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’
Native Land and TFL unveil vision to revitalise South Kensington Tube station
Native Land and Transport for London (TfL) have unveiled their proposals to restore and improve South Kensington Tube station and the surrounding streets, respecting the heritage of the area. The proposals include the development delivering around 40 additional homes, a new range of shops, restaurants and workspaces, and step-free station access to the ticket hall and District and Circle line platforms via a new entrance on Thurloe Street.
TfL appointed Native Land as its development partner in 2018 for the redevelopment of the land and buildings around South Kensington Station. The proposals, designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, aim to sensitively repair and enhance the Grade-II listed station and surrounding area’s historic streets, while also delivering a range of improvements for those living, working and visiting locally.
As well as delivering step-free access to the District and Circle lines and restoring the historic station arcade and improving the main station entrances, a key part of the development will be improvements to properties around the station in a way that properly reflects the importance of this unique location. The plan proposes the development of a carefully crafted building, adjacent to the station entrances that will serve as a refined landmark for the station, which is the gateway to London’s internationally renowned museum and cultural quarter. The proposed five-storey building will provide workspace, restaurants and shops and give the station area a renewed sense of place.
The design of the new ‘Bullnose’ building, referred to as such because of its unique shape, at the front of the station is informed by the initial nineteenth century vision for the site, which structural drawings show was originally designed to accommodate several floors. The proposed building will be contemporary in style, but sympathetic to its context, mirroring the distinct curved shape of the Bullnose and utilising the iconic signage from above the arcade entrance across the new retail units.
The proposals also include the provision of a number of new homes around the station, including along the station side of Pelham Street, reinstating the historic row of buildings that existed there previously. The buildings at this location will also provide new retail opportunities with the potential for independent outlets and a focus on health and well-being.
Also included in the plans is the upgrading of the building along Thurloe Street to the north of the station, with the provision of new homes behind the historic Regency facade, replacing the current apartments. The proposals also include providing new homes in Thurloe Square to reinstate housing where the square connects with Pelham Place, which were removed during the construction of the railway.
Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at Transport for London said: “We are excited to be working with Native Land on these important proposals which will transform the area around South Kensington Tube station. Our aim has been to create a proposal that honours the heritage of the station and reflects the historic legacy and architecture of the area as well as its unique setting as a gateway to some of the most important and treasured cultural institutions in the world. Our proposals provide a range of improvements, including step-free access, as well as new homes and opportunities for upgraded retail and commercial space, generating vital revenue to reinvest in the transport network.”
Alasdair Nicholls, chief executive Native Land, said: “We have been working very closely with Transport for London and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners on these proposals to deliver an exemplar station within a high quality contemporary development that respects its unique historical context. As well as delivering new residential buildings with a scale and massing respectful to the surrounding area, the proposals will help bring a renewed sense of place to South Kensington, along with a contemporary range of shops, restaurants and workspaces. We look forward to hearing local peoples’ views on our plans.”
Tracy Meller – Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners said: “These proposals have been developed through careful study of the historic context of the station and surrounding streetscape, from which we have developed a proposal which is led by the local setting, and which reconnects the site to its streets and squares, with buildings of a quality, proportion and scale sympathetic to their context. This development is a unique opportunity to shape the next chapter in the development of the area around South Kensington Tube station, to serve the immediate community but also to provide a gateway to the world famous museum quarter to the north. We are building on the existing legacy of refined architecture to enhance the historic significance and distinctive character of the neighbourhood.”
Constructors Gallery’ at Bankside Building Site Showcases Local Artists Work
Transport for London has partnered with Southwark Council, City of London, Better Bankside and leading residential and mixed-use developer Native Land along with specialist contractor McGee to create an outdoor gallery space on the Ludgate development site hoardings by the southern side of Blackfriars Bridge.
The area adjacent to Rennie Gardens has been transformed into a temporary gallery space where passers-by and the local community can enjoy artworks by local artists. The eight artworks, which were selected by a panel including local residents and stakeholders such as Tate Modern, serve to add a touch of colour to the site hoardings and the street.
Each work of art interprets the theme of ‘construction’ in a unique way and was sponsored by a construction company or supplier, with proceeds going directly to a charity of their choice.
All the project partners, artists and local residents came together to launch the gallery on the 10 October and people will able to enjoy the artwork until December.
Wallpaper* Magazine and the Design Museum discuss Holland Park’s Design Appeal
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
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
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
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.