Author - JoANNA KINCH
Residential & Commercial Property Landlord // Community Councillor// Busy Fingers & Feet
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A Grand Afternoon on Regent Street - Opening #SpaceToThrive at 67 Regent Street, Wrexham.
We worked through the Bank Holiday weekend and finally at tea-time on Monday evening, I put down my tools to prepare for the Grand Opening of The Regent Offices and Business Centre in Wrexham.
It would be a lie to say it wasn’t a close run thing, as the last two weeks of the project were spattered with obstacles from start to finish. However, with persistence and help from friends and family, the mountains became stepping-stones leading to a brilliant celebration.
And so, at 1.00 pm it was a great honour to receive our guests and Mayor of Wrexham, Councillor David Bithell accompanied by The Mayoress Mrs Virginia Bithell for the official opening on Tuesday 27th August.
The weather was shining down brightly, the place was packed with friends and family and what a wonderful afternoon it was to celebrate bringing an unloved Edwardian building back to life with dignity and purpose; transforming it from a dying wreck to ‘Space to Thrive’.
The Mayor & Mayoress took a tour of the building and enjoyed seeing the Wall Art and sitting on the bench created by Simon O’Rourke Treecarving.
Now it’s all over and the next phase of business begins; I find this quote by William Wilberforce, whom one of our conference rooms is named after, quite an inspiration, I hope you like it:
“Accustom yourself to look first to the dreadful consequences of failure; then fix your eye on the glorious prize which is before you; and when your strength begins to fail, and your spirits are well nigh exhausted, let the animating view rekindle your resolution, and call forth in renewed vigour the fainting energies of your soul.” William Wilberforce.
Until next time, Happy Officing. Joanna x
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Creating a sense of place at the Regent Street Offices - #SpaceToThrive inside and outside.
Time has flown since my last post and I’m very pleased to say we’re making great strides in completing a fabulous resource for Wrexham. The recent welcomed sunshine has really helped us with the concrete bases for the ‘Parlour’ and the ‘Snug’. Graham, of Gravitas Commercial has been looking after his setting concrete like an expectant parent, staying on very late – just in case. Meanwhile, the first fixes are well under-way and ceilings repaired and preserved where possible.
Off site, I’ve placed an order with renewable energy company Dulas for some spectacular integrated Solar PV panels to cover one of the roofs. As you’ll see from my tweets I’ve been darting here and there, looking at all sorts of fixtures and fittings to get the right look and feel for the space both inside and out.
Looking at the outside, I’ve commissioned Simon O’Rourke Tree Carving to make a carved piece of wall art for the patio area. The design below is based on the branding by Mako Creative and will be in either redwood or sweet chestnut with the dark R extruded from the surface, and the tail of it along with the words, ‘space to thrive’ recessed.
I can’t wait to post a picture of the finished work of art, I hope you like Simon’s sketch.
To compliment the artwork, I’ve also commissioned a bench for the same area. The idea is to give somewhere distinctive and comfortable to sit (a little bit of countryside in the town).
That’s all for now, happy officing!
Until next time, Joanna x
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Conserving & Preserving - An Office Renovation Project in Wrexham.
Since last time we’ve had snow, wind and lots of rain. Now thankfully, the colours of spring are popping up everywhere and work has finally started on 67 Regent Street.
Whilst the builders get on with the heavy work, I’m busy sourcing and organising in the background to conserve and preserve as many original features as possible. Whilst not a Listed building, the preservation of external features is regulated by the property being in the Grosvenor Road, Conservation Area of Wrexham Council; so I’m working closely with Wrexham Planning on this project. To give you a bit of background, 67 Regent Street, is itself within a terrace of Edwardian houses numbered 57 to 67 Regent Street. The terrace was converted into offices many years ago, but they retain elegantly detailed brickwork, stonework, sash windows and distinctive decorative metal railings. Here are some images of Regent Street around this time; there was certainly a lot less hustle and bustle in those days.
One the major external features and an integral part of the property is the large bay style, sash windows, both top and bottom. Thankfully, I found sash window and window repair specialists Ventrolla, early on in the planning stages and booked them in to refurbish and upgrade the existing windows to incorporate double glazing. Ventrolla worked on Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall Restoration and have been a joy to work with, we’re in safe hands. The renovation process will take several days from start to finish, commencing early June; after that the window frames will need painting inside and out.
Apart from the external windows, I have some wonderful examples of Edwardian stained glass panelling within the property, this will undergo restoration by a local artisan and will be a striking feature in the entrance to the Offices.
I just love the shape and gentle colour palette; I’ll be picking some of the colours out as accents and inspiration for some of the interior features and furniture. Until next time, Joanna x