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    Holland Park Villas contractor wins Considerate Constructors Scheme Silver Award

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    Multiplex, has been awarded the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) silver award 2016. The award recognises best practice beyond statutory requirements during the delivery of Holland Park Villas. Evaluating aspects such as the construction company’s handling of the public, the environment and the workforce, this accolade adds to a previous recognition received by the contractor for Native Land’s 180,000 sq ft landmark scheme including an award in 2015 for Performance Beyond Compliance on site at Holland Park Villas.

     

    Andrew Locke, Development Director at Native Land said: “We are really pleased for Multiplex and want to congratulate them on receiving this reputable award for their work at Holland Park Villas. It is a fantastic recognition of their hard work and commitment to deliver high quality service and projects.”

     

    Holland Park Villas is in the final stages of construction and is due for completion in Spring 2017. With its unrivalled location and high quality, all-encompassing amenities, this development is set to become one of the most sought after addresses in ultra-prime central London.

     

    Native Land and Grosvenor purchased this 2-acre site from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) in January 2010 and the development is now being brought forward in partnership with HPL and Amcorp Properties. Once complete the development, designed by architect John McAslan + Partners, will comprise of 72 private apartments, with 96 affordable homes having been built on three separate sites across the Royal Borough.

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    Modular comes to Mayfair

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    Burlington Gate, situated in the fashion and arts district of London’s Mayfair, is the result of a close collaboration between consortium Native Land , Hotel Properties Limited, Amcorp, and renowned architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Joe White, Development Executive at Native Land explains why modular units were used in the construction of this new build and its benefits.

    “One of our current projects, Burlington Gate, is scheduled to complete in 2017 with forty-two new luxury apartments replacing the existing 83, 000 sq. ft. commercial building. When constructing these apartments we were looking for a highly ‘intelligent’ system to supply these homes with heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting control. The modular unit, constructed in a factory offsite by Essex Services Group and installed onsite, provided the solution to that problem.
    Using modular units not only has the short-term benefit of reducing installation time onsite. It also ensures a number of long-term benefits. Usually, when utility room services are installed in apartments onsite, the installation varies from apartment to apartment as the result of individual installer preferences and decisions. Whereas off-site production guarantees standardisation and the most efficient installation possible, allowing for ease of access for maintenance after installation.

    In addition to this are the environmental benefits provided by the equipment within the modular units. This is provided by the BMS, which functions as ‘the brain’ for the apartment, and controls the heating, cooling and lighting controls; the MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery unit); and the HIU (heat interface unit) – the interface between central boiler and apartment which eliminates the need for every apartment to have a boiler.
    There are also cost-efficient benefits of using the modular unit as complex services interfaces are undertaken in the factory. The ductwork, wiring and pipes distributed throughout the apartment are effectively ‘plugged in’ once the unit has arrived on site.

    While modular units are much talked about, they are still not widely used. This is because off-site manufacture requires the design to be finalised at an earlier stage. Until recently, domestic services were simple enough to be easily installed on site, but luxury apartments in particular have introduced to the domestic market a level of services sophistication that warrants prefabrication. Not only do modular units provide benefits for the contractor and those living nearby, considerably reducing time spent onsite, they are also an attractive advantage for buyers due to the increased ease of maintenance servicing. It would be great to see more new builds using this method.”

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    Burlington Gate – Native Land’s Mayfair Development near completion

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    Specialist contractor Multiplex and Native Land, the investment and development company behind award winning developments NEO Bankside, Cheyne Terrace and 10 Montrose Place, marked the final stages of construction for their newest development, Burlington Gate in Mayfair.

    Professional teams and key subcontractors from across the development process were invited by main contractor Multiplex to attend the topping out ceremony of Native Land’s landmark Mayfair project which was designed by leading architectural practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land commented: “We are delighted with the progress of the construction at Burlington Gate. The team has done a great job to deliver this project to such a high standard and we look forward to continuing our long-term relationships with all those we have worked with on this development.”

    Having purchased the property from Standard Life in 2012, an investment consortium comprising Hotel Properties Limited (HPL), Amcorp and Native Land, with Native Land acting as Development Manager, secured planning for the comprehensive redevelopment of the site in 2014 and Burlington Gate is now in the final stages of construction.

    Graham Stirk, Senior Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and design partner on the project, said: “Burlington Gate is an example of how architecture can be both modern and respectful of tradition. The building has a calm and structured exterior reflecting the importance of this very ordered, historic area. A public arcade interrupts this calm, allowing glimpses into an exotic world within – an ‘Alice through the looking glass’ experience if you wish. The synergy of the arcade, its associated galleries, and the residential building, are drawn together as one experience to create a sense of place enhancing its unique Mayfair surroundings.”

    Burlington Gate will comprise 42 apartments, with hotel style amenities, together with extensive gallery spaces on the ground and lower ground floors. A highlight of the project is a new public arcade, which is the first in Mayfair since the 1930’s. This dynamic public space will create a through route between Old Burlington Street and Cork Street.

    The project will also contribute approximately £6 million to Westminster City council for affordable housing as part of the Section 106 Agreement, as well as extensive improvements to Cork Street. Native Land’s public realm improvements are the catalyst to a wider ‘East Mayfair’ initiative being coordinated by Westminster City Council, that will see improvements including resurfacing, landscaping, seating and parking and loading management being made to a number of streets in Mayfair’s luxury retail, arts and fashion district.

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    Native Land announced as Residential Partner at TH Real Estate’s landmark regeneration project: Edinburgh St James

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    Native Land has been announced as the residential partner in TH Real Estate’s 1.7 million sqft mixed-use scheme, which is part of one of the largest regeneration projects currently underway in the UK.

    The Edinburgh St James residential element comprises approximately 150 apartments, which will offer unrivalled amenities and unparalleled views across the UNESCO World Heritage City. Edinburgh St James will see the 1970’s shopping centre currently on site replaced with 850,000 sqft of retail space, a multi-screen cinema, and the internationally recognised W Hotel, in addition to the residential element.

    Native Land has teamed up with Queensberry Properties, as the Developer of the residential component of the project.

    Native Land is renowned for its expertise in delivering high quality residential developments in the prime central London market and is behind several of the city’s most acclaimed apartment buildings, including 10 Montrose Place in Belgravia, Stirling Prize shortlisted NEO Bankside and Burlington Gate in Mayfair.

    Queensberry Properties, a partnership between one of Scotland’s leading housebuilders, Cruden Homes, and established investment and development business, Buccleuch Property, will provide significant local insight. Buccleuch Property is also a long-standing shareholder in Native Land.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land, commented:

    “Edinburgh St James represents a natural first move outside of our core London business, allowing us to become part of a significant mixed-use project in a world-class city. The partnership with TH Real Estate will set a new standard for quality at the top end of the Edinburgh residential market.

     

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    Initial demolition works commence on Ludgate House

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    Initial demolition works will commence on select areas of Ludgate house in October 2016. Specialist contractor, McGee will be undertaking the works which will predominantly be taking place on the western edge of the site, on Blackfriars Road. There will also be minor demolition activity on the northern boundary of the site, adjacent to the Thames walkway.

    Sampson House and Ludgate House is a 1.4m sqft redevelopment project by an international consortium comprising Native Land, Temasek ,HPL and Amcorp Properties located adjacent to the Thames in the London Borough of Southwark.

    The consortium has acquired Sampson House and Ludgate House with an existing planning consent obtained by previous owner The Carlyle Group. These approved plans entail a major 1.4m sq ft mixed use development, which will reconnect the space between the Tate Modern and one of London’s major transport hubs, Blackfriars Station. The London Borough of Southwark will also benefit from a substantial contribution towards further housing within the Borough.

    Sampson House and Ludgate House will create a destination neighbourhood comprising cultural, retail and leisure amenities as well as new office space and housing which will be linked by extensive public open spaces.

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    Native Land completes delivery of affordable housing for Stirling Prize nominated NEO Bankside

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    The final element of affordable housing delivered in conjunction with the NEO Bankside development has completed on Long Lane, Southwark. It brings the total number of affordable homes supplied to 132.

    The final provision sits on a former brownfield site which had been vacant for a number of years. It was identified as an ideal location to deliver much needed homes for social rent and shared ownership due to its’ proximity to eight primary schools, a public basketball court and a children’s playground.

    In addition to the delivery of 132 affordable homes, significantly higher than the 32 originally planned, the landscaping of the developments ensures significant public realm improvements for the area, while an additional £11m financial contribution was made to Southwark Council. Southwark Street as a whole has also been greatly improved through the development of what was previously a derelict, overgrown and unkempt site into two and three bedroom homes for social rent.

    A representative of Native Land and Grosvenor, the co-developers behind the Stirling Prize-nominated scheme, said:

    “The development of NEO Bankside has enabled us to deliver a significant number of newly built affordable homes in Southwark, far more than would have been achieved through on site provision alone. We have worked in close partnership with the Borough, the leading housing associations and our design team to ensure that we provide high-quality, and well-located homes in Southwark.”

    Of the total affordable homes, 82 are social rented and 50 are shared ownership. All are located within the London Borough of Southwark and are no more than two miles from the NEO Bankside site, in the Borough/Bankside, Bermondsey and Walworth community council areas.

    All the affordable homes have been developed in partnership with leading housing associations. Four sites have been delivered in partnership with Affinity Sutton, one alongside Family Mosaic and this final provision with Wandle.

    John Walton, Head of Development at Wandle said “Affordable homes are increasingly vital in areas like this. By partnering with Native Land and Grosvenor, we have been able to turn an unused space into quality new homes and deliver much needed affordable housing for the people of Southwark.”