We couldn’t be happier in the Cathedral office. Yesterday we won the award for Property Communications of the Year 2015 at the PROPS Awards Lunch at the Hilton, Park Lane. The annual event has been running for 24 years and is held to support the amazing Variety Club of Great Britain and their important work with disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the UK. This year they raised an incredible £400,000. The very fancy statue will take pride place on the shelf with the rest of our awards. And yes…that is Miss World…
Throughout Brighton Festival (2-24 May), Circus Street Market has been transformed into a playground of investigation into weather, water and scale, developed by Australian creators Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey – award winning sound artists who work with the human experience of listening. If you’re passing, you can pop in on Wednesday’s and Thursday 1pm – 7pm, Friday and Saturday’s 10am – 10pm and Sunday’s 10am – 6pm. It’s a hands on experience with an array of contemporary and historical apparatus – and well worth popping in to see! For more information, check out all the details on the Brighton Festival website.
This is Malcolm Wood of the Railway Heritage Trust who we persuaded to turn historical tour guide for the day as we took part in the Deptford Heritage Festival. We opened up The Deptford Project site to three groups of visitors to hear about the history of the Grade II listed Victorian Carriage Ramp at the heart of the scheme. Malcolm is a great speaker on the subject of the ramp and the station and it was interesting to discuss what is actually known about about the ramp as recorded fact, as well as the urban myths surrounding the site. The local history enthusiasts then got to take a closer look at the restoration work in progress. Read more
This is our St Mark’s Square scheme in Bromley today, seen from our time lapse camera on top of St Mark’s Church. You can see the McLaren team gathered at the front of the site for their early morning team talk. Now that all the below-ground work is complete you can see the building starting to rise out of the ground and even the rough shape of the hotel on the right. McLaren are currently building the transfer slabs which cap off the sub-structure and form the tunnel which travels through the development. The third tower crane is now up – bolted to a 75 tonne steel grillage designed to transfer the loadings through the cinema walls and into the buildings foundations – works to the upper levels can commence. Keep on keeping on…
This is South East Dance, one our of partners at Circus Street launching their SPACE TO DANCE campaign to generate support for The Dance Space, the new home for dance at the heart of the development. To kick start the campaign they invited a host of local artists, business people and city influencers, including Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex and the Mayor of Brighton & Hove to experience a light and sound installation in the market. South East Dance has so far raised over 75% of the funds it needs for The Dance Space but still needs to raise £810,000 of its £3.78 million target and is calling on local people and companies to back the campaign Read more
We’re thrilled to announce that our parent company, Development Securities has exchanged contracts to take a 10-year lease on 7a Howick Place in Victoria as our new joint UK headquarters. Since we announced our acquisition by Development Securities in May 2014, we have been looking for somewhere unique, exciting and with its own front door for our two teams to come together, work hard and be inspired. Howick Place has an interesting history, Read more
This is our excitable group of volunteers from the Cathedral office who took up sand paper and paint brushes today and headed off to help at St Mark’s Primary School. We (not so) secretly really enjoyed a sunny afternoon, helping with some much needed painting in the playground and hope our efforts passed the caretakers inspection. The school is one of our closest neighbours at St Mark’s Square, our mixed-use scheme in Bromley and most recently the children helped us name the new addresses created by the development. Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Winter 2016.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.