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 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 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
The Secretary of State, Eric Pickles is soon set to make his decision on whether to approve Henderson’s bid to redevelop the historic Smithfield Market site. As part of our last opportunity to ensure that the alternative SAVE Britain’s Heritage campaign supported by Cathedral is given due consideration, we thought we’d make some noise! At 7am this morning we took to Westminster Bridge with a herd of Lady Gaga lookalikes just outside Parliament. They had their #SaveSmithfield placards and were certainly causing a stir during the morning commute.
This is the mystical fortune telling machine we parked in the lobby of Swale’s first Regeneration Conference, ‘Putting Swale On the Map’ in Sittingbourne. It predicts a new, vibrant future for Sittingbourne town centre and users were rewarded with fortune cookies and branded bags. Cathedral CEO Richard Upton spoke at the event on behalf of the Spirit of Sittingbourne Consortium. The conference showcased Swale and invited a mix of key investors, influencers and local businesses, to promote the excellent things already happening in Swale Read more
Calling the Tune film festival is set to return to The Old Vinyl Factory at the end of this month with the chance to enjoy some classic films on the big screen. The second edition of Brunel University’s film festival will run from 20-22 June 2014 and screen a range of films that celebrate the relationship between music and film. As well as Get Carter with Michael Caine and Jailhouse Rock with Elvis, the festival features the first public screening of the remastered 50th Anniversary edition of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night (1964), two weeks before it goes on release nationwide. Not to be missed! For full details and ticket bookings go to www.callingthetune.com
Urban Artfest at Circus Street Market was a great success with over 1000 people attending. The event was part of the Brighton Fringe Festival with street art being created by 10 world famous street artists in and around the market. Local children from Tarner Youth Club also joined the professionals to create their own art pieces for the exhibition, following a month of workshops. A gallery of photos: Read more
This whopping great piece of graffiti is probably still wet in all this rain. Thankfully the bad weather didn’t stop Brighton-based graffiti artist Aroe (a member of graffiti crew Mad Society Kings) and Gary (of Heavy Artillery crew). These huge letters have been sprayed over the last two days at the old market space at our Brighton site. The street artists will also showcase live spray art at ‘Urban Artfest,’ part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. 10 world famous street artists will be creating and teaching kids how to create world class street art, live at the Circus Street market and workshops have been running for the past month with the Tarner Youth Club. As part of an ongoing community programme, art pieces created by the kids in conjunction with the artists, are now on show in the market. The Artfest will offer a glimpse into the graffiti methods and street art skills of some of the UK’s top artists and will be a destination for art fans and culture lovers. Is that the Pink Panther I spy, peeping out of the market… Read more
A great turnout for our Save Smithfield talk at Clerkenwell Design Week last night. Clem Cecil of SAVE and our CEO Richard Upton both gave impassioned speeches about the campaign. They summarised the evidence that shows there is a way to retain and restore all of Smithfield’s currently empty historic buildings in a viable and deliverable scheme. This scheme involves no demolition, only sensitive refurbishment and proposes to enliven the market buildings with a rich mix of food markets, restaurants, event spaces and quirky office space. In the coming months we want to galvanise support for the campaign by lobbying the Secretary of State to overturn the resolution to grant planning consent to Henderson Global Investors by the City of London Corporation application so that an alternative proposal has a chance of saving these beautiful buildings.
Join the campaign: savesmithfieldmarket.com
This colourful young lady pedalled in the procession of cycling ‘handlebar gardens’ that traveled through Brighton today to deliver plants to flats in the Tarner area of the city. The event is part of the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show Fringe. The bikes, loaded with plants, pedalled through the streets with musical accompaniment and were met by a vintage ice cream van and residents armed with trowels, ready to start the planting and brightening up of the area. This is just the start of a huge project we’re supporting to help residents improve the outdoor areas of the flats that neighbour our Circus Street site. Tommy Tickle, Chair of the Kingswood & Milner Tenants and Residents Association said: ‘…the outdoor areas around our buildings are very grim at the moment and local residents are enthusiastic about making positive changes.” 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.
We will be delivering an 'Innovation Quarter' in the heart Brighton, one of the UK's foremost creative cities, through a Public Private Partnership with JV partners McLaren and Brighton and Hove City Council. We are proposing a new 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 our 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. The PPP deal meant that in the teeth of the recession, we were able to secure £35m funding for this hugely important project (including loan funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s kickstart programme), pre-sell £46m of the development and guarantee the London Borough of Lambeth a brand new library and leisure centre funded entirely from the sale of the private sector element of the development.
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.