21st July 2021 – City & Docklands has commissioned local artist Richard Wilson, who is based in Excelsior Studios in Park Royal, to paint a life size portrait of Mary Seacole.
This offered comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers, and provided succour for wounded service men on the battlefield. Coming from a tradition of Jamaican and West African "doctresses", Seacole displayed "compassion, skills and bravery while nursing soldiers during the Crimean War", through the use of herbal remedies.
Schools of nursing in England were only set up after the Crimean war, the first being the Florence Nightingale Training School, in 1860 at St Thomas' Hospital in London where Mary was believed to be the first nurse practitioner. Mary was born in 1805, and after her death in 1881 she was largely forgotten for almost a century, but has been subsequently recognised for her success as a woman. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991 and in 2004, she was voted the greatest black Briton.
City & Docklands has commissioned this piece of art honouring Mary and her achievements, which will sit within Mitre Yard, our newest residential development that lies behind Mary’s Memorial, in the Mary Seacole Gardens on the Grand Union Canal.
10th July 2021 – New Bench Installations Unveiled in North Acton Square, as part of the LFA - London Festival of Architecture.
City & Docklands teamed up with Ealing Council, Imperial College and the OPDC to commission three architect teams to each create a bench for the newly created space at North Acton Square. This was an opportunity to give some of London’s best emerging architects an chance to explore new ideas of what a bench can be and also to shine a light on a dynamic and fast-changing area of London. The result is three colourful but very different creations that allow people to sit and enjoy the new North Acton station square.
15th January 2021 – City & Docklands will deliver more new homes within the OPDC, following a successful enhanced Planning application at North Kensington Gate.
The North Kensington Gate 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. Construction is expected to start later this year.
This is the second residential development site that City & Docklands has acquired on Scrubs Lane, joining Mitre Yard which has planning consent for the delivery of 241 homes and will span two new buildings ranging from 6 to 22 storeys, comprising a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom homes.
City & Docklands are delivering a further development in North Acton, One West Point, that is due to complete in December 2022 and will deliver 701 new homes split between private sale, affordable housing and Build to Rent, across 4 impressive buildings. The tallest of which will be a 54-storey tower that is the tallest building outside of the Docklands and the 16th tallest in the Capital.
13th January 2021 - Evening Standard Homes & Property - Where to buy in 2021: 8 London neighbourhoods on track for house price growth.
Old Oak Common has been named as one of the 8 London neighbourhoods on track for the highest house price growth in 2021, by the London Evening Standard. The paper highlights the area, comparing it to White City commenting that Old Oak Common is earlier in its Crossrail-led transformation and offers more for your money highlighting homes at One West Point as the clever place to buy for house price growth.
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?
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.
6th May 2020 – Ealing Council has signed the ‘Building Safety Pledge’ to ensure vital building safety improvements continue during the pandemic.
6th May 2020 – VisiLean launches exclusive feature for managing safe distancing on-site amidst new COVID-19 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.
4th March 2020 – City & Docklands has been featured in the Evening Standard Homes & Property
Both our developments on Scrubs are mentioned – Mitre Yard and North Kensington Gate, together with other notable projects in the area.
24th February 2020 - Proposals for a superhub station 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.
19th February 2020 - One West Point is granted planning approval to take the total number of new homes within the development to 701.
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.
17th January 2020 - Mitre Yard on Scrubs Lanes achieves planning consent for a further 41 homes:
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.
08th January 2020 - Evening Standard Homes & Property:
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.
04th December 2019 – London's most eco-friendly boroughs:
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.
02/12/19 - VisiLean is shortlisted for the Construction News Specialists Awards 2020.
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
22/11/19 - VisiLean is proud to announce that they have won the Innovation of the Year award.
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.”
15/11/19 - City & Docklands change their logo in support of Grief Encounter.
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.
01/11/19 - LiFE Residential open flagship lettings office 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.”
11/10/19 - LiFE Residential named best overall letting agent in the UK.
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.
04/10/19 - EGi: Imperial seeks £1bn JV partners as R&D investment soars.
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.
20/09/19 - The Barbon Buildings launch on Red Lion Square.
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.
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08/09/19 - City & Docklands and LiFE Residential raise over £14,000 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.
02/09/19 - City & Docklands host first in a series of North Acton Placemaking round-table events with Ealing Council.
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.
Summer 2019 - Sponsorship of Liv AWOL SPOK’D U23 women’s cycling team
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.
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’
05/07/19 - PrimeResi ‘Sales success for City & Docklands in midtown’
01/07/19 - PrimeResi ‘Hidden Scandi-style mews houses with ‘invisible kerb appeal’’
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.
20/06/19 - City & Docklands exchanges contracts on North Kensington Gate.
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.”