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12 May: David Wolff on the advantages of refurbishment over outright renovation

UPGRADED LIVING David Wolff, founder of Wolff Architects speaks to Architects Choice about the pros and cons of refurbishment David Wolff argues that architects can more effectively realise the needs of clients and minimise  disruption to communities through refurbishment, rather than complete renovation. ‘There are obvious benefits to the community [in refurbishing over renovating].’ Refurbishment projects tend to be far shorter than redevelopment ones,…

09 May: Women Talk Real Estate

We recently met with Andrea Carpenter and Viktorija Grubesic, founders of a new non-profit initiative, Women Talk Real Estate. Their mission is to tackle the gender gap within the property industry by increasing the visibility of women working in the sector. We are delighted to be supporting WTRE and encourage you to get involved. Having discovered that only 14% of speakers at European…

05 May: Wolff Architect has bagged planning for “trendy” new-build scheme in north London- Prime Resi

Classical architect goes contemporary in North London Collectively christened Connaught House, the set of six four-bed townhouses on a challenging site in Muswell Hill will come in at 2,500 square feet apiece, with open-plan ground floor receptions, lower ground kitchen/dining rooms, full-floor windows, and sunken gardens.Completion is slated for Summer 2018. David Wolff, director of Wolff Architects: “We’re already highly regarded for our skill at…

05 May: 90 North has sold Feilden House Teal Park in Lincoln to Siemens

Siemens Buys UK Gas Turbine HQ From Landlord For £35M The property sold by 90North forms the UK overhaul facility for Siemens gas turbines. Siemens will extend the existing 136K SF office and industrial warehouse facility by approximately 75K SF to create a Global Service Operations Centre. Siemens total investment, including the purchase of the existing 11-acre property, will be in the region…

25 Apr: Wilben debuts ‘reasonably-priced’ Boltons bolthole – Prime Resi

High-spec project in Chelsea’s uber-prestigious suburb described as ‘a snip’ at £6.95m Boutique development outfit Wilben has launched the fully-specced townhouse in the Little Boltons in Chelsea at £6.95m (just over £2,500 per square foot) – a price tag it says is a rarity amongst the neighbourhood’s ultra-prime stucco-fronted mansions, which can fetch up to £80m, or £10,000 psf. Wilben’s co-founder William Samuels: “Our…

24 Apr: Homes to lust after – Little Boltons

Wilben’s Little Boltons property listed on the Times’ pick of the hottest properties for sale   Homes in the Little Boltons, an exclusive patch of turf even by Chelsea standards, often come onto the market with price tags of £15m-plus. So this refurbished 2,713 sq ft townhouse could be seen as a bargain (£6.95m): it has five bedrooms and a basement kitchen/lounge that gives…

21 Apr: Life at the Top – Westside Resident

JLL’s Park Place in the Westside Resident May 2017   London’s penthouses crown some of the tallest buildings across the capital. Charles Lloyd, Head of Savills, talks to Westside Resident’s Fiona Brandhorst on London’s most luxurious penthouses and their buyers. “They [penthouse buyers] are looking for exclusivity and privacy, which often includes a private lift up to their apartment.”  The 3,405 sq ft penthouse at…

20 Apr: May announces snap general election for 8 June – property reacts

Prime minister Theresa May has announced that a general election will be held on 8 June. Early reaction from the property industry has welcomed the potential for a clear government mandate to deliver Brexit but warned that the election could cause a short-term delay in market activity. Geeta Nanda responds to the announcement  “The election is an opportunity to update or even scrap…

12 Apr: Generous gardens on Chelsea Waterfront

Ground-floor flats with a private garden fronting the Thames are a rare commodity in central London, but not at Chelsea Waterfront – The Evening Standard reports. The generous gardens are being unveiled this Easter at Chelsea Waterfront, a redevelopment of listed Lots Road Power Station. The plot spreads across 8 acres, includes 706 homes, luxurious landscaping at every corner and three pedestrian bridges,…

07 Apr: "Fizzy Living sets a great benchmark in speed of delivery and operational quality" – Property Week

The omens are good for the property industry An opinion piece by CBRE’s Head of International Capital Markets, Chris Brett, who offers his view of the direction of travel for the property industry post-MIPIM2017. “PRS has long been the buzzword of the UK market. There are now more new entrants into a market that had been starved of product and operators. The ideas,…