Acorn Life 2018/2019

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The best of coastal living in Porthcawl An exclusive collection of sixty-nine studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments overlooking South Wales’ award-winning Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and the glorious sandy beach with Blue Flag status at Rest Bay. The Links offers a unique blend of panoramic views and modern living within an extended Grade II detached Victorian building set in extensive private lawned gardens.

Coming soon - Register your interest now

Rest Bay, Porthcawl CF36 3UP

For more information contact: Acorn Cardiff 029 2010 0650

WELCOME TO THE 2018/19 ISSUE OF ACORN LIFE Whether you dream of waking up to the sound of rolling waves, want the convenience of vibrant city living, desire the tranquillity of a rural retreat or are looking for a flexible space for your family to grow, we have something to suit every lifestyle. In this issue of Acorn Life, explore our unique collections and find your dream home. Over the past year, Acorn has launched a wide range of exciting new coastal, urban and rural developments including the elegant Hope House in the prestigious city of Bath. The Dunes in Perranporth, Cornwall and the striking yet sustainable Cubis Bruton launched in the Somerset town of Bruton. Coming soon to Porthcawl is The Links, which overlooks South Wales’ Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and premier surfing beach. In this edition, we meet Bristol’s Head of Construction, Dave Gittins and discuss swapping crewing superyachts for a career in construction. We also speak to Group Design Director, Julian Hampson on breathing new life into historic and run-down properties such as Station House in London’s Muswell Hill.

Our ‘different by design’ ethos continues to shape everything we do here at Acorn; each of our properties is carefully and thoughtfully designed to reflect their location while delivering unparalleled quality. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Airlite, an innovative wall finish that improves air quality by removing harmful pollutants and creates a healthier environment for your home and community. We’re proud to be the first residential developer to bring this fantastic product to the UK market. We’ve put more of our development locations under the spotlight, so you can learn more about them and what they have to offer. You’ll discover the beautiful city of Bath, a place so rich in history that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, learn about the historic cathedral city of Salisbury and find out more about the thriving harbour town of Falmouth. Finally, plan your perfect beach escape with our guide to the best beach activities and let our beautiful coastal collection inspire you to make a move to one of our luxurious coastal properties. With over twenty years delivering bespoke homes in stunning waterfront locations, we’re proud to have established ourselves as leading coastal regeneration specialists. We hope you enjoy the read and look forward to welcoming you as a partner or to your new home in the future.

Romy Summerskill Chairman and Founder





Coastal Collection


City Collection



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.

SE1 Collection


Muswell Hill and Crouch End have retained a unique village feel. Find a home amongst the leafy rows of Edwardian terraces and independent high streets.

An area rich in culture, with a strong independent spirit. Find your new home in SE1.

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Urban Village Collection


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 Meet Dave Gittins, Head of Construction in Bristol and 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.




Work with us




Lifetime Living


Meet the team


Creative Regeneration




Would you like to work with us? For over 20 years we have been creating award-winning developments with our partners.


Cover: Hope House in Bath, Somerset Set in six acres of parkland this prestigious development of fifty-eight, 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom apartments and townhouses is situated around the conversion of the majestic Hope House Grade II listed building.


Bath Bath is a city like no other, the only destination in the UK to have the whole city designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Want to join our team? Read on to find out more about a role at Acorn.

Whether it’s surfing, sailing or walking you’re into, we highlight some of the best beaches for these activities.

Learn more about our exclusive range of luxury homes for over 55s, thoughtfully designed for the future.

We speak to our land team to find out what inspires them in and out of work.

Acorn promotes real positive change through creative regeneration, find out about our latest projects.


Falmouth The vibrant historic port of Falmouth is famous for its maritime heritage, strong spirit of creativity and attractive coastline.


Help when buying your new home Schemes to help you buy your first or next home.


Clean air


Property Ladder


What’s On






Introducing Airlite, an innovative air purification system that cleans the air we breathe.

Check out our property list, enabling you to make the next move on life’s property ladder.

Activities, fun and events in your Acorn home neighbourhood.

Communities are at the heart of what we do, read about the charities we support.

Don’t just take our word for it, our homes win awards.

Salisbury Known as ‘the city in the countryside’, one of Salisbury’s great attractions is its glorious scenery, with the city’s majestic cathedral.


COASTAL living Whether you prefer golden beaches, estuaries teeming with boats or wildlife, rugged cliff tops or endless dunes, there are few places that rival the sheer variety and drama of the British coast. From the splendid beaches of Porthcawl in Wales or St Ives in Cornwall to spectacular cliff walks along the UK’s coastal path, it’s easy to see why many of us choose a life by the sea. For those with a passion for water sports, there’s surfing, sailing, snorkelling and more in the buzzing coastal hotspots of Falmouth and St Ives. Fish markets, gastropubs and specialist seafood restaurants along the coast cater to the increasing popularity of locally sourced, fresh produce. The beautiful harbour towns and fishing villages along the South West and Welsh coasts are home to vibrant cultural and leisure scenes. Falmouth, with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, plays host to regular live events, festivals and an award-winning National Maritime Museum. St Ives has long been known for its thriving arts scene and home to the Tate of the West. In the pristine Georgian port of Charlestown, there are quaint antique shops and traditional boat builders underpinning a strong community feel.


Rest Bay, Porthcawl

St Ives Harbour,Cornwall

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Charlestown, St Austell


Lifetime Living by the sea Centred around a Grade II listed clock tower and wonderful courtyard, this collection of thirty-eight, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and houses overlooking St Austell Bay, have been thoughtfully laid out with future adaptation in mind. The homes are exclusively for over 55s and benefit from access to private maintained woodland and a private beach. Coming soon - Register your interest now

Manor Farm Road, Duporth, Cornwall PL26 6AH

For further information contact: Acorn Blue 01637 876 000


The Liner, Falmouth COMING SOON Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NB Located in the coastal town of Falmouth, The Liner is a collection of beachfront apartments which will enjoy uninterrupted, south facing sea views over the award-winning Gyllyngvase Beach.

• Fifty-three apartments all with sea views • Private terrace or balcony • Within walking distance of the marina

Old Station Master’s House, Fowey From £495,000 Station Road, Fowey, South Cornwall PL23 1DF Situated in Fowey, Old Station Master’s House is a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge and is perfectly placed in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

• Thirteen 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments and duplex maisonettes • The two remaining homes have a private terrace and river views • Open plan living • Allocated parking

The Courtyard at Duporth COMING SOON Manor Farm Road, Duporth, Cornwall PL26 6AH Centred around a Grade II listed clock tower and 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 bed apartments and houses Lifetime Living, exclusively for over 55s Access to private maintained woodland and a private beach



View over Rosewall Hill, St Ives

The Carracks, St Ives From £360,000 The Carracks, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3AJ Perfectly situated to enjoy everything St Ives has to offer. Boasting beautiful rural views towards Rosewall Hill yet a short distance from St Ives harbour and town centre. • Last 3 bed home remaining • Open plan living • En-suite bathroom/s • Parking for two cars • Environmental, low maintenance homes

The Dunes, Perranporth From £400,000 Ponsmere Road, Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 0BW Aptly named The Dunes, this development is set amongst the two miles of undulating golden sands of Perranporth Beach. • • • • •


Only 3 homes remaining Beachside location Open plan living Private terrace Allocated parking


Views of Clevedon’s pier

Marine Place, Clevedon From £755,000 Marine Place, Clevedon, Somerset BS21 7PP Set on the seafront within the cliff face the townhouses at Marine Place have been uniquely designed to take advantage of the beautiful views of Clevedon’s Grade I listed pier and the Bristol Channel beyond. • Only two 4 bed townhouses remaining • Separate reception room • Private terrace and balconies • Allocated parking for two cars • Within walking distance of the boutique shops, bars and restaurants on Hill Road

Harbour Lofts, Poole COMING SOON High Street, The Quay, Poole, Dorset BH15 1AB Linking Poole’s historic quarter with its beautiful and vibrant quayside, the apartments at Harbour Lofts will boast uninterrupted views over the harbour. • Nine 1 & 2 bed apartments and a ground floor retail unit • A stone’s throw from many local bars and restaurants • Majority with private terrace or balcony • Register your interest now



Royal Porthcawl Golf course overlooking Rest Bay

The Links, Porthcawl COMING SOON Rest Bay, Porthcawl, Bridgend CF36 3UP Adjacent to the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, The Links enjoys extensive views over Rest Bay from Porthcawl to the Gower Peninsula and across the Bristol Channel. • • • •

Lee Bay COMING SOON Lee, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 8LR Perfectly situated within a stone’s throw of the sea and set within their own communal gardens, these new homes will make the perfect place to relax and enjoy the rugged and beautiful North Devon coast. • • • •


A collection of twenty-three 2, 3 &4 bed apartments, maisonettes and houses Majority with sea views Allocated parking Subject to planning - register your interest now

Collection of sixty-nine beautifully converted and refurbished studios, 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments Allocated parking Gated development Register your interest now


Bristol’s ultimate Harbourside location Set opposite Brunel’s SS Great Britain, in a prime position on Bristol’s floating harbour, Brandon Yard is the final part of the regeneration jigsaw of the northern section of Bristol’s historic Harbourside. Comprising fifty-eight 1, 2 & 3 bedroom homes, the development features the refurbishment and conversion of two Grade II listed buildings, together with a collection of carefully designed new build apartments.

Prices from £295,000 Lime Kiln Road, off Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DZ For further information contact: Acorn Bristol 0117 244 0400 Marketing Suite open Tuesday to Saturday 10am -5pm



CITYliving Whether it’s access to entertainment and cultural attractions, social events, transport links or the plentiful green spaces, there are many reasons an increasing number of us are choosing to live in cities. The South and West are home to some of the most attractive cities in the country. Bristol and Cardiff offer everything you’d expect from a big urban centre yetare within a stone’s throw from beautiful coastline and countryside. Bristol, known for its creativity, diversity and fantastic food culture, is regularly ranked as one of the best cities to live in the UK. The Welsh capital, with its national, cultural and sporting attractions has undergone major regeneration and is famed for its vibrant social life. Smaller cities in the region each have their own distinct character to choose from: live surrounded by elegant Georgian buildings in the world heritage city of Bath; head to the south coast of Devon and the fast-growing City of Exeter, with its fantastic quality of life; or select Salisbury, the ‘city in the countryside’ with its majestic cathedral and stunning architecture.


Views across the city of Bath

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Harbourside, Bristol

St David’s Centre, Cardiff

Exeter Cathedral, Exeter

Harbour, Exeter

Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury

Roman Baths, Bath



External CGI, Brandon Yard

Brandon Yard, Bristol From £295,000 Lime Kiln Road, Bristol BS1 5DZ Set in a prime harbourside location in the centre of Bristol, Brandon Yard has unrivalled views towards the SS Great Britain. • Fifty-six 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments and two 2 bed houses • Refurbishment and conversion of two Grade II listed stone buildings, together with carefully-designed new build apartments • Landscaped courtyard by award-winning architect Matthew Wigan

Loft House, Bristol From £232,500 College Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9BU Located next to the Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground, Loft House features the conversion of a historic Grade II listed stone building. • • • • •


Sixty 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments, duplexes and houses Close to the popular Gloucester Road Allocated parking to 2 & 3 bed apartments Double height ceilings and mezzanine floors Phase two now available


Internal CGI, Hope House

Brooks Dye Works, Bristol COMING SOON Sevier Street, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9QS Located in the heart of St Werburghs and adjacent to the Montpelier Conservation Area the regeneration of Brooks Dye Works will deliver high quality homes close to the city centre.

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One hundred and four 1, 2, 3 & 4 bed apartments and houses with allocated parking Short walk to Montpellier and Stapleton train stations New public space and pedestrian routes Register your interest now

Hope House, Bath From £340,000 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-four 1, 2, 3 & 4 bed apartments and townhouses Private allocated parking Landscaped communal gardens with tennis court Panoramic views over Bath



Salisbury Cathedral

Chequers House, Salisbury From £190,000 New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2PH Boasting Cathedral and rooftop views, Chequers House is a fantastic collection of apartments located in the heart of Salisbury. A short stroll from the Cathedral grounds and situated in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. • • • •


Sixteen 1 & 2 bed apartments Contemporary open plan living space Lift access to all floors Secure parking in gated courtyard


Cathedral House Phase 2, Cardiff, From £495,000 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HB Within walking distance of the city centre Cathedral House is situated on the fringes of Pontcanna, affectionately known as the ‘Chelsea of Cardiff’, in an important conservation area.

• 2 bedroom penthouse with allocated parking • Wrap around balcony/roof garden • Spectacular cityscape views • Cafés, boutiques and restaurants on your doorstep

New homes in Exeter COMING SOON Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4NF Located in the desirable St Leonard’s area of Exeter, overlooking the River Exe. This collection of new homes is in close proximity to great schools and one mile from the city centre. • • • •

One hundred and forty-seven 2, 3, 4 & 5 bed homes Far reaching views of the Halden Hills Mews style design Register your interest now

New Homes in Acton COMING SOON King Street, Acton, London W3 9LD Set within the London Borough of Ealing this is a conversion to create sixteen 1 bedroom apartments with an additional ten new-build apartments. • • • • •

Twenty-six apartments and commercial space Great transport links with a new Elizabeth Line connection due to open in 2019 Beautiful views of listed St Mary’s Church Apartments feature large terraces and balconies Register your interest now



SE1living Encompassing the majority of the iconic South Bank, SE1 sits in the heart of historic London and on the River Thames. Steeped in culture with theatres, galleries, concert halls and an eclectic mix of bars and upmarket restaurants makes SE1 one of London’s most sought-after postcodes.

Views over the South Bank and River Thames


Tate Modern, South Bank

Borough Market, Southwark

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, South Bank

Oxo Tower, South Bank

The glittering array of entertainment venues include some of London’s greatest attractions, The Shard, City Hall, Tower Bridge, The Old Vic, the London Eye, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Despite being a mecca for tourists, the area retains its own distinct community atmosphere for residents. Former industrial warehouses and wharf buildings have been re-imagined into stylish homes, modern offices and inspiring restaurants. Butler’s Wharf, The Cut, Oxo Tower and Borough Market offer an array of restaurants, fresh produce, artisan food and drink which have spearheaded the area’s culinary reputation.



New homes on Tower Bridge Road, COMING SOON Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 3JE Located close to Tower Bridge in the heart of SE1 with pedestrian links to Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey Street and the Tanner Street Park. • • •

Sixty-nine studios, 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments and two commercial units with undercroft parking South facing apartments overlooking wonderful green space of Mary Magdalen Churchyard Register your interest now

Pope Street, Tower Bridge From £1,400,000 Pope Street, Tower Bridge, London SE1 3PR With roof top views of the London skyline in the Bermondsey Street conservation area, the six properties at Pope Street offer flexible living.

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Old Kent Road, London From £275,000 Old Kent Road, London SE1 5AA A collection of twenty-four 1 bedroom period apartments conveniently located on the Old Kent Road which benefit from numerous transport links and amenities. • • • •


Twenty-four 1 bed apartments Refurbished modern interiors High ceilings and sash windows Excellent transport links

Only three 3 bed townhouses remaining Rooftop views of the London skyline Close to local amenities Freehold houses in central London


Design House, Borough COMING SOON Long Lane, London SE1 4BS Located in the heart of London’s South Bank in the shadow of The Shard and within a short walking distance to Bermondsey Street and Borough Market.

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Seven 2 & 3 bed apartments Two commercial units Finished to a high specification All apartments have terraces Register your interest now

Trilogy SE1, Borough COMING SOON Harper Road, Borough, London SE1 6AW Stirling Prize-winning architects Haworth Thompkins has designed this residential development adjacent to the historic Trinity Village Estate in the London Borough of Southwark. Trilogy SE1 will transform a former warehouse site with a scheme that is sympathetic to its surroundings.

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Sixty-four studios 1, 2, & 3 bed apartments and duplexes with only twenty-six remaining Rooftop terraces and balconies Register your interest now

Hepple & White, Borough From £2,400,000 Long Lane, London SE1 4BS Two lovingly restored Grade II* listed 3 & 4 bed Georgian townhouses with rooftop terraces that combine historic features with contemporary style and function.

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A blend of stunning period details with modern comfort and luxury features 5 minute walk from the renowned Borough Market Central location with good transport links Freehold house in central London



URBAN VILLAGE living The leafy north London neighbourhoods of Muswell Hill and Crouch End have a distinct local character that makes them amongst the capital’s most desirable places to live. These charming urban villages combine a strong community spirit with a laid-back lifestyle and countryside feel. Bustling high streets offer a wide choice of stylish independent shops, arty cafÊs and friendly gastropubs. Cultural highlights include the Crouch End ArtHouse, with its lively programme of performance screenings and events, the Crouch End Picturehouse, Muswell Hill Everyman, and the historic entertainment venue Alexandra Palace, with its panoramic views over London. Plenty of green open spaces, quiet tree-lined streets and excellent schools make these Edwardian suburbs deservedly-popular places for young professionals or families.


Highgate Wood, Muswell Hill

Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill

Independent shops, Muswell Hill

Everyman Cinema, Muswell Hill

Independent shops, Muswell Hill

Crouch End ArtHouse, Crouch End

Highgate Wood, Muswell Hill




Muswell Hiill

Crouch End High Street


Kitchen, New Road, Crouch End

New Road, Crouch End From £725,000 New Road, Crouch End, London N8 8TA Located on a peaceful no-through road in the heart of trendy Crouch End, New Road sees the restoration and refurbishment of a locally listed Georgian building.

• Only one 2 bed house remaining • 5 minute walk from the vibrant Broadway Parade • Superb open plan living space • Private outdoor space

Station House, Muswell Hill From £875,000 Fortis Green, Muswell Hill, London N2 9EL Located in the Fortis Green Conservation Area, Muswell Hill boasts a relaxed village-like atmosphere. • Nine 2, 3 & 4 bed homes within a restored former police station • Within easy access of an abundance of amenities • High performing schools in the local area • Less than a 10 minute walk from East Finchley station • Only two homes remaining



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 a tight-knit community. Alongside the attractions of the countryside, once-sleepy villages have undergone a major revival in recent years. New businesses, boutiques and galleries, together with a host of tempting eateries and upmarket bars are shaping a new economy. Year-round programmes of events and festivals have created added social opportunities to complement traditional rural pursuits. New glamour has been brought to the small farming town of Bruton in Somerset, with the arrival of pioneering art gallery Hauser & Wirth, which has placed it firmly on a global map; Hay-on-Wye, nestling just over the Welsh border with Herefordshire is not only a town of books and festivals, it’s also known for its great pubs, gorgeous locallysourced food and for being steeped in history. In East Devon, the historic town of Ottery St Mary with its charming streets huddled around the River Otter, the parish church, independent retailers and excellent schools is fond of its traditional customs such as running through the streets with flaming barrels of tar.


The River Otter, Ottery St Mary

Tumbling Weir, Ottery St Mary

Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Bruton

Hay Deli, Hay-on-Wye



Rural living in Hay-on-Wye A collection of twenty-five, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes situated in the charming town of Hay-on-Wye. Offering wonderful countryside views out onto the black mountains and close to the River Wye, this is an idyllic spot, with the town itself offering plenty to do with more than 40 bookshops, art galleries, craft shops and the famous Hay Festival.

Prices from ÂŁ230,000

Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Powys HR3 5BZ

For more information contact: Acorn Cardiff 029 2010 0650 30


Cottrell Green, Bonvilston COMING SOON Bonvilston, Cardiff CF5 6TR Located in the charming village of Bonvilston, one of the Vale of Glamorgan’s most sought after areas, Cottrell Green offers contemporary rural living suitable for a variety of lifestyles. • • • •

One hundred and twenty, 3, 4 & 5 bed homes Backing onto the award-winning Cottrell Park Golf Course Just 6 miles from the popular market town of Cowbridge 20 minutes from Cardiff city centre

Cubis Bruton, Bruton From £315,000 Cuckoo Hill, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0HF Located in the heart of Somerset in the unique market town of Bruton, the houses will be modern in style and uniquely designed to offer rural living at its best whilst integrating into the local landscape. • Phase 1 comprises thirty-one 3 & 4 bed houses • Flexible open plan design to suit a variety of lifestyles • Conceived by land artist Mark Merer • Easy access to the eclectic offerings of Bruton high street and Hauser and Wirth gallery • Direct route to London from Castle Cary station

Otters Holt, Ottery St Mary From £270,000 Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1AF Situated adjacent to the River Otter within a short, picturesque walk of the historic high street, good local schools and countryside.

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Thirty-three 2 bed coach houses and 3 & 4 bed houses Contemporary living in a traditional setting Open plan living Many feature outside space and river views Allocated parking



Bookers Edge, Hay-on-Wye

Bookers Edge, Hay-on-Wye From £230,000 Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Powys HR3 5BZ Situated in the charming town of Hay-on-Wye, Bookers Edge offers contemporary living in a rural setting with wonderful views out onto the Black Mountains. The town itself has plenty to offer with more than 40 bookshops, art galleries, craft shops and the famous Hay Festival. • • • •

Twenty-five 2, 3, & 4 bed homes Bespoke designs and open plan living Private gardens and allocated parking Walking distance to town centre

Cross Farm, Wedmore COMING SOON Wedmore, Somerset BS28 4EB Cross Farm is located in the picturesque village of Wedmore. Carefully designed to fit in with the village, Cross Farm will offer traditional homes with a contemporary twist. • Collection of thirty-one, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes • Short walk from town centre nearby to local shops • Views of the Mendips and Cheddar Gorge • Register your interest now



Contemporary country living in Bruton Set in a natural amphitheatre overlooking the town, this innovative scheme conceived by land artist Mark Merer, artist Lucy Glendinning and Acorn’s design team provides a unique approach to rural living. The carefully designed 3 & 4 bedroom houses at Cubis Bruton are low energy and highly sustainable. Phase 1 prices from £315,000

Cuckoo Hill, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0AF

For further information contact: Cathy or Sue at Lodestone 01749 605 099



Construction work, Hope House, Bath

Aerial view, Marine Place, Clevedon

Dave Gittins, Head of Construction


CONSTRUCTION CHALLENGES From former factories to derelict pubs and cliff-edges to waterside locations, Dave Gittins and his team are not afraid of challenging developments and delivering complex construction projects. Tackling more demanding schemes requires precision, planning and problem solving, all skills Dave Gittins, Head of Construction for Acorn’s Bristol region developed while crewing superyachts around the world while in his 20s. He has since garnered years of construction industry experience having taken shore leave to pursue his love of innovation and architecture with a career in construction. Over the last decade, he worked for Acorn in Cornwall before moving to the Bristol office to oversee the South West patch.
 When sailing you have to adapt to the sea and weather conditions of the day and likewise different development projects require different solutions calling on a depth of knowledge and utilising cutting-edge construction methods. No two schemes are alike and require bespoke solutions.

At Marine Place in Clevedon, which is positioned on the edge of the North Somerset town’s stunning cliffs, specialist groundworks were carried out and a retaining wall put in place to combat slope stability issues to deliver a row of stylish seafront townhouses. Meanwhile, at Ottery St Mary, an old factory site near Exeter, Dave and his team had to deal with a flood zone and existing culverts and site levels were raised to allow the delivery of new homes. Sustainability is high on the agenda with a ‘fabric first’ approach to insulation from the outset. Dave is charged with reaching a target of ‘nearly zero carbon’ in Acorn’s developments by 2021. Design is part of the process from the very outset through to the completion of a project. Dave and his team are committed to ensuring plain sailing throughout, regardless of project complexity and ensuring that the finished product is both true to the vision and maximises the site’s potential.




A clever design approach is at the heart of Acorn’s ethos when it comes to breathing new life into historic or run-down properties. Whether a building 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 eco-friendly 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.”

Julian Hampson, Group Design Director

Amongst Acorn’s recent projects is Station House, a police station dating from 1904 built-in Muswell Hill, London and with plenty of original features. It has been given a new lease of life as apartments with all the latest mod cons, but careful attention was also paid to preserving its unique charm, from its striking red brick and stone to its historic entrance ‘police’ sign.

Old Station Master’s House, Fowey, Cornwall

South of the river, Long Lane SE1 at Design House, a touch of character has been added to the extension and refurbishment of a 1970s block. While the original building had no great architectural merit exposing the existing external wall made of

Internal CGI, Brandon Yard, Bristol


two tones of brick, set against a new raw exposed concrete frame has injected colour and texture into the property. Julian calls these: “Colourful collisions and happy accidents of design.” In Bristol, Brandon Yard is the last piece in the jigsaw of the regeneration of this part of the city’s famous floating harbour. The careful restoration of the Purifier House and Engine House includes splayed window reveals, softening the sunlight and daylight and enhancing the views of the SS Great Britain ship, whilst staying true to the historic glazing pattern. Further south in Fowey, a small town in Cornwall,

Station House, Muswell Hill

Old Station Master’s House, dating from the late Victorian era, was completely rebuilt, after the team took it down stone by stone labelling each one. The new building was carefully clad with the original stones, preserving its historic charm to create one-ofa-kind apartments. 

 These restoration projects are not only individual in terms of their design, but they are also built to last with an emphasis on using quality materials. There is also a commitment to making the most of every property ensuring they are places in which people truly want to live, work or relax.





Pulteney Bridge over River Avon, Bath

Bath is a city like no other, the only destination in the UK to have the whole city designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Often described as the most beautiful place in Britain, it offers a lifestyle to rival any of the UK’s big cities. Its Roman heritage, Georgian architecture, stellar shopping, restaurants and cultural scene plus close links to London all contribute to Bath’s unique quality of life. Compact enough to get around most places on foot, practically everything in the city is built with golden Bath Stone which is central to its aesthetic appeal. Magnificent Georgian crescents and terraces – including the famous Royal Crescent - spill gracefully down the hills surrounding the city centre. A packed calendar of events include major festivals dedicated to music, film, literature and comedy. The highly-regarded Theatre Royal offers a year-round programme of top-quality drama, including many West End Productions and you can see top class games at Bath Rugby Club, or stroll out to Bath Golf Club for a round with friends.

Kingswood Senior School, Bath

Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in the thermal water that comes directly from the natural hot springs deep beneath the city. In the evening, you can float in the warm waters of the rooftop pool of the Thermae Bath Spa, looking up into a starlit sky. The city has many beautiful parks and gardens, from the National Trust’s Prior Park offering magnificent views of the city, to Parade Gardens in the centre of Bath where live music is often performed from the bandstand. The beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal winds through the city, offering peaceful walks and cycle rides along the towpath. Bath offers some of the finest shopping outside London with upmarket designer brands lining up alongside an array of creative independent shops, and at the bustling Guildhall Market you can pick up the finest fresh West Country produce. There’s an amazing range of restaurants, cafés and bars to suit all tastes or venture out to one of the gastropubs in the picture postcard villages and market towns nearby.


Roman Baths, Bath

Royal Crescent, Bath


Unique new homes in a parkland setting in the heart of Bath Hope House is an exclusive collection of 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom apartments and houses nestled within six acres of parkland and in walking distance of the city centre. Located in the prime residential suburb of Lansdown, Hope House offers the unique opportunity to benefit from a home in the city yet with a rural outlook and surroundings.

Prices from ÂŁ340,000 Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5ES For further information contact: 01225 614 307 Show Apartment and Marketing Suite open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm



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 20 years’ experience creating award-winning residential and commercial development. We have offices in London, Bristol, Hampshire, 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 purchase, subject to planning permission purchases and joint venture partnerships.

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.

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.

Recent 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.

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.


Internal CGI, Design House, Long Lane

External CGI, Design House, Long Lane

Upcoming developments with commercial space include… Design House, Long Lane Design House offers exciting new office accommodation in one of London’s most desirable commercial locations. Forming part of a boutique mixed-use development the offices will be over two floors and finished to a high specification, whilst also benefiting from a private garden. Located on the southern side of Long Lane, Design House is close to the popular Bermondsey Street and less than 700m from the vibrant Borough Market. The Liner, Falmouth Set opposite Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, the two commercial units at The Liner offer a rare opportunity to be part of a landmark development, on one of Cornwall’s most beautiful coastlines. Both commercial spaces are in a prime coastal position on the ground floor of this exciting new development. The 2,270 ft² restaurant space is ideally located for business among a popular tourist destination with fantastic sea views. While the second commercial opportunity is a 538 ft² freehold retail space with a 999 Year Leasehold.

New Road, Crouch End 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. 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 comprises over 21,000ft². Providing a mix of uses within five units to include retail, offices, gymnasium or café, this 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.



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. We also work with Women Returners and The Daisy Chain, who support professional women returning to work after extended career breaks. This way, we make the most of the extensive talent pool available and have built an experienced, professional team. 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 Group Sales Director, who are all women. We have other senior roles that are also held by women, such as our Accounts Director and my role as Group HR Director.

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 17 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 Hampshire. I now look after well over 100 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 and 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.

We have appointed an in-house solicitor through the Women’s Returners scheme, as well as appointing a new female development and asset manager. We have female project and development managers throughout our regional construction and land teams, and other management positions all held by women.

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 -




View across Falmouth beach

Recently voted as the best place to live in the South West by readers of the Sunday Times, the vibrant historic port of Falmouth is famous for its maritime heritage, strong spirit of creativity and attractive outdoor spaces. Based around a thriving harbour, Falmouth is the gateway to the beautiful Fal River Estuary which runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering beautiful walks amidst stunning coastal scenery. Full of character and charm, with its sweeping beaches and brightly painted houses, the town has inspired many artists, explorers and sailors over the centuries, from Charles Darwin to Ellen McArthur. Falmouth’s coastal culture is a huge part of its charm, and it boasts world-class water sports on its sheltered waters including gig rowing, kayaking, diving and regular sailing events such as the Falmouth Regatta. Discover artefacts and displays covering local smuggling, fishing, and sea rescue history at the National Maritime Museum, whilst Pendennis Castle, one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII reveals some intriguing military history. Famous for its creative buzz, the town has a wealth of cultural attractions, from its many art galleries displaying a range of contemporary works to its year-round programme of live events, festivals and nightlife. The town centre is full of artisan retailers, ranging from speciality handbag shops to sports and surf outlets. Enjoy a pint of local ale overlooking the glistening water at one of the many bars and pubs and choose from the excellent restaurants and eateries, from Rick Stein’s fish restaurant and takeaway, to award-winning chippie The Harbour Lights. The town is justly proud of its stunning beaches, with Gyllyngvase Beach, a blue flag-winning destination, but Falmouth is also known for its many glorious parks and green spaces. In the heart of the town lies Kimberley Park, with its exotic sub-tropical plants, where you can sit amongst the ornamental trees and flower beds and enjoy a picnic.


View across Harbour, Falmouth

Pendennis Castle, near Falmouth

Harbour at night, Falmouth

Beachfront living in Falmouth A collection of fifty-three beachfront apartments which will enjoy uninterrupted, south-facing sea views over award-winning Gyllyngvase Beach. Coming soon - Register your interest now

Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NB

For further information contact: Acorn Blue 01637 876 000


BEACHES The beautiful coastline along South and West England and Wales is justly famous, offering some of the best beaches in the UK. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly beach with all the facilities, a world-class surf spot or a beach to yourself, these shores really do offer something for everyone.

Nature lovers... Sand dunes and rock pools are teeming with wildlife for nature lovers. From the butterflies and lizards at Perranporth to the shrimps, crabs and squat lobsters in the rock pools at Gyllyngvase. And walking Coast Paths are a great way to spot birds, plants and other wildlife as stretches pass through land designated as Site of Special Scientific interest and nature reserves.

Coastal path, St Agnes, Cornwall

A mecca for thrill seekers... Adrenalin junkies can head to the rugged north and west shores of Cornwall, Devon and Wales for surfing. If you want to catch a big wave, visit South Wales’ best surfing beach, Rest Bay in Porthcawl or the vast expanses of sands at Perranporth in North Cornwall on a windy day. Not quite ready for surfing? Try body-boarding, sailing or canoeing to get a new perspective of the shoreline.

Surfing, Rest Bay, Porthcawl


If you fancy trying something new, try stand up paddle boarding at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth.

Blow away the cobwebs... Busy during the holidays and weekends, Bournemouth and Poole beaches are the perfect places to build sandcastles, play ball sports or splash about in the waves. At other times these coasts are deserted, providing the perfect opportunity to get away from the pressures of day-to-day life. Stroll along an empty shore at dawn, with the sun on your face and the sand between your toes, or just take in the fresh, salty air, with seagulls wheeling overhead and watch the world go by. Sandbanks, Poole

Take a dip... Many beaches along these coasts have Blue Flag status, a stringent environmental standard which shows they are clean and safe for swimming - Perranporth, Chapel Rock even has its own tidal bathing pool in the middle of the beach. The crystal-clear waters of Duporth near St Austell in Cornwall make it a popular place to go snorkelling and you can go diving off the coast of Falmouth.

Swimmers at The Breakwater, Porthcawl

Time to re-fuel... Feeling peckish after all that fun and activity? Take a picnic to the beach with family and friends or enjoy one of the good quality beachside restaurants or cafÊs. If you’re after a romantic meal or a family gathering then try the award-winning Gylly Beach Cafe at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth. Enjoy fresh its fresh seafood-focused contemporary menu while taking in fantastic views from its sun-drenched terrace.

Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth



LIFETIME living Our Lifetime Living properties offer the highest standard of living in truly enviable locations. Situated in carefully selected highly-desirable settings, Acorn ensures each development is designed to nurture a friendly community feel. Exclusively for those aged over 55, our collection of ‘Lifetime Living’ homes offer a safe, secure and comfortable place where you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the finer things in life with those who matter most.


These individually designed homes are inspiring and stylish with a spacious flexible floor layout, plus discrete features to enable any future adaptations should the need arise or to simply give peace of mind. Houses and apartments are easily-accessible through wide communal paths, landings and lifts ensuring it can be a home for life. Outside space is an essential aspect of all Acorn developments, so whether that is a private garden or terrace, a balcony, communal gardens or just being situated near to green open spaces or the coast, the great outdoors will be moments from your new home.

Duporth, Cornwall

Once the children have flown the nest, selling up and following your dream of a coastal retreat is a tempting idea. Cornwall offers an idyllic coastal lifestyle with plentiful opportunities to relax and enjoy all this fantastic country has to offer‌ Situated on the magnificent south coast of Cornwall, The Courtyard at Duporth is a collection of 2 & 3 bedroom homes in a courtyard setting with a Grade II clock tower at its centre. Layouts are designed to be adaptable with a number of details discretely incorporated such as wiring for a stair lift, the ability to change the cloakroom to a shower room and hidden fixings for future handrails. Each home also benefits from parking and access to a private, maintained landscaped communal garden and private beach, making this a very special place to live. The Courtyard at Duporth offers a lifestyle that will not only suit your needs but its beautiful setting means it’s a destination your friends and family will love to visit too.

CGI of The Courtyard at Duporth, Cornwall




View across Salisbury

Known as ‘the city in the countryside’, one of Salisbury’s great attractions is its glorious scenery. Nestled amidst quintessentially English grassland, the town’s majestic cathedral, which boasts the tallest spire in England, overlooks lush water meadows, creating the most picturesque of settings. Salisbury has been an important provincial city for over a thousand years. Its stunning architecture tells the story of its rich history, from its medieval walls and half-timbered Tudor houses, to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. The early English gothic Salisbury Cathedral is home to the best-preserved Magna Carta manuscript and its beautiful cloisters are a peaceful place for quiet contemplation. History buffs will love exploring the town’s excellent museums, some of England’s finest historic houses such as Stourhead and Longleat, and the prehistoric stone circle at Stonehenge, just 8 miles away. But Salisbury is also a lively modern town with a thriving market, buzzing arts scene, excellent shops, bars and restaurants and vibrant night life. There are year-round events from the world-renowned Salisbury International Arts Festival through to the annual Christmas market. If you love the theatre and the arts, you’ll want to check out Salisbury Playhouse, the South West’s leading producing theatre, City Hall and Salisbury Arts Centre, whilst the city centre is home to an enticing range of top-class restaurants and bars too. The city is justly proud of its Purple Flag status, the ‘gold standard’ for a great night out. Feast your eyes on a dizzy array of fresh produce, clothing and more from over 80 independent traders at the twice weekly outdoor Charter Market, named the UK’s best large community market, or wander through Salisbury’s historic streets to discover a thriving community of small independent and boutique shops. ‘An absolute delight’, according to the Guardian, Salisbury has plenty to offer whether you’re after a laid-back lifestyle or an entertaining evening out.


Salisbury Cathedral

Market in Salisbury

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

City living in the heart of Salisbury Boasting Cathedral views, Chequers House is a fantastic collection of sixteen, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. A well thought out conversion which benefits from a lift that serves all floors as well as parking in a secure courtyard, located in the heart of Salisbury

Prices from ÂŁ190,000

New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2PH

For further information contact: Acorn Hampshire 023 8202 4940



As experts in navigating the complexities of the planning system and investigating land value and community need, our land team have the knowledge and skill set to ensure a valuable planning permission is achieved and the development potential of the land is realised. In this issue, we speak to them about their role at Acorn…

Name: Myles Rohm Job title: Land Manager Region: London What’s the best bit about your job?

I am fortunate that as part of the Land Team I get to work very closely with Acorn’s experienced Design and Construction teams. Projects move fast but we are a very close-knit team, and I love the day-to-day problem solving and exchange of ideas which takes place. I love the social side of my role, which allows me to meet new people and build relationships with agents, landowners and our prospective partners.

What inspired you to get into land?

It is something I was drawn to from a very young age. Alongside some good career choices, I have been very fortunate to have received some excellent mentoring along the way, and this encouraged me to pursue opportunities within the land and development side of the industry.

Favourite Acorn development and why?

My favourite Acorn development in London is Pope Street. Pope Street is a terrace of six sleek brick fronted townhouses in a very quiet street close to Tower Bridge. I love the urban view from the terraces and the cleverly designed studio/garage spaces on the ground floor. Freehold houses in SE1 are an extreme rarity plus being a stone’s throw from Bermondsey Street makes it a special place to live.


Advice for anyone looking to get into land?

It is all about meeting people and building industry contacts. I have always had a long-term view of business relationships, and it has served me well throughout my career.

Describe your ideal day off in London?

My ideal day is watching cricket with friends at The Oval and popping up to Borough Market for lunch to be back in time to catch the evening session.

In London, what’s your favourite... Place to eat? Tootoomoo in Crouch End, Highgate or

Islington - the best Pan Asian food in London Place to visit? Bermondsey Street. There has been some fantastic regeneration in the area but it still retains its independent and ‘villagey’ atmosphere. There is so much choice in bars and restaurants it makes it the perfect meeting point for friends. Local produce? Cheese from Neal’s Yard in Borough Market. They have a stunning array of cheeses sourced from around 70 specialist cheesemakers. Many of the cheeses are aged in Neal’s Yard Dairy’s own maturing rooms under the brick railway arches of Bermondsey.

What inspired you to get into land?

My grandad was a chartered surveyor and developer but I also had a genuine interest in property development. This inspired me to choose property as a career, whilst at school and onto university.

Favourite Acorn development and why?

Name: Amy Proctor Job title: Land Manager Region: Bristol What’s the best bit about your job?

There is so much variety to the role; every day is different. It’s challenging but rewarding. I like to think I have an influence on where people will live, work and play, helping to transform a development into a successful and thriving community, delivering physical improvement to an area.

Brooks Dye Works. I think this development will change and evolve that part of Bristol creating a new place and significantly enhancing the local area. We’re delivering welldesigned new homes on a site that has been left derelict for a number of years.

My favourite part is the satisfaction I get from securing planning consents on difficult sites. Our business model encourages us to take on sites that require creative thinking and we have a successful track record in converting them into interesting developments that create fantastic homes.

In Bristol, what’s your favourite... Place to eat? The Ethicurean, a really

Advice for anyone looking to get into land?

What inspired you to get into land?

Describe your ideal day off in Exeter?

There are so many different ways in which to turn property into a career, so consider what your strengths are and what environment would suit you best and apply those to the role. Talk to people who inspire you and learn

Favourite Acorn development and why?

What’s the best bit about your job?

Describe your ideal day off in Bristol?

It has to be sunny! I like to keep fit so I’ll start the day with a run or bike ride around Ashton Court followed by a relaxing spa day at the Clifton Lido and dinner at Wapping Wharf.

stunning location overlooking the Mendip Hills and delicious food. Place to visit? Ashton Court, it’s very near to where I live so I regularly visit. Local produce? Hobbs House Bakery, a Bristol based bakery who make the best sourdough bread.

I have always really enjoyed seeing physical results for hard work and property is the ideal way to see the fruits of your labours.

Name: Ed Lewis Job title: Regional Director Region: Exeter

from them. Having a mentor outside of the workplace is also a great help and support.

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education (eRADE), our new site in Exeter. This has been a challenging site for a number of reasons, but we achieved planning permission at the first application, it meets the vendor’s expectations in terms of value and timescales, and will also achieve ambitious design standards. This site will be the new benchmark for Exeter in terms of design and placemaking.

A good lie-in followed by a day at the beach with my kids, a decent pub for a late lunch and a beer then back to the campsite for fire-lighting, and another beer.

In Exeter, what’s your favourite... Place to eat? The Pig at Honiton Place to visit? Dartmoor Local produce? Red Ruby Devon Beef

Advice for anyone looking to get into land?

The most important thing to have is a willingness to listen and learn. Each site is unique so you’ll never have all the answers, yet the more time you spend doing deals the better equipped you are for the next.



CREATIVE REGENERATION Having played a significant role in the regeneration of London’s South Bank, the city of Bristol and many parts of North Cornwall’s coastline we are proud to work with local communities and promote positive change.

Replacing and converting redundant buildings forms the majority of what we do, creating homes and where appropriate offices and retail space on brownfield sites. Where possible we seek to refurbish, convert and adapt existing buildings rather than demolish. Many 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. Current projects include the Grade II listed Loft House, Bristol - formerly Brunel House - which dates back to the 1850s and will be restored to its former glory with meticulous attention to period detail while creating bespoke homes. A new development will sit alongside this iconic, landmark building with the scheme providing ninety-two generously proportioned and well-lit homes which bring space, light and history together in harmony.


Located in London, Trilogy SE1, is an exciting joint venture with one of Britain’s oldest charities, Trinity House. The sixty-four, studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes are to be created from the redevelopment of a warehouse and former County Court. The site is adjacent to a Conservation Area and close to a number of listed buildings which called for a particular design solution. This final design ranges from the grand-scaled south building topped with an elegant bronze aluminium frame which presents a subtle form to the upper floors to the north building designed in homage to the previous courthouse, with railings and stonework echoing the history of the site.

 In Bristol, Brandon Yard represents the conclusion of the massive regeneration programme that has been transforming Bristol’s historic docks over the last 40 years. These once derelict industrial buildings now begin a new chapter as distinctive and stylish homes while preserving the memory of the city’s maritime heritage. The scheme marks the final piece in the puzzle of the regeneration of this part of the harbour. For our Lifetime Living Collection, The Courtyard at Duporth in Cornwall is centred on a Grade II listed clock tower with a thoughtfully-designed courtyard. Formally a holiday park, it sees a development sensitive to the site of the old Duporth estate and manor, which was owned by Charles Rashleigh, who developed Charlestown.

Trilogy SE1 CGI final designs

Trilogy SE1 CGI final designs

Brandon Yard Before

Brandon Yard CGI After

The Courtyard at Duporth Before

The Courtyard at Duporth CGI After




We all know that buying a property, whether it is your first home or forever home, is a huge commitment and sometimes we all need a bit of help. At Acorn we’re proud to offer two helpful buying schemes that are designed to assist you. Our Assisted Move scheme is in place to help you find a buyer for your existing property, allowing you to reserve your perfect home with Acorn. Working closely with a local agent, we aim to take away the stress of selling your home and offer support through the process.

- Contribution towards estate agency fees - An accurate and independent valuation from at least 2 local estate agents - Marketing through multiple estate agents - Negotiation and qualification of all offers to ensure you achieve the best possible price Your desired Acorn home withdrawn from the market whilst your existing home is sold

STAMP DUTY In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the new Stamp Duty rates for first-time buyers buying properties costing up to £500,000 are as follows: - Up to £300,000 purchase price: 0% Stamp Duty - £300,000.01 to £500,000: 5% (on that portion of the purchase price only)

The scheme is available to first-time buyers as well as homeowners looking to move to a newly built property with a price of up to £600,000 in England and £300,000 in Wales. With a Help to Buy Equity Loan the Government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your newly built home, so you’ll only need a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest. You won’t be charged loan fees on the 20% loan for the first five years of owning your home. To reflect the current property prices in London, the upper limit for the equity loan for new home-buyers within Greater London has increased from 20% to 40%.

Benefits of Assisted Move:


Buy your first home or your next home with just a 5% deposit through Acorn using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.


Terms & Conditions Help to Buy: 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, Help to Buy Terms & Conditions 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: 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.



As a developer, Acorn is very conscious of the effect the construction industry can have on the environment and is keen to reduce this impact wherever possible by looking to use innovative products that have a positive change on sustainability. Airlite has been created as a powder that is mixed on site in quantities sufficient for the job at hand, ensuring that waste is minimised.

The arrival of Airlite to the UK heralds an extraordinary revolution in interior and exterior surface coverings. Applied as paint or a transparent coating for stone and brickwork, Airlite is scientifically proven to turn internal and external walls and surfaces into a natural air purifier. Using unique technology, Airlite neutralises pollutant particles in the air and also removes airborne mould, bacterial spores and odours.

We’re proud to be Airlite’s first UK residential developer partner and roll out the use of this innovative product across all our regions.

Airlite air purification system eliminates 88.8% of air pollution.

Developed in Italy, Airlite is the product of Italian scientists Massimo Bernadoni and Antonio Cianci, following their investigation into the growing issue of air pollution and its effect on world health. What they found was that certain airborne molecules, when exposed to light, would react in a way that reduced the concentration of carried pollutants. Developing this into a wall coating, Airlite’s smart mineral-based formula supercharges this natural activation to a level where over 88% of the toxic content can be removed from our air.

Did you know? Painting 100 square metres using Airlite is the equivalent of planting 100 square metres of trees.

Artist Campo Dall’Orto, uses Airlite technology to paint his mural in the Via Tramelli underpass in Trento.



4 Hope House £2,150,000 Lansdown Road, Bath, Somerset BA1 5ES

PROPERTY LADDER Whether you’re taking the first step to owning your own home or moving to a home you’ve aspired to, Acorn creates beautiful new homes across a broad spectrum of sizes and prices. The following pages highlight a range of our current properties for you to make the next move on life’s property ladder.

1 Station House £1,210,000 Fortis Green, Muswell Hill, London N2 9EL

8 Marine Place £755,000 Marine Place, Clevedon, Somerset BS21 7PP

3 Brandon Yard £650,000 Lime Kiln Road, Bristol BS1 5DZ

28 The Dunes £625,000 Ponsmere Road, Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 0BW

13 Old Station Master’s House £495,000 Station Road, Fowey, South Cornwall PL23 1DF

8 Bookers Edge £485,000 Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Powys HR3 5BZ

18 The Carracks £365,000 The Carracks, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3AJ

29 Otters Holt £340,000 Mill Street, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1AF

8 Chequers House £310,000 New Street, Salisbury SP1 2PH

20 Loft House £232,500 College Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9BU



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20 Loft House £232,500 College Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 9BU Located next to the Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground, Loft House features the conversion of a historic Grade II listed stone building. • • • • •

Ground floor 1 bedroom apartment Retained sash windows High ceilings Open plan living Kitchen with integrated appliances

8 Chequers House £310,000 New Street, Salisbury SP1 2PH Boasting Cathedral and rooftop views, the development is just a three-minute stroll from the Cathedral grounds and situated in the centre of ‘the city in the countryside’.

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29 Otters Holt £340,000 Mill Street, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1AF Situated adjacent to the River Otter within a short, picturesque walk of the historic high street, good local schools and countryside.

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3 double bedroom townhouse Open plan kitchen/family/dining area Separate first floor living room En-suite to master bedroom Garage and allocated parking


First floor 2 double bedroom apartment Cathedral views Open plan living Large bay windows En-suite to master bedroom

18 The Carracks £365,000 The Carracks, St Ives, Cornwall TR6 3AJ Perfectly situated to enjoy everything St Ives has to offer. Boasting beautiful rural views towards Rosewall Hill and yet a short distance from St Ives harbour and town centre. • 3 bedroom detached home with parking • Open plan living with French doors to garden • En-suite to master and second bedrooms • Underfloor heating • Perfect holiday home

8 Bookers Edge £485,000 Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Powys HR3 5BZ Situated in the charming town of Hay-on-Wye with wonderful countryside views out onto the Black Mountains. The town itself offers plenty with more than 40 bookshops, art galleries, craft shops and the famous Hay Festival. • • • • •

4 double bedroom detached house Open plan living with bi-fold doors to rear garden Separate utility room Double garage and parking Views of the Black Mountains

13 Old Station Master’s House £495,000 Station Road, Fowey, South Cornwall PL23 1DF Situated in Fowey, Old Station Master’s House is a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge and is perfectly placed in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

• Third floor 2 bedroom penthouse • Kitchen with quartz worktops and integrated appliances • Private balcony with estuary views • Communal garden • Allocated parking



28 The Dunes £625,000 Ponsmere Road, Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 0BW Aptly named The Dunes, this development is set amongst the two miles of undulating golden sands of Perranporth Beach. • • • • •

4 bedroom beach house Private beach facing balcony and terrace Underfloor heating Integrated appliances Integral garage

3 Brandon Yard £650,000 Lime Kiln Road, Bristol BS1 5DZ Set in a prime water front location in the centre of Bristol, Brandon Yard has unrivalled views towards the SS Great Britain. • 2 double bedroom ground floor apartment in Oculus House • Open plan kitchen/living/dining area • Luxurious specification • Private garden terrace • Allocated parking

8 Marine Place £755,000 Marine Place, Clevedon, Somerset BS21 7PP Set on the seafront within the cliff face the townhouses at Marine Place have been uniquely designed to take advantage of the beautiful views of Clevedon’s Grade I listed pier and the Bristol Channel beyond. • • • • •


4 double bedroom townhouse Uninterrupted sea views Multiple balconies and terraces Cycle store Allocated parking

1 Station House £1,210,000 Fortis Green, Muswell Hill, London N2 9EL Located in the Fortis Green Conservation Area, Muswell Hill boasts a relaxed village-like atmosphere.

• 3 double bedroom duplex apartment • South facing garden • Open plan living • En-suites to two bedrooms • Underfloor heating throughout

Hope House, Bath

4 Hope House £2,150,000 Lansdown Road, Bath, Somerset BA1 5ES This prestigious development is set in six acres of parkland and 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. • • • • •

Exquisite 4 double bedroom apartment within listed building Impressive open plan kitchen/living/dining area Bespoke kitchen with quartz worktop Master suite with dressing room and en-suite High ceilings and sash windows



Music / Culture / Food & Drink / Exhibition / History / Sport



MARCH 2018

JULY 2018

17th - 2nd Apr // Ideal Homes Exhibition, Olympia, London 30th - 2nd Apr // Falmouth Folk and Cider Fayre

2nd - 2nd Sept // Gromit Unleashed 2, Bristol 2nd - 15th // The Championships, Wimbledon, London 3rd - 8th // RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, London 6th - 7th // Rock Oyster Festival, North Cornwall 6th - 8th // Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival 6th - 15th // British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London 7th // Pride, London 7th // St Paul’s Carnival, Bristol 13th - 14th // British Beach Polo Championships, Poole 13th - 14th // LoveBox, Victoria Park, London 20th - 22nd // Bristol Harbour Festival 21st // Bath Carnival 23rd - 26th // The Royal Welsh Show, Llanelwedd, Wales 24th - 26th // New Forest Show, Hampshire 26th - 29th // Port Elliot Festival, St Germans, Cornwall 26th - 29th // Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

APRIL 2018 13th - 15th // RHS Flower Show, Cardiff 20th - 22nd // Porthleven Food and Music Festival 20th - 22nd // Exeter Arts Show at the Maynard 22nd // London Marathon

Hay Festival

MAY 2018

JUNE 2018

1st // Padstow Obby Oss 5th - 7th // Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 11th - 13th // St Ives Food & Drink Festival 11th - 19th // Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature 11th - 27th // Bath Festival 11th - 19th // Wedmore Arts Festival 17th - 19th // Devon County Show, Exeter 22nd - 26th // RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London 24th - 3rd Jun // Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye 25th - 10th Jun // Bath Fringe Festival 25th - 27th // The Masked Ball, Falmouth 25th - 27th // Bournemouth 7’s 25th - 3rd Jun // Fal River Festival, Falmouth 26th - 27th // Love Saves the Day, Bristol 26th - 27th // The Biggest Weekend, Swansea 30th - 2nd Jun // Royal Bath & West Show 31st // Salcombe Regis Country Fair

2th // Ottery Food Festival


2nd // Let’s Rock Bristol 5th - 23rd // Hampton Court Palace Festival, London 7th - 9th // Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge 8th - 10th // Chesterton’s Polo in the Park, London 8th - 10th // Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth, Cornwall 8th - 17th // The Crouch End Festival 9th // Trooping The Colour, London 15th - 24th // Golowan Festival, Penzance 19th - 23rd // Royal Ascot, Windsor Great Park 22nd - 24th // Falmouth Classics Regatta 22nd - 24th // Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 25th - 10th Sept // Minervas Owl Bath Sculpture Trail

Tunes in the Dunes, Perranporth


Bristol Balloon Fiesta


Fowey Regatta & Carnival Week

AUGUST 2018 2nd - 5th // Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset 3rd - 10th // Sidmouth Folk Week 4th - 11th // Lendy Cowes Week, Isle of Wight 8th // The Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show, Fonmon, Wales 8th - 12th // Boardmasters, Newquay 9th - 12th // Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 9th - 12th // Boomtown Fair, Winchester 10th - 19th // Falmouth Week 17th - 19th // Beautiful Days Festival, Devon 19th - 25th // Fowey Regatta & Carnival Week 25th - 26th // Sidmouth Regatta 26th - 27th Notting Hill Carnival, London 26th // Ottery St Mary Summer Fair 30th - 1st Sept // Dartmouth Royal Regatta 30th - 2nd Sept // Bournemouth Air Festival

1st // London Folk Festival 1st // The Downs Festival, Bristol 1st - 2nd // Dorset County Show 7th - 9th // Newquay Fish Festival, Cornwall 8th // BBC Proms in the Park, London 14th - 16th // Bristol Doors Open Day 15th // Bermondsey Street Festival, London 21st - 23rd // Looe Music Festival 22nd // Sidmouth Illuminated Carnival 28th - 30th // Elvis Festival, Porthcawl, Wales 29th - 6th Oct // Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth 30th // Pearly Harvest Festival, Guildhall Yard, London

Trooping The Colour, London

NOVEMBER 2018 3rd // Exeter Drinks Festival 11th // Remembrance Sunday 15th - 23rd Dec // Cardiff Christmas Markets 17th - 20th Dec // Winchester Christmas Markets 30th - 2nd Dec // Fowey Christmas Markets 17th - 9th Dec // Bath Christmas Market 17th - 1st Jan // Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London

DECEMBER 2018 6th - 9th // Padstow Christmas Festival

Falmouth Oyster Festival



5th - 7th // Neath Food and Drink Festival, Port Talbot, Wales 12th - 21st // The Two Moors Festival, Exmoor/Dartmoor 27th // Ottery Carnival, Exeter 11th - 14th // Falmouth Oyster Festival

1st // New Years Day Parade, London 9th - 13th // London Boat Show, Excel London 16th - 20th // London Art Fair, Business Design Centre



Hampshire team in their Christmas Jumpers for Save the Children Bristol team get ready for the Dragon Boat race

Acorn Blue Golf Day for the RNLI

Acorn Cardiff charity football match Cheque totalling ÂŁ5,000 presented to the Newquay RNLI by Acorn Blue

Acorn Blue take part in the Dragon Boat race

Christmas Day swim

Working within local communities and proud to support some fantastic charities, such as:


CHARITIES Working within local communities is key to the ethos of Acorn, and over the past year, we have supported our team members in some fantastic charitable endeavours. For the last ten years, Acorn Blue has supported the outstanding work of the RNLI. With our Newquay office located moments from Fistral Beach and many of our developments within close proximity of beaches, we see first-hand the importance of their work. Last year Acorn Blue arranged a number of fundraising events from a gruelling cross-country bike ride to a charity golf tournament at Truro golf course, in total raising over £5,000 for the local RNLI lifeboat station in Newquay. We look forward to continuing to support this charity in 2018 and beyond. This year we’re proud to begin working with ActionAid, whose magnificent work helps to end the inequality that keeps women and girls locked in poverty and to restore the rights denied to them. Each region will be sponsoring a child, with a five-year plan already in place for an additional child to be sponsored per region each year. As part of our ongoing support for ActionAid, Christina Massos and Mette Blackmore from Acorn London are travelling to Shingiro, Rwanda on a volunteering trip to help build a much needed new classroom. To fund the project they have pledged to raise £10,000. Whilst there, they will help by digging foundations, laying bricks, mixing cement, clearing land, making window frames and creating gardens and a vegetable patch. 2018 also marked the year that Acorn Bristol held their very first Charity Dinner. The event raised £8,000 in support of ActionAid and the Nicola Corry Support Foundation, a cause selected by Bristol’s Regional Managing Director, Robin Squire.

“Since opening the doors to our Bristol office five years ago, we have continued to grow from strength to strength. This year we wanted to give something back and felt that a charity dinner would be a great way to not only celebrate our success but more importantly raise funds for two very worthy causes.” Robin With the UK facing a skills shortage in the construction industry, Acorn Blue continues to partner with Construction in Excellence South West to adopt a local school, educating youngsters about the variety of roles available to them in construction and supporting students through mentoring and work experience opportunities. Students were given a tour around the site at The Dunes, Perranporth to experience first hand what a career in construction might be like. Various team members have also been taking part in their own charity efforts and helping to raise vital funds. Claire, Georgia, Maddie and Jess from Acorn Cardiff had great fun taking part in a 5-a-side charity football match in aid of a great cause, to raise money for The Wallich, a Welsh charity supporting the homeless. Acorn Blue’s Sara, Wayne, Tom and Neil have also participated in mini beach cleans, helping to keep their local beaches clean, tidy and plastic-free! Anthea in Acorn’s Head Office in London has been raising funds for St Luke’s Hospice and will be taking part in fundraising events throughout 2018 and Harry from Acorn Bristol took part in the London Marathon raising over £1,000 in support of the Red Cross.





RESI Award 2018 highly commended for Development of the Year Brandon Yard, Bristol Bristol Life Award winner of the Property category 2018 Acorn Property Group

LABC Building Excellence Awards for the South West 2018 Old Station Master’s House, Fowey

Bath Life Awards finalist in the Property category 2018 Hope House, Bath

RICS Awards shortlisted in the Residential category 2018 Old Station Master’s House, Fowey Horizon, Ogmore-by-Sea, Marine Place, Clevedon

UK Property Awards Residential Development for South East Wales 2017 Horizon, Ogmore-by-Sea

LABC Building in Excellence Awards for the Vale of Glamorgan 2017 Horizon, Ogmore-by-Sea

UK Property Awards Residential Development for Cornwall 2017-2018 Old Station Master’s House, Fowey

Shortlisted for the 2017 RICS Awards – Regeneration Old Station Master’s House, Fowey

5 Star Gold Best Residential Development Cornwall 2016-2017 One Lusty Glaze, Newquay

2012-2013 2011 2010 2008-2009

5 Star Gold for Best Development, Multiple Units Cornwall 2012-2013 Crantock

Vale, Newquay

UK Property Awards 5 Star Best Property Cornwall 2011 The

Retreat, Watergate Bay

5 Star Gold for Best Development, Multiple Units Cornwall 2012-2013 Salcombe UK Property Awards 5 Star Best Development Cornwall 2011 Rocket, Newquay

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

Project of the Year 2009

Pearl, Newquay

UK Residential Property Awards Best Development Cornwall 2009 Azure, Newquay

Development, Cornwall 2008 Zinc,


Premier Guarantee Awards Highly Commended Medium Development of the Year 2008

Zinc, Newquay



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