We’re very happy to say we’ve made it onto the shortlist for Specialist Property Company of the Year in the Estates Gazette Awards 2014. Thank you to those who took the time to provide us with testimonies for the entry pack. We’re hoping our ambition and continued success in delivering innovative, public private partnership developments with local authorities means we’ll be raising the trophy in December. Over in the Front Cover Award section, if you liked our EG front cover best in 2014, you can vote for Cathedral here.
We’re thrilled to announce that Brighton and Hove City Council Planning Committee voted in favour of our £100m Circus Street scheme yesterday. Everyone has worked day and night over the last few weeks to prepare for the committee so a big thank you to the team and all our partners. Now we will begin work on the next stage of the scheme, to get on site and start building! Circus Street Brighton is a public private partnership scheme with joint venture partners McLaren Property and Brighton & Hove City Council with partners South East Dance and the University of Brighton. The development, designed by architects Shedkm, will transform the area into a vibrant new quarter of the city, bringing cultural, economic and educational benefits to a currently deprived area.
This is Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Housing and Planning and guest speaker at the launch of the Localis and Cathedral Group report “Public Land, Public Good – Getting maximum value from public land and property”. It was standing room only at today’s event – held in the Westminster HQ of independent think tank Localis – as the Minister welcomed the report as a timely and useful contribution to the debate about how best to use the 40% of developable land which is in public ownership, rather than just leaving it to “gather expensive dust”. Click to download your copy of “Public Land, Public Good“. Read more
Circus Street Market was transformed this weekend into a mysterious labyrinth made of newspaper. The New Movement Collective built the structure as the stage for their unusual dance performance that mixed light and shadow, film, surveillance, architecture and specially commissioned music. The audience were invited to walk through the set following the dancers. Via hidden cameras, visitors were projected onto large screens becoming part of the space. This is the latest performance in the programme of dance curated by our Circus Street partners South East Dance. Read more
This shot is taken by Ardmore from the lofty heights of the Tower Crane at The Deptford Project. It’s all go behind the hoardings with the first floors of the Octavius Street building taking shape and Bower undertaking piling work behind St Paul’s House for the future townhouses and restaurants. In the coming months work will begin on on the timber and glass frontages of the arch spaces within the carriage ramp. Exciting stuff.
The magical Spirit of Sittingbourne machine is back! This time we parked it in The Forum shopping centre and enticed the local community to share their thoughts on the proposed redevelopment in Sittingbourne. In return the machine magically offered up a nice cup of tea. We’re working hard to consult with as many people as we can about the regeneration of Sittingbourne town centre. After only 3 events we’ve spoken to over 200 local people. The new Spirit of Sittingbourne website is also up and allows the community to get in touch and find out about future events. Watch this space.
We parked an ice cream van in Sittingbourne today and swapped free 99s with local residents’ in return for their thoughts on our future scheme. Here you can see our handy helpers with Swale Councillor Mike Cosgrove, who came along suitably attired for the day. Our ice-cream giveaway kickstarts a whole programme of consultation events for the mixed-use regeneration development The Spirit of Sittingbourne. Our aim is to talk to as many local people as possible about the proposed scheme.
Sunshine and scones on Saturday! We joined the Reverand Stephen Varney and St Mark’s Church – our neighbours at the St Mark’s Square, Bromley development – to celebrate the opening of the newly landscaped community garden. There was also a re-dedication of the newly restored parish war memorial and a Roll of Honour exhibition. Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Julian Benington and MP Bob Neil cut the official ribbon on the garden, designed by Studio Egret West architects. The Crystal Palace Band entertained and local children enjoyed games. The St Mark’s Square development team treated visitors to a free ice-cream and Cathedral’s Assistant Development Manager, Sarah Chitty thanked the church for letting us be part of their project.
The Vinyl Lounge was host to Hillingdon’s first and only free festival exclusively for teenagers today. Youth charity Acts 29 and over 30 volunteers organised an amazing day of music performance and activities including human ‘fussball’, rodeo bull riding, dunk tank and Velcro Fly Wall. Attendees were also treated to a BBQ, Read more
The Circus Street Market got creative this evening, with designers, artists and creative types gathering for fun, inspiration and networking at ‘Glug.’ As well as live art and print making there were also talks, workshops and pop-up shops, all brought together by local design agency Crush Creative and illustration agency Agency Rush. We took a stand in the market and displayed the beautiful Circus Street scheme model, (which was made for Shedkm architects by a student from the University of Brighton and with wood from the neighbouring Wood Store). We were thrilled with the level of interest in the proposed development and enjoyed the opportunity to talk through our plans with Brighton & Hove’s creative community, who would benefit greatly from the £100m mixed-use regeneration scheme. Read more
We’re thrilled to announce our second deal of the week. With Development Securities, contracts were exchanged with HUB on the development of 213 new homes at our £250m development, The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes. HUB is a specialist London mid-market residential developer incubated by the founders of Squarestone – Tim Barlow and Robert Sloss. They will re-submit detailed plans for The Boiler House and Material Store elements of the scheme in the coming months, working with the existing masterplanners Studio Egret West and architects Duggan Morris. We have taken great care to rediscover the history and heritage of The Old Vinyl Factory site, as well as making great plans for its future. HUB share our vision for this significant part of London’s history and will bring their strong track record as serial real estate entrepreneurs to the scheme, delivering much needed high quality homes to Hayes. theoldvinylfactory.com
Here is Preston Barracks in Lewes Road, Brighton – a site we have plans to develop in partnership with the University of Brighton. Today we exchanged contracts with Brighton and Hove City Council for the purchase of the site. Our £150m scheme includes 350 homes, 500 student bedrooms, a Central Research Laboratory business start-up support facility (based on the model we are developing at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes) and a health centre. A wider master plan including surrounding land already owned by the University will deliver even more, including new employment space, new academic buildings, a further 800 student bedrooms and 25,000 sq ft of retail space. Our ambition is to put Preston Barracks at the forefront of attracting enterprising and hi-growth companies and increase international investment into Brighton and Hove.
South East Dance and Reckless Sleepers became part of the national Big Dance project today at the Circus Street Market, Brighton. Their performance of ‘A String Section’ involves a set of 5 chairs, 5 women and 5 saws! The women begin sawing at the chair legs and the production of sawdust, the leftover legs, the half broken chairs, the residue of the action are all presented as equal parts of the performance. circusstreetbrighton.com Read more
We are thrilled that today, the Secretary of State has approved all the Planning Inspector’s recommendations and roundly refused to grant planning consent to proposals, supported by the City of London Corporation, to gut the historic Victorian Market Halls Of Smithfield Market. Cathedral got involved in SAVE Britain’s Heritage and The Victorian Society’s campaign to Save Smithfield earlier this year, convinced that there had to be another way to bring these buildings back into use so that an important part of London’s heritage can be saved for future generations. The Inspector and the Secretary of State clearly agree with us and congratulations to the whole SAVE team! See the full decision here #Savesmithfield
Our £250m scheme, The Old Vinyl Factory is the cover star of the new investment magazine, Hillingdon. Cathedral Development Director, Andrew Storey and Development Manager Ben Rodgers joined local Councillor Douglas Mills at the launch party for the magazine in The Old Vinyl Factory Gallery last night. We’re thrilled to be part of the business publication by 3Fox International that highlights and celebrates the regeneration progress and future investment opportunities across the borough. The magazine is accompanied by a website and quarterly email news bulletin service. Read more
We've exchanged contracts with Brighton and Hove City Council and the University of Brighton to bring forward the development of Preston Barracks, a significant mixed-use regeneration scheme that will create a new gateway to the north of the Brighton.
Plans to deliver an £85m GDV, 272-home scheme on an historic site in the south west of the Greenwich Peninsula came a major step closer in early April 2014 as the Royal Borough of Greenwich Planning Committee resolved to grant planning consent for our Telegraph Works scheme on Christchurch Way. The project is part of a joint effort between Alcatel-Lucent and Cathedral Group which will incorporate the modernisation of part of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks’ existing site, as well as the construction of 272 new homes. The regeneration project will also include a series of play spaces, commercial units and a new public realm in a scheme designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
In March 2012, along with our partners Development Securities PLC, we acquired Morden Wharf, a 19 acre regeneration site on Greenwich Peninsula. The major riverside regeneration site, formerly a sweeteners refinery, is adjacent to the O2 Arena with 500 metres of Thames river frontage and will play a crucial part in the delivery of the Royal Borough of Greenwich's masterplan proposals for the western side of the Greenwich Peninsula, published in April 2012. In July 2013 we appointed leading international architecture practice OMA as masterplanner and lead architect on the mixed-use development of Morden Wharf and they are currently developing their initial thoughts for the site.
In September 2014 planning permission was granted for Circus Street, a £100m 'innovation quarter' in the heart Brighton, one of the UK's foremost creative cities. The scheme is a public private partnership with joint venture partners McLaren Property and Brighton & Hove City Council and partners South East Dance and University of Brighton. The scheme will deliver a world-class mixed-use destination for creative and technical innovation, just a stone's throw from the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier.
On a site just off Silvertown Way, at the gateway to London's Royal Docks in Canning Town, sits a 2-acre site previously occupied by two thriving businesses - Goswell Bakeries and Moss Electrical. Between them these businesses employed over 100 people as part of a once thriving community. We have big plans to rebuild a vibrant community which will provide new homes, encourage businesses and attract forward-thinking enterprises.
With our joint venture partners, Development Securities plc, we acquired the 17-acre London Gate business park in Hayes, Middlesex in April 2011. Our complex, mixed-use masterplan for a radical £250m redevelopment of the site that pays homage to its important history. Studio Egret West are our masterplanners and lead architect working as part of an award-winning creative team with Duggan Morris Associates and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Read more
In April 2011 we were granted planning consent for The Movement, a vibrant, highly sustainable and truly mixed-use scheme located on the former Greenwich Industrial Estate, currently derelict, which is adjacent to Greenwich DLR and Mainline Station. With our partners Development Securities Plc we will deliver a new threshold for the Royal borough at the main point of entry for visitors to the World Heritage Centre.
We are partners with the London Borough of Bromley in a £90m mixed-use PPP scheme to transform the southern end of Bromley Town Centre. Our St Mark's Square scheme is a new residential and leisure quarter with a landscaped public square surrounded by a nine screen multiplex VUE cinema, 25,000 sq ft of cafés and restaurants, a 130-bedroom Premier Inn hotel, 200 private and affordable apartments and a new 400 space secure underground car park. We started on-site in April 2013 and anticipate completion of the development in Autumn 2015.
The Bell in Ticehurst is possibly the most charming pub in the south east and has recently been voted as one of the top 10 pubs with rooms in the whole of the UK by the Sunday Times and Red Magazine.
With joint venture partners United House, we have built a landmark £80m mixed-use regeneration scheme which has transformed leisure services across two sites in Clapham town centre, south west London. The Public Private Partnership scheme, provides Clapham with a new, highly sustainable leisure centre, a new, state-of-the-art library, a new family medical centre and some of the most high quality residential accommodation in the borough including affordable housing in partnership with Notting Hill Housing Group.
In 2011, as part of the Spirit of Sittingbourne consortium, we were selected by Swale Borough Council as their development partner to regenerate Sittingbourne town centre over the next five years. We’re going to build a new station square to transform arrival in the town. A new cultural quarter, civic quarter with a new library, brand new public realm throughout the town centre and residential schemes will generate £250m of economic improvement over the next ten years and will create 1100 jobs.
In summer 2008 we installed a 1960s commuter train carriage into a site next to Deptford High Street train station in south east London. We put it there to kickstart a £47m mixed-use PPP regeneration scheme in partnership with the London Borough of Lewisham. Following Network Rail's redevelopment of the station, we will begin a programme to transform that part of Deptford Town Centre with a new residential building, restoration of an historic Victorian Carriage ramp and a newly landscaped public square. On the 8th March 2012 the London Borough of Lewisham resolved to grant planning consent for our scheme. We are now on site.
We acquired Eynsham Hall from Hanover International in April 2005, a conference and training centre developed around a beautiful Grade II listed Jacobean-style mansion in North Leigh, Oxfordshire.
In January 2005 we acquired Sundridge Park hotel and conference centre from Hanover International in a deal worth £15m. The impressive estate in Bromley boasted an historic 16-acre landscape which was originally designed by Humphry Repton in the 1790s, a 1970's purpose built conference centre, a Grade II listed Coach House, built in 1836, and a Grade I listed Mansion House at the heart of the estate, surrounded by 175 acres of championship standard golf courses.
Devonport House is a 75,000 sq ft Grade II listed building in Greenwich town centre, South East London, forming part of the former Royal Naval College, that sits within a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. We beat off world-class competition to secure this unique £30m mixed-used PPP development - a self-financing scheme that mixes high quality student accommodation for the University of Greenwich with a state-of-the-art conference centre hotel.
This site presented an incredible opportunity, immediately adjacent to Sidcup train station. The Fold provides the local community of Sidcup with a vibrant mixed-use development comprising 98 residential apartments, restaurant, office and retail space in a striking and contemporary nine-storey building featuring curved metallic cladding and rooftop gardens.
The Coronet is a Grade II listed Art Deco former cinema in Eltham which was in desperate need of redevelopment. In 2013 it was transformed into a mixed-use development with a series of modern apartments and a leisure centre. The important period features were fully restored, returning the envelope of the building to its former glory.