Today we visited two schools with ‘Holly’, ‘Tinsel’ and ‘Angel’ the reindeer. We wanted to send a little Christmas cheer to the kids at St Mark’s Primary – the neighbouring school to our Bromley development at St Mark’s Square and the Tidemill Academy – who are right next to The Deptford Project. The kids enjoyed themselves almost as much as the Cathedral team did!
Here are just a few of the 120 riders that turned up to the Circus Street Market in Brighton today for the urban cyclecross event Battle Royale. The competition – organised by the Brighton-based cycling apparel company Morvélo – consisted of fast and furious knockout rounds, two bike gangs at a time, fighting it out over four laps of a large oval track in the market space. Any kind of bicycles were allowed with Bromptons, MTBs, BMXs, and Downhill bikes all present on the day. Read more
This photo was taken from one of the Tower crane’s at our St Mark’s Square scheme in Bromley today. As you can see, our contractors McLaren are making good progress on the Vue Cinema with the nine cinema auditoriums being formed in structural concrete. The development is now well into the sub structure construction phase focusing on the completion of both the cinema and car park subterranean levels before they are enclosed by the main plaza level. Once this happens the building structure will begin to rise above hoarding levels. Read more
This is Brighton-based Witness Theatre and Kettle Black Productions performing to a captivated audience at Circus Street Market today. Over 200 people attended the show in the old market space. Guests were also treated to dinner provided by the Real Junk Food Project and live music before the show. The performances were part of the Theatre Uncut project Read more
This our Deptford Project scheme viewed from Douglas Square and the photo shows construction is well and truly underway in SE8. To the left is the Octavius Street apartment building which is rising fast above the hoardings and on the right, St Paul’s House – behind all the scaffolding – is undergoing restoration and renovation into apartments. Nestled somewhere in between but unseen above the hoarding is the Grade II listed carriage ramp and arch spaces that are being lovingly restored. It’s full steam ahead for both of our contractors on site, Ardmore Group and Bower Contracting.
Everyday objects are centre stage this week at Circus Street Market for Sophie Dickson’s large-scale solo exhibition, Junk is Beautiful. The show includes a range of the artist’s drawings, paintings and large wooden audience participation installations. The artist plays with materials adding them to her paintings, including everyday items like boot polish, plastic bags, old wheels and video tape constructing hybrid part-paintings, part-sculptures. Sophie graduated with a First Class Honours in Fine Art from the University of Brighton – one of our Circus Street partners. The old market space makes a wonderful backdrop for these extraordinary pieces of junk made beautiful.
Here are Sheine, Freddie and Lee, the apprentices currently working on-site at The Deptford Project with our contractor Ardmore. The local students are classmates at Lewisham and Southwark College, and through practical, hands-on experience at The Deptford Project, they are working towards the completion of their NVQ Level 3 in plumbing.
The Old Vinyl Factory provided a striking backdrop for a young upcoming fashion designer today. This is sustainable designer Catherine Hudson’s ‘Raw Canvas’ menswear collection photographed at our Hayes site. Catherine (whose collections are produced using discontinued fabrics from manufactures and fastenings and components made from natural materials) says: “For my concept I focused on the enduring craft of men’s tailoring, combined with the rebellious Zoot Suits of the 1940s, but also the colour palette of some of Francis Bacon’s most celebrated works.” The Old Vinyl Factory has some beautiful, original Wallis, Gilbert & Partners buildings and we’re always pleased when people are as inspired by their beauty as we are. Catherine said: “This location is close to my heart and an area that I have known about for years. And it did not disappoint.” Read more
The sun finally came out today as we paraded through the streets of Sittingbourne carrying hods of bricks and the planning application for Phase 1 of the ‘Spirit of Sittingbourne’ development, to present to Swale Borough Council. Before handing over the application at the office on East Street, the bricks were arranged to spell out the name of the regeneration, a nod to the town’s history and heritage of brick making (the Smeed Dean works in Sittingbourne is one of the most prolific producers of yellow stock bricks for more than 200 years.) Over 1,000 jobs will be created through the project in phase 1 and 2, which aims to breathe life into the town centre with innovation and regeneration. Enjoy more photos of the parade… Read more
This is Dean Orgill, Chairman of the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership leading the speeches at the SuperFused magazine launch. Circus Street Brighton was the setting for the launch of the first issue of the inward investment publication for East and West Sussex. The Circus Street development team joined members of the investment community plus officers and councillors from each of the city region’s councils to celebrate in the old market space. Earlier this year we gained planning permission for the redevelopment of Circus Street into a new, £100m mixed-use quarter of the city. Read more
Following the success of their last show at Circus Street, South East Dance brought Urban Playground came back to the market space for a ‘work-in-progress’ performance of a brand new show STEAM. Local young people joined the parkour dance crew for workshops, teaching the fundamentals of performance parkour and then had the chance to perform in the final STEAM show today. Read more
These are the school children from neighbouring St Mark’s Primary School who helped us name the new addresses created by our St Mark’s Square development. The children chose favourite local children’s authors Charles Keeping and Richmal Crompton, writer of the ‘Just William’ books. William Brouard is on the WWI roll of honour at St Mark’s Church and has a great nephew who still resides in the area. Thomas Dewey was a leading member of the Bromley Society in the 1800s and last but not least, the current Vicar of St Mark’s Church Stephen Varney, who we’ve worked closely with during the regeneration of the area. For the full list Read more
This is our jobs board at Deptford station. After our event in September, we wanted to continue to shout about the construction jobs and apprenticeships available through the Deptford Project scheme. As well as opportunities for skilled workers living in the borough of Lewisham, our construction partners Ardmore have created a training course at nearby Lewisham and Soutwark College which leads to apprenticeships based on the site at Deptford. We’ve also worked with Women Into Construction who offer job brokerage and work placements for women. The final development will also create around 60 permanent jobs in Deptford through in the arch space workshops, commercial units, market yard and restaurants. www.thedeptfordproject.com
We were very happy to be part of a day of site visits for investors and analysts organised by our parent company Development Securities today to highlight their interim results, announced yesterday. The day included an introduction to the Cathedral Group – it was the first results announcement since DevSecs acquired our company in May. The visits included a tour of three key Cathedral sites; The Movement and Telegraph Works schemes in Greenwich and The Deptford Project. These sites provided the perfect backdrop for the introduction to our story, approach and key projects. Most importantly, it was a chance to show that the acquisition will increase Development Securities’ capacity and potential to generate greater levels of profitability and that Cathedral’s track record specialising in Public Private Partnerships schemes will take DevSecs into a new area of expertise.
Of course we couldn’t let our visitors go without a little Cathedral hospitality so we organised for the Deptford-based Dungarees Coffee team to meet our guests at The Movement and deliver up hot coffee and sandwiches.
If you’d like to see what Cathedral CEO Richard Upton and DevSecs CEO Michael Marx have to say about the results you can watch a video: watch here
A nine page article in the Autumn issue of The New London Quarterly magazine features an interview with our CEO Richard Upton discussing innovative, attractive and viable placemaking. The profile piece is one of several features on the topic of placemaking and one in which Richard talks about his history in the industry, what makes Cathedral different to other developers, saving Smithfield and the merger – in May 2014 – with Development Securities. Download a pdf of the profile here. Subscribe to New London Quarterly here. Read more
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.
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
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.
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 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. 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. Combined with residential schemes the Spirit of Sittingbourne will generate £326m of economic improvement over the next ten years and will create over 1000 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.