This fantastic construction photo shows one of the steel beams at Howick Place being removed. We’re taking out some of the low ceilings to make the reception area of our future office feel more open and welcoming for staff and visitors. With the installation of a brand new central staircase leading up to the main office area, the Howick delivery team, (or The Dream Team as they’re known internally) are on course with the renovations for our move later in the year. If you enjoy Cathedral news updates and also want to hear about our father company Development Securities visit the website.
We’ve seen some amazing products pass through the church doors in the last couple of weeks ranging from underwater drones to digital drawing devices. It’s been a busy time for the Central Research Laboratory team as they whittled down over 100 businesses to 20 for the first round of pitches. In the next few weeks those who have successfully secured a place on the CRL programme will be announced on the CRL website so most definitely watch THIS space. Read more
This week it’s full steam ahead for the landscaping at The Deptford Project. Once completed, the new public realm will open the area from the railway station forecourt, along the front of the arches and round to the high street adjacent to St Paul’s House – including arches opening into Douglas Square and Octavius Street. Elsewhere on site the Oak clad arch Read more
Our Bromley development is making great strides with the main steps looking lovely in the afternoon sunshine. The shape of St Mark’s Square is starting to show with it’s two plaza levels at each end of the steps and the concrete structure of the ground floor cafe showing on the right. The cores for the apartments blocks are already on the up, with the first floors of the apartment building structure rising around them. If you’re interested to purchase a property at St Mark’s Square, please via the website.
The Old Vinyl Factory has a brand new website and it’s jam packed with updated content. Visitors can register for the new homes being built, find out about the commercial and office spaces to let, learn about the Central Research Laboratory or discover the unique history of the site and it’s amazing musical and architectural heritage. As the 17-acre site goes into construction phase, our new website offers a better view for those who want to be part of our most exciting regeneration scheme. Enjoy exploring. www.theoldvinylfactory.com
In the lead up to working under one roof together later in the year, Cathedral Group and Development Securities came together on Friday for the JLL Property Triathlon at Dorney Lake. Our slogan? One Mission, One Vision, One Team. 23 of us competed in either the full triathlon or as relay teams, swimming, cycling and running our way around the course as the rest of our team gallantly cheered us on. We had a great day joining over 3000 participants in total from the property industry. On what felt like the hottest day of the year so far, the main challenge turned out to be surviving in the heat! A brilliant day for a Read more
These are some guests enjoying an edible installation made from chocolate at the final event in the Circus Street market space last night. We joined together with the dancers, performers, photographers, artists, sculptors, makers, up-cyclers, hula-hoopers, entertainers, local councillors and neighbours who have been involved in the amazing events in the market over the last two years. We were thrilled to spend such a relaxed and fun evening in the market with many of the people who have been part of the meanwhile use since 2013. The events held in Circus Street included Read more
The scaffold is coming down on the 104 bed Travelodge hotel, one of the final elements of our mixed-use scheme The Movement, Greenwich. It’s exciting to see the hotel taking shape on the corner of the site, on Greenwich High Road, once home to the MVMNT pop-up café in 2012. We have three flexible commercial spaces to let on the ground floor of the Travelodge and there is also a ground floor retail space on Lovibond Lane available to let or buy. The gym is open and the paving featuring Lemn Sissay’s poem about Greenwich will be finalised over the coming months. For details of the commercial opportunities at The Movement, Greenwich please contact Nigel Evans at Stiles Harold Williams on 0208 662 2728.
The application process for our Central Research Laboratory (CRL) pilot scheme is already in full swing. Today the team headed to the Oxo Tower to join the Made in Brunel annual degree show for product design. The event showcases the skills of over 150 students and our CRL team wanted to talk to as many of these talented product designers and prospective start-ups as possible. The message? That the Central Research Laboratory at Hayes could support them to start-up and grow a business over the next year and that we’re taking applications right now! Apply here. Read more
Until this Sunday the Circus Street market is housing a huge exhibition of work from students of Architecture and Interiors at the University of Brighton. With lots of work on display, new ideas and fresh perspectives from budding architects and designers, what better location for the show than the future, new creative area of Brighton & Hove. Our mixed-use development for Circus Street includes an academic building for the University and an exhibition space, so even when the old market is gone, this site will continue to host art and design work for years to come. If you’re in Brighton this week, the entire campus is be open to the public – showing a wide range of work by students from the faculty of arts. Check out the talent! Read more
This is an aerial view showing the top of the Grade II listed Carriage Ramp at The Deptford Project, viewed from the Octavius Street building. It’s full speed ahead on the construction – the walkway bridges are now installed, linking the ramp to the Octavius Street commercial units. The ramp surface layers are building up before Dutch Clay tiles are laid and in the centre of the photo, workmen lay concrete for the base of the public realm paving. For more photos of the work in progress… Read more
This is Periplum, a ground-breaking outdoor theatre group performing on our Preston Barracks site for the Brighton Festival. Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s visionary novel Fahrenheit 451, Periplum’s show combines immersive sound and sensory theatre to depict a dystopic society where reading is banned and violence is rewarded. The former army barracks was the perfect setting for the exciting, large scale production, allowing the audience to be Read more
Construction continues apace at Caxton Works with the first floor of the South block (Moss) already cast and the first section of the North block (Caxton) being prepared for early next week. To date the construction team in Canning Town have fixed over 1200 tonnes of reinforcement steel, placed 5700m3 of concrete, erected 4500m2 of formwork (to hold the concrete in place while it hardens) and taken 941 loads of earth away from the site. Builders tea all round for the great progress on site! Read more
Today we launched our Central Research Laboratory website with exciting news about our one year pilot incubator programme. The CRL opens to everyone in 2016 but we are offering 20 superb makers a fully funded place on our pilot incubator programme, based at the Old Vinyl Factory, which will open this August. Since announcing the pilot programme, we’ve had a stream of applications coming in – so what are you waiting for? Spread the news to any makers who would be interested in expert mentoring, collaborative workspace and access to prototyping equipment. Apply here now!
We couldn’t be happier in the Cathedral office. Yesterday we won the award for Property Communications of the Year 2015 at the PROPS Awards Lunch at the Hilton, Park Lane. The annual event has been running for 24 years and is held to support the amazing Variety Club of Great Britain and their important work with disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the UK. This year they raised an incredible £400,000. The very fancy statue will take pride place on the shelf with the rest of our awards. And yes…that is Miss World…
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 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.
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.
The Central Research Laboratory is one of Cathedral’s most innovative endeavors. We’re setting up a new part of our business, dedicated to supporting the start-up and growth of design and manufacturing businesses. Specifically, we want to increase the breadth and quality of support open to entrepreneurs who invent and sell physical products. The project has been created to as part of our place making business model.
With our joint venture partners, Development Securities Plc, we acquired the 17-acre London Gate business park in Hayes, Middlesex in April 2011. The resulting development is a 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
The Telegraph Works scheme is an £85m GDV, 272-home scheme on an historic site in the south west of the Greenwich Peninsula. In April 2014 the Royal Borough of Greenwich Planning Committee resolved to grant planning consent for our 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.
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.
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 Winter 2016.
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 early 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 in a £46m mixed-use scheme which is designed to breathe new life into the town and its local economy. 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, all of which will generate £326m of economic improvement over the next ten years and create around 790 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. Currently under construction, the scheme includes a new residential building, restoration of an historic Victorian carriage ramp and a newly landscaped market yard.
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.