• Native Land appoints Joanna Kennedy as non-executive Director


    Native Land has announced the appointment of Dr Joanna Kennedy OBE FREng as a non-executive Director.

    As a highly accomplished chartered civil engineer and project manager, Joanna will be bringing project delivery and programming expertise to the board of Native Land to complement the company’s strong in-house capabilities in this field.

    Joanna has considerable experience of leading complex high profile construction projects in various sectors including commercial, infrastructure, transport, arts, heritage, education and research facilities.

    Her previous roles include Director and Global Leader for Programme and Project Management at Arup, where she was a founder of their award-winning project management business.

    Commenting on her appointment, Native Land’s CEO Alasdair Nicholls said: “We are very pleased to welcome Joanna to the board. With her project management as well as her engineering expertise, Joanna is a valuable addition to our senior management team.”

    During her career Joanna has received several awards including a Woman of the Year in the Atkins Inspire awards in 2007 and the CBI/Real Business First Woman of Engineering in 2013.



    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.



    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.



    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


    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.”

  • 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.

  • 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/