Duchy Square Centre marks a year since re-opening

Duchy Square Centre

Posted on: 4 September 2017

Duchy Square Centre in Princetown has celebrated its first year since re-opening.

Devon County Council re-opened the centre last summer after carrying out significant alterations to create more units within the building. The centre has been almost at full occupancy since then, although there is an opportunity to become part of the business community in the centre as two units are currently vacant.

The Duchy Square Centre is home to 15 businesses. The businesses include artists, jewellery makers, a mug painter, period clothing manufacturer, a translator, a tropical fish breeder and aquarium specialist, a Dartmoor guide, and a military memorabilia trader.

Councillor Stuart Barker

Councillor Stuart Barker, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: “It’s excellent news that the Duchy Square Centre is almost fully occupied, with only two units now vacant. The Council has invested in a number of alterations to create more units before the centre re-opened last summer and, considering the centre had been closed for four years, it has been a very welcome benefit to Princetown. The last four lettings have been to artists, which was the whole ethos of the project as a business hub with an arts-focus.”

Among the most recent tenants is Sue Lewis, a textile artist who paints with wool. She said: “I spent more than two months trying without success to find a suitable studio within Dartmoor, so I was thrilled to discover the units at Duchy Square Centre which were perfect for my needs. It’s a beautiful place to work.”

Matt Buckett, artist

Another new tenant is artist and writer Matt Buckett. He said: “The Duchy Square Centre is perfect for my needs as an artist and I now have a space big enough to hold art classes as well, with a wonderful location for gaining inspiration from the moor and a comfortable, spacious work environment.”

Tom Hancock, NPS Estates Surveyor, said: “It is a pleasure to manage the Duchy Square Centre. It is a very pleasant community of creative and interesting businesses and the centre offers attractive units with convenient and flexible terms for tenants.”

Anyone interested in leasing a unit at Duchy Square should contact Tom Hancock at NPS on 01392 351013 or look up the NPS website www.nps.co.uk

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