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.
Brighton & Hove City Council’s Planning and Resources Committee have given the green light for our planned purchase of Preston Barracks on the Lewes Road. The deal, which will be a partnership with The University of Brighton, will see the delivery of a completely new masterplan for the 4.4ha site which has lain undeveloped for many years. Our plans are to extend the University’s Moulescoomb campus with new student accommodation, teaching buildings and a technology centre, housing, office accommodation and a Central Research Laboratory business incubation centre based on the model we are developing at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, in partnership with the GLA. This is a major development project for Brighton and will create a new gateway to the city from the north, further establishing the University at the centre of the city’s economic life. We are very proud to be starting work on our second major site in the city.
We have completed contracts with Willmott Dixon’s private rental sector business be:here on The Gatefold Building at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes. This is an exciting delivery partnership as it will see the first real phase of building development start on our site. We’ve been working in Hayes since April 2011 when we acquired the site with our partners Development Securities. Planning was granted formally by the London Borough of Hillingdon in April this year so we’re very happy that we can crack on with our plan to transform this part of Hayes town centre. Construction will begin in the New Year to deliver 132 new homes, office space, workshop units for start-up businesses, a cafe and a community space.
We opened the old market building on Circus Street in Brighton today for our Christmas Winterland. We invited our neighbours from the local community to come and enjoy lots of fun stuff including an alternative Santa’s grotto run by Copperdollar Theatre Company, a digital tour of discovery in Alice’s Wonderland, A Bell Tent Imaginarium by Periplum and street performance and dance acts including a performance of MurMur by ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, programmed by our Circus Street scheme partner South East Dance. More than 1,000 people turned up to enjoy the best street food Brighton has to offer. More to come in the new year. Read more
We hosted a gathering of representatives of local community groups at the newly refurbished community space in Circus Street Market in Brighton this morning to talk about our planned Winterland event on Saturday 14th December and to show them around the building that will be available for them all to use in the new year.
This is Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan looking as happy as we feel about winning the Best Public Space prize at the FX Design Awards for The Movement Café, Greenwich last night. We went to the Grosvenor House Hotel for the awards ceremony and to be part of such a strong shortlist means we’re double proud with the win. See the shortlist here: FX Design Awards Shortlist 2013
Cathedral Group and partners Development Securities officially handed over a new extension to the Greenwich West Community Centre. The extension was designed by Studio Egret West and was delivered as part of The Movement, our new £110m mixed-use development. We took over two of the spacious new rooms at the centre, decorated them with the story of The Movement so far and re-created a mini version of the MVMNT café from 2012 designed by Morag Mayerscough. Key stakeholder guests attended including Chris Roberts, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Martin Elliot, Chair of the Management Committee for Greenwich West Community Centre. The completion of this new wing creates a new ‘front door’ into The Movement, due for completion in mid 2014. Read more
Our dolls’ houses were auctioned at Bonhams on November 11th. Here is the urbane and wonderful Matthew Girling, Bonhams CEO, banging the gavel on one of the lots. We raised over £90,000 for KIDS which makes us incredibly proud and very happy. The evening was great. The 20 houses looked so handsome in Bonhams beautiful new gallery that’s only been open for two weeks. It was designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, one of the participating architects whose house was one of the highest bidding lots and sold for £11,000. We are so hugely grateful to all the architects, designers and artists who took part, to our sponsors and friends who helped us to make it such a success. 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 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.