Some of Gary Neville’s first investments were made in residential property, like the acquisition of 18th century Harry Fold Farm just north of Bolton, Lancashire. Derelict farm buildings on the cusp of deteriorating beyond repair were reinvigorated as luxury homes and cottages in 2004.
Buoyed by the success of these first forays into development, in 2010, and with an eye on creating a carbon neutral environment, Gary began work on the experimental PPS7 project.
“The idea of zero carbon homes was a bug that I caught,” says Gary. “I love development and the idea of creating homes that were energy efficient, environmentally friendly but still of stellar design really appealed to me. It was a development project, but in a new way with modern thinking and design.”
Plans were laid for a cluster of futuristic buildings in the rolling countryside outside Bolton. There were plans for wind turbines, thermal efficiency modelling and sourcing innovative materials. But as costs spiralled, the plans were parked. For the time being, at least.
Since then, and moving into the central Manchester, Relentless acquired three neighbouring Georgian townhouses in the heart of Manchester’s legal chambers on St. John Street, converted these office spaces and a former medical practice into three separate luxury residential dwellings.
“I’ve always loved St. John Street,” says Gary. “I spend so much time in London and I love the streets there, the buildings. Those rows of Georgian houses. They’re unbelievable. St John Street is the closest I’ve seen to them. I want to see these amazing buildings converted into beautiful houses.”