Traditionally the company has specialised in commercial development, with particular emphasis on retail, offices and industrial space.


In recent years Maple Grove has developed a particular expertise in the procurement of new public sector buildings for the health and education sectors, as developer, investor and partner and is one of the leading companies operating in this sector.

The company has worked extensively with both the public and private sectors and has a number of longstanding and continuing close working relationships with several public sector organisations and private companies.

Largely through its work on regeneration schemes, Maple Grove has grown its housing activities. In 2008 it acquired the specialist residential developer Eric Wright Homes (formerly Robert Hughes Limited) with whom it was already working in joint venture, in order to expand its residential operations across Lancashire and South Cumbria.


In the retail sector the company has gained considerable expertise and experience in the development of large food stores, particularly for Booths and Morrisons and is now actively involved in progressing development opportunities for most of the major food retailers. The company has also established an enviable reputation for award winning, retail led, mixed use town centre schemes such as Wainwright's Yard in Kendal and Marketgate in Ripon.

In the office sector the company has undertaken a number of city centre office developments and out of centre office parks, including Daresbury, in partnership with the De Vere Group, Cheshire Oaks at Ellesmere Port, in partnership with the Church Commissioners, and Crewe Hall Farm at Crewe with the Duchy of Lancaster. It has been selected as development partner by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Blackburn Cathedral on the town's flagship Cathedral Quarter development.

In the industrial sector, Maple Grove has developed two major employment parks in the North West; at Altham near Accrington and at Stone Cross near Haydock. Over a million square feet of manufacturing and distribution space has been developed on these two parks alone.

Many of the developments undertaken by Maple Grove are retained within the Group portfolio.

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Applethwaite is the residential development company involved in all types of development from social living to high end conversion of former country mansions.

In 2004 the Eric Wright Group formed a strategic development relationship with Robert Hughes Limited, based in Cumbria, which led to the formation of Applethwaite. In 2008 Robert Hughes and Applethwaite became wholly owned by the Eric Wright Group and have since been consolidated into Applethwaite.

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