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


    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.”

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    Leading London mixed-use developer Native Land has been identified as one of the UK’s most inspiring and fastest growing companies in the fourth edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2017 report. The report which is sponsored by HSBC and endorsed by Theresa May and other leading members of Parliament is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across the UK.

    To be selected, companies need to significantly outperform their industry peers and show consistent revenue growth for a minimum of three years.

    The report highlights the importance of fast-growing businesses to the UK economy, and is widely supported by both the Government and major political parties.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land said:

    “We are incredibly proud to be seen as one of UK’s most dynamic and fastest-growing companies.

    Our inclusion in the report is a fantastic achievement and a true recognition of the hard work that the Native Land team has put in the over the last few years. Our success and momentum as a company also owes to the strong partnerships we have built over the last decade with leading financial institutions, land partners, architects and other professionals within the industry. These partnerships along with our expertise in the London market has allowed us to deliver consistently strong returns to our long-standing co-investors and joint venture partners throughout market cycles.”

    Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said:

    “Four years on, LSEG’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report continues to highlight the dynamic, entrepreneurial and ambitious businesses across the country that are boosting UK productivity, driving economic growth and creating jobs. The strength and diversity of these companies is readily apparent with a broad mix of UK regions and sectors represented. These companies are the very heart of an ‘anti-fragile’ economy: more robust; more flexible and less prone to boom and bust. We must ensure we continue doing all we can to support high growth potential businesses like these. “ 

    “London Stock Exchange Group is fully committed to supporting and implementing initiatives which improve access to and cut the cost of finance for growing companies. We welcome the Government’s focus on supporting SMEs as part of its Industrial Strategy and await the outcome of its review into long-term patient capital.”

    The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said:

    “I want to congratulate the 1000 companies from across the UK featured in London Stock Exchange Group’s pioneering 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. Championing high growth innovative SMEs is crucial for the continued success of the UK economy and a country that works for everyone. We are committed to ensuring that companies of all sizes can access finance to grow, scale-up and create high quality well-paid jobs across the country.”

    A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at www.1000companies.com

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    Exemplary Native Land Projects Lead the Way for Inner City Development


    Twenty Bishops Square and NEO Bankside, two of Native Land’s award-winning London developments, have been praised for their exemplary design and awareness of surrounding infrastructure requirements, by the GLA.

    The London Plan, the official development strategy plan for the Greater London area, includes several objectives. These comprise planning for a city that meets the challenges of economic and population growth; setting the foundation for an internationally competitive and successful city; creating diverse, strong, secure and accessible neighbourhoods; delighting the senses; ensuring London becomes a world leader in improving the environment; and providing a city where it is easy, safe and convenient for everyone to access jobs, opportunities and facilities.

    Twenty Bishops Square was used to highlight how new schemes can be designed to fit into and enhance a sensitive environment. Designed by Matthew Lloyd architects and completed in 2008, this residential project references the materials of the adjacent grade II-listed St Botolph’s Hall, and uses terracotta cladding in a way that reinforces the significance of the neighbouring heritage asset. Due to this considered design approach, 20 Bishops Square won ‘Best Housing Development’ in the 2009 Grand Design Awards and received an RIBA award for architectural excellence in 2010.

    Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – designed NEO Bankside has won multiple international awards for its design, however its success in providing infrastructure for the community was noted within the London Plan as being exemplary. An important aspect of the NEO Bankside development, which was completed in 2012, was to balance the need for housing alongside offices and other strategic functions. This was achieved through forward-thinking design with careful consideration to the requirements of the local area.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land said: “Our developments demonstrate our commitment to both high quality and innovative design and to providing the local community with necessary infrastructure to ensure the London Plan is successful. We are pleased to have two of our developments referred to in the London Plan and hope to provide continues best-practice leadership to London’s built environment industry.”

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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.