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    Native Land is part of an international consortium, which also comprises Singapore’s Temasek and Hotel Properties Limited (HPL) and Malaysia’s Amcorp Properties, that has announced the formation of a joint venture that has exchanged contracts to acquire Sampson House and Ludgate House from global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group.

    The transaction will result in the creation of the new Bankside Quarter, a 1.4 million sq ft residential, office and retail development, which will further enhance an area undergoing a transformation through a raft of other improvements.

    The expanded Tate Modern, the new Blackfriars Station linking the north and south bank of the River Thames and the recently opened Mondrian hotel have already combined to make the area a vibrant new London location.

    A planning consent for the redevelopment of the 5.3 acre site, designed by PLP Architecture, was secured by Carlyle in March 2014 and comprises permission for 489 apartments and 288,000 sq ft of offices, as well as retail, leisure and cultural facilities. When completed, the project will comprise five residential buildings and four office buildings.

    The development will rise from 13 to 49 storeys and will create new routes reconnecting the eastern and western sides of a railway viaduct where the existing buildings have formed an impermeable barrier through the site since the 1970s.

    The planning consent also ensures a payment in lieu of affordable housing of £65 million payable to Southwark Council.

    Native Land is appointed as development manager to the consortium.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land, commented on behalf of the consortium: “The development of the Bankside Quarter will set the seal on London’s finest emerging location. By unblocking routes through this strategically important site as well as significantly enhancing the public realm the area will become even more popular for residents, businesses and visitors from across the globe. 

    “The project will also deliver much needed private and affordable housing in the borough, where there is a shortage of supply.

    “The consortium which has been assembled to deliver the project represents the best in international development and funding expertise. We are confident that we can deliver a major new destination for London, adding to the strong foundations already laid in the Bankside area.”

    Native Land intends to deliver the project in a series of phases, with the first phase including a 49-storey tower comprising 211 apartments fronting the River Thames. The subsequent phase will deliver a Grade A office building, with later phases including the redevelopment of Sampson House, which is currently leased to IBM until 2025 but with a mutual break option in June 2018.

    The overall site has been identified as an `opportunity area’ in the Mayor of London’s London Plan, and is immediately adjacent to Blackfriars Station’s southern entrance. It also benefits from excellent links to the City of London, the West End, Canary Wharf and the capital’s international transport destinations.

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    Native Land Acquires Regent House W1


    Native Land  has acquired the long leasehold interest in Regent House, an existing 1960s building located within The Portman Estate and close to Oxford Street.

    Regent House will be Native Land’s first development on The Portman Estate. The site has the benefit of a planning consent for a mixed-use scheme comprising 43,000 sq ft of grade A office accommodation over six floors as well as 24 private residential apartments. In addition, there will be four ground/lower ground retail units, which will be leased back and directly controlled by The Portman Estate as part of its retail strategy to reinvigorate Edgware Road and continue its investment in the thriving Marylebone area.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land said:

    “We are very pleased to complete the acquisition of Regent House. The asset complements our current portfolio of centrally located developments across the capital and strengthens our position as a leading mixed-use developer in London. We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Portman Estate and to be playing a part in their continued programme of investment aimed at rejuvenating this prominent area within Westminster.

    The site is situated within The Portman Estate’s 110 acres of Marylebone, located at the junction of George Street and Edgware Road in London, W1. Regent House will benefit from outstanding transport links, including the planned Paddington Crossrail Station which is due for completion in December 2018. The surrounding shopping and leisure amenities, coupled with its close proximity to Hyde Park, will make the development a premium offer for office and retail occupiers as well as residents.

    Oliver Fenn-Smith, Property Director of The Portman Estate said:

    “The joint venture with Native Land on Regent House is an exciting move for the Estate, and will play a significant part in the ongoing transformation of Edgware Road as the gateway to Marylebone and the West End”

    Construction is due to begin in 2018, with completion in 2020.

    Cushman and Wakefield acted for The Portman Estate.

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    Native Land supports UrbanPlan educational initiative


    In 2016 Native Land became a partner of Urban Land Institute’s UrbanPlan UK, the school initiative that encourages young people to consider a career within the built environment. UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically demanding classroom-based programme in which students learn about the fundamental forces that affect urban regeneration. Since UrbanPlan was launched in the UK in Autumn 2015 it has reached over 60 schools and over 1500 pupils.

    This year Native Land facilitated the programme in two schools in the UK, both of which are located within two of the London Boroughs in which we operate. In November 2016, five Native Land employees assisted in running the workshop at Holland Park School, which is situated on the neighbouring site to our Kensington development, Holland Park Villas.

    In March 2017, we were able to bring this programme to Charter School in Southwark, the borough in which our head office, two developments as well as some of our affordable housing schemes are located. Both workshops presented a unique opportunity for Native Land to help the A-level students think about urban regeneration and the different factors at play when considering the redevelopment of a substantial site.

    UrbanPlan has been running successfully in high schools in the US for over ten years – reaching over 27,000 students and enabling more than 1,500 ULI members to share their experiences in land use. It brings the urban environment to life for young people through a series of interactive workshops and team working challenges.

    The workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by both Native Land volunteers and the students and we look forward to working alongside UrbanPlan in the coming year to bring the workshop to two further schools.

    To find out more: http://urbanplanuk.uli.org/urbanplan-uk/

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    Modular comes to Mayfair


    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


    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.


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


    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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    Holland Park Villas contractor wins Considerate Constructors Scheme Silver Award


    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.