Maple Grove, the development arm of Eric Wright Group, has announced the appointment of Nik Puttnam as Senior Development Manager and Richard Willacy as Development Project Manager, in a strategic move to support the division’s ongoing growth under the helm of new managing director, Karen Hirst.

Nik joins the company from Liverpool City Council where he was Divisional Manager for Development & Housing for three and a half years working with the private sector on the City Region’s major schemes. Prior to that, Nik worked alongside Karen at Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company and then at Salford City Council before Karen moved to Maple Grove Developments in 2016.

Richard joins the company from Naismiths and was previously of Booths Supermarkets where he was their Estate Surveyor.  Richard brings 30 years’ experience in the construction industry.

Maple Grove Developments is heavily involved with a number of sites and developments across the country in a variety of sectors from; industrial, mixed use, retail and student accommodation.  A number of these are with partnerships with Local Authorities and other private sector developers.

Speaking about the decision to recruit Nik, Karen commented: “Bringing Nik on board is a significant coup for the company.  Having worked together for eight years, his experience in seeing developments through from inception to delivery is unrivalled.  Working with Andrew Dewhurst, Allan Gundry, Richard Willacy and the wider team, Nik’s remit will be to develop existing partnerships, forge new ones, and bring forward new stand-alone development opportunities.”

Nik continued: “The opportunity to work with Karen at one of the North’s most respected and reliable development companies was one I simply couldn’t turn down. Maple Grove has developed long-term relationships with both the public and private sector and I look forward to working with the team to further grow this arm of the business.”

Burnley Council has agreed to appoint Maple Grove to develop a leisure and retail scheme  in Burnley town centre.

The development, on the former Pioneer site in Curzon Street, would include a cinema, restaurants, a public plaza, shops and a 125-space car park.

The council’s executive gave the go ahead to finalise a deal to develop and bring the scheme forward with Maple Grove, who part of the Eric Wright Group. (more…)

Maple Grove Developments, part of the Eric Wright Group, are proud to be sponsoring of The Buzz Award at the Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards 2018.

The Hive Awards celebrate and reward the outstanding work of businesses from different sectors and inspirational individuals from across Blackburn and Darwen.  There are 23 categories ranging from Retail Business Award to Hive Employee of the Year Award. (more…)

Property and construction company, Eric Wright Group, has made a strategic move to strengthen its property businesses by appointing some of the divisional directors to the board as managing directors.

These changes are in Maple Grove Developments, Applethwaite Homes, and Eric Wright Health and Care. It is aimed at strengthening the Property division and ensuring a robust, unique identity for each Group company as part of long-term growth and succession planning. (more…)

Construction of a new student flat scheme for Plymouth University has completed and handed over.

The four-storey accommodation block houses 165 en-suite beds, including 22 studios, as well as a reception, cinema room, gym, study rooms, games room and laundry.

The scheme follows rising demand for quality living spaces by Plymouth University students. The University is now ranked the 10th largest Higher Education Institution in the UK with more than 20,000 full-time students and houses one of the UK’s best medical schools. (more…)

Multiple divisions of the Eric Wright Group have worked together to deliver 30,000 sq ft of prime industrial space, perfect for trade counter occupiers, on the outskirts of Manchester.

Developed by Maple Grove, the Group’s development arm and built by Eric Wright Construction, the  £2.5m Victoria Trading Estate comprises seven units ranging from 2,600 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft; each complete with loading doors and designated car parking. (more…)

The One Cathedral Square development, which sits at the heart of the £30m Blackburn Cathedral Quarter, was awarded Best Commercial Property at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North West Awards on Friday.

The scheme is the result of a seven-year partnership between Maple Grove, Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn Cathedral and BDP Architects.

One Cathedral Square is the first Grade A office building to be built in Blackburn for more than 20 years. The six-storey commercial building and neighbouring 60-bed Premier Inn hotel are arranged around a new piazza-style public square and transport interchange. (more…)

Maple Grove, Eric Wright Group’s development company, has secured the 4.4 acre mixed use development opportunity surrounding the £7 million ‘Wainwright Way’ link road into Blackburn town centre.

The Preston-based company has amassed a growing portfolio of schemes in Blackburn across its development and construction divisions. Previous developments in the town include the showpiece Cathedral Quarter project, which has seen Maple Grove and Eric Wright Construction working together on a mixed use scheme involving Grade A BREEAM Excellent office accommodation, a hotel and restaurant units. (more…)

Construction of a new £14million retail development in Hattersley, Tameside is one step nearer after a development agreement was signed between Maple Grove Developments, and Peak Valley Housing Association.

The nine-acre district centre on Stockport Road, located just off the M67, will comprise up to 14 shopping, food and beverage units in sizes from 1,250 sq ft to 26,000 sq ft.

Interest in the scheme is already proving extremely high and talks are underway with a number of leading national retailers that will help to enhance the profile of Hattersley as a great place to live and work. (more…)