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
This is Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan with their dolls’ house which we are installing along with the 19 others at Bonhams in Bond Street this afternoon. They will be on show on Sunday from 11am – 3pm and on Monday 9am – 3pm. The auction is Monday night. You can bid online now. Here.
We took the cover and several inside pages of the Estates Gazette this week, to tell some stories of the places where we are building. You can read about the future of The Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes, the developments at Morden Wharf and Caxton Works, Canning Town and our plans for Circus Street in Brighton. We are proudly announcing to the property industry, that our model of collaborative public-private partnership and innovative, mixed-use, people centered development is making a real difference to people and places in London and the South East, and that we’re building our business on innovative partnerships with outstanding people, from architects and planners, to poets and horticulturalists. We think that’s worth shouting about.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has announced that the Central Research Laboratory we are building as part of our redevelopment of The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes is in line for a £7.7m investment from his Growing Places Fund. This is a huge step forward for our scheme and for Hayes. It will enable the transformation of one of the existing buildings on the site, The Record Store, into the first facility of its kind in the UK.
We are celebrating a fantastic result today as last night, the London Borough of Newham resolved to grant planning permission for our Caxton Works development in Canning Town. The Planning Committee was unanimous in the decision to back our redevelopment of the former Goswell Bakeries and Moss Electrical warehouse which will deliver a significant boost to the local area with new homes and a vibrant community which will provide jobs, encourage businesses and attract forward thinking enterprises.
Our next step will be gaining approval from the GLA and finalising the s106 agreements, both which will hopefully be done and dusted by the end of the year. Well done to everyone involved in getting Caxton Works past this important milestone and a very big well done to our brilliant team of Gavin and Rebecca.
We’ve reached a HUGE milestone. The planning application (above) for our scheme in Circus Street in Brighton was submitted to Brighton & Hove City Council planners. It’s been a long time in the coming. We originally bid for this scheme in 2006 and following much design work, one big credit crunch, some more design work and some very tired architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and project managers (and one very proud Project Director – Rob Sloper take a bow) we made it. The scheme is designed, the application is in. Hazel, Greg and Lee at Shedkm, you have played a blinder. Watch this space for more details – we’ll be releasing images as soon as the Council validates the application.
A rather lovely story in Property Week this morning about The Old Vinyl Factory. We took Nick Johnstone around the site and filled him in on our exciting plans for high-tech manufacturing, homes and leisure as well as celebrating the recent £7.7m investment from the Mayor of London. Read the full story here. Or if you fancy seeing a video about our plans, take a look at the coverage on EGI by Joanna Bourke and Nathan Cross about our very special site in Hayes here.
Our Dolls’ House project is going global with media coverage from Europe to the US, helping to spread the word to raise as much money as possible for KIDS. Here is just one of the unique houses by FAT Architecture in collaboration with artist Grayson Perry Our media parter, the Architects Journal has now unveiled the official 20 photographs of the final dolls’ houses in today’s magazine, click here to see the coverage . You can bid now on the Dolls’ House website. Only four weeks left until the auction now so get your bids in ASAP.
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.