James Lass joins Trilogy as Chief Investment Officer


James Lass joins Trilogy as Chief Investment Officer

Trilogy Real Estate has announced that it has appointed James Lass as its Chief Investment Officer. Lass joins Trilogy from Schroder Real Estate, where he was Fund Manager for the Schroder UK Real Estate Fund. James has joined the company to bring his investment and fund management experience to furthering the growth of the existing platform of £300 million of directly-managed assets.

Robert Wolstenholme, Founder and CEO of Trilogy Real Estate said:

“My fellow Partners and I are delighted that James has decided to join Trilogy Real Estate. Since founding Trilogy in 2015 we have been building a team with both a broad range of experience across real estate and a deep specialism in value-add investment. James and I have known one another for a number of years and his huge experience in our specialist area and proven investment track record make him a great fit for our agile and entrepreneurial team.

This is an important milestone for Trilogy: we’ve reached a point where our two inaugural projects are very well established. With James joining as a Partner to further enhance our ability to deliver our investment strategies we think our respective performance track records to date and the combined experience of our team presents a compelling offer to investors.”

James Lass said:

“I’m delighted to have joined Trilogy Real Estate at this exciting time in its evolution. Trilogy has quickly built a reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative investors, with a hands-on approach and a focus on the future that made it an attractive place to begin a new phase of my career. I’m excited by the prospect of working with Trilogy’s creative team to develop new strategies that will allow us to unlock the hidden potential of buildings and deliver first class returns for our investors.

Trilogy Real Estate was founded in 2015 by former Resolution Property partner Robert Wolstenholme as an investment and development company specialising in repositioning overlooked assets to create contemporary workplaces and mixed-use destinations. Robert has more than 25 years’ experience in development, investment and asset management.

Republic is a 600,000 sq ft next-gen workplace campus in East India Dock aimed at companies priced out of Central London and Shoreditch. It is comprised of four office buildings with a maximum height of nine storeys that vary in size from 64,513 to 218,306 square feet.

Republic’s location anticipates the eastward migration of the creative and digital sectors and cultural institutions, such as the English National Ballet's move to London City Island and Olympicopolis in Stratford. The site and enjoys a Zone 2 location and transport links which connect in minutes to the established business districts of Canary Wharf, the City and West End, as well as the cultural neighbourhoods of Stratford and Shoreditch.  As the primary home of the London Internet Exchange and one of the main conduits for internet traffic from the US to Europe, the Docklands offers a digital hub alongside its strong cultural heritage - the grassroots Trinity Buoy Wharf has been host to local artist studios and cultural bodies since 1996. Republic is developed by a partnership between Trilogy Real Estate and LaSalle Investment management.

The Great Northern Warehouse and Square offer one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in Manchester city centre. This 6.5 acre site, which includes the Grade II* Listed Great Northern Warehouse, Deansgate Terraces and Great Northern Square is being transformed in a 10-year, £300 million redevelopment. Phase one of the project achieved planning consent in March 2018 and work on the £15 million first phase begins on site next year. The Great Northern Warehouse is being developed in Partnership with Peterson Group.


Courier Live at Republic


Courier Live at Republic

In September, Republic hosted Courier Live, an event which showcased over 100 of the most exciting people and brands from today’s world of modern business. It was a fantastic day of learning, tasting and networking with 1,500 attendees.

For the round-up of some of the day’s actions, check out the write-up in Republic’s Clipper Magazine:

Courier Live at Republic

Watch the highlights and take a look at some of the pictures below.

Photos by Tomas Jivanda


Republic and The Great Northern Warehouse in the Press


Republic and The Great Northern Warehouse in the Press

There's been some great features on Republic at East India Dock and The Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester in the press over the last few months, with write ups in both the architectural and mainstream news.

Have a look at some of our favourites below:

DEZEEN: Drone footage reveals 10-storey timber atrium by Studio RHE



THE DOCKLANDS & EAST LONDON ADVERTISER: More firms fleeing City rents are flocking to Dockland’s revamped ‘Republic’ office complex

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: There's a BEACH in Manchester city centre this summer - and it's free

About Manchester: Yogathon commences at the Great Northern

Place North West: Options open for next phase of Great Northern


Trilogy Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management Announced Dual Lettings at East London Creative Campus Republic


Trilogy Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management Announced Dual Lettings at East London Creative Campus Republic



Real estate investment and development business Trilogy Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management today announced that Lebara Mobile and PureGym are set to move to Republic at East India Dock – a next-generation workplace campus aimed at companies priced out of Central London and Shoreditch. 

In advance of Republic’s official launch in July, Lebara Mobile – one of Europe’s fastest growing telecommunications companies – has secured c.15,000 sq ft in the campus’ recently completed Import Building, making the campus its UK headquarters. Currently based in Moorgate, Lebara is set to relocate over 200 staff. The savings in rent will allow the company, known for its innovative product and working culture, to redirect additional investment into employee training, technological upgrades and staff wellbeing. Farebrother advised Lebara on the acquisition of space at Republic and are now retained to project manage the fit out works and relocation. 

The UK’s largest gym operator PureGym has also taken more than 14,200 sq ft of space across two floors in the Import Building, providing Republic tenants with state-of-the-art workout equipment, personal training and invigorating classes. In line with Republic, PureGym will offer its services at a very affordable price point, with preregistrations currently available at a reduced rate of £20 per month. The gym’s fitout has already commenced and is expected to open this summer. 

In 2017, Trilogy Real Estate also appointed Nikki Daniels as Wellness Director of the campus – the first of its kind in the UK. Together with her team, Nikki provides personal training sessions, group classes including yoga and HIIT training classes, as well as advisory services to new and existing tenants who wish to increase the health, wellbeing and productivity of their staff. 

Robert Wolstenholme, Managing Director of Trilogy Real Estate, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Lebara and PureGym to Republic. Both further set the tone of our growing creative and business community, with its focus on wellness and tech. Our recent lettings have cemented Republic as a full-service workplace, providing co-working, fitness and hospitality facilities within one convenient, thriving and affordable hub.”

Joerg Zeddies, Chief Operating Officer of Lebara, said:

"We wanted to find an inspiring building. A building with more of an inclusive and not exclusive style, in terms of its management and design. We were of course looking to optimize cost whilst staying within London. With Republic we not only found an inspiring building, we also found the right partner to realize our vision. Throughout the whole process, the Trilogy team at Republic reflected the values we were looking for, such as openness, empathy, innovation. Their service was outstanding as they were able to accommodate the large and small details that were very much part of our consideration”.

Duncan Costin, Property Director at PureGym, said:

“We’re delighted to be adding to our offer in London with a new site at East India. This will be a great facility through which we can offer local residents and workers affordable gym membership.”

Republic is already home to The Trampery co-working space, award-winning digital agency Threepipe and Deliveroo’s East London recruitment hub. The Gentlemen Baristas and Horticulture restaurant are also soon to move onto the campus, which offers rents averaging in the mid-£30s per sq ft, depending on floor and building location. 

Republic aims to stem the tide of young companies leaving London by creating 600,000 sq ft of truly affordable workplace that meets contemporary professional and personal needs, with a focus on creativity, connectivity, affordability and wellbeing. 

The plans by award-winning architect Studio RHE completely transform the existing first-generation Docklands office development to create a dynamic environment that embodies contemporary work practice. Extensive landscaping is underway, replacing the streets of the original 1990s development, using planting, open water and trees to create a series of external spaces defined by timber porticos and colonnades. 

Updates can be found at republic.london and @RepublicLDN

Trilogy Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management have retained Allsop and CBRE as office agents and CF Commercial and CBRE as retail agents for the scheme. 


Summer at The Great Northern Warehouse


Summer at The Great Northern Warehouse

The Great Northern Warehouse is one of the most exciting places to be in Manchester this summer

Alongside The Makers Market, which takes place the first Sunday of every month in the amphitheatre for a ‘display of Manchester’s finest food, drink, art, design and Vintage’, The Great Northern Warehouse has recently hosted a number of events that have drawn in the crowds.

The Makers Market at the Great Northern Warehouse (Photo by  The Makers Market )     

The Makers Market at the Great Northern Warehouse (Photo by The Makers Market)

The Warehouse hosted a Yogathon event organised by The Life Centre North to celebrate World Yoga Day on 21st June. Hundreds of people came down to enjoy the free yoga and meditation classes that took place all day in the Great Northern’s amphitheatre, all in aid of The Booth Centre, one of Manchester’s homeless support charities. The event also received great media coverage, including posts from UNILAD Fitness, Push Doctor and About Manchester.

Yogathon at the Great Northern Warehouse (Photo by  Push Doctor )

Yogathon at the Great Northern Warehouse (Photo by Push Doctor)

Impossible at the Great Northern has become the go-to place to watch the World Cup this summer, hosting the biggest outdoor screen in the city. With deck chairs, picnic benches, a beer garden and amazing weather, Impossible has been drawing in the crowds each match. Manchester Evening News named it the best place in Manchester to watch the World Cup, thanks to the huge screen and its ‘cracking atmosphere’.

Crowds enjoying the World Cup at Impossible (Photo by  Impossible Manchester )

Crowds enjoying the World Cup at Impossible (Photo by Impossible Manchester)

Manchester235 is also hosting the Carlsberg Pop Up Sports Bar this summer. With coverage of the World Cup, the Premier League and Wimbledon to name a few, Manchester Weekly News states that the bar is ‘unrivalled’ for its coverage of sporting events.

On 8th June, Tyson Fury held his weigh in for his fight at Manchester Arena in the amphitheatre of the Great Northern Warehouse.