Pointing to the future

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015


This is one of our new signs in Sittingbourne to let local people know that the regeneration is about to begin. Following the resolution to grant planning for our scheme last week by Swale Council planners, we decided to shout about the scheme with big, bold signposts in the areas to be developed. Take a look at the Spirit of Sittingbourne website for more information and register for news updates. Read more

Let the music play

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015


The Old Vinyl Factory really is too cool for school sometimes. Yesterday the Hayes site played host to a ‘Learn to Play’ day with over 100 visitors from the local community taking part in a variety of lessons in contemporary, classical and digital music. Whilst the British Airways Brass Band played in the Shipping Building and Pioneer taught DJing in the lounge, kids could get to grips with a tuba or tenor horn, the electric guitar, turntables and keyboards. Throughout the day Noisy Toys were on hand to entertain and teach young people about electronics and the physics of sound and Radio One DJ Sara Cox even stopped by for a visit. Read more

We’ve reached the top

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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This is Deputy Mayor of Lewisham, Cllr Alan Smith with our Managing Director, Martin Wood and Ardmore Director, Chris Langdon on the roof of The Deptford Project apartment building today. We joined our construction partner Ardmore for the ‘topping out’ of the building and laid a patch of ceremonial concrete with our partners at Lewisham Council, local Ward Councillors Brenda Dacres and David Michael and Secretary of the Railway Heritage Trust, Malcolm Wood. The regeneration of the area Read more

It’s a sign!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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Look at the lovely new sign that was installed yesterday by Hillingdon Council on the underpass outside Hayes and Harlington Station. It points the way to The Old Vinyl Factory on Blythe Road where we’re on a mission to put Hayes firmly back on the map in time for the arrival of Crossrail. Hillingdon Council has been enormously supportive and their £6m improvement programme is currently transforming Hayes town centre. Read more

Green light for Sittingbourne

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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We’re delighted to announce that Swale Borough Council planning committee resolved to grant planning approval for phase one of our £46m regeneration scheme to transform Sittingbourne town centre yesterday evening. The Spirit of Sittingbourne consortium which includes our partners Quinn Estates, Swale Borough Council and Essential Land were given permission to move ahead with this exciting first stage of regeneration which will breathe new life into the town centre and the local economy. You can find out more about the project here. Everyone has worked day and night over the last few weeks to prepare for the committee so a big thank you to the team and all our partners. Now we will begin work on the next stage of the scheme, to get on site and start building! See the Spirit of Sittingbourne website here

Twin towns visit to Deptford

Saturday, March 14th, 2015


This is a portrait of some very special guests we showed around The Deptford Project today, delegates from Deptford’s twin towns, Antony in Paris and Charlottenburg in Berlin. The tour was part of a wider visit to the borough, hosted by Lewisham council. Our visitors included the Mayor and Mayoress of Antony, local councillors from Charlottenburg and members of their respective twinning town associations. The historical ties or ‘twin towns’ are another part of Deptford’s rich history and we were proud to be able to show them the great progress we’re making on site.

Step into our arches…

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Today we opened our site in Deptford and invited businesses and local start-ups to get an early look at the new commercial quarter. The scaffolding is already down on several of the restored arches and the shape of the new Market Yard is really starting to show. But we couldn’t just invite people for a look round without a colourful Cathedral welcome. We turned the site safety kit shelter into a pink coloured living room and we talked all things commercial over hot coffee served up by the Dungarees coffee team. A busy and enjoyable morning in SE8. For more info on the commercial opportunities at Deptford click here. Read more

Bromley does Brazil

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


We’re pleased to announce that Rodizio Preto is the latest restaurant to sign up to our St Mark’s Square development in Bromley. Hot on the heels of our last signing we welcome the Brazilian Churrascaria who we think will bring a special concept not only to the project and to Bromley Town Centre. Read more

Construction time at Caxton Works

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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This is one of the first pictures of our Caxton Works site in Canning Town. Designed by Studio Egret West, the redevelopment of the former Goswell Bakeries and Moss Electrical warehouse will create 336 new homes and a ground floor commercial quarter aimed at forward-thinking enterprises. As you can see, the site is hoarded and work has begun. Galliard Construction – part of Galliard Homes, who are delivering the residential element of the development – are on site and Read more

FIELD. Not just a pretty face…

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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This is one of the first faces of our FIELD campaign on the hoardings at Preston Barracks in Brighton. We asked photographer to the (rock) stars Dean Chalkley to capture Brighton’s community of makers, kick starting our mission to connect with this diverse creative community. We plan to launch our meanwhile use for the site later this year, which will be a temporary facility on-site providing workspace, a gallery/exhibition space and informal gathering spaces, specifically for the maker community in Brighton. Read more

Gym and Nursery Move in at Greenwich

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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Affordable gym chain, Pure Gym and nursery operator, Bright Horizons Family Solutions have both exchanged contracts and will occupy units at our mixed-use scheme, The Movement, Greenwich. Both businesses will be located on the recently opened, pedestrian-friendly street Lovibond Lane, which connects Greenwich DLR with Norman Road. The gym and nursery will make a huge contribution to our overall vision to transform and regenerate the former industrial estate into an exciting and interactive place that benefits the wider community. Read more

It’s awards time again…

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015


Property Awards here we come! We’re feeling happy in the Cathedral office today as we’ve been shortlisted for Developer of the Year at the Property Awards 2015. We’ll have to wait until April to find out if our creative, forward-thinking approach to property development and our specialist PPP model will help us pick up the prize on the night. Click here for the full shortlist. Read more

Valentines Day Recycled

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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Off with his head! These two visitors are having a bash at ‘toy hacking’ as part of the Love Cycle event the Circus Street Market. From today there is are a new hub of outlets in the space run by makers and creative community groups specialising in waste prevention, sustainability and upcycling. To celebrate we opened up the doors for a free event offering inspiration, ideas and advice on creative reuse and upcycling and visitors were encouraged to bring along something interesting from their homes to swap, improve or recycle. The makers include: Read more

Serving up a slice of pizza at St Mark’s

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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PizzaExpress is the latest restaurant to sign up to our St Mark’s Square development in Bromley this week. We’re pleased to announce the high street favourite has taken 2,787 sq ft at St Mark’s Square, which will provide a total of 25,000 sq ft of new restaurant space in the heart of Bromley town centre. Read more

Eye in the Sky

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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We’ve been filming the progress of our St Mark’s Square development since the beginning and thought it was time for an update. CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE to see the construction in progress over the last year. Our contractor McLaren mainly worked on the basement levels in 2014, including the lower level screen rooms of the Vue Multiplex Cinema. The £90m mixed-use PPP scheme, in partnership with London Borough of Bromley, will transform the southern end of Bromley Town Centre and is due for completion within 2016.


Circus Street, Brighton

In September 2014 planning permission was granted for Circus Street, a £100m 'innovation quarter' in the heart Brighton, one of the UK's foremost creative cities. The scheme is a public private partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and partners South East Dance and University of Brighton. The scheme will deliver a world-class mixed-use destination for creative and technical innovation, just a stone's throw from the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier.

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Preston Barracks, Brighton

We've exchanged contracts with Brighton and Hove City Council and the University of Brighton to bring forward the development of Preston Barracks, a significant mixed-use regeneration scheme that will create a new gateway to the north of the Brighton.

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Central Research Laboratory

The Central Research Laboratory is one of Cathedral’s most innovative endeavors. We’re setting up a new part of our business, dedicated to supporting the start-up and growth of design and manufacturing businesses. Specifically, we want to increase the breadth and quality of support open to entrepreneurs who invent and sell physical products. The project has been created to as part of our place making business model.

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The Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes

With our joint venture partners, Development Securities Plc, we acquired the 17-acre London Gate business park in Hayes, Middlesex in April 2011. The resulting development is a 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

Telegraph Works, Greenwich

The Telegraph Works scheme is an £85m GDV, 272-home scheme on an historic site in the south west of the Greenwich Peninsula. In April 2014 the Royal Borough of Greenwich Planning Committee resolved to grant planning consent for our 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.

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Morden Wharf, Greenwich

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.

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Caxton Works, Canning Town


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.

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The Movement, Greenwich

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.

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St Mark’s Square, Bromley

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.

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The Bell, Ticehurst

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.

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Clapham One

With  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.

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Spirit of Sittingbourne


In early 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 in a £46m mixed-use scheme which is designed to breathe new life into the town and its local economy. 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, all of which will generate £326m of economic improvement over the next ten years and create around 790 jobs.

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The Deptford Project

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. Currently under construction, the scheme includes a new residential building, restoration of an historic Victorian carriage ramp and a newly landscaped market yard.

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Eynsham Hall

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.

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Sundridge Park

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.

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Devonport House

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.

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The Fold

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.

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The Coronet

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.

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