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NEWS | Principality Building Society unveiled as first tenant at Alban House

From https://www.businessinnovationmag.co.uk/principality-building-society-moves-into-alban-house-hereford/

Principality Building Society has been unveiled as the first of two retail tenants at Alban House, the fire-damaged development in High Town, Hereford, which was restored by Birmingham-based Elevate Property Group.

The society is moving its Hereford branch from 2 St Peters Square to 16-18 High Town with shopfitters moving in during August for an Autumn opening.

Alban House was restored by Elevate after the property was gutted by fire in 2010, and it now provides 18 residential properties including a courtyard cottage and rooftop penthouses. It also has two retail units on the ground floor fronting on to the busy High Town shopping area.

The first has been taken by the Principality Building Society which was first established in 1860 and is the UK’s sixth largest building society. Founded in Cardiff it now has over 70 outlets via a network of branches and agencies across Wales and into the neighbouring English counties.

Julian Owens, senior partner of Hereford sales and letting agents Arkwright Owens, said: “We are delighted to have secured such a prestigious tenant for Alban House and are hopeful of securing a tenant for the second unit as lockdown eases and shoppers return to High Town.”

The rebuilding and renovation of Alban House, which is now 75 per cent sold with only four units remaining, was undertaken by Hereford building contract C J Bayliss some eight years after the original fire brought the city to a standstill with over 100 firefighters battling through the night to save the site and stop the blaze spreading to neighbouring buildings.

The site had remained derelict and unloved until Elevate Property Group, an independent housebuilder stepped in and bought the site with its Grade II façade in early 2017.

But the developers faced a series of hurdles to overcome, not least a long saga over power provision to the site after an electricity sub-station had been destroyed in the original 2010 blaze.

Then Saxon ramparts dating back to the late 9th century were discovered within the foundations, requiring careful archaeological assessment and chronicling by county experts.

And, in order to protect the site and their investment, Elevate bought the neighbouring pub The Booth Hall, which dates back to 1392 and became a public house in the 15th century.

Work on the residential units was completed in late 2019, and the first new occupants moved into Alban House in late January and early February 2020.

David Hofton, sales and marketing director of Elevate Property Group, said: “We are delighted to have secured such a prestigious tenant as Principality Building Society for our first retail unit and we are seeing increased interest in the second unit now that High Town is becoming increasingly busy with shops, pubs and restaurants reopening.

“High Town is Hereford’s main thoroughfare and we are delighted to have played a major role in restoring Alban House and bringing this property back into gainful use.”

“Alban House has been a labour of love for us. As responsible developers, we are very conscious of the heritage of the cathedral city of Hereford and we wanted to ensure that we respect the history of the site, while ultimately bringing to the market much needed accommodation in this popular part of the city.”

“At times it seemed as if this site was determined not to be redeveloped but we have been buoyed up by the support of residents and the council who were keen for us to make progress.

“We were particularly pleased to be able to award the contract for the redevelopment of this complex site to a local contractor in C J Bayliss and they have produced an outstanding result,” he said.

The project was overseen by development managers BACE Construction Consultants.

Elevate Property Group has developments across the country, including at Princes Gate in Solihull.

SUPPORT | Free mental health support is available if you need it

For many of us the coronavirus outbreak means that we are spending more time indoors and away from our loved ones and this can have a detrimental effect on our mental health. 

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 May and is more important than ever.  The national campaign is led by the Mental Health Foundation and the theme this year is ‘kindness’ which is particularly poignant during a time where people are feeling disconnected from their friends and family and may be experiencing loneliness.

Herefordshire Council is encouraging residents to follow five simple steps to help combat anxiety and loneliness and improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.

  • Be active – Go for walk, cycle, spend time in the garden or participate in an online activity
  • Keep learning – Cook a new recipe or sign up to access Herefordshire’s online library services, for details visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/libraries
  • Connect – Speak to a family member on the phone or via video link
  • Take notice – Take some time to yourself and be aware of the world around you
  • Give – Help others, smile, say hello
  • All whilst adhering to the latest government advice regarding social distancing, details of which can be found online www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Karen Wright, Director of Public Health for Herefordshire, said:

“We are all currently experiencing the life changing effects of the coronavirus outbreak and we recognise that the impact of this strange situation can have a prolonged effect on a person’s mental wellbeing.

“Now more than ever it is important to care for your mental health.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings please remember that there is wide range of free support and advice available online and by telephone.  Details of local and national support is available on the Wish website www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth.”

Councillor Pauline Crockett, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added:

“One in four of us will suffer from poor mental health at some point in our lives and it’s important to remember that it’s ok not to feel ok and you are not alone when you feel like this.  It’s crucial that you take the first step towards seeking help by reaching out to friends, family or an organisation that can offer professional support and advice.”

WEATHER | A mixture of sunshine and showers

It’s midweek! You’re getting there #Herefordshire!

Today will see a mostly cloudy day with some sunny spells but we do run the risk of some isolated showers. Some may become heavy for a short time. These will be very hit and miss again. Highs of 19c with light winds.

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FEATURED | The Black Lion prepares to re-open

The Black Lion Hereford – A pub that refused to give in despite the floods and then Coronavirus.

When the team at The Black Lion in #Hereford raised a glass to welcome in the New Year, not in their worst of nightmares could they have guessed what was around the corner.

Record breaking floods and a bar under the best part of a metre of water, the team worked hard to clear things up and to get back to business. This was until the Coronavirus pandemic hit, forcing the closure of all pubs across the United Kingdom.

Knowing that when restrictions were lifted, some sort of social distancing would still be in place, the team at The Black Lion have worked hard to improve the outdoor seating area to make it more welcoming and have had an all round spruce up ready to welcome customers back from Saturday.

They have made plans to be able to offer table service to all of the customers, inside and out, and be able to operate a socially distanced restaurant.

They are employing door staff to control numbers and staff to greet and seat folk as they arrive – all at an extra cost to their normal overheads.

The team at Your Herefordshire would like to wish Peter Edwards and his team the best of luck. We think you’ve made the place look extremely welcoming.

👉 Let us know your plans for re-opening. If you’d like to promote your business with Your Herefordshire, please email enquiries@yourherefordshire.co.uk

NEWS | Boris – We must ‘Build, Build, Build’

Boris Johnson pledges that the Conservative government will “build, build, build” to push the economy forward.

“Take the selflessness of health care workers, the public spirit and good humour of the entire population and brew them together with super human energy of Captain Tom bounding round his garden”.

The PM adds: “Let’s take that combination, that sprit, bottle it, swig it and I believe we will have found, if not magic potion, the right formula to get us through these dark times”.

Johnson admits the government “won’t get everything right the first time”, but says it is “time to be ambitious and believe in Britain”.

He ends by saying: “If we deliver this plan together, we will together build our way back to health, and not just bounce back but bounce forward”.

NEWS | Government publishes guidance on weddings

The government published new guidance on weddings in #England earlier this week which will allow ceremonies of up to 30 people but will advise against receptions.

From 4th July, wedding and civil partnerships can go ahead but with only 30 people, including the couple, staff such as a photographer and witnesses.

People should socially distance, singing should not take place and hands must be washed before exchanging rings.

Receptions should be small, with only two households able to meet indoors.

Since lockdown began on 23rd March, weddings in England have been banned under almost all circumstances.

Under the new guidance for England released on Monday, small wedding and civil partnership ceremonies are allowed to go ahead only when they can be done safely and follow social distancing guidelines.

The advice says:

Ceremonies should be kept “as short as reasonably possible” and limited as much as possible to just the parts that are legally binding.

No more than 30 people should attend.

Everyone should follow the 2m rule if possible, or 1m with extra safety measures.

No food and drink should be consumed as part of the event.

Hands should be washed before and after the exchanging of rings, and the rings should be handled by as few people as possible.

Singing, shouting or playing music at a volume that means people have to raise their voice should all be avoided. Instead of singing, recordings are suggested.

Speaking during the ceremony – for example saying the responses to the vows – should not be in a raised voice.

Playing instruments that are blown into should be avoided.

When singing or chanting is required, only one person is allowed to and the couple or venue should consider installing a clear screen.

Venues frequently used for weddings should mark the floor with tape or paint to help people maintain social distance.

FOOTBALL | Magna Electronics Limited continue to support Bulls

Magna Electronics Limited continue to support Hereford FC by extending sponsorship.

Magna Electronics Limited who are a local Electronic Manufacturing Technology Centre have agreed to once again be the the Bulls sleeve sponsor for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

This is the third season that Magna Electronics have been the club’s sleeve sponsor across all three kits. Mark and Nadine Herbert and daughter Hattie have been fans for many years and have been involved with the Club as match sponsors in previous seasons along with having an advertising board on the Len Weston Stand. Hattie, who is a Bulls superfan, can be seen volunteering every Saturday helping look after the mascots at Edgar Street.

Hereford FC Chairman Andrew Graham said “Magna are an inspirational Hereford based Electronic Manufacturing Company. Mark and Nadine have become personal friends and Hattie is an ever-present in Hospitality and often seen helping Junior Bulls out on matchdays. It is fair to say that the Magna family hold HFC close to their hearts. It is a pleasure to once again have them as a sponsor and as loyal supporters of our Club. Thank you all at Magna, from us all at HFC.”

Magna Electronics Managing Director Mark Herbert said “We have already enjoyed two seasons supporting Hereford FC, and we are delighted to continue our support for this coming season. The progress the club has made over recent years is incredible and we are thrilled to be associated with the team’s future success”.

📷 – Hereford FC

BUSINESS | Import Furniture Depot

OPEN FOR BUSINESS ✅ | We popped along to Import Furniture Depot to take a look at what they had in store. The shop which is behind Peacocks in West Street has plenty of unique products.

Ideal for re-kitting out your house or flat.

They are open Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.

They also have a store in Gloucester if your nearer the Ledbury or Ross-on-Wye area.

👉 bit.ly/384yvOj

PLANNING | Plans submitted for change of use from office space to residential

1-2 St Peters Street, Hereford, HR1 2LE.

A planning application has been submitted to Herefordshire Council for the proposed change of use of first and second floors from office space to two residential units and the construction of an additional floor on top for a further residential unit. Plus reconfiguration of ground floor to create an entrance.

Planning Application Number: P201686/F

WEATHER | Overcast with some light rain today

WEATHER ⛅️ | It’s Tuesday!

Overcast grey day with some areas seeing a few light spots of rain but many areas staying dry with light to moderate winds. Highs today of 18c.

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