TERRACE New Homes Garden Awards 2008 Best Environmental / Ecological Project - Gold Award ZINC Premier Guarantee Awards 2008 Highly Commended, Medium Development of the Year ZINC Daily Mail UK Property Awards 2008 5 star Gold Award for Best Development Cornwall PEARL Mail on Sunday British Homes Awards 2009 Housing Project of the Year

AZURE UK Residental Property Awards 2009 Best Development, Cornwall - 5 Star Gold

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TANNER STREET Housebuilding Innovation Awards 2007 Best Initiative to aid First Time Buyers / Key Workers Highly Commended

CRIBBAR UK Residental Property Awards 2010 Best Development, Cornwall - 5 Star Gold PEARL UK Residental Property Awards 2010 Best Apartment, Cornwall - 5 Star Gold THE RETREAT UK Property Awards 2011 Best Property, Cornwall - 5 Star Gold THE RETREAT Design Awards 2011 Contract Bathroom Design of the Year ROCKET UK Property Awards 2011 Best Development, Cornwall - 5 Star Gold SALCOMBE HEIGHTS British Homes Awards 2011 Housing Project of the Year - Commendation CRANTOCK VALE UK Property Awards 2012 Best Development Multiple Units, Cornwall - 5 Star Gold SALCOMBE HEIGHTS International Property Awards 2012 Best Development Multiple Units, Devon - 5 Star Gold ONE LUSTY GLAZE UK Property Awards 2016 Best Residential Development Cornwall ACORN CARDIFF Cardiff Life Awards 2016 Finalist Property Business of the Year ACORN BLUE Old Station Master’s House Shortlisted for RICS Award 2017

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BEST DEVELOPMENT CORNWALL Zinc by Acorn Property Group 2008

Azure, Headland Road by Acorn

BEST DEVELOPMENT CORNWALL UK

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RICHARD AUSTIN, NICOLA MARKHAM & GEORGE CARLTON-SMITH

DUPORTH, ST AUSTELL


Over 95% of the developments built by Acorn are on brownfield sites. Our creative approach to the re-use of existing buildings, combined with inventive and bespoke architecture, means we create schemes which have a sense of place within their local environment. As a responsible regeneration developer Acorn continually evaluates all its development and construction processes to minimise the impact of operations on the environment.

Acorn constantly researches evolving products and building practices that may help reduce energy consumption and the environmental impact of our developments. We monitor construction operations to ensure compliance with local authority and central government guidelines and always seek to minimise local disruption during the construction process.

Affordable Housing & Communities Acorn understands that successful communities are based around cross sections of society with people living and working together from all walks of life. We strive to ensure all of our developments revitalise and reinvigorate the area around them and in many cases this involves original and creative approaches to affordable housing. At One Lusty Glaze in Newquay the bespoke shared ownership houses helped the scheme win The Best Residential Development in Cornwall in the 2016 UK Property Awards whilst the redevelopment of the council housing tower block estate in Barking was Highly Commended for Housebuilding Innovation Awards 2007 Best Initiative

to aid First Time Buyers/Key Workers and won Your New Homes Awards 2007 Best Development for First Time Buyers. It contributed hugely to the economic regeneration of the area, building a platform for a successful new community. We are happy to utilise our extensive strategic land expertise to acquire land for housing providers or work alongside them to secure planning permission. We also understand the evolving nature of affordable housing and our non-plc business structure allows us to make the most of new policy directions. For Investors this flexibility and efficiency sets us apart from our competitors.

Accessible & Adaptable Dwellings Wherever possible Acorn designs for Lifetime Living so that an Acorn property can take you from your first family home through to your retirement years. The vast majority of our apartments are easily accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs and have wide communal landings and lifts. Wherever possible the apartments have a terrace or balcony providing private outside space and often have

access to larger communal landscaped gardens. Most also benefit from allocated parking with designated disabled spaces and an individual bicycle store. Many of our houses have separate dining rooms or study areas on the ground floor designed to be converted to a bedroom, and a WC that can be adapted into a shower room as necessary.

“Acorn believes all companies have a duty to support and make contributions to charities. Acorn is proud to be associated with the Prince’s Trust and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution amongst other nationwide charities. Acorn is also a member of the Cornwall 100 Club, a group of like-minded businesses who believe in social responsibility at grass roots level.� Nicola Markham Group Sales Director and Joint Regional Managing Director Acorn Blue

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Longevity and sustainability are at the heart of all Acorn projects, whether in the buildings themselves or in the creation of communities. Our developments are an investment in the future. Acorn has built up significant experience over the years in developing and designing sustainably and embraces the current strategies embodied in government policy. l

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Where possible Acorn seeks to refurbish, convert and adapt existing buildings rather than demolish them. Many schemes involve the retention of historic buildings and Acorn converts warehouses, factories, houses and office buildings including listed Georgian buildings in both Southwark and Bath and a number of listed Victorian buildings in Bristol, Wales, Cornwall and London. Designing efficient building forms which work with the environment, retaining winter heat but also preventing summer overheating, should be the starting point when we brief our design teams.

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High levels of insulation are now demanded by Building Regulations but we aim to outperform wherever possible. In central London we introduced additional measures that provided reductions on C02 emissions of up to 35%. Many of our projects are so well insulated that they barely need any heating at all except in the depths of the harshest winters. Acorn prides themselves on designing light and spacious dwellings that have gardens, terraces and balconies and which always embrace the views and natural light where available. Large areas of glazing with generous openable doors and windows allow people to enjoy the sun and fresh air. Acorn always takes every opportunity to bring in daylight through windows, roof lights, and even use light tubes bringing daylight deep into the apartments, thereby reducing energy used in artificial lighting. This includes hallways, bathrooms and kitchens which are areas often neglected by other developers. Acorn understands the joy of bringing in fresh natural air, in both coastal locations and by parks and gardens in cities and towns. This could be on a hot summer’s day but also in mild winter weather and we therefore take great care in the design of how our homes are ventilated, balancing fresh air and security.

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Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation is now a common system in Acorn projects. These simple but clever systems transfer the heat from stale extracted air to fresh incoming air reducing energy costs and ensuring a constant supply of fresh air. Photovoltaics are incorporated in a large number of Acorn projects and form a key element in our low energy strategies. These provide free electricity to the occupants or offset the costs of running our buildings' common parts. Centralised heating/hot water systems which provide communal heat and hot water from one single boiler are used in most of our urban projects. This reduces unnecessary energy use and minimises costs.

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Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is a variation on the centralised system that generates electricity as well as providing heating and hot water. This super efficient system has extremely low energy use and CHP is incorporated into most of our larger urban projects. Ground source heat pumps, which help to reduce energy costs, are used where a gas supply is not available such as in smaller coastal towns. Installation of highly energy efficient appliances including A+ and A++ fridges and dishwashers. Sustainable Urban Drainage is incorporated from the early stages of design, which avoids overloading the existing infrastructure through use of green roofs, extensive planting and porous paving. Extensive planting, landscaping and green roofs provide biodiversity and enhance the amenity and setting of our projects.


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TAY COURT, SE1

CITY WALK, SE1

166 TOWER BRIDGE ROAD, SE1

1 NEWHAM’S ROW, SE1

TYERS GATE, SE1

GREAT GUILDFORD STREET, SE1

RANKIN HOUSE, SE1

BERMONDSEY EXCHANGE, SE1

256-260 WATERLOO ROAD, SE1

EDISON ROAD, N8

TARA MEWS, N8

LONG LANE, SE1

NEW ROAD, N8

BEAR LANE, SE1

WELLER STREET LOFTS, SE1


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3 NEWHAM’S ROW, SE1

2 NEWHAM’S ROW, SE1

ARCHIE STREET, SE1

THE RiSE1, SE1

KIPLING STREET, SE1

TANNER STREET, BARKING

FREDERICK MEWS, N8

PAGES, N10

171-173 BERMONDSEY STREET, SE1

THE BIRCHES, N6


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MOUNT PLEASANT CRESCENT, N4

WOODLAND TERRACE, N2

SPACE SE1, SE1

TRILOGY, SE1

NEWSPAPER HOUSE, SE1

UFFORD STREET, SE1

AZURE, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

CRANTOCK VALE, CRANTOCK, CORNWALL

THE BEACH, PORTHTOWAN, CORNWA

ROCKET, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

PENTIRE POINT, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

SALT, ST. IVES, CORNWALL

OCEAN GATE, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

CORISANDE, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

RIVERSIDE, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL


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MARKET MEWS, SE1

VALENTINE, SE1

STATION HOUSE, N10

TOOLWORKS, SE10

THE SANDS, POLZEATH, CORNWALL

CRIBBAR, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

THE VIEW, ST. IVES, CORNWALL

SALCOMBE HEIGHTS, SALCOMBE, DEVON

ONE LUSTY GLAZE, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

THE WHITEHOUSE, WATERGATE BAY, CORNWALL


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FREDERICK MEWS, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

COAST, PORTH, CORNWALL

PEARL, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

OLD STATION MASTER’S HOUSE, FOWEY, CORNWALL

THE DUNES, PERRANPORTH, CORNWALL

DUPORTH, ST AUSTELL, CORNWALL

LOFT HOUSE, BRISTOL

HOPE HOUSE, BATH

MARINE PLACE, CLEVEDON, NORTH

CUBIS BRUTON, SOMERSET

BRACKENWOOD, PORTISHEAD, NORTH SOMERSET

THE LINKS, REST BAY, PORTHCAWL,

CATHEDRAL HOUSE, CARDIFF, WALES

NORTH QUAY, WEYMOUTH, DORSET

THE CHOCOLATE BOX, BOURNEMOU


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BRANDON YARD, BRISTOL

THE CARRACKS, ST IVES, CORNWALL

THE RETREAT, WATERGATE BAY, CORNWALL

WATER’S EDGE, TAUNTON, SOMERSET

SOMERSET

OTTERS HOLT, OTTERY ST MARY, DEVON

ST. JOSEPH’S GARDENS, PORTISHEAD

WALES

COTTRELL GREEN, BONVILSTON, WALES

HORIZON, OGMORE-BY-SEA, WALES

TH, DORSET

HARBOUR LOFTS, POOLE, DORSET

BEACH HOUSE, BEXHILL-ON-SEA, EAST SUSSEX


ACORN LONDON

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