St Gregory’s Place; The Birds.

A Wonderful Place to Live


December, 2018

St. Gregory’s Place ‘A Wonderful place to live’

“I wish we could have moved here 20 years ago..!”

A lovely comment from John Bird who, with his wife Sonja, moved into a brand new house at our St Gregory’s development in Sudbury in the summer of 2018.

It’s not unusual for clients to love their new PJ Livesey homes but at 85 and 80 years old the Birds prove it is never too late to move.

John said: “We have done the opposite of most people our age – we moved from a bungalow to a three-storey house and it’s the best thing we have ever done.

“We are so pleased to have our house, we love it.

“We knew we wanted to be here as soon as we visited and saw the setting and now we have moor hens and swans and ducks on the Water Meadows and I can see squirrels doing acrobats in the trees in the garden.

“It is a wonderful place to live. I stepped out last night and walked round to the original old buildings and the main gateway where the lights were on. It was misty and very atmospheric and felt so peaceful and still.

“I am a big reader and can walk into town to the library and get whatever we need from the shops and we often go to the Old Mill Hotel just next door to eat.”

The Bird’s son lives close by but they have also made good friends with their new neighbours and enjoy the ‘community’ feel of St Gregory’s.

John said: “My next door neighbour puts our dustbins out for us – no-one has ever done that for us before – and the other night we all went for a chat and something to eat at the Inn.

“I grew up in an orphanage, not knowing my brother and sister till we were older, so to have people around you who care is just lovely.

“We are so very happy here.”

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Sustaining the Terry’s factory legacy

Behind the scenes in our transformation of the Terry’s Factory Building are two staircases that have been retained in their original state. Heritage officers from the City Council were keen to keep specific internal elements of the Art Deco building intact and as always we were happy to oblige. The original green and creme tiles were carefully cleaned, damaged sections repaired and steel handrails have been specially commissioned and installed.


Site manager Darren Commons said: “In truth the building is so well constructed and there was minimal intervention on these two staircases – they are pretty much as they were the day the building opened. They will have been used by thousands of workers over the years accessing the five floors of the Factory Building and I think it is fitting to retain these elements.” The staircases are at each end of the vast building and serve as fire escape and goods routes.


Exernally the Grade II listed building has been sympathetically and skilfully restored to look as good as the day Noel Terry opened it in 1926. The distinctive brick and stone has been cleaned and repaired where necessary and every window replaced. Six distinctive round windows have been refurbished on site, with four incorporated into individual apartments while the final two are in the communal areas of the building, now renamed The Residence. See HERE For more information on latest property releases at The Residence, York.

Westwood Park’s Wide Appeal

The wealth of character in the conversion properties at our Westwood Park development in Beverley, and its position a short stroll from the heart of the market town, is attracting buyers from all across the UK.


A prime example of the sites expansive draw is Ken and Denise Pick’s story, whom recently relocated from their native North East to move into one of the penthouse apartments in the site’s original white brick villa Beaver Lodge – now re named as ‘The Mansion House’. Ken said: “We had decided to downsize and had been looking at bungalows when I spotted Westwood Park on the internet. Our daughter lives in Beverley and our son in York, but we had not heard about the scheme.” The couple quickly organised a house-hunting weekend and were talked through the development by our dedicated on-site sales team.


All seven of the site’s heritage buildings, as well as a Grade II listed stone entrance archway, have been saved from demolition, offering a mix of homes from one bedroom apartments to a three bedroom detached house in a walled garden. There are also a range of new build family sized homes with spacious open plan living and clever detail. With their own four bedroom detached home on the market the Picks wanted something more manageable and were delighted to opt for a two-bedroom penthouse apartment. Ken explained: “We visited Westwood Park and fell in love with it right away – there is nothing to compare for quality and location. We spent a couple of years abroad and lived in an apartment there so were comfortable with the idea. The only stipulation was that it had to have some outside space. We bought off plan in February and actually only saw the apartment five weeks before moving in. We absolutely love it. The exposed beams are wonderful and the terrace is much bigger than we thought it would be. It is a really lovely place to sit out and we can see the whole of The Westwood as well as Beverley Minster and St Anne’s church in the other direction. The whole development is very well done and it is quite lovely driving through the archway into this little sanctuary.” There are now only three remaining properties avialable at Westwood Park, to find out more HERE

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Sweet memories for former Terry’s worker.

The world famous chocolate empire of Terry’s has left a strong legacy in York and a strong affection amongst many former workers.


Former employee Liz Calpin vividly remembers walking through the distinctive gates onto the vast Bishopsthorpe Road site for the first time as a 15-year-old girl ready to start work as a Junior Clerk. Recalling her first impressions Liz said: “I worked in the administration building with its grand staircase and glass dome and I felt very grown up.” She eventually clocked up ten happy years at Terry’s in total, only leaving in 1976 upon the birth of her first child. Such is the pull of the iconic site, Liz and her husband Ray are now back – this time living in one of the luxury apartments in the converted Factory Building. Liz explains: “I loved my time at Terry’s, although to be honest in the beginning it was just somewhere I went in the day that funded my social life! I loved dancing! Ray and I met at the Court School of Dancing. Even though I left forty years ago I have always kept strong links with Terry’s. There was a group of five of us who worked together and we have remained very close friends, still meeting every six weeks or so. And since it closed it was one of our favourite places to walk. We’d park on the road and walk across the Knavesmire. It was so sad to see the building empty and starting to decay.”


The couple lived in a three bedroom detached house and with Ray now retired from the teaching profession they had already been considering downsizing when plans to convert the Art Decor Factory Building into apartments was announced. Liz said: “We’d looked at the new build apartments at the front of the site and knew they weren’t for us, but when we went to the P J Livesey launch day and looked at the properties at The Residence we both looked at each other and smiled. We knew we could happily live here. The whole development is beautiful and the views are stunning. We had our house on the market but when it did not sell straight away we took good advice and decided to use it to raise the extra money we needed and then rent it out. It all worked out perfectly.”


The couple bought a two-bedroom mezzanine apartment on the third floor at the back of the building with a wide terrace overlooking the racecourse and towards the River Ouse. Liz said: “The living, dining area is actually bigger than within our previous house and the open plan kitchen has everything you could possibly want. We plan to buy new furniture for the balcony as it is easily big enough to sit out and enjoy the view – it was quite spectacular on bonfire night! We love coming through the gates and driving up the boulevard and the lobby feels like a 5* hotel and it is beautifully kept. The P J Livesey ethos is obviously to develop something to be classically Beautiful and maintain the high standard. It really does tick all the boxes and the grand children Lyla and Zak love coming to visit. I only actually worked in The Factory building itself for two memorable weeks when the dispatch lady was on holiday, but our son-in-law spent summers working for Terry’s and actually remembers working on the third floor. We cannot wait for him to come and see the transformation. People are fascinated by the building, it is such a landmark symbol for York and everyone wants to see what it has now become. We’ve only been here a matter of weeks but it already feels very much like home – a place of happy memories.” Found out more about the remaining properties at The Residence, York HERE

CASE STUDY | Andrew Gibson

Meeting the Residents at The Residence, Lancaster.

We love meeting people who are as passionate about Lancaster Moor as we are, so of course we were delighted to welcome photographer Andrew Gibson who has long been fascinated by the building.

The image here is one of his stunning photographs of the landmark and he said: “I think it is the most striking and fascinating building in Lancaster and I love it!  Whatever time of day and whatever season it has a great presence and it never ceases to delight me.”


The Residence is also now his home after he came to look round during an open day last year.

He explained: “I previously lived in a three bedroom house close to the station in the centre of Lancaster which I had renovated from top to bottom and I really had no intention of moving.

“But when I saw an Open Day sign for The Residence I could not resist coming to look round the building again and was blown away by what has been achieved. “They have managed to keep the scale and grandeur of the building but create some really lovely individual modern properties.”


Andrew bought a light filled two bedroom ground floor apartment and said: “In terms of space it’s smaller than my old house, which was three storey, but actually feels bigger with more usable space. The ceilings are high and the windows are fabulous. I have a modern kitchen with all top appliances and I have swapped a north-facing yard for a very large west-facing garden.

“I have lovely neighbours, don’t have to sit in traffic for 25 minutes trying to get home and am very proud to have a brand new apartment in the best building in Lancaster. It’s perfect.”

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Clementine Allen – Resident at The Residence in Lancaster.

Clementine Allen - resident at The Residence in LancasterThe Residence at Lancaster Moor has established itself as the premier address in Lancaster, a magnificent development in a stunning setting and home to a mix of lovely people who are now proud to call it home. Lovely people like Clementine Allen who swapped a large seven bedroom Georgian property ten miles out of the city for life in one of the building’s stunning penthouses.

It was a dramatic but successful shift and she said: “I lived in my old home for 47 years but have not missed it once – isn’t that odd? But the time was right and I know I made the right decision because I already feel settled here. My apartment has high ceilings, lovely windows, a private terrace so no gardening and is all on one level, so no stairs. Some of the pieces of furniture I brought with me are large but they fit in perfectly and it all came up in the lift!



“There are only eight apartments in this section and I have already met some interesting neighbours and I love the mix of people living here.”
She also fell in love with the character of her new home which features a distinctive oriel window in the spacious living room and has views over open playing fields from the terrace.

Clementine, owner of the renowned Pizza Margherita restaurant in the city centre is passionate about Lancaster and a member of the Civic Trust.

She said: “When you downsize you don’t want smaller rooms – you just want fewer of them. And you want to be nearer to things and part of life not shut away or stuck somewhere remote in the country.



“The Residence is perfect. It offers scale and grandeur but is close to everything. From here I can walk into the city and a taxi back costs just £3.90 so no parking charges which makes it far easier to get to the restaurant.

“I like the fact there are all ages of people here and I look over the new build houses where hopefully there will be families and children. It is nice to be able to hear the sound of children playing.

“I had my two children young and now have four grandchildren with a great grandchild on the way and I love them coming to visit.

“I think I am forging a new way – downsizing into the city. Maybe it’s because in my head I still feel 19, but I can certainly recommend it!”

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