• Native Land and ULI: Inspiring real estate’s future

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    For the past two years, Native Land has been partnering with the ULI on a exciting educational initiative for state schools that promotes a better understanding of sustainable communities for young people from all walks of life.

    Called UrbanPlan, it’s targeted at 15-18 year olds and brings to life urban environment for young people through a real life interactive workshop in which student teams form a development company tasked to create a scheme which regenerates a hypothetical urban site. It is based on the fundamental forces that affect land development and students have to grapple with a host of realistic issues including the design of a viable scheme alongside the provision of affordable housing, community facilities and employment opportunities.

    It’s been running successfully in high schools in the US for over 15 years – reaching 43,000 high school and university students in the US and here in the UK since its launch in 2015 has been delivered to over 2500 students in over 100 state schools across the country. More than 400 property industry volunteers have participated too. The feedback from the workshops has been really positive too, with 100% of teachers and 95% of students rating them as excellent or good.

    What’s great about the programme is that it does so much more than just help young people understand the role real estate plays to revive and regenerate urban areas. It also supports social mobility and the long-term success of the industry by reaching students from a diverse social and economic demographic and it develops valuable links between the industry and schools.

    What we at Native Land have found particularly rewarding is how our staff have been able to get actively involved, volunteering in the local schools alongside the ULI team. And it doesn’t stop there – building those relationships means we can offer students site tours and work experience and talk about some of our developments so they have a better understanding of the built environment around them.

    We have been so impressed with the programme, that we have just committed to support ULI for a further three years. In doing so we are helping ULI deliver UrbanPlan UK in more schools aiming to reach a minimum of 1,500 students every year.

    This short film gives a great insight into the valuable programme and there’s more information on the UrbanPlan website www.urbanplanuk.uli.org.

  • South Kensington underground station to be transformed by Native Land and TFL

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    TfL today confirmed plans to transform South Kensington Tube station, which will see the station upgraded and the surrounding land sensitively developed, reflecting its status as an iconic gateway to one of London’s most beloved cultural areas.

    TfL has selected Native Land as its preferred joint venture partner to develop the land owned by TfL around the station. The development will be respectful to the character of the local area and will provide step-free access to the District and Circle line platforms via a new entrance on Thurloe Street.

    The scheme will also improve access to the pedestrian subway leading to local destinations including the Science Museum, Imperial College, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    South Kensington Tube station, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is one of the busiest stations on the Tube network, welcoming over 34 million District and Circle and Piccadilly line customers a year to London’s museum quarter.

    Improving the station and providing step-free access will support the delivery of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, which aims to reduce reliance on car journeys, encourage greater use of public transport and make London more accessible for all Londoners.

    A key part of the development will be the ability to improve the properties around the station including the four storey buildings at 20-34 Thurloe Street, with the potential to create new opportunities along TfL’s stretch of land on Pelham Street to Thurloe Square and on the distinctive Bullnose building.

    The site also includes the main station entrances through the Grade II listed shopping arcade, which will be preserved and further restored, and a second entrance via the Grade II listed pedestrian subway.

    Subject to contracts, TfL will now work with Native Land and their preferred architecture firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, to develop proposals for the site. Consultation and engagement with the local community will happen later this year.

    Subject to planning permission, the development including step-free access to the District and Circle line, could be complete in 2022.

    Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development Director at Transport for London said: ‘It’s hugely exciting to be working with partners who are renowned for such iconic and transformative projects.

    ‘Together, we can create a development that reflects its historic legacy and unique setting as a gateway to some of the most important and treasured cultural institutions in the world.

    ‘We look forward to working closely with Native Land, and the community, to bring forward respectful development proposals that generate vital revenue to reinvest in transport and provide step-free access for millions of journeys.’

    In January 2018, TfL was granted Listed Building Consent by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for proposals to upgrade South Kensington station.

    Designed by architects Weston Williamson, the upgrade work will include rebuilding a new eastbound District and Circle line platform, and expanding the ticket hall and gate line to facilitate quicker, more pleasant journeys for customers using the station. This work is due to start in spring 2018.

    Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground, said: ‘South Kensington is a vital station for our customers, providing a link to so many of London’s world-renowned cultural institutions.

    ‘Upgrading the station will make a massive difference for millions of customers every year. Improving the accessibility of our network is enormously important to both the Mayor and to us, and we are determined to continue to make improvements across London.’

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land, said: ‘It’s great to be selected as the preferred partner for this important London project.

    ‘We are keen to work with TfL to progress proposals for a high-quality, mixed-use development which is authentic to this very special location.’

    Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum and Co-Chair of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, said: ‘Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in the transformation of one of the world’s leading cultural areas.

    ‘Three-quarters of our Museum’s visitors arrive at South Kensington station, and it is vital that everyone should enjoy a fitting welcome if we are to realise our vision of making the cultural institutions of South Kensington as accessible and inclusive as possible.

    ‘At the Natural History Museum we have also made this a priority and have recently completed a redevelopment of our own main entrance to allow step-free access – something we are working towards achieving across our site.’

    Customers using South Kensington will also benefit from the ongoing transformation of the District and Circle lines, with a new, modern signalling system currently being installed on both lines.

    The new system will increase train frequency, provide more capacity and make journeys quicker across 40% of the Tube network, benefitting millions of customers.

  • NATIVE LAND AND MCGEE LEAD THE WAY FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE DEMOLITION

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    Demolition contractor McGee is presently carrying out the demolition of Ludgate House on Blackfriars Road, marking the first stage of Native Land’s 1.4m sq ft Sampson and Ludgate redevelopment.

    Several measures have been implemented by McGee in order to increase recycling efforts on-site, minimise landfill waste, and conserve energy.

    Less energy, diesel, and water was used when measured against projected targets, and the total carbon footprint of demolition to date is 3250 kg/CO2 lower than originally accounted for.

    McGee worked closely in conjunction with waste specialist organisations like NISP and WRAP to ensure the best recycling and recovery measures for a wide range of waste streams.

    Of total waste generated on site as of November, 75.4% was recycled and 12.5% was recovered at licensed facilities. In total, 87.9% of waste at Ludgate House has been diverted from landfill.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land, said:

    “Native Land is committed to following an environmentally-friendly approach throughout all stages of the development cycle and we are pleased to be working with McGee to progress the demolition of Ludgate House in the most sustainable way possible.”

    Marc Byrne, Head of Social Responsibility at McGee, said:

    “Environmental best practice and sustainability are central to our site management and we are pleased to work in conjunction with Native Land to deliver industry leading environmental performance at Ludgate House.”

    Demolition works at Ludgate House are due to complete in March 2018.

     

    The phased re-development of Sampson House and Ludgate House in Southwark will create 280,000 sq ft of offices, 489 new apartments, as well as 50,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and cultural uses.

  • CUTTING EDGE ECO-TECHNOLOGY AT BURLINGTON GATE, NATIVE LAND’S SOON-TO-BE COMPLETED MAYFAIR DEVELOPMENT

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    Native Land has installed 50 electric car charging points in the underground car park of its Mayfair development Burlington Gate, which is due for completion in September 2017.  The cutting-edge system will allow for each resident to charge their electric and hybrid cars within the development, helping to encourage drivers to switch to more sustainable vehicles.

    Native Land is looking to the future with the fitting of the charging system as over the last few years UK registrations for both pure electric and plug in hybrid vehicles have increased from 3,500 to over 100,000. The recently announced ban on diesel and petrol cars from 2040 is anticipated to increase both demand and supply of electric cars, which account for less than one percent of new sales today.

    Joe White, Development Executive at Native Land, commented:

    “The system at Burlington Gate will accommodate a growing need for electric car parking points as the interest and market for electric vehicles continues to increase. The electric car market is evolving constantly and for us it is incredibly important that our developments are equipped to the highest specification to accommodate to this rapidly growing market.”

    The charging system at Burlington Gate is user-friendly and controlled by a RFID reader (radio frequency identification reader), which uses radio-frequency waves to wirelessly transfer data between the device and a card.  All the user will have to do is plug their vehicle into the system and hold their card to the reader to start the “charging” procedure. The card instantly recognises the user and charging of the vehicle commences.

    Ensuring energy efficiency is fundamental to the project. Specially designed features guarantee that as soon as the vehicle’s battery is full, the socket is switched off, meaning that there is no energy wastage.

    Current figures show that most European electric cars can drive 100 miles before needing to be recharged; meaning charging cars at home is the best option for many people.

  • NATIVE LAND RECOGNISED IN LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP’S 1000 COMPANIES TO INSPIRE BRITAIN

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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

  • Exemplary Native Land Projects Lead the Way for Inner City Development

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    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.”