• 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.

  • Wallpaper* Magazine and the Design Museum discuss Holland Park’s Design Appeal

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    As part of its commitment to celebrating world-class design and style, Native Land recently hosted a series of talks with leading brand ambassadors and design professionals in the grounds of Holland Park Villas. The latest evening talk centred on the subject of design: Tony Chambers, Brand & Content Director of Wallpaper* Magazine and Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, were invited to discuss the Design Museum’s history and the impact of its move to Kensington.

    The Grade II* listed Design Museum, which sits just south of Holland Park, is a world leading museum of contemporary design and architecture, hosting an international showcase for design skills and acting as a creative centre, promoting innovation and nurturing the next generation of design talent.

    During the discussion, Deyan Sudjic and Tony Chambers retraced the history of the Museum, spanning from its former home in Shad Thames and the move to West London. The conversation highlighted the museum’s move as exemplary for the area around Holland Park establishing itself as a destination for design.

    The wider borough is already rich in culture, with the “Albertopolis” grouping of institutions devoted to science, natural history, fine art, design and music in South Kensington. However, now Holland Park is evolving to attract an international design crowd, a trend which can be evidenced by the Selgas-Cano designed Second Home co-working space, which has opened its Holland Park branch earlier this year, as well as an increase in new residents coming to the area.

    Native Land is outspoken about the integral role of design as a differentiating factor for its high-end developments, as well in influencing wider inner-city development. Holland Park Villas benefits from collaborations with Britain’s top-tier interior designers, Studio Reed, Studio Ashby and Rose Uniacke, showcasing how curated design can contribute to our lives on a daily scale.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land, said:

    “Kensington is home to many forms of design, art and culture and we are fortunate to have the Design Museum as a close neighbour to Holland Park Villas. Each element of Holland Park Villas, from the elegant interiors to the private courtyard garden designed by the famous landscape architecture practice Gillespies, and through to the scent – sampled especially for this project – was carefully chosen to create a well-rounded design and lifestyle experience.”

    The event has set the tone for this autumn’s forthcoming London Design Festival taking place across the city, with Holland Park Villas placed firmly within the newly established West Kensington Design District. Design Museum will present an exciting new programme exclusively for the launch of the new district while V&A Blythe House will offer a rare opportunity to participate in guided tours.

  • NATIVE LAND ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF £600M HOLLAND PARK VILLAS

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    Native Land, in joint venture with Grosvenor, has completed its landmark development Holland Park Villas, located in a unique, prime location overlooking London’s 50-acre Holland Park in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Featuring, 68 apartments ranging from one bedrooms to five bedrooms and four penthouses, arranged in four contemporary ‘villas’, the exclusive scheme sets new standards for quality, offering tailored hotel-style services and facilities to its residents in addition to the premium and bespoke offerings of the Kensington locality.

    As of May, 53 out of 72 apartments at Holland Park Villas have been sold, proving that buyers are drawn towards Native Land’s unique, prime residential offer.

    Holland Park Villas includes 12,000 sq ft of hotel style amenity space, with interiors designed by Studio Reed. Residents have access to a business suite, a private club room and a cinema, as well as a Bodyism managed gym, 20 metre swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a spa and a climate-controlled wine cellar – all supported by a 24-hour concierge service.

    In addition to extensive amenity spaces, the discrete gated development benefits from views over a central courtyard garden, designed by renowned landscape architecture and urban design practice Gillespies, as well as being nestled within the mature trees of the neighbouring parkland.

    In a move to offer residents a unique, holistic lifestyle experience, Native Land has exclusively partnered with a host of premium local brands, including Bodyism – which manages Holland Park Villas’ gym, pool, spa and table tennis/boxing room.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land, said: “We are very pleased to announce the completion of Holland Park Villas, which we believe sets a new standard for quality and attention to detail in London’s residential sector. The development offers a highly sought-after PCL location along with an unmatched range and standard of amenities, paired with first-class hotel style services. The offer has proven to be very successful, with buyers being predominantly London based and a significant number of buyers already living in the neighbourhood.”

    Led by Native Land, Holland Park Villas is a joint venture with Grosvenor, and investment partners HPL and Amcorp Properties, forming a partnership that benefits from a joint rich heritage of investing in and developing high-quality, design-led residential property worldwide.

    As part of the development, 97 mixed-tenure affordable homes have also been developed on three sites across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with leading housing association providers, Affinity Sutton and Peabody.

  • NATIVE LAND UNVEILS 2 YEAR COLLABORATION WITH ROYAL ACADEMY SCHOOLS

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    Native Land has unveiled a dedicated art exhibition window in a two year partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington Gate in central Mayfair. The art exhibition space is located within the development’s public arcade, the first built in the area since the 1930s, and will complement the 25,000 sq ft of commercial gallery space that runs either side of the arcade.

    A launch event held last night hosted key representatives of the Royal Academy, their students, and wider stakeholders of Native Land’s development, as the permanent exhibition space was revealed to the public.

    The exhibition space was conceived by Native Land and the RA in order to showcase emerging talent and give young artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in a prominent public location close to the art school. With a depth of nearly 2 metres and the space extending to the ceiling of the arcade at above 6 metres, the selected artists will have considerable space to display their varied-medium work, the first of which being a large contemporary sculpture by former student of the Royal Academy Schools, Jack Killick.

    The art will be selected by a panel made up of the RA and Native Land and will rotate quarterly, giving numerous students the opportunity to present their work over the initial two year period.

    Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land, said:

    “We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with the Royal Academy in creating this unique art initiative at Burlington Gate. Native Land has always supported the arts in London, and public art plays and important and integral role in inner-city development. London is a talent hub for art and culture and we are committed to showcasing and nurturing this talent. As a supporter of the RA we are proud to work together with this respected institution to provide an opportunity for young talent to display their work in Mayfair’s renowned and historic arts district.”

    Eliza Bonham Carter, Curator and Head of RA Schools, said:

    “The Royal Academy Schools is delighted to be working with Native Land on this exciting project to display the work of artist graduates of the RAS at Burlington Gate. The display space in Burlington Gate, designed by a Royal Academician, Richard Rogers RA provides a spectacular setting in which to bring new work by emerging artists into the heart of the art district of Mayfair.”

    The recently completed project, designed by internationally renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, includes 42 apartments and penthouses, as well as a 2,605 sq ft gallery-lined public arcade with an open courtyard, creating a new pedestrian route between Old Burlington Street and Cork Street, along with 25,000 sq ft of commercial gallery space, sold by Native Land to The Pollen Estate in 2017 for £40m. Native Land undertook the development in a joint venture with HPL and Amcorp Properties, completing the building in late 2017.

    Burlington Gate’s development has also been a catalyst and contributor to Westminster City Council’s East Mayfair initiative, which will focus on rejuvenating Cork Street along with Bond Street, Saville Row and Burlington Gardens. These extensive public realm improvements around Mayfair’s luxury retail, arts and fashion district also coincide with the completion of the new Royal Academy of Arts building on Burlington Garden. Native Land has recently provided £1.4m for street improvements in the area as part of the section 278 agreement for the development.

    The arcade and Royal Academy Schools exhibition space is located within the arcade at Burlington Gate on 25 Cork Street, London, W1S 3NB.

  • 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.

  • 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.