This is our vision for Caxton Works, a thriving community of new homes and businesses, creating a new local destination in Canning Town. These images come courtesy of our architects Studio Egret West. We’re expecting a planning decision on this exciting scheme later this year. Read more
We’re still on a mission to raise as much money for KIDS as possible – so much so that five brave Cathedral souls are willing to throw themselves out of a plane on the 20th September for your kind donations. Dorothy, Jane, Sofia, Chris and Marcello will be heading up to Cambridgeshire to experience the thrill/terror of skydiving from up to 13,000 feet. They would greatly appreciate your kind donations to justify their moment of madness. You can donate to the brave five-some here.
The newest limited edition to grace the Cathedral office. David Bowie, photographed in 1974 to promote his Diamond Dogs tour of America by Terry O”Neil. Enjoy some classic Bowie here
We have now launched the official Dolls’ House website with further information about our charity event and all the architects and designers taking part. You can visit the website here and spread the word using our twitter #dollshouse. We are very excited about this event which is gathering a head of steam leading up to a official launch of the online auction during the London Design Festival. You can find out more information about that here.
We’ve notched up another award nomination for our beautiful Movement Café. It’s been shortlisted in the Restaurant category of the World Interiors News Annual Awards 2013. The full shortlist is here and the winners will be announced on the 28 November at the Saatchi Gallery. We’re also heading off to the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards on the 12th September as the café is up for an award in the Pop Up category. Fingers crossed we’ll bringing something home with us on both nights…
Today we hand delivered a vintage trunk to the London Borough of Newham containing our planning application for Caxton Works, the Goswell Bakeries and Moss Electrical warehouse site in Canning Town. Our architects Studio Egret West have created a beautiful scheme to help us realise our vision to build 336 much needed new homes and to mould a vibrant community which will provide jobs, encourage businesses and attract forward-thinking enterprises. Read more
Along with our JV Partners, Development Securities, we have completed a deal with Travelodge for the pre-let of a 104-bed hotel at The Movement, Greenwich. The hotel has also been completely forward funding by an American private investor who will also provide construction funding. The hotel is a key element at the The Movement and will be starting on site in October 2013 and is due to open in September 2014, creating over 20 new jobs for the local community.
The leading international architecture practice OMA has been appointed by us and our joint venture partner Development Securities as masterplanner and lead architect on the mixed-use development of Morden Wharf. OMA will now start work on plans for the site to produce a £950 million, 2 million sq ft mixed-use scheme. Needless to say, we are thrilled to have OMA on board with this fantastic project. Read more
Contracts have now been exchanged with be:here, the private residential sector (PRS) company of Willmott Dixon for the sale of the Gatefold Building, the first phase of the regeneration of The Old Vinyl Factory. The Gatefold Building, designed by architects Studio Egret West will offer 132 residential apartments, workshop units for start-up businesses, a new café and community space. This sale means that construction of the first phase of the £250 million regeneration scheme will soon by underway. Watch this space!
If you still haven’t ever been to The Deptford Project Cafe, this video review from Yo Yum Tum just might tempt you to pop along. Offering delicious food in a quirky train carriage, The Deptford Project has received global recognition as one of London’s coolest cafes. It promises to be a lovely sunny day so if you are in the area, why not drop in?
Multi-platinum award winning artist KT Tunstall is the latest act to appear at The Old Vinyl Factory Sessions, recording three tracks including this, frankly, pretty amazing cover of Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer”. See the rest of her recordings here, featuring two new tracks from her new album Invisible Empire / Crescent Moon.
These three brave souls mounted their trusty bikes this morning to begin the 300km pedal to Paris for our chosen charity KIDS. The three day challenge will see Nick, John and Tony encounter historic towns, sleepy villages and rolling countryside before crossing the finish line at the eiffel tower. You can following their amusing exploits on twitter @cadence_kings
Continuing the current trend of office cycling challenges, Nick and Tony took part in the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride at the weekend. The 60 mile cycle was a fitting warm up for their upcoming London to Paris bike ride which, along with John O’Reilly, they will embark on this coming Friday morning. More details on their journey coming soon…
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. We've been working up a masterplan for a radical £250m redevelopment of the site that pays homage to its important history with an amazing creative team including Duggan Morris Associates, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Studio Egret West. In November 2012 the London Borough of Hillingdon resolved to grant planning consent for the comprehensive transformation and we'll be concluding formalities over the next few months. We'll then be starting our mission to bring 4,000 jobs and a whole new life to an area of Hayes that badly needs it.
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 with the London Borough of Lewisham in partnership with United House. 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 by Richard Rogers, restoration of an historic Victorian carriage ramp and a new public square. On the 8th March 2012 the London Borough of Lewisham resolved to grant planning consent for our scheme.
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.