A new community of entrepreneurs will be heading for Dublin’s docklands with the leasing of almost 10,000 sq. meters of office space on Ballymore’s prime Dublin Landings development to WeWork, the global network of workspaces.
The Dublin development - by Ballymore and their development partner Oxley Holdings – tops up the 1.5m sq ft of workspace already provided by the business last year, as well as jobs for over 5,500 people with residential, retail and commercial schemes currently under-construction including 7,000 homes.
John Mulryan, Managing Director of Ballymore UK and Ireland, said: “Our vision for Dublin Landings has always been to create a culturally rich, inspiring community in the Dublin Docklands area. A feature of our developments is ‘placemaking’ where we ensure that the buildings are integrated with the environment and public spaces and that they become the heart of the community.”
WeWork will occupy No 2 Dublin Landings on North Wall Quay, beside the new Central Bank of Ireland headquarters and the new head office of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). It is anticipated that WeWork will move into their new state of the art building by October 2018.
“The calibre of our Dublin Landings tenants, the NTMA, the Central Bank and now WeWork, is evidence of Ballymore and Oxley’s commitment to the creation of a vibrant new destination for Dubliners to live, work, and visit,” Mulryan added.
WeWork’s Exec VP Real Estate, Patrick Nelson said: “Our Dublin locations have proved fantastically popular and we’re thrilled to be expanding our portfolio by adding a further WeWork location, this time in the architecturally impressive Dublin Landings.
“This vibrant and modern part of the city is well-connected by transport, and the superb site on the riverfront will provide our members with opportunities to collaborate with a likeminded community of entrepreneurs and businesses as well as access to local shops, restaurants and other local amenities.”
The overall Dublin Landings scheme is a 93,000 sq. meters mixed used scheme. On completion, the site will house 270 quality residential apartments and Landscape Gardens and 2,000 sq. meters of commercial office space. There will also be restaurants, bars and retail outlets.
Ballymore is to be Principal Patron of next year’s Dublin Fringe Festival, the annual arts festival that prides itself on developing new talent
Dublin Fringe, which will celebrate its 25th year in 2019, is Ireland’s leading multi-disciplinary festival with events spanning cabaret, comedy, spoken word, theatre, visual and live art and music.
“It’s the agenda-setting festival of new work in the country”, said the Festival’s Director Ruth McGowan and “the place for artists to make their mark”.
She describes Dublin Fringe as “a love letter to the city” when a range of different spaces from streets, parks and civic buildings come alive with ‘high-quality art happenings”, and as she puts it, “stuff you can stumble upon” in your lunch break or daily commute, as well as performances in theatres, studios and cultural centres.
Around ninety per cent of the performers and artists are from Ireland and the remainder are international. Unlike many other arts festivals, Dublin Fringe is “wholly curated and handpicked by the programming panel” to ensure its message is always relevant, explains McGowan.
But one message that remains consistent is the need to ensure that the creative community is valued and supported.
“The city is changing very quickly and space is at a premium. It’s important to acknowledge that the creative community is a big part of what makes the city special, so we need to make sure that artists aren’t being forced out”.
“Having Ballymore on board will help us gain access to some of the city’s new spaces,” she said, adding it was “exciting” to be working with the developer for the Festival’s 25th birthday which she promises will be “a party to remember’.
Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, said: “The arts bring magic to a city. Dublin Fringe Festival brings an incredible energy and soul to unexpected places, much like our own Ballymore developments in Ireland and the UK. We’re honoured to be supporting the Fringe as the Principal Patron for the first time in 2019, and look forward to working with them as they champion emerging artistic talent to support grassroots culture in Ireland.”
The 16-day festival this September hosted 80 events in 26 venues across the city, attracting over 44,000 visitors and for many audience members it was their first experience of a live arts event.
Ballymore’s patronage of Dublin Fringe is a major step for the company and follows a number of significant investments in the arts this year, including the Unity Arts Festival, a creative workspace for artists at London City Island and The Line, London’s first contemporary art trail.
This is in addition to the new cultural quarter Ballymore is establishing on London City Island with the English National Ballet and the London Film School relocating there this year.
The most prestigious award honouring “an outstanding contribution to Ireland and the Irish community in Great Britain” this year goes to the Founder and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, Sean Mulryan
The former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Sir Anthony O’Reilly, founder of The Ireland Funds, were also honoured at a glittering 30th anniversary The Ireland Funds Great Britain dinner at One Great George Street, Westminster, on Thursday (Nov 29) evening.
Inaugurated in June 1988, the global philanthropic charity was launched 12 years after Dan Rooney, former US Ambassador to Ireland and fellow Pittsburgh businessman Anthony J.F. O’Reilly, created what was then The Ireland Fund in the USA to promote peace, culture and charity.
With chapters in 12 countries, the Ireland Funds has raised over $600 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,200 different organizations. Past honourees include Martin O’Neill, manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, actor Colin Farrell, singer songwriter Imelda May and actress Sharon Horgan.
“The anniversary dinner was an intimate event where we looked back on and celebrated our successes, in the company of our best supporters,” said a spokesman for The Ireland Funds.
“The dinner offered us the opportunity to re-engage and re-energise our donors and supporters and to demonstrate the impact that their generosity has on the Irish community both in Britain and Ireland”, he said.
Sean is renowned for his philanthropic work in both the UK and Ireland. He is passionate about sport and has sponsored his native county - Roscommon in Gaelic Football for decades.
He is also passionate about giving young people every opportunity to get the right start in life through education and has been very active in the communities where Ballymore have developments.
“Ballymore is getting creative at its huge residential developments in London by putting culture at their heart”
Donald Trump may have said the US embassy was moved to a “lousy” location in London’s Nine Elms, but last month that “horrible” site played host to a selection of British and Irish celebrities. Among them were the model Jodie Kidd, the Dublin designer John Rocha, former Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts and the actress Naomie Harris.
The venue was the marketing suite at Embassy Gardens, the 15-acre plot where Irish developer Ballymore is at work. As well as the US embassy, there will be 1,750 apartments, 20,000 sq m of commercial space and the world’s first “sky pool”.
The event was held to mark the unveiling of Rice Bowl, a new 1.3-ton, one-metre tall bronze sculpture by the Irish artist Guggi. Ballymore founder Sean Mulryan has long been a collector of art, and commissioned the Dubliner — a friend of Bono — to create the piece.
Speaking to The Sunday Times before the event, Guggi said: “I walked around here about a year ago with Sean. We walked around the entire site, and looked at the different sculptures. He asked me, would you want to be a part of this? Why wouldn’t I be? I was delighted.”
While all of the celebs were gathered at London Gardens for music and drinks — there was no excessive champagne swilling — other, less-known attendees were perhaps the real story. They were artists who have taken residency at another of Ballymore’s developments.
South of Canary Wharf, on a 12-acre site called London City Island, Ballymore is constructing more than 1,700 apartments — starting price £420,000 (€480,000) for a one-bedroom suite — in a collection of colourful buildings incorporating nearly 6,000 sq m of commercial space and 3,000 sq m of retail space. Its main aim, though, is to create a new riverside cultural district for the city.
“In recent years, we’ve decided to bring art and culture and the creative industries into our developments. We’ve done it here at Embassy Gardens. The biggest example is London City Island,” Mulryan told those gathered at the event.
From the start in 2015, Ballymore put the creation of a cultural hub at the heart of its strategy for London City Island. Nearly 17,000 sq m at the development is devoted to cultural spaces.
The highest profile tenants announced to date have been the London Film School and English National Ballet (ENB). Next year, ENB moves from its 40-year-old home at Markova House in Kensington into a new 8,600 sq m facility, four times the size of its existing home. There will be a 300-seat theatre space, dedicated education spaces, rehearsal studios and rehabilitation facilities. Residents of London City Island will become “friends” of the ENB, and already it has held workshops and participated in cultural events in the community.
There are smaller arts companies too. Arebyte, a digital arts gallery, moved from Hackney Wick to London City Island in October 2017, when its lease expired. The Woods Studios, a music and art production company, has also relocated from central London.
Ballymore has been reeling in tenants with low introductory rents. Part of its commitment to culture at London City Island was due to its planning obligations — the development is in an area of heritage and right beside Trinity Buoy Wharf, a community of artists and makers housed in a selection of warehouses and multi-coloured containers.
Yet the focus on culture made business sense, according to Hayleigh O’Farrell, Ballymore’s head of communications. “It’s a well-thought-out masterplan about how to make a place a good place to live before it has its first residents. It’s about spending a lot of time ensuring we have culture embedded in the development. For us, [getting the ENB here] was a no-brainer. By them coming here, it’s a catalyst for all the culture that follows.”
Ian Felton, a local artist, has worked from Trinity Buoy Wharf for 13 years. This year, he was brought in by Ballymore to open the Trinity Art Gallery at London City Island. He is working regularly with the developer now, and curated the two-day Unity arts festival in September which took place at London City Island, Trinity Buoy Wharf and Goodluck Hope, another Ballymore project under way. On nearly seven acres between Trinity Buoy and London City Island, it will eventually comprise 804 apartments, 2,000 sq m of commercial space and 235 sq m of educational space — all in gorgeous warehouse/New York-style buildings.
Felton says Ballymore has alleviated the concerns of many Trinity Buoy Wharf residents over a big developer moving in.
“The big fear was that we were going to get pushed off the edge of the island. What we’ve found ... a balanced cultural environment right throughout the island,” he says. “When you have English National Ballet up at the top, it’s a really nice counterweight to what’s going on at the other end with Trinity Buoy Wharf. Suddenly you’ve got this peninsula packed with arts and cultural activity. It’s extremely exciting.”
Nimrod Vardi, director of the Arebyte gallery, describes moving to London City Island as “a very good decision for us”.
“It seems like a lot of our audience is following us here from Hackney. Over 6,000 people have come to visit us in the last couple of months,” he says. “The move from an old space to a new space allowed us to be more ambitious and work with bigger artists. The neighbourhood here is still growing and we’re part of it. It’s very different and really good.”
For Dantae Johnson of the Woods Studios, the move has coincided with him moving into one of London City Island’s apartments. He says at the company’s old studios in central London, where it was surrounded by competing artistic companies, nobody wanted to collaborate as they wanted to keep their projects secret.
“When we had the opportunity to come down here, we thought it would be fantastic, and we have some really good plans for here,” he says.
London City Island certainly fostered a sense of collaboration — it is palpable. Yet make no mistake, for Ballymore, its commitment to the creative industries is an astute business strategy.
“It’s about investing in creative industry to ensure people want to live here and then you can sell your apartments,” says O’Farrell. “Since we’re privately owned, we can give commitment to the creative industries, whereas a lot of plcs ... have demolished creative industry and ended up with empty vessels — lonely developments where people don’t want to live.”
With an Irish company making such waves in London, some may ask why it cannot do something similar on these shores. Ballymore is building out Dublin Landings on the capital’s northside, but the majority of this is commercial.
Where something similar could potentially happen is at St James’s Gate in the heart of Dublin city, where Diageo plans to transform 12.6 acres of its brewery site into a mixed-use scheme. The setting, surrounded by vat houses, cooperages and brew houses, would be a perfect location for a cultural hub and trendy, attractive apartments to match.
Ballymore is down to the final four bidders for the contract to develop St James’s Gate, and while O’Farrell says she cannot talk about the bid, various conversations with Ballymore’s London-based Irish staff reveal that many of them would really love to get their teeth into a project like that.
It is difficult not to share their enthusiasm. A Ballymore project in a place that has so much history is exactly what this city needs —especially if equal focus is placed on bringing cultural organisations to the Dublin 8 site.
It looks like this could be the case — certainly if what Mulryan intimated at the Embassy Gardens event holds true. He said: “[Bringing culture and creative industries to our developments] creates extraordinary energy ... and excitement for people to live in the development. We intend to continue that through the rest of our developments.”
This side of the water, we can only live and hope.
The Unity Arts Festival in September 2018 was a weekend of exhibitions, installations and workshops celebrating the creativity and energy of east London’s most exciting new neighbourhood.
Combining three districts - London City Island, Goodluck Hope and Trinity Buoy Wharf – the two-day festival brought together 150 independent arts organisations, which opened their doors to the public over the weekend of September 22, and 23rd.
Festival Director, Ian Felton, who set up Trinity Art Studios 13 years ago said: “The appreciation from the public for the Festival has been phenomenal…we’re very optimistic we can build from here”.
在由BBC Newsnight主持人Gavin Esler主持、巴利摩主辦的有關奧運會持久遺產的小組座談討論活動中，他對台下200多名觀眾說：“這非常具有戲劇性”。他還說巴利摩集團是在碼頭區投資以及支持競標活動的“最先領頭的人之一”。
東倫敦工商協會的行政主管Colin Stanbridge也認為，奧運會“使焦點全部集中於倫敦東部”，“不變的截止日期”“ 壓縮了（倫敦東部開發）的經歷”。
附近Waltham Forest自治區的經濟增長策略主管Stewart Murray認為，倫敦東部許多社區的“生活和人生機會的轉變”都歸功於奧運會。而他所在的Waltham
殘奧會運動員、30項世界紀錄創造者、高級英帝國女勛爵士、目前任倫敦遺產開發委員會主管的Tanni Grey-Thompson女男爵閣下說：“對於我來說，親眼看到它的成長和繁榮就是一種轉變，我每次去那裡，都感到有些變化。有281個學徒崗位，6,000家新屋，另外1萬4千家已經獲得規劃許可，未來18個月修建4,000家新屋，East Bank將得到十億鎊的投資，BBC交響樂團、V&A博物館、The Smithsonian研究所、Sadler’s Wells劇院、Loughborough大學、倫敦大學學院都將在這裡落戶——這些正在改變人們的生活。”
在由BBC Newsnight主持人Gavin Esler主持、巴利摩主办的有关奥运会持久遗产的小组座谈讨论活动中，他对台下200多名观众说：“这非常具有戏剧性”。他还说巴利摩集团是在码头区投资以及支持竞标活动的“最先领头的人之一”。
前任Newham自治区重新开发规划主管Deirdre Armsby也参加了这个座谈。他表示，“伦敦东部这个地区宏大的场所营造”是Newham的功劳，奥运会“加速了潜力的开发，把这个地区丰富的历史放在聚光灯下，皇家码头（Royal Wharf）这里的开发充分印证了这一点。”
东伦敦工商协会的行政主管Colin Stanbridge也认为，奥运会“使焦点全部集中于伦敦东部”，“不变的截止日期”“ 压缩了（伦敦东部开发）的经历”。
附近Waltham Forest自治区的经济增长策略主管Stewart Murray认为，伦敦东部许多社区的“生活和人生机会的转变”都归功于奥运会。而他所在的Waltham Forest注定“成为伦敦第一个文化区”。
残奥会运动员、30项世界纪录创造者、高级英帝国女勋爵士、目前任伦敦遗产开发委员会主管的Tanni Grey-Thompson女男爵阁下说：“对于我来说，亲眼看到它的成长和繁荣就是一种转变，我每次去那里，都感到有些变化。有281个学徒岗位，6,000家新屋，另外1万4千家已经获得规划许可，未来18个月修建4,000家新屋，East Bank将得到十亿镑的投资，BBC交响乐团、V&A博物馆、The Smithsonian研究所、Sadler’s Wells剧院、Loughborough大学、伦敦大学学院都将在这里落户——这些正在改变人们的生活。”
談到皇家碼頭——巴利摩（Ballymore）與豪利（Oxley）集團在倫敦皇家碼頭區（Royal Docks）40英畝土地上新開發的3,500套新居，區長說：“作為紐漢姆（Newham ）一個新開發的社區，看到如此多的居民搬到我市的這個地區，很讓人感到驚喜，我歡迎你們所有的人，並且盼望著確保市政廳對你們所關注的問題做出回應。 ”
巴利摩（Ballymore）集团的总经理John Mulryan也对居民表示欢迎，并且说：“希望到明年我们举行夏日盛宴的时候，我们已经有了新的社区中心和新的码头，皇家码头的居民可以从那里登上泰晤士河快船（Thames Clipper）前往金丝雀码头。”
夏日盛宴期间，人们最喜欢的是精选的世界食品，从永恒的英式经典到泛亚洲美食。被Esquire杂志评选为英国最佳鱼条店的Kerbisher and Malt把海边美味带到了皇家码头，而许多家庭则直奔Born‘n Raised手工披萨而去，这里的披萨都是手工制作和烤制，而且是在一辆定制的路虎防卫者上烘烤和出售。
活動的原聲音樂由Robbie Boyd提供，他是倫敦的一位歌手兼作曲人，曾經在ITV的This Morning節目裡出現，還經常參加BBC Radio2的Graham Norton節目。當八人銅管樂隊Das Brass出現的時候，音樂達到高潮，這個樂隊酷愛搖滾、流行樂和放克樂。
這個慈善機構的企業合作夥伴官員Katherine Elvin表示，Richard House臨終關懷所是“一個非常開心的地方”，儘管“臨終關懷所的含義”會讓人聯想到“一個悲傷而且非常難過的地方”。她說：“我們還很積極而且開心——通過組織治療小組和活動會來支持家庭。這是我們工作的很重要的一部分。”
巴利摩（Ballymore）集团的总经理John Mulryan也对居民表示欢迎，并且说：“希望到明年我们举行夏日盛宴的时候，我们已经有了新的社区中心和新的码头，皇家码头的居民可以从那里登上泰晤士河快船（Thames Clipper）前往金丝雀码头。”
夏日盛宴期间，人们最喜欢的是精选的世界食品，从永恒的英式经典到泛亚洲美食。被Esquire杂志评选为英国最佳鱼条店的Kerbisher and Malt把海边美味带到了皇家码头，而许多家庭则直奔Born‘n Raised手工披萨而去，这里的披萨都是手工制作和烤制，而且是在一辆定制的路虎防卫者上烘烤和出售。
活动的原声音乐由Robbie Boyd提供，他是伦敦的一位歌手兼作曲人，曾经在ITV的This Morning节目里出现，还经常参加BBC Radio2的Graham Norton节目。当八人铜管乐队Das Brass出现的时候，音乐达到高潮，这个乐队酷爱摇滚、流行乐和放克乐。
这个慈善机构的企业合作伙伴官员 Katherine Elvin表示，Richard House临终关怀所是“一个非常开心的地方”，尽管“临终关怀所的含义”会让人联想到“一个悲伤而且非常难过的地方”。她说：“我们还很积极而且开心——通过组织治疗小组和活动会来支持家庭。这是我们工作的很重要的一部分。”
An evocative new sculpture, the first in the UK by the influential Irish artist Guggi, has arrived at Embassy Gardens – conferring another powerful boost to the cultural vibrancy of Nine Elms, south of the Thames.
In a fanfare event partnered with Harper’s Bazaar, the new bronze work, ‘Rice Bowl’, measuring 106x201 cms, was specially commissioned by Ballymore’s Chairman and CEO Sean Mulryan to take its place alongside seminal pieces already in situ at Embassy Gardens.
Those works include Florian by British artist Sarah Lucas, a marrow shaped sculpture inspired by the development’s proximity to New Covent Garden Market, and Modern Marriage, by rising British-Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara, comprising a large foot with a ring embedded in the sole, in keeping with the emotive and often autobiographical nature of Simon Fujiwara’s work.
The linear park sculptures reflect Ballymore’s longstanding commitment to the arts on all its developments. Prior to the unveiling, Sean Mulryan said: “I have a longstanding admiration for Guggi’s work and we are delighted that his creativity is now built into the fabric of Embassy Gardens.
“Culture and the arts are the foundation stones of our vision for Embassy Gardens, from the visual pieces on show today to music and dance that brings whole communities together.”
‘Rice Bowl’ by Guggi, who started life as the founding member of the Dublin cult band Virgin Prunes, is a deeply reflective work, inspired by the artist’s humble beginnings. The use of common objects is a central theme of Guggi’s work, who is currently enjoying a major solo show of new drawings and sculpture at Chateau La Coste in France until the end of October. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited worldwide since the early 90’s.
The event to mark the sculpture’s arrival - part of Bazaar Art Week - came just ahead of the opening of Frieze London and Frieze Masters, so was buzzing with a strong arts and culture milieu. People enjoyed a specially crafted menu by celebrity chef Robin Gill with musical accompaniment by Anna Wolf, a new singer/songwriter signed to Three Bears Entertainment, and World Heart Beat Music Academy - Embassy Gardens’ latest tenant.
The launch attracted an array of stylish faces, including the actress, Naomie Harris, designer John Rocha OBE, Dolce and Gabbana runway models, Viscountess Weymouth and Lady Kitty Spencer, British fashion designer Alice Temperley, model Jodie Kidd and husband Joseph Bates, singer Nicola Roberts, TV Presenters Natalie Pinkham, Sarah-Jane Mee and Pips Taylor, and contemporary artist Juliette Loughran.
The evening was concluded with a DJ set from Josephine De La Baume, the French actress, singer, director and model.
Embassy Gardens will see the creation of nearly 2,000 new homes, landscaped gardens, bars and restaurants and 130,000 ft² of shopping space. Future home to the Sky Pool, the landmark development will establish a totally new community within central London, wrapped around the new US Embassy.
For Ballymore people, charity really does begin at home. From cycling, to rowing, to abseiling, to football, charity heroes from company directors to hundreds of employees gave up their spare time over the summer to help raise nearly £40,000 for good causes.
“I love doing stuff for charity and it’s really good for the company in terms of outreach and networking,” said New Zealander Sophie Stretch, a commercial coordinator at Wardian and Goodluck, a major force behind one of the summer’s star events, the Ballymore Dragon Boat Race.
Ten special Dragon boats, equipped a drummer to keep time and a cox, and each crewed by ten Ballymore rowers raced the length of Millwall Outer Dock on the Isle of Dogs to compete before another 100 spectators on a sunny July 31 to raise more than £10,000 for Teach First, a charity that helps children from low income families fulfil their potential at school.
Sophie, whose Wardian boat came third (London City Island won), told how the initiative to get involved came after one of the head office directors, Terry Arnold, passed on a leaflet he’d picked up outside Canary Wharf station asking big businesses for support.
“Ballymore immediately pledged £8K for its own company-wide event and we went from there,” said Sophie who sent a round robin mail for volunteers. “It was a great day with a barbeque at the end and a trophy and medals donated by Teach First for all the competitors. We are definitely on do it again next year”.
While the Group “invest a great deal” in charity partnerships and organisational sponsorship, Linda Mulryan, Ballymore’s operations and communications director, said:
“We’re always impressed by the passion of our team to go above and beyond when it comes to giving back. Over the summer there’s been the most fantastic, creative means of raising funds for some very important charities. At Ballymore we’re always willing to support these efforts in whatever way we can, and it’s also a great way for us all to get to know each other a little better – whether that be forming a boat race team, running 5k, or abseiling a building!”
More hair-raising than rowing, the London City Island development team, led by Steve Tennant, raised £21,000 for charity by abseiling down Phase Two of the development to celebrate residents moving in.
The summer also saw John Richardson, who works at Goodluck Hope, raise £1,508 for a prostate cancer charity by riding the Grand Depart Classic – the challenging first road stage of the Tour de France. Dorota Krasnodebska, Ivan Bakovski and Henry O’Neill, who also all work at Goodluck Hope, raised £350 for an ovarian cancer charity by running the Vitality London 10k run.
And the second Royal Wharf five-a-side tournament played in Shoreditch this year, raising £5,200 for MIND – the mental health charity. The employees at the site have raised a total of £16,500 for local charities to date.
On top, the Royal Wharf team has been visiting local school as part of the London Borough of Newham’s Building Futures programme with team judging models designed by local children.
Construction workers on Ballymore’s Royal Wharf development in London’s docklands have won the Seal of Excellence for Site Management accolade at the national 2018 NHBC (National House Building Council) Pride in The Job awards.
Praising his team, project manager Joe Cashman said: “This award is a credit to everyone working on the site and is recognition from NHBC of the hard work we have put in as a team to make this site better in every aspect over time.”
The Quality award is awarded to 400 sites out of 16,000 active NHBC sites in the UK, 60 of which are represented in London and South East region. From those, 18 sites were awarded the Seal of Excellence - with four going on to be crowned regional winner in the categories of small, medium, large and multi storey.
“In the past year we have made great strides by first being put forward for a quality award, then winning and followed on with the Seal of Excellence award. To go up three steps in a year is a fantastic achievement,” added Joe.
“We must now push on as a team and look to achieve these awards again next year - with our new goal being to win the Regional award in 2019. It will be possible to do this by making sure we continue to improve the quality of works on site. A large part of this is getting consistency across the board on all aspects of the build. We are not there yet so we need to keep working hard to achieve this.”
Royal Wharf is a new riverside development east of Canary Wharf comprising more than 3,300 new homes, from townhouses, to contemporary duplexes and apartments.
Civic leaders, developers and town planners joined Lord Coe to assess how the Olympics became a game changer in the development of east London.
Lord Coe, the man who brought the 2012 Olympic Games to London, said “the litmus test” of the lasting legacy of the games was the massive building boom beyond the Olympic Park that had transformed London’s docklands 13 years on.
‘It’s been truly dramatic”, he told a 200-strong audience at a packed panel event on the enduring legacy of the games on the regeneration of east London chaired by BBC Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler and hosted by Ballymore, described by Lord Coe as “one of the first guys over the parapet” to invest in docklands and support the bid.
“I am not a town planner, I am not an expert in these fields – this is a room full of experts,” Lord Coe told the audience at Royal Wharf. “But for me the litmus test is the development that has taken place beyond the curtilage of the Olympic Park.
“The story quintessentially was not just about the development of that 520 acres – which is an incredible story – a new city inside an old city. But it is also when I come to these parts, which I do regularly, and see the catalytic impact of the Games. So, on the regeneration front, I think we got more things right than any other games since the Barcelona Olympics of 1992,” said Lord Coe, who confessed “an emotional connection” to the area as his father was born “streets away” from the Olympic Park.
Lord Coe recalled an early crucial meeting in the City to raise institutional support for the bid. “One of the reasons I am sitting here this evening is that, actually these guys – Ballymore - were the first to stick their heads over the parapet. The next morning, they were the first to say they want to support the bid, we think this is a really important thing to do, and then a few more came on board, EDF energy, British Airways, BT. But it took somebody to actually stand up and say how they saw this project developing.”
Ballymore’s Managing Director John Mulryan raised laughter from the audience when asked by Esler whether the company had been fearful of “the risks” of being the first “over the parapet.”
“Well, Ballymore had bought about 100 acres of land between the Royal Docks and the lower Lea Valley between 2000 and 2005, so when Sean (Ballymore’s Founder) agreed to support your bid, I think he had a slightly vested interest!”
But even before the Olympics, Mulryan said, “you had the parks on one side and the River on the other, so everything you needed for a community was already there.” Paying tribute to the global success of the Games, he added:
“For us what was interesting when the Olympics happened was that with people looking in from the rest of the world, it was such a showcase for British people.” The result was “we managed to get almost £3 billion in development finance across London in those three or four years after the Olympic games. London became an amazing place to sell. That sort of institutional investment is not easy to get and I think the Olympic Games played a huge part in that.
“You’re also creating new areas in docklands, which is very different to developing infill sites in west London”, explaining in his welcoming remarks that at Royal Wharf, “as well as 3,500 new homes, a new high street, a new Town Square, a new pier is being created…an incredibly ambitious project and challenge.”
Also on the panel, Deirdre Armsby, former Director of Regeneration of Planning at Newham, said the borough had taken credit “for some pretty epic place-shaping for this area of east London”, adding that the Games had “accelerated the potential and put the spotlight on the area’s rich history. And this development here at Royal Wharf exemplifies that perfectly.”
Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of the East London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, agreed that the games had “turbocharged the focus on east London – and that “immutable deadlines” had “condensed the experience” of developing east London.
Stewart Murray, Strategic Director Economic Growth, in the neighbouring borough of Waltham Forest - set “to become London’s first borough of culture” - accredited the “Olympic bounce with transforming the lives and life chances” of many east London communities.
Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE, now Director of the London Legacy Development Committee, holder of 30 world records, said:
“For me what’s been transformational is just seeing how it’s grown and thrived. Every time I go there, it feels like there’s something different. There’s been 281 apprenticeships, 6,000 new homes, there’s planning permission for another 14,000, 4,000 built in the next 18 months; investment in East Bank, it’s going to a billion pounds, BBC Orchestra’s coming, the V & A, The Smithsonian, Sadler’s Wells, Loughborough University, UCL – and it’s changing people’s lives.
“And it’s more than just the buildings, it’s about making sure local people are employed – 62 per cent of the people come from the local area, so it’s not just about dumping something and hoping it’s going to be fine. There’s a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.”
Ballymore has eight apprentice administrators working on its sky-high Wardian development. Here, one of them, Mo Hassan, explains why reaching the top has always been his goal.
Life for 20-year-old Mo Hassan has always been about getting ahead. Ever since he chalked up a record time of 10.4 seconds for the 100 metres as a teenage sprinter representing his home borough of Tower Hamlets, he has always strived to be top.
Now, 18 months into an apprenticeship with Ballymore as a young site administrator on Wardian London in Canary Wharf, he has won a prized company sponsorship to study for a part-time degree in construction at South Bank University.
“My aim is to become a construction manager – a high-riser, the King of the Heap of my street!”, said Mo, who has just completed his Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration and will spend a day one day a week at uni from September while continuing working to complete the twin 55-storey towers of Wardian apartments at 163 Marsh Wall.
“I am the eldest of four in my family,” explained Mo from Poplar, whose grandparents originally came from Bangladesh. “They look up to me to set the path so I always try to set an example.”
“I was good at IT because my uncle was a programmer and I was always looking over his shoulder. I was good at maths too - and running of course. At first I was interested in law but a careers advisor at Tower Hamlets College suggested I applied to Ballymore for one of their apprenticeships in the design team.”
His job today involves daily quality assurance checks on online ‘day files’ produced by consultants for ‘the package managers’, acting as a go-between on issues like, decoration, dry-lining, joinery and fittings.
“It’s a great office atmosphere with about 30 to 40 people working on commercial, fit out, façade, construction, design and management. Everyone makes you feel you are part of something. People never let you down and there’s always someone I can speak to if I have any problems. It’s really supportive,” said Mo, who is 21 in October.
“My line manager called me to have a word and offered me this sponsorship to go to university - which I saw as a clear opportunity to rise through the company.”
But it’s not all work and no play in the office. “We have days out - like go-karting which Ballymore organised and trips to see shows at the O2 Centre.”
Mo is one of eight apprentice administrators working at Wardian under the wing of sustainability manager Sicilian Sirio D’Aleo, who said: “Our apprentices need to be keen to learn, have a good attitude, to be punctual and to be interested in construction,” – all qualities Mo and his colleagues share in spades.
One of London’s prime new investment sites, the flagship office building at Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms neighbouring the new US Embassy and the ‘tech clustering’ at Apple’s new London campus at Battersea Power Station has gone on sale.
Over 80% of One Embassy Gardens, built to top design specifications by Ballymore Group, has already been pre-let to leading publishers Penguin Random House and DK Publishing.
“Nine Elms is one of the most significant regeneration projects in Europe, and Embassy Gardens sits at the heart of it,” said the Group’s managing director John Mulryan. “Fundamental to this mixed-use development was the inclusion of a landmark commercial building that was designed to the highest quality and design standards. It is a testament to Embassy Gardens as a new place and the quality of design for One Embassy Gardens that we have attracted two of the UK’s leading publishing houses.” One Embassy Gardens is being sold by JLL and Savills.
Simon Beckett, Director, Head of West End Capital Markets, JLL said: “Nine Elms is a dynamic market with significant continued growth anticipated from the newly planned Linear Park waterfront environment, the state-of-the-art New Covent Garden Market which is currently under development and over £1 billion being invested into new infrastructure – including a Nine Elms underground station connecting the area to the West End.
“The pre-leasing of 500,000 square feet of office space to Apple in the nearby Battersea Power Station with plans to create a campus there in 2021 reflects Nine Elms’ compelling pull factors and the importance of tech clustering.”
Barry Mangan, Central London Investment Director at Savills comments: “One Embassy Gardens is a landmark office building in the heart of London’s most ambitious place-making development scheme. One Embassy Gardens offers the first opportunity for income investors to gain a significant foothold in Nine Elms and benefit from high quality long-term income, low starting rents and associated overall occupancy costs, an advantageous initial yield and outstanding growth potential.”
The 156,000 sq. ft. office building is next to the River Thames in central London, offering exceptional commercial space over ground and ten upper floors with a stunning west-facing terrace on the 10th floor.
The landmark building, designed by Lee Polisano of PLP Architects, boasts spectacular views of the U.S. Embassy, the river, central London, the Linear Park that runs through Nine Elms from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station, and the 1,750 new homes at Embassy Gardens. The building is designed to a target BREEAM rating of Excellent.
The most ambitious arts festival to be staged in London’s docklands is planned on the Leamouth peninsular in late September bringing together a local galaxy of 150 independent arts organisations to forge “an incredible island of the arts.”
The Unity Arts Festival, on the weekend of September 22/23, will celebrate the creativity of one of east London’s most exciting new neighbourhoods when London City Island, Goodluck Hope and Trinity Buoy Wharf combine for the first time to put on some of the most innovative exhibitions, installations and workshops seen in the capital.
Drawing, oil and watercolour painting, music and dance, ballet, film and aerobics are just some of the activities that will be on offer in and around City Island’s gallery spaces, studios and workshops.
The Woods, a new music and dance studio opening at LCI by Three Bears Entertainment will join the Unity Arts Festival programme, putting festival goers through their paces with series of dance workshops and fitness classes across the weekend. The Woods will also host a photography exhibition by island resident Sokari Higgwe along with drop-in music production workshops and a choir drop in session.
Atropelos, a new exhibition at the island’s arebyte Gallery combines Brazilian graffiti culture with web-based visuals to form a modern commentary on the abolition of societal borders. And Trinity Art Gallery, an extension of Trinity Art Studios, will host a fine art showcase at London City Island, exhibiting work from local residents and the surrounding area.
For film buffs, Goodluck Hope will host Unity Arts Festival’s movie marathon in the renovated warehouse, bordering the Thames. London Film School’s brightest students, who will soon call the peninsula their new home, will host screenings of their latest work, with Q&A sessions on the motivations and inspirations of their work.
English National Ballet, who will soon be relocating to London City Island, will take advantage of the new dance studios at the development, hosting workshops and demonstrations. Meanwhile, youngsters will be able to explore the world of animation with London City Island resident Tim Allen, who will be holding children’s workshops, creating plasticine figures which will be then brought to life through the magic of animation.
The arts community at Trinity Buoy Wharf will open its doors with The Big Draw, a sketch crawl entitled Uniting the Island, a drawing and painting workshop which will take place inside and outside throughout the whole Unity area. The results will then be on show at an exhibition in Trinity Art Studios the week after the festival.
Another major attraction is that the Festival will coincide with The Line, London’s first dedicated contemporary art ‘walk’ showcasing works by Antony Gormley, Gary Hume and Damien Hirst, which begins at north Greenwich following the meridian to move through LCI where seven sculpture plinths have been installed awaiting new works.
“The seed of the idea for the Festival came after a visit from John Mulryan (Ballymore’s Group Managing Director) who dropped into my gallery with his wife and young family,” explained Ian Felton, who set up Trinity Art Studio in a Victorian pitched roof electricians’ shop 13 years ago.
“He loved what we were doing and invited me to discuss how we could form better links with Trinity Buoy Wharf. He described Ballymore like a huge ship - building 1,700 homes and very difficult to change direction. But through collaboration with an arts trust, he felt it would be a lot easier to manoeuvre and make things happen.”
The festival, said Ian, which would make for “an incredible island of the arts” represented “a huge leap of faith – a leap of faith throughout which Ballymore has been incredible enthusiastic and supportive.”
世界頂尖插畫參考書出版社Dorling Kindersley（簡稱DK）追隨其姐妹公司英國企鵝蘭登書屋遷移到Embassy Gardens一號，這個行動進一步鞏固了Nine Elms作為泰晤士河以南新媒體中心的地位。
DK宣布租用巴利摩在Embassy Gardens 一號的三層樓，該公司首席行政官Ian Hudson表示：“我們很高興跟英國企鵝蘭登書屋的同事們一起搬到Embassy Gardens一號。這個非常好的場所位於倫敦最讓人興奮的開發項目的核心。”
跟企鵝蘭登書屋一起搬入這個位於Vauxhall和Battersea之間、耗資150億鎊全新的開發項目包括Michael Joseph和企鵝蘭登書屋兒童書籍部門，這兩者此前都在the Strand。Transworld和Vintage分別從Ealing 和Vauxhall Bridge Road搬過來。
“DK搬到Embassy Gardens一號是對Nine Elms不同尋常城市更新的極好證明。他們和企鵝蘭登書屋的行動將會為倫敦創造一個新的媒體與出版中心，我們盼望著迎接新的客人。企鵝蘭登書屋是知名品牌，聲望很高，是一個非常理想的租客。
作為城市更新開發項目的一部分，Nine Elms有一個新的倫敦地鐵站正在修建中，這是Northern Line 延長至Battersea的一部分。
世界顶尖插画参考书出版社Dorling Kindersley（简称DK）追随其姐妹公司英国企鹅兰登书屋迁移到Embassy Gardens一号，这个行动进一步巩固了Nine Elms作为泰晤士河以南新媒体中心的地位。
DK宣布租用巴利摩在Embassy Gardens 一号的三层楼，该公司首席行政官Ian Hudson表示：“我们很高兴跟英国企鹅兰登书屋的同事们一起搬到Embassy Gardens一号。这个非常好的场所位于伦敦最让人兴奋的开发项目的核心。”
跟企鹅兰登书屋一起搬入这个位于Vauxhall和Battersea之间丶耗资150亿镑全新的开发项目包括Michael Joseph和企鹅兰登书屋儿童书籍部门，这两者此前都在the Strand。Transworld和Vintage分别从Ealing 和Vauxhall Bridge Road搬过来。
“DK搬到Embassy Gardens一号是对Nine Elms不同寻常城市更新的极好证明。他们和企鹅兰登书屋的行动将会为伦敦创造一个新的媒体与出版中心，我们盼望着迎接新的客人。企鹅兰登书屋是知名品牌，声望很高，是一个非常理想的租客。
作为城市更新开发项目的一部分，Nine Elms有一个新的伦敦地铁站正在修建中，这是Northern Line 延长至Battersea的一部分。
幸運島上30層高的道格拉斯塔是以詹姆士·道格拉斯爵士（Sir James Douglass）的名字命名的，他是英格蘭海岸上兩座最高燈塔的設計者——康沃爾海岸的艾迪斯頓燈塔（Eddystone Lighthouse）和希利島上的主教岩石燈塔（Bishop Rock）。
詹姆士·道格拉斯爵士於1826年出生於倫敦塔橋區(Tower Hamlet)的Bow地區，是領港公會（Trinity House）的首席工程師，這個特許授權機構在三一浮標碼頭有工作室，碼頭有倫敦目前僅存的燈塔，而且也是道格拉斯設計的，就在巴利摩集團新推出的河畔社區幸運島開發項目的隔壁。
塔樓由Allies and Morrison建築事務所設計，以這個地區特有的港口特色為基點，又融入了現代風格。每間公寓都有自己的玻璃和金屬屏風，展開之後它們會形成“冬季花園”，關上就會變成書房或者用餐和娛樂區。
道格拉斯塔樓的頂層是“燈籠屋”(The Lantern Room），這是一個共享的靈活工作區，背景是不可多得的倫敦環景，居民可以在這裡工作、創造和合作。
燈籠屋是1595俱樂部的一部分。俱樂部提供游泳池（The Water House）、斯堪的納維亞風格的蒸氣室（The Steam House）、裝備齊全而且有單獨房間和舉重室的健身房（The Sweat House）和商務中心（The WorkHouse）。
可供選擇的娛樂設施包括私人影院（The Picture House）和餐館（The Spice House）。居民還可以利用倫敦城市島的設施，包括一個室外泳池、業主俱樂部和島上特有的意大利熟食店和百貨（The Grocer）。
詹姆士·道格拉斯爵士於1826年出生於伦敦塔桥区(Tower Hamlet)的Bow地区，是领港公会（Trinity House）的首席工程师，这个特许授权机构在三一浮标码头有工作室，码头有伦敦目前仅存的灯塔，而且也是道格拉斯设计的，就在巴利摩集团新推出的河畔社区幸运岛开发项目的隔壁。
塔楼由Allies and Morrison建筑事务所设计，以这个地区特有的港口特色为基点，又融入了现代风格。每间公寓都有自己的玻璃和金属屏风，展开之後它们会形成“冬季花园”，关上就会变成书房或者用餐和娱乐区。
道格拉斯塔楼的顶层是“灯笼屋”(The Lantern Room），这是一个共享的灵活工作区，背景是不可多得的伦敦环景，居民可以在这里工作丶创造和合作。
灯笼屋是1595俱乐部的一部分。俱乐部提供游泳池（The Waterhouse）丶斯堪的纳维亚风格的蒸气室（The Steam House）丶装备齐全而且有单独房间和举重室的健身房（The Sweat House）和商务中心（The Workhouse）。
可供选择的娱乐设施包括私人影院（The Picture House）和餐馆（The Spice House）。居民还可以利用伦敦城市岛的设施，包括一个室外泳池丶业主俱乐部和岛上特有的意大利熟食店和百货（The Grocer）。
The Isokon in north London is a classic example of the quest for viable ways people can live together - a challenge that has exercised the minds of developers and architects for decades and continues today.
Understanding how to foster a sense of community is integral to the creation of new neighbourhoods such as those created in London by Ballymore. At the new Douglass Tower at Goodluck Hope, for instance, there will be purpose-built work and social space and a club with a gym, pool and steam room.
Ideas about the kind of communities we want to be part of have been subject to changing fashions and tastes over the years. But as the success of developments such as London City Island is proving, spaces where people can come together is a valuable ingredient when it comes to choosing where we live.
One of the very first experiments in urban living, the iconic Isokon flats in London’s Belsize Park, is still a model that’s emulated today. Sophisticated and progressive, this remarkably un-British development transformed how people thought about urban living.
Influenced by progressive architectural developments on the continent, Molly Pritchard, a psychiatrist, together with her husband Jack, head of advertising at the Venesta Plywood Company decided to abandon plans to build houses on the site and enlisted Canadian architect Wells Coates to design the Isokon, or the Lawn Road Flats as they were known originally. Built using reinforced concrete – one of the earliest examples in Britain, as was the ’gallery-access’ to the 32 apartments - the emphasis was on compact, thoughtfully fitted rooms. Kitchens were kept purposefully small as the original flats were serviced, with meals available to order from the staffed Isokon kitchen on the ground floor.
Attracting many distinguished residents after it opened in 1934, including the writers Nicholas Monsarrat and Agatha Christie, intellectuals, and even one or two spies, the Isokon became a fixture in Hampstead’s vibrant cultural life. Pritchard also set The Half Hundred Club, a supper club that allowed no more than 25 members who could bring 25 guests. They dined either at the Isobar, at Pritchard’s penthouse flat or occasionally at more exotic locations, such as London Zoo.
“If you try and think back to the mindset of when it was conceived,” says John Allan who as director of Avanti Architects was responsible for the renovation project and is now chairman of the Isokon Gallery Trust. “What Pritchard and Wells Coates were reacting to was all that clutter and excess we associate with those rambling Victorian houses, and thinking that the modern world was surely moving on from that.”
When the Isokon’s central kitchen was replaced with a café and bar named the Isobar in the late 1930s, designed by Marcel Breuer, this proved far more popular, attracting not only residents, but artists and intellectuals living in Hampstead.
“Almost from the beginning [the Pritchards] conceived the project as a collective enterprise,” says Allan. “He lived in the penthouse apartment and was a very hands on landlord. He knew everybody and surrounded himself with interesting people. That’s the kind of community he wanted to be part of and there was no shortage of interesting people around at that time.”
So important to life at the Isokon were the Pritchards that once they retired the Isokon began a slow process of decline, first under the ownership of the New Statesman and then Camden Council in 1969 and 1972 respectively. Now restored by Avanti Architects for Notting Hill Housing in 2004, the Grade I listed building has been refitted to a standard suitable for a new generation, while staying true to the vision of creating a distinct community in a central location.
“It’s a way of living that suits some kinds of residents and not others, but for the relatively minimalist, mobile professional, it can be very suitable,” says Allan, who with Magnus Englund and Fiona Lamb set up the Isokon Gallery Trust in 2014 and with a small team created the Isokon Gallery in the former garage. Since opening, the gallery, which is used for events and talks has attracted 15,000 visitors.
“We were very keen to have some communal, collective element in the project and if we weren’t going to have the bar back, we can have events and when we do, make sure alcohol is available - Jack and Molly would have approved,” says Allan, adding that the success of the Isokon restoration shows how well thought out and intrinsically valuable the ideas were: “If the latent value of the idea is still there, then that value can be retrieved.”
The Isokon Gallery has free entry 11am to 4pm each Saturday and Sunday from March through October. For further details please visit isokongallery.co.uk
London ‘s 2012 Olympics has been credited with kickstarting the regeneration of east London but more than 20 years earlier a rock spectacular made docklands a destination.
Jean-Michel Jarre’s legendary Destination Docklands 1988 concert on Royal Victoria Dock “heralded the start of a remarkable quarter century of dramatic economic change for east London, culminating in the 2012 Olympics” says the man who tried to ban it.
Speaking on the 30th anniversary of the ground-breaking ‘spectacular’ by the French musician composer, Labour MP for East Ham Stephen Timms, who chaired Newham’s Planning Committee at the time, said: “I tried to ban it. Fortunately, I didn’t succeed. It was a good event but the organisation around it was dire and there were serious and genuine public safety concerns. At one point we were being told that one million people were going to turn up on the edge of a very large dock.”
Timms, who went on to be Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister Tony Blair, added: “In retrospect, it was a great event – and the only time Charlotte Rampling (then married to Jarre) ever attended a Newham Council meeting!
“The concert created an atmosphere where people could see that there were clearly big opportunities on our side of London which had been neglected – it effectively changed the economic base of the area - and that change is still going on.”
Timms recalled that three major consortia expressed interest in the site immediately following the concert, but pulled out in the wake of 1990 property crash. Since then the area’s fortunes have continued to revive with developments by Ballymore at Royal Wharf to the south of Royal Dock and Goodluck Hope to the west.
Three decades ago, the Royal Victoria Dock was a deserted industrial wasteland.
Yet it was precisely this awe-inspiring desolation that persuaded Jarre to choose the location for one of his mesmerising musical extravaganzas – huge outdoor ‘spectaculars’ set against a backdrop of breath-taking synchronised fireworks, lasers and searchlights which had earned him international fame.
Like at ‘Rendezvous Houston’ two years earlier, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the State of Texas, which attracted a world record 1.5m and then at a concert in his home town of Lyon to celebrate the visit of Pope John Paul 11, watched by a million people.
“I don’t see myself as a conventional rock musician”, said Jarre at the time after surveying the bleak docklands landscape by helicopter. “I am trying to use images and music to tell a story and I try to use locations that bring together the environment, the architecture, the buildings – and the docklands are exactly in the spirit of this concept.”
By bringing the abandoned area back to life with a concert attendance which topped 200,000 - even if only for one wet weekend in October - it made people realise that docklands could be a destination. So what’s the ‘Destination Docklands’ story 30 years on?
Dominated by the massive old Customs House, the location’s architecture was ideally suited to Jarre whose concerts regularly featured projected images onto buildings. With approval from the LDDC (London Docklands Development Corporation), work started in earnest in early summer with the event planned to go live in September.
The floating stage on which Jarre and his musicians performed was built on top of four large barges, towed down from Newcastle and welded together in the dock to create an enormous stage of 40m by 30m, capable of supporting 250 performers, (including boys and girls from the Newham Academy of Music) and technicians as well 400 tons of gear. “Let’s hope this Frenchman can swim!”, a cockney welder chortled at the time.
Three large purpose-built 90m by 100m display screens had to be built, and one of the old silo buildings to be used as a backdrop was painted white. A set of 6000-watt projectors were requisitioned to create “a giant Chinese magic lantern effect” on the buildings.
Despite the steady progress on location, the concert seemed doomed when Newham Council’s Planning Committee, chaired by Timms, rejected the initial licence application over safety fears. Jarre felt “betrayed” and set about looking at tens of alternative venues from Dover to Edinburgh. But following negotiated improvements, Jarre eventually got the go-ahead to stage two separate performances on the weekend of October 8/9.
The concert was intended to show a history of the area, with tracks dedicated to the industrial revolution, the Swinging Sixties – with Shadows legend Hank Marvin - and the future regeneration of the area. The concert programme featured drawings of the redevelopment works due to take place in the years after the concerts, as did some of the projections on the building facades.
On the first night, poor weather threatened to break the stage from its moorings, putting paid to the original plan to float the stage across the Royal Victoria Dock. Wind speeds were so high that many of the 23 television cameras were blown over. On the second evening the audience, which included Diana, Princess of Wales, was soaked by rain and wind, prompting Jarre to quip to the crowd “Frogs like rain!”
The concert’s scale was larger than any seen in the UK before or since.
The tallest tower on Goodluck Hope honours Britain’s master lighthouse builder - famed for his love of heights and ingenuity.
The 30-storey Douglass Tower on Goodluck Hope, has been named after Sir James Douglass, the redoubtable designer of the English coastline’s two tallest lighthouses - the Eddystone Lighthouse off the Cornish coast and Bishop Rock, on the Isle of Scilly.
Born in Bow, Tower Hamlets in 1826, Sir James Douglass was chief engineer at Trinity House, the chartered authority with workshops at Trinity Buoy Wharf, the site of London’s only remaining lighthouse - also designed by Douglass - next door to the Goodluck Hope development, Ballymore’s new waterside neighbourhood.
Bishop Rock, known as “The King of Lighthouses” is the starting point for ocean liners competing in the famous Blue Riband transatlantic race to New York. Its twin – the Eddystone Lighthouse – for which Douglass was knighted, has been set to music by the London Symphony Orchestra and its beacon flashes every 10 seconds, visible for 22 nautical miles.
Commenting on the launch of Douglass Tower, John Mulryan, Group Managing Director of Ballymore, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of Douglass Tower. The building is a landmark feat of design and will transform Leamouth Peninsula in line with our work at London City Island. Ballymore is committed to preserving the unique heritage of all our development projects and we are excited to welcome new residents who value the cultural environment of the area”.
Designed by architects Allies and Morrison, the tower builds on the area’s distinctive docklands character but with a contemporary twist . Apartments each have custom glass and metal panels that can be moved to form ‘winter gardens’, which can be closed off to form a study space or an area for dining and entertaining.
At the highpoint of Douglass Tower is The Lantern Room, a shared flexible workspace where residents can work, create and collaborate with a unique panorama of London as its backdrop.
The Lantern Room forms part of The 1595 Club. Benefits include a swimming pool (The Waterhouse), Scandinavian style steam room (The Steam House), fully equipped gym with studios and weight room (The Sweat House) and business centre (The Workhouse).
Entertainment options include a private cinema (The Picture House) and restaurant (The Spice House). Residents will also be able to take advantage of the facilities of London City Island which include an outdoor swimming pool, resident’s club and The Grocer - the island’s very own Italian deli and restaurant.
Douglass Tower launches on September 8th when a number of units will be available to purchase with prices starting at £395,000. For more details visit goodluckhope.com
Ballymore wants to attract more women into its workforce. One of its ‘ambassadors’, Donna Keogh, explains why negotiating skills are now more sought after than strength if you want to work on site.
“There’s no job on site that women can’t do”, said Donna Keogh from her office at Embassy Gardens where she works as Construction Completions Manager. “And when it comes to banter I’m probably worse than some of the lads!”
Donna’s approach to her work has earned her the title of one of Ballymore’s ‘ambassador’ for Women in Construction, a national initiative actively promoted by the company, currently committed to increasing the already high proportion of women working on its construction sites - 71 out of 326.
“We have got there through a positive policy of attracting women into our workforce,” said Rachel Hawley, Ballymore’s Head of Talent. “We hope our policy achieving a mixed gender balance will help us become an employer of choice.”
Throughout her life Donna has always defied stereotypes. “I wanted to be a policewoman when I was growing up - but I was a foot too short,” explained Donna, from Dublin and one of seven siblings.
Instead at 16, she stretched her age to land a job as an au pair in London with a big showbiz family. “I wanted something more than the prospect of just being a mum. I wanted a career and a life. The move to London was a breakout”.
She went on to join home improvements retailer Wickes - “selling bricks and blocks” – eventually crowned the Face of Women in Retail and Store Manager of the Year out of 180 stores before moving to Willmott Dixon as a Senior Customer Service Manager. “I wanted to see what they did with the bricks and blocks,” explained an ever-restless Donna.
“Then I joined Ballymore in January 2015 as a Handover Manager, checking finished apartments before passing them to sales - and I loved it straightaway. It’s a very welcoming company, with so many jobs and paths you can take - and freedom to learn,” said Donna, who has just completed her NVQ Level 6 in record time – four months instead of a year.
“One minute you can be on your hands and knees inspecting a site, the next in the boardroom talking to directors of the client company.”
An average day for Donna starts at 7.30 and finishes around 6 or after. “I set up my team of four finishing managers, all men yes - poor men! Only joking. And no, I don’t boss them about. ‘Coax them about’ perhaps!
“I think it’s all about how you treat people. If you talk to people disrespectfully, you are going to get it back. And I wouldn’t ask people to do something I wouldn’t do myself – and they know and respect that.”
Her job chiefly involves picking up ‘snags’ - faults and imperfections - in apartments as the blocks gradually come on stream before they are handed over to sales. She is currently working at Embassy Gardens blocks B and C, comprising 80 affordable housing units, and then in block A, with 179 larger residential units.
Our interview takes place in her small site office, dominated by huge flow charts. Twice anxious young men in hardhats interrupt us. She agreed that “calm negotiating skills” were key to the job. “And because I have worked before in customer services, I can do it. I try to prevent a problem before it gets to after care”.
On women in construction, Donna said: “There’s no bar to women. It’s not a question of strength anymore because there’s no heavy lifting for anyone now with all the Health and Safety rules. It’s more a case that women have stopped themselves – but there’s nothing a woman can’t do on a construction site.”
As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, Glenn Howells led a tour of Royal Wharf, a new neighbourhood in the heart of the Royal Docks regeneration area
Developed by Ballymore & Oxley, Royal Wharf the scheme will see the creation of 3,385 homes for approximately 10,000 residents. The first residents moved into their new homes in early 2017.
The London Festival of Architecture is an annual event running throughout June. It brings together designers, architects and curators to share ideas on architecture and its impact on the capital. The theme of this year’s festival was ‘Identity’.
A huge turn-out to the Royal Wharf Summer Fête received a warm welcome from Newham’s newly-elected mayor Rokhsana Fiaz – who pledged to new residents that the council “will ensure they live in a clean, vibrant, safe and cohesive community.”
“As a new community development in Newham,” the Mayor said, referring to Royal Wharf, Ballymore and Oxley’s 3,500 new homes project on 40 acres of London’s Royal Docks, “it’s amazing to see so many residents moving to this part of the borough. I welcome you all, and look forward to ensuring that we as a council are responsive to the things that you are concerned about.”
John Mulryan, Ballymore’s Managing Director, echoed the Mayor’s welcome, adding that “hopefully by the time we have the summer fête next year we’ll have a new community centre and a new pier where Royal Wharf residents can hop on the Thames Clipper to Canary Wharf.
It had always been Ballymore’s ambition “to build a community here where residents will meet their neighbours and get to know each other,” he added.
And judging by the 3,000 or so who attended the Festival - held in the new Royal Wharf Park- “having fun and relaxing” was – in the mayor’s words - “just what everyone was doing.”
Meanwhile festival favourites ranged to a selection of world food - from timeless British classics to pan-Asian treats. Kerbisher and Malt, Esquire Magazine’s Best British fish and chips, brought the taste of the seaside to Royal Wharf, while many families made a bee-line for Born ‘n Raised artisan Pizza, handcrafted and fired from a custom-built Land Rover Defender.
For a taste of the east, Rainbo’s Japanese Street Food served up the best gyoza this side of Tokyo, and a selection of classic cocktails, Pimm’s and craft beers flowed freely at the festival.
The day began with free yoga sessions in the park, providing the great opportunity to embrace Royal Wharf’s landscape while taking in sweeping views of the River Thames.
The festival’s musical soundtrack was provided by Robbie Boyd, a London-based singer songwriter who has appeared on ITV’s This Morning, as well as starring on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show. The volume went up with Das Brass, an eight-piece brass band with a penchant for rock, pop and funk favourites.
Proceeds from the Royal Wharf Summer Fête went to the Richard House Children’s Hospice, a charity that supports 300 children and their families in East London “to lead as positive and happy a life as possible when dealing with a life-limiting health condition.” The charity organised a traditional fund-raising sports day at the festival with hula hooping to egg-and-spoon races.
The charity’s corporate partnership officer, Katherine Elvin said the Richard House Hospice was “a really happy place’, despite “connotations of a hospice” as “a sad and very difficult place”. “We are also very positive and happy - supporting families with therapy groups and activity sessions. It is a very important part of what we do.”
Nine Elms, extending from Lambeth Bridge in the north to Chelsea Bridge in the south, is by far the largest riverside regeneration in London. And it’s an area full of interesting things to do and see from the new US Embassy to the one of the best coffee shops on the South Bank
Born in the USA
The 25 metre Sky Pool is one of the world’s most eagerly anticipated construction projects and nowhere more so than in Colorado. The pool’s transparent acrylic material was manufactured there by Reynolds Polymer Technology Inc. The 58,000kg structure was then transported 1,500km across the US mainland, escorted by a specialist highway patrol. The steel is also US-made - by North Carolina’s Bradford Products.
Dining in antique splendour
Brunswick House, a Grade 11* listed building, stands in isolated grandeur as you emerge from Vauxhall tube. The house was bought by George 111’s brother-in-law, the Duke of Brunswick in 1811, after which it became a post office, then the headquarters of the Great Western Railway and a local working men’s club. It was bought 15 years ago by Ferrous Auger, founder of the architectural salvage and supply company, LASSCO, who also runs a restaurant and bar where customers wine and dine beneath a glittering array of antique chandeliers.
These days, some of the best coffee shops in London are found south of the river, in particular ‘District’, located in the heart of Embassy Gardens complex, offering great coffee, tasty cakes and healthy snacks.
Battersea Power Station
One of London’s most famous landmarks, the monumental industrial structure sat empty and crumbling until it was bought in 2012. The site will become a shopping, business and residential quarter - and the new home of US global giant Apple.
Down by the river
The recently opened Nine Elms Pavilion is a space for relaxing by the river, and to stage events and performances. Fabricated from copper coated water tank panels, the structure has a raised garden, planted with Hawthorn trees, grasses and perennials to attract local wildlife. The pavilion was designed by architect Studio Weave in collaboration with Churchman Landscape Architects.
The new American Embassy
Designed by Philadelphia architects Kieran Timberlake, the Embassy is the most secure, hi-tech and environmentally friendly embassy ever built by the United States and is full of art. By far the most dramatic piece is “The Constitution”, a huge, patriotic piece by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford that spans 32 canvases.
A choice selection of London’s most popular street traders is heading for Embassy Gardens market on Saturday July 28 offering an international range of mouth-watering produce - from fresh pasta to swordfish burgers, from cookies and fudge to Japanese gyoza dumplings.
Francesco Veltre of Streetfoodish picked the 13 stall holders for the market from 70 street traders who work with his company “according to variety to give the widest choice. And they are all independent traders and no big companies.”
“I believe it will be a great market”, said Francesco. “It’s a very good site and we have had a lot of help from Ballymore in promoting the market to residents and local families,”
So, who’s going to be there?
As people become more health conscious, the bread, cakes and confectionery baked with 100% wholemeal flour by The German Wholegrain Bakers Shop get quickly snapped up from the baking trays at the 10 London weekly markets where the company sets up stall.
“We are popular because people are realising that wholemeal is better for health because it retains the vitamins and proteins lost in over-processed white bread,” explained Susanne Wormstaedt, who runs the bakery with Alexandra Nestle. “We started five years ago because we were missing our German bread! We use old grain, spelt, kamut, rye and barley in our bread and don’t use sugar.”
Said Susanne: “It’s also better for the digestive system because you actually eat less wholemeal bread than white bread because it’s more satisfying.
“Also, we sell quite a few cakes without sugar – using maple syrup, honey and stevia leaf extract instead, as well as wheat-free cakes for people with an intolerance to gluten,” said Susanne, who bakes all their own produce with a home kitchen licence.
Entranced in his teens by Herman Melville’s seafaring novel Moby Dick, Italian Daniele Sergio named his wild fish burger stall he co-founded ‘The Pequod’ after Captain Ahab’s ill-fated whaling ship.
Arriving in London eight years ago, Daniele was already ‘a pescatarian’, someone who avoids meat. He learned his trade in kitchens and in London’s famous Borough Market.
“I have always loved the buzz of the Market, so decided to go full time as a street trader, serving traditional swordfish and tuna fish burger recipes, handed down from my father’s Sicilian family.
“We changed the recipe slightly for the English market, adding cabbage and hummus, and wasabi powder to give a tangy flavour. But the most popular are our tuna, avocado, mayo and salad cress burgers”, said Daniele, who co-founded the business with Leonardo Grassellini from Perugia. Both “go every day to buy fresh from Billingsgate”, before chilling the fish and preparing and cooking each day on The Pequod stall.
Hide Uno originally set up Juzu ten years ago with a street stall in Brick Lane serving Japanese hot food to Londoners who were quickly discovering a taste for ramen – noodle soup and gyoza – flavoured dumplings. “Both are very popular in this country, partly because they are healthier. The sources are vegetable based, not from animal fat as in English gravy,” says Hide who learned on the job as a sushi chef. “I had a takeaway shop, then a market stall and now do a lot of festivals as well, like Hyper Japan at Olympia and the Secret Garden Party.”
When Russian-born Natasha Rogoff lost her job at Lehman Brothers in the 2008 crash, she decided to swop a career in investment banking to a pesto producer. She began helping her boyfriend Giovanni Carleschi run his food business, Seriously Italian, and since then they have never looked back.
“Our pasta is very special, made in a very traditional Italian way by hand with a bronze dye but with flour, milk and beef – all milled and produced in Britain,” says Natasha, revealing that the couple – who now have two sons as well as a thriving Italian pasta business – plan to launch a special new brand when they debut at Embassy Gardens on July 28.
Embassy Gardens Market
New Union Square,
Nine Elms Lane,
Goodluck Hope will be hosting a weekend urban retreat dedicated to fitness and fun.
Gone are the days when breaking sweat in the gym once a week was all you did to stay fit. Today’s ‘wellness’ – a radical broader approach to a healthy balanced lifestyle – combines fitness with food, drink and even partying.
“Fitness started as being all about weight-loss and celebrity work-outs,” explained Shara Tochia, co-founder of the online health magazine DOSE - ‘the pleasure seekers guide to wellness.’ Said Shara: “Today’s 25-35 year-old millennial women tend to see wellness as ‘healthy hedonism’ - which can be anything that makes you feel better or happy – a workout or yoga, walking with your partner or sharing a good meal with friends.”
“People who may have spent a long time partying or drinking too much wine now seek the same high through yoga or a workout perhaps followed by a good brunch. It’s all about recreating those ‘DOSE’ highs - dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphin - but in a natural, healthy way,” explains Shara, who “side-hussled” a 15-year career in marketing as a part-time ‘spinning’ instructor before going into business 18 months ago with Hettie Holmes – whose pleasures, according to the website, include “a full-bodied Malbec.”
“It’s not so strict or puritanical. We have a strong party aspect in our programme with a lot of musical experiences holding spin classes in night clubs enjoying healthy cocktails.”
The trend for new developments to include gyms and swimming pools has been driven by demand: more people are prioritising health and quality of living as a way of mitigating the effects of the daily urban grind.
“Ballymore has been very kind to let us have the garage space and marketing suite at Goodluck Hope for a special ‘urban retreat’ event taking place on the Saturday and Sunday morning of July 21-22.
“We are sending out an invitation to our subscribers to join our HIIT ( Hi-Intensity Interval Training) session, followed by a yoga class overlooking the O2 Centre and coming back for a good healthy brunch”, said Shara.
Yoga has long been one of the best options for dealing with the stresses of life because in today’s “stressed out social media world people need a place where they can learn to breathe and find a moment’s peace”, said Shara, who predicted the next trend would be for ‘meditation’ – with a big focus on apps where “you pay to sit still”.
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The capital’s largest free contemporary arts festival is heading south of the river with a dozen internationally renowned artists exhibiting in new and iconic locations from the Hayward Gallery through Nine Elms to Battersea Power Station.
The festival, on July 7th from 6pm to 4am the following morning, has been curated by Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff to coincide with the institution’s 50th anniversary. Ralph Rugoff said: “Stretching across a deeply interesting part of the city that is being rapidly redeveloped, Art Night will showcase extraordinary performances, installations and films.”
The art works question the emotional and political meanings of ‘home’ – residency, security and even the quest to live on other planets.
Embassy Gardens residents have been invited to take part in the ‘London Procession’, a large-scale participatory performance choreographed by Italian dancer Marinella Senatore, beginning at Battersea Power Station and moving north throughout the night culminating in a finale at the Hayward Gallery.
“Have you got a secret talent?”, EG residents are being asked. “Are you part of a group or organisation? Do you play an instrument? Do you sing in the shower? Take part in this artwork, which will consist of a series of performances by residents alongside dancers, musicians, athletes and many more!”.
Also at Embassy Gardens is Happily Contained, by Chinese artist Miao Ying, her first work using virtual reality technology which promises to “defy the laws of gravity” by inviting audiences to take part in ‘lifestyle hypnotism’ described as virtual journey in search of utopia and contemporary ideas of home.
The wider festival programme features new commissions by artists such as Turner Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton who will transform parts of Battersea Power Station with a new augmented reality experience to take place alongside her recently unveiled Tate Britain 2018 Commission.
Lara Favaretto will present her installation I poveri sono matti for the last time. The work - a red and blue gypsy caravan lit from the inside and emitting a recording of the popular World War II-era polka, Rosamunde - will be suspended from a crane in Nine Elms and Dwelling.
A video work by Tawianese artist Yuan Goang-Ming shows a comfortably furnished living room exploding in slow motion while Turner prize-winner Jeremy Deller will be presenting a new performance in his second collaboration with the Melodians Steel Orchestra.
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Birmingham’s new Three Snowhill office development, the largest speculative city-centre scheme outside London, has topped out - with a touch of gold.
The milestone was marked when trainee sub-contractor Matt Alcock inserted a golden bolt into a steel girder at the highest point of the building - by M&G Real Estate, the property investment arm of Prudential and development partner Ballymore.
Attending the ceremony, Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr Ian Ward said Three Snowhill “embodies Birmingham’s growing confidence.
“The Birmingham skyline is going through a dramatic change,” said Cllr Ward. “The city is humming with the noise of regeneration. Looking at the number of major development projects, it is clear the city is undergoing a massive transformation.
“The whole Snowhill estate is part of new Birmingham and the topping out of Three Snowhill represents more than simply a landmark moment for a fantastic new building, it also typifies a confident and ambitious Birmingham; a city that is quite literally on the up.”
The 420,000 sq ft, 17-storey development - now less than a year away from completion - will be the only new top-quality Grade A office space in Birmingham in the first half of 2019.
Mr Alcock, a subcontractor for BAM Construction, is undertaking a Finishes and Interiors Sector course before a two-year apprenticeship, having previously been unemployed. He is one of 27 new staff who BAM took on to work on Three Snowhill, alongside more than 200 staff at the site. In total, more than 400 jobs have been supported by the construction work.
Three Snowhill, the final building on the four-acre Snowhill estate, will complete an attractive new gateway to Birmingham’s thriving central business district. Its flexible floorplates, suitable for a range of work styles and reflecting the latest in office design, will enable fit-out designers to create unique workplaces.
Ballymore’s Richard Probert, Project Director at Three Snowhill, who has worked on the estate since 2003, said: “When Three Snowhill completes we will have transformed a long-derelict site at the gateway to the city centre, which enabled the Metro city centre extension with the viaduct across the site and delivered nearly 1m sq ft of prime office space set in more than three acres of new public realm, including the St Chad’s open space, the Winter Garden, Colmore Square piazza and water feature and the Metro viaduct and boulevard, alongside Europe’s longest green wall.
Aaron Pope, Director, Asset Management at M&G Real Estate, added: “Our investment in Three Snowhill is a sign of our confidence in Birmingham. The arrival of HS2 will further boost the £110 billion regional economy, and support further inward investment and job creation.
Ballymore’s mission for ‘place-making’ won national industry recognition for the second year running by walking away with the Best Place-Making Marketing Campaign for its pioneering development at Goodluck Hope.
In its submission, the developer said: “Throughout Ballymore’s place-making marketing campaign, the aim has been to transform Leamouth Peninsula and in particular Goodluck Hope into a new riverside neighbourhood where people would want to live, work and explore.
“Utilising the riverside location and local amenities including the Faraday School, the extension of the Thames Clipper route, The Brick Brewery and the thriving artistic community at Trinity Buoy Wharf, all located adjacent to Goodluck Hope has meant Goodluck Hope has been popular with the target audience of young professionals and families.
“Ballymore’s legacy on the island, having created London City Island, has already set firm foundations securing the London Film School and English National Ballet that has led to the expansion of the site’s target audience to those interested in a place to be immersed in high quality art and culture.”
London City Island won the same category last year in the Property Marketing Awards, organised by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors with Estates Gazette, for “the campaign which most effectively promotes a place, e.g. a town or city, a high street or town centre, a business park or a Business Improvement.”
The winners in each of the 13 PMA categories were revealed by broadcaster Sophie Raworth at the awards ceremony in London last night.
Thomas Brown, chair of the PMA judges, an independent panel of marketing professionals, said: “The property industry is full of fascinating projects and excellent marketing campaigns, so reviewing the entries and creating a shortlist is never an easy task for the judges.”
The latest award comes after Ballymore was crowned Developer of the Year at the 2018 Property Awards, the property industry’s ‘Oscars’, saluting “an epic year for the business,” and confirms “the ambitious vision to create a mini-metropolis built on connectivity and integration” of Ballymore’s founder and CEO Sean Mulryan.
Goodluck Hope by Ballymore is a new riverside neighbourhood comprising of 804 homes located directly on the River Thames at the historic Leamouth Peninsula.
Further to winning this award, Goodluck Hope also received the Public Spaces Award at the New London Architecture awards.
What is it about East London that makes it a byword for creativity and cool and the capital’s fastest growing neighbourhood?
Ballymore’s Sales Director, Jenny Steen kicked off a high-powered panel discussion on the future of East London by declaring it a “hub of creativity, innovation and change”.
Organised by Bisnow, the breakfast event was held at Goodluck Hope’s warehouse marketing suite and attended by over 180 industry professionals.
Opening the discussion, Tony Travers of the LSE asked each panel member where they would live if they could choose anywhere in the world and East London received a resounding endorsement.
Tim Reeve, the V&A’s Chief Operating Officer said: “If the V&A could choose only one site today, we would be based in East London because it’s where the audience we were founded to serve live”.
Laura Gander-Howe, Director of Public Engagement & Culture at UAL said the London College of Fashion’s move to Stratford would allow it find new audiences and students and would also connect it to “ the heritage of fashion” – a reference to the East End’s role in London’s clothing industry from Huguenot silk weavers to Bangladeshi sari suppliers
But for the V&A, added Reeve, which will occupy a new building in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, it was precisely the lack of cultural institutions in East London that made the museum’s move so exciting.
He explained that the area had “not been served by national institutions” but this was now changing, thanks in part to the role played by Ballymore in bringing both English National Ballet and The London Film School to London City Island.
All the speakers agreed that the ‘creative economy’ was not only important for East London but “is one of the success stories of the UK economy right now”.
Peter Robinson, principal of property investors Crosstree, said: “The reason we like East London is that it’s a very dynamic mixed use area, and this is what entrepreneurs and tech companies look for in an area.”
Jacob Loftus, founder and CEO of General Projects pointed out that 10 or 15 years ago office locations were determined by what was convenient for the CEO but now keeping staff happy is “the number one driver… historically it was west (London) but now the paradigm is inverting quite significantly because East London is a more interesting place to be”, he said.
The panel agreed that while East London has traditionally suffered from prejudice, mainly because it was poor and industrial, “attitudes are changing,” said Roger Black, and the area is “now a land of opportunity”.
Tony Travers asked the panel, with so much development taking place, how it thought different communities could be bound together.
Robert Wolstenholme, founder of Trilogy Property, said it was important to “think beyond the building and think about the people and how to bring them together in a creative way”.
In Black’s view this lies at the heart of successful placemaking and is one of Ballymore’s guiding principles. “Buildings are just a back drop and it’s social infrastructure that binds us together,” he said.
Royal Wharf to be the focus for Ballymore & Oxley’s event for the London Festival of Architecture
Architects Mae, Serie Architects and Glenn Howells Architects will explore what gives a place identity and why London is always being re-invented at a special London Festival of Architecture event at Royal Wharf.
Royal Wharf, on the north bank of the Thames is steeped in history. Part of the Royal Docks regeneration area and formerly Minoco Wharf, it was originally riverside marshes before becoming part of the world’s biggest port in the 19th century.
The development by Ballymore and Oxley will see the area transformed into a new community for approximately 10,000 residents. The first residents moved into their new homes in early 2017
The event will begin with a tour of Royal Wharf led by Glenn Howells of Glenn Howells Architects followed by presentations by Alex Ely of Mae Architects and Chris Lee of Serie Architects. Each will explain how understanding the history of the site and the wider context of London’s ‘great estates’ have shaped the architecture.
Mae’s building at Royal Wharf reflects the geology of the riverbank. The 14-storey building has a textured façade inspired by oyster shells discovered in the excavation of dock walls.
In contrast, Serie Architects building references classical architecture and Nash terraces. Finally, Glenn Howells Architects has taken inspiration from both Docklands warehouses and the historic squares of east London.
The London Architecture Festival is an annual citywide event whose theme this year is ‘identity’.
The festival director Tamsie Thomson said “ London is the best city on earth – made more so thanks to its gloriously maddening, diverse and eclectic character but what defines the city and therefore the identity of those who live in it?”
The tour ends at the Marketing Suite designed by HAL Architects an elegant, minimal box in dark metal and clear and frosted glass that offers sweeping views of Greenwich Peninsula and the Thames Barrier.
The event will begin at Pontoon Dock DLR station at 6.30pm, followed by a tour, drinks and presentations at the Royal Wharf marketing suite.
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The vision to transform Embassy Gardens into London’s newest cultural hub took a major step forward with the choice of World Heart Beat Music Academy as the development’s key cultural anchor.
Selected from 42 organisations by Wandsworth Council and EcoWorld Ballymore to become the area’s newest cultural tenants, World Heart Beat’s new creative space at Embassy Gardens will include a 110-seat auditorium and state-of-the-art educational, recording and broadcasting facilities opening next year.
World Heart Beat is an award-winning music charity committed to bridging cultural, political, economic and linguistic barriers through music. Its Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation status reflects its key role in teaching musical excellence to a highly diversing young community.
Students are taught, mentored and nurtured by top professionals – with no cost. Since 2002, World Heart Beat has motivated over 1,000 children to learn and play music.
World Heart Beat Founder Sahana Gero said: “Embassy Gardens is going to elevate us to a completely new level. It means that our concept for changing the lives of the next generation of raw talent through music education can become a reality for much greater numbers than we can reach currently.”
Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, said: “I am delighted to welcome World Heart Beat to Nine Elms, the second cultural anchor to be announced. Art and culture is at the heart of our vision for Nine Elms and World Heart Beat are well known for championing music education of all kinds to young people in the borough.
“I am proud that the Council has played its part it helping to nurture this very popular and well respected local organisation and the move to Nine Elms will open their services up to residents in Battersea and beyond. This will contribute to creating a vibrant hub of activity in the developing Embassy quarter – helping to link communities, new and existing, across the Nine Elms area.”
Sean Mulryan, CEO of Ballymore Group said: “World Heart Beat moving to Embassy Gardens is demonstrative of our commitment to creating vibrant new neighbourhoods and we believe the new performance space will become a musical hub for young people of all backgrounds.”
Commenting on the development’s newest cultural tenant, Dato’ Teow Leong Seng, President and CEO of EcoWorld International said: “EcoWorld Ballymore is delighted to welcome World Heart Beat to Embassy Gardens. We hope that this meaningful partnership will allow more children to thrive through creating and playing music.”
With almost a quarter of their £2 million fundraising target already achieved, World Heart Beat are still seeking further investment through major grants, donations, sponsorships and performance events. Discover more about the World Heart Beat Music Academy at www.worldheartbeat.org.
巴利摩集團被授予房地產業的“奧斯卡” ——2018年年度開發商獎，迎接“公司偉大的一年” 。
巴利摩集團還因為在London City Island進行的重建工作獲得了場所營造獎，這樣在倫敦的Grosvenor House舉行的聲譽顯赫的Property Week頒獎儀式上，該公司引人注目的取得了兩項第一。
巴利摩集團去年的營業額顯著增長，從2016年的5.55億鎊增長到近7億鎊，London City Island、Royal
Wharf、Embassy Gardens和Wardian這幾個關鍵開發工作同步進行，隨著Goodluck Hope於6月的開盤發售，巴利摩集團的業績達到了這一年的最高峰。
巴利摩在2017年的顯著成績是Goodluck Hope，這是一個具有先鋒性和雄心勃勃的城市發展開發項目，目的在於將整個地區轉變成倫敦東部文化和創意中心，毗鄰London City Island，這裡也將是英格蘭國家芭蕾舞團和倫敦電影學院的所在地。
巴利摩集团被授予房地产业的“奥斯卡” ——2018年年度开发商奖，迎接“公司伟大的一年” 。
巴利摩集团还因为在London City Island进行的重建工作获得了场所营造奖，这样在伦敦的Grosvenor House举行的声誉显赫的Property Week颁奖仪式上，该公司引人注目的取得了两项第一。
巴利摩集团去年的营业额显著增长，从2016年的5.55亿镑增长到近7亿镑，London City Island、Royal
Wharf、Embassy Gardens和Wardian这几个关键开发工作同步进行，随着Goodluck Hope于6月的开盘发售，巴利摩集团的业绩达到了这一年的最高峰。
巴利摩在2017年的显著成绩是Goodluck Hope，这是一个具有先锋性和雄心勃勃的城市发展开发项目，目的在于将整个地区转变成伦敦东部文化和创意中心，毗邻London City Island，这里也将是英格兰国家芭蕾舞团和伦敦电影学院的所在地。
In bright sunshine with hardly a gust of wind, the newly built Trinity Buoy Wharf pontoon was gently craned into place watched by a crowd of locals including residents of London City Island.
For ‘islanders’, the afternoon had particular significance.
While there’s been a pier at Trinity Buoy Wharf for over 40 years, it wasn’t designed to take Thames Clippers- the river bus service that operates commuter services between eastern and central London as well as a tourist service.
John Burton, project manager at TBW said the new pier was an “important infrastructural step”. He said “We have provided a bigger space so Thames Clippers, which will manage the pier, can have engineers, storage, an office and so on but it also means more people can arrive here by boat.”
Trinity Buoy Wharf has a range of spaces for hire including The Electrician’s Shop, a 19th Century industrial building and the 18th Century Drawing Studio. Both are popular wedding venues with guests often choosing to arrive by boat.
The 600 tonne pontoon will now be towed down the river to the Royal Docks so it can be pumped with concrete for ballast. Once back at TBW a new bridge will connect the pontoon to the Thames bank.
Photographer Sokari Higgwe, who lives on London City Island said the new pier was “a very exciting, very historic moment which I wanted to be part of”.
The Thames Clippers will service the peninsular including LCI and Goodluck Hope together with a stop at Ballymore’s Royal Wharf.
Fashionistas descended on London City Island for the opening of an exhibition showcasing work by students of the Fashion Business School at the London College of Fashion, UAL.
The exhibition called #FashionMeansBusiness was the brainchild of Rob Lakin, Creative Director of the Fashion Business School. Mr Lakin said he’s been “excited about the possibilities of exhibiting at London City Island because of the demographic and because it aligns with our move to east London”.
The London College of Fashion, UAL is currently spread over five sites but from 2021 the college will move to a new building on Stratford Waterfront, part of the new Cultural and Education Quarter at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The new building, designed by Allies & Morrison, will house upwards of 5,500 fashion students and 500 staff over 30,000 m², bringing six specialist disciplines under one roof for the first time.
“East makes sense for us. The Olympics created this environment we wanted to move in to and London is shifting east so by coming to London City Island we are building our footprint and building new relationships to support the move” says Mr Lakin.
East London has long been home to some of the capital’s best-loved designers but the fashion business is changing, he explains. While the ‘business’ of fashion has always been seen as the drier side of the industry, the evolution of tech and media means that fledgling fashion designers can launch a brand much more easily.
“They can now use social media to for comms and marketing and distribution. There’s so much potential” he says.
And it has helped shift fashion from its traditional centres.
“The idea of fashion having centres like Milan or Paris is dissolving but certain cities have a zeitgeist and there is something about London which is not just to do with fashion, it’s a melting pot and an assemblage of ideas and London will always have that creativity and innovation”.
John Mulryan, Managing Director of Ballymore Group, said: “#FashionMeansBusiness is the latest in a long line of exhibitions hosted on the island, a trend which we very much hope to continue. Our collaboration with London College of Fashion and arebyte is indicative of the creative appeal of east London and we are pleased to be at the heart of this cultural shift”.
The collaboration with arebyte and London College of Fashion, UAL ran from 25th – 29th April 2018, presenting student and graduate work from across all facets of the Fashion Business School.
Ballymore was crowned Developer of the Year at the 2018 Property Awards, the property industry’s ‘Oscars’, saluting “an epic year for the business.”
The accolade endorses Ballymore – which has just celebrated its 35th year this year - as one of London and the UK’s most active and pioneering developers through its unswerving focus on design quality allied to a commitment to energising communities through arts and culture and ‘place making’.
So in a remarkable double first at the prestigious Property Week awards at London’s Grosvenor House, the company also walked away with the top award for Place Making for the transformative regeneration of London City Island.
Ballymore Group’s turnover increased significantly last year to almost £700m, up from £555m in 2016 - with work growing apace at key developments at London City Island, Royal Wharf, Embassy Gardens and Wardian, while the pinnacle of Ballymore’s year came in June with the launch of Goodluck Hope.
In its submission, the company recorded 2017 as “quite simply an epic era for the business.”
Picking up the award last night ( April 17th) John Mulryan, managing director of Ballymore UK said: “We are delighted our developments have been recognised and celebrated for their great quality, strong vision of a place, bold design, coupled with a rich programme of cultural and creative activity.”
Ballymore’s significant achievement in 2017 is Goodluck Hope, a pioneering and ambitious regeneration project intended to transform the entire area into the epicentre of culture and creativity in East London, next door to London City Island to where English National Ballet and the London Film School are set to relocate.
Starting as family-run house builders in Ireland, Ballymore remains under the ownership of the Mulryan family, who went on to pioneer some of the largest city centre regeneration projects in Europe – most notably in London.
In 2017, the business provides jobs for over 5,500 people across its live schemes, with residential, retail and commercial schemes currently under-construction including 7,000 homes, over 1.5m sq ft of workspace and a strong forward sales pipeline.
The company’s existing land bank gives capacity to add a further 9,000 homes to meet future demand and it is active in its development of significant corporate estates, with 1 million sq ft under construction.
Whilst the scale and ambition of its work has grown, Ballymore has consistently worked to the highest standards on every individual element of every development, creating places in which people, business, culture and society can thrive.
After a successful launch last autumn, the Embassy Gardens Market is back – and set to become a regular Saturday destination throughout the summer showcasing a mouth-watering range of street food from around the world.
More than 15 UK and international traders will be setting up stall for the first of the summer markets, on April 28 from 10.00-5.00 pm at Embassy Gardens’ New Union Square in Nine Elms, returning on the last Saturday of each month throughout the summer.
From handmade English fudge to botanical gin creations, the market will offers an exotic choice of street food.
A new comer will be Trang Nguyen, who arrived in London from Hanoi five years ago and set up Rao Deli with another Vietnamese chef Mac Nguyen, specialising in a French-inspired homemade Vietnamese baguette, called ‘bahn mi’.
Much lighter than the French original, the speciality is a proven winner at the five other London markets where Trang already has a stall, and now the pair have opened their first restaurant in Borough High Street. The appeal is the thin crust but fluffy inside with three choices of filling - barbeque pork, tender grilled chicken and homemade tofu.
“People like Vietnamese food because it is very light and healthy. Every week we go to Smithfield and New Spitalfields markets to buy so everything is super fresh”, said Trang. The meat is then marinated for 24-hours with a special mix of five spices, including cinnamon and ginger.
“It’s the first time at Embassy Gardens and we are very excited,” added Trang who came to London to study for an MA in Arts Management.
Keeping with the French theme, L’Amuse Bouche, run by Parisian chef Clement Martin and Thomas Lemaire from Lyons, specialises in delicious French crepe and galettes with a choice of savoury and sweet filings.
Tutored by Clement – “he taught me everything I know” – Thomas, who worked in restaurants, explained: “The secret is to make it with love – you have to be very careful with the mixing the dough and improving the batter.”
Best sellers are the savoury galettes filled with raclette cheese – so popular on the ski slopes - gherkins, ham, mushroom and mustard sauce. Or you could go for goats cheese, red onion chutney and spinach – all based on Normandy recipes.
For the sweet tooth, there’s nutella and banana, Belgian chocolate, salty butter and caramel and cheshnut puree, the last “a winter favourite – but it tends to be all the year round in London – because here you can have winter in August!”
John Mulryan, managing director of Ballymore UK, said: “We’re delighted that the street market will be returning throughout the summer at New Union Square.
“For Ballymore, food markets are not only about championing local producers of food and drink but they are also community spaces because they promote a sense of place - people connect their purchases to an experience and people connect with each other.”
In addition to the wide array of seasonal produce, guests will be treated to live music from Axel Janson, the Swedish-born singer songwriter and Dana Mckeon, a beatboxer and singer with international renown. Both artists’ unique performances will provide the perfect soundtrack when indulging in a cold drink or browsing the finest selection of hot food Nine Elms has to offer.
The Embassy Gardens Market is the result of collaboration between EcoWorld Ballymore and Shepherds Markets, London’s leading market curator.
Ever wished you could put together the perfect personalised bouquet. A one-off Saturday event in mid-May at Embassy Gardens will show you how
A pop-up bouquet-making workshop will be held on the roof terrace and orangery of the Embassy Gardens marketing suite where people can learn floristry skills while overlooking the linear park and new US Embassy ornamental lake.
From 11am and 4pm on Saturday, May 19, residents and guests will be invited to find out more about life at Embassy Gardens while taking part in horticultural masterclasses and two hand-tie bouquet making workshops, courtesy of Lucie Mason Flowers (email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a space).
Meanwhile a cart stocked with beautiful spring posies will showcase Embassy Gardens in full bloom. Seasonal sweet and savoury treats, all incorporating floral and botanical elements, will be available throughout the day.
The pop-up workshop is part of the 7th Chelsea Fringe Festival which is staging a huge variety of hundreds of horticultural events in London and throughout the UK, all exploring the great British love of gardens and gardening.
Independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, though acting with its support, the Fringe encompasses everything from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations.
An open-access principle governing the Fringe means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and legal, and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape - showcasing a wide range of work from professionals and enthusiasts, both from the gardening world and beyond. Contributors create installations, events and experiences, exhibits, talks and walks.
In a move bolstering Nine Elms as a new media hub south of the Thames, DK, the world leading illustrated reference publisher is to follow sister company Penguin Random House UK by relocating to One Embassy Gardens.
Announcing the company’s lease option for three floors at Ballymore’s One Embassy Gardens, DK’s CEO Ian Hudson said: “We are delighted to be moving to One Embassy Gardens with our Penguin Random House UK colleagues. This is a wonderful new space at the heart of one of London’s most exciting new developments.”
Also joining Penguin Random House on the new £15bn development between Vauxhall and Battersea, one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe, are Michael Joseph and Penguin Random House Children’s, both previously based at the Strand. Transworld is moving from its site in Ealing and Vintage from Vauxhall Bridge Road.
John Mulryan, managing director, Ballymore UK, welcomed DK’s decision to move by 2020.
“DK’s relocation to One Embassy Gardens is a great testament to Nine Elms’ remarkable transformation. Their move, in conjunction with Penguin Random House, will create a new media and publishing hub for London and we are looking forward to welcoming our new guests. Penguin Random House is the ideal tenant given its strong brand and reputation.
“With the recent opening of the new US Embassy and the announcement of Apple moving its headquarters to the area, this gives further momentum to this remarkable place of regeneration.”
Penguin Random House will occupy 83,400 square feet across floors one to five of One Embassy Gardens with a dedicated reception and event space on the ground floor. CEO Tom Weldon commented:
“This move provides an opportunity for all of our teams to work together even more closely as one company. This is about much more than just bricks and mortar. We want to use our new workspace to build a creative culture for the future that will help us to attract and retain the very best talent.”
As part of the redevelopment, a new London Underground station is currently under construction in Nine Elms as part of the Northern line extension to Battersea.
A new gallery on London City Island opened its doors this week, with a group exhibition curated and managed by local artist Ian Felton
Trinity Art Gallery is the second new gallery on the ‘island’ following the opening of arebyte last year.
For its inaugural show, the gallery joined forces with the Pontone Gallery, which has brought ten of its artists to the space with a variety of work including sculpture, oils and painted copper ranging in price from £700 to over £10,000.
Ian is a well-known figure in the area having set up Trinity Art Studios on Trinity Buoy Wharf in 2005. It was there he first met Ballymore’s UK MD John Mulryan who visited one of the studio’s regular group shows last autumn.
“John commissioned an art piece from me and then invited me to do a group show on London City Island combining artists from Trinity Buoy Wharf Studios and local residents.”
The result was what Ian describes as a ‘unity show’ bringing artists from the Studios alongside amateur artists from London City Island and it was at that point Ian had the idea for Trinity Art Gallery.
“The gallery will continue to link the two sites together, explains Ian, “and our aim is to support the local arts community. We also want to become a reputable gallery and make genuine art accessible at all price points”.
Among the artists on show is Iain Faulkner, a Scottish artist whose work appears in many private and corporate collections while very different in style is the work of Jamal Naqsh, one of Pakistan’s best-known contemporary artists. The series of paintings on show are bold, colourful abstract representations of the Arabic script.
As Ian explains, he has selected artists who he believes cater for a range of tastes and pockets from a large gold Buddha by British artist Sukhi Barber to American Dina Brodsky’s delicate circular paintings on copper discs.
“Thanks to Ballymore we have this great space and with it the opportunity to test out different artists and engage the reaction”.
With spring nearly sprung, there’s no better way to discover one of Dockland’s most historic areas than on foot, starting and ending at Ballymore’s eponymous ‘red bridge’ over Bow Creek
Arriving at Canning Town station, start by finding the Bow Creek exit and before crossing the red bridge, give yourself a moment to admire the dramatic panorama of London City Island the other side of the water.
Before the bridge was built, the only way onto the ‘island’ was via Orchard Street where you’re now heading. If you fancy a latte and croissant set-me-up before you get going, drop by The Island Grocer by Ballymore, a chic Italian deli and café/restaurant serving London City Island’s new residents.
Here you can also pop into arebyte, an edgy art gallery whose upcoming exhibitions include Infinite Multiple and a unique evening celebrating the collaboration of food and dance featuring Mesa and Helen Cox. A short walk away, you will also find Trinity Art Gallery which launches it’s spring exhibition featuring artwork from Mayfair’s Pontone Gallery.
Culturally, London City Island is set to hum, with the arrival of English National Ballet and the London Film School, the latter in a new dedicated building on the southern edge of the site, which you pass as our walk takes us south towards the Thames and the entrance to the East India Dock Basin.
To get into the Basin, turn right through a sculpted wrought-iron gateway to enter a broad nature reserve and waterway where the River Lee flows into the Thames. Built to serve the East India Company, the dock was constructed in the early 19th Century and today offers probably the best view of the O2 Centre across the River.
A few steps on from the Dock at Virginia Quay is another major historical landmark, the Virginia Settlers’ Monument, commemorating the English Pilgrims who set sail from here back in the 17th century.
Retracing our steps back to Basin gates, the walk continues towards Trinity Buoy Wharf along Orchard Place, where you spot the palm trees of the Goodluck Hope marketing suite, and a vast 5-ton navigation buoy, salvaged by Museum of London Docklands.
Dominating this once-cobbled thoroughfare are a few old docklands warehouses, still bearing the names of their original owners – Mathers Whale Oil Extraction and Ditchburn and Mare Ship Builders, founded in 1838. A little further on, another old building, now The Electric Shop, announces the right to solemnise marriages since 1949.
Finally our walk ends at Trinity Buoy Wharf, today a thriving waterside ‘village’, comprising the Royal Drawing School, housed in a building made entirely of old shipping containers, office space for ‘creatives’ built of the same, The Chainstore Gym and Parkour Academy, next to Andrew Baldwin’s fabricated steel sculpture workshop, the Faraday Lighthouse where the inventor carried out his early experiments and the London Lighthouse 95 audio recording studio, housed in a luminous red lighthouse vessel, moored on the quayside.
TBW provides a useful free map that has all the key sights that you can pick up as you arrive.
And if you’re hungry, there’s always Fatboys Diner – ‘For a Mighty Fine Dine’, in a classic 1950s-style American chrome-and-neon diner with counter stools for hamburger and fries, hot dogs and milkshakes.
English National Ballet has secured a £3m investment from Arts Council for its new home on London City Island. It made the announcement at the same time as revealing its new 2018-19 season of productions at a press conference on the site of its new home.
The Company says it is thrilled to have been successful in its application, funded by the National Lottery, which will allow it to bring both English National Ballet and English National Ballet School together under one roof for the first time.
The new building, designed by architect Glenn Howells, will combine state-of-the-art training, fitness and rehab, teaching facilities, seven stage-sized rehearsal studios and a unique production studio with five-storey fly tower, unrivalled in the UK.
Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director, English National Ballet said:
“We will have state of the art spaces to allow us to further create ground-breaking new work and continue to develop our artform. It will be a space we will be able to share with other artists and artforms, and will allow us to be even more open and welcoming to our local communities and audience”
“We are so grateful to Arts Council England for their continued support and investment in our new home, which will be a space that will echo the sound of creative Britain. It will be a place where artists will be nurtured from school to beyond their stage careers, and where our continued commitment to their health and fitness will have the best possible infrastructure.”
John Mulryan, UK Managing Director of Ballymore Group said:
“This partnership demonstrates our deep commitment to establishing London City Island as one of the most exciting new destinations in London and we are honoured that the English National Ballet, a truly inspiring artistic institution, has decided to make its new permanent home there. Recognition and sales for London City Island so far have been outstanding and we are confident that this partnership will help us to create a very special sense of place; a vibrant, dynamic new neighbourhood with creative innovation at its heart”.
One of the first new productions to be created in the Company’s new home is from multi award- winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, who premieres a new in-the-round version of Cinderella in June 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall.
After a decade-long break, Ballymore made a return to Cheltenham last month, sponsoring the Ballymore Novices Hurdle; here our Chairman and Group CEO Sean Mulryan reflects on a great day for racing – and for two prominent Irish businessmen.
An old favourite was back in saddle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival – with the return of the Ballymore-sponsored Novices Hurdle.
A prominent fixture on Ladies Day, the Ballymore Hurdle was one of the Festival highlights thanks to a fantastic race won by favourite Samcro; the victorious gelding is owned by Ryanair founder Michael O’Leary and fought off close competition from second place runner Black Op.
The winners presentation later that day saw the trophy passed from one Irish entrepreneur to another, as Sean Mulryan presented Mr O’Leary with his prize; the prominent Irish businessmen celebrating a triumphant victory of Irish sport.
Mr Mulryan said: “It was quite wonderful to see Samcro win as it put two great Irish brands in the headlines. I felt honoured to present Michael with his trophy.”
Ballymore has a longstanding affinity with horse racing, last sponsoring Cheltenham between 2007 and 2009, while devotee Sean Mulryan has been attending the event for more than 40 years.
He added: “The Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle of the jump racing season and it was fantastic to introduce our brand back into the sport in one of the biggest events of 2018. It was always our intention to get back in the saddle and I am delighted we were able to do it during such a prominent and exciting race.”
Samcro has since been hailed as the “new Messiah of Irish racing” – living up to the pre-race hype which had tipped him for the win.
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle will be back on the Cheltenham fixture list in 2019.
The next best thing to buying a new home is the adventure of finding your own style that works with how you want to live. But for many, interior design can present a challenge
New buyers on Ballymore and Oxley’s landmark development at Royal Wharf are to be offered expert advice from interior design specialists to help them “translate their ideas into a dream home”.
“The partnership with Ballymore is a complete one-off. No other agency has done anything like this before – it could be that for many people they won’t experience this kind of service again”, explained Poppy Peace, design director of award-winning Milc Property Stylists.
Three interior design specialists from Milc will be on hand to talk to residents and guests through current design trends as well as outlining the company’s bespoke design service at the Royal Wharf marketing suite on on February 21st evening and 24th day.
“We want to help people translate their ideas into a dream home”, said Poppy. “We’ll be talking about current trends….for example, the trend for gold tones in colour and metal finishes, with bold sweeping design for walls and statement pieces of art.
“Clients might just want to do one room, the living room, or the whole home. But the emphasis will be on our bespoke service – we want to avoid the word ‘package’. They’ll be product catalogues, paint and wallpaper samples, fabric books and ‘mood’ bands to help with people coordinate their designs.”
Advice on dealing with common challenges, such as access will also be on hand. “Sometimes size expectations don’t quite match the units, or there are lift, doorway or staircase issues to overcome. Here, ‘breakdown’ sofas can help.
“Also, although the clientele will want to put their own personal stamp on things, sometimes their ideas won’t work. And quite often, we will help them go a little bit bolder,” explained Poppy.
With furniture ‘hand-me-downs’, she advised “to work around them, particularly if it is a nice piece. It seems a shame to discard them if there’s some background and personal history.”
In a pace and scale of development unprecedented for London, the 1,000 Royal Wharf home was completed just before Christmas. More than 1,500 people now live on the development, with a further 1,000 homes due to be completed this year.
Commenting on the interior design partnership, Phil Warman, Head of Sales at Royal Wharf said: “High-quality design, from our beautifully landscaped gardens to bespoke interiors is at the heart of our vision for Royal Wharf. The partnership with Milc is reflective of this commitment as it enables us to offer buyers the best interior solutions for their new home”.
Civic leaders have cut the ribbon on the commencement of work on one of the most ambitious and extensive regeneration projects along London’s waterside at Brentford.
Ballymore’s long-awaited Brentford Waterside regeneration scheme between the High Street and the River Brent will bring almost 900 homes, more than 25,000 sq m of commercial space, a new public square and better waterside connections, reinstating historic yards. The Thames Path will also be extended along the waterfront with improved waterside infrastructure and permanent boat moorings.
At a formal ceremony with civic leaders to mark the commencement of demolition works within the first phase - where a third of all the new homes will be located - Hounslow Council leader Cllr Steve Curran, said:
“Regenerating the High Street and restoring access to the waterside will contribute positively to the identity of Brentford, enhancing civic pride and cultural opportunities.
“The scheme will also give a boost to local employment opportunities, with some 950 new jobs as a result of the scheme. This long-anticipated redevelopment will create a high quality and vibrant area within the heart of the town centre, creating an attractive place to live, shop, work, and for leisure.”
The event coincided with an announcement by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, confirming a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the planned regeneration of the area.
Ballymore’s managing director John Mulryan said: “We are delighted to have made progress and commenced these works at Brentford Waterside. We know that there has been much anticipation locally around the scheme.
“We are passionate about creating an exciting, contemporary district and I am delighted that, with demolition underway, we can turn our vision into a reality for the people of Brentford.”
Also attending the ceremony were Hounslow’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Katherine Dune, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement, Cllr Theo Dennison, ward councillors Mel Collins and Guy Lambert, as well as John Mulryan and the company’s development manager for the scheme Ed Heppenstall.
Floating above the London skyline for one week only is a personal love letter to London but with a sentiment everyone is keen to share
“It’s a civic design project,” says British fashion designer Anya Hindmarch about Chubby Hearts, an installation of giant floating heart-shaped balloons appearing at 29 key locations across London, including Embassy Gardens and Goodluck Hope.
The idea came to Hindmarch when she was sitting “in a completely packed auditorium in the Royal Festival Hall…I sat there surrounded by all these people thinking London is so resilient and so creative. I wanted this to be my love letter to our amazing city”.
Launched on Valentine’s Day and continuing into London Fashion Week, the 8m-high helium filled balloons, each equivalent in size to a double-decker bus, will be at Embassy Gardens on the morning of Feb 19th and at Goodluck Hope the following day.
John Mulryan, UK Managing Director, Ballymore, said: “We thought Anya’s idea was really inspired. The balloons may be temporary but they are drawing attention not just to London’s wonderful architecture but it’s creativity and just as important it’s sense of fun. We’re delighted to be involved.”
One of Anya’s inspirations is her own Spring Summer 2018 collection that includes chubby, cartoon-like bags. The other she says, was Pink Floyd’s Flying Pig balloon above Battersea Power Station that famously broke free of its moorings during a photo-shoot for the cover of the hit album Animals in 1976.
Forty-two years on and simple ideas still have huge impact but these days there are myriad of requirements and permissions that need to be in place before a project like this can get off the ground.
“It’s a simple idea but in order to execute it I had to talk to so many different people including 13 London boroughs, the Mayor and the Civil Aviation Authority, but it hit a chord. People have been amazingly positive.
“I wrote to Ballymore on Christmas Eve saying ‘how about it?’ and they came back immediately and said, ‘we love it, we’re in”, she recalls.
The Mayor of London who has helped facilitate the project said: “As London Fashion Week showcases the capital to the world, these huge heart balloons animating our great spaces and architecture will show once again that London is open to talent and creativity and gives it a warm welcome.”
Check the Chubby Hearts over London website for more information and schedule.
A new London first has been reached with the completion of the 1000th new home at Royal Wharf, Ballymore and Oxley’s prestigious riverside development
With another 200 homes ready early in the new year and its first residents welcomed last year, all 3,385 new homes are now under construction or complete, making the pace and scale of the Royal Wharf development an unprecedented milestone for London.
Royal Wharf covers 40 acres of riverside land and includes a 2.4 acre park and 500m riverfront promenade, half of which is now open to the public. Homes for everyone - with suites, one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as three and four bedroom townhouses - command spectacular views over the river Thames, O2 and Canary Wharf.
Inspired by the traditional Georgian architecture of Belgravia and Fitzrovia but making full use of the industrial dockland materials, a new community is being created at Royal Wharf, comprising a network of interconnecting streets leading onto town squares and gardens.
The focus is Sovereign Place – the development’s traditional market square - and a Marylebone style high street, with over 60 independent cafes, shops, restaurants and bars for residents and locals alike. A 3,900 sq ft Sainsbury’s and Starbucks store have already opened and more commercial operators are opening in 2018.
Infused with the energy of the Thames and the area’s maritime heritage, residents step out of their apartments onto the new riverfront promenade leading to two riverside parks bordering the development – Barrier Park and Lyle Park.
The development also boasts many secluded pocket parks, garden squares and tree lined avenues, with almost half the acreage devoted to green open spaces.
Moments from Canary Wharf and situated in the regeneration area of London’s Royal Docks, Royal Wharf has outstanding transport links to central London.
Travelling from Pontoon Dock or West Silvertown on the DLR, and Canning Town on the Jubilee Line, will enable residents to reach the West End in 20 minutes, Canary Wharf in five minutes and London City Airport in two minutes. And a new Crossrail station opening at Custom House this year means residents can reach Heathrow Airport in just 41 minutes and the West End in 15 minutes. In addition, the Emirates Air Line, London’s only cross-river cable car, is a short walk away.
Award-winning finalist in the race to find London’s Best Receptionist 2017, Naomi Bayley says the secret of her success is to be on the spot and always have a smile
“We are the front line and the face of the company” says Naomi Bayley, who works as reception manager at Ballymore Group’s London headquarters.
Naomi, who has only been with Ballymore for a year, won the award after directors from sponsors, Tate Recruitment, gave her top marks during one of their “mystery shop” visits to each of 300 receptionists who had been peer-nominated for the London-wide competition.
“I know that someone had nominated me from accounts. But I had no idea they actually came to see you in action.”
So, what’s the winning formula to being a great receptionist?
“You’ve got to be very personable, very smiley, try to remember everyone’s names, make sure you give the personal touch and always be prepared to help as much as you can,” said a delighted Naomi, clutching her trophy at a special presentation lunch at The Balcon, the grade 11 listed brasserie in Pall Mall.
Her duties include setting up meetings, diary management, “meeting and greeting guests and clients”, as well as fielding endless calls.
“We are usually extremely busy at Ballymore with as many as 100 people in for meetings every day. It’s a continuous revolving door of guests.,” explained Naomi. On top of her job as reception manager, she “boosts morale” of her team organising picnics, mini desk massages for colleagues and Valentines Day treats.
But it’s not all plain sailing. “You can get some really distressing calls - you really need to be on the spot. But you just have to keep calm.” She loves working at Ballymore because of “the family feel”.
For the competition sponsors, Tate Recruitment’s Chelsea Keller, manager of their Moorgate and Canary Wharf offices, says of Naomi “she is lovely, a worthy winner.”
“Receptionists are nominated by their peers, then my directors go on ‘a mystery shop’ where they go into each and every reception area of those nominated – which this year was nearly 300.
“They look at things like the quality of the concierge service, how well the area is kept, how receptionists manage priorities. They saw them all over many months.”
And Naomi’s ambition? “To continue giving a good service at Ballymore - I hope!”
This short film celebrates the opening of a new street market at Embassy Gardens in November 2017. Selling a selection of artisanal food and drink, the market is a collaboration between EcoWorld, Ballymore and Shepherds Markets, London’s leading market curator.
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London City Island’s residents are to show their work alongside professionals from neighbouring Trinity Art Studios in a novel pop-up exhibition
A pop-up exhibition featuring art inspired by docklands living opens to the public next month in a unique collaboration between local artists and amateur work by residents.
“The initiative is to foster and support placemaking activities on the island. To nurture people’s creativity and create communities. You can sell a space - but then you have to build a place”, explained project manager Ramon McHardy.
Already 16 residents living in some of 400 new homes of London City Island Phase One have had their work accepted for the exhibition, which will be shared with work by some of the 50 artists from Trinity Art Studios on neighbouring Goodluck Hope.
“What is especially novel is the fact that a major developer is promoting a body of work like this, inspired by and representing a new development like London City Island – we’ll have photographs and sketches of the area,” said Ramon.
Each resident will exhibit three pieces.
“We have selected work that very much focuses and is inspired by life on London City Island. The aim is to take in areas like East India Dock and Poplar because the docklands is a much-overlooked part of London’s culture”, said Ramon who is from South Africa.
“Most people don’t know it’s there. And with exhibitions like this, it will show you don’t have to be in Spitalfields or Canary Wharf to be creative.”
A “star of the exhibition” will be architecture and cityscapes photography by LCI resident Sokari Higgwe, a retired Nigerian city financier who was instrumental in recruiting his fellow residents to exhibit their work. “He encouraged people to be confident enough to display their work,” said Ramon.
One of those he persuaded was neighbour Viviana Carter, an engineer by profession, who submitted her first-ever painting, completed with a paint box set from her boyfriend over Christmas.
Another highlight will be work by Caroline Jane Harris, a resident in an affordable art studio at the adjacent arebyte gallery, which is concurrently showing an exhibition entitled: on my island none of this would be true. It includes work by 10 artists from London, Israel and the USA whose practices span sculpture, installation, photography, poetry, video and performance.
The residents’ art exhibition will run between Feb 1 and March 31, on the ground floor of the Java Building in Phase One of LCI.
On the opening night of the exhibition on February 1, residents will ‘meet and greet’ artists from Trinity Art Studios, after which there will ‘Instameets’, photo workshops and life drawing classes in the exhibition space.
Red Bridge image on the home page by Sokari Higgwe
The evolution of Nine Elms into the newest and brightest cultural hub south of the Thames has had a major boost with the decision of publishing giant Penguin Random House UK choosing the site
John Mulryan, UK Managing Director, Ballymore, welcoming the signing of an ‘Agreement for Lease’ by the publishers for a new London office at One Embassy Gardens, said:
“With the forthcoming opening of the new US Embassy and the recent announcement of Apple moving its headquarters to the area, this gives further momentum to this remarkable place of regeneration.
“This building sits prominently at the heart of Embassy Gardens overlooking the River Thames, Linear Park and US Embassy. We believe Penguin Random House is the ideal tenant given its strong brand and reputation.
‘Delivery of this workspace in 2019 will help create a complimentary mix of uses along with new homes and retail spaces to create a new part of central London.”
Penguin Random House plans to occupy 83,400 square feet across floors one to five of One Embassy Gardens with a dedicated reception and event space on the ground floor. The publisher will continue to occupy its existing office at 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, a short walk away.
The company aims to move all its London employees into one of these two sites at the end of 2019, vacating its Ealing and 80 Strand offices. Both One Embassy Gardens and 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road will be home to a mix of Penguin Random House departments and CEO Tom Weldon, among others, will work at both offices.
Tom Weldon commented: “This move provides an opportunity for all of our teams to work together even more closely as one company. This is about much more than just bricks and mortar. We want to use our new workspace to build a creative culture for the future that will help us to attract and retain the very best talent.”
“Many of our 1,200 London colleagues have already shared some great ideas in surveys and workshops. I am looking forward to working with them over the coming months and years to build an exciting creative space where we can all do the best work of our lives.”
Sponsorship confirmed for jump racing’s premier tournament
Welcoming the news that Ballymore Group is returning to sponsorship at The Cheltenham Festival’s world-famous jump racing season, the company’s founder and chairman, CEO Sean Mulryan has hailed the event as “the Olympics of national racing.”
A devotee of the jump racing who has been going to The Cheltenham Festival for the past 40 years, Mulryan said: “There is nowhere else in the world like Cheltenham racecourse – it is such a special place. It is the pinnacle of the Jump Racing season each year and it is tremendous news that Ballymore is once again sponsoring there.
Ballymore last sponsored Cheltenham Festival in 2010 and are thrilled to be back.
“The ambition has always been to return to the sponsorship if possible and this has now been achieved with the help of Cheltenham Racecourse”.
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, a Grade One two-mile, five furlong novices’ hurdle, the first race on the second day of The Festival, was sponsored by Ballymore, together with the main races leading up it, for three years between 2007 and 2009.
Carey Weeks, Regional Head of Partnerships, Jockey Club Racecourses South West, said: “Ballymore has agreed to sponsor the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival for the next three years and we welcome them back as one of our supporters.”
The illustrious roll of honour for the race, founded in 1971, includes Faugheen (2014), The New One (2013), Hardy Eustace (2003) Istabraq (1997), Danoli (1994), The West Awake (1987), Ten Plus (1986), Sabin Du Loir (1983), Gaye Chance (1981) and Davy Lad (1975).
As well as sponsoring the Cheltenham Festival contest, which will be run on Ladies’ Day, Wednesday, March 14 in 2018, Ballymore is again backing the series of races beforehand.
These contests are staged at Cheltenham on Friday, October 27, 2017; Cheltenham on Friday, November 17,2017; Sandown Park on Friday, December 8, 2017; Cheltenham on Monday, January 1, 2018; Warwick on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and Cheltenham on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
In March the race was won by David Bass-ridden Willoughby Court, trained by Ben Pauling for owners Paul and Clare Rooney, who beat the favourite Neon Wolf by a head.
Revisiting the archives and resurrecting recipes of the past have given cocktails a new twist
The secrets of how to create mouth-watering cocktails using classic rediscovered ‘botanicals’ will be revealed during two evenings of ‘masterclasses’ at Wardian London.
Uniquely, the mixes will use antique ‘botanicals’ – low-calorie, distilled plant or vegetable-based waters – rediscovered from age-old London formulas which were unearthed by Hamish Scott Bremner, brand ambassador for WiseHead Productions and the London Essence Company.
“When we took over the Company, originally situated in Camberwell Green in the 1880s, we were rummaging through their old catalogues and manifests in the archives and were amazed to discover a mine of forgotten recipes for flavoured waters - so we decided to resurrect them,” explained Hamish who worked originally as a bartender and chef.
“We went on to create a brand new modern line of adult mixes calibrated to respond to the increasing of number of consumers who are seeking more sophisticated low sugar tastes - and designed to pair with premium spirits.”
At the ‘masterclass’ hands-on event at Ballymore’s Wardian Case, trainee mixologists “will be invited to the wonderful little greenhouse garden space and shown a series of different ‘serves’ designed to demonstrate how versatile cocktails can be.”
Bourbon and ginger, tequila and tonic - “one of my favourites” - classic and traditional gin with modern style ‘botanicals’ of thyme, basil, olives and rosemary will be among the examples, explained Hamish.
“Then I’ll be running a little ‘primer’ in how to construct perfect drinks and then invite the guests to experiment and play with some of their ideas themselves – because play is very important,” he stressed.
But will the class be encouraged to ‘down’ their ‘experiments’. “That’s entirely up to them - but I wouldn’t encourage it, not if they want to recall anything!”
And the secret of a great cocktail?
“That’s a very contentious question and many books have been written on it. Firstly, you have to engage with the craft of cocktail making - and then be slightly unusual – that’s very important.
“There is a great and fascinating history behind cocktail making and you have to learn how to apply new methods to old classical recipes.”
What about a Wardian Cocktail? “Hopefully every one of the guests will come up with their Wardian.”
Hamish signs off with his best three tips for the perfect cocktail:
“Be interested in what you are drinking and learn what’s in the ingredients”; “choose a garnish that mixes and layers and contrasts with the base level of the palate”; and lastly “always use more ice – ice is your friend!”.
• Wardian London consists of two botanically inspired towers comprising 624-apartment suites, restaurants, shops, a rooftop sky lounge and a 25-metre open-air swimming pool. The development, designed by architect Glenn Howells, will complete in 2019.
• More information on London Essence Company
London City Island praised for supporting emerging artists and redressing the loss of artist workspace in the capital
“Putting down roots” is how arebyte director Nimrod Vardi describes the gallery’s move to London City Island. The 2,200sq ft. contemporary space showing young artists working across emerging art forms, has moved from its previous home in Hackney Wick and is the first cultural pioneer to open on LCI ahead of English National Ballet, The London Film School and The Line, East London’s contemporary art walk.
For Vardi the move is particularly exciting.
Not only is he launching the gallery during Frieze London with Concertina, an installation and performance space by internationally acclaimed artist Richard Wentworth and architect, Apparta. He is also overseeing the opening of a 5,000sq.ft. studio complex for artists and designers and a 1,000sq.ft. co-working space - an initiative by Ballymore and Studiomakers, an alliance of organisations that help provide affordable creative workspace in existing and new developments.
arebyte already has a track record of managing artists studios but as Vardi points out, this is the first time he has had an opportunity to work directly with a developer on pioneering a new model for supporting artist and designers who find it increasingly hard to rent affordable studio space in the capital.
Up to 3,500 of the capital’s artist workspaces will vanish by 2019 because of rising studio costs, the Mayor of London’s Artists’ Workspace Study (2014) predicts.
Vardi said: “What Ballymore is doing feels really different – they are asking what are the needs for the artists in London. And to be able to put roots down here feels incredible’.
One of his missions is to foster openness between LCI residents and the artists. To do this he plans to have a group exhibition of local artists and open studio days. “We don’t want any barriers between us and the residents. We want to bring people together and we want people to come to London City Island to see what we’re up to.”
Attracting artists, designers and makers to London City Island has always been part of Ballymore’s mission too.
CEO of Ballymore Group Sean Mulryan said: “It is my belief that investing in art and supporting local artists and galleries is crucial to the creation of a vibrant cultural community.
“Art installations and galleries are about much more than the temporary visual impact of the work they exhibit…they foster a sense of cultural belonging that extends beyond what is usually associated with home ownership. Arts, culture and community, hand in hand, should be seen as a privilege rather than simply a box to tick.”
• Concertina opens on October 5 until December 22.
• arebyte gallery is at Java House, 7 Botanic Square, London City Island, E14 0LG
A festival of artisan street stalls showcasing some of the world’s most tantalising tastes - from traditional Kansas City barbeques to classic French ‘canelés’ – is being launched at a new market at Embassy Gardens’ New Union Square.
Many of the 20 traders busy preparing for the new Embassy Gardens Market on November 18 spoke of their excitement at the prospect of setting up on one of London’s most innovative residential projects – and how markets can foster communities by “bringing people together.”
“I think it encourages a sense of place”, said Frenchman Nicolas Wetter of Babelles, exclusive makers of Bordeaux ‘canelés’, a sweet pastry made from butter, eggs, milk and flour, dating back to the 17th century. “Markets have always been at the centre of community life. People not only exchange goods but also exchange courtesies and points of view. They take their kids and their families, enjoy the atmosphere and hopefully buy things for their dinner parties.”
The new street market kicks off the festive season at Embassy Gardens. And with the US Thanksgiving holiday the following week, the market will also celebrate the area’s new American ‘neighbours’ -with the imminent opening of the new US Embassy there.
Bound to be a hit with Americans - and locals - is Prairie Fire BBQ, specialising in Kansas City-style barbequed food, set up by Michael Gratz when he arrived in London with his wife five years ago because of “a lack of good American food in the city.”
“By total coincidence when I first set up my first stall, I sold my first sandwich to an American from Kansas City!” said Michael, who already caters for the current US Embassy, as well as for American football enthusiasts at the NFL at Twickenham.
“These street markets provide a nice concentration in areas that like a focus. They create a gathering and bring people together.”
“That’s the reason I think food markets are growing all around the world, not just in London but in New York City, Berlin, Paris. People love variety where there is something new for everyone to enjoy.”
The sentiment was echoed by John Mulryan, Managing Director of Ballymore UK, who said: “We’re delighted to see our first street market opening at New Union Square.
“For Ballymore, food markets are not only about championing local producers of food and drink but they are also community spaces because they promote a sense of place - people connect their purchases to an experience and people connect with each other.”
As well as the international array of seasonal produce, guests will be treated to live music from Steelstrum, an innovative duo with a unique approach to live performance, combining steel pan, acoustic guitar and percussion. They will be joined by Harry Pane (blues/country), Beatboxer Beatfox and Alice Auer (country/ folk) to complete the line-up of artists.
And there will be a Christmas light ‘switch on’ moment at the giant Christmas tree which will sit in Union Square for the duration of the festive season. The market stalls will be predominately food based with a couple of craft stalls open too.
One is acclaimed landscape photographer Matt Cooper who said:
“Street markets, especially in London, really do draw people in and bring lots of people together. Everyone hopes to do really well at Embassy Gardens.”
Embassy Gardens market will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday November 18th.
在10月6日美國愛爾蘭商會（The Ireland Chamber of Commerce-USA，簡稱ICCUSA）舉辦的第29屆年度凱爾特舞會上，該機構將許多人都夢寐以求的「美國愛爾蘭商會商業成就獎」授予馬里安先生。
頒獎晚宴在紐約曼哈頓著名的廣場酒店舉行。這個獎項授予「在經營、慈善、商業、教育和藝術領域表現卓越的個人」。過去曾經獲得此項殊榮的個人包括彼得•薩瑟蘭（Peter Sutherland，愛爾蘭前司法部長）、邁克爾•斯莫菲特爵士（Sir Michael Smurfit，愛爾蘭著名商人）、丹尼斯•奧布賴恩（Denis
O’Brien，億萬富翁、愛爾蘭著名商人）、JP麥克馬納斯（JP McManus，億萬富翁、愛爾蘭著名商人）和加里•麥甘（Gary McGann，愛爾蘭著名商界領袖）。
接下來的事情大家都知道了。迄今為止，巴利摩已經在那片地區完成了多個全新的居民區，這片地區早已不再是荒地了，在倫敦人眼中，這可能是最受歡迎的生活和工作社區。其中多個獲獎的開發項目已經建成，比如金絲雀碼頭的潘半島（Pan Peninsula）和豪華的新普羅維登斯碼頭（New Providence Wharf）。如今，金絲雀碼頭已經超越倫敦金融城，華麗轉身為歐洲頂尖的金融區了。
其它具有先導性的開發項目包括使皇家碼頭區（Royal Docks）獲得新生的皇家碼頭項目（Royal Wharf），最近剛啟動的幸運島（Goodluck Hope）項目以及金融城島（City Island）。在金融城島，肖恩所設想的城市生活擁抱活生生的藝術已經夢想成真。現在英格蘭國立芭蕾舞團、倫敦電影學校的落戶金融城島，在這個充滿活力的社區，學生、白領、居民不斷地被充滿文化氣息的環境所啟發和激勵著。
不僅如此，巴利摩已經成為倫敦其它地區重新獲得生機的先導者。在九榆（Nine Elms），令人興奮的使館花園（Embassy Gardens）的開發已經接近尾聲，美國使館將從格羅夫那廣場（Grosvenor Square）搬遷到這裡。使館花園還擁有引領行業潮流的空中泳池——這是巴利摩的創辦人、首席行政官兼主席願景的另一個範例。
在10月6日美国爱尔兰商会（The Ireland Chamber of Commerce-USA，简称ICCUSA）举办的第29届年度凯尔特舞会上，该机构将许多人都梦寐以求的「美国爱尔兰商会商业成就奖」 授予马里安先生。
颁奖晚宴在纽约曼哈顿著名的广场酒店举行。这个奖项授予“在经营、慈善、商业、教育和艺术领域表现卓越的个人”。过去曾经获得此项殊荣的个人包括彼得·萨瑟兰（Peter Sutherland，爱尔兰前司法部长）、迈克尔·斯莫菲特爵士（Sir Michael Smurfit，爱尔兰著名商人）、丹尼斯·奥布赖恩（Denis O’Brien，亿万富翁、爱尔兰著名商人）、JP麦克马纳斯（JP McManus，亿万富翁、爱尔兰著名商人）和加里·麦甘（Gary McGann，爱尔兰著名商界领袖）。
接下来的事情大家都知道了。迄今为止，巴利摩已经在那片地区完成了多个全新的居民区，这片地区早已不再是荒地了，在伦敦人眼中，这可能是最受欢迎的生活和工作社区。其中多个获奖的开发项目已经建成，比如金丝雀码头的潘半岛（Pan Peninsula）和豪华的新普罗维登斯码头（New Providence Wharf）。如今，金丝雀码头已经超越伦敦金融城，华丽转身为欧洲顶尖的金融区了。
其它具有先导性的开发项目包括使皇家码头区（Royal Docks）获得新生的皇家码头项目（Royal Wharf），最近刚启动的幸运岛（Goodluck Hope）项目以及金融城岛（City Island）。在金融城岛，肖恩所设想的城市生活拥抱活生生的艺术已经梦想成真。现在英格兰国立芭蕾舞团、伦敦电影学校的落户金融城岛，在这个充满活力的社区，学生、白领、居民不断地被充满文化气息的环境所启发和激励着。
不仅如此，巴利摩已经成为伦敦其它地区重新获得生机的先导者。在九榆（Nine Elms），令人兴奋的使馆花园（Embassy Gardens）的开发已经接近尾声，美国使馆将从格罗夫那广场（Grosvenor Square）搬迁到这里。使馆花园还拥有引领行业潮流的空中泳池——这是巴利摩的创办人、首席行政官兼主席愿景的另一个范例。
The Line, the capital’s first dedicated contemporary sculpture walk, will extend to London City Island next year. It’s co-founder, Megan Piper, explains its significance for the area.
How did you become involved in setting up a dedicated sculpture walk?
I set up The Line with a friend, Clive Dutton, who at the time was head of regeneration at Newham Council. I went to talk to him about what was going on in East London post-Olympics and what the future looked like for the area and we got talking about a sculptural strategy and vision outside of the Olympic Park.
When he retired in 2013 we decided to join forces and set up The Line. We worked together for about 18 months but sadly he passed away two weeks after we opened. Originally we called it ‘Inside Outside’, bringing works that were squirreled away, hidden from public view in warehouses and artists’ studios to bring them outside so that they could be enjoyed by everyone.
What’s the route of the The Line?
The project very loosely follows the line of the Greenwich Meridian, running north-south, which is why it’s called The Line, bookended by the Olympic Park and the O2. All of the work is sited next to water so the route follows the River Lea and the canals, and then goes into the Royal Docks and then we have works along the Thames Path by the O2, linked of course by the cable car. And when we launch at London City Island, you’ll be able to join there and head up towards the Olympic Park. It’s going to be a three to four hour walk - depending on how fit you are!
How many works of art are we talking about?
At the moment, there are about 11 but we’re aiming for about 30, establishing the line as an art walk with some exciting plans for the next couple of years which include extending The Line to London City Island by the end of next year, to be timed when English National Ballet and The London Film School move there.
It’s all outdoors, so the whole idea is that it’s free, open and accessible for everyone to enjoy. Eventually we want to include other mediums beyond sculpture, including film, perhaps performance, making use of indoor gallery spaces and to run an exhibition programme.
Why did you choose this part of London?
It really grew out of my relationship with Clive and his knowledge and experience in the area, being a figure who was really appreciated locally and who could make introductions to various local organisations and groups. At Newham, he had already generated a map plotting locations that might be possible to site sculpture.
How have the works been selected?
The first works came from an open submission where we invited artists and galleries and private collections to propose works which came before a selection panel, which I chaired but included the Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger, a local resident, a critic and a curator. For the local resident, we proposed Simon Myers, who lives on the river and runs Cody Docks, just north of LCI, which is an inspiring example of community regeneration with over 3,000 volunteers through their doors, clearing a disused dock and establishing community gardens, a café, an art school and gallery.
Now I have two curators, Susie Allen and Laura Culpan, who run Artwise, and they are leading the long term curatorial vision for the project for the 2017/18 programme. We generally borrow works for two to three years, and they have to be robust, outdoor works that are suitable to being outdoors in the public realm. But it is really the curators that make that selection and not me.
Susie and Laura have been going 20 odd years in commissioning work in the public realm, curating a large number of exhibitions, they have developed corporate collections, acquiring works and working very closely with artists and have an extensive network to engage in the project.
What about the plan to have an artist in residence?
Yes - it’s still being defined by Ballymore with Susie and Laura but it is fantastic that there will be an artist in residence programme running at London City Island. It will provide an artist with a unique opportunity to work in a stimulating environment of huge urban transformation with a focussed period of studio practice in that vicinity.
What do you do to relax?
I read books, and I like outdoor swimming. I’m an ambassador for Thames Baths as a committed outdoor swimmer. The organisation is about proposed lidos along the River Thames. But at the moment I go to Brockwell Lido and Parliament Hill. It’s very cold but I love it, it’s invigorating.
What artists do you think we’ll be talking about in 2017?
I think we are going to be hearing a lot about Helen Marten, this year’s winner of the Turner Prize and the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, especially as she has said she will be sharing her prize money with her fellow nominees. I think it will encourage a new way of thinking about art prizes in 2017.
Finally, what advice do you have for budding art dealers?
Spend as much time as possible going to private shows, travelling to international art fairs, viewing work of artists, going to their studios, going to galleries, museums and commercial galleries but chiefly seeing as many art fairs as you can handle.
Megan Piper will be talking about the future of London’s first dedicated contemporary sculpture walk at a special event at Goodluck Hope on November 8th. To book your place please email email@example.com
With his lifelong commitment to “design, creativity, energy and quality” Sean Mulryan, Ballymore Group’s chairman and Group Chief Executive, has been honoured with yet another prestigious award for property and business excellence.
Now the Ireland Chamber of Commerce - USA has endowed Mulryan with the coveted ICCUSA Business Achievement Award at its 29th Annual Celtic Ball last week (October 6).
The awards dinner, held at the famous Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, New York, honours “individuals who have demonstrated a commitment of excellence through business, philanthropy, commerce, education and the arts.” Past Honorees of the ICCUSA Business Achievement Award include Peter Sutherland, Sir Michael Smurfit, Denis O’Brien, JP McManus and Gary McGann.
The accolade comes hot on the heels of Ballymore Group being voted the Overall Winner at the Property Industry Excellence Awards, with the judges declaring” Mulryan consistently displays the very highest level of quality.”
The awards biography reads:
“Mulryan became acutely aware of the potential of the unclaimed, unloved wasteland that was London’s East End, and when that city suffered a serious property crash in the 1990’s, he saw his opportunity and set about acquiring great stretches of land that was prime for regeneration.
“The rest is history. To date Ballymore has created completely new localities in the area, an area no longer a wasteland but perhaps the most sought-after neighbourhood in which to live and work in London. Award winning developments were to come, such as Pan Peninsula and the luxurious New Providence Wharf at Canary Wharf, itself a place which has surpassed the City of London as Europe’s leading financial district.
“Other pioneering developments include Royal Wharf which has regenerated the Royal Docks, the recently launched Goodluck Hope and, of course, City Island, where Sean’s vision of urban life embracing living art has become a stunning reality. City Island is now the home of English National Ballet and London Film School and a thriving community where students, office workers and residents are continually inspired by their cultural surroundings.
“But Ballymore has also become a pathfinder for the renewal of other areas in London. In Nine Elms, work is near completion on the exciting Embassy Gardens, to where the United States Embassy has relocated from their former home in Grosvenor Square. Embassy Gardens will also be home to the inspirational Sky Pool, just another example of the vision of the founder, CEO and Chairman of Ballymore.
“The company remains a family business with three of Sean’s five children actively involved. His son John is Managing Director of the UK operations. Sean still resides in that quiet village of Ballymore Eustace with his wife and co-founder Bernardine. He would like to have more time for his interests in Gaelic Games, Rugby and Horse Racing but he has said that for some time to come he is committed to his guarantee of “design, creativity, energy and quality”.
Nine Elms, described by the former London Mayor Boris Johnson as “quite possibly the most important regeneration story in London, possibly in the UK, in the next 20 years”, encompasses a vast area, running from Lambeth Bridge, three kilometres down river to Chelsea Bridge, to the south and the reborn Battersea Power Station site.
Give me some history
Nine Elms has existed as a settlement on the Thames for hundreds of years and derives its name from a row of trees that once bordered the main road. The most historic part is Vauxhall because of Vauxhall Gardens, the first and most significant of the true ‘pleasure gardens’ of Georgian London.The only remaining vestige of those heady days is Brunswick House, a Grade 11* listed building which still looms in isolated grandeur as you emerge from Vauxhall tube. Named after the Duke of Brunswick, who bought the house in 1811, the building later became a post office, then the headquarters of the Great Western Railway, a local working men’s club and finally a squat before being bought 15 years ago and resurrected by Ferrous Auger, founder of the architectural salvage and supply company, LASSCO. He also runs a restaurant and bar where customers wine and dine beneath a glittering array of antique chandeliers.
If I get off at Vauxhall tube what else can I see?
I’d start by walking along the river to Embassy Gardens from where you can see the new American Embassy, which is due to finish next spring. You’ll also walk past New Covent Garden Market that moved to the area in 1974 from Covent Garden and is also being redeveloped. A new Flower Market will open in February 2017 and the Fruit and Veg Market in 2020.
What about green space?
A key element of the Nine Elms master plan is the linear park, which runs the length of Embassy Gardens and ends at Battersea Park. It will create green open spaces, gardens and walkways and of course, there’s the Thames itself. When the whole river path is opened up around Battersea Station, you’ll be able to walk from one end of Nine Elms to the other in 40 minutes.
So the area is pretty much in a state of flux?
Yes, that’s right. When people think of Nine Elms they think of cranes because there’s so much construction going on. This includes 20,000 new homes, two new tube stations at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms on the Northern Line extension and possibly a new pedestrian and cycle bridge – fittingly on the site where the first bridge across the Thames was built 3,000 years ago.
So all of what you see today, with a few exceptions is new?
Yes, but big names pioneers are rediscovering Vauxhall’s Victorian backstreets. Most famous is British artist Damien Hirst, whose Newport Street Gallery occupies a former theatre carpentry and scenery painting workshops with an extension by architect Caruso St John. The gallery won the RIBA Stirling Prize for Britain’s best new building this year. In the same road there’s the Beaconsfield Gallery based in the former Ragged School and not far away there’s Gasworks that provides studio space for London-based artists and also has exhibitions.
Are there any other cultural landmarks?
It’s hard to beat Battersea Power Station – it’s one of London’s most famous landmarks – which will be Apple’s new home when 1,400 Apple employees move into the power station’s central boiler house in 2021. But there’s plenty else to see. One of my favourites is the old London Fire Brigade headquarters on the Albert Embankment built in 1935 and is now undergoing a multimillion-pound residential redevelopment, which will include a new brigade museum.
We’ve talked a lot about buildings but does anyone live in Nine Elms?
Of course and the number is growing every day! Embassy Gardens is a great example of the new communities slowly taking shape but a stone’s throw away is a small 100-strong community of artists, designers, filmmakers and writers living on a dozen or so houseboats and barges on the Tideway Village at Nine Elms Pier. One of these is Sophie Dunster who remembers spending all her weekends as a child sanding and painting the boats when the area was an industrial wasteland, now runs her own fashion label Gung Ho from her studio in a steel container atop of the Pier.
And what do people like Sophie think about the area’s transformation?
Everybody agrees that the area needs to have its own identity. It’s not like other parts of London where the majority of buildings have been standing for more than 100 years. So much of Nine Elms is brand new. That’s the view of Sophie’s dad, Bill Dunster, the award-winning architect who is a director of the company that owns the Pier. “We need a bohemian vibe down here”, says Bill, who hopes to start a new open-air jazz restaurant on the Pier. “We need to celebrate the vitality of all the artists, musicians and interesting people who inhabit the Pier as part of the regeneration. I would love to see more new coffee shops, pubs, galleries and alternative things that add up to make London the exciting place it is.”
Terry Walker, senior fitness coach at London City Island’s newly opened health club, almost became a professional footballer before finding his feet in the fitness business.
What got you into fitness coaching?
It all started as a boy. I had a childhood obsession with all things sport, especially football. I was signed by Watford FC as a teenager and went on to play for Basildon and Redbridge as a central midfielder until a knee injury put paid to that.
I also had ambitions to be a freelance writer, studying part time for a University of Greenwich degree. But circumstances changed and that’s when I decided to really put my head into the fitness business.
How long have you been working for Ballymore?
I joined Ballymore as a fitness coach nine years ago after qualifying at Premier Training International. I started at the health club on Pan Peninsula, one of Ballymore’s first flagship docklands developments on South Quay. It’s still one of the biggest residential gym clubs of its kind.
Then I had a senior role as team leader in charge of four full time and three part time staff at New Providence Wharf, an exclusive private gym catering for its 3,000 residents.
Since last November I have been overseeing the launch of London City Island’s new purpose-built health club that opened two weeks ago.
But I have also been working on the transitional launch of the new ‘power gym’ Athletics Club on New Providence Wharf, which launches in May. It will have six full time trainers working across several buildings – Michigan, Charrington Tower and Ontario – with a brand-new collection of all the latest and greatest in techno-gym equipment, including the ‘skill mill’, a treadmill which uses a person’s own momentum. It’s a more fundamental approach to training.
What’s the secret of being a good personal trainer?
To be a successful coach in my job at Ballymore, it’s a case of being very, very engaged with the client. In this environment it’s not just a gym but an extension of the home. It’s about asking clients about their day, becoming more of a coach therapist, becoming part of a bigger family.
The thing to remember is that the gym here is a social hub, a place where people let their hair down, forget their business heads for a while or arguing with the concierge about a parcel delivery!
What advice do you give people who want to keep fit?
It’s mainly about consistency. And what a lot people don’t realise is the importance of nutrition habits. They have to drastically change. People think it’s 90 per cent exercise and 10 per cent nutrition. But really it’s the other way around if you want to get the body you want.
What can residents look forward to at London City Island?
We are going to be one of the first clubs to have a three-stage induction: a general overview of health and safety and equipment; then a client-specific survey of appropriate equipment with a trainer; followed by a free personal training session, reviewed after four and eight and 12 weeks.
There’s quite a lot else to look forward to. We will be offering swimming coaching and classes in our new outdoor pool, and classes in Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates to build the whole mind-and-body approach.
We hear ‘Step Aerobics’, made popular in the 80s by Jane Fonda, is having a resurgence. Can that really be true?
Yes, everything comes and goes. Actually, we have got someone amongst our staff that is very good at Step Aerobics, so we’ll definitely be up for that! Anyway, we do surveys and client feedback all the time to make sure we keep up to date.
Ballymore triumphed at the prestigious EG Awards last night by walking away with the coveted Residential Company of the Year Award for its portfolio of new homes at Royal Wharf, London City Island, Wardian London and Embassy Gardens.
Ballymore prevailed over four other national companies for the award, sponsored by CBRE, at the Estates Gazette Awards 2017, announced at a gala awards dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
CEO of Ballymore Group Sean Mulryan said: “We are delighted that once again our developments have been recognised and celebrated for their great quality, strong vision of a place, bold design, coupled with a rich programme of cultural and creative activity.”
The highlights of the past year come mainly from Ballymore’s creation of new communities at Royal Wharf, London City Island, Wardian London and Embassy Gardens – where £2.6bn of sales were collectively secured. Ballymore’s desire to fuse culture and community is also very apparent; partnerships with Frieze London, Bright Young Things and the London Restaurant Festival were established in 2016.
It is Ballymore’s focus on innovation that leads to winning prestigious awards like this one. An example of this commitment to innovation is the Embassy Gardens scheme – an imposing new neighbourhood soon to be home to the new US Embassy along with the much-heralded Sky Pool – an elevated swimming pool suspended between two buildings.
Another significant milestone for Ballymore was the opening of the first phase of London City Island. The 12-acre site offers 1,700 new homes, retail and restaurant space – including the Ballymore-run Island Grocer - artist studios and exhibition space.
Creativity and culture dominate the Island; The London Film School, The Line – east London’s contemporary art walk – English National Ballet and English National Ballet School are all confirmed tenants.
Dominic Grace FRICS Head of London Residential Development at Savills and long-standing partner working on Ballymore developments said: ‘I’m often asked who I believe are the best developers in London and I am always unequivocal in stating Ballymore. Sean, John and their team have that rare talent to combine the alignment of a brilliant vision, clearly conveyed to their design team and, in turn to their marketers and, ultimately through to its physical delivery.”
Ballymore’s Head of Brand Design, Brisbane-born Matt Gavioli, talks to us about marketing Goodluck Hope and the importance of history.
Before arriving at Ballymore in 2016, Matt worked in Paris for three years concentrating on interior design, focussing on “branded environments”, helping to market fashionable new cafes and restaurants.
He studied photography at university in Australia that “spawned an interest in graphic design”.
Describing his working day in the new role as brand designer, Matt “ensures a consistency between onsite and offsite touch points, coordinating the online experience with the physical customer experience in the marketing suite, to offline and wider advertising.
“The most important difference compared to traditional print branding is the aim to embrace and discover a narrative where we work as story-tellers,” he explains.
He points out that marketing campaigns have become easier because “we are living in an age where we can access big data so we can very quickly determine whether they are working”.
But he says that compared to other developers, Ballymore has a “real understanding of how storytelling and emotional excitement are a key part of the marketing process”.
“For them, it is not just about selling an apartment – it’s about selling an exciting shared experience of what life might be like living on a development by promoting the overall sense of place.”
This was the case with Ballymore’s latest launch, Goodluck Hope, which he describes as “one of the most successful launches in a difficult market to generate sales”.
“The great thing we had with Goodluck Hope is that we were presented with a site which had a huge history”
He makes reference to the ‘Caisson’, the part of the historic Orchard Dry Dock where ships were built and repaired.
“The structure has been preserved and emphasised as a focal point of the development and as a meeting place for people to gather”.
His next project is Dublin Landings, “perhaps one of the most important projects for Ballymore being an Irish company and one of the largest multi-use developments in Ireland.
Located between Dublin’s international airport and historic centre, Dublin Landings will be a 1,000,000 sq. ft. mixed-use development comprising of offices, a boutique hotel, apartments, a gym and the central bank of Ireland.
“And it’s an exciting time for Dublin because of the huge influx of tech start-ups and business promoted by generous government support”, says Matt.
“The best thing about my job is that I am involved in a culture that’s design-led. Few other developers emphasise creative and intelligent design and I am fortunate to have worked with Roger Black, a creative director with a vision”.
作為今年倫敦建築節的一部分，巴利摩舉辦了一次倫敦建築節幸運島之旅，起點是位於銀禧線景寧鎮地鐵站外的“紅橋”。羅傑▪布萊克（Roger Black）和浩▪克力（Hal Currey）由展示中心開始，介紹了當地獨特的歷史及其對巴利摩最新樓盤的啟示。
作为今年伦敦建筑节的一部分，巴利摩举办了一次伦敦建筑节幸运岛之旅，起点是位于银禧线景宁镇地铁站外的“红桥”。罗杰▪布莱克（Roger Black）和浩▪克力（Hal Currey）由展示中心开始，介绍了当地独特的历史及其对巴利摩最新楼盘的启示。
塔橋區（Tower Hamlets） 區長稱讚了地產開發商巴利摩的學徒制，它不僅幫助當地青年學習了建築技術，還填補了國家的“技能空缺”。
約翰·比格斯（John Biggs）是倫敦四名直選區長之一，一直特別重視就業和技能問題，他特意從市政辦公室步行到了鄰近的金融城島（London City Island），來看望兩名被巴利摩預備學徒培訓課程錄取的學生，該課程十分獨特，是巴利摩與塔橋區（Tower Hamlets）“工作直通車”（WorkPath）計劃新合作的試點項目。
另一位是來自沃平（Wapping）的，20歲的凱·貝恩斯（Kai Baines），他也想通過培訓成為水管工。凱說：“這個課程讓我們脫穎而出。我的能力終於能匹配我的夢想了，接下來我會憑藉我的資質多歷練，將來打算和我的朋友一起創業，他已經是有資質的電工了。 ”
金融城島（London City Island）的開發經理勞拉·科爾（Laura Corr）解釋了巴利摩“鼓勵學徒製文化”的背景淵源。
金融城島（London City Island）、使館花園（Embassy Gardens）、華殿（Wardian）的項目總監史蒂夫·坦南特（Steve Tennant）補充說：“通過與當地社區合作開展這樣的計劃，我們幫助提供了有效的就業途徑，從而幫助填補了當前英國日益顯著的技能類人才短缺。”
塔橋區（Tower Hamlets）人事傳遞經理克莉絲汀·林奇（Christine Lynch）負責這一試點項目，與巴利摩有著密切合作，她表示“態度”是選拔這些候選人的要素。
12名候選人都將獲得資格認證，並將於8月29日獲得巴利摩資格證書，屆時，他們的家人朋友將受邀來到金融城島（London City Island）營銷中心參加這一特別的頒獎典禮。
塔桥区（Tower Hamlets） 区长称赞了地产开发商巴利摩的学徒制，它不仅帮助当地青年学习了建筑技术，还填补了国家的“技能空缺”。
约翰·比格斯（John Biggs）是伦敦四名直选区长之一，一直特别重视就业和技能问题，他特意从市政办公室步行到了邻近的金融城岛（London City Island），来看望两名被巴利摩预备学徒培训课程录取的学生，该课程十分独特，是巴利摩与塔桥区（Tower Hamlets）“工作直通车”（WorkPath）计划新合作的试点项目。
金融城岛（London City Island）的开发经理劳拉·科尔（Laura Corr）解释了巴利摩“鼓励学徒制文化”的背景渊源。
金融城岛（London City Island）、使馆花园（Embassy Gardens）、华殿（Wardian）的项目总监史蒂夫·坦南特（Steve Tennant）补充说：“通过与当地社区合作开展这样的计划，我们帮助提供了有效的就业途径，从而帮助填补了当前英国日益显著的技能类人才短缺。”
塔桥区（Tower Hamlets）人事传递经理克莉丝汀·林奇（Christine Lynch）负责这一试点项目，与巴利摩有着密切合作，她表示“态度”是选拔这些候选人的要素。
12名候选人都将获得资格认证，并将于8月29日获得巴利摩资格证书，届时，他们的家人朋友将受邀来到金融城岛（London City Island）营销中心参加这一特别的颁奖典礼。
Local youngsters say learning on site pushes them hard but they wouldn’t want it any other way.
The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has praised Ballymore for the developer’s commitment to helping local youngsters on the road to skilled construction apprenticeships to fill the nation’s “skills gap”.
One of London’s four directly-elected mayors, John Biggs, for whom employment and skills has always been a priority, walked the short distance from his town hall office to nearby London City Island to meet the students who have won places on Ballymore’s unique Pre-Apprenticeship Training Course, a piloted new partnership with the borough’s WorkPath initiative.
The Executive Mayor said: “This project is more meat on the bone of boosting local labour by putting that aspiration into reality. It’s about a partnership and we are pleased to be working with Ballymore. Hopefully this will provide opportunities for more young people to get careers in the construction industry – and we need those skills”.
Ballymore handpicked the twelve candidates on the two-week course from students at New City College in Poplar. James Burke, Ballymore’s Labour Coordination Manager said:
“Everything is done on site and they all have to be here at 7.30am to instil the work ethic. We have guest lectures, tours of our sites, and teach them as much as we can about everything from working at heights, being on scissor lifts and mobile towers, first aid, asbestos awareness, the lot. Then we put them in front of our contractors to see if they will take them on. But this cohort of candidates is some of the best ones we have worked with”.
Two of the 12 have already won apprenticeship jobs. They include the youngest candidate, Jack McGregor, son of a lorry driver who left school at 16 and grew up on the Isle of Dogs.
“This scheme stood out for me because it’s everything I ever wanted”, said Jack who wants to be a plumber. “And it gives one the upper hand above everyone else. Honestly, I don’t think I would have got with job without it because I showed them the Ballymore certificate in the second interview – and that was my trump card!”
Meanwhile Kai Baines, 20, from Wapping, who also wants to train as a plumber, reckoned that “the course pushed us to the front. My ambition is get fully qualified and then travel with my qualification before setting up my own business with my friend who’s already a qualified electrician”.
Laura Corr, development manager at London City Island, explained the background to Ballymore’s “culture of encouraging apprenticeships”.
“I think it starts from Ballymore’s chairman and CEO, Sean Mulryan. He has always been the inspiration for the idea throughout the organisation. Sean was a stonemason by trade in the family business in Rosscommon. But I doubt whether he ever did a formal apprenticeship - not in those days in Ireland. He probably learned from his father and brother”.
Steve Tennant, project director for LCI, Embassy Gardens and Wardian, added: “ By working with the local community on schemes such as this, we are helping to provide more accessible routes into the workplace, and ultimately bridge the ever-increasing skills gap we are seeing in the UK”.
Christine Lynch, Tower Hamlets Employment Deliver Manager, who worked in close partnership with Ballymore over the pilot scheme, said the candidates were selected as much for their “attitude”.
“You can teach people skills, but you can’t teach attitude. That was always key”.
All 12 candidates will qualify and will receive their Ballymore certificates as a special awards ceremony on Aug 29 when friends and family will be invited to the Marketing Suite at London City Island.
這些獎項是由《倫敦晚報》的讀者和專業建築師評選出來的，由喜劇演員Romesh Ranganathan主持，英國冰球明星Kate Richardson-Walsh進行頒獎。
这些奖项是由《伦敦晚报》的读者和专业建筑师评选出来的，由喜剧演员Romesh Ranganathan主持，英国冰球明星Kate Richardson-Walsh进行颁奖。
我離開國防部是因為意識到成為承包商的話可以賺更多的錢。我加入了一家製造場外辦公室、洗手間和獨特的場外項目的公司，所有的產品都是在蘇格蘭製造。我加入Ballymore是因為Aaron Caffrey（Ballymore的技術總監)，是他面試的我。 Aaron是一個非常有感召力的人，因為他對所有事情的細節都有一個全面的了解。
騎自行車。這裡的人帶我愛上了自行車，去年我們完成了環克里風景區（Ring of Kerry）的騎行。我喜歡在晴朗的天氣戶外騎行，喜歡在星期天下午騎自行車出發，然後找一家酒吧放鬆。目前我們正在尋找另一個大型環行路線，希望能在今年夏天為慈善機構籌集資金。
骑自行车。这里的人带我爱上了自行车，去年我们完成了环克里风景区（Ring of Kerry）的骑行。我喜欢在晴朗的天气户外骑行，喜欢在星期天下午骑自行车出发，然后找一家酒吧放松。目前我们正在寻找另一个大型环行路线，希望能在今年夏天为慈善机构筹集资金。
As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, Ballymore led a LFA tour of Goodluck Hope starting from the ‘red bridge’ outside Canning Town Station. Roger Black and Hal Currey explain how the area’s unique history has inspired Ballymore’s latest development, starting with the marketing suite.
Expert advice on all aspects of wellness, from food and fitness to architecture, was on offer during a panel discussion hosted at Embassy Gardens.
Guests including EastEnders’ Tamzin Oathwaite, ITV weather forecaster, Lucy Verasny, Marie Guerlain, creative founder of Ondine, the model Emma Walsh and professional boxer Dereck Chisora attended the wellness event, which was a collaboration with Dr Nigma Talib, Naturopathic doctor and author, who also launched her new skincare line.
Imran Amed MBE, editor in chief of The Business of Fashion, Camilla Fayed, founder of the Farmacy restaurant, Amanda Byram, presenter and fitness guru, Mary McCartney, photographer and vegan cookery writer, and Matt Morley, founder of BioFit Gym were on the panel to share their knowledge and offer advice.
Speaking to the audience at Embassy Gardens - a landmark development on the South Bank, Amed described how he had been “a typical insecure overachiever” until his mid-twenties when he decided to channel his energy into something he believed in. After taking a three-month sabbatical and attending a silent meditation retreat, he set up the fashion news and analysis site that now employs 75 people.
“I keep calm by meditating - it’s becoming a more widely used tool and something we can all use to manage stress,” he said. “I give myself two minutes every day to observe myself, and would recommend it.”
Camilla Fayed explained how her journey towards health and wellbeing began when she was pregnant:
“I decided to give up meat and started a journey to begin to understand my mind and my body,” she said. “A big barrier to health and wellbeing is the fact that good, healthy, whole foods are expensive; that’s a disastrous fact right now.”
Mary McCartney said that although she grew up in a vegetarian household with her parents Michael and Linda, she “didn’t really like” vegetables: “I got to a point where I had to assess what I was putting into my body and make sure it had nutritional value,” she said. “I then got my family into vegetables by watching Masterchef and involving our children in the cooking.”
Matt Morley, a qualified fitness instructor who founded Biofit, said it was important to “zoom out” and take inspiration from natural environments: “I’m particularly interested in Biophelia,” he said. “If we become too urban or hi tech it will affect us. We connect better with spaces that are biophilic and feature natural, healthy design.”
Dr Talib said that we are valuing health and wellness more than ever before and that she was determined to be the kind of doctor who “gets to the root” of symptoms. “Whatever you eat, breathe or drink is going to affect you emotionally, mentally and physically,” she said. “Anything you eat is going to show up on your face. But I always recommend an inside out approach; you can’t just eat well and then wash your face in soap and water.”
The discussion was followed by a rooftop cocktail reception and guests also had the opportunity to experience some of Dr Talib’s signature treatments, including express facials, as well as take home a copy of her book “Reverse the Signs of Ageing” and products from her skincare range at the end of the night.
As Frieze London prepares to open its door, we talk to some of London’s leading galleries on what to buy and how to go about it.
Frieze London, the annual art fair set in Regent’s Park, is not only a hotly anticipated cultural event bringing 160 of the world’s best galleries under one architecturally designed tent, it’s an ideal place to get a feel for the type of art you might want to buy.
Galleries bring a broad sweep of their artists to Frieze from the Lisson Gallery who will be showing new work by Ai Wewei and Susan Hillier who command six-figure sums, to emerging artists who are more affordable. But if you are fortunate enough to have some money to spend, how do you start?
First, give yourself enough time- at least half a day as a minimum. Even for aficionados, Frieze can be exhausting, even overwhelming, unless you’ve done some homework first by making a list of the galleries you’d like to visit.
The Frieze website lists all 160 galleries and from there you can go to dealers’ websites to get a broad idea of the type of artists they represent. You’ll also be able to find out if an artist has won a major prize and their work bought by a known public gallery or institution. Spending time on an artist’s CV will reveal a great deal and while galleries are unlikely to divulge the price of an artwork on a website, Frieze is a good place to do some sleuth work.
“One of the nice things about Frieze is we have lots of time to talk in person about our program and we really want people to ask us questions and not feel embarrassed about asking prices”, says Lieselotte Seaton, sales manager at Sadie Coles, who represent 48 artists including Sarah Lucas, Elizabeth Peyton and Richard Prince.
And while contemporary art has long been seen as an investment, this should not be the prime reason for making a purchase, advises Seaton.
“The world moves very fast. Buying art should be enjoyable rather than about making money and if you’re buying something for around £5000 and it doesn’t increase in value, it’s not a terrible risk,” she says.
She also makes the point that – aside from being able to hang artwork on your wall- the real enjoyment comes from supporting an artist at the start of their career and seeing it grow.
Katharina Worf of Laura Bartlett, based in London’s East End agrees. “We always spend a lot of time with a first time buyer because we want to build up a relationship. If the person is new to collecting we first want to understand what they like rather than steering them towards an investment” she says.
The gallery begins by finding out the interest of the buyer, for example photography, sculpture or conceptual pieces. “That is often where a conversation will start’, explains Worf. “But by the time they’ve seen a selection of different artists’ work, they often change their mind over the kind of artwork they want to buy”.
Laura Bartlett will bring a number of its artists to Frieze, many of whom are affordable for the first time buyer, including British artist Lydia Gifford whose pieces range from sculptural to wall-based pieces, the Latin American artist Sol Calero, American artist John Divola who works in photography – often a cheaper option than painting – and British artist Becky Beasley, who has won prizes and is part of major UK public collections.
Invariably artists’ work changes over time. They may move from photography to film or mixed media, to works on paper and if this is the case, buy an art work that is “very representative of the artist”, advises Seaton at Sadie Coles. She uses the example of Jim Lambie, a Scottish artist who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize last year and is best known for his series of metal box sculptures that go on the wall.
But having done your basic homework and armed with a realistic budget, there is only one guiding rule –if you are passionate about the piece you will have made the right investment.
Frieze London, Regent’s Park, 5-8 October
Buying original pieces for a new home can be daunting. Why not tap into the work of five young cutting edge designers to give your apartment that ‘wow’ factor - from recycled plastics, computer-generated wall hangings, inventive woodwork, printed leather rugs to ‘posh’ pots?
Adam Fairweather and Rosalie McMillan set up Smile Plastics in 2015, launching at Tent during the London Design Festival the same year. They turn plastic waste into rigid boards with a distinctive flecked, mottled or streaked appearance, with shades from inky through white to brilliant colours.
“Our materials are 100% recycled and recyclable, handmade in the UK, and each piece is unique,” says Rosalie. “And our boards have exquisite narrative and detail – often you can see the plastic’s past life – a barcode perhaps, or foil from a yoghurt pot.”
Clients include Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, Selfridges, and Liberty. Adam adds: “There are still no other businesses in the UK making such high-quality panels from 100% recycled plastics.”
Now the couple has a table whose top is made from a beautiful fragmented mix of plastic bottles, yoghurt cartons and plant pots available from Heal’s as part of its annual Heal’s Discovers collection.
Is embroidery a dying art? Consider Jacky Puzey using a huge flat-bed digital machine to transform the ancient craft. She makes heavily-textured, one-off textiles for screens, wall hangings, and, most recently, upholstery. “I’m a digital artisan,” she reflects. “I use computers to work out designs, and to control my embroidery machine and laser cutter – but first comes hand-drawn artwork. I may also stitch final details by hand, perhaps adding fur, feathers, lace or organza.” Jacky, who graduated with a PhD in fashion, textiles and visual culture from Bath Spa University in 2014, originally trained in fine art, working in installations and photography and later costume and pattern-cutting.
Jacky’s bold panels typically feature flowers, animals and birds, wild and unrestrained. Inspiration comes from the many places she’s lived, including Kenya and Panama. At the prestigious Decorex interiors’ show this autumn, Jacky is showing new cocktail chairs made in close collaboration with upholsterer Leighanne Treadwell, founder of the Bristol Upholstery Collective.
Young woodworker Charles Dedman trained in design at Kingston University, followed by a course in furniture-making at Chichester College. He won a Design Guild Mark for his elegant Windsor-style chair for the Arden range at Sitting Firm.
Charles uses the phrase “craft tech” to describe the way many designer-makers operate today. “We are updating traditional processes with modern tooling, such as CNC (computer numeric control). However traditional techniques are still appropriate - for finishing, for example.”
The Zapotec range, launching at the London Design Fair this autumn is a case in point. Cupboard doors are an update on the elaborate hand-craft of marquetry. The triangular design with its pretty blue veneers, was inspired by Mexican folk art, as seen on a rug. The pieces are cut by laser then meticulously glued into place.
Alice Howard-Graham’s mother was the late painter Anne Howard who fostered this young printer’s passion for art and design as she grew up on the South Downs in West Sussex.
As a new graduate, her breakthrough was winning “the people’s choice” award at Interiors Birmingham in 2012 for her striking patterns inspired by constructivism and abstract art. Five years of hard slog followed, working as a material and print designer for Paul Smith, House of Hackney and Jaguar Land Rover, while doing an MA at the Royal College of Art. “This provided vital time for experimentation,” she says. Last year she opened her own business, and now sells her innovative printed leather to Heal’s, as rugs and huge printed totes. Her designs have been inspired by her aerial photography taken from a hot air balloon over Petworth. But digital printing onto leather has been a challenge. “In particular I discovered there are many quality and pigmentation variations between different leathers and how they responded to different processes.”
“I just fell in love with clay right from the beginning,” says ceramicist Hannah Tounsend, who started her own business in 2015, winning the One Year On Award at the New Designers show in Islington in the same year. Hannah has a BA and a MA from De Montfort University. “Everything I tried I wanted to develop further and the more I understood the more I wanted to understand. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to explore all the possibilities of this amazing material.”
Hannah’s pots are a “hybrid way of making” that combines throwing with moulding, enhanced with many-layered prints.
Hannah’s studio is conveniently attached to her cottage. Retaining its original wooden cupboards and fireplace, it was formerly the village “reading room.”
What are Hannah’s inspirations? “I love to walk on the beach and see the layered landscapes and the sea-washed, weatherworn surfaces of the British coastline.” And even pebbles can come in handy. “I choose ones that fit well in my hand with nicely rounded edges and use them to make marks in the clay.” Hannah will be showing three huge commissioned vessels at the British Ceramic Biennial at the end of September.
Photo credit: Barbara Chandler is a photographer and design writer for the Evening Standard
If a stunning flower arrangement in a lobby in Canary Wharf has caught your eye, it’s quite likely to be the work of florist Richard Bragg, who has his workspace at Trinity Buoy Wharf.
How did it all begin for Richard?
South African born Richard ran an events company and provided flowers for President Nelson Mandela, including his inauguration ceremony in 1994 and his predecessor, F.W. De Klerk.
After moving to the UK, Richard went back into floristry after a short break: “It’s my love for nature, really, and for flowers and at the same time being creative,” he says.
Richard founded RB Floral Design and later launched an offshoot bouquet service, Le Bloom London. He moved into his premises, where he has a workroom and a walk in fridge, at Trinity Buoy Wharf three years ago:
“It’s a perfect location,” Richard says. “It’s a great space and a great community and you cannot ask for a better location. It’s literally three minutes’ drive from Canary Wharf.”
How does it feel about the area changing?
This whole area over the next three to four years is going to change a lot and once people move in, it’s going to be great. It’s good to have something like Trinity Buoy Wharf amongst it all because it’s interesting - the lighthouse is the only one in London -and it’s a tourist attraction.
Where does he source his flowers?
Mainly from Holland, but for foliage you can’t beat New Covent Garden flower market, he says. “They bring in all the fresh English foliage, so that’s where I get all my foliage from”.
Being up at 3am to get to the market three or four times a week isn’t for the fainthearted.
“It’s a lifestyle,” he says. “Sometimes the youngsters can’t make it, but I like it.”
What’s the current trend?
“At the moment the look is very country and informal, simple bouquets with a lot of foliage are very popular,” says Richard, a trend that will continue, he says.
What’s his favourite bloom?
“My favourite is the Peony, they are so beautiful, but the season is far too short,” he says. “They start about mid-April and they’re done by the end of May, middle of June and you won’t get any more. So you have to enjoy them while you can.”
Does he have any tips for caring for flowers, especially in hot weather?
“If you get fresh flowers they should last,” he says, but make sure you cut them at 45 degrees and don’t put them in direct sunlight.
“If you use flowers in season, they can last two weeks, even if it is hot, because they grow naturally,” he says.
Be careful which flowers you put together, as some flowers are “very temperamental” and don’t like to be mixed with others. Always use flower food, and if you use a clear vase and don’t want the water to go brown and dirty use a small molten sterilising tablet. “That will keep your water crystal clear.”
What should you do if you want beautiful flowers without spending lots of cash?
If you’re buying them for a big occasion, like Valentines Day or Mother’s Day, you can’t do it, he says.
“Flowers are on auction, so it’s demand and supply,” he says. “If demand is there, flowers are going to be expensive.”
But to create something “stunning” opt for seasonal flowers at all times and “go for a more informal look where you use foliage as well to bulk it up and it should not cost the earth”.
Entrepreneur and craft beer maker Ian Stewart on the attraction of Goodluck Hope’s new taproom and microbrewery and why people like to have beers named after their area.
How did it all begin for Ian?
York-born Ian left home at 19 to swim for Great Britain, spending the next 16 years in America, graduating from the University of Georgia before joining a global data capture company as a marketing consultant in New York.
On return to London 10 years ago, Ian, now 46, became an enthusiastic home brewer, “constantly getting bigger kit, pots and vessels”, producing more beer than he could drink. “I’d give it away to friends for Christmas.”
Meantime, he set up a stall selling Mexican street food but found he was selling ten times more beer that food. So he put together a business plan, armed with his marketing experience, to launch a microbrewery under the railway arches at Peckham Rye - now the famous Brick Brewery.
That was three and half years ago. The company has since secured a new site in Deptford increasing the number of pints brewed tenfold.
What is his vision for Goodluck Hope?
“The new taproom will be ideally located as you enter the development on the corner of a triangular park – you have to pass it everyday”, says Ian. “It’s going to be a ‘experiential’ brewery – people will be able to see and understand how beer is being made. We want to demystify the process of brewing – it’s not alchemy.”
Ian is drawing on inspiration for Goodluck Hope from Stone Brewery of San Diego’s newly opened taproom in Berlin where customers can “see the beautiful polished stainless steel vessels through glass screens.”
“We want people to come and kick the tyres, sit there all afternoon nursing a half pint if they like with no pressure, or just come in and relax.”
Ian has discovered that sales can triple with a name change. So a new brand – ‘Canary Wharf’, a pale ale with a straw yellow colour – is in the offing for Goodluck Hope. “Like Peckham Pils, people like to have beers named after their area so they can give them to family and friends.”
Why are so many pubs in decline while microbrewers are on the ascendant?
“Pubs are closing because they are not moving with the times, only catering for an older clientele,” he says. “Today the demographic has completely changed, more 50-50 male and female - and beer has become very trendy.”
What else is going to be special about Good Luck Hope?
As well as aiming for “a beer experience”, Ian will also have a unique offer – a new brewery school that will also advise on how to set up your own business – “but far away from where we are!” Ian hastily adds.
With Peckham producing 35,000 ‘pints per tank’, Ian is planning to increase that to 100,000 at Goodluck Hope brewery.
He’s also planning to launch a Goodluck Hope ‘app’ so that residents in the 3,000 new apartments can order in craft beers to their homes.
“I even thought about installing an extra beer tap in the flats but I can see there might be logistical problems with that idea!”
What’s Ian’s advice to wannabe microbrewers?
“It’s not glamorous, it’s hard work, and definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme. You’ve got to take the knocks and you need a lot of capital, at least £250,000 to get started so it’s not for the faint hearted”, says Ian, who started small, raised the capital himself and now employs five fulltime staff.
Dublin-born chef Robin Gill opened The Dairy in Clapham, south London in 2013. It quickly became one of the hottest new restaurants in London and was followed by three further foodie ventures, The Manor, The Delicatessen and Paradise Garage. Next month he’ll be cooking a botanically inspired tasting menu at a special event hosted by Wardian London at the Design Cube.
How did your love affair with cooking begin?
It really began with working on my auntie’s farm in Cork, always surrounded by pigs and sheep and cattle when I was 17. I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to learn something. My sisters and both my brothers – one had been in restaurants - knew how to cook and my father who had travelled the world as a musician had met many chefs and it seemed like a great career. I started in the kitchen of a big French brasserie in Dublin, La Stampa. It was a brutal start. It had 400 covers and was a real baptism of fire.
And who were your heroes?
When I first started cooking my hero was Raymond Blanc with his philosophy of using the whole animal and being surrounded by the freshest, natural ingredients. I saw a program on TV he made which inspired me, and taught me that it was not just about cooking in the city with imported ingredients.
What makes Irish food stand out?
I think the secret is the ingredients. It’s the best dairy in the world and the livestock – the beef, the lamb, and the pigs – are all phenomenal. The vegetables are some of the best, fresher than from France, Spain and Italy where they have to be imported. Twenty years ago, these great Irish restaurants were only in the country but now they are opening in the cities, where you can enjoy this wonderful natural cooking.
What do you say to those who say the ‘golden age of restaurants’ is over?
It’s clearly going to be more of a gamble with Brexit and because the exchange rate is making imported ingredients more expensive. It’s always the case that for every great opening, there are many more restaurant closures.
I have lived through a recession, in 2007. I was working in a big business with a large team of 10 chefs. But we all had to adapt and try to be creative with ingredients. That’s why we have just taken over part of a farm near Gatwick - ‘Our Farm’ - where we grow our own ingredients. But we are never immune to hard times and must constantly reinvent ourselves with higher rents, higher costs while all the time trying to keep prices down. It’s fiercely competitive.
What’s the biggest change you have seen in the restaurant business?
Two things - a growing appetite for a more relaxed and less formal dining experience. It started with the bistro, serving moules or steak frites. What you see now is an incredible resurgence of the modern bistro with a high calibre chefs in zones 2,3 and 4 with an incredibly high level of cooking.
The other change is the decline of ‘molecular gastronomy’, the technique of using all sorts of foams and gels to try and make something that the food really isn’t. Today we care far more about where things come from and you can see this with the growth of farmers’ markets. It’s a slow movement but a very positive one.
And your favourite dish?
That’s impossible! No…it has to be spaghetti bolognese. I know it’s not very Irish but it’s one of the first dishes my mum taught me. Now, if I’m under the weather, I’ll get someone to cook me spagbol.
Finally, what advice would you give to a young 17-year-old starting out in the restaurant business?
Really get out and try a lot of different styles and be the customer – Japanese, Thai, British, Italian. Then pick a handful of the best of those styles and work for free, do ‘a stage’, every kitchen will let you do that. Do it for a minimum of a week and just throw yourself at it. And do it for three months and then evaluate what you have learned. If you are fortunate enough to go to college, that’s great but it’s better to go straight into a kitchen and study the industry from the inside.
Ever wanted to know how to ‘mix and scratch’, to wow the crowd with your ‘smoove mixing techniques’. A group of aspiring DJs decided to get in the groove at two special masterclasses at Embassy Gardens this week.
Two of London’s most experienced DJs - Bazza Ranks and Arveene – both with over 15 years of international touring experience – held a special masterclass in the Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite on Nine Elms Lane.
In an interactive beginner’s guide into the world of music production and mixing, some 15 guests were shown the basics of a variety of styles from House and Disco to RNB and Grime. The aspiring mixers also tested out three equipment variations, incorporating Vinyl, CD and Digital Controller set ups.
The tutorials were followed by intimate sets from both DJs, while guests enjoyed drinks and the panoramic views from the roof terrace.
They took away some interesting Do’s and Don’ts:
• Don’t be rude to patrons requesting tracks, even if the requests are ridiculous, and generally they will be ridiculous. Keep calm and always be professional and polite.
• If the crowd leave the dance floor you know you have to change it up musically. If the dance floor is packed you know the path you need to follow too.
• Being a DJ is not about getting drunk and the constant party. Don’t get caught up in the lifestyle, remember it’s all about the music.
• Play the music that you love and feel passionate about - it will keep you interested and enthusiastic longer than just playing the Beatport top 10.
• When doing a warm up set, always try to know what’s ahead of you. Do some research on the following acts. Ask the promoter or booker and scan through their online presence. Remember it’s a warm up set to ease people in and not peak time bangers that’s required.
• Make regular trips to online music stores or record shops to keep your selection fresh and ever changing, never rely on the same old set. There’s so much free music to be had from places like band camp / sound cloud and other artist profiles, keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening.
The DJ masterclasses were part of a successful programme of recent events at Embassy Gardens, including an EVARAE swimwear launch and Wellness Forum in collaboration with celebrity skin specialist Dr Nigma Talib.
• The masterclasses were held on September 19 and 20 between 6.30pm and 9pm
Encircled by water, Goodluck Hope is an area steeped in the history of London’s riverside and where the capital established its reputation as the world’s greatest trading hub. Today, it is about to be being transformed into a new neighbourhood by Ballymore.
What’s all the fuss about?
A unique riverside scheme whose design by architect Allies & Morrison is inspired by the area’s industrial heritage is about to put Goodluck Hope back on the map. Plans for the area include warehouse and tower apartments and townhouses, the restored Grade 11 listed Dry Dock and its very own brewery.
But I’ve never heard of Goodluck Hope. Should I have done?
Only if you’re in expert in maritime history. There’s records of ships being unloaded here as early as 1297 and in its heyday, when it was part of East India Docks, tea, spices, indigo, silk and Persian carpets were all stored in warehouses on the site. As well as shipping, the area supported a community of manufacturers, from coopers to glassmakers and seed crushers to a sack and bag company.
More recently artists, sculptors and a variety of makers, as well as designers, photographers and architects have moved in. Some of them are housed in “Container Cities” built using recycled shipping containers.
I might go down and take a look, what else?
If you arrive at Canning Town, cross the ‘red bridge’ which will bring you into London City Island, the northern part of the Leamouth peninsula, where English National Ballet and the London Film School will be based. Head to the marketing suite housed in one of the area’s few remaining buildings and whose lush interior makes reference to Goodluck Hope’s exotic trading past.
After that, drop in to Trinity Buoy Wharf and explore the capital’s only lighthouse, which offers great views and also hosts Jem Finer’s ‘Longplayer’, a musical composition, which has been composed to play in real-time, without repetition, for 1000 years.
Once you’ve done exploring, you could drop in the popular Bow Creek Cafe, which has just moved to a new home made out of four containers on the site.
You mentioned a brewery. Tell me more.
The Wharf Brewing Company is going to set up shop on the site of the old Orchard House pub. There is a great tradition of brewing in the East End and the Wharf Brewery will allow people to learn about the process before tasting all the ales on offer including one especially brewed for Goodluck Hope.
It sounds amazing. How long do I have to wait?
Goodluck Hope will launch in June. If you’re interested in knowing more about the development please register here and for architecture buffs Ballymore is hosting a special tour as part of the London Festival of Architecture on June 21st.
Hot on the heels of winning Best Development of the Year at the RESI Awards, London City Island has triumphed again taking home the top prize at the prestigious London Evening Standard New Homes Awards.
London City Island won the Grand Prix award and the trophy for best regeneration project at a packed ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel last Friday (May 19th).
John Mulryan MD of Ballymore UK said:
We are delighted, once again, to be honoured for our bold vision. Winning the ‘best of best’ award among so many other great developments is hugely gratifying andmakes us even more determined to carry on delivering exciting and diverse new neighbourhoods”.
The Evening Standard described the scheme as “ambitious” because of the way it has transformed 12 acres of “gritty industrial land” into a new neighbourhood for east London.
The awards, hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan and presented by Team GB hockey star Kate Richardson-Walsh, was judged by Evening Standard readers and specialist architects.
London City Island also won Best New Place to Live at the London Planning Awards earlier this year.
Ben Blackwood grew up near Dumfries in Scotland. He studied engineering at Loughborough University and moved to London in 2006. He joined Embassy Gardens in 2014 and is now Design Director at Embassy Gardens. He lives in Hertfordshire.
What attracted you to engineering?
I had always been interested in making things and after I left school I went to work for the MoD who then sponsored me through University. Each summer I was sent to various MoD bases. The first time I went, I had to write the documentation for how to take a Challenger 2 tank apart and then put it back together again. Then I had a job designing armoured welfare facilities, mainly for use in Iraq.
Was this good training working for Ballymore?
I left the MoD because I realised I could make more money as a contractor. I became part of a company manufacturing off-site offices, washrooms and unique off-site projects- all made in Scotland. I joined Ballymore because of Aaron Caffrey (Ballymore’s Technical Director). He interviewed me. He’s a very inspirational person because he has an overarching understanding yet gets into the detail of how everything works.
Your role at Embassy Gardens was quite a change of direction from your previous jobs. How did you cope?
I loved my new job! It fitted me perfectly. After being responsible for the running of a company, I was suddenly free without having to think about the company IT contract or the BT bill.
Describe a typical day
I get here around 7.45am and I don’t usually leave before 7pm- they’re long days- but I wouldn’t have it any other way because I want to go home satisfied that I’ve done the best I can. I also spend most of my time on my feet talking to people in the team. There’s a lot of bravado in construction and you have to cater for the varied personalities. It’s important to make sure everyone has their input heard to maintain their enthusiasm.
How did your role change after Skypool came along?
Once the concept was sorted, my role was to make sure that all the relevant questions are being asked and that our professional teams of specialist designers, engineers, architects, consultants and specialist manufacturers are addressing each unknown in turn to ensure that we delivery exactly what the concept shows.
We’re all expecting to see Skypool look exactly like the first images. Is that likely?
It’s fair to say this has always been the challenge and items that have proved to be the most complex are the things you wouldn’t expect, like the lighting. The image shows the pool fully lit and it’s taken some time to work out how to do that but we’ve found a solution. We are confident that it will be as spectacular in real life.
What keeps you awake at night?
Everything can be solved. Occasionally there’s a detail I’m not happy with and it can be in the middle of the night you have your Eureka moment
How do you relax?
Cycling. The guys here got me into it and we did the Ring of Kerry last year. But I’m a fair weather cyclist and I like to head off on my bike on a Sunday afternoon and then find a pub. We’re looking for another big cycle so we can raise money for charity this summer.
What single piece of advice would you give your 20-year old self?
Don’t try and conquer the world on your own – make use of the tools and expertise available.
Inviting a neighbour for a cup of coffee or a meal can make all the difference when you have just moved in to a new development say Ballymore residents.
The idea of turning a house into a home may be a familiar one, but what about a new development or apartment block becoming a friendly community?
What is the alchemy that brings about such transformations?
Mel Henson, who lives at London City Island, says that being prepared to speak to people you meet is the most important thing when you move into a new neighbourhood.
“A lot of people I’ve got to know, it’s just began with saying “hi, have you been here long, striking up conversations,” says Henson, who adds that she’s “amazed” at the strength of the community feeling. That may be because getting to know people in a new development can be easier than an established community as people arriving roughly at the same time already have something in common. Henson believes that London City Island itself attracted like-minded people.
“Ballymore wanted to create a community and so it attracted people who moved in wanting to make friends and were very receptive when people said ‘let’s have a game of pool tonight, that kind of thing.”
The Facebook group and the recently formed residents association have played an important role, and Henson says she would advise anyone moving in to join them:
“The Facebook group is quite a lively group,” she adds. “There’s quite a lot on there, with people sharing all kinds of stuff from isn’t it a lovely sunset, to I’ve got a mattress I don’t need, does anyone want it?” to can anyone lend me a can opener?
Having the opportunity to meet people in less formal ways, at the gym, or in communal areas, has helped Eva Svatkova, who is originally from the Czech Republic to feel more at home in Embassy Gardens than places she’s lived previously in London.
“We lived in a smaller development, with about 70 flats, but we didn’t have any resident facilities and because everyone’s busy, you don’t have the opportunity to meet and establish relationships,” she says.
A residents’ association that is being set up is the result of people getting together to discuss issues that arose after they moved into their new homes. But as people have got to know each other, the emphasis has shifted towards socialising:
“We now do things like invite each other for dinner, so it’s becoming more friendship based,” she says. “It makes a big difference, because London can feel like a hostile place when you first move here. You might not expect a development of this size, with 900 flats to have such a strong community, but it makes it much nicer even if you bump into someone in Waitrose and can stop and have a chat.”
Now spring is truly here, it’s time to try one of the fastest growing sports amid some of East London’s most iconic scenery.
At first glance, taking a dip in the docks may not rank among the most obvious advantages of 21st century docklands living. But open water swimming – or ‘wild swimming’ as it’s called – is becoming Britain’s fastest growing participatory sport, according to Sport England.
Within a stone’s throw of two of Ballymore’s most prestigious docklands developments – at London City Island and Royal Wharf– WakeUp Docklands at Royal Victoria Beach offers safe, clean - and reassuringly warm - open water swimming this summer amid the iconic industrial structures of London’s docklands.
Since launching last year, London Royal Docks Open Water Swimming reports “a huge new take-up” of wild water swimming enthusiasts, eager to try out their 400-metre to 1.5-metre courses. Swimmers are protected by lifeguards aboard kayaks and benefit from the cleaner waters which flow into the docks from small tributaries, as opposed to the more polluted waters of the Thames.
While swimming in the river between Putney and Thames Barrier is no longer permitted, ‘wild swimming’ in the docks affords the magic of being amidst “the cranes, the high buildings and the old industrial docks of the Thames, this iconic river that defines our City”, says Jenny Landreth, an ambassador for Thames Baths and author of “Swimming London: London’s Fifty Greatest Swimming Spots”. “It really feels like you swimming through history,” she says.
“And you don’t have to wear a wetsuit - from May onwards the temperature reaches the mid-teens and you won’t feel you want to die immediately when you get in! It’s all a question of pacing yourself, keeping within your comfort zone and not overdoing it.”
According to architect Chris Romer-Lee, who has raised £125,000 via a crowd funding campaign to build an open-air swimming pool on the Thames, London is experiencing an outdoor swimming revolution.
“Indoor pools have had their day and there’s a bit of a return back to the outdoors,” said the architect. “There’s definitely a demand for outdoor swimming”.
Romer-Lee’s current proposal is for a lido on the Victoria Embankment featuring two pools – a 25-metre lap pool and a training pool. Both will be filled with Thames water, filtered to ensure it is always clean enough.
He joined Jenny Landreth at the Houses of Parliament this week to support Labour MP Owen Smith - himself an avid ‘wild swimmer’ - to promote and foster open water swimming in the UK.
“It’s happening all over Europe, and in America. In New York, +Pools is planning to launch in 2020, and in Paris they are beginning to open up the canals in north of the city for ‘wild swimming’. The lynchpin was the opening of Copenhagen Harbour Baths, one of the pioneers, built to celebrate the clean-up of the city’s harbour water back in 2002.”
According to Romer-Lee, the Thames and dockland waterways comprise seven times the area of Hyde Park, representing “London’s largest open space with huge recreational potential for keeping people fit, active and healthy.”
For more information on docklands swimming, go to London Royal Docks Ows
London City Island scooped the coveted award for Best Development of the Year at the prestigious RESI Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night, triumphing over nine other national shortlisted developments.
The RESI Awards, organised by Property Week and now in its sixth year, is the premier celebratory and networking event for the sector, attracting competitive entries from the best of British developers.
John Mulryan MD of Ballymore UK said:
“We are thrilled our commitment to invest in real neighbourhoods where people want to put down roots has been recognised. But London City Island is a more than just a place to live. Our vision was to encourage the cultural energy of east London to thrive and grow so it becomes a destination in its own right. With English National Ballet, the London Film School and the Line all making their home here, we believe we’ve created somewhere truly unique and a new benchmark for modern city living”.
Dubbed the mini-Manhattan of London, London City Island is a mixed-use riverside development with one of the best-connected transport links in London. Phase one, welcomed its first residents last year, bringing the developers’ commitment to ‘place making’ into focus. Phase two is currently under construction.
The new residential and cultural quarter comprises 1,700 homes, independent artisan restaurants and shops, with spaces to show public art, design installations and host ad-hoc creative performances.
The London Film School is relocating to the Island, joining English National Ballet and English National Ballet School, occupying architecturally outstanding rehearsal spaces designed to enable passers-by to experience the magic of ballet through floor-to-ceiling windows.
London City Island has a simple, strong and unique style, inspired by the waterside landscapes of Chicago’s Burnham Park and Manhattan. Bold colours link to the local area, replicating pigments used throughout Leamouth’s artisan and maritime history.
A new Italian deli & restaurant, The Island Grocer by Ballymore, was the first of the island’s leisure offerings to open, with service starting in November 2016. All residents are members of The City Island Arts Club, a residents’ club with concierge services, games room, lounge area, gym and red outdoor pool.
The triumph of London City Island builds on Ballymore Group’s success in winning the award for RESI’s Large Developer of the Year 2016, and was among the nine shortlisted companies for the Award this year.
Penthouse living has never looked so inviting - or so green.
Panoramic views, amenities to rival any five-star hotel and a private terrace are just some of the features offered to new owners of one of the new penthouses at Wardian London, launching this week.
The 12 penthouses will grace the top storeys of Wardian London’s two towers, designed by award-winning architect Glenn Howells. This includes four three-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments in the West Tower and three two-bedroom and one three-bedroom apartment in the East Tower.
But it’s the blend of exotic planting and a contemporary aesthetic of bold, clean lines that give the penthouses their real ‘wow’ factor.
The development is named after Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, inventor of the Wardian case – glass cases that, in the 19th Century, allowed plants to be transported to England from all around the world.
Landscape architect Huw Morgan has paid tribute to Ward by showcasing over 100 different species of plants in communal areas such as the swimming pool and atrium and bespoke planting schemes for individual apartments.
Recognising that people do not always have the time to maintain a roof garden, The Gardener, Wardian London’s landscaping service, is an example of how the developer has thought carefully about residents’ busy lifestyles.
Ballymore has commissioned a specialist team of designers to draw inspiration from its unique eco-concept. Using an earthy colour palette with natural organic materials, traditional craft techniques have been used to give the bespoke interiors an artisan’s touch with unlacquered marble, stone, brass and raw, shaved, organic timber, lending them to a handfinished feel.
Location is another big selling point.
Overlooking South Quay, the offices, shops, bars and restaurants of Cabot Square are only a three-minute walk over the South Quay footbridge.
The area has excellent tube and light rail links to central London and when Crossrail opens next year connectivity will be even better.
All residents will become members of The Wardian Club whose facilities include a 25m open-air swimming pool, gym, cinema, two restaurants and a rooftop observatory bar. A 24-hour concierge service is also provided.
It’s a real luxury lifestyle because the location, views, planting and finishes add up to more than just a house in the sky. Together, they create a lifestyle like no other.
Blessed with a unique location on the Thames, it was the area’s rich history that gave Goodluck Hope its intriguing new name.
Goodluck Hope may sound like an exotic place in a pirate story. In fact Ballymore’s latest development in east London acquired its name back in the 14th century – and it has been a fascinating journey into the past to discover why.
Landscape architect Huw Morgan is a big fan of old maps and it was during his research of the area, known as Leamouth South, that he came across an historic map from the 1300s.
“I was looking at the original maps of the River Lee peninsula when I saw one section depicted as Goodluck Hope - or as it was called then Godelockhope”, explains Morgan, who shares a long association with Ballymore.
According to ancient records, the nine-acre site, directly to the south of Ballymore’s London City Island, was divided into two holdings, one described as a “hope of reeds” with a fishery, and the other as a farm for grazing.
The area has gone through many changes. But its extraordinary position on the sweeping bend of the Thames has meant it has had an almost continuous link with shipping with records of ships being unloaded here as early as 1297.
In the early 19th century, Goodluck Hope became part of the East India Docks through which the East India Company, founded in 1600, imported tea, spices, indigo, silk and Persian carpets.
Morgan says the area would have been dominated by a “walled warehouse complex” to protect valuable cargo. While nothing remains of the warehouses, it is the lingering memory of these exotic goods from India and China that has provided the inspiration for the development’s initial launch in June.
Visitors to the new Goodluck Hope marketing suite, housed in one of the few remaining reaming buildings, walk though a palm grove, a reference to the giant palms used by the East India Company to help sailors navigate, while tropical plants evoke all the imported goods from “parts of the world we knew nothing about,” explains Morgan.
Most of the time we never stop to think why a place is given a particular name. We take it for granted. But for Morgan, exploring a direct link with our cultural history goes much deeper than simple marketing - it creates an identity.
He explains that as well as shipping, Goodluck Hope was a community of manufacturers, from coopers to glassmakers and seed crushers to a sack and bag company.
It is this entrepreneurial spirit of traders and makers that will imbue the new Goodluck Hope, beginning with a brewery that will be located on the site of the old Orchard House pub.
“Goodluck Hope is our starting point. It is a very unique setting with a fascinating backstory. It gives us a strong narrative that has evolved and changed over time. And it’s these layers that add to the richness,” says Morgan, who has been working with architect Hal Currey to create the marketing suite.
And what about the area’s more recent history after the docks closed and industry moved away?
The construction of the docks cut the area off from the rest of Poplar. And until Ballymore built the ‘red bridge ‘ over Bow Creek, there was only one way in and out, which led to it being known as London’s “lost village”.
Putting Goodluck Hope on the map again is the first step in its reinvention as a place for laid-back living. But there is continuity too. The orchards, warehouses and factories may have gone but the sense of adventure and discovery lives on.
Ballymore invites bids from arts organisation for a permanent new base on its flagship Embassy Gardens development.
Ambitions to create a new cultural destination at Embassy Gardens has had a major boost with a fresh ‘call-out’ to organisations invited to pitch for a permanent residence on the development.
Bids from arts or creative organisations who can show how they will work with local communities are being invited to apply for the prize of occupying a 750 square metre cultural space in the heart of the development on Embassy Gardens at “peppercorn rents”, thanks to a legal agreement between Ballymore and Wandsworth Council.
The new cultural space is to be located next to the new US Embassy - which alone is expected to attract around 2,500 visitors a day - and its surrounding business quarter and the new Nine Elms linear park.
The new venue is one of several new creative spaces secured by Wandsworth Council as part of an area-wide cultural development strategy for Nine Elms.
Recently established cultural anchors in Nine Elms include the Royal College of Art’s StudioRCA at Riverlight while Battersea Arts Centre is partnering with Battersea Power Station to deliver a new Village Hall community space opening later this year.
The wider Nine Elms and Vauxhall area is already enjoying a blossoming arts scene. This includes Newport Street Gallery, Cabinet, Gasworks, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall and Pump House Gallery in an emerging gallery quarter.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council said: “For Nine Elms to become the lively, vibrant place we want it to be we need the right cultural partners in the area. We already have a wealth of assets on the doorstep, not least Battersea Power Station, New Covent Garden Market and Pump House Gallery, and we want to strengthen our cultural scene and welcome new creatives to Nine Elms.
“This call-out with Ballymore gives us another exciting opportunity. We are looking for an organisation that can really engage with our local communities and visitors. This space requires a year-round programme of public events that will bring this place to life, draw people in and showcase the best of London’s creative talent.”
Nine Elms, said by former Mayor Boris Johnson to represent “quite possibly the most important regeneration story in London, possibly in the UK, in the next 20 years”, encompasses a vast area, running from Lambeth Bridge, three kilometres down river to Chelsea Bridge, to the south and the reborn Battersea Power Station site. It will deliver 20,000 new homes and 6.5m sq.ft of commercial space.
Organisations must demonstrate commitment to existing local communities and year-round programming for public engagement, and to evidence financial stability.
Written applications must be received by Friday 28th April 2017. Shortlisted organisations will then be invited to an interview with a panel comprised of experts from the cultural sector, Wandsworth Council and Ballymore.
Chinese-born Zhenbai Li trained as an architect at Shenzen University and completed his studies at The Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow. He has worked for Ballymore since 2014 as a design co-ordinator.
Why work for a developer when you could have been an architect?
While I was a student In China I worked for Vanke (China’s largest house builder). I was a trainee and it was a very intense time. But it made me realise it’s the developer who has the real responsibility for the built environment and making sure it works for people and this is what interests me.
Describe your role at Ballymore
I manage the design process and act as the co-ordinator between Ballymore and the architects. This means looking after the documents and drawings. I’m also responsible for the images and giving them a final polish. Architects express their ideas through drawings and 3-D models while Ballymore work with the best CGI studios in the world in order to communicate its ideas and vision.
What attracted you to the UK?
The RIBA had just started to open up post-graduate courses to overseas students and after finishing my architectural training in China I’d always intended to go abroad to study. I chose the Mac because it attaches great importance to drawing, handmade models and craftsmanship.
What do you like most about London?
I love its cultural diversity. You can make your own statement. There’s no right or wrong.
How long do you plan to stay here?
It’s a globalised world but at the moment the opportunities are here and I feel a responsibility to see through three projects I have been involved with since the start, which are Embassy Gardens, Wardian and London City Island.
How do you relax?
I promote Shen Yun (a Chinese classical dance and music company) to British audiences. Although I am a volunteer I get to travel all over the UK in my spare time and meet people who want to know about Chinese culture. This also gives me a chance to see other developments that are happening outside London, like shopping centres and students accommodation in British mid-towns. The Chinese are investing heavily in towns like Warwick and it’s a trend we can’t ignore.
What’s your favourite part of London?
I like the area around Notting Hill Gate and Kensington. The architecture is so different to what I’m used to growing up in Shenzhen where it’s mainly high-rise. I like the fact it’s spacious and there are gardens.
What about a favourite building?
The new British Museum wing by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners because it shows respect for the existing buildings and it’s beautifully detailed. Norman Foster is one of my favourite architects and I like Victoria House (Grade 11 listed building with an interior by Will Alsop) which is near where I live in Holborn
What have you learnt working with Ballymore?
The importance of loyalty and responsibility