Helping repurpose a classic institutional building into a modern multi-occupancy space.

Placemaking Objective

To find a new use for the former Debenhams building on Davygate, York. This involved looking at various concepts with tenant mix and business model scenarios in addition to standard letting terms.  


Created options in a volatile pandemic market enabling the owner to choose the most viable.

“I’ve worked with David for over a year and he has impressed with his intuitive understanding of local market conditions and creative interpretation of lettings needs. He has his ear to the ground with a uniquely  impressive address book and knows who to contact to fit the vision.”

Property Owner, Former Debenhams

Our Approach

SPENT TIME getting to know the owner, understanding his aspirations. Concept options were discussed to fit around the introduction of a flagship opening of their own Trafalgar Jewellers.

AGREED a concept to compliment the jewellers with successful independent luxury operators to create a destination. 

APPROACHED businesses to populate the concept and to broker meetings with the landlord. This was based on existing knowledge, the opportunity was introduced to them, their interest gauged, shared with the owner and a dialogue started.

CONDUCTED sector competition reviews to support applications. 

DISCUSSED different scenarios at meeting with the landlord and produced business plans. Progression still pending dependent on normal market conditions returning.