This is The Powerhouse at our Old Vinyl Factory site transformed in colour. Converse have created a massive, colourful, vinyl record inspired mural to launch their Wall of Clash campaign. The amazingly talented Remi Rough and System from the Agents of Change collective painted the building’s outer walls to celebrate Converse’s newest collection, the new All Star Chuck ‘70. Their intentions were to bring colour back to The Old Vinyl Factory with an abstract explosion of vinyl records shapes. We went along to their launch party which was held in a make-shift wooden bar and viewing deck to marvel at the artwork in all it’s glory. Inside, Converse – as part of their mini event series Sneaker Clash – were also creating vinyl sleeves with a rotating graffiti machine. Innovation, colour, culture and music, the spirit of the past and future of The Old Vinyl Factory. To watch the making of video click here: TOVF Converse Mural And for more photos … Read more
This is the garden of St Mark’s Church, one of our closest neighbours at our St Mark’s Square scheme in Bromley. Work is underway to update and improve their community garden. The railings have come down, to be replaced with new granite steps which, along with all the lovely new seating and landscaping, will help to make the garden more accessible and enjoyable for the Church congregation and the local community. We are working in partnership with the Church, the London Borough of Bromley and the Diocese of Rocheseter on the garden. We are also thankful to the Mayor’s Outer London Fund for funding the project. Studio Egret West have designed the garden with elements that will mirror the St Mark’s Square public realm once complete. The garden is due for completion in March, so watch this space for a Ground Force-esque before and after post. Read more
‘Rah rah, I’m riding a bicycle!’ Felix Brent, English Gent and his Penny Farthing joined Caroline Lucas MP today to launch Love Your Bike Week at Circus Street. What better way to shout about our pro-cycling week of activities on the site then with The Gent’s Penny Farthing stunts, crystal ball readings and magic tomfoolery. Nik who plays Felix is also a Guinness World Record holder for most jumps on a Penny Farthing. Our Head of Marketing, Penny Humphrey announced our plans for the week and Caroline Lucas MP and Bike Hub Manager, Duncan Blinkhorn of Groundwork South cut the official ribbon. Click here for more upcoming events at the Circus Street market. Read more
Tomorrow morning (Tuesday) a planning inquiry opens in the City of London into plans to redevelop parts of Smithfield Market, some of London’s most beautiful old Victorian civic buildings. We are supporting the campaign, run by SAVE Britain’s Heritage and The Victorian Society, to save the buildings from demolition. We are hoping that the Inspector will allow us to present evidence to his inquiry in the coming weeks that will show an alternative viability to the proposals currently granted consent by the Corporation of London. We are certain that these beautiful old buildings can produce a commercially viable scheme without being demolished and we’re confident that the Inspector and ultimately, the Secretary of State, to whom he will submit his report, will agree. We will keep you updated with the progress of the inquiry.
This is Duncan Blinkhorn, Community Project Co-ordinator for Brighton-based charity Groundwork, and his volunteers in the old Municipal Market at our scheme in Brighton. Groundwork South has joined forces with Cathedral Group to create the Circus Street Bike Hub, operating out of the old market building and offering free services to help people fix, maintain and get their bikes back on the road. The charity shares our passion for making places and changing communities for the better and say they ‘won’t stop working until everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and everyone can reach their potential.’ Our kind of people! We are also hosting Love Your Bike Week at the market, with our second free event for the Brighton & Hove community – The Spin- on the final day. Click here if you want to know more.
Our Creative Director Martyn was asked to speak at the AJ100 annual lunch in Glasgow on Friday to an audience of Scottish architects. He told them that, working together, developers and architects have the perfect opportunity to deliver what we need to create real economic and social growth in these straightened economic times. At Cathedral we believe so strongly that great design can unlock the most problematic schemes but often that relationship between client and architect is affected by an inbuilt mistrust and lack of willingness to understand each other’s point of view. Architects think developers are insensitive and value engineer the joy out of everything and developers think architects are necessary evils. We think quite the opposite. Martyn showed them our Clapham One scheme as the perfect example of this approach a fine example of great partnership with our architects Studio Egret West. We’re pleased to hear from our friends at the AJ that the speech received lots of positive feedback.
Today we reached another key milestone. This is our Telegraph Works planning application, literally shipped off to the planning committee in old shipping crates. Marcello, Chris and Arlene you’ve given it everything you’ve got and done us proud. While we wait for the decision, we’ll continue our hard work on the proposed scheme but for tonight, it’s well deserved cold beers all round for the team.
This is South East Dance artist Ben Duke’s Lost Dog physical theatre company performing a play about running away to the circus. We’re proudly partnering with South East Dance to give children in the Tarner area of Brighton an exciting taste of what’s to come in our Circus Street scheme. The plans include a new home for South East Dance with a Dance Space, studios, theatre and research spaces for small dance projects. We’re hosting local community groups, including Carlton Hill Primary School, with taster dance sessions for children and their families starting this month at Circus Street. These sessions will become part of developing a long-term programme of community dance work that South East Dance can take forward into the new Dance Space once complete, and we hope, bring dance and physical theatre to everyone in the city. Click here for more about South East Dance.
We received a Highly Commended prize in the Mixed-Use Development category for the Movement Café, Greenwich last night at the Placemaking Awards 2014. Just pipped to the post by Swansea Urban Village but we won’t hold a grudge. Thanks again Morag Myerscough, Luke Morgan and Lemn Sissay for your creative vision and hard work on our now, multi-award winning project. Cheers.
It’s goodbye for now to our beloved Deptford Project train carriage which has been re-located to another Cathedral site so that construction work can begin on Deptford High Street. We’re in discussion with Rebecca Molina, who ran the café since it was installed in 2008, and the good folks at Lewisham Council to explore the possibility of the carriage coming back to Deptford sometime in the not too distant future when our scheme is complete. In the meantime we’re excited that we’re finally starting on site, designing our hoarding, planning community meetings and getting ready for construction to begin. The regeneration starts here.
This is Chimney Pot Park in Salford. We went there last week to visit our friends Lee, Hazel and the team at Shedkm – the architects for our Circus Street project in Brighton – for a tour of buildings and other inspiring places that they designed for Urban Splash and other clients in Liverpool and Manchester. The tour included Collegiate House a re-furbished Victorian college building, now a complimentary blend of old and new architecture and the Matchbox building, a vibrant, buzzing place with a glass facade that lights up the surrounding area with the activity from the gym inside. At Chimney Pot Park we loved the gardens and the community spirit they create on the raised level over the original back alleys of terraces that are now ‘underground’ car parks. Soap Works in Salford had elements of our plans for The Old Vinyl Factory scheme. An urban, edgy mixed-use development centered around office buildings, with original factory chimneys next to contemporary office buildings. Thanks Shedkm for showing us round, including the lovely Jonathan Falkingham for treating us to such a splendid feast at his beautiful home. Cathedral returned to the church tired but inspired. Read more
The Movement, Greenwich has been shortlisted for the best Mixed-Use Development at the Placemaking Awards 2014. We’re really excited and hope to build on our recent success at the FX Design Awards. Click here to find out more about the Placemaking Awards.
We’ve been after this one for a while and now the deal is done. We’re very happy that we’ve been able to exchange contracts with the London Borough of Bromley to buy the Grade II listed Bromley Town Hall. This is a superb, beautiful building that was once the centre of civic life in the town. We’re going to put it back there by turning it into a beautiful boutique hotel, wedding, conference and restaurant complex. We’re also going to acquire the South Street car park next door where we will build a new residential scheme, bringing even more life to Bromley North. This building is a proper Cathedral scheme and we can’t wait to get started on it. It makes us proud to think that we can breathe life into this really important old building in a town where we are already building, regenerating the south end of Bromley High Street with our St Mark’s Square scheme.
We’re off and running with the Central Research Laboratory at The Old Vinyl Factory. Work started on site this week to clear out The Record Store which has been derelict for nearly 30 years. We are working with the GLA to finalise confirmation of our £7.7m loan from the Mayor’s Growing Places fund which will enable us to build the UK’s best hi-tech manufacturing small business incubation centre. We plan to open our doors in the summer of 2015. It’s great to see action on site. Something’s coming. Something Good.
We plan to deliver an £85m GDV, 272-home scheme on an historic site in the south west of the Greenwich Peninsula – Telegraph Works 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 Brighton and Hove City Council and the University of Brighton. 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 £42m 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.