As the supermarket ‘space race’ ends could the residential sector benefit?

I was at Mipim UK a few weeks ago and a lot of the debate and seminars were focused on how to get London and the UK building more. We’re all agreed we haven’t been building enough houses, but what it seems we’re not agreed on is how we’ll do it. Personally I don’t think […]

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PD Just Right

If you’ve read the second part of our PD Rights report (if not download it HERE) you could be forgiven for thinking that the majority of office to resi conversions start off with buildings similar to Paxton House (below): In many cases this may be true, but on our recent site visits we’ve come across […]

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Picture Quiz 10

Separated at Birth? Name the buildings get a prize:

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St William and the Gas Holders

The National Grid and The Berkeley Group (operating as St William) have just announced that they are establishing a JV to develop major residential and mixed-use development schemes across London and the South East. Details HERE . Many of the proposed developments could be on sites formally occupied by now redundant gasholders. Wouldn’t it be nice […]

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Watermeadow Court – Uncertain future?

Walking about on site visits we sometimes find gems which lie outside the planning system, pre-application. Watermeadow Court adjacent to Imperial Wharf, is one such site. Permission was granted in mid 2013 for the demolition of this council estate but the stock appears to be sound and of good quality. Despite this estate comprising of […]

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Memorial City

12 miles or so from downtown Houston, Memorial City has been described as having, and I quote “boundary driven programmatic conditions prohibitive to pedestrian movement” by HOK Houston, their design solution is an urban carpet: London too has areas of ”boundary driven programmatic conditions prohibitive to pedestrian movement”, the worst can be summed up by one word, Vauxhall. […]

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Prime Warehouses- John Lewis Clearings I & II

This site located between South Kensington and Sloane Square stations is in the public eye again. Following delays in both planning and construction dating back to the 90′s there is hope that work may soon start on this prime central London site. However the tasks besetting the developer are numerous. A school has to be […]

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Lyons Report – Factoid 2

A screen grab (or two) to ponder on over the weekend:    

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Lyons Housing Review – Factoid 1

The value of land increases significantly when it gets planning permission. A piece of agricultural land worth around £20,000 per hectare could be worth as much as £1.2 million per hectare with residential permission in Birmingham, or as much as £4 million in Oxford and outer London.

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More SME house builders required?

Compare this from the Lyons Review: …we need to attract new entrants into house building by supporting SME house builders With this from LRR’s PD Right report: We suspect that by far the largest developer type will be SMEs with the majority of PD Right applications being for less than 50 units.

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