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14 August 2018


There is considerable interest in the provision of rooftop housing developments (RTD) to help alleviate the housing crisis – agent Knight Frank estimates that 40,000 homes could be built on top of existing buildings in Central London alone – however a seminar by Pellings the London and South East based integrated design, property and construction consultancy, warned that careful planning is required.

Nigel Goddard of Pellings and one of the speakers at the seminar emphasises this point: “Following the Mayor of London’s support of rooftop developments and the recently published NPPF guidelines stating that planning authorities support well designed and appropriately scaled RTDs, there is a clear opportunity to create more residential units on top of existing housing.

“But it is not like building on a cleared site. You can think of RTD as a new build project with its foundations many metres in the air and as the extension of an existing building, and the solution requires skills and experience from both perspectives,” he adds.

Pellings has analysed the challenges RTDs face and developed hybrid solutions for what is in effect a hybrid problem. Goddard who has been leading an RTD programme for a London Authority at Pellings has created a 10-point plan for social housing landlords considering rooftop housing includes:

Identifying key drivers: condition of the existing building, housing need, airspace opportunities and S.106 obligations.

Initial viability studies: undertake water, drainage, gas, and electricity surveys and capacity of lifts, parking, play and landscaping areas and tenure mix.

Occupancy issues: Leaseholder and tenancy positions including statutory consultation, service charge issues, loss of amenity, and increased noise.

Technical validation: These include Health and Safety, means of escape, sustainability studies and energy performance.

Planning and statutory issues: including space standards, wheelchair access, floor-to-ceiling heights and apartment orientation.

System selection: consider the most appropriate system whether off- or on-site construction methods.

Contracts and procurement: Consider design and build and contractor selection.

Technical specifications: Use NBS/NHBC and other guidance, avoid over innovation; insure good M&E integration by using BIM.

Guarantees: be clear on the guarantee requirements and engage early.

Cost and risk: Develop a full elemental cost plan and costed risk register with evaluated risk reduction/mitigation measures at all stages of the design and works procurement for the project.

Goddard concluded: “Rooftop development can surely make a meaningful contribution to the supply of housing but a considered and structured framework for assessing the viability of a project is required by those who understand the pitfalls as well as the potential benefits.”


9 August 2018


Castlecombe Primary School in Mottingham, South East London has completed a half-form entry expansion ahead of programme and under budget.


The expansion was designed by Pellings the London and South East based integrated design, property and construction consultancy, which took it up to planning, producing the tender documents and also fulfilled the Employer’s Agent, Quantity Surveyor and Principal Designer roles.


Construction started in June 2017 and the school took occupation in May 2018 providing places for a further 120 pupils. This project represents the first phase of what will eventually be a full one form entry expansion.

Because the school is in Metropolitan Open Land, planning consent was given providing there was no further incursion of buildings onto the site which meant creating a second floor on the existing school footprint. This involved demolishing a toilet area and an external covered storage area and building over existing classrooms to create a total of four new classrooms.


The building expansion was designed to be sympathetic to the original architecture which is modern 1990s but with a castle theme that provides castle keystones above the window heads. The new structure comprises a steel frame with a Metsec steel framing system and, continuing the castle theme, the provision of decorative brick bands using materials matching those of the existing building. The roof is pitched timber and the windows are in keeping with the original style. During construction children were taught in temporary classes on the playing fields.


Councillor Peter Fortune, Bromley’s Executive Member for Children, Education and Families said: “The expansion of Castlecombe School in Mottingham went extremely well and the resulting addition of up to 120 extra school places means that we can offer every pupil at Dorset Road Infants School a junior school place at the school if they would like it. This is part of a programme of expansion that has seen 960 temporary and 2,200 permanent school places created since September 2014. I wish all the children at Castlecombe now and in the future, the very happiest of school days.”


Philip Baldock, Senior Associate Building Surveyor at Pellings: “This project was completed early and under budget because a great level of trust was created between us, the design & build contractor Neilcott, the school and the client, the London Borough of Bromley.


“This was achieved through robust tender documents which clearly set out the employers’ requirements and ensured that provisions were allowed in the budget for items that could be problematic, like drainage, ground conditions and unforeseen structural works to existing buildings together with a general contingency.

“In addition, Pellings was responsible for liaising with the contractor on their RIBA Stage 4 design to ensure they met the employers’ requirements, as well as responding to the contractor’s requests for information in a timely manner.” adds Baldock.


A pro-active approach was taken to meeting the construction deadline by, for example, putting in the first fix M&E before the building was fully watertight and bringing the plasterers on site early to allow the decorators in ahead of time.


Baldock concludes: “The success of this project is put down to all the parties working in collaboration with each other to achieve a satisfactory outcome for the client.”


6 July 2018


Over 50 members of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce were treated to brunch and a presentation from the developers of Suffolk Park in Bury St Edmunds with the park now going full speed ahead.

Members heard that the 114-acre park with potential for 2m sq ft of business, logistics, and industrial space is well advanced. Major local company Treatt is building a 200,000 sq ft international headquarters within the enterprise zone on the site; local company Sealey has bought a 7-acre site for expansion; two speculative units totalling 350,000 sq ft are under-construction and will be available for occupation from November this year, all the infra-structure, main estate road and landscaping have been installed and there are plans for further development to cater for demand.

Jonathan Lloyd, director in Bury St Edmunds, commercial agents, Hazells Chartered Surveyors, in his presentation, said: “We are delighted with the progress that has been made. Developer Jaynic has confirmed their confidence in the market by building two speculative logistics units and are very much ahead of the competition in satisfying the pent-up demand for well-located space that will be ready for occupiers to move into. We are now actively seeking tenants for the units and continue to promote the many opportunities offered by the Park.

“We are grateful to the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce for giving us the opportunity to keep local businesses informed of progress on the site, and we are looking for businesses to come forward to discuss their potential requirements,” he adds.

Simon Burton, chair of Suffolk Chamber in Bury St Edmunds, said:

“Suffolk Park is tangible proof of the buoyancy of the local Bury St. Edmunds’ economy both now and in the immediate future. Suffolk Chamber in Bury St Edmunds has championed this and other business parks in the area which will help boost the capacity of existing businesses and act as a magnet for further inward investment.”

John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “I am proud and delighted to see that the Council’s drive and initiative to secure the Eastern Relief Road, the Suffolk Business Park and Enterprise Zone status, is starting to see results.

“The whole purpose of this was to secure land so existing local companies like Treatt and Sealey – and new ones attracted to the West Suffolk area - can go on to even more success and achieve their ambitions. All of this is part of our strategic priority to enable economic growth, lifting skills and expertise across West Suffolk and with-it levels of pay, creating new opportunities for younger people as they leave education, and enabling even greater wealth and prosperity which brings better living conditions for all our local residents.”

The development is part of a multi-partner initiative with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and housebuilder Taylor Wimpey to support a range of new and existing businesses in the popular Bury St Edmunds area and to continue to create jobs and prosperity.

Global real estate advisors Savills in London are appointed alongside Hazells and Bidwells as letting agents for the scheme.

For further information contact retained agents:

Savills 0207 4098817 Hazells 01284 702626 Bidwells 01223 841841

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29 May 2018


Sealey, one of the largest suppliers of garage and workshop equipment in the UK, has bought a 7.5-acre site at Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, for expansion.

The company employs 400 people and already occupies in excess of 440,000 sq ft of property around Bury St Edmunds. It has made this strategic acquisition to facilitate future growth and will be working up a planning application for a new facility in the near future.

Ben Oughton, development director at Jaynic the developer of Suffolk Park, said: “The Sealey acquisition is good example of the strong interest being shown by both local, regional and national occupiers, in Suffolk Park, which is adjacent to the A14 with its excellent links into the national motorway network.”

Mark Sweetman, managing director of Sealey, said “We are focused on continuing the growth of our business and this acquisition will enable us to expand our property footprint in line with our strategic plans. We are excited about what the future holds and the additional employment opportunities that will be created locally.”

Councillor John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “It is great to see that our work to secure the Eastern Relief Road and with it the availability of land to expand, has meant that another one of our successful local businesses is able to not only plan for its future growth, but in so doing, is also able to further strengthen its commitment to this wonderful part of West Suffolk. In the long term this is about helping businesses grow and create new jobs, new skills and greater opportunities for the communities that we represent. So we welcome news of this sale and we look forward to looking at the detail of the planning application in due course.”

Suffolk Park already has planning consent for up to 2m sq ft of logistics, manufacturing and business space. Treatt another major Bury St Edmunds company has bought a 10-acre site on Suffolk Park’s enterprise zone for its global headquarters, the new major estate road and landscaping have been completed this month and Jaynic, in partnership with major global financing institution PGIM, is developing two major speculative logistics units totalling 350,000 sq ft to cater for known demand in the region.

The development is part of a broader initiative with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and housebuilder Taylor Wimpey to support a range of new and existing businesses in the popular Bury St Edmunds area and to continue to create jobs and prosperity.

Agents for Suffolk Park are Global Real Estate advisors Savills and local agent Hazells.

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21 May 2018


Councillor John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, today, 21st May, dug the first trench to commence construction of two speculative warehouse buildings at Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds, totalling 350,000 sq ft.

The £13m construction contract has been awarded to Readie Construction Ltd for the two units of 147,241 sq ft and 206,491 sq ft respectively on a 19-acre plot which will be ready for occupation in November this year and Jaynic is ready to talk to potential tenants.

The BREEAM excellent development has a 12.5 m clear height, 50m deep service yards, level access and dock loading together with ancillary offices. These units are the first to be constructed on the 114-acre park that has planning consent for 2m sq ft.

Councillor Griffiths, said: “These two new units will help provide a range of opportunities both for existing local businesses looking to expand, and for businesses outside of the area wishing to relocate to West Suffolk. This will in turn help to create new jobs and new opportunities for our residents and continue to ensure that West Suffolk remains a great place both to live and to work.”

Ben Oughton, Development Director with Jaynic, comments: “This is a big day for us at Suffolk Park. Having just completed development of the infrastructure, we are now starting construction of the first two units on site giving potential occupiers the opportunity to move in at the end of this year. This means we are ahead of the game and believe we are the only scheme in this region that will have warehouses ready to occupy in 2018,” adds Oughton.

Paul Stephens MD of Readie Construction said: “We are extremely pleased to be undertaking the construction of the two new units at Suffolk Park and understand the significance of the scheme to our client Jaynic and the surrounding stakeholders. We look forward to delivering the project and engaging with the local community however and wherever possible”.

Jonathan Lloyd of Hazells Chartered Surveyors, the Bury St Edmunds based retained agents for Suffolk Park, said: “We have already completed one significant deal at Suffolk Park with a large local company and another one just about to be announced, and these two new speculative units are the next step in its development. We now move onto the next stage of reaching out to the big logistics and other business occupiers seeking representation in the eastern region. These units will be ready for occupation by November 2018 and we are keen to speak to occupiers now about their requirements,” added Lloyd.

Global real estate advisors Savills in London are appointed alongside Hazells as letting agents for the scheme.

The development is part of a multi-partner initiative with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and housebuilder Taylor Wimpey to support a range of new and existing businesses in the popular Bury St Edmunds area and to continue to create jobs and prosperity.

For further information contact retained agents:

Savills 0207 4098817 Hazells 01284 702626


14 May 2018


Today, Monday, 14th May 2018, Councillor John Griffiths, the leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, opened the new main estate road at Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds which has been completed along with all water, electricity, gas, drainage and telecoms services together with landscaping at the 114-acre park.


The road opening will be followed shortly by the start on site of two  major speculative units totalling 350,000 sq ft which will be completed before the end of 2018 to cater for the strong demand in the area.


Also, a deal for the sale of a 7.5-acre site to a local employer to accommodate expansion is shortly to be announced.

Ben Oughton, development director at Jaynic, said: “the opening of the main estate road, infrastructure services and landscaping brings Suffolk Park a step closer to creating a complete working environment for occupiers and, in addition to local company Treatt who will be building its new global HQ on the park’s enterprise zone, negotiations are progressing well with other companies. 


“The quality of the environment is very important to us. We believe that this investment will appeal to potential occupiers and their employees,” adds Oughton.


Councillor Griffiths, said: “I am delighted that St Edmundsbury has been able to support this key part of the development at Suffolk Park, a new road and landscaping which in time will serve both the expansion of existing successful local businesses, and help attract new ones to this wonderful part of West Suffolk. This will enable the creation of new jobs and new skills all of which will help both the economy and the prosperity of our local communities and help ensure that West Suffolk continues to be a success story for generations to come. It is great to hear that negotiations are progressing well with other companies and I look forward to more announcements over the weeks and months ahead.”


The estate road contract was undertaken by Jackson Civils and the landscaping contract by Aspect Landscape to designs by Indigo Landscape Architects which includes 500 trees, 1.25 miles of hedge, 500 saplings and 22,000 route shrubs.     


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23 April 2018


Jaynic the developer of Haverhill Research Park at Haverhill has secured the right to develop light industrial units on the park making it more attractive to potential occupiers.

The original planning permission giving outline consent for up to 450,000 sq ft of offices and research space allowed light industrial development on the park providing it was ancillary to the predominant use of the buildings.

Jaynic applied for consent to vary the outline planning consent on the basis that the adopted Local Plan policy for the Haverhill Research Park, Policy HV10 of the Haverhill Vision 2031 document, makes no such restriction on the (B1) business uses that might be approved at the site.

Policy HV10 allocates the Haverhill Research Park site as a "strategic employment site for Class B1 Uses" - the policy makes no distinction between, or restriction on, uses within that Use Class and further states: "Development at the Haverhill Research Park will comprise the following: light industrial, research and office use..."

St Edmundsbury Council has accepted this and has now given permission for this condition to be lifted.

Ben Oughton, development director of Jaynic, said: “This will help us in seeking occupiers for the park. Despite detailed discussions with a number of potential businesses, prospective occupiers for new buildings on the Haverhill Research Park have expressed the view that the planning condition places an unwelcome restriction on their likely occupation and business use of any building,” he adds.

Jaynic hopes that the lifting of this condition will broaden the appeal of the Park. It has a high quality, fully serviced business environment in a gateway position to Haverhill from Cambridge. Infrastructure is in place to deliver new office/R&D and light industrial space in a broad range of sizes. On-site amenities include a Montessori Nursery School and the Flying Shuttle pub/restaurant.

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20 April 2018


Jaynic and PGIM Real Estate have partnered to develop two logistics units at Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, with a gross development value of £35 million, with a £21.5 million loan facility provided by PGIM Real Estate, acting on behalf of institutional investors. PGIM Real Estate is the real estate investment business of PGIM, the $1 trillion global investment management businesses of U.S.-headquartered Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU).

A £13m contract has been let to Readie Construction Ltd and building of the two units of approximately 147,000 sq ft and 206,000 sq ft respectively, on a 19-acre plot will commence at the beginning of May.

PGIM Real Estate’s loan finances 95% of costs for the site acquisition and development which is expected to complete in November 2018.There is potential for an occupier to commence racking/fit-out about one month earlier.

Forecast rental values are £5.95 per sq ft based on standard FRI lease.

The BREEAM excellent development has 12.5 m clear height, 50m deep service yards, level access and dock loading together with ancillary offices.

Ben Oughton, Development Director with Jaynic, comments “We are delighted to have partnered with PGIM Real Estate for this project. These units will be the only speculative development in this area currently being undertaken. It will provide much needed stock that can be delivered before the end of 2018 setting the scheme apart from other development sites in the vicinity, where lead in and occupation lags by anywhere between 12 – 24 months,” adds Oughton.

Andrew Macland, Managing Director and Head of UK at PGIM Real Estate comments “We are proud to be Jaynic’s funding partner for this scheme as its expertise and track record exemplifies our partner-led investment approach. This well-located site in a currently under-served area for logistics properties will offer our investors access to a strongly performing sector. Jaynic has a strong development pipeline and we are looking forward to establishing a long-term relationship through further projects together.”

Bonnie Minshull, director at Savills, the joint letting agents, says, “I am delighted with the decision to undertake a speculative development at Suffolk Park as it will provide high quality logistics facilities to meet demand from businesses in a region where there is a dearth of supply. We have already received a good level of interest in the units and hope to have the buildings let before practical completion”.

The development is part of a broader initiative with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and housebuilder Taylor Wimpey to support a range of new and existing businesses in the popular Bury St Edmunds area and to continue to create jobs and prosperity.

The infra-structure, including all utilities and the main estate road, and landscaping contracts for Suffolk Park have been let and are due for completion in the next few weeks.

Bury St Edmunds is located in the heart of the eastern region and forms one of the main commercial centres within the strategically important A14 corridor, linking Felixstowe to the Midlands and London via the M11. Junction 45 of the A14, via the recently completed Rougham Tower Avenue, lies just 1.4 miles to the east of the site.

The town is the primary commercial and administrative centre for West Suffolk and boasts a variety of service sector, production and manufacturing occupiers including major national operators such as Sealey, Greene King, British Sugar, DHL, Century Logistics, Treatt, Servest, Mizkan and Taylor Wimpey.

Jaynic has been responsible for the creation of a number of major employment sites in the region including: Cambridge Research Park, Buckingway Business Park, Cambridge, University of Essex Knowledge Gateway, Colchester, Haverhill Business Park and Haverhill Research Park.

Agents are Global Real Estate advisors Savills and local agent Hazells.

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11 April 2018


Project manager GVA Second London Wall has been appointed by Reselton Properties Ltd, the subsidiary of Singapore Stock Exchange quoted City Developments Limited (CDL), in connection with the £1.25 billion redevelopment of the Thameside 22-acre Stag Brewery site in Mortlake, south west London.

Second London Wall’s appointment initially comprises tendering the pre-demolition soft strip of the old brewery buildings and preparation of utility diversions to enable demolition once planning consent is secured.

Wes Bradford, Senior Director at Second London Wall, says: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Reselton on this complex project and are now busy preparing the demolition tender package for the initial site works which will be issued to the market next month.”

A spokesperson for Reselton, said: “We are moving into a pro-active stage in the redevelopment of the Stag Brewery with the planning application having recently been validated by the London Borough of Richmond. We welcome Second London Wall on board with its vast experience of project managing major mixed-use schemes,” added the spokesperson.

Second London Wall has project managed some of the largest and most prestigious schemes in London in recent times, notably the 40-acre Westfield Shopping Centre at Shepherds Bush and major residential schemes including One Hyde Park, Fitzroy Place, Fitzrovia and The Glebe residential scheme in Chelsea.

The Stag Brewery project is designed by architects Squire & Partners opens up the currently enclosed site with a comprehensive regeneration of the brewery that will form a key part of Mortlake’s future.

The planning application submitted to the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames includes:

• A mix of uses creating a traditional commercial high street feel for the benefit of the surrounding Mortlake community that comprises some 20 units for shops, bars, restaurants, a gym, together with a hotel, cinema and rowing club.

• Nine acres of green space with numerous squares, all with public access, provide the focus for the residential accommodation which surrounds them. A new green link connects the existing Mortlake Green with the River Thames.

• A new secondary school for 1,200 pupils together with a full-sized football pitch (also available for community use), as well as indoor multi-use gym, play and sports space.

• 3,000 sq m of offices providing space for existing and new local small businesses.

• 667 homes to be built across the site. These are a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed homes, private and affordable. The scheme also proposes a care village, containing up to 150 assisted living units and an additional care home with dementia care. All residential buildings will have underground parking.

• An extensive package of road junction improvements at Chalkers Corner designed to mitigate the additional trip generation of the proposed development and improve air quality for existing residents.

The scheme’s submission follows an extensive public consultation exercise including exhibitions, public meetings and liaison with local community groups, where we have sought and taken into account the views of the local community,” adds Squire.

The design has been developed with input from the adopted 2011 London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames development brief for the site along with national planning policy guidance.

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3 April 2018


Pellings, the integrated property, construction and design consultancy has appointed Mark Gannon BA, MBA,FCA as Partner and Head of Finance.


Gannon, has a Big Four accounting background including PWC and EY and an MBA from Cass Business School, as well as experience in industry including Bovis Homes and EC Harris (now Arcadis).


Gannon, says: “I am delighted to be joining Pellings as it continues to expand, building on its strengths as a multi-disciplinary practice with a 40-year history. I look forward to helping to shape the new systems and processes that will support and enable the future development of the business.”


Chairman, Richard Claxton, says: “We welcome Mark who has joined us to help, guide and support us to reach the next stage of our growth.”


Pellings, has a strong presence in the South East of England with offices in Waterloo, Bromley, Walton-on-Thames and Cockfosters.


Mark Gannon’s details: Tel: 0208 460 9114 Website:


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17 March 2018


Professor Tiberiu Florascu, the Head of Romania’s Bucharest Master-planning Committee is attending MIPIM 2018 in Cannes as a delegate to launch the city’s 1m sq metre GREEN SATELLITE mixed use sustainable development project as a major expansion zone on the north side of Bucharest, and to meet potential development partners for the project.

The site which is close to the American School of Bucharest and on the Bucharest ring road is in single ownership. The complex is designed to accommodate:

200.000 sq metres of commerce – including shopping malls, cinemas, cafes and restaurants
100.000 sq metres of offices
600.000 sq metres of apartments
More than 40.000 sq metres dedicated to community buildings – medical services, spa, health & fitness facilities, an indoor swimming pool, kindergartens, public services
20.000 sq metres of green areas
40.000 sq metres dedicated to leisure, entertainment and arts
Parking lots are located along the border streets and more than 25.000 sq metres of car parks are in multistore garage buildings
The 21.000 sq metre pedestrian boulevard represents the green spine of the entire complex
Professor Florascu, says: “The GREEN SATELLITE is the main engine for urban development in this important area of the city. It is well connected with the centre of Bucharest by the ring road, public transport lines and a possible extension of the metro line north from Pipera Station.

“The GREEN SATELLITE will be an inspired fusion of contemporary design, a new urban hub for professional and family housing, and an active business community set exclusively between two forests set in 2,600 hectares of beautiful landscaping,” Professor Florascu adds.

According to the world economic outlook, in 2018 Romania will have the largest economic growth in Europe. The GDP growth rate in Romania in 2017 is estimated at 6.1% totalling 197Billion euros, showing strong economic growth with significant investment opportunities in real estate and business.

Bucharest is currently one of the densest cities in Europe with a growing population and more than 90% of the total metropolitan population living inside city limits.

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21 February 2018


Reselton Properties Ltd the subsidiary of Singapore Stock Exchange quoted City Developments Limited (CDL) has submitted a planning application for a £1.25 billion mixed use development on the 22-acre Stag Brewery site in Mortlake which is one of the largest Thames-side sites in south west London.

At the same time the developer is in the process of appointing project managers to handle the pre-demolition, strip and demolition works and the ongoing phased construction of the project.

The project designed by architects Squire & Partners opens up the currently enclosed site with a comprehensive regeneration of the brewery that will form a key part of Mortlake’s future.

The planning application submitted to the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames includes:

A mix of uses creating a traditional commercial high street feel for the benefit of the surrounding Mortlake community that comprises some 20 units for shops, bars, restaurants, a gym, together with a hotel, cinema and rowing club.
Nine acres of green space with numerous squares, all with public access, provide the focus for the residential accommodation which surrounds them. A new green link connects the existing Mortlake Green with the River Thames.
A new secondary school for 1,200 pupils together with a full-sized football pitch (also available for community use), as well as indoor multi-use gym, play and sports space.
3,000 sq m of offices providing space for existing and new local small businesses.
· 667 homes to be built across the site. These are a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed homes, private and affordable. The scheme also proposes a care village, containing up to 150 assisted living units and an additional care home with dementia care. All residential buildings will have underground parking.

An extensive package of road junction improvements at Chalkers Corner designed to mitigate the additional trip generation of the proposed development and improve air quality for existing residents.
Michael Squire of Squire & Partners, said: “over the last 18 months, we have worked closely with the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames planning department, the GLA and local residents’ community groups to create a scheme that will be a truly valuable addition to the local community and gives full public access to a beautiful and important section of the River Thames. As a result of its generous mix of uses, the scheme enriches the wider area rather than delivering an independent housing estate disconnected from its existing context.

“The scheme’s submission follows an extensive public consultation exercise including exhibitions, public meetings and liaison with local community groups, where we have sought and taken into account the views of the local community,” adds Squire.

The design has been developed with input from the adopted 2011 London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames development brief for the site along with national planning policy guidance.

Reselton bought the site from ABInBev – better known as Anheuser Busch in November 2015.

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15 February 2018


Network Homes has completed Le Bon Court comprising 27 one-and-two bedroom apartments and it is the first London Living Rent development to be built in the London Borough of Harrow.

Integrated design, property and construction consultancy Pellings acted as Employers Agent and CDM advisor and the scheme was designed by MEPK Architects.

The development is on five floors and is on the site of the former Kempsford House Hotel in St. Johns Road, Harrow, and the site was introduced to Network by Bugler Homes.

James Green of Pellings said: “The project was procured on a design and build contract. Construction comprises a concrete frame to first floor level with brick and block above and wide-span concrete plank floors. The fifth floor is stepped in acting as a mansard and is clad in zinc,” adds Green.

This development includes a secure cycle store and disabled parking, with residents encouraged to make use of nearby public transport.

The London Living Rent initiative was introduced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and it forms part of his affordable homes programme in the capital with rents based on a third of average household incomes. This gives Londoners the chance to save for a deposit to buy a shared ownership home.

Twenty-three properties will be for London Living Rent and these have been offered to Harrow residents who will be able to rent on assured shorthold tenancies of up to 18 months, with the option to renew for a further three years. They will also get the opportunity to buy shares in the home for up to five years after the launch date of the development. The remaining properties for will be available for affordable rent.

Helen Evans, Chief Executive at Network Homes, said: “This is a really high quality development that offers stylish and genuinely affordable homes for local people in Harrow. Network Homes is pleased to be working with the Greater London Authority and Harrow Council on this innovative scheme to support people to rent, save and buy their own home.”

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22 January 2018


Pellings, the integrated design, property and construction consultancy has been awarded a position on Lot 1a of ESPO’s (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation) Property Advice Management Services framework (2664), covering London and the South East from January 2018 to end of December 2020.

The framework appointment is for project management and property advisory services for property and building projects to manage a variety of projects as and when required by clients.

Property types include schools and academies, local authority and NHS buildings and police and emergency services facilities.

Alan Davison, Board Member at Pellings said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to the ESPO framework following a rigorous selection process, and we look forward to the opportunity to support ESPO with its consultancy requirements. The framework appointment is multi-disciplinary and encompasses the full remit of design, construction consultancy and property advice,” added Davison.


17 January 2018


Today, Wednesday, 17th January 2018, Councillor John Griffiths, the leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, planted an English Oak as the first tree in the £175,000 landscaping contract at the 114-acre business, distribution and manufacturing project at Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds.

The planting which started this week is being undertaken in two phases. The first phase includes planting along the estate road boundaries including Rougham Tower Avenue and Lady Miriam Way, and will take eleven weeks up to the end of March.
The second phase of planting, along the estate’s main road, will follow  in November and December 2018 giving each phase of planting the best opportunity to establish and thrive before the dry warmer months set in.

Councillor Griffiths, commented: “This tree is symbolic of the roots that we have planted over several years all with the purpose of attracting inward investment and business growth here in West Suffolk while protecting our environment. We have worked and invested to achieve the Eastern Relief Road, Suffolk Business Park and with it Enterprise Zone status which makes it an even more attractive proposition to expanding or relocating businesses. Now we are investing in securing a high quality environment which will help attract the </span><span>right mix of businesses to safeguard the growth of our economy now and into the future. That in turn will help to achieve greater level of skills, pay and opportunities for young people as they leave education, creating greater wealth, prosperity and better living conditions for all of our local residents.”

The contract is being undertaken by Aspect Landscape to designs by Indigo Landscape Architects and will include 500 trees, 1.25 miles of hedge, 500 saplings and 22,000 route shrubs.

Zeb Hoffman of Indigo commenting on the first tree planting said: “the English Oak is the quintessential British tree which can live for a 1000 years or more growing 20-40 metres. While we enjoy oaks for their rugged beauty, they also provide a variety of resources for local birds insects and wildlife, supporting more life forms than any other native tree,” he adds.

Nic Rumsey, managing director of Jaynic, said: “The quality of the environment is very important to us. We believe that this investment will be appealing to potential occupiers and their employees.”

Jaynic has benefited from an innovative agreement with St Edmundsbury Borough Council who provided a £3m loan facility agreement towards the road infrastructure and landscaping.

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20 November 2017



An asset management contract awarded to Pellings the London-based integrated design, property and construction consultancy by the St Clement Danes Holborn Estate Charity, has resulted in the successful delivery of 50 new alms house apartments at Sydenham Hill, London, SE26.


The St Clement’s Heights alms house residents have recently moved into their new supported living apartments which were financed by the sale of the 6-acre site to Crest Nicholson that has developed a further 26 apartments and 20 townhouses for private sale.


The project was initiated by St Clement Danes Holborn Estate Charity in 2010 who instructed Pellings to undertake a stock condition survey. It was quickly established that the alms house flats had reached the end of their economic life and as bedsits were very unattractive to future residents.


Pellings was further instructed to look at the redevelopment potential of the site and concluded that the existing buildings although in a conservation area were of little architectural merit, that there was low site density on the 6-acre site and that it was in an area of high property values making a redevelopment of the site viable.


The alms house charity was advised by Pellings that if a suitable planning permission could be achieved it would be possible to sell part of the site for private housing with the land sale proceeds paying for the new alms houses.


Neill Werner, Partner/Head of Architecture at Pellings, says: “we worked closely with Crest Nicholson to produce a masterplan that integrates contemporary buildings with the surrounding landscape. The project was designed to meet the often-differing needs of both social housing providers and private developers while still delivering the number of homes established by the outline permission achieved by Pellings in 2013.”


Werner adds: “Detailed consultation with the alms house residents took place using the Construction Industry Council’s Design Quality Indicator empowering the residents as stakeholders to be pro-actively involved through structured workshops and online tools to ensure design quality. In this way residents were able to influence the design and finishes of their flats including the kitchens and bathrooms, as well as the common parts. At the same time, clear lines of communication were established so that residents and their families knew who to contact if they had queries on the development and needed reassurance on any aspect,” he concludes.


Equally important was local community engagement which played a vital part in shaping the final design of the project. The neighbouring residents and the influential Sydenham Society were fully consulted and expressed their views on the massing and height of the buildings as well as the external materials. As a result, the ground floor car park was repositioned to basement level, enabling the residential blocks to be reduced from five to four stories.


A third of the steeply sloping site was designated as an area of high ecological value, restricting the development footprint to the high plateau. This required a careful balance between the built form and the natural surroundings.


The scheme design focused around a formal communal garden, with the alms house at its head and the private dwellings lining the three remaining sides. The main alms house building is configured to embrace its own private courtyard garden for the enjoyment of the elderly residents alone, while the rest of the site is accessible to all, including the general public.


Through careful phasing, the new alms houses were developed before the existing buildings were demolished, enabling residents to immediately move into their new accommodation.


“Place making was at the forefront of our design process” says Werner. “The alms houses were developed to HAPPI and London Design Guide standards. St Clement’s Heights creates social cohesion with its communal gardens and viewing areas, yet the design configuration addresses the individual needs of the scheme’s different users. Each building on the site has a relationship both with the formal landscape at the heart of the site and the leafy edges of the tree-lined boundaries, with tremendous views as far as the Weald of Kent and the City of London”

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7 November 2017


Pellings, the integrated design, property and construction consultancy has been appointed to PfH’s Technical Support Services  Framework, for the four-year period to 2021.

The framework appointment is for five lots:

  • Asset Management
  • Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying Services & Valuations
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Design Management

PfH, is the dedicated procurement services provider to the social housing sector and provides services to 850 social housing providers throughout the UK.

Alan Davison, Board Member at Pellings said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to the PfH framework following a rigorous selection process, and we look forward to the opportunity to support PfH members with their consultancy requirements,” Davison added.

Jordan Youngs, Procurement Specialist at PfH, said: “This OJEU compliant framework provides access to a wealth of consultancy knowledge and expertise and will save PfH members – time, resources and cost efficiencies.”


16 October 2017

A reception for East Anglia region commercial agents was held on Friday 13th October, 2017, by developer Jaynic to officially launch its 2m sq ft Suffolk Park business, distribution and manufacturing project in Bury St Edmunds that included a tour of the park followed by a full English breakfast at nearby Ravenwood Hall and a prize draw.

36 East Anglia agents from around the region including Norwich, Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Colchester and Cambridge attended the event. The winner of the prize draw was John Birchall of Fenn Wright in Ipswich who won a ‘goliath’ (4 litres) of sloe gin, with runners up Patrick Stanton of Bidwells in Cambridge and Mark Kohler of Merrifields in Bury St Edmunds winning 2 litre (?) bottles and all attendees receiving miniatures of sloe gin to prepare them for the winter cold.

Simon Wilson, Jaynic’s Suffolk Park, project director, said: “We had a tremendous turnout from the regional agents and received really positive feedback about the scheme with all the agents really excited that Suffolk Park is now being delivered.the Agents were impressed to see that work had already commenced on delivering the key infrastructure to allow early delivery of units to occupiers’ requirements”


Suffolk Park has already got off to a tremendous start with the sale of 10-acres to local major employer Treatt at the beginning of 2017 and the commencement of infra-structure construction works that started in October. Also, Rougham Tower Road linking the park directly to nearby Junction 45 of the A14 has just opened and a reserved matters application was recently submitted for two distribution units totalling 350,000 sq ft.

Wilson commented: “Jaynic’s proactive approach opening up the park will enable early development of the whole site for a range of uses from 2,000 sq ft to 750,000 sq ft far faster than competing sites in the Region,” he added.


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3 October 2017


Hot on the heels of the opening of the new Eastern Relief road from Junction 45 of the A14, Jaynic, the developer of the 114-acre business, manufacturing and distribution project at Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds has awarded the main infrastructure contract to open up the development to Ipswich-based Jackson Civils. Construction starts in early October and is due for completion in March 2018.


The contract includes earthworks and the creation of the main estate road from Lady Miriam Way to the Sybil Andrew’s School roundabout on Rougham Tower Avenue that opened on the 25th September, as well as the installation of utilities with foul and surface water drainage into the site. A separate landscaping contract will be let shortly. The total cost of the two contracts is more than £3m.


Jaynic Project Director Simon Wilson said: “We are delighted to have Jackson on board. They are regionally based but part of a national group and we chose them because they are very professional and totally understand infrastructure.


“Jaynic’s proactive approach to constructing the spine road so soon after the link to the A14 has been completed brings key infrastructure and servicing into the wider 114-acre site enabling early development of the whole site for a range of uses from 2,000 sq ft to 750,000 sq ft far faster than competing sites in the Region,” he added.


Jaynic has benefited from an innovative agreement with St Edmundsbury Borough Council who provided a £3m loan facility agreement towards the infrastructure.


Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury said: “This loan by the Council has helped enable Jaynic to bring forward these vital infrastructure improvements, and are part of our commitment to remove barriers to jobs growth, and bring forward land and services for our existing firms here, as well as attracting new business to the area. We are keen, and are acting, to help deliver a greater level of skills, pay and opportunities for young people as they leave education, in turn enabling greater wealth, prosperity and better living conditions for all of our local residents.” 


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28 September 2017


Pellings, the integrated design, property and construction consultancy has been appointed to Fusion21’s national consultants’ framework, worth up to £90 million over a four-year period.

The framework is split into 10 lots and covers a range of construction related consultancy services. Pellings has been appointed to the following:

  • Programme & Project Management
  • Stock Monitoring and Appraisal
  • Architectural
  • Principal Designer Duties

Alan Davison, Board Member at Pellings said: “We are delighted to have been re-appointed to the Fusion21 Consultants framework following a rigorous selection process, and we look forward to the opportunity to support Fusion21 members with their consultancy requirements,” Davison added.

Dave Johnson, Consultant’s Framework Manager at Fusion21, said: “This OJEU compliant framework provides access to a wealth of consultancy knowledge and expertise and will save Fusion21 members – including social landlords, local authorities, NHS trusts, education institutions and blue light organisations – time, resources and cost efficiencies.”


1 September 2017


Pellings, the design, property and construction consultancy, has used its design expertise in creating homes for older people to design a scheme in Swanley, Kent.


Due for completion in May 2018 Northview follows on from the very successful Pellings-designed Bonney Court scheme close by, both of which are for West Kent Housing Association.


The scheme being built by the Chartway Group will provide much needed accommodation for the over 55s who want to enjoy independent living in modern, one and two-bedroomed apartments. A total of 31 units are being created and replace the 16 homes that were on the site originally.


James Green, Partner with Pellings, said: “Using our experience from designing Bonney Court and other similar schemes we designed and won planning consent for a project tailored to the needs of older people, creating a communal feel yet providing residents with the independence of being able to live in their own apartment.”


Northview is built on three-storeys in a horseshoe shape around a communal central courtyard that takes advantage of the steep topography of the site to maximise views over the adjacent park.


Green explains that the scheme is designed to DCLG Technical Housing Standards – Nationally Described Standard but gives more than the minimum space requirement.


In addition, a percentage of the units are designed for wheelchair accessible shower rooms and each flat has the capability of accommodating a Class 2 mobility scooter and also secure space at ground floor level for Class 3 mobility scooters.


Windowsills in each unit are lower to allow room for wheel chairs and there is a communal lounge at ground floor level.


“Northview provides accommodation for the over-55s on the same basis as our hugely successful Bonney Court development just around the corner,” explains West Kent’s Head of Support Rajinder Manger. “That scheme has proved so popular that we decided to provide more of the same.”


West Kent worked closely with the residents of the original 16 supported living flats to provide them with alternative accommodation during the building work. Those households will be given first choice on renting one of the new homes when they become available early next summer.

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30 August 2017


Developer Jaynic, as a major show of confidence in the Bury St Edmunds industrial and logistics property market, is seeking detailed planning consent for two major distribution sheds totalling 350,000 sq ft at its 114-acre Suffolk Park scheme.


The development is part of a multi-partner initiative to support a range of new and existing businesses in the popular Bury St Edmunds area and to continue to create jobs and prosperity. It is envisioned that the development will have a mix of businesses.


The reserved matters application submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council is for one unit of 205,000 sq ft and one of 150,000 sq ft. Jaynic plans to develop them speculatively to capture unsatisfied demand from occupiers seeking to lease large distribution space along the A14 corridor.


Simon Wilson Suffolk Park project director at Jaynic says "We are aiming for a decision by Autumn 2017. A positive outcome would enable us to have units ready for occupation in Quarter 3, 2018, comfortably ahead of anything comparable in the East of England Region.”


Richard Sullivan, Savills’ national head of industrial and logistics adds: “The supply of large, good quality industrial and distribution units in the UK is at an all-time low. The ability to deliver units of this size and specification into the region offers an excellent opportunity to attract new occupiers to Bury St Edmunds as demand from a wide-range of logistics operators remains at an all-time high.”


Jonathan Lloyd of Hazells, local agents on the scheme, comments, “there is strong de-mand for business and distribution space in Bury St Edmunds and these two units would come at a time where there is very little currently available in the region.”


Suffolk Park is adjacent to the new Eastern Relief Road leading to Junction 45 of the A14 which can accommodate up to 2 m sq ft of business, distribution and industrial space. Also, it provides a unique opportunity for a “regional hub” single distribution warehouse of up to 750,000 sq ft.


Earlier this year St Edmundsbury Borough Council granted Jaynic, as development pro-moter, outline consent for B1 (office, research & development and light industrial) and B8 (warehousing, storage and distribution) development for the whole 114-acre site. The park includes Enterprise Zone status on 35 acres.


A 10-acre site has already been presold to Treatt – a leading beverage ingredients manu-facturer for a new 200,000 sq ft global headquarters facility to be constructed within the Enterprise Zone.


Jaynic is finalising a construction contract for the infrastructure works with the intention that the main estate road between the Eastern Relief Road and Lady Miriam Way and associated infrastructure works will be completed by the end of this year.

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14 August 2017


Jaynic the property developer with an expanding £300m development programme in the South East has made two senior appointments to drive the growth.

Former CBRE director and Kier development manager Simon Wilson has been appointed as Project Director to oversee the development of the £200m 2m sq ft Suffolk Park development at Bury St Edmunds. And Jason Newman, following senior positions at Regal Homes, Bowmer and Kirkland and Kier, has been appointed as Group Construction Director to drive forward the Bury St Edmunds scheme and the 450,000 sq ft Haverhill Research Park.

These appointments follow hard on the heels of the appointment of well-known Cambridge commercial property surveyor, and former equity partner of Carter Jonas, Ben Oughton, as project director of Haverhill Research Park, Haverhill, Suffolk.

Nic Rumsey, founder and managing director of Jaynic says: “We have entered a significant growth phase with £300m of property development in the pipeline and these senior appointments underpin that expansion.”

Jaynic is also working up residential schemes in Seaford, East Sussex and Winkfield, Berkshire.

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9 August 2017



Pellings, the design, property and construction consultancy, has completed the conversion of part of an office building at Clearwater Park, Princes Wharf, Stockton-on-Tees, North East of England into a state of the art Global Operations Centre (GOC) for Cubic Transportation Systems, a leading integrator of payment and information services for transportation authorities and operators.


Working with interiors contractors Skansen Ltd, Pellings has created what is Cubic’s first GOC, which is now a template for similar fit-outs worldwide.  The Stockton-based GOC has the capacity of accommodating 100+  technical support and service desk personnel. The centre provides a worldwide hub for the cost-effective execution of customer service needs 24/7 ranging from public transport operations to traffic management for roads and highways.  


Ian Flockhart, a partner at Pellings, explains that Stockton was chosen by Cubic because of the proximity to an existing skill base as well as to some of the U.K.’s premiere universities.


Flockhart states that: “while Pellings has a breadth of skills including commercial design, multi-disciplinary FM and contract administration, it was the project management role that was the most critical for this task.


“The building was converted from a bland, open plan office into a modern, cutting edge environment.”


Flockhart adds that after completing the initial survey on the building, it became clear that ‘time and cost’ was the challenge. The project was fast-tracked and took eight weeks from inception to completion.  


An important factor in its success was selecting the right partner. Pellings drew up a shortlist of three project partners and from this selected Skansen Ltd as the interior contractor and designer for the project. Flockhart remarked that Skansen gave greater design input than a normal building contractor would normally provide.


Flockhart says: “The conversion included stripping out existing fixtures and fittings, as well as putting in new acoustic glazing and ceilings to cut down on noise reverberation where many employees are working in what is essentially a call centre environment. In addition, new partitioning, electrical circuits, IT, soft furnishings, large monitoring screens and LED up-lighting and down-lighting were installed.”


“The furniture included the latest electronically adjustable desk technology for different height employees and to accommodate those wishing to stand as well as sit,” adds Flockhart.


The quality of the working environment was paramount. Adam Salazar of Skansen, says: “A special feature of Cubic’s new operations centre is the installation of personalised artwork to highlight the culture and history of the company as a world leader in transport technology. This includes wrapping the full-height storage in a vinyl wrapper with a bespoke ‘stuff and nonsense’ design, such as the pairing of the A34 road to the West Country with Route 66 in America, together with a stylised graphic of a road and rail map.”


Also, in the entrance reception a Cubic company timeline has been created with a series of black and white picture images charting the history of the company, with the final image declaring “the best is yet to come”.


Interest was also created by using a variety of different colour schemes and coloured fabrics for the interior decorations and furniture. 


One of the challenges was project managing the fit-out from London and because of the fast-track delivery required, Skansen had to use sub-contractors from the South East who they knew and trusted to deliver the projects on time and on budget.


Further, as part of the building was already occupied by Cubic, Skansen had to ensure strict security to ensure that no unauthorised personnel could gain access to those parts of the building it wasn’t fitting out.

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1 August 2017


Plans to help boost the local economy and jobs has taken a major step forward thanks to an innovative agreement between Jaynic Suffolk Park Limited and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.


The Council has signed a £3 million loan facility agreement with the promoter of the 114-acre Suffolk Park commercial scheme in Bury St Edmunds adjacent to Junction 45 of the A14.


This enables Jaynic to borrow up to £3m towards infra-structure costs to make sure facilities are in place to attract business and help create jobs in the area.


Jaynic can use the loan facility for up to two years, repayable in full, towards the main estate road together with two spur roads, drainage, distribution of mains services, internet provision and landscaping.


The loan agreement is part of the joint public and private sector initiative to boost the local economy and maintain St Edmundsbury as a successfully growing area that supports current and new companies.


Simon Wilson, project director of Jaynic (pictured left), says: “We are delighted to have the continued support of St Edmundsbury Borough Council in this. The loan facility together with the monies realised from selling 10 acres to Treatt PLC, means that the infrastructure for the whole site, covering the current and all future phases is now fully funded.”


“With the infra-structure in place we can provide fast track occupation for companies planning to move to Suffolk Park that will benefit the whole Bury St Edmunds economy,” adds Wilson.


Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council (pictured right) said: “This further emphasises our commitment to bringing economic growth to  west Suffolk, removing the barriers so that existing businesses can expand and succeed, as well as attracting new ones to the local area. We invested in the Eastern Relief Road which has opened up the employment land on Suffolk Park and the wider Suffolk Business Park. We also worked with New Anglia LEP to establish the site as part of its Space to Innovate Enterprise Zone


“All of this will lead to thousands of new jobs, the development of new skills, expertise and opportunities, particularly for younger people as they leave education. That in turn will lead to greater wealth and prosperity which brings better living conditions for all our residents.” 


The development masterplan, which received outline planning consent in April, provides for up to 2m sq ft of business, distribution and industrial space at Suffolk Park and includes a potential 750,000 sq ft ‘big box’ distribution warehouse on the east side of the site.


Enterprise Zone status on 14 hectares of Suffolk Park, which was secured by New Anglia LEP and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, means that any qualifying company taking new accommodation within the zone will be eligible for relief of up to £55,000 pa against the rates payable for five years amounting to a saving of £275,000 over that period.


Bury St Edmunds based Hazells Chartered Surveyors are local agents for the scheme and interested parties should contact either Jonathan Lloyd or Richard Pyatt on 01284 702626. Savills London’s logistics department are working alongside Hazells on the potential logistics development. John Madocks Wright can be contacted 0207 4098151 for further information


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21 June 2017


Orion reaffirms strategic plan of developing La Reserva Club into Sotogrande’s latest high-end community


LUXEMBOURG and NEW YORK, June 13, 2017 — Orion Capital Managers, L.L.P. ("Orion") and Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. (“Cerberus”) today announced that Orion’s European Real Estate Fund IV acquired the remaining 50% of Sotogrande Luxco currently owned by an affiliate of Cerberus. Orion is now the sole shareholder of Sotogrande Luxco, owning c.99% of Sotogrande SA, the main shareholder of the business. It is envisaged that Sotogrande LuxCo will launch a delisting takeover bid over the Sotogrande shares.


This transaction marks the beginning of the second phase of Sotogrande SA’s redevelopment and repositioning plan, which focuses on making the property, including its high-end private community, La Reserva Club, a luxury destination of choice within Southern Europe. Orion is committed to delivering extensive common amenities and infrastructure work to its residents and guests, while also pursuing the development of the first luxury villa community on El Mirador.


Aref Lahham, Founder and Managing Director of Orion, stated: “We are honoured to have joined forces with Cerberus in the acquisition of Sotogrande SA. Our partnership not only allowed us to acquire such a unique asset, but also provided us the proper platform to develop Sotogrande into a premiere residential and leisure destination within Europe once again. Now that the first phase of our repositioning is complete, we are looking forward to our continued engagement and support of the company and its management team towards the realisation of the company’s strategic objectives.”


Lee Millstein, Global Head of Real Estate for Cerberus stated: “Cerberus is pleased to reach this important milestone in the development of Sotogrande. Together with Orion, we have increased the attractiveness of Sotogrande as a luxury destination, helped evolve its brand in the market and improved the long-term value of the business. We believe Orion will continue to be a great steward of this asset and wish Sotogrande and its management team continued success in their plans.”


About Orion Capital Managers


Orion Capital Managers LLP ("Orion") is a European real estate investment firm. Orion's business is commercial real estate investment management on behalf of major investors from around the world. The firm is dedicated to consistently deliver performance to its investor partners. Orion is wholly owned by its Founding Partners and has offices in London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. Orion Capital Managers' local presence and experience in European markets creates a platform which responds rapidly to a broad range of transactions.


About Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.


Established in 1992, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. is one of the world’s leading private investment firms. Cerberus has more than US $30 billion under management invested in three complementary strategies: global credit opportunities (which includes non-performing loans, corporate credit and distressed debt, mortgage securities and assets, and direct lending); private equity; and real estate. From its headquarters in New York City and network of affiliate and advisory offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Cerberus has the on-the-ground presence to invest in multiple asset classes globally.


About Sotogrande S.A.


Sotogrande SA is a Spanish company listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange (“STG") which operates within the Leisure Real Estate and Hospitality Segment and focused on the 20 square kilometre estate and destination called Sotogrande at the southeast point of Andalucia. The company is currently mainly developing La Reserva Club, the last high end community within Sototogrande.


13 April 2017


This morning St Edmundsbury Borough Council granted outline planning consent for the major 114-acre Suffolk Park business scheme at Bury St Edmunds, adjacent tothe new Eastern Relief Road leading to Junction 45 of the A14 which will accommodate up to 2 m sq ft of business, distribution and industrial space.


St Edmundsbury Council granted Jaynic, as development promoter, outline consent for B1 (office, research & development and light industrial) and B8 (warehousing, storage and distribution) development, together with reserved matters approval for the main internal road linking the Eastern Relief Road with Lady Miriam Way South plussite-wide framework landscaping. The site has Enterprise Zone status on 35 acres.


The outline consent includes some B2 (manufacturing) space on the 10-acre site presold to Treatt – a leading beverage ingredients manufacturer - at the beginning of this year, which will be the subject of a separate reserved matters application shortly. The company is currently located in Bury St Edmunds and will consolidate its operations into a new 200,000 sq ft global headquarters facility to be constructed within the Enterprise Zone. Further B2 development may be possible for named occupiers, subject to planning.


Nic Rumsey of Jaynic, says: “It is currently the only major allocated employment site in Bury St Edmunds with an outline planning permission. The site is unique in the town and region for the scale of buildings it can offer. Occupiers requirements for buildings from 10,000 sq ft up to 700,000 sq ft including a potential 750,000 sq ft ‘big box’ distribution warehouse on the east side of the site, can now be accommodated within 12-15 months from now.”


Chris Starkie, Managing Director of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, says: “Suffolk Park offers enormous potential for inward investment and economic growth – that’s the reason the LEP invested £10m to link the site directly to the A14 and selected it for Enterprise Zone status. Planning consent takes the site to the next stage, allowing more businesses to benefit from discounted business rates, simplified planning and Superfast broadband and from the excellent infrastructure Suffolk Park will soon have”.


Jonathan Lloyd of Hazells, agents on the scheme comments that “there is strong demand for business and distribution space in Bury St Edmunds being that it is located on the strategically important A14 east/west cross route into the UK motorway system.”


Jaynic has already gone out to tender for the infrastructure works with the intention of having the chosen contractor on site so that the main estate road between the Eastern Relief Road and Lady Miriam Way and associated infrastructure works are completed by the end of 2017. Individual occupier’s buildings, subject to reserved matters approval can commence whilst the infrastructure works are ongoing. This means companies could be in occupation and operational early in 2018.


Jaynic has appointed Bury St Edmunds based Hazells Chartered Surveyors aslocal agents for the scheme and interested parties should contact either Jonathan Lloyd or Richard Pyatt on 01284 702626 for further information or

Savills, Industrial and Logistic’s department in London has been instructed to advise on the Big Shed potential.

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22 March 2017


Orion Capital Managers has successfully completed the capital raising for its Orion European Real Estate Fund V, with the fund being oversubscribed resulting in a total of 1.5 billion Euros of investor equity commitments.    Orion again enjoyed the support of many long term investors with the initial Fund V closing in late December 2016 and the final close completed in March 2017. 

Orion Fund V continues the strategies of prior Orion funds investing in a wide range of assets across Europe, as the firm was a major seller in 2014 and 2015.  Commenting on the market, Aref Lahham - Chief Executive, said: “We are excited by the opportunities being generated by current political uncertainty across Europe.”

While Orion’s three Founding Partners - Aref Lahham, Van Stults and Bruce Bossom - all remain totally committed and active in the business, Rami Badr, who joined Orion 15 years ago is becoming an additional partner and member of the firm’s Investment Committee.  Orion intends to bring on other senior team members as partners over time.


16 March 2017


Well-known Cambridge commercial property surveyor Ben Oughton has been appointed by Jaynic Investments Ltd, the owners of Haverhill Research Park as Project Director to the development.

Nic Rumsey, founder of Jaynic and its Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to have Ben on board. He has huge knowledge of the commercial property market in the Cambridge and East Anglia acting for both landlords and occupiers and I believe that his appointment will be a vital part of driving forward development activity during 2017 and beyond.

Oughton said: “Haverhill Research Park is in a great location with many benefits including enterprise zone status, consent for an innovation centre and 450,000 sq ft of business space. Existing on-site amenities already include a nursery opened in 2015 and a pub. Taylor Wimpey is developing a residential scheme adjacent to the park, part of which is sold and occupied, and there is allocation for a further 3,500 houses coming on stream in the town soon which benefits from excellent road connections into Cambridge.

“We are pushing forward immediately to explain to the occupier market the benefits of locating in Haverhill which has all the advantages of its proximity to Cambridge but on significantly more competitive terms,” Oughton adds.

Prior to his appointment at Haverhill Research Park, Oughton was a partner of Jeffersons Commercial before its acquisition in 2011 by Carter Jonas where he became an equity partner and has other ongoing property interests.

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10 March 2017


Jaynic Properties Limited has secured a resolution to grant outline planning permission for 125 residential dwellings in a prime location adjacent to the A11 at Red Lodge, Suffolk. Agents Savills have been appointed to offer the site for sale, with offers invited by 12 noon on Friday, 7th April, 2017.


The housing-led development on 4.08 hectares (10.08 acres) comprises 87 private units and 38 affordable, with a broad range of dwellings from one to four bedrooms. The development also incorporates a children’s play area, with links to adjacent public open space and recreational facilities.


Red Lodge village benefits from a range of community facilities and services including a church, village hall and sporting facilities. There is also a day nursery, a primary school a post office, convenience store, pharmacy, pub and several other food establishments, alongside plans for a new 420-entry school to be opened in 2018.


Andrew Anderson, Director at Jaynic said “the site offers an excellent opportunity to develop housing within a sustainable location at the gateway to Red Lodge village. The village is conveniently located with easy access to Cambridge, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds via the A11/A14,” adds Anderson.


In addition to the road links, the village is situated close to the town of Kennett which benefits from a railway station offering a direct service to Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds in approximately 28 minutes and 11 minutes respectively. Cambridge airport lies approximately 24 km (15 miles) to the south.


Jaynic Properties was formed in 2008 and has quickly established itself as a leading property company focussed on the design, planning, investment and development of commercial and residential property across the South East of England. Jaynic works closely with local communities and stakeholders to ensure that its projects create desirable and sustainable places for people to live and work.


Jaynic has appointed Savills as land sales agents. Interested parties are to contact Abigail Jones or Justin Bates on 01223 347000 for further information.

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3 February 2017


Singapore-listed City Developments Limited (CDL), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Trentworth Properties Ltd, represented in the UK by Dartmouth Capital Advisors Limited, has exchanged contracts to buy the freehold Ransomes Wharf site in Battersea, London, SW11, from Curatus Trust.


CDL plans to develop the site into a luxury residential project with an estimated gross development value of £222 million (approximately S$395.2 million[1]).  The site is located within the London Borough of Wandsworth, on the south bank of the River Thames and adjacent to Albert Bridge.


The 0.65 hectare (1.6 acres) Ransomes Wharf site is being bought for £58 million (approximately S$103.2 million[1]), phased over the next 18 months. It is situated just to the west of Albert Bridge in Battersea’s creative quarter on the River Thames, with occupiers including Foster + Partners Architects, Royal College of Art and Vivienne Westwood. It is also a minute’s walk to Battersea Park, which is one of London’s best kept riverside open spaces.


Chelsea and the King’s Road are just five minutes on foot across either Battersea or Albert Bridge; the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea playing host to some of London’s most fashionable restaurants and bars, and prime residential property.


The site has an existing planning permission for 118 apartments including 24 affordable homes, eight commercial units totalling 21,980 square feet at ground and lower ground floors and 103 car parking spaces. The residential development comprising six residential buildings of up to 10 storeys will include 21 one-bedroom units, 45 two-bedroom units, 19 three-bedroom units and nine two- to four-bedroom penthouse apartments. Work is expected to start on site demolition this spring.


The heart of the development is centred around a new public piazza, creating an exceptional vista from Elcho Street to the dock, and providing access through to the Thames Path and around the historic dock. There will be ground floor commercial space which will deliver an opportunity for interesting retail and workspace uses to support the existing leisure facilities in this creative neighbourhood.


This acquisition adds to CDL’s portfolio of Thames-side luxury residential developments that are currently in the pipeline including the 22-acre freehold Stag Brewery site in Mortlake and the 220-unit residential development on the former Pinewood Studios freehold site in Teddington, both in South West London.


Mr Kwek Leng Beng, CDL Executive Chairman, said, “The UK is one of CDL’s key overseas markets for strategic diversification. Through our partnership with Dartmouth Capital, we have purchased this site as part of our continuing focus on the suburban London market in search for the best value in creating highly desirable living and working environments in London.


“Ransomes Wharf site provides an opportunity to create a luxury residential development around a historic dock in the mature Battersea village surroundings with well-established pubs, restaurants, independent retailers and craft businesses.


“We believe the Ransomes Wharf development will be timely bearing in mind the recent major pre-let to Apple Corporation at Battersea Power Station. Ransomes Wharf should be appealing to Apple and other relocating organisations, such as the new US Embassy, as Ransomes is just across Battersea Park and will offer an attractive and established alternative to living at Nine Elms.”


With this latest acquisition, CDL has invested a total of £510.2 million in 10 prime freehold properties in the UK:

  •         28 Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge
  •         32 Hans Road, Knightsbridge
  •         15 Lansdowne Road, Croydon*
  •         31/35 Chesham Street, Belgravia
  •         90-100 Sydney Street, Chelsea
  •         202 Kings Road, Reading*
  •         Teddington Film Studios, Teddington, Middlesex
  •         Stag Brewery, Mortlake, London SW14 7ET
  •         Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, Shoreditch
  •         Ransomes Wharf, Battersea, London, SW11


*These two properties have been sold as at 31 December 2016.

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27 January 2017


Pellings, the design, property and construction consultancy has made new appointments to expand and bring future expertise to its architecture division at its headquarter in Bromley, South London.

Davide Capello Dott.Ing.(Arch) ARB RIBA has joined the Architecture team as a senior architect. Capello will spearhead Pellings architecture projects in the residential  sector in their Bromley office. Capello joins from Milan Babic Architects.

Annie Lieu BA (Hons) Arch DipArch ARB has joined the Architecture team as a senior architect. Lieu will be working on Pellings’ residential and education projects from the Bromley office. Lieu joins from LOM Architecture and Design.

Cristina Izcara MArch ARB has joined the Architecture team as an Architect. Izcara will be working on a variety of new residential and education projects in the Bromley office. Izcara has joined from BDG Architecture and Design.

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20 January 2017


Fellowship Inn is where Sir Henry Cooper trained and lived and was a venue for the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton


Pellings, a leading construction solutions consultancy, has been given the green light to commence a multimillion pound restoration of the Fellowship Inn at Bellingham, South East London.


The Fellowship Inn, once the venue for music and boxing legends, has been awarded planning permission and listed building consent following receipt of Heritage Lottery Funding of £4m for the major renovation.  


This historic venue is where legendary boxer Sir Henry Cooper lived and trained in the run up to his fight with Muhammad Ali, and where the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton played.


When completed, the restored Fellowship Inn will comprise a community pub, a cinema, a theatre/performance venue, a live music hub with rehearsal spaces, a coffee shop and a micro-brewery. The project for social landlord Phoenix Community Housing will be designed by architects Thomas Ford & Partners and project managed by Pellings.


The building will play a vital role in Phoenix’s ambitions to regenerate Bellingham and surrounding wards in the Borough of Lewisham and will deliver a range of social and community benefits in support of Phoenix’s broader vision for the pub to create opportunities for local people, deliver cultural experiences and support the regeneration of the area.  As well as offering a new community venue in an area short of amenities, the project will create 70 new jobs along with at least 45 apprenticeships over the next 15 years.


The extensive restoration works are due to be completed in 2018 and the completed facilities will be managed by the Laine Pub Company and Lewisham Music Hub.


Ian Flockhart, a partner at Pellings, said: “Pellings was delighted to be involved at the early stages of the Heritage Lottery Funding bidding process which included carrying out initial surveys, budget cost planning and scoping for the works that formed part of the bid team. We are very pleased to have subsequently been appointed as Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor on this exciting project.”


The building is Grade II listed and was built for returning First World War veterans and their families and sat at the centre of the new Bellingham ‘Homes for Heroes’ estate designed to ease inner city overcrowding. A building of such importance will maintain many of its original interior fittings and its original layout and exterior appearance. The pub is considered to be an ‘improved’ public house, as it was built in the 1920s in Mock Tudor style.

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9 January 2017


And sells first 10 acres to Treatt




Jaynic, as development promoter has submitted an outline application for B1 and B8, together with detail for the main infrastructure and landscaping on Taylor Wimpey’s 114 acre site at Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk Park, which has Enterprise Zone status on 37 acres, and will accommodate up to 2 m sq ft of business, distribution and industrial units.


Simultaneously it has sold a 10-acre site to Treatt – advised by agents Carter Jonas - which will finance the cost of the park’s initial infrastructure. Treatt, is one of the world’s longest established solutions providers for the flavour, fragrance and personal care industries, and has been located in Bury St Edmunds since 1971. The company is to consolidate from several locations in the town into a new 200,000 sq ft global headquarter facility to be constructed within the Enterprise Zone. The purchase price has not been disclosed.


The outline planning application for B1 and B8 sets out a development masterplan providing for up to 2m sq ft at Suffolk Park including a potential 750,000 sq ft ‘big box’ distribution warehouse on the east side of the site. The whole park is within a larger area allocated as employment land as an extension of the established Moreton Hall business area by St Edmundsbury Borough Council in its ‘Vision 2031’ local plan.



It is hoped that the outline application which is policy compliant will gain approval in March 2017. Jaynic intends to have contractors on site to undertake all necessary infrastructure works as quickly as possible. This will create a fully serviced attractive landscaped environment to meet the needs of modern businesses.


Nic Rumsey of Jaynic, said: “We are grateful for the active support and assistance of St Edmundsbury that has enabled us to get this major planning application submitted within only six months, and are delighted with the swift sale of the first site on the park to Treatt before we have obtained planning. This augurs well for the future of the project. Suffolk Park is in a prime location next to the established Moreton Hall area. Accessed from the new Eastern Relief Road due for completion in the Summer 2017, it equidistant between Junctions 44 and 45 of the A14 giving direct access to the whole of the UK motorway network.”


Dean Taylor, Director of Operations at Treatt, said: “Treatt is delighted to announce the exchange of contracts at Suffolk Park. This will be one of the most significant company developments in the last 50 years and will revolutionise almost every aspect of the business. It will enable Treatt to excite its customers even more, improve efficiency and further accelerate its growth,” added Taylor.


Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “After so many years of very hard work by St Edmundsbury and many others, I am delighted that Suffolk Park is now rapidly moving from plans on paper to reality on the ground, alongside a new school, new community facilities, new homes and better transport links through the eastern relief road.


“The very real prospect of new jobs and inward investment is also great news and it is perhaps particularly pleasing that Treatt are looking to build their new global headquarters here. This really is an excellent next step in delivering this ambitious project, not just for Bury St Edmunds but West Suffolk and beyond, and I would like to thank Jaynic and everyone else involved.”


Bespoke properties from 10,000 sq ft upwards will be available to let or for sale. It is intended that, subject to planning, occupiers’ new properties will be built in parallel to the surrounding work so that occupation can be given as quickly as possible.


Enterprise Zone status, which was secured by New Anglia LEP and West Suffolk County Council, means that any qualifying company taking new accommodation within it will be eligible for relief of up to £55,000 pa against the rates payable for five years amounting to a saving of £275,000 over that period.


Being developed in parallel is Taylor Wimpey’s 500-home Moreton Hall scheme. The new Sybil Andrews Academy School opposite has just opened and it’s gym will soon be available for use by the Public.


Jaynic has appointed Bury St Edmunds based Hazells Chartered Surveyors as agents for the scheme and interested parties should contact either Jonathan Lloyd or Richard Pyatt on 01284 702626 for further information or


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23 December 2016



ORION EUROPEAN REAL ESTATE FUND IV, C.V, has bought Kingsgate Shopping Park in East Kilbride near Glasgow, Scotland, from Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited


Kingsgate provides 266,212 sqft (24,732 sqm) of retail and leisure uses.  The property is 100% leased to 12 tenants including Sainsbury’s, M&S, Homebase, Next and Nike. The current net operating income is approximately £6.6 million per annum.


Kingsgate benefits from a high footfall of approximately 7.2 million visitors p.a. and is one of the most successful retail park trading locations in Scotland. The Definitive Guide to Retail & Leisure ranked Kingsgate as the 19th best shopping park in the UK and fourth in Scotland.


Aref Lahham, Managing Director of Orion Capital Managers, said: “This acquisition offers asset management scope at tenant lease expiry and the opportunity to enhance the tenant mix in line with current consumer expectations for food and fashion offers. It will build on the momentum created by recent lettings to Nike, M&S and Next, “ added Lahham.

Orion was advised by Paradigm and Aviva by Wilkinson Williams.

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22 November 2016


And announces “MARINA ROSHA" Shopping Centre award commission in Moscow


Baltimore, USA, November 16, 2016… Baltimore-based international design practice Development Design Group (DDG) has been bought by BCT Architects, (BCT) and at the same time it announces at MAPIC that it has been awarded a commission to design its first Moscow shopping centre with another Russian project in the pipeline.


BCT- also based in Baltimore - has purchased the assets of DDG to preserve and strengthen the brand and continue its current projects around the world which includes the commission by ENKA TC, one of the leading developers in Moscow, Russian Federation, to design the Marina Rosha Shopping Centre in the Russian capital. A further commission for a retail project near St Petersburg is due to be announced imminently.


Also, founder, Principal and former CEO of DDG, Roy Higgs, who retired from the practice in 2011 has returned to continue the practice’s drive for more international commissions. Higgs who was born and brought up in London, relocated to Maryland from South Africa and opened DDG in 1979 and has, with the DDG team, designed many award-winning shopping and leisure destinations worldwide.


Bryce Turner, CEO of the new DDG BCT, LLC parent company said: “We are committed to maintaining DDG’s position at the forefront of global retail and mixed-use design and place making. We are delighted to welcome Roy back into the fold and believe that our Russian wins herald more international commissions.”


DDG, is an internationally renowned planning, architecture and design firm, that has delivered projects in more than fifty countries. The firm has relocated to 100 North Charles Street in downtown Baltimore, and will use its infusion of new capital to continue to serve existing and new clients.


DDG President Tony van Vliet, says: “We are excited that DDG now has the investment and resources we need to expand our worldwide practice.”


The investment brings together two firms with shared values and roots going back to the Rouse Company. According to Turner, who began his architectural career at DDG and employs several alumni of the firm, DDG and BCT have collaborated successfully on projects such as Belvedere Square in Baltimore and National Harbor in the Washington DC Metro area.


“We are known for our award winning projects in the US and our full-service architecture and engineering solutions,” Turner said. “DDG is known for its ability to deliver dynamic, extraordinary solutions to place-making globally, including Istinye Park, Istanbul; Easton Town Center, Columbus, USA; and Xi Cheng in Shenzhen, China.


“Together we have the potential to grow into a global architecture and design leader that can build inspiring developments that resonate with their communities, promote healthy social interaction, and represent the latest in technology, security and sustainability,” added Turner.


In addition to Turner and van Vliet, new Board members in the new organisation include Robert Gehrman and Robert Northfield. DDG Principals Jim Andreone, Sa’d Irshaid, Rajesh Gulati, and Haris Koentjoro AIA will continue at DDG.

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22 November 2016


Following the acquisition of Baltimore-based designers DDG by BCT Architects also from Baltimore, USA, DDG announces that ishas been selected to design the new Marina Rosha mixed-use development in the heart of Moscow.

DDG’s design submission won an international design competition and was awarded the commission by ENKA TC, one of the leading developers in Moscow and Russian Federation. It is a mixed-use project combining office, retail, dining and lifestyle located at a high-profile and strategic location in the North East Administrative District of Moscow, along Sheremetyevskaya Street.

The project will feature a large multi-level shopping center and two office towers, in addition to outdoor plazas and structured parking. The 2,625,440 sq ft/244,000 sq m development incorporates upscale urban retail combined with a vibrant outdoor entertainment and commercial office plaza. The mall itself will feature global brands and upscale boutiques, hypermarket, fitness center, multiplex cinema, fine dining restaurants and casual cafes, including some that overlook gardens, parks, and plazas that will offer seasonal music events, art fairs, farmer’s markets, and flower festivals.

Drawing upon DDG’s extensive experience in planning and designing shopping centers and mixed-use developments, the design employs sensitive urban planning strategies for a challenging site: to stimulate the redevelopment of adjacent Vetkina Street on the east as an asset and to maximize a strategic linkage to a new public park proposed to the south. 

These strategies are at the same time sustainable, by also opening and focusing portions of the project toward the outside public realm, thereby promoting a walkable district with animated streetscapes for pedestrians, and socially enhancing through place-making that enriches the nearby communities. As the design process unfolds, DDG’s designers will take a multi-faceted approach to study and introduce creative architectural solutions and design features that will transform and set the new standards for inspired shopping and leisure experiences in Moscow.

Marina Rosha is DDG’s, first project in Moscow, its second project in Russia, after the ARMADA Shopping Center in Orenburg, with a third under design in St. Petersburg. DDG has over 40 years of experience in 50 countries.

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23 September 2016


Jaynic Properties Limited has submitted an outline planning application for a scheme of up to 238 homes on the redundant site of the former Newlands School, off Eastbourne Road, Seaford, East Sussex.

The planning application has been lodged with Lewes District Council and will provide much needed new housing, ranging from starter homes to larger family houses. The scheme will be sympathetically developed to reflect the existing character of the area and will also include up to 40% affordable homes, in accordance with Lewes DC and national planning policy requirements.

The Newlands Schoolbuilding was constructed in the early 20th century and, whilst it is unlisted, it will be retained, having been recognised for its local importance. The building will be converted into apartments and incorporated into the development proposals for the wider site.

The landscaping on site will be designed to respect and retain the setting of the Newlands School building and adjoining listed building at Sutton Place. Whilst currently private land, the finished development will incorporate meaningful and useable public open spaces for existing and future residents to use. 

It is envisaged that around 50% of the 6.35-hectare site (15.69 acres) is likely to remain green, be it public open space, a new equipped children’s play area, garden space or retained and proposed planting. The proposals also include a new tree-lined boulevard leading up to the former school building, which will frame the building and provide enhanced views from Eastbourne Road.

In addition to the on-site provision of affordable housing, public open space and a play area for use by existing and future residents, considerable financial contributions will be made by the developer through Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments, in support of local facilities and infrastructure.  The sum levied will be directed towards new facilities for education, health etc. in Seaford, with the District and Town Councils deciding exactly how the financial contributions will be distributed to existing and new facilities in the area.

Nic Rumsey, managing director of Jaynic Properties Limited, said: “Our proposals provide an opportunity to create an extremely attractive residential scheme in a wonderful setting. The site is one of the only major sites available in Seaford, with any expansion of the town constrained both by the sea and the surrounding South Downs National Park.

“Our planning application was first prepared, then refined, following extensive discussions with council planning officers, District and Town councillors; and follows a public consultation event at the end of last year where there was a broad consensus in support of the residential development of the site.”

The council’s updated 2015 Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment identifies the Newlands site as having potential for housing development.

The development will be highly sustainable being close to Seaford town centre, public transport links, the Downs Leisure Centre, shops, cafes and restaurants. The layout will allow for greater connectivity to the surrounding area through cycle and pedestrian links into the adjoining residential areas.

Also, the proposals will blend sympathetically with the adjacent Grade II listed Sutton Place which has a discrete setting and is defined by the semi-formal parkland it fronts on to, together with the mature tree boundary. This is visually and physically separate from the Newlands School building to the east.

Through working closely with the local community and relevant Council officers/stakeholders, Jaynic Properties has ensured that the design of the development will create a desirable place for people to live, and one that Seaford can be proud of.

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8 August 2016


A luxury care home development with a potential value of up to £200 million, (approximately S$356 million1), the first-ever to be built in Central London, has been given planning consent by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council. The development is strategically located just two minutes’ walk from Harrods Department Store in Knightsbridge.


Singapore-listed City Developments Limited (CDL), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Beaumont Properties Limited, represented in the UK by Dartmouth Capital Advisors Limited, received consent for 34 two-bed apartments, ranging in size from 1,250 sq ft to 2,110 sq ft, at 28 Pavilion Road, London, SW1.


Mr Kwek Leng Beng, CDL Executive Chairman said, “We have worked closely with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council to draw up a scheme that will appeal to discerning residents in retirement. The Borough has a significant stable, ageing, demographic that is asset rich yet whose needs are insufficiently provided for by the current housing stock. We aim to provide a community style of living for this group, supported by excellent on-site medical care, close to local amenities, shops and restaurants.”


The luxury care home will offer apartments for sale on 999-year leases. Facilities within the development include a luxury spa, swimming pool, communal library, private doctor’s surgery, 24-hour concierge service, dedicated nurse care rooms and car parking. The extra-care will be provided by private nursing and home care specialist.


The six- and seven-storey scheme, with gross floor area of about 135,000 sq ft, has been designed by architects PDP London in collaboration with Hamilton Architects involving the demolition and redevelopment of a 1970s brutalist car park. The island site provides a central courtyard which is accessible to all residents with a new shared public realm contributing to a sense of community and promoting social interaction.


The development, a contemporary interpretation of surrounding Queen Anne typology, provides step-backs and cut-ins as it rises to provide each apartment with outdoor space. The floor plan also decreases in size as it rises, providing the upper levels with large roof terraces and opportunities toreduce the urban heat island effect through the use of green roofs, increased biodiversity and a sustainable urban drainage system.


The Royal Borough, in a recent housing assessment document, identified that those aged 65 years old and over, will increase from 14% in 2012 to 23% in 2037. The population of elderly in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will be significantly higher in proportion when compared to London as a whole (17%) and the neighbouring boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham (16%) and Westminster (18%).


The scheme is located in the heart of Knightsbridge, adjacent to some of the top shopping streets in the world including Sloane Street and minutes’ walk from Knightsbridge Underground, Hyde Park and the museums of South Kensington. The site is connected to Harrods by an underground tunnel now disused and there are no plans to reinstate it. It is also a short stroll away from Millennium Hotel, Knightsbridge, which is part of CDL’s London-listed subsidiary, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc.

Dartmouth Capital Advisors Limited is the development advisor to Beaumont Properties Limited. Planning advisors were Colliers and Barton Wilmore.

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11 July 2016


East Anglia business and research park specialist Jaynic Properties has been appointed development promoter by Taylor Wimpey to promote its 114-acre commercial site, including 35 acres with Enterprise Zone status, at The Suffolk Business Park. The land is part of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s strategic allocation of 168 acres for the extension of the business park.


Jaynic’s brief from Taylor Wimpey and the Council is to work up a fully detailed masterplan, apply for outline planning for the agreed range of uses before Christmas and then implement all necessary works and infrastructure as quickly as possible. This will create a fully serviced attractive landscaped environment to meet the needs of modern businesses.


The primary employment uses applied for will be for B1 offices, research and development facilities, Light Industrial, B2 General industrial and B8 warehousing accommodation. However, it is likely that the scheme will also provide sustainable supporting uses to both the existing and new occupiers, with facilities such as a hotel, pub, crèche, coffee shops and leisure being provided. In all there is the potential to provide up to 2 million sq. ft. for new employment use


Nic Rumsey, managing director of Jaynic, said: “We are delighted to be appointed after a detailed selection process. This is a key site and provides a significant proportion of the strategic employment allocation for Bury St Edmunds up to and beyond 2031. We look forward to working with Taylor Wimpey and St Edmundsbury to attract a mix of occupiers providing a range of employment opportunities that could create thousands of jobs for the town.”


Freehold serviced plots will be offered and bespoke properties from 10,000 sq ft upwards will be available to let or for sale. It is intended that, subject to planning, occupiers’ new properties will be built in parallel to the surrounding work so that occupation can be given as quickly as possible.


Enterprise Zone status means that any company taking new accommodation within it will qualify for relief of up to £55,000 pa against the rates payable for five years amounting to a saving of £275,000 over that period.


Suffolk Park, adjacent to Moreton Hall, will soon be accessible from both junctions’ 44 and 45 of the A14 trunk road, once major infrastructure improvements, including the construction of the Eastern Relief road linking the existing commercial area with junction 45 of the A14, are completed in the summer of 2017. The A14 links the port of Felixstowe with the national motorway network.


John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “The expansion of the Suffolk Business Park is all about creating the right conditions for growth and future prosperity and with it the creation of new jobs for the people of West Suffolk. We know that we have some very successful local businesses that need more space to develop, and we know that this site’s prime location between the Port of Felixstowe and the science and innovation centre of Cambridge, as well as its ease of access to London, make it a very attractive proposition for the scores of big businesses looking to relocate.  This is another major step in turning our vision into a reality.”


Steve Rolt of Taylor Wimpey said: “We are delighted that the project is going forward and are confident that Jaynic will be successful in fulfilling their brief.”


The £15million Eastern Relief Road (ERR) funded by New Anglia LEP, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council is due to be completed by the summer of 2017. Being developed in parallel are Taylor Wimpey’s 500-home Moreton hall scheme as well as the new Sybil Andrews Academy School. With other projects the ERR is estimated to bring in 14,000 jobs and £275m to the town over the next 25 years.


In East Anglia, Jaynic has a strong track-record having developed Cambridge Research Park and Buckingway Business Park in Cambridge, the University of Essex Knowledge Gateway in Colchester and Haverhill Business Park and currently Haverhill Research Park.

Jaynic has recently appointed Bury St Edmunds based Hazells Chartered Surveyors as agents for the scheme and interested parties should contact either Jonathan Lloyd or Richard Pyatt on 01284 702626 for further information or

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1 July 2016


Design, facilities management and construction solutions consultancy Pellings has project managed the delivery of a new office, distribution and warehouse facility at Crawley, West Sussex for Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB).


Cubic, which manages revenue collection services for Transport for London, is a leading integrator of payment and information solutions delivering integrated systems for transportation and traffic management amounting to more than 24 billion payment transactions annually on a global basis.


The project comprised a £550,000 fast-track conversion of two adjacent warehouses totalling 34,000 sq. ft. at Meadowbrook Industrial Estate on the Manor Royal business district in Crawley, West Sussex.


Pellings’ role on the project included carrying out due diligence services during the pre-acquisition stage, including condition surveys, dilapidations, compliance checking, planning and general property advice. This led to the consultancy being appointed as project managers and FM advisors to Cubic, producing the outline designs, employer’s requirements and contract documentation which gave the baseline of the design and on-going maintenance parameters. These were provided to the contractor, Project Partners, who developed the facility on a design and build basis.


Ian Flockhart, a partner at Pellings who ran the project said: “This was a very demanding project which we were able to deliver on time and on budget. The scheme was driven by the client’s need to relocate its existing facility from a location in Surrey to Crawley in just three months. We were under a huge deadline pressure having to decant the clients existing premises and reoccupy into a much larger facility.”


Specialist systems had to be incorporated to meet the client’s specific requirements including new power systems, air extraction, high bay racking, work-benching and specialist lighting to meet a variety of working functions carried out by Cubic. These functions included high precision working, warehouse storage distribution, testing and general office use.


The warehouse is now fully operational and Pellings is working on other projects in the UK with Cubic.

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6 June 2016


Crofton, the consulting engineer with offices in London, Kent and Sussex, was a finalist for the Inclusion and Diversity Champion of the Year Category at the ACE Consultancy and Engineering Awards 2016.

The award ceremony took place at a gala dinner in the Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Holborn on 24th May, with more than 350 guests from a wide variety of professions within the field.

Doctor Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, chief executive of ACE said:“The evening recognised the people who sit at the heart of our organisations, each and every one playing their part to deliver work of the highest standard.

Steven Hale, managing director at Crofton, comments:

 “We were delighted to be short-listed. Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is intended to foster a culture of trust, altruism and respect toward others. It also seeks to enable easy access to opportunities for personal and professional development for all in alignment with Crofton Design’s brand values and corporate goals.”

Gemma Walters and Jackie White the office managers in the London and Kent office, say:

 “We are frequently encouraged to be mindful of the diverse backgrounds of our colleagues. As the office managers for our respective locations (London and Kent), we organise regular diversity workshops for our staff to ensure we all have a better understanding and respect of other colleagues' backgrounds and differences. This makes for a harmonious working environment where people feel safe to be themselves, voice their opinions and have the confidence to collaborate.”

Client, Christopher Bib, of the Lewes District Council, also mentions:

“Crofton Design's commitment to diversity and inclusion is demonstrated across the entire lifecycle of the projects they are entrusted to carry out on our behalf. From the initial meeting, through to regular project touch points all the way to the soft landing phase, we are shown, through the numerous inter-actions with their staff, evidence that Crofton's cultural diversity plays a key part in their ability to deliver projects successfully. At Lewes District Council, we are pleased to say that this is aligned to our own values; this inclusive approach to working fosters local community cohesion and we see great benefits being associated with an organisation that is known”

Examples of Crofton’s diversity and inclusion in the work place include:

  • Engagement with a local London school led to the employment of Daryl Curtis after completing his A-Levels. He is working towards a Crofton funded engineering degree on day-release to South Bank University. Daryl comments: “I knew that I didn’t want to stay in full-time education, but I was concerned that with limited qualifications and no work experience, I would quickly be rejected from potential employers. When Crofton offered me employment along with the opportunity to continue my studies, I was both thankful and surprised; where others may have disapproved of my situation, Crofton made working as a young engineer very accessible.”
  • The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) is a charity running programmes to stimulate and encourage young people to choose a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Involvement with the EDT allows engagement with more young people with a similar attitude. Crofton works with schools in both Kent and London and a mentor from each office works directly with pupils to set up a relevant engineering project.
  • Research confirms that the construction sector employs a particularly high proportion of workers over the age of 55, and those under 35 are often considered too young. Bearing this in mind, Crofton believes that young people represent a potent ‘diversity’ group. In the past 12-months in particular, Crofton has made a conscious effort to recruit employees from diverse backgrounds including engineering undergraduate placement students. At the age of 20, these young aspiring engineers have been given the opportunity to gain a practical under-standing of how the industry operates. Upon graduation, they will have already acquired a valuable year’s experience and thus will be appealing prospective candidates to employers.

The 13 ACE awards celebrate the best of the UK’s consultancy and engineering profession and showcase the remarkable work of ACE members and supporters across a variety of specialisms. The Inclusion and Diversity Champion of the Year award recognises an organisation working in the built and natural environment that has the foundation of diversity and inclusion, in which it values and embraces the benefits of a truly diverse workplace.

The organisations were judged based on their demonstrative narratives of why the D&I strategy was implemented and its connection to a broader business strategy. Additionally, the organisation is evaluated based on metrics, employee/customer feedback and case studies as supporting evidence to demonstrate the corporate ethos.


23 May 2016


Developer Southwark Square Ltd has innovative plans for London’s Southwark Street revival. Multipurpose complex Gagarin Square aims to bring an enhancedcultural and educational experience to Bankside and the Borough of Southwark by introducing a new theatre, rehearsal studios, observatory, exhibition space, restaurant/café, public terrace and commercial space, all in one location.

Gagarin Square’s vision has been inspired by the continued popularity and success of Southwark Street’s Menier Chocolate Factory theatre, located next door to where the multipurpose complexaimsto be built. The theatre is run by David Babani, one of London’s most successful producers.

Gagarin Square also aspires to bring novelty to London’s developing skyline. The structure has been meticulously designed by renowned Russian architect Nikita Yaveyn of St Petersburg’s architectural practice, Studio 44. The design embodies Russian architectural influences and is a direct tribute to Yuri Gagarin and Soviet/Russian cosmonaut accomplishments, showcased by the development’s centrepiece rocket-like structure, Gagarin Tower (representative of the Vostok 1).

Donald Riley, director at Southwark Square Ltd and development director for Gagarin Square, comments: “This is the perfect time to tap into Southwark Street’s multifaceted potential.

David Babani amazingly succeeded with our theatre, hidden behind a Victorian warehouse exterior.  Gagarin Square’s façade has to be as magnetic as those of past cinemas of the Old Kent Road.  By bringing bold, striking architecture to the city’s skyline, it goes without saying that Gagarin Square will boost Southwark Street’s profile and enhance the new face of Elephant and Castle. It will boost Southwark Street and halve the distance to the new “Elephant”. It will boost the capital’s economy by attracting tourists, avid theatre goers, not to mention further investment in commercial and residential property for miles beyond.”

Southwark Square Ltd’s Gagarin Square is currently subject to a planning appeal.


3 May 2016



ACL’s advice and strategic communications consultancy creates and implements tailored communications strategies based on the client’s individual requirements and business development goals. ACL provides strategies on a business to business basis across the property sector in the built environment. Its clients include developers, fund managers, architects, engineers, surveyors and legal practices. ACL’s communications services draws upon public relations, marketing, social media strategies and public affairs.


ACL would like to hire a talented account manager to take charge of all aspects of the day-to-day running of a range of client accounts. ACL is looking for a confident, independent, ambitious, proactive and motivated individual with 3-5 years relevant experience, preferably (but not limited to) in the built environment. You should have had relevant experience and client facing exposure in previous roles to immediately undertake the management of on-going client activities and take forward the implementation of client communications programmes.

ACL is keen to hire an individual with a natural aptitude for management so that s/he will be able to advise and direct clients accordingly to ensure ACL is delivering a well-rounded and broad spectrum communications service to clients.  


  • Excellent English; this includes verbal and written communication skills and an ability for proofing and attention to linguistic detail. The candidate’s grasp of English should allow their writing to easily address a wide spectrum of target audiences.
  • Ability to develop and implement creative integrated communications strategies; the successful candidate will have had experience in developing communications programme strategies and presenting them to clients.
  • Client relationship management experience; although not essential for the candidate to have been a client facing lead in their previous role, it is key that the candidate has worked in a team and has had sufficient direct client contact to be capable of independently managing client relationships as ACL’s account manager.
  • In depth grasp of developing and implementing social media strategy; this includes an understanding of the crucial role of social media in the broader context of communications, carrying out SEO (search engine optimisation) and executing relevant aspects of clients’ communication programmes via relevant media platforms.
  • Experience in applying a variety of communications skills in PR campaigns (including public relations, marketing, digital media, crisis management, public affairs, events etc.)
  • Educated to degree level from a reputable university viewed as an advantage
  • Social skills; this includes a sense of humour and general social finesse. All this should come across clearly in writing, telephone manner and in direct social interaction - a team player, with the ability to lend.



  • Independent management of client relationships
  • Development and implementation of communications strategies with clearly defined tactics and evaluation techniques as part of a consultative approach to clients’ needs
  • Working with ACL directors and clients to develop and promote key corporate messages on a wide range of platforms       
  • Development and maintenance of relevant relationships with built environment industry media, industry organisations and influencers  
  • Identification of new influencers and development of engagement strategies on clients’ behalf in an ongoing manner
  • Identification and creative development of a wide range of client content for use in PR, marketing and social media, including videos, blogs, newsletters and other relevant collateral that fits with clients’ business and communications objectives
  • Regular reporting of PR analytics face-to-face and via telephone to clients, including senior managers and managing directors. Written reports will require in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office and general presentation skills
  • Development of creative joint venture initiatives for ACL clients with industry organisations, including the use of media, research, seminars, conference topics, roundtables and sponsorship opportunities



Salary: £30 000 - £35 000 + bonus  scheme


Please submit your CV and cover letter to

Successful applicants will be invited for initial interviews in June/July 2016.

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16 April 2016


Mabel Polley House, a new scheme comprising 37 dwellings for tenants of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, has been completed. The development, built on a site owned by Royal Greenwich and located on the Woolwich Common Estate in South East London, will be managed by the Council and occupied entirely by residents aged 60 or more.


Full concept design and multi-disciplinary services were provided by London design, construction and property consultancy Pellings, with Osborne as the main contractor and BPTW as its detailed design delivery architects. The project team also included Royal Greenwich and was led by the Royal Borough’s in-house New Build team.


At the outset, Pellings and Royal Greenwich undertook a programme of consultation with the local community and created a scheme that involved the part demolition and part conversion of Mabel Polley House, a derelict nursing home, and construction of a new six storey replacement. The refurbished element comprises the reconfiguration of the existing accommodation to deliver eight 2-bedroom and 29 1-bedroom high quality homes, with a communal lounge, parking for 37 cars and landscaped grounds.


Pellings Architecture Partner, Joe Pou, says: “The development delivers high quality homes that meet the specific housing needs of the borough. As well as addressing the shortage of active elderly accommodation, it allows existing council residents to down-size, thereby releasing larger family sized dwellings to households in need of larger accommodation.”


Councillor Denise Hyland,Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: “With a growing older population and the need for well-designed, accessible and adaptable housing to meet their needs, the old Mabel Polley House had outlived its purpose and no longer met the needs of residents. The new Mabel Polley is fresh and modern and offers adaptable design for people with different living needs and provides a comfortable, easy to manage and desirable living environment for our older residents.”


For the new build element a steel frame solution on load bearing pads was used, with framed infills finished in render or faced with brickwork. However, for the upper storeys a metsec form of construction was used.


The principal external building fabric details and materials comprised powder coated aluminium, thermally broken double glazed windows in anthracite and white to suit the elevational facades. The façade materials included brickwork to match the existing bricks on the retained front facades, together with a composite wood effect panelling system and glazed balconies using open timber decking.


Pellings’ design meets ‘Housing our Ageing Population: Plan for Implementation (HAPPI)’ requirements which relate to space and flexibility, daylight, outdoor space, adaptability, shared facilities, and energy efficiency. These standards have been met in numerous ways throughout the development of the scheme, including the incorporation of flexibility for adaptation should residents’ health deteriorate and specialist equipment or installations be required to support residents to remain in their home.

Following the delivery of Bonney Court for West Kent Housing Association, Mabel Polley House is the next in a line of ‘active elderly’ schemes designed and delivered by Pellings, with Northview, another scheme for West Kent HA, commencing in 2016. These developments are testament to the quality of the combined expertise of the business in what is a growing sector.

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15 April 2016


Casa Ald, a new house in Mexico City designed by architects spAce, that combines a balance between modernity and cosiness, has been completed.

The development, built on a site of just over 1,000 square metres, consists of two main volumes: a prism which has another rectangular wooden prism embedded into it. Like all of spAce’s projects, the design followed sustainable guidelines.

From the start, the purpose of the project was to create a house with a balance of modernity and cosiness. This method allowed for the use of very few materials, achieving a quick reading of the volumes.

The house was designed with recycled content low in VOC levels, LED-based lighting, and wood from certified forests.

Full concept design was provided by design, construction and property consultancy spAce, founded by Juan Carlos Baumgartner, with LUA providing the lighting design and the general contractor being Bruno Vadillo.

The first prism consists of a black metal structure that ends on an exposed concrete staple. The two fronts are made of glass, helping to create a transparency to the interior area and also providing a sense of nature to the house.

The second prism is a cantilevered wooden cube, which generates a terrace underneath it. The design of this project included a swimming pool covered with black Venetian glass tiles. These tiles allow for the swimming pool to be turned into a ‘water mirror’ which has the ability to reflect the house.

This four bedroom house also includes a double-height living room and an open plan kitchen. In the living area, a modern cast glass sphere chandelier hangs from the ceiling.

This project integrated art into architecture so that selected works became a part of the design instead of functioning as mere decorative items. With this principle in mind, Juan Carlos Baumgartner commissioned a hyper-realistic 2x6m painting of a 1978 Porsche to be placed in a double height space. Baumgartner also designed a mural that works both as the visual end of the swimming pool as well as the vestibule of the house entrance.

By using few but carefully selected materials, the house offers delightful areas that have met the client’s expectations.

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27 January 2016


Pellings LLP, the multi-disciplinary architectural, property and construction practice has taken an innovative design approach to deliver the complex replacement of Foxfield Primary School in Woolwich, London.

The £10.2m redevelopment of the primary school was undertaken for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and saw an existing 1970s Two Form Entry Primary School, which was no longer fit for purpose, demolished and transformed into a modern, BREEAM Excellent Three Form Entry Primary School on the same site.

A larger school was urgently required to serve the densely populated surrounding area, and a strong connection between the school and the local community was also an important prerequisite. Design challenges were thrown up by the school’s positioning on a steeply sloping site, the need to create space for many more pupils, and the fact that work had to be undertaken safely while the school remained in operation.

One of the building’s most dramatic design features is an internal “canyon” in the centre of the building, which cascades down over four floors, working with the site’s steep topography. The canyon is the hub of the school with classrooms opening out onto it, ensuring there is a strong visual link throughout the four floors bringing all year groups together.

The design of the building has contributed to an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED report in November 2015.

Head teacher Rupinder Bansil highlights the following design facets that have added to the quality of the learning environment:

  • “There is a fantastic use of natural light. This is an urban environment and as the children come from confined spaces in their home lives, the school gives them fantastic space allowing freedom of movement both in-doors and out-doors.”
  • “We are able to use the building as a ‘second teacher’ enabling the spaces to be used for displays and interventions.”
  • “We are able to use the buildings as a real overall learning space  - a learning space for the children in the classrooms, for the use by parents for courses and workshops and for teacher-training.”
  • “A real positive of the buildings are the environmental elements, like the solar panels on the roofs.”
  • “The flat-roofs combine as learning spaces for the children.”
  • “The visual aspect of the ‘canyon’ space allows an open flow and interaction between teachers and children - one can see everything that is going on and the glass ceiling allows further natural light into the building.”
  • “The corridor spaces are very wide which allows group work to be undertaken in them and are seen as another learning space for art sessions, cooking sessions, and training.”
  • “We are able to promote excellence because the buildings are so crisp and sharp it enables us to model excellence in all we do as a learning and teaching environment.”


Neill Werner, head of architecture at Pellings commented: “A largely glazed roof means natural light pours down through the canyon, ensuring that even the depths of the school on the first floor benefit from daylight. It also creates a circulation function encouraging free movement throughout the school for teachers and pupils without the need for corridors. In addition, the canyon provides specialist teaching areas with far reaching views and dramatic top-lit central multi-use space.”

Due to the steep topography the school’s main entrance is accessed via a bridge that spans the gradient and links to the main entrance. The bridge is linked to a public, landscaped piazza that acts as a meeting place for parents and children. Although the bridge can be closed outside of school hours, the piazza is fully accessible to the public for use at all times, enhancing the school’s links with the local community.

Externally every inch of space is utilised – existing grass banks that previously had little function were removed and turned into an amphitheatre for arts performances. Classrooms open out onto roof decks that are used for external teaching, and have sweeping views of London’s City Airport. A “discovery trail” runs through the school’s grounds, which has been carefully designed to provide a variety of learning environments for pupils. 

Intensive consultation with staff and governors was an intrinsic part of the design development, where design potential was fully explored as a tool to meeting site challenges. An open-minded approach adopted by the senior management team greatly contributed to the successful outcome.  Community engagement was also critical, generating a true sense of ownership for local residents and parents.

The school was unable to close while construction work was undertaken, so it remained in full occupation while the existing school was demolished and rebuilt. Ian Collins at Pellings who was in charge of contract administration on the project explains this was achieved via a two phased approach to the work. “The first phase saw half the new school being built on existing free space – once this was completed children and teachers were immediately moved into the new space, while the existing school was demolished. We also installed and moved temporary classrooms around the site to suit construction as it progressed,” comments Collins.

He says there was continued liaison with teachers, to ensure that lessons and the people living in the many homes close to the site were not disturbed by construction work. Importance was also given to making sure site separation was given due regard for noise and safety reasons, maintaining safe emergency escape routes, and maximising demolition work outside of school hours. 

The school’s BREEAM Excellent rating has been achieved via intensive use of energy efficient features such as green roofs, PV panels, rain water recycling and passive stack ventilation.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich was the client. Pellings was the architect, town planner, interior designer and contracts administrator, the structural engineer was Gledsdale Associates Ltd and the mechanical and electrical engineer was Bailey Associates.

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10 December 2015


This week, Haverhill Research Park launched its new branding and unveiled new signage at the entrance to the park.

Together with the new entrance signage the suite of marketing collateral includes a “Big Book” over-sized A4 brochure running to 38 pages, a “Little Book” pocket sized version of the big book, an iPDF digital version for emailing to prospective clients and a new website.

Wayne Hall, managing director of design agency Impact, said: “The new Haverhill Research Park brand identity has been created to encapsulate the very essence of the region in discovering new horizons in science technology and research.

“The four coloured lines logo, represents the four development plot opportunities available at Haverhill Research Park. This highlights the possibilities that each occupier, who locates to the site, has in building a new business horizon for the future. Ultimately this is represented by an inspirational sun/horizon icon made from the four lines,” adds Hall.

The new signage comes at a time of significant steps forward in bringing the park to fruition.

Nic Rumsey, the Director of Jaynic, the developer of Haverhill Research Park, commented: “We are delighted with the new branding, which brings a fresh look to the park and comes at a time when exciting things are happening here.

“Last week we received enterprise zone status as part of the Cambridge Compass Enterprise Zone. We are in detailed negotiations on the funding of The Epicentre, our new innovation centre, and are in active discussions with potential occupiers,” he added.

The park’s “Gateway to Haverhill” location is within 17 miles of Cambridge and in an area of South Cambridge known for its business and technology clusters including bio science, electronics, advanced materials, software, printing, instruments, engineering and clean tech.

Haverhill Research Park gives easy access to the A11/M11 leading to Stansted Airport and London.

It is divided into four plots with planning consent for a total of 450,000 sq ft of business/research space. Full infrastructure is installed, with 30 acres of landscaped grounds, on-site amenities, and within walking distance of nearby shopping. The park provides prospective occupiers with the ideal work-life balance.


Additional attractions include:

• Tailored pre-let property solutions within 15 months

• Business rates relief of up to £275,000 for every occupier until 2022

• On-site pub restaurant and nursery with excellent local facilities nearby.


The Cambridge Compass Enterprise Zone will come into full effect on the 1 April 2016.

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8 December 2015


BERLIN, –Westinvest Gesellschaft für Investmentfonds mbH has acquired the office building at Schellingstrasse 1 in Berlin. The office building was completed in 1999 and has a total lettable area of approx. 18,500 sqm.

The purchase price was approximately EUR 85 million.

The seller is a subsidiary of Orion European Real Estate Fund IV, C.V., which is sponsored by Orion Capital Managers

JLL acted as exclusive advisor for the Seller in this transaction. Legal advisor to the Seller was King & Spalding. Legal advisor to the purchaser was GSK Stockmann + Kollegen.


26 November 2015


Reselton Properties Limited the subsidiary of Singapore Stock Exchange quoted City Developments Limited (CDL), and represented in the UK by Dartmouth Capital Advisors Limited, has completed the freehold purchase of the well-known 22-acre Stag Brewery in Mortlake, south west London.

This follows the acquisition of another CDL backed 207 residential unit development opportunity in Teddington acquired from Haymarket publishing Lord Heseltine’s Group last week. The 4.5 acre site was formerly the home of Pinewood Studios and is located one of the most prominent sites overlooking Teddington Weir on the River Thames.

The Mortlake site which has been sold by AB InBev is located in the London Borough of Richmond with a 200-metre River Thames frontage.

The site, which is widely accepted as one of the best development opportunities on the Thames, has the benefit of an adopted planning brief that promotes mixed use scheme which will deliver a major residential development, a new school, hotel, and other employment and leisure uses.

It offers an opportunity to create a completely new riverside residential quarter for Richmond with a new green parkland spine leading from the existing commercial centre of Mortlake to the Thames.

It is also just 200 metres from the rapid over ground train link to London’s Waterloo mainline station, making it an ideal commuting location.

Kwek Leng Beng the Chairman of City Developments Ltd , said “We will be opening the planning and consultation process with residents early in the New Year. We hope to achieve planning consent in the first quarter of 2018 and to undertake the scheme in two phases.”

This comes a week after the acquisition of Teddington Film Studios’ riverside site by CDL subsidiary Pinenorth Properties Ltd, which is also in the London Borough of Richmond, where planning consent has been granted for 207 residential apartments. Demolition is underway with the first release of homes due next Spring (2016) with construction complete in 2018/19.

Lord Heseltine’s Haymarket Publishing, the vendor of the Teddington site, is relocating within the Borough of Richmond and is contributing to the delivery of educational facilities in the Borough. 

The Chairman Kwek Leng Beng  says: “City Developments Ltd working with Dartmouth Capital has focused attention on the suburban London market in its search for best value and sees the London Borough of Richmond as one of the most desirable locations for living and working in London.”


13 November 2015


The first council house development in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for over 30 years has just been completed at Bradwell Street, London, E1.

The £2.7m development – constructed on a JCT Design & Build Contract - was designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, constructed by Bugler Developments Ltd, with multi-disciplinary architecture, property and construction consultancy Pellings providing Employer’s Agent and Clerk of Works services, and comprises twelve new homes and a community centre, for LB Tower Hamlets on the site of forty-three under-utilised garages. 

The development includes six semi-detached four-bedroom family houses, three detached four-bedroom family houses with wheelchair access and disability adaptations, and a four-storey building with three two-bedroom flats and a community centre on the ground floor.

The homes with disability adaptations involved extensive consultation with an occupational therapist to ensure the fit-out met the needs of the intended residents. 

All the properties are constructed with concrete beam and block floors; cavity walls with face brickwork, aluminium faced composite windows, lightweight internal steel partitions with plasterboard, timber doors and individual gas-fired boilers for hot water and central heating.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets Borough Council, John Biggs said at the opening that Bradwell Street is the first of 800 new homes they plan to build in the borough, but the priority is to build good quality new homes for residents.

All dwellings are fitted with acoustic glazing on the north site due to the location of the main London to Norwich railway line, and homes also feature solar PV on roof areas. The development also includes improvements to the existing public realm including a new play area, and the provision of a new community centre for local residents. 

Matthew Carr of Pellings said: “We are delighted to be able to assist LB Tower Hamlets in providing new homes for their residents and some of the families who are on the Tower Hamlets’ Project 120, those being the most in-need families identified in the borough.” 

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5 November 2015


Crofton, the Kent based building services consulting engineer with offices in Tonbridge, has won the 2015 Constructing Excellence Sustainability award category for London and the South East, for its role on the new Big Parks project in Peacehaven.  

Lewes District Council’s Big Parks Project provides a gateway to exploring the South Downs National Park. The £2.1m community-led project (funded by Southern Water and Bovis Homes) incorporates 30 acres and includes a central activity café, children’s playgrounds, new cycle paths, skate park, and sports facilities. In response to public feedback and the design team’s aspirations, this project is designed to educate and be enjoyed by all sections of the community, using a mix of highly visible renewable energy technology and durable low-maintenance construction materials.

The Gateway Café (previously an old Groundsmans maintenance building) is the Big Park’s main visitor attraction and its long-term economic viability is key to the client’s vision and success of the project. Even with a tight budget, Crofton agreed that integrating sustainable technologies was fundamental to meeting the project targets and these were given priority during the value engineering process. Both the M&E and architectural solutions ensure the café benefits from low running costs, energy efficiency and longevity and incorporates: a biomass boiler, fuelled with locally sourced pellets – a key visual feature to support learning, PV panels, a solar panel, LED lighting and solar shading with external canopies.

The original structure is externally insulated and over-clad with locally sourced sweet chestnut – a naturally durable, fast-growing, replaceable timber that optimises the natural thermal mass in the high-density masonry. All materials were chosen to not only reduce the carbon footprint of the construction process, but for their durability, reduced maintenance costs and potential for recycling.

Shaun Barkshire, the Crofton engineer in charge of the project commented: “We are tremendously proud to have won this award. The project provided good learning opportunities for the whole team and Crofton ensured that a junior engineer played an important role in delivering the project, developing experience and skills for the future. Representatives from other councils are visiting Big Parks to understand how to build similar sustainable schemes and acknowledge that it is a considerable achievement for Lewes District Council. An incredible 5,000 people attended Big Parks opening in March 2015, demonstrating the power of the two-way dialogue between the team and community and how engaged everyone is with the project.” 

Councillor Andy Smith, Lead Member and Project Board Chair at Lewes District Council said: “The board members and I are thrilled that Lewes District Council’s Big Parks Project won the Sustainability Award in the highly prestigious Constructing Excellence Awards 2015. The judges recognised the excellent community buy-in, engagement and considerable consultation and thinking about the long-term legacy of the park that provides a focal point for the community and facilities for local businesses to thrive. 

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2 November 2015


Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), advised by Pellings LLP, the multi-disciplinary architectural, property and construction practice, has completed the conversion of a former children’s home to create seven affordable properties at Whistler Walk on  the World’s End Estate, Chelsea, London, SW10.

The seven two-to-five person properties, with a mix of flats and two duplex maisonettes, are designed to maximise the use of space, natural light and window locations, and the layout of each unit brings together kitchens and lounges to incorporate, where possible, kitchen/diner areas. The space reconfiguration is in response to the residents’ expressed concerns of lounges and kitchens being located too far away from one another in previous schemes. Two of the units have been adapted for residents with a disability.

The units also incorporate built in storage cupboards and utility areas where possible, and have been finished to a private rental standard with built in cookers, extraction hoods and large feature ceramic tiles within the kitchens, along with stainless steel towel rails and feature tiling within the bathrooms. The large upper ground floor family 3-bedroom 5 person flat also has a separate toilet and utility room along with ample storage cupboards incorporated throughout.  

A bicycle storage area has been formed, along with bin/recycle storage, disabled parking, landscaping to the rear of the octagonal building, and additional external lighting has also been provided.

The building was originally designed as flats (residential accommodation), and was converted into accommodation for the children’s home in the 1990s.

Pellings initially carried out a full measured survey and produced an options appraisal with drawings for KCTMO, with input provided by a daylight/sunlight specialist. It then sought pre-planning advice, and won planning consent for a change of use from current Use Class C2 to Use Class C3 for seven residential dwellings which included a S106 agreement for local infrastructure.

Pellings was subsequently retained as Employer’s Agent to produce Employers Requirements (ER’s), and the ER’s were sent out for competitive tendering, with Pellings producing the tender analysis report. The appointed contractor was Keepmoat.    

The process involved engaging with both the Occupational Therapist within Kensington & Chelsea, and with the highly active World’s End Residents Association, who provided feedback on the proposal and previous schemes completed on the estate’s Greaves Tower.

Lee Glickman, Associate at Pellings said, “This project was an extremely challenging building to work within, due to its unusual shape and layout, and required a variety of skills from the project team to deliver the scheme to Kensington & Chelsea’s requirements. We are delighted that it has been delivered on time and on budget.” 

KCTMO Chief Executive Robert Black added:  “This was a challenging project, as we had to work within the constraints of an existing building’s solid concrete frame and this limited the scope for remodelling.  Strong teamwork between ourselves, the Council, Pellings and Keepmoat, our contractor, has helped us develop the creative solutions we see today.”


8 October 2015


Orion European Real Estate Fund IV, C.V., which is sponsored by Orion Capital Managers has sold the Shell-Haus, Reichpietschufer 60 in Berlin to Triuva Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, at a price of around EUR 80 million. The office building, with its total lettable area of 18,400 sqm, is subject to a long-term lease contract with the Federal Ministry of Defence.

JLL acted as the exclusive advisor and agent of the seller in this transaction. The legal advisor to the seller was King & Spalding.


18 September 2015


Octavia Residential Ltd, advised by Pellings LLP, the multi-disciplinary architectural, property and construction practice has completed the redevelopment of 35 lock up garages at Clifden Road, Twickenham, into two 2-storey houses, four flats and one bungalow for private sale.

Pellings was appointed by Octavia to provide Architecture, Employer’s Agent, Quantity Surveying and CDM-C services on the £1.18m redevelopment of the former garage block in Twickenham and, also, to obtain planning consent.

The scheme prepared by Pellings proposed a traditional, symmetrical development which would be in harmony with the scale and rhythm of the street scene and would not detract from the adjacent buildings.

Pellings partner, Joe Pou, says: “The designs sought to produce similar accommodation but in a style that was sensitive to the character of Clifden Road. Elements of the adjacent buildings in Clifden Road were analysed and a modern design was produced that reflected the character of the adjacent buildings without becoming pastiche. This scheme was approved by the local planning committee and was granted consent.

“The new building has similar proportions to the existing homes with a pitched roof and a degree of symmetry consistent with the traditional Edwardian style,” he adds. “In addition, window bays and dormer windows have been introduced with fenestration of traditional proportions to reflect the rhythm of the adjacent buildings.”

Traditional materials including brick walls, tiled roof and timber windows, have been used to maintain the traditional appearance of the street scene with a sensitive colour palette that is consistent with the street character.

The completed scheme fits naturally into the local streetscape whilst maintaining the appearance and benefits of modern housing.

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26 August 2015


ACR Investments has completed its £18m East shopping centre designed by Wren Architecture & Design creating a heart for Asian retail on Green Street, East London. The scheme is on the site of a former bus depot that had been derelict for 60 years, and is an innovative example of retail-led regeneration bringing a renewed vibrancy to the Green Street area at Upton Park.

The site is situated in a prominent town centre location, and had been earmarked by the London Borough of Newham as a location that needed to be redeveloped for an alternative use. East has addressed this issue, underpinning a thriving Asian community shopping destination which is already ‘on the map’, drawing people from both the local area and the wider Asian community from further afield.

The new 3,900 sq m retail hub comprises 37 individual, two-storey retail units along an internal covered street which terminates with a ground floor souk that has 17 smaller units. A food court on the first floor situated at the rear of the shopping centre acts as a footfall driving anchor, with six quality Asian restaurants and communal seating, recognising the importance of dining and socialising in Asian culture. 

East’s design typology was purposely drawn from an analysis of existing retail provision on Green Street, and to ensure it meets the specific demands of local retailers. Philip Wren of Wren Architecture & Design commented: “East’s retail space is tailored to the local Asian independent retailer market.

“Unlike many modern chain retailers, Asian shop owners tend to make maximum use of two storey retail units that allow for flexible trading, with window displays over two levels maximising the opportunity to show merchandise such as fabrics and fashion. East provides small scale units with double-storey shop frontages to the mall with a mezzanine set back from the front to create the opportunity for more theatrical displays,” he continued.    

Echoes of the Victorian bus station remain. Its original distinctive façade has been retained to preserve the character of the high street, local history and to emphasise the sense of destination. Internally, the roof consists of bow string trusses that echo the quality of the original bus depot roof structure, allowing daylight to flood into the arcade, and enabling natural ventilation with side louvres at a high level.

Wren Architecture & Design held detailed discussions with the London Borough of Newham during the planning process to ensure the shopping centre significantly contributed to the regeneration of the Borough’s town centre. Care was taken to ensure East Shopping Centre would complement, balance and act as an anchor to the existing Queens Market at the southern end of Green Street. 

East’s redevelopment meets the spatial regeneration objectives of Newham District Council, to deliver sustainable and cohesive communities. It achieved a BREEAM Very Good rating for its energy efficient features such as PV panels on the building’s roof, building fabric with enhanced thermal performance and energy efficient LED lighting throughout the scheme.

In the context of regulation of new buildings in this part of Newham, a BREEAM Very Good rating is considered by the local authority to be a significant step forward in providing well designed energy efficient retail units for this community.

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