NEO Bankside has been awarded the ‘Best Landscaped Development’ award at the prestigious Sunday Times British Homes Awards . The gardens at NEO Bankside, which include fruit trees, herbs, bee hives and bat boxes, beat stiff competition to win the much coveted award. The iconic South Bank scheme, developed by Native Land and Grosvenor, provides a forest grove of birch and alder trees running through the gardens, contrasting with detailed granite patterns and rich green areas that balance beautifully with the contemporary apartment pavilions. The Best Landscaped Development category is judged on the scale, quality and innovative nature of the spaces, planting and structures and how the landscape contributes to the sustainable development of the public realm and the provision of communal facilities for the new owners. Landscape architects Gillespies, the lead landscape design firm for NEO Bankside, worked alongside architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and closely with Native Land from the outset, to design the landscapes as an integral part of this luxury residential scheme. For more information please visit www.neobankside.com or call 020 7998 1888
NEO Bankside wins ‘Best Landscaped Development’
CUTTING EDGE ECO-TECHNOLOGY AT BURLINGTON GATE, NATIVE LAND’S SOON-TO-BE COMPLETED MAYFAIR DEVELOPMENT
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
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/
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.”