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9th September 2020 – Evening Standard Homes & Property - Future London: could sustainable "mini towns" with homes, parks and cycle routes be the answer for changing city lifestyles?

Covid has changed lifestyles, teaching us to value neighbourhoods where we feel at home and safe.

One West Point is featured in the Evening Standard Homes & Property, in a piece looking at the impact that Covid 19 has had on London lifestyles. The articles discusses if London is set to become a series of ‘mini-towns’, as those living in the capital look at becoming more adequately equipped for the future with everything closer to home, in a post-pandemic world. Old Oak Common is featured as one of these new mini-towns, highlighting the areas’ £26 billion regeneration project, and One West Point leading the way as an active, community-led development.
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6th May 2020 – Ealing Council has signed the ‘Building Safety Pledge’ to ensure vital building safety improvements continue during the pandemic.

The Pledge, so far signed by 26 councils and five regional mayors, sets out a commitment to improving the safety of residential blocks while ensuring those working on site are given clear information and support to guarantee their own safety and limit the spread of Covid-19.

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6th May 2020 – VisiLean launches exclusive feature for managing safe distancing on-site amidst new COVID-19 guidelines.

With the impact of COVID - 19 having disrupted life globally, the construction industry has been left with new challenges to continue work on-site safely and within the required guidelines.

Many construction projects have been impacted and are on hold or working with uncertainty due to the safe working guidelines imposed by several authorities globally. One of our partner companies, VisiLean, has responded to this challenge by launching an app that manages safe distancing on site allowing a workforce and the site to be operational whilst adhering to the new government guidelines to ensure safety for all during COVD-19.
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4th March 2020 – City & Docklands has been featured in the Evening Standard Homes & Property

Following confirmation that HS2 will be going ahead, City & Docklands has been featured in the Evening Standard Homes & Property discussing why Old Oak Common is a regeneration hot spot and one to watch for buyers playing the long game.

Both our developments on Scrubs are mentioned – Mitre Yard and North Kensington Gate, together with other notable projects in the area.
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24th February 2020 - Proposals for a superhub station have been finalised.

Proposals for a superhub station which combines HS2, Crossrail and National Rail services at the heart of the country's largest redevelopment have been finalised.

During a sensitive time for both HS2 and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development where the station will be based, the official planning application for the station has been submitted.

Estimated to carry around 250,000 passengers each day, the huge new station will be built on former rail and industrial land at the heart of a huge brownfield site which will turn into London's newest town.
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19th February 2020 - One West Point is granted planning approval to take the total number of new homes within the development to 701.

One West Point was presented to the Ealing planning committee for the additional residential units at the February meeting at which the committee voted in favour of a resolution to grant consent.

The development will now provide 701 homes across four buildings of between 9, 11, 37 and 54 floors in height. The resolution to grant consent has to be referred to the GLA for a Stage 2 review and we anticipate formal planning consent to be provided mid-2020.

The tallest tower within the development had an original planning consent for 275 homes over 42 storeys, and which has now increased by 87 homes and 12 floors that will see the delivery of 362 homes over 54 storeys, making it the tallest residential tower in West London.

The tenure mix of homes within the development consists of private sale, affordable housing (to include discount market rent - DMR) and a Build to Rent allocation which will be operated by City & Docklands inhouse rental management arm AWOL – A Way of LiFE.

Completion of the first phase of One West Point is expected to be Q4 2021 with completion of the full development scheduled for Q4 2022.

This planning application at One West Point follows a successful planning consent granted last month at our Mitre Yard site on Scrubs Lane, increasing the total number of units delivered within the development to 241, from an initial planning consent of 200.

The combination of our three developments – One West Point, Mitre Yard and North Kensington Gate - will increase the number of new homes being delivered by City & Docklands in West London to more than 1100.
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17th January 2020 - Mitre Yard on Scrubs Lanes achieves planning consent for a further 41 homes:

City & Docklands are pleased to announce that the OPDC planning committee voted to approve the application for a further 41 homes at our Mitre Yard development on Scrubs Lane. Mitre Yard will now comprise 241 homes located at the gateway to the Old Oak Opportunity Area - London’s largest and most exciting regeneration opportunity.

The development will span two new buildings ranging from 6 to 22 storeys, and comprise a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments which will be retained and managed by City & Docklands PRS management arm - AWOL - A WAY OF LiFE.

Mitre Yard is located within the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) which, when delivered is set to rival Kings Cross and Nine Elms. Homes will benefit from excellent transport links via Kensal Green and Willesden Junction stations, both just a short walk away, and connectivity will further improve with the completion of Old Oak Common Station in 2026 with new links via a new Crossrail interchange significantly cutting journey times to both the City and West End, and out to Heathrow.

Construction is due to commence in the spring and the development will be completed by mid 2022.
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08th January 2020 - Evening Standard Homes & Property:

Where to find new homes in London in 2020 - four fast-changing areas from Bermondsey to Lewisham, and White City to Kensal Rise

London’s newest communities are being created as huge changes are being made to our cityscape maximising transport links and regenerating brownfield sites for new homes and communities in which to live. In order to cope with the capital’s growing population, adding 100,000 Londoners a year, developers are breaking ground in new locations.

Scrubs Lane is one of these areas that will see new homes delivered by City & Docklands at Mitre Yard and North Kensington Gate, adding to the homes already under construction at One West Point in North Acton taking the total up to circa 1000.
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04th December 2019 – London's most eco-friendly boroughs:

Ealing, Bromley and Croydon top list of capital's 'greenest' areas with low-emission homes.

One West Point is featured in the Evening Standard Homes Property as one of Ealing’s Eco developments. The piece features latest research by CBRE looking at London’s greenest boroughs, with Ealing ranking top of the table. This is great accolade for the borough, acknowledging all the hard work that is going on by all stakeholders to make Ealing a greener place to live.
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02/12/19 - VisiLean is shortlisted for the Construction News Specialists Awards 2020.

December 2019: VisiLean has been selected as a finalist in the Innovation Software of the Year category of the 2020 Construction News Specialists Awards, the only national awards that recognises the best specialist contractors from across the UK.

To decide the winners, all finalists will attend face-to-face judging by our panel of more than 60 judges, made up from the UK’s largest construction firms and the leaders of the country’s major projects, including:

Dale Turner, director of procurement and supply chain, Skanska UK
Louisa Finlay, deputy managing director (London), Kier
Liz Baldwin, project director, Mott Macdonald
Alan Brookes, group executive – Europe, Middles East & UK, Arcadis
Graham Edgell, director of sustainability and procurement, Morgan Sindall

The Construction News Specialists Awards ensures that whatever size or specialism there is an appropriate avenue to showcase the achievements of specialist contractors.

Construction News editor Lem Bingley said: “The UK construction sector is a significant pillar of the national economy and it rests on the unique skills of specialist contractors to deliver at every stage, from demolition to topping off. Our shortlisted organisations demonstrate the breadth of capabilities offered by today’s specialists as well as their ability to innovate and diversify, offer additional value to their clients.

Bhargav Dave, CEO of Visilean comments: “We are delighted to have been nominated for Innovation software of the year award in the 2020 Construction News Specialist Awards which recognises the best specialist contractors across the UK. A huge amount of hard work and perseverance has gone into building a 4D BIM integrated tool that helps construction companies achieve significant cost and time savings across the entire lifespan of a project. We wish all finalists the best of luck and look forward to the awards ceremony in March.

VisiLean provides a 4D lean construction solution with last-planner implementation for project-based management, enables real-time tracking of construction activities through mobile apps and dashboards and bridges the much talked about gap between the field and the office.

Finalists will now progress to our face-to-face judging stage, where they will have the chance to impress some the UK’s biggest and most significant contractors and developers.”

The winners will be announced on 25 March 2020 at a glamorous ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London where over 1,000 of the industry elite will meet for a night of entertainment, celebration and networking.

The full list of finalists and more information can be found at: specialistsawards.constructionnews.co.uk
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22/11/19 - VisiLean is proud to announce that they have won the Innovation of the Year award.

Helsinki based Construction Management start-up VisiLean is proud to announce that they have won the Innovation of the Year award for BIM and Project Planning Solutions at the Construction Computing Awards held in Central London last week

The award was decided by a panel of judges who were particularly impressed with the efficiency of the tool that helps construction companies achieve significant savings, improve trust between partners and helps deliver projects safely and within target costs. The judges also highlighted the direct integration of the collaborative planning workflow with BIM and tipped the software as “one to watch”.

VisiLean, which has offices in Helsinki, London and Ahmedabad, provides a 4D lean construction solution with last-planner implementation for project-based management. The tool also enables real-time tracking of construction activities through mobile apps and dashboards, bridging the much talked about gap between the field and the office.

Dr. Bhargav Dave, CEO of VisiLean comments; “The award is a recognition of our deep expertise in the field of lean construction, BIM and digitisation and the hard work and perseverance of the entire team. It was our first nomination and we believe that we have much more to contribute to the field”.

Kevin McHugh, Associate Director with Mace Technology Ireland (Mace have recently integrated VisiLean into their business and are partners in the case study) said “The project has benefited from the increased collaboration of the work crews digitally. VisiLean has helped improve the co-ordination required for the preparation and execution of weekly work assignments which improves the safety and quality of the planned works.”



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15/11/19 - City & Docklands change their logo in support of Grief Encounter.

Grief Encounter, one of City & Docklands’ chosen charities, is the UK’s leading childhood bereavement charity, supporting children, young people and their families following the death of a parent or sibling.

As part of their campaign and through our continued support of Grief Encounter, City & Docklands has dropped the letter ‘i’ from our logo throughout Children's Grief Awareness Week (CGAW) which takes places between 15th – 21st November. According to Grief Encounter, this represents the missing person in our lives, and how, although they are gone, life can still make sense, guided with the help of Grief Encounter's clinical support.

Gary Sacks, CEO at City & Docklands comments about the importance of this initiative and supporting Grief Encounter: “We have supported Grief Encounter for a number of years and welcome the opportunity to support this initiative and raise awareness of Grief Encounter amongst the property industry. This is a hugely important charity that are doing some amazing things for those who really need our support.”

To coincide with CGAW, Grief Encounter has launched 'grieftalk' - a brand new confidential helpline available for children, young people and adults. 'grieftalk can be accessed by telephone or instant chat with trained professionals, 5 days a week from 9 am - 9 pm. You can find out more information on 'grieftalk' by clicking the button below.

Children’s Grief Awareness Week (CGAW) was founded by Grief Encounter and is designed to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK, shining a light on what can be quite a dark time in their lives. Now in its fourth year, CGAW runs every November and is a chance for us to come together and show support for bereaved children across the UK.

To donate and show your support for Grief Encounter and Childrens Grief Awareness Week, please head to Grief Encounter.
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01/11/19 - LiFE Residential open flagship lettings office at Royal Wharf.

LiFE Residential has opened its flagship lettings office in the growing Royal Wharf development on the bank of the River Thames in East London. Located previously in a smaller more temporary office within the development, LIFE saw the potential and identified the need to acquire a larger and more permanent office space to serve the growing lettings needs at Royal Wharf.

Located just off Royal Wharf’s Corinthian Square and nestled amongst the supermarket, pharmacy and hairdressers, LiFE’s new office is perfectly placed to become a key pillar of the community. The two-story, 3000 sq/ft branch will be home to a handpicked sales and lettings team from all 11 LiFE branches and the aspiration is to create a hub, not only for our Royal Wharf clients, but for the wider community of both Royal Wharf and East London.

“Royal Wharf is such a vibrant community with so much current and future potential, and we are so excited to be involved" says Jonathan Werth, Managing Director at LiFE, about the decision to open the biggest branch to date. Royal Wharf is LiFE's fifth branch in the Docklands and Werth comments: “We have specialised in operating in these sort of schemes for well over 20 years now and the fit is just perfect for us.”

We have assembled a fantastic, trustworthy and knowledgeable team who genuinely care about delivering a top-quality service. We see ourselves being part of this growing community for many years to come.”
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11/10/19 - LiFE Residential named best overall letting agent in the UK.

For the second year running, we are pleased to share that LiFE Residential is among the winners of Best Estate Agent Guide (BEAG) Awards, presented at the EA Masters ceremony and supported by Rightmove named as the Best Overall Lettings Agent in the UK and Best Medium Lettings Agent.

Collecting the awards were Jack Spellman, Lettings Area Director, and Alice Govan, Senior Property Management Team Leader, both of whom have played a pivotal role in guiding their departments towards the level of service to which LiFE have been accredited.

Commenting on the awards, Jack said: "We are very proud to receive these awards, it is testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of our brilliant people at our head office in West London, across our network of 11 London branches, and our two offices in Asia.”

"Any acknowledgement from the industry that you are doing a great job is truly humbling and appreciated. It drives us to continue to improve our services for our customers and clients,' says Jonathan Werth, LiFE Managing Director.

In its third year running, the BEAG assessment, organized by Property Academy and supported by Rightmove, focused on interviewing landlords and vendors about what’s important to them; it analysed over 1 million property listings from 250,000 branches and 15,000 agencies and assess how accurately every branch and agency on Rightmove performed against their criteria.



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04/10/19 - EGi: Imperial seeks £1bn JV partners as R&D investment soars.

Estates Gazette reports on the £1.3bn White City Campus expansion being delivered by Imperial College, a 2.5m sq ft proposal to develop the 14-acre site located south of the Westway on Wood lane that is set to further boost this part of West London.

Part of this campus expansion will be dedicated to a new technology and innovation centre which could deliver up to 50,000 sq ft of laboratory space and which coincides with a new-wave of London-based entrepreneurs who are shaking up the UK’s £70bn health and life sciences sector. City & Docklands comments on the possibility of including incubator space at One West Point and how this could be integrated into the development.
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20/09/19 - The Barbon Buildings launch on Red Lion Square.

We are pleased to announce the launch of The Barbon Buildings, flexible managed office space located on Red Lion Square in the heart of Holborn.

The Barbon Buildings are spread over four Grade II listed buildings and have been refurnished to a high specification giving occupiers the benefits of a traditional office space in historic period buildings with all the advantages of managed flexible terms.

Designed to provide all the requirements of a modern office, tenants will have the feel of a permanent address with all the flexibility they need to operate with no hassle.

14 Red Lion Square, the first of the four buildings has just launched and is currently 75% let. Completion of all four buildings is scheduled for the end of the year.

T: +44 (0) 20 3668 1119
E: offices@thebarbonbuildings.london
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08/09/19 - City & Docklands and LiFE Residential raise over £14,000 for Norwood.

City & Docklands, together with partners LiFE Residential took part in the annual Descente's London Duathlon 2019 - the world’s biggest run-bike-run event, and which saw over 3000 competitors take part at the beginning of September. 30 members of staff competed in the relay race which consisted of a 10 km run, 44 km cycle and 5 km run, split between 3 team members – raising money for Norwood.

Our initial target was £3,000, and today, donations stand at an incredible £14,741.43 so a huge well done to all involved and thank you to everyone who supported us.

As some of you may know Ian Cohen, our Sales Director who has been with City & Docklands for 27 years, had a brain haemorrhage whilst taking part in the cycle. He has been in hospital for 7 weeks and we are pleased to be able to report that he is recovering well and to date has raised more than £10,000 of our fundraising total. If you would like to support Ian’s fundraising page, please click the button below.

Norwood helps families with children with disabilities, whether it’s giving the parents some time to relax knowing their children are in safe hands or providing families with fun activities and holidays together and for them all create long lasting memories.
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02/09/19 - City & Docklands host first in a series of North Acton Placemaking round-table events with Ealing Council.

City & Docklands, together with Ealing In London, Cllr Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, welcomed North Acton stakeholders and development partners to the area’s first placemaking roundtable on the 2nd September.

The event was held to involve as many North Acton stakeholders as possible to look at how working together and with one voice we can deliver a more attractive environment and shape future developments to better meet local residents’ and businesses’ needs and aspirations.

Following the morning’s discussion, a follow up steering group will be convened to look at how some of the group’s ideas can be implemented and to formalise a placemaking strategy.

Lucy Taylor, Director of Regeneration and Planning at Ealing Council who chaired the discussion, said: “The first North Acton placemaking meeting was a very constructive and open discussion. It helped all stakeholders better understand partners’ priorities and concerns and how together we begin to create a placemaking strategy for North Acton.

“A clear consensus emerged on two key areas. How we can collectively implement some short-term, quick win improvements on the general look and feel of the area. Secondly, how, working with partners and the local community, we can steer and shape the area’s development and cultural offering to give North Acton a clear and attractive identity.”

Gary Sacks, CEO of City & Docklands, said: “City & Docklands has been based in North Acton for the last 18 years and we view the area as being incredibly strong with a tremendous amount of potential – and offering great value when compared to similar locations.

"We are a development company with a social conscience and we are committed with our partners to drive forward improvements to make North Acton an area that people want to come to, spend time in, make their home and enjoy.”

Delegates attended from the following organisations: London Borough of Ealing, City & Docklands, Imperial College London, Catalyst housing association, Aldau Development, The Collective, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Company (OPDC), Dephna Group, Savills Planning , Pilbrow and Partners.
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Summer 2019 - Sponsorship of Liv AWOL SPOK’D U23 women’s cycling team

City & Docklands are proud to support Liv AWOL SPOK’D U23 women’s cycling team competing at elite level in the UK and Europe. It has been a long but enjoyable road race season for the Liv AWOL Spok’d team with at least one rider starting over 60 races.

The highlights of the season include Victoria Lovett coming 7th in the first round of the Tour Series at Redditch (Tour series is the premier domestic circuit race series), Charlotte Broughton achieving 7th & Emily Ashwood 8th in the Women's National Circuit Race Round at Bristol. Eva Callinan came 3rd in the U16 National Championship at Scarborough and Connie Hayes coming 11th in the National U23 Time Trial competition. With Lauren Higham and Connie Hayes amassing over 30 podium finishes between them at regional level races in South East England.

The season has seen the team racing all over the UK in the Women's National Road and Circuit Series and the Tour Series from Aberdeen to Bristol. The team has also raced in the Netherlands in the Healthy Ageing Tour and Omloop Van Borselle UCI races (highest level in women's cycling) as well as doing three rounds of the Junior Nations cup riding against the main National Teams.

Pat Hayes who leads the AWOL team commented: “Overall it has been a great season for a team of under 23s, with the majority being at school or university and balancing academic work and exams with racing is a tough ask. All made possible by the support of the AWOL team.”

This sponsorship promoting a healthy and active lifestyle sits right at the heart of our PRS brand AWOL that is centred around wellbeing and fitness.
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06/08/19 - Evening Standard Homes & Property ‘Buying a house or flat in inner London Zones 1-3: why record numbers of home buyers are heading back to the capital's central zones’

One West Point and North Kensington Gate are featured in a piece by London’s Evening Standard on the rising popularity of living in Zones 1 to 3, with Zone 2 regeneration featuring as a major influencing factor.
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30/07/19 - Capital West London ‘Demolition progress at Old Oak’

Capital West London looks at the progress being made at Old Oak Common for the delivery of HS2 as they meet an important milestone on site.
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05/07/19 - PrimeResi ‘Sales success for City & Docklands in midtown’

Our sales success at recently complete Halsey House, a boutique development comprising 13 homes on Red Lion Square, is reported in PrimeResi demonstrating that the Prime Central London residential market is still active for the right property in the right location. Red Lion Square is located in the heart of Holborn and steeped in history with excellent transport links connecting residents to the rest of the city.
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01/07/19 - PrimeResi ‘Hidden Scandi-style mews houses with ‘invisible kerb appeal’’

PrimeResi has written a feature piece on Manor Mews – our two beautifully designed mews houses in the City & Docklands portfolio, located on the infamous Abbey Road in St. John’s Wood.

The feature highlights the ‘invisible kerb appeal’ of the homes as one of their standout USP’s, together with their Nordic style and central focus built around a beautiful courtyard garden.
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20/06/19 - City & Docklands exchanges contracts on North Kensington Gate.

City & Docklands has exchanged contracts on North Kensington Gate - a 0.38 ha development site on Scrubs Lane with planning consent in place for the delivery of 164 homes split over 3 adjoining buildings of 6, 8 and 22 storeys.

The site lies at the confluence of the Grand Union Canal and Mitre Bridge on Scrubs Lane and importantly sits at the gateway of the OPDC – the UK’s largest regeneration project.

This is the second residential development site that City & Docklands has acquired on Scrubs Lane this year, joining Mitre Yard which has planning consent for the delivery of 200 homes and will span two new buildings ranging from 6 to 19 storeys, comprising a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.

When complete both projects will be retained and managed by City & Docklands PRS management AWOL- A WAY OF LiFE. Gary Sacks, CEO of City & Docklands comments: “West London has been really undervalued in the past. You have the anchor points of White City and Imperial College – the new campus has had a huge impact on the number of people coming into the region – and this will start expanding.

“We are looking to make our returns on a vertically-integrated build-to-rent scheme with long-term gain through the increased regeneration value.”

Construction will begin on the two schemes in January 2020, with an estimated build time of 24 months.

Sacks added: “City & Docklands is delivering; we are physically here. We are working closely with the Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation to bring North Kensington Gate forward.”



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19/06/19 - City & Docklands are proud to support Liv AWOL SPOK’D U23 women’s cycling team.

Over the last two weeks the team has been riding in the Tour Series – a criterium of 7 races held in town centres around the country.
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13/06/19 - City & Docklands attends the London Real Estate Forum - LREF 2019

As we continue to work closely with Ealing Council, we attended the London Real Estate Forum | LREF in June, taking part in an Ealing in London panel discussion with some of the major stakeholders involved in shaping Ealing’s future, and together looking at the opportunities and challenges facing the borough. Placemaking and how we can work together to achieve a place where people want to be formed a big part of the conversation, aligning with the theme of the conference People not Property.

We displayed our One West Point model on the Ealing In London stand and participated in various breakout sessions, including one facilitated by Liz Peace on the regeneration and opportunities within the OPDC.

This year LREF welcomed 2,500 delegates representing the most senior tiers from across the London property industry to discuss the future of London real estate under the theme People not property. With 15 London Boroughs exhibiting, 20 leading developers and housing associations showcasing their latest projects, 6 networking events, 351 top level speakers contributing to 75 sessions covering all sectors and key development areas in London and a Future of London exhibition, the 2019 edition of LREF focused on how the development community can shape people's lives for the better.



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07/06/19 - The Times Bricks & Mortar ‘Open spaces and light: the mews house is reborn’

Manor Mews by City & Docklands is featured in the Times Bricks & Mortar on the rise in popularity of mew homes in London.
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29/05/19 - EGi & Estates Gazette ‘City & Docklands makes flexible office debut’ with the launch of The Barbon Buildings

The Barbon Buildings, flexible office space on Red Lion Square in Holborn.
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03/05/19 - The Times Bricks & Mortar ‘Halsey House: People are saying that they can’t wait forever’

Almost all the apartments in the Halsey House development in Bloomsbury were sold within six months.
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15/04/19 - Evening Standard Homes & Property ‘New homes in the centre of London: buy into Holborn’s best address and live among the legal eagles and free thinkers in WC1’

WC1’ In the conservation area of Red Lion Square, Halsey House is a listed building refurbished into 13 apartments, with prices from £1.1 million.
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26/03/19 - Evening Standard Homes & Property ‘Best London areas to buy a home: on the Crossrail route with high street regeneration is where you'll profit in a sluggish property market’

Find out which areas are tipped to outperform: