About the Julie Howard Partnership
What does the Julie Howard Partnership offer?
All our developments are prepared to the highest possible standards of specification, luxury, quality and finish. Whether you are looking for apartments, offices, factory units, workshops, shops or a new home all our properties are designed with the end purpose in mind.
Our business properties are ideal for small businesses just starting out, relocating or downsizing. We offer easy in and out lease options or long term leases for businesses looking for factories to let, offices to let, shops to let or workshop units.
If you are looking to move home or relocate we have luxury apartments to let, renovated homes to let or if you are looking to buy, we have 1 and 2 bedroomed apartments to buy at possibly the best prices in the UK. All our properties are situated in the East Yorkshire towns of Goole and Bridlington.
We're Award Winners - 'Best Rescue of a Heritage Site' by Historic England
In 2016 the Julie Howard Partnership were shortlisted for a national heritage award. They later went on to win the prestigious 'Best Rescue of a Heritage Site' award presented by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The award was presented for the work the Julie Howard Partnership has achieved on Aire Street in Goole including the complete restoration of the Aire Street buildings and The Lowther Hotel.
How we turned Blood Alley into a desirable place to live and work
For more than a decade, one Yorkshire couple have put their heart, soul - and a lot of money - into transforming the fortunes of an East Riding’s town.
On the A161 towards Goole there’s a sign to welcome visitors. It reads simply Goole - a haven of opportunities. It might well have been written by Howard and Julie Duckworth who have been quietly masterminding the regeneration of this often forgotten corner of the East Riding. The couple, who this week won an Historic England Angels Award in recognition of their efforts, bought their first property in the town just over a decade ago. Since then they have saved numerous historic buildings from dereliction, including the Georgian Lowther Hotel on Aire Street, an area once known as Blood Alley.
A magnet for trouble on weekends, come Monday morning the pavements were often covered with glass and police tape. So bad was its reputation that even the prostitutes had moved on.
Today, things are a little different. The Lowther is now doing a brisk trade, up the road is The Drake Inn, the Duckworths’ popular real ale pub and in one of their renovated properties both an Italian restaurant and a chartered accountancy firm are doing good business.
“They say that if you are born in Goole you will eventually come back to Goole,” says Howard. “It’s that kind of place. The people here are very proud to be from the town. It’s got beautiful buildings, but what it lacked perhaps was someone to champion it, someone to say, ‘Look, this is what we can do with a bit of imagination and a lot of hard work’.”
“I remember one old boy who early on turned to me and said, ‘You must have more money than sense lad’. When I asked him why, he pointed to a mural on the top of the building and said, ‘How much have you spent on that?’ I told him we hadn’t spent anything, it had always been there and all we had done was clean the brickwork up. He couldn’t believe it. He said he had lived in Goole all his life and had never noticed it. After that he kept bringing people to have a look at the place. He wanted to show it off.”
It was serendipity which brought the Duckworths to Goole, but it is the community and the feeling they might just be able to make a difference which has kept them here.
“I happened to be in the Yorkshire Bank in York one day and heard what I can only describe as three spivs talking about a property in Goole which was being sold by an estate agent way to cheaply,” says Howard, who might be on the only person in town to own a bow tie emblazoned with jelly beans. “I did a bit of digging, found out who owned it and asked them what they wanted for it. They realised that we weren’t trying to rip them off, so all of a sudden we had bought our first building.”
The couple, who have always been self-employed, remortgaged their house to fund that first development and they have learnt the hard way about the perils and pitfalls of the restoration business.
“Of course we’ve made mistakes,” says Julie. “But over the years we have also amassed a huge amount of knowledge about historic buildings, stuff that you wouldn’t learn on any college or university course. Those first developments were our apprenticeship and because we have been so hands on with every project we can now walk into a building an instantly see when a fireplace is in the wrong place, when a false wall has been put or when an original ceiling has been covered up.”
To read the full article: Yorkshire Post - How we turned Blood Alley into a desirable place to live and work