• A first look at Sea Gardens in Bray

    A first look at Sea Gardens

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A first look at Sea Gardens in Bray

- Ballymore has opened the doors to its newest development in Bray this week, welcoming customers to the development by appointment with agents Savills and Dillon Marshall.

- The new release includes two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes, with interior design features inspired by the local area

- When complete, the 40-acre site will comprise 1,200-homes, 9 acres of open space to include Central Park, Coastal Gardens, The Linear Park and a multi-use games area

- The vast neighbourhood straddles both Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and Wicklow, with connectivity that will give residents the best of both urban and suburban living, with Dublin just 45 minutes away via the DART

A first look at Sea Gardens in Bray

An external image showing one of the homes at Sea Gardens

Customers hoping to secure a new home at Ballymore’s Sea Gardens in Bray can make appointments to visit the first show homes this week, as a new range of properties are released for sale.

Located on the north bank of the Dargle River, close to Bray Harbour and the iconic Victorian promenade, Sea Gardens is an ode to Bray’s historic charm whilst catering to the requirements of sustainable 21st-century living.  

The new homes boast views of the Irish Sea in one direction and of the Wicklow Mountains in another. Among those being released this week are the three-bedroom homes; ideally suited for young families, they feature three well-appointed bedrooms, including an ensuite bathroom for the primary bedroom, as well as large kitchen and dinner areas alongside a separate living room. 

Ballymore will also release a range of spacious four-bedroom properties offering accommodation over three storeys. All four bedrooms are doubles, with two ensuite bathrooms for the primary bedrooms, as well as a focus on kitchen-living spaces. The homes also feature a study – which can also be used as a playroom or home office – as well as a large utility room, ample storage, and a concealed pantry.  

The final homes within this release include two-bedroom apartments, each of which feature a primary bedroom ensuite, ample storage space, with some featuring a home office, as well as a collection of duplex homes, ranging two-bedroom, ground-floor apartments, and three-bedroom duplexes on the first and second floors.  

A common theme across all of the homes is their sustainability credentials, with the promise of A-rated homes under the Home Performance Index by the Irish Green Building Council emphasizing Ballymore’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable living. The homes also each boast lots of space, with up to 2.7-metre ceiling heights, and great attention to detail – with kitchen colours and tiling that denote the different property types; from the pink hued kitchens of the two-bedroom homes, to the teals and blues that come in the three- and four-bedroom properties respectively, each colour is a nod to the local colour palate. 

A first look at Sea Gardens in Bray

Just one example of Sea Gardens' unique kitchen designs

Externally, the properties are well-thought out, with the houses and ground-floor duplexes featuring private gardens, while the exteriors adopt a series of pastel render, resulting in contrasting streetscapes. Residents will also benefit from bike storage, car parking and EV charging facilities. Linda Mulryan is deputy managing director for Ballymore in Ireland and said: “We are looking forward to welcoming customers through our doors at Sea Gardens, showing them around these well-designed, high-quality new homes for the first time.

“Designs here are very much a nod to Bray’s distinct landscape, and we’ve brought as much of that into our aesthetic in each home. Fresh colour palates have been inspired by Bray itself and are evident in features such as each bathroom’s terrazzo tiling, to the pastel hues of the kitchen units, to the rendering outside. 

“We have embraced the local environment to ensure that each property type has its own character, with its own unique story, and we are excited about sharing the intricacies of that with customers later this week.” 

Homes in the new release stand adjacent to Sea Gardens’ new multi-use games area and are close to the Market Square; the latter will become a focal point for the neighbourhood, with plans for regular food markets and artisan pop-up events. Residents of this first phase will also benefit from a creche, café, convenience store, and plentiful seating areas, while the entire site boasts a total of nine-acres of public open space, including the five-acre Central Park that will offer landscaped gardens, and informal games courts. 

Sea Gardens straddles the counties of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and Wicklow, falling on the boundary line between both counties; that distinction has been recognised and subtly integrated at Sea Gardens, with paths and planted areas linking to the adjacent parkland and residential streets.  An example include’s the which Linear Park will link Corke Abbey Valley Park to Bray Harbour, and the adjacent Great Lawn which will feature a playground. 

Connectivity is also key, with the DART to Dublin City Centre, and access to the M11 and M50 motorways all ensuring Sea Gardens residents will never be too far from where they need to be.  The neighbourhood is also close to the centre of Bray, its neighbouring town of Greystones, and is served by high quality education providers from pre-school to primary and secondary schools, several language schools and a third-level institute.  

Linda continued: “Sea Gardens is a place for 21st Century coastal living, somewhere we hope will become a great example of a connected, thriving, and happy neighbourhood.”

For further information, please register your interest here.

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It was 40 years ago, on May Day 1982, that Ballymore opened its first show house at its base in Ballymore Eustace in County Kildare, Ireland – aptly naming the company after the village in which it was founded.

Now, exactly four decades later, Ballymore has launched 80 new homes in Ballymore Eustace. Known as River Walk, the development sits on the banks of the River Liffey and features exciting new sustainable designs. All 80 homes will be energy efficient and built to a top A rating for energy efficiency, with well-insulated walls, floors, and roofs, as well as an air-to-water heat pump system that provides domestic hot water and efficient heating, serving wall-mounted radiators. Indoor air quality levels will be enhanced, thanks to mechanical ventilation.

Linda Mulryan, Deputy Managing Director at Ballymore, said, “River Walk is a long-awaited homecoming for us, some 40 years after starting our journey in Ballymore Eustace. The village has a special place in my heart and our primary goal with this development has been to ensure the village thrives in the future, not just by retaining its magic but by having the capacity to welcome a new generation of local people.”

Much thought has been given to the aesthetics at River Walk – with influences taken from the traditional Irish cottage fused with contemporary features. The architectural styles throughout the development celebrate the diversity of the architecture and work by local artists complements the interiors to demonstrate authentic modern Irish living.

Homes range from two-bedroom cottages with stunning interiors – including black granite worktop finishes in the kitchens, traditional painted panelling, traditional brass and enamel bathroom fixtures, and quality Irish craftsmanship throughout. Grand windows, open-plan living, volumetric space, striking lighting and luxury appliances, such as high quality Smeg fridge freezers, ensure the cottages also celebrate contemporary living. 

Ballymore’s homecoming! Back to where it all began, with a sustainable new development

River Walk will also cater for families with a range of three- and four-bedroom homes featuring contemporary kitchens, sliding door options and terrazzo style walling and flooring, as well as feature painted staircase balustrades with solid oak handrails.  Linda continued: “As is the standard for all our developments, River Walk homes embody exceptional design and build. We have invested a great amount of time into tastefully integrating the new homes so that they are not only an extension of Ballymore Eustace but also a great addition to the historic village.”

River Walk is located minutes from the centre of Ballymore Eustace – and with Dublin just 45 minutes away. Future residents will benefit from walks and trails along the banks of the Liffey, while on the water, rowers, kayakers, paddle boarders and the odd wild-bather frolic. The surrounding area has a rich equestrian history, so bridle paths and horse facilities are close at hand. The area is home to numerous sporting ovals, outdoor courts, and even a water ski club, so local people can enjoy a range of leisure pursuits. River Walk is also the perfect community for families, with the local school and many of the village amenities just a short walk from the new homes.

The development is ideal for workers who follow a hybrid working schedule and want to embrace the tranquillity of the Irish countryside, while also living within commuting distance of Dublin. Ballymore is home to ‘The Hub’, a fully equipped co-working space in the village, which offers a state-of-the-art boardroom with video conferencing, a private phone booth, collaboration spaces, and photocopy and scanning needs for the modern remote worker. Residents of River Walk automatically become VIP members of ‘The Hub’ for their first year, which offers them the benefit of 30 complementary days to use the hub workspaces, as well as other exclusive discounts and benefits.

You can read more about the development in the Irish Times.

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Creating a world first: Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens

The Sky Pool, a global feat of design and manufacturing innovation, has officially opened at Embassy Gardens in London’s Nine Elms. The world’s largest free-standing clear acrylic pool structure sits high above the ground at tenth storey level, forming a transparent aqueduct spanning 15 metres between two new apartment buildings.

The buildings are part of the second phase of the mixed use Embassy Gardens scheme (EcoWorld Ballymore) on a high profile site close to the new US Embassy and the River Thames. The developers brought an international team of experts together to create the pool, working with architects HAL Architects and Arup Associates, structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan and US manufacturer Reynolds Polymer Technology. For all involved in the project, the pool’s opening marks the culmination of six years of collaboration to tackle the numerous challenges involved in designing, engineering and manufacturing this highly innovative structure.

The groundbreaking design concept grew out of a conversation between HAL Architects and Ballymore chairman and group chief executive Sean Mulryan. “We were dealing with the practical question of how to put a 25 metre swimming pool on the roof. A single pool of that size would not have fitted on one building,” explains Hal Currey, founder of HAL Architects. “We had a meeting with Sean and the idea of creating the pool as an aqueduct came up and Sean said: ‘If we’re going to do it, then let’s do it properly and make it transparent’.”

The conversation could have ended there. “It was one of those rash ideas that you don’t expect to happen,” says Currey. “But Sean really embraced it.”

Initially, the designers looked at making the pool in steel and glass, but when Eckersley O’Callaghan joined the design team, they suggested using acrylic instead of glass. Acrylic has been used to create some of the world’s biggest and most famous modern aquaria, including a water slide tube through a shark tank in Las Vegas. “The move from glass to acrylic was integral to the project and the final design,” says Currey. “Glass would have involved numerous complexities and fixings. Acrylic allowed us to get rid of a lot of architectural hardware. In terms of clarity and transparency, it allowed us to get close to the original idea. But we didn’t know when we created the first image of the design that it would be possible to use acrylic.”

That first computer generated image showing a view from the ground up to a clear blue pool had been published in the Evening Standard newspaper in London in 2017, exciting global interest. “The intention was to keep the design simple. It had to look as transparent as possible and appear as effortless as possible,” says Currey. Acrylic offered aesthetic benefits as it appears colourless, its refractive index would give the impression of it blending with the water and joints in the structure would not be visible. An acrylic pool would still, however, be complex to design and build. “We faced a combination of challenges: the transparency, the acrylic and spanning the two buildings,” explains Currey.

The final design comprises a 15 metre long acrylic section sitting in steel ‘tubs’ at either end, the tubs providing a base for the pool and also housing the pool steps and essentials such as cleaning equipment and lighting. Bridge bearings under the tubs allow the pool to move as the two buildings on which it sits move. The only other steelwork in the pool structure is the two discreet post-tensioned rods running under the side walls, which help secure the tubs to the acrylic without needing to drill into the latter.

Colorado-based expert in acrylic fabrication Reynolds Polymer Technology played a crucial part in refining the design. Currey gives one example: “The original design had two downstand acrylic beams, but they were removed as the construction evolved. So the pool actually became more aligned to its original design concept.”

The fabricator had to refine its own quality and fabrication processes – and temporarily extend its production facility – in order to deliver the large and exacting project. “Building a pool for London in Colorado was not the easiest thing to do. We were very much in Reynolds’ hands,” says Currey. The pool floor is made of seven cast acrylic panels, joined to create the 15 metre span, and has 3.2 metre high side walls. The overall structure contains 148,000 litres of water, giving a depth of 1.2 metres.

‘If we’re going to do it, then let’s do it properly and make it transparent’

Creating a world first: Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens

Delivering this project has inevitably been a long and testing process. “There were many times when I thought it wouldn’t happen,” admits Currey. Now that it is complete, he says, “I’m fairly amazed it’s there. I feel a mix of relief and a sense of achievement. The most gratifying thing is that it looks better than it did in the early computer generated images.”

The pool has an obvious value to its location, says Currey. “There are all sorts of things it brings to Embassy Gardens – people talk about it and want to know about it and you hope there will be a social value as a congregation point for residents.” Embassy Gardens’ Sky Deck bar and restaurant on either side of the pool maximise the pool’s social potential.

 

For the construction industry, the project has value in adding to understanding of the application of non-traditional materials like acrylic. Currey also praises Sean Mulryan for remaining true to his initial vision. “In our industry we are so used to seeing designs value engineered,” he says. “It is not often that you have an idea that gets so fully supported by the client in this way.”

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Ballymore to partner with Diageo to create Guinness Quarter

Global drinks giant Diageo has named Ballymore as its development partner to create a visionary neighbourhood for living, entrepreneurship, creativity and commerce at the St James’s Gate site of the Guinness brewery in Dublin. The move will see an iconic site with a rich heritage become a standard bearer for the city’s future, as Dublin’s first zero carbon district.

Diageo began its search for a development partner in 2017 and selected Ballymore following a rigorous selection process. Oliver Loomes, Managing Director of Diageo Ireland, said, “Since our announcement in 2017 we have been committed to doing it right and know that Ballymore share our vision for the future of the site. We look forward to partnering with them on this exciting project. Our ambition is also to work with the Iveagh Trust, one of Dublin’s largest social housing providers, as a partner in this project.”

Ballymore comes to this project with a track record in such complex regeneration developments as London City Island and Old Spitalfields Market, in London. Ballymore Chairman and Chief Executive Sean Mulryan said, “We are truly honoured to have been chosen as Diageo’s development partner for the Guinness Quarter. With 40 years of experience in delivering complex urban regeneration sites, in city centre locations across Europe, we are confident we have the team to deliver. I am looking forward to leading the team in bringing this special place to life.”

Diageo and Ballymore will now work with the local community and stakeholders to develop the shared vision for the regeneration of the 12.6 acre site. “It is unusual for a drink to mean so much to so many, but Guinness has become far more than a brand. It has become a symbol for Ireland: an icon of heritage for people all over the world,” continued Mulryan. “St James’s Gate has over 260 years of history, and so, we have a unique responsibility to ensure that when that famous gate opens, it opens to a place synonymous with good times and memorable experiences.”

Opening up the site’s gates to welcome in the public is one aspect of the regeneration vision, alongside the creation of new public spaces for this area of the city and preserving and breathing new life into valued heritage assets. The zero carbon ambition will see existing buildings assessed for potential re-use and renewable energy potential explored. “Working together, Diageo, Ballymore, the local community and Dublin City Council will establish a new part of Dublin City for future generations, that supports Ireland’s growth economically, socially, and culturally,” said Mulryan.

The St James’s Gate brewery has been the home of Guinness since 1759 and was once known as a ‘city within a city’, which boasted its own railway line, medical department and fire brigade. Under the regeneration, the site will remain at the heart of the local community, while also boosting the regeneration of its Liberties area location and the broader city.

 

The Guinness brand’s links with its historic home will also very much remain, as Diageo Ireland’s Loomes explained: “Diageo will continue to be present in the area as our Irish headquarters will be located at St James’s Gate, alongside our brewery, the new Roe & Co distillery, the Guinness Storehouse and the Open Gate Brewery. This demonstrates our confidence and commitment to the Guinness Quarter.”

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Royal Wharf Pier realises vision for sustainable travel

London’s newest Thames pier was opened to the public this week and appropriately provided the location for Transport for London (TfL) to announce its new strategy aimed at expanding the river’s pier network.

The new pier at Ballymore and Oxley’s Royal Wharf is London’s longest and the 23rd serviced by the Thames Clippers riverboat service. The cutting edge design with its grey painted steel structure and distinctive copper-coloured balustrading was created by architect Nex and has already been recognised in this year’s New London Awards. The structure was built in Holland and transported some 300 miles by water to its final location, alongside the burgeoning community at Royal Wharf.

Local residents and visitors can now all enjoy the pier’s promenade and glazed viewing platform, taking in the sights and sounds of the Thames. But above all, the pier makes a key contribution to sustainable travel in east London, bringing popular destinations within easy reach. Residents from Royal Wharf and the wider Newham community using Royal Wharf Pier will be able to travel via the Thames Clipper to Canary Wharf in just 23 minutes, while the Tower of London is 34 minutes away.

The new pier could be the shape of things to come. The new Passenger Pier Strategy sets out how TfL, the Port of London Authority, boat operators and other stakeholders plan to double the number of trips taken by river each year to 20 million by 2035, reducing car use and freeing up capacity on other public transport. Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport said of the launch of the strategy: “The Thames is one of London’s major assets and our Pier Strategy will enable us to maximise its potential fully. By improving our piers and making them more accessible and appealing, we will encourage many more Londoners to travel by river – helping reduce car use, ease congestion and improve air quality.”

"This isn’t just a new build development for the people that live here, it brings a lot for the whole borough."

Royal Wharf Pier realises vision for sustainable travel

Sean Collins, Thames Clippers, Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, and Sean Mulryan, at the pier's launch day

The strategy proposes that TfL and the Port of London Authority encourage the delivery of more privately funded, developer-led piers to help increase passenger potential. Robin Mortimer, Chief Executive of the Port of London Authority, said: “This new strategy is a key step in continuing safe and sustainable growth in passenger use of the River Thames – whether that’s for Londoners, UK or overseas visitors – the river offers something for everyone. Investment in modern and attractive passenger piers is central to that future growth and great customer experience.”

That could see more developers following the example being set at Royal Wharf, providing homes and sustainable travel in an integrated approach.

Sean Mulryan, Chairman & Group Chief Executive, Ballymore, said: “The new pier having launched for public service is an incredible achievement for all involved, and a great addition for Royal Wharf and Newham residents. We are delivering 3,385 new homes here in east London – which is in essence a new town, ultimately for 10,000 residents across 40 acres. This isn’t just a new build development for the people that live here, it brings a lot for the whole borough. The vision for the neighbourhood is being realised here, with the Royal Wharf Community Dock now open too, plus an NHS health centre, new nursery and primary school all on the way.”

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Ireland’s former President Mary McAleese joined Ballymore Chairman and founder Sean Mulryan today, unveiling a new commemorative plaque in honour of Anglo-Irish suffragette Charlotte Despard – a pioneering figure in the realms of social activism, suffrage, and humanitarian efforts.

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Donated by Ballymore’s founder Sean Mulryan, the plaque was unveiled at a public ceremony at Embassy Gardens in London. The event featured a reading of ‘What has Mrs Despard ever done for us?’ by the poet Hilaire, as well as music performances from award-winning music charity World Heart Beat, whose concert hall and academy is based at Embassy Gardens.  

Mary McAleese, who served as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011 said: “We all owe Charlotte Despard, and it is so important that her name is known, not for its own sake but for the sake of all she championed and all that still remains undone.  She led by example - formidable, challenging example. I hope today is a call to action that she would be proud of, and I am very grateful for being allowed to be part of this event, grateful to those who have made it happen and to those who will make it their business to finish what she started.”

Added Sean Mulryan: “I have always been a passionate advocate of both the important heritage and future potential of Nine Elms, where our Embassy Gardens development has established a new, thriving community. We are proud to play a role in recognising and honouring Charlotte Despard, who contributed so much for people living in Nine Elms, and tirelessly worked for a more fair and equitable society – an important legacy to take forward.” 

Known as "The Mother of Battersea” and one of Nine Elms’ most esteemed historical figures, Charlotte provided welfare facilities for the local community, many of whom were Irish, from her home at 2 Currie Street between 1890 and 1922, where landmark development Embassy Gardens stands today. Despard defied societal expectations of her time by dedicating her life to advocating for social justice and equality: the unveiling of a special plaque is testament to her contributions to the local community.

Charlotte married Maximilian Carden Despard, an Anglo-Irish businessman and banker who was heavily involved in the early days of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (now known as HSBC) from 1865. When her husband died in 1890, Charlotte decided to dedicate the rest of her life to helping the poor, moving to Nine Elms where she offered welfare support to the local community. She spent a great deal of time in Ireland and in 1908 joined Hanna Sheehy Skeffington to form the Irish Women’s Franchise League, settling in Dublin after World War I. 

In 1920 Despard toured Ireland as a member of the Labour Party Commission of Inquiry, and during the Irish War of Independence, together with Irish republican revolutionary, suffragette and actress, Maud Gonne, she collected first-hand evidence of army and police atrocities in Cork and Kerry. The two women also formed the Women's Prisoners' Defence League to support republican prisoners and in 1921, Despard shared a house with Maud Gonne, who was also well known for being the muse and long-time love interest of Irish poet W. B. Yeats.

Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese unveils historic plaque  at Embassy Gardens

The unveiling ceremony was attended by Irish Ambassador to the UK, Mr Martin Fraser, broadcaster Ryan Tubridy, Mayor of Wandsworth Councillor Sana Jafri, as well as Lady Lucy French OBE, Despard’s great-niece, who said: “Growing up and listening to tales of my great aunt Lottie, I was always filled with immense awe. She was a woman so ahead of her time: a visionary in her support of the vulnerable, and the cause of women's rights. I could not be more proud to see her recognised in Nine Elms, a fitting tribute to the Mother of Battersea.”

The installation of the plaque represents the ongoing commitment of Sean Mulryan and Ballymore to honouring the historical significance of Nine Elms, and those who have lived, worked and contributed to the local community. 

 

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Ballymore wins at the 2024 Irish Construction Awards

Ballymore’s River Walk has received the Residential Project of the Year accolade at this year’s Irish Construction Awards. 

The award was presented during a ceremony in Dublin on Friday night, celebrating Ireland’s top construction and development achievements over the past year.

River Walk is a new neighbourhood in Ballymore Eustace, the very area from which Ballymore took its name in 1982. Ballymore has now returned here, unleashing founder Sean Mulryan’s vision to extend the village. 

Now, Ballymore has brought that to fruition, creating 80 energy-efficient homes that blend the traditional Irish cottage aesthetic with modern design. River Walk draws on the area’s rich heritage, seamlessly connecting the community to existing amenities. 

Speaking of the win, Sean Mulryan said: "River Walk is our vision for a contemporary neighbourhood that draws on the best of local and Irish heritage. 

“Our goal was to create a place that seamlessly integrates with Ballymore Eustace, celebrating its heritage while emphasising quality and sustainability. Returning to this village after four decades symbolises a homecoming, as we create a new neighbourhood that harmoniously coexists with its existing charm.

“We are thrilled to have our work recognised by the ICE judges and extend our congratulations to all the other winners and nominees.”

Founded in 1993 the Irish Construction Excellence Awards (ICE Awards) are the original and premier recognition of performance excellence for the contracting sector in Ireland. Find out more https://iceawards.ie.

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Ballymore has announced its sponsorship of the 2024 Taste of Kildare Festival at Naas Racecourse this September.

The three-day event, hosted by the county’s tourism board Into Kildare, promises to be bigger and better than ever, celebrating Kildare as the beating heart of Ireland’s culinary scene.

Ballymore set to sponsor the 2024 Taste of Kildare Festival

This year’s event will welcome more than 100 partners from the tourism and hospitality sectors, each honouring the area’s rich and diverse food culture.  Among them is Kildare County Council’s Local Enterprise Office’s ‘The Flavours of Kildare Collective’ featuring 20 artisan producers.

There will also be demos, masterclasses and special food and drink villages as well as appearances from the county’s culinary stars, including celebrity chef Derry Clarke of The Club at Goffs; Gareth Naughton of Neighbourhood; Gary O’Hanlon from The K Club; Sean Smith from Cliff at Lyons; Jordan Bailey and Majken Bech-Bailey from Bech-Bailey; Natalie Collins of The Japanese Gardens Restaurant at the Irish National Stud & Gardens; Duro Vdovic of Fallon’s of Kilcullen; and Magali Buisson of O’Dooles Restaurant.  

Ballymore, which was founded in Co.Kildare in 1982, is supporting this year’s event, as the company’s deputy managing director – and Kildare native – Linda Mulryan explained: “We’re proud to support Taste of Kildare this year, bringing the community together to celebrate the county’s rich food culture.

“Being from Kildare myself, I know how special an event like this is for bringing local businesses, families, friends and neighbours together. Ballymore built its first show home in Kildare over 40 years ago and has built 4,000 homes in the county since, with another 3,000 planned, so this partnership means so much to the whole company. We look forward to helping showcase Kildare’s culinary talent in September.”

Aine Mangan, CEO of Into Kildare added: “I am thrilled to once again support the tourism industry in Kildare and bring the Taste of Kildare to life 

“Our past successes at prestigious venues like The Curragh and The K Club are a testament to the vibrant potential of our region. We are committed to continuing this tradition of excellence and showcasing the rich culinary and cultural experiences that Kildare has to offer.

The Taste of Kildare will run from 20th to 22nd September 2024. Ticket prices start from €15, and general admission, group and VIP packages can be booked via www.tasteofkildare.ie.

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BALLYMORE PEOPLE

Ballymore四十年耕耘成就 不言而喻

Brian De'ath擔任銷售與行銷總經理已有七個月,我們與他探討了他是如何加入 Ballymore的,以及他對房地產市場的看法、購房者的基本需求,還有他在Frinton on Sea的海灘小屋為何是他最喜歡的地方。

Ballymore四十年耕耘成就 不言而喻

“偶然進入這個行業,我感到幸運至極。”


在房地產開發這個行業裡,你不可能不熟悉Ballymore! 他們在業界四十年的成就精彩輝煌,我在為其他開發商工作的時候一直關注他們的進展。 簡而言之,我喜歡他們開發的項目。


使他們脫穎而出並真正體現他們獨特賣點的是對每個項目制定的個人化方案。 他們不會拿到項目後就認為:“我們要在項目上打上我們的Ballymore標籤就可以了”,這樣的開發商很難取得成功,我了解到:他們的重心是“我們要如何最好地 捕捉到這裡的地方特色,並將其融入項目之中”。


他們在每個項目中都專注於其地方特色,並賦予每個項目獨特的特質。 這與我之前合作過的開發商有著本質上的區別,這也是Ballymore成功的法寶之一。

Ballymore四十年耕耘成就 不言而喻

倫敦使館花園

未來願景


這種創新的觀點確保每個項目都能完美地捕捉到其所在社區的精髓,在創造一個蓬勃發展新社區的同時,也為社區錦上添花,賦予其勃勃的生機。 我永遠不會忘記 2011年去參觀使館花園的情景。 當時只有孤零零的三層展銷中心,周圍除了汽車展廳和輕工業之外什麼都沒有,然而當我站在觀景平台上被問及對它的看法時,我的回答很簡單:“難以令人置信”。


事實上,我希望自己可以為所參與的項目提供高品質的體驗,但現在我們還沒有做到,我們正在為此努力。 儘管現有的環境完全不令人振奮,但這正是我們提升水準,創造奇蹟的好機會,這說明它是多麼的不同尋常。


我們可以盡情美化我們的銷售詞句,但購買一棟房子的核心是讓人感受到安心與安全。 人們終渴望一個地方能讓他們遠離塵囂,放鬆身心。 吸引買家的關鍵點就是這個簡單的道理,而我在參觀使館花園時意識到的——當時的使館花園正處於起步階段,而13年後的今天——這種能夠喚起家的感覺的力量不斷壯大,在成熟的路上不斷邁進。 精心設計的空間可以讓人們看到未來的願景——這就是Ballymore已經多次做到的,也是他們今天仍然在做的。


在這裡工作能感受到一種巨大的能量和責任感,我認為這只有在老闆直接參與管理的公司中才能體會到。 我曾經為上市公司工作,聽到過“要以主角一樣行事”的建議,而現在我成為了公司的一部分,老闆位於公司所代表的一切事務核心。 它不屬於你見不到的遠端操控的股東,它屬於每天盡職盡責,辛勤工作在你周邊的人們。


綜觀全局


我工作中的一個重要部分是與我的團隊互動並激勵他們。 沒有房產銷售,我們就沒有業績,因此管理銷售團隊是我日常工作中不可或缺的一部分。 我曾經在房地產仲介公司工作過,所以我可以運用那些銷售技巧,但我必須更多地從全局思考,而不是被更細微的細節所束縛,同時還要記住,每一次銷售都值得慶祝。 每一宗交易都在提醒我們,我們已經激發了人們願將Ballymore成為自己家園的渴望。


永遠不要忽視人們在特定空間中的那種直覺感受,這一點非常重要,我認為這也是Ballymore成功的核心所在。 該公司對項目的全方位掌控非常出色——如果沒有這一點,就不可能取得過去40年來的巨大成就。 它將財務責任感與直覺,一種內在的感受結合在一起,這是必要的,尤其是在規劃像Embassy Gardens這樣需要數十年才能完成的多階段項目時。 總是有一些變數是你無法控製或預測的,要成功駕馭市場的大起大落,需要一定的綜合才能。


房地產市場又經歷了坎坷的一年;也許市場會將2023年下半年視為本輪經濟週期的最低點。 更廣泛地說,英國脫歐和疫情給我們帶來了持續的挑戰——我們看到了對大戶型住宅的需求在增加,購房者選擇在更大居住空間讓自己可以盡情放鬆,而在這方面的投資者則相對較少。


儘管Ballymore今年開局可圈可點,但我們永遠不能自滿。 利率對於潛在購買者是否有購買信心起著至關重要的作用,我們行業的所有人都在期待著首次降息;我是個樂觀主義者,一直預測降息會在今年五月發生...... 讓我們拭目以待。


簡報之外


工作之餘,我主要與朋友和家人在一起。 我和我的妻子Gaynor結婚 23 年,育有兩個女兒19歲的Holly Rose和 17歲的Madeleine。 我們喜歡在Frinton on Sea的粉紅白條紋沙灘小屋度過閒暇時光。 這個週末我將騎自行車70英里前往那裡,女兒們將乘車與我會合! 我最喜歡划船和在海裡游泳,也熱衷於跑步。 我剛開始嘗試鐵人三項比賽,並期待今年晚些時候即將到來的幾場比賽,能成為房地產開發領域的一份子,我感到非常幸運。 然而,當年我離開大學時,房地產開發行業並不在我為自己設定的宏偉藍圖之中,我將過去30年的成功歸功於我會對所有的機會都說"Yes!",以及積極的工作態度。


為Ballymore工作與我的個人目標完全契合: 你必須深度了解自己銷售的產品並相信它,如果你銷售的產品是如此卓越,那麼無論是作為我個人還是潛在的購買者,都很容易說"Yes "。

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Ballymore四十年耕耘成就 不言而喻

“偶然进入这个行业,我感到幸运至极。”


在房地产开发这个行业里,你不可能不熟悉Ballymore!他们在业界四十年的成就精彩辉煌,我在为其他开发商工作的时候一直关注他们的进展。简而言之,我喜欢他们开发的项目。


使他们脱颖而出并真正体现他们独特卖点的是对每个项目制定的个性化方案。他们不会拿到项目后就认为:“我们要在项目上打上我们的Ballymore标签就可以了”,这样的开发商很难取得成功,我了解到:他们的重心是“我们要如何最好地捕捉到这里的地方特色,并将其融入到项目之中”。


他们在每个项目中都重点关注其地方特色,并赋予每个项目别具一格的特质。这与我之前合作过的开发商有着本质上的区别,这也是Ballymore成功的法宝之一。

Ballymore四十年耕耘成就 不言而喻

伦敦使馆花园

未来愿景


这种创新的观点确保每个项目都能完美地捕捉到其所在社区的精髓,在创造一个蓬勃发展新社区的同时,也为社区锦上添花,赋予其勃勃的生机。 我永远不会忘记 2011年去参观使馆花园的情景。当时只有孤零零的三层展销中心,周围除了汽车展厅和轻工业之外什么都没有,然而当我站在观景平台上被问及对它的看法时,我的回答很简单:“难以令人置信”。


事实上,我希望自己可以为所参与的项目提供高质量的体验,但现在我们还没有做到,我们正为之努力。尽管现有的环境完全不令人振奋,但这正是我们提升水准,创造奇迹的好机会,这说明它是多么的不同寻常。


我们可以尽情美化我们的销售词句,但购买一所房子的核心是让人感受到安心与安全。人们终渴望一个地方能让他们远离尘嚣,放松身心。吸引买家的关键点就是这个简单的道理,而我在参观使馆花园时意识到的——当时的使馆花园正处于起步阶段,而13年后的今天——这种能够唤起家的感觉的力量不断壮大,在成熟的路上不断迈进。精心设计的空间可以让人们看到未来的愿景——这就是Ballymore已经多次做到的,也是他们今天仍然在做的。


在这里工作能感受到一种巨大的能量和责任感,我认为这只有在老板直接参与管理的公司中才能体会到。我曾经为上市公司工作,听到过“要以主人公一样行事”的建议,而现在我成为了公司的一部分,老板位于公司所代表的一切事务核心。它不属于你见不到的远程操控的股东,它属于每天尽职尽责,辛勤工作在你周边的人们。


纵观全局


我工作中的一个重要部分是与我的团队互动并激励他们。没有房产销售,我们就没有业绩,因此管理销售团队是我日常工作中不可或缺的一部分。我曾经在房地产中介公司工作过,所以我可以运用那些销售技巧,但我必须更多地从全局思考,而不是被更细微的细节所束缚,同时还要记住,每一次销售都值得庆祝。每一宗交易都在提醒我们,我们已经激发了人们愿将Ballymore成为自己家园的渴望。


永远不要忽视人们在特定空间中的那种直觉感受,这一点非常重要,我认为这也是Ballymore成功的核心所在。该公司对项目的全方位掌控非常出色——如果没有这一点,就不可能取得过去40年来的巨大成就。它将财务责任感与直觉,一种内心的感受结合在一起,这是必要的,尤其是在规划像Embassy Gardens这样需要数十年才能完成的多阶段项目时。总有一些变数是你无法控制或预测的,要成功驾驭市场的大起大落,需要一定的综合才能。


房地产市场又经历了坎坷的一年;也许市场会将2023年下半年视为本轮经济周期的最低点。更广泛地说,英国脱欧和疫情给我们带来了持续的挑战——我们看到了对大户型住宅的需求在增加,购房者选择在更大居住空间让自己可以尽情放松,而在这方面的投资者则相对较少。


尽管 Ballymore 今年开局可圈可点,但我们永远不能自满。利率对于潜在购买者是否有购买信心起着至关重要的作用,我们行业的所有人都在期待着首次降息;我是个乐观主义者,一直预测降息会在今年五月发生......让我们拭目以待。


简报之外


工作之余,我主要与朋友和家人在一起。我和我的妻子Gaynor结婚 23 年,育有两个女儿19岁的Holly Rose和 17岁的Madeleine。我们喜欢在Frinton on Sea的粉白条纹沙滩小屋度过闲暇时光。这个周末我将骑自行车70英里前往那里,女儿们将乘车与我会合!我最喜欢划船和在海里游泳,也热衷于跑步。我刚刚开始尝试铁人三项比赛,并期待着今年晚些时候即将到来的几场比赛,能成为房地产开发领域的一份子,我感到非常幸运。然而,当年我离开大学时,房地产开发行业并不在我为自己设定的宏伟蓝图之中,我将过去30年的成功归功于我会对所有的机遇都说 "Yes!",以及积极的工作态度。


为Ballymore工作与我的个人目标完全契合: 你必须深度了解自己销售的产品并相信它,如果你销售的产品是如此卓越,那么无论是作为我个人还是潜在的购买者,都很容易说 "Yes"。

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  • “I love living at 8th Lock!”
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“I love living at 8th Lock!”


8th Lock in Dublin has been tailor-made to provide everything our residents could possibly desire. Now as we launch the final homes available to rent, we hear from those who have already moved in, as they tell us how they’ve been settling into our newest neighbourhood – somewhere which heralds a new era of living with sustainability, accessibility and community at its heart. 

“Living here has been transformative for my family”

The boundaries have been well and truly pushed at 8th Lock and it’s wonderful to see it in all its glory, with residents settling into what has already become a thriving and vibrant community.  

From the onset, the masterplan for this development stretched the norm, striving for the innovative integration of the latest environmental friendly procedures to create a new standard of home with sustainability at its core. 

The result is exemplary, with occupants soaking up the endless benefits as they create a new life in this space which provides all the amenities they could wish for, executed with precision with user experience at the forefront of every decision – something resident Ruth McKeown explains: “I love living at 8thLock. Everything’s convenient and it’s been so easy to make a life here; meeting new people and enjoying all that’s on offer.”   

Beautiful communal gardens provide scenic walks, with amenities including an onsite gym, comfortable and inspiring meeting spaces, a roof garden and access to our dedicated tenant app and concierge services all designed with ease of living in mind. As resident Lucas Imbimbo explains: “The experience at 8th Lock has been excellent. The move-in process was swift and the staff have always been helpful. The gym is brand new - it’s fantastic and the concierge are always very helpful.”

“I love living at 8th Lock!”

Situated close to the city alongside the Royal Canal, 8th Lock achieves the rare and harmonious balance of being able to offer beautiful green spaces on its doorstep alongside urban, connected living with its many flexible transport options and accessibility to Dublin.

Resident Thiago Sousa adds that moving here has been a “transformative experience” for his family adding, “instant access to public transportation just steps away adds another layer of convenience to our lives.” Lucas Imbimbo also says that “having easy access to public transport has been key to our experience.” Lucas’ comments are echoed by Ruth who works at a hospital and adds: “It’s all so well-connected, making all of my journeys to work really simple”.

But it’s not just location and accessibility that enables 8th Lock to shine. Integral to its vision was the commitment to create homes that offer practicality and beauty, inspiring an elevated living experience. Built with incomparable energy efficiency credentials, integrated heating systems and sleek finishes, these homes offer all the modern appliances you would expect, with light, spacious living areas and a balcony to enjoy the canalside vista. 

Thiago Sousa reports that his apartment is “incredibly comfortable, and furnished with top-notch quality pieces.” While Lucas Imbimbo says: “my favourite part of the development is the apartment itself: the design is beautiful, and the furniture is of the highest quality, making my wife and I feel really at home.” Resident Phaniraj Rao confirms that “the property is particularly of very high quality making the experience of living here more memorable.”

With an abundance of parks, shops, restaurants, cafes, schools, and sports clubs all within walking distance, 8th Lock offers something for everyone, providing the opportunity to live in a unique and elevated way. 

“I love living at 8th Lock!”

This Spring sees the much-anticipated addition of one- and two- bedroom rental properties available at 8th Lock with Anne Marie Higgins - Savills Agent to General Manager, 8th Lock ( Savills)  - concluding: “We’re delighted to have welcomed so many fantastic residents to 8th Lock and look forward to presenting our newest rental homes in the coming weeks.

“They each present the highest standards of build quality – as is the way with Ballymore homes. And they come with a great resident service, a whole host of amenities, excellent connectivity and superb quality interior finishes.” 

Find out more about the final homes at 8th Lock here

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“I feel very fortunate to have stumbled into this industry”

You don’t work in this industry without familiarising yourself with Ballymore! Their 40-year track record speaks for itself and I’d followed their progress throughout my career whilst working for other developers. Quite simply put, I love what they produce. 

The element that makes them stand out and really encapsulates their USP is their individualistic approach to every project they undertake. They don’t arrive and say ‘we’re going to put our overarching Ballymore stamp on this’ which wouldn’t necessarily be an unsuccessful approach - instead they devote their energy into asking ‘how can we best capture the heart of this location.’ 

The focus is always to add to the unique character of the landscape with the stamp of approval coming from studying each potential development in isolation. This is an inherently different approach to developers I’ve worked with previously and forms part of the Ballymore magic. 

“Ballymore’s 40-year track record speaks for itself”

Embassy Gardens in London

A vision of the future 

This innovative outlook ensures that every project seamlessly captures the essence of its location, to create an organic addition to the space whilst creating a thriving new community.  I’ll never forget going to visit Embassy Gardens in 2011. There was just the original three storey marketing suite on site surrounded by nothing but car show rooms and light industry, yet when asked what I thought of it whilst standing on the terrace viewing platform, my response was simply ‘I think I feel ill.’ 

The truth is, I wished that I was delivering this quality of experience on the projects I was currently dealing with, but at this time we weren’t. That this space had been able elicit this level of feeling, despite the existing surroundings being completely uninspiring, shows how very special it was.

We can dress it up as much as we like, but at the heart of buying a home is the need to feel secure and safe. People have always - and will always want a place where they can shut the rest of the world away and relax. The ability to attract buyers lies in this simple truth and what I realised on that visit around Embassy Gardens - which was at the very beginning of its journey and is still coming to fruition 13 years later - is the power in being able to evoke that feeling of home. The skill of executing a space whereby people can see a vision of the future - their future. That’s what Ballymore have done countless previous times  and it’s what they still do today. 

There is also a great energy and sense of responsibility in working here, which I think can only come from being part an owner managed business. Having worked for PLCs and received the advice to ‘act like you own it’ I’m now part of a business where the owners sit at the very heart of everything the company stands for. It doesn’t belong to distant shareholders, who you can’t visualise, it belongs to real people working incredibly hard, showing up every day to do the best they can. 

Seeing the bigger picture 

An essential part of my role is to engage and motivate the teams around me. Without selling our properties we don’t have a business, so managing the sales team is an integral part of my day to day. I used to work as a salesman in an estate agent so I can use that skill set although I have to take more of a helicopter view rather than get tied down in the finer details, whilst also remembering that every single sale deserves a celebration. Each is a reminder that we have triggered that human response to the feeling of being in a Ballymore home. 

It’s important to never lose sight of how people feel in a space, something I feel is at the core of Ballymore. The business has a very good handle on the numbers - you don’t get to achieve what it has in these past 40 years without this. But it combines this fiscal responsibility with intuition, a gut feeling, which is necessary, especially when planning multi-phased projects like Embassy Gardens which can take decades to complete. There are always going to be variables you can’t control or predict and it takes a certain skill set to successfully navigate the many ups and downs of the market.

The housing market has experienced another tricky year; perhaps the market will look back on the latter part of 2023 as a low point in this economic cycle. More broadly, Brexit and Covid have presented us with continued challenges - we’ve seen a higher demand for larger homes with buyers choosing to stretch themselves into bigger spaces, whilst investors have been far thinner on the ground.

Although we have had a positive start to the year we can never be complacent. Interest rates have a big part to play in giving potential buyers the confidence to move forward with their purchase and all of us in the industry are waiting expectantly for the first rate cut; I’m an optimist and have been predicting that’ll happen this May… let's see.

Beyond the brief

Outside of work you’ll mainly find me spending time with friends and family. I’ve been married to Gaynor for 23 years and we have two girls, Holly Rose (19) and Madeleine (17). We love to spend time at our pink and white striped beach hut in Frinton on Sea - in fact I’ll be cycling the 70 miles there this weekend and the girls will meet me there, travelling by car! My favourite thing is to paddle board and swim in the sea, and I’m also a keen runner. I’ve just started to experiment with triathlons and am looking forward to a couple of events later this year.

I feel very fortunate to be a part of the property development world. There was certainly no grand plan for this as a career when I left university and I put whatever success I have been part of over the (almost) last 30 years to saying yes; to opportunities and having a can-do, positive attitude.

Working for Ballymore is in alignment with my own goals: You must be invested and believe in the product you are selling and when the product is this good it’s easy to say yes to it, both from mine and a potential purchaser's perspective.

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This week we celebrate International Women’s Day by catching up with three of our colleagues across the business to see what the day means to them, and their experiences working in the construction industry. 

During her short time with us, Helen McNamara has already been recognised by colleagues as having a calm and balanced approach to life which ignites her natural ability in being able to deal with people with deep compassion and care, making her the perfect first port of call in our offices at Ballymore. 

We chat to her about her job as our Receptionist, life generally, and how she’s found raising a family whilst fulfilling her own aspirations. 

‘I’ve raised three strong young women’

I’ve led a varied life career-wise, yet dealing with people is always the same. I think everyone should be offered compassion and empathy and a chance to be listened to. I deal with Aftercare at Ballymore, as well as the day to day running, so I’m often having to sort out problems for people. 

At heart, we’re all consumers so I can relate to everybody on that level, but fundamentally, I like people and want to help them. It’s coming up to a year working here and I love it. It sounds cliche, but it’s the people that make it - they’re the friendliest bunch! Many have high-pressure jobs, but they never take anything out on you, everyone is treated with kindness and respect and that’s really important. 

Lending an ear

My job means I get to meet many different people daily, with contractors coming in for meetings and staff constantly around. I pop a bowl of sweets on my desk for anybody who wants one, I like to encourage people to come and say hello, the sweets lure them in. I love engaging with people and can pick up on a person’s mood quickly. 

My kids are older now and some have their own families, but I feel very fortunate that I was able to be at home with them during their formative years. That said, I still did my bit, providing accommodation for students and setting up my own business from home sourcing and selling diamond tip blades having spotted a niche in the market. Essentially though, I was where I wanted to be, with my children. I'm acutely aware that it’s not always easy for women to have a career and a family, especially when a child is sick; I’m still incredibly grateful that I had that opportunity.

Equality for all 

Whilst I recognise that International Women’s Day is a positive thing, I feel that every day should be for everyone! I don’t like to distinguish specifically on gender, as I believe it’s about who you are as a person, although I recognise that I’ve been incredibly fortunate and led a very privileged life as a woman when so many haven’t. I raised three amazing daughters, and a son who values equality and is brilliantly respectful. I wanted them to experience real life and different cultures so we moved to West Africa for two years when they were aged between four and fourteen. I really believe that experience has had an everlasting effect on them and has made them very humble individuals with an acute awareness of the importance of human connection. 

I’m really happy working at Ballymore and enjoying this period of my life, working full time, seeing my grandchildren, and writing a book! I’ve always written - in the past it was plays and now a work of fiction called ‘MisConceptions.’ I don’t know where it will lead but as I’ve always said, ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ – a great message for everyone I think!

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This week we celebrate International Women’s Day by catching up with three of our colleagues across the business to see what the day means to them, and their experiences working in the construction industry. 

Today we met Flavia Coelho who’s had to tackle more than most to get to where she is today, including learning a whole new language as part of her decision to move to Ireland from her home in Brazil. 

Here, she tells us how she’s settled into her role as a Design Coordinator here at Ballymore and why it was worth the sacrifice. 

“I’ve found more women than ever are being welcomed into the industry”

I’ve worked at Ballymore for almost two years but have been in the construction industry for much longer. I grew up, and began my career in Brazil, working there as an architect for nine years before deciding that I wanted to move abroad. In 2017 I made it happen and took the plunge, moving here to Ireland. It was a big move and involved making a few sacrifices, but I was adamant it was what I want to do even though it was very hard to leave my family. 

My next challenge of course was learning the English language as a native Brazilian! So for the first couple of years I invested all of my energy into doing just that whilst earning a living working in restaurants and cleaning to get by.  

In my third year here I was fluent enough to be able to do a master’s degree in project management which meant I could then get back to doing what I love, working in construction. It’s a challenging job, and I can’t say it’s always easy, but I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else. I’m responsible for coordinating all the Design elements of our projects, ensuring the Ballymore aesthetic is adhered to at every stage and in keeping with stringent health and safety guidelines. I oversee the design, working with the commercial department and site team right up to construction. Currently I’m overseeing three projects so it keeps me very busy! 

A job for life 

I have to say, I’ve found more women than ever are being welcomed into the industry and that is really nice to see. I have found in the past that as a woman I maybe didn’t get taken as seriously as male colleagues, especially when dealing with external contractors on site, but that has diminished as time has progressed and I would encourage any woman who is passionate about the industry to feel confident in pursuing it. As with any job it has its high-pressure moments, but I love the people and working with all the different departments means I interact with many on a daily basis so it suits me perfectly. There are opportunities for everyone - male or female, it’s more whether it suits you as a person as it’s a dynamic job that involves a lot of problem-solving. I’m in it for the long haul! 

I miss my family of course, and I try and get home to Brazil once a year if I can, but inevitably I miss weddings and birthdays and that’s hard, but I’m incredibly proud of all that I’ve achieved in my career and don’t regret moving despite the sacrifices I’ve made. The work-life balance depends on where I’m up to on any given project but I have a lovely life outside of work seeing friends, keeping fit at the gym and hiking in beautiful Ireland. 

I think International Women’s Day is a great initiative and a way to celebrate every aspect of being a woman, not just the career we choose. We celebrate it in Brazil too so it’s nice to see it’s represented around the world. 

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New Skills Centre to provide a base for construction and STEM skills in Edgware

New Edgware Skills Centre set to come to Station Road, located in the former Argos unit on Station Road and delivered by a partnership between Ballymore, Places for London and The Skills Centre

The Skills Centre, opening in spring 2024, is already making an impact with local care-leavers and apprentices from Barnet Southgate College involved in the fit-out

The new centre underlines Ballymore and Places for London’s commitment to growing local skills as part of the proposed regeneration of Edgware Town Centre

A new Skills Centre will soon open on Station Road in Edgware and will provide a base for local people seeking to embark on a range of rewarding and varied careers in construction and the built environment. The Skills Centre has been funded and delivered by Ballymore (owners of the Broadwalk Shopping Centre), Places for London (Transport for London’s property company) and The Skills Centre (an employer-led, community-focused, training and apprenticeships provider). The hub will be a focal point for growing local skills and talent, taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the proposed regeneration of Edgware Town Centre and beyond.

New Skills Centre to provide a base for construction and STEM skills in Edgware

The centre, which is set to formally open its doors in spring this year, is designed to offer a diverse range of training opportunities, including pre-employment training, dry-lining apprenticeships, retrofit and green skills bootcamps, Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) and Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) courses. The doors will be open to anyone interested in a career in construction and the built environment – whether as part of their first step into the sector or in order to progress their career. As the proposed development progresses in the future, the centre will support an ever-increasing range of exciting career options, with hundreds of local people benefitting from training and job opportunities. 

Ahead of its official opening, the Skills Centre is already making an impact in Edgware, with the fit-out of the unit presenting a unique opportunity for local residents and students to gain important new skills and develop hands-on experience. 

One such individual is Simon, a 25-year-old Hendon resident who applied to work on the fit-out through Barnet Council’s Care Leavers scheme. This followed a Construction Information Day, hosted by Barnet Council, Rothwell Interiors and Places for London, which aimed to support young and disadvantaged people in the borough into work experience and job opportunities. Simon, who lives in foster care, has gained vital new skills through the project from carpentry to electrical skills. The role has given him the necessary experience to obtain his Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card and he’s looking forward to using his experience as a springboard to gain further qualifications, continue expanding his skills and eventually start his own business. 

Speaking about his experience, Simon said: “The construction skills and experiences I’ve got here are really valuable. Not only are they helping me get the necessary qualifications I need to build my career, but they’re also practical skills that are helping me become more self-reliant and save money at home.

“A lot of young people might not see construction as a career path they want to take as it takes time and effort to build the skills you need, but if you’re patient and work hard, it can change your life.”

The Skills Centre has also provided opportunities for Andre and Tariq, students at Barnet and Southgate College. They are taking part in work placements on the site, balancing the practical experience on-site with their Level 3 electrical installation courses. The two students have been working on the site two days a week, learning new skills and understanding how a busy commercial site works.

As Andre notes: “Construction is a great stepping stone to challenge yourself and build a career.” Tariq agrees with this, adding: “I want to be a master in one skill, but get experience in everything. so I can futureproof my career. The experience here’s been great for that - I can do a bit of everything and it helps you understand where you see your future.”

Building on The Skills Centre’s expertise in training skilled workers for the construction industry, the centre has been set up to look to the future of Edgware as Ballymore and Places for London prepare to submit their outline planning application for the comprehensive regeneration of The Broadwalk Centre site and neighbouring land. The wider plans will see £1.7billion invested in Edgware, adding £80m Gross Value Added (GVA) to the local economy and creating more than 1,400 full-time jobs. 

Ballymore and Places for London’s wider masterplan for the site proposes to deliver 3,365 new homes, including up to 1,150 affordable homes, and 463 student accommodation spaces. A significant increase in green space for the town centre includes a new Deans Brook Nature Park, which is to be created by unlocking land which has been inaccessible to the public for almost 100 years.

In advance of the proposed development coming forward, the Edgware Skills Centre will be key to providing the next generation of workers with vital skills, particularly across the built environment and sustainability sectors.

Simon Ryan, Ballymore’s Developments Director said: "The Skills Centre exemplifies the potential of underutilised high street spaces. The team has been doing great work in other locations delivering quality courses and qualifications that respond directly to demand. Their insight into what the market needs, now and into the future, gained by partnership working with developers like us and Places for London delivers huge value to their students. 

“Whether you're looking to find a path to your first job, or looking to make a change in career, The Skills Centre has a lot to offer. We're thrilled they've chosen to partner with us in Edgware and look forward to seeing them grow and expand their services over time."

Lisa-Jane Risk, Head of Operations at Places for London, said: “Through the opening of the new Skills Centre in Edgware later this year, we’re helping people across the city take the first steps into the construction industry as well as support them into the next stage of their career. 

“The new Skills Centre at Edgware will play a vital role in creating new opportunities for those looking to gain skills in the construction and built environment sectors. It will build on our existing range of programmes, including other Skills Centres, that have led to more than 5,000 people receiving training since 2020, with more than 2,000 of those already having found employment.”

Jon Howlin, Chief Executive of The Skills Centre said: “We are looking forward to bringing local opportunities to residents, contributing not only to the Edgware Town Centre development but also fostering a skilled workforce for the broader prosperity of Barnet. The new Edgware facility will underline our commitment to matching skills training to real opportunities with local employers, ensuring that our programs align with the needs of the job market.”

John Bryson, Welfare. Employment and Skills Programme Manager at the London Borough of Barnet said: “With more than 6,000 jobs ringfenced for local people and well over 500 apprenticeships in the pipeline from live developments alone, the scale of opportunity for local residents is off the scale. Working with partners including Barnet and Southgate College, The Skills Centre will be a focal point to promote careers in the construction sector, and provide a unique and essential route for local people to gain the skills needed to secure jobs and apprenticeships.”

Stephanie Ejiogu, Industrial Placement Officer at Barnet Southgate College said: “The Skills Centre in Edgware is already providing invaluable opportunities for our students, helping them to gain the essential hands-on experience on working sites that cannot be replicated remotely. We’re looking forward to continuing our work with the Skills Centre, Ballymore and Places for London, to empower more people from more diverse and varied backgrounds to get the skills they need for a rewarding lifelong career in construction and STEM”

Anyone interested can get in touch via The Skills Centre website, for guidance on how they can help match your skills to local employment opportunities.

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This week we celebrate International Women’s Day by catching up with three of our colleagues across the business to see what the day means to them, and their experiences working in the construction industry. 

We start today with Monica Healy; Monica is the epitome of a strong, hardworking woman and one we’re incredibly happy to have in our workforce. She attests that her success in her role as a Senior Site Admin and Project Coordinator is only possible thanks to her team of equally strong women; Maggie Conway Halligan, Donna Sommers, Fiona Reid and  Joanna Osowska with them all working seamlessly together to help ‘build a community.’ 

Coming from a large family - eight of them girls, Monica offers a fascinating insight into the dynamics of gender, and how formative it was for her to have an inspiring mother who always told her she could achieve anything. 

‘Woman are like teabags, you don’t know how strong they are until they are in hot water’ 

I come from a line of very strong, independent women, and that is all down to my mum, who was very forward-thinking for her time. She worked incredibly hard and always told us to follow our dreams and that is exactly what I have done. 

It’s not been easy, especially in the earlier days when I worked in wholesale, travelling around construction sites - I went to an interview 20 years ago for a builder’s merchant and was the only female applicant - it just wasn’t considered a woman’s job, needless to say I didn’t get the position. However, two years later they phoned me and offered me a job as their first female rep! 

Thankfully, the stereotype that women don’t fit into this industry is long gone and today it’s a very different place. Especially at Ballymore who are absolutely fantastic to work for. Everyone has a role to play and no one is less important than anyone else; job description or gender is irrelevant. We’re all a valued cog in the wheel; as they say, ‘no man (or should I say ‘woman’) is an island’ - we’re all equal! 

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The dream team 

I’ve worked at Ballymore since 2015 and very happily so - I still wake up every morning grateful to be here and looking forward to my work. My team is invaluable, I wouldn’t be where I am without them, and we all work very coherently together. I’m also very conscious that I support them, in the same way I have been supported through my career here; special thanks to Don Mc Mahon and all the residential team.

Of course, there have been challenges, I raised my two boys alone whilst balancing my career and make no mistake, navigating childcare with a career is not easy, especially three decades ago when I felt judged for my situation by society, but again, my mum gave me the strength not to feel the need to conform and get married – she encouraged me to live authentically. I’ve always felt that I’ve broken boundaries and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Two years ago I bought my own home in Ireland, a Ballymore property of course! I’d worked on the Bellingsfield development from the beginning, so it was a real full-circle moment to buy a property there and be part of the new thriving community. That’s the wonderful thing about my job, you’re part of something so big and special and you see something come together from scratch and all of a sudden you have this new community – you’re literally creating a village, it’s deeply fulfilling and I’m living the reality of what Ballymore create first hand in my new home. 

Paving the way for the future 

My boys are grown up now, in fact, I became a Grandmother a few weeks ago which has been a wonderful addition to my life. His partner said to me how incredibly hands-on and wonderful my son is as a dad, and I felt such pride. I always strived to bring up my boys with integrity and grace with a respect for equality - in fact, one of them was born on International Women’s Day! 

It’s great to celebrate the achievements of women, I was brought up with the notion that we don’t just do things for ourselves, being strong and responsible as a woman is leading the way for future generations of females who need to know that anything is possible and I live by that mantra every day.

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BID是由Edgware鎮商業改造團隊共同努力推動下的成果。該團隊是由巴利摩、倫敦交通局、Barnet市政府和當地商家聯合組成,他們在此前的一年裏開展了廣泛而全面的諮詢活動,以瞭解Edgware商家的關注點及目標需求。Edgware鎮中心也是巴利摩開發專案Broadwalk購物中心的所在地,該專案也是當地重要的重建專案。

談及這一消息,巴利摩專案總監Simon Ryan說:“我們致力於Edgware地區的轉型,非常高興看到BID成為現實。這一消息會把當地商家凝聚在一起,齊心協力投資鎮中心的建設,參與管理與行銷,目的是振興該地區的經濟,打造繁榮的社區。”

擔任Barnet小企業宣導者兼社區財富建設內閣成員的市議員Anne Clarke女士認為:“作為Barnet的第一個鎮改建專案,Edgware的BID成為我們與社區、商家合作的一個里程碑。

“我們非常熱愛Edgware社區,也非常關心生活與工作在Edgware城鎮中心的人們,通過BID專案增進了議會與Edgware商界之間的溝通與對話。我們希望通過BID目標的達成,能夠讓Edgware鎮成為新、老企業共同蓬勃發展的繁榮社區”。

巴利摩集團參與開發Edgware鎮始於2020年,當時開發商收購了占地7.5公頃、面積為17,650平方米的購物中心,該購物中心位於Edgware地鐵站一側。巴利摩團隊目前正在為該購物中心進行開發建設,該專案包括建造高質量的新住宅大樓、零售商家、公共領域、綠色空間以及社區休閒設施。Simon表示:“這是Edgware鎮中心的核心地段,它具有開啟鎮中心復興的潛力。我們很高興能把我們的構想帶到這個地區,通過與當地居民探討、協商,開發一個讓所有在這裏生活、工作和休閒娛樂的人們都能引以為豪的新城鎮。”

“我們的商業中心重建計畫以及BID的舉措都證明了Edgware鎮的巨大潛力,這將使Edgware成為倫敦北部一個充滿活力、生機勃勃的繁榮小鎮。”

BID是由Edgware當地企業和商家等聯合組成,負責協調並管理商業區的行銷,BID受法律監管,以確保買賣的公平與透明。通過商家的廣泛磋商,制定為期五年的商業發展計畫。旨在改善該當地的商業環境,從而促進經濟增長和社區發展。Edgware的BID是Barnet地方政府推出的首個專案,欲瞭解更多資訊,請點擊here

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巴利摩协助Barnet政府对Edgware镇中心商业区进行首次改造

2023下半年,Barnet市政府宣布Edgware镇中心地带将迎来首次商业改造项目(Business Improvement District - BID),该改造项目的投资额高达80万英镑。

BID是由Edgware镇商业改造团队共同努力推动下的成果。该团队是由巴利摩、伦敦交通局、Barnet市政府和当地商家联合组成,他们在此前的一年里开展了广泛而全面的咨询活动,以了解Edgware商家的关注点及目标需求。Edgware镇中心也是巴利摩开发项目Broadwalk购物中心的所在地,该项目也是当地重要的重建项目。

谈及这一消息,巴利摩项目总监Simon Ryan说:“我们致力于Edgware地区的转型,非常高兴看到BID成为现实。这一消息会把当地商家凝聚在一起,齐心协力投资镇中心的建设,参与管理与营销,目的是振兴该地区的经济,打造繁荣的社区。”

担任Barnet小企业倡导者兼社区财富建设内阁成员的市议员Anne Clarke女士认为:“作为Barnet的第一个镇改建项目,Edgware的BID成为我们与社区、商家合作的一个里程碑。

“我们非常热爱Edgware社区,也非常关心生活与工作在Edgware城镇中心的人们,通过BID项目增进了议会与Edgware商界之间的沟通与对话。我们希望通过BID目标的达成,能够让Edgware镇成为新、老企业共同蓬勃发展的繁荣社区”。

巴利摩集团参与开发Edgware镇始于2020年,当时开发商收购了占地7.5公顷、面积为17,650平方米的购物中心,该购物中心位于Edgware地铁站一侧。巴利摩团队目前正在为该购物中心进行开发建设,该项目包括建造高质量的新住宅大楼、零售商家、公共领域、绿色空间以及社区休闲设施。Simon表示:“这是Edgware镇中心的核心地段,它具有开启镇中心复兴的潜力。我们很高兴能把我们的构想带到这个地区,通过与当地居民探讨、协商,开发一个让所有在这里生活、工作和休闲娱乐的人们都能引以为豪的新城镇。”

“我们的商业中心重建计划以及BID的举措都证明了Edgware镇的巨大潜力,这将使Edgware成为伦敦北部一个充满活力、生机勃勃的繁荣小镇。”

BID是由Edgware当地企业和商家等联合组成,负责协调并管理商业区的营销,BID受法律监管,以确保买卖的公平与透明。通过商家的广泛磋商,制定为期五年的商业发展计划。旨在改善该当地的商业环境,从而促进经济增长和社区发展。Edgware的BID是Barnet地方政府推出的首个项目,欲了解更多信息,请点击here

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    巴利摩同事們參加運河行動日

巴利摩志願者參加運河日活動 為改善社區環境助力

8月23日,來自巴利摩的約20名員工參加了The Canal Day of Action(運河行動日)活動,旨在為改善當地環境和空間做出貢獻。

運河行動日是在皇家自治市Kensington和 Chelsea的區域內舉行。此活動是由該地慈善機構"自主之路"(Pursuing Independent Paths )(PiP),與運河與河流基金會以及Meanwhile Gardens社團聯合舉辦。 

巴利摩志願者參加運河日活動 為改善社區環境助力

慈善機構自主之路(PiP)的學生也參加了這一活動。PiP致力於支持那些學習障礙或自閉症成年人。該機構提供一系列支持服務,幫助這些個體實現更加獨立和有意義的生活。PiP的服務包括生活技能培訓、社交技能發展、就業支持等。他們的目標是幫助這些人融入社會,並在生活中取得成功。本次活動是這次以花園為主題的技能課程的一部分,為參與的學生提供就業技能培訓。PiP的負責人Jack Taylo解釋道:“這是一個真正美妙的日子,我們的學生取得了許多積極的成果,這不僅促進PiP學生的技能,也對Kensington北部的大片社區美容美化更有裨益。

他還表示:“這裏是一個非常適合舉辦我們活動的地方,這片運河區域大部分被叢生植物覆蓋,其中有大量的旋花藤(俗稱喇叭花),可以迅速蔓延,扼殺其他植物,限制生物多樣性。巴利摩的志願者與我們的學生一起修剪這些植物,並種植新的種子,為運河沿岸的小徑引入色彩繽紛的新植物,供我們的學生維護和我們的社區享受。我們非常感激每一個花費業餘時間來做出貢獻的每一個人。

巴利摩志願者參加運河日活動 為改善社區環境助力

大聯合運河的這段水域將成為巴利摩在Ladbroke Grove新的開發專案的一部分。巴利摩通過與Sainsbury's超市集團合作,希望將這個占地19英畝的土地改造為一個全新的社區,讓每個人都喜愛並且茁壯成長的地方。該地點是Kensington和 Chelsea皇家自治市最大的廢棄土地再利用的機會,該計畫包括打造住宅、工作、社交和娛樂為一體的綜合區域。巴利摩發展經理Tilly Gerlikaite是Ladbroke Grove開發團隊的成員,她說:“我們已經融入了這個社區,與當地的居民和社區組織建立了良好的聯繫,我們也會不斷完善我們在Ladbroke Grove的設計方案。

Tilly Gerlikaite還表示:“這次運河日活動是與駐紮在北肯辛頓的一些優秀人士攜手工作的體驗,今天是一個真正有意義並且非常豐富的一天。我為我們巴利摩的同事感到自豪,為他們至始至終充滿熱情而感到驕傲,他們參與了許多專案,並且從中學到了新的技能,我們為能結識一些生活在這裏的優秀人才而感到開心。巴利摩非常願意與本地慈善機構和組織建立更多有意義的夥伴關係。

想瞭解更多資訊,請點擊這裏 PiP

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  • 巴利摩志愿者参加运河日活动 为改善社区环境助力

    巴利摩同事们参加运河行动日

巴利摩志愿者参加运河日活动 为改善社区环境助力

8月23日,来自巴利摩的约20名员工参加了The Canal Day of Action(运河行动日)活动,旨在为改善当地环境和空间做出贡献。

运河行动日是在皇家自治市Kensington和 Chelsea的区域内举行。此活动是由该地慈善机构"自主之路"(Pursuing Independent Paths )(PiP),与运河与河流基金会以及Meanwhile Gardens社团联合举办。  

巴利摩志愿者参加运河日活动 为改善社区环境助力

慈善机构自主之路(PiP)的学生也参加了这一活动。PiP致力于支持那些学习障碍或自闭症成年人。该机构提供一系列支持服务,帮助这些个体实现更加独立和有意义的生活。PiP的服务包括生活技能培训、社交技能发展、就业支持等。他们的目标是帮助这些人融入社会,并在生活中取得成功。本次活动是这次以花园为主题的技能课程的一部分,为参与的学生提供就业技能培训。PiP的负责人Jack Taylo解释道:“这是一个真正美妙的日子,我们的学生取得了许多积极的成果,这不仅促进PiP学生的技能,也对Kensington北部的大片社区美容美化更有裨益。

他还表示:“这里是一个非常适合举办我们活动的地方,这片运河区域大部分被丛生植物覆盖,其中有大量的旋花藤(俗称喇叭花),可以迅速蔓延,扼杀其他植物,限制生物多样性。巴利摩的志愿者与我们的学生一起修剪这些植物,并种植新的种子,为运河沿岸的小径引入色彩缤纷的新植物,供我们的学生维护和我们的社区享受。我们非常感激每一个花费业余时间来做出贡献的每一个人。

巴利摩志愿者参加运河日活动 为改善社区环境助力

大联合运河的这段水域将成为巴利摩在Ladbroke Grove新的开发项目的一部分。巴利摩通过与Sainsbury's超市集团合作,希望将这个占地19英亩的土地改造为一个全新的社区,让每个人都喜爱并且茁壮成长的地方。该地点是Kensington和 Chelsea皇家自治市最大的废弃土地再利用的机会,该计划包括打造住宅、工作、社交和娱乐为一体的综合区域。巴利摩发展经理Tilly Gerlikaite是Ladbroke Grove开发团队的成员,她说:“我们已经融入了这个社区,与当地的居民和社区组织建立了良好的联系,我们也会不断完善我们在Ladbroke Grove的设计方案。

Tilly Gerlikaite还表示:“这次运河日活动是与驻扎在北肯辛顿的一些优秀人士携手工作的体验,今天是一个真正有意义并且非常丰富的一天。我为我们巴利摩的同事感到自豪,为他们至始至终充满热情而感到骄傲,他们参与了许多项目,并且从中学到了新的技能,我们为能结识一些生活在这里的优秀人才而感到开心。巴利摩非常愿意与本地慈善机构和组织建立更多有意义的伙伴关系。

想了解更多信息,请点击这里 PiP

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    James Boyce, Ballymore

15分鐘城市圈的案例

15分鐘城市圈並不是一個新的概念。但最近幾周,它卻陷入了一場相當大的爭議之中。

一個聰明而以人為本的城市規劃模式,旨在通過15分鐘步行或騎行距離便可解決眾多的日常需求,因早前牛津的交通過濾計畫的實施,遇到一些反對聲音,導致“15分鐘城市圈”這一理念成為一個陰謀論的說法,甚至在英國下議院的討論中也出現了這種論調。

然而,在目前的爭論中人們似乎忽略了它當初進入主流視線的原因。為什麼在大型開發專案或探討現有城鎮和城市中心改建時,開發商、城市規劃師和建築師都非常關注這一重要議題。

Covid-19的大流行促使人們對社區的需求和期待有所變化,其中包括商品齊全的商業街、充裕的綠地和完備的社區便民設施。

對於我們這些負責創建社區環境的人來說,我們需要傾聽。15分鐘城市圈似乎很自然地成為我們實現這一目標的最佳答案。

那麼,在城市重建背景下,我們應該如何看待 15 分鐘城市圈呢?作為一個起點,成功的步行街區必須是真正多功能的,這也是 15 分鐘城市圈四大支柱(鄰近性、多樣性、密度和普遍性)的基礎。

15分鐘城市圈的案例

通過這樣的規劃,可以帶來豐厚的社會、經濟與環境的效益。讓我們以巴利摩西倫敦重建專案The Brentford Project為實例,來探討這一議題。

The Brentford Project囊括了高街與布倫特河之間的11.8英畝的土地,在開發前兩者之間存在著巨大的間隔。我們開發計畫的核心是將兩者重新連接起來,但如果僅僅建造幾座大樓是無法填充這些空間的。我們規劃通過步行街和大面積的河畔公共領域的建設,將高街、住宅樓,與河畔有機地連為一體,使社區在步行範圍內就可以達到購物與休閒的目的,並為居民創造了更多社區內的互動機會。

為當地居民提供休閒與聚集的空間是非常重要的,這些步行可以抵達的社區公共空間,可以培養居民的社區意識,有助於社區的繁榮。

事實證明,該專案真正振興了這一地區,這個開發專案也包含了15分鐘城市的所有要素。The Brentford Project開發專案已經成為老爺車經銷商Duke of London,以及深受歡迎的餐館Santa Maria Pizzeria的家園。未來的零售商家將包括50多家新店、精品店、餐館和娛樂場所。

The Brentford Project開發專案的一層將提供日常的便利設施,包括廣受歡迎的Sam's Larder等餐館,市場領先的零售商、麵包店、雜貨店、肉店等傳統商店以及大型連鎖超市 Morrison's。通向河畔的步行街和庭院專為當地獨立零售商、工匠和手工藝者而設計的,這些店鋪為居民和當地人提供盡可能多的便民服務。不僅如此,居民還可以使用一系列貼心的公共設施,包括共用辦公空間、游泳池、高規格的健身房和健身工作室,還有豐富的私人和公共室外活動空間。

15分鐘城市圈的案例

通過隨處可見的綠地環境可以提高人們的健康水準,在家門口就能享受到便利的生活設施可以節省居民的時間,又可以提升居民的身體素質,還可以加強居民間的互助與包容,這些都是我們現代生活環境應該擁有的。當然,這一原則並不是在所有地方都適用,事實上,總會有人需要在較遠的地方工作,但15分鐘城市圈的重要元素幾乎可以在所有地方應用。

在後疫情時代的生活背景下,採用15分鐘城市圈的開發模式,將開發專案重點放在可步行和社區便利這一著眼點上——就像The Brentford Project開發專案這樣,會使開發專案更具吸引力。這是創造更幸福、更健康和更可持續居住場所的必然途徑。                                                                       

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    James Boyce, Ballymore

15分钟城市圈的案例

15分钟城市圈并不是一个新的概念。但最近几周,它却陷入了一场相当大的争议之中。

一个聪明而以人为本的城市规划模式,旨在通过15分钟步行或骑行距离便可解决众多的日常需求,因早前牛津的交通过滤计划的实施,遇到一些反对声音,导致“15分钟城市圈”这一理念成为一个阴谋论的说法,甚至在英国下议院的讨论中也出现了这种论调。

然而,在目前的争论中人们似乎忽略了它当初进入主流视线的原因。为什么在大型开发项目或探讨现有城镇和城市中心改建时,开发商、城市规划师和建筑师都非常关注这一重要议题。

Covid-19的大流行促使人们对社区的需求和期待有所变化,其中包括商品齐全的商业街、充裕的绿地和完备的社区便民设施。

对于我们这些负责创建社区环境的人来说,我们需要倾听。15分钟城市圈似乎很自然地成为我们实现这一目标的最佳答案。

那么,在城市重建背景下,我们应该如何看待 15 分钟城市圈呢?作为一个起点,成功的步行街区必须是真正多功能的,这也是 15 分钟城市圈四大支柱(邻近性、多样性、密度和普遍性)的基础。

15分钟城市圈的案例

通过这样的规划,可以带来丰厚的社会、经济与环境的效益。让我们以巴利摩西伦敦重建项目The Brentford Project为实例,来探讨这一议题。

The Brentford Project囊括了高街与布伦特河之间的11.8英亩的土地,在开发前两者之间存在着巨大的间隔。我们开发计划的核心是将两者重新连接起来,但如果仅仅建造几座大楼是无法填充这些空间的。我们规划通过步行街和大面积的河畔公共领域的建设,将高街、住宅楼,与河畔有机地连为一体,使社区在步行范围内就可以达到购物与休闲的目的,并为居民创造了更多社区内的互动机会。

为当地居民提供休闲与聚集的空间是非常重要的,这些步行可以抵达的社区公共空间,可以培养居民的社区意识,有助于社区的繁荣。

事实证明,该项目真正振兴了这一地区,这个开发项目也包含了15分钟城市的所有要素。The Brentford Project开发项目已经成为老爷车经销商Duke of London,以及深受欢迎的餐馆Santa Maria Pizzeria的家园。未来的零售商家将包括50多家新店、精品店、餐馆和娱乐场所。

The Brentford Project开发项目的一层将提供日常的便利设施,包括广受欢迎的Sam's Larder等餐馆,市场领先的零售商、面包店、杂货店、肉店等传统商店以及大型连锁超市 Morrison's。通向河畔的步行街和庭院专为当地独立零售商、工匠和手工艺者而设计的,这些店铺为居民和当地人提供尽可能多的便民服务。不仅如此,居民还可以使用一系列贴心的公共设施,包括共享办公空间、游泳池、高规格的健身房和健身工作室,还有丰富的私人和公共室外活动空间。

15分钟城市圈的案例

通过随处可见的绿地环境可以提高人们的健康水平,在家门口就能享受到便利的生活设施可以节省居民的时间,又可以提升居民的身体素质,还可以加强居民间的互助与包容,这些都是我们现代生活环境应该拥有的。当然,这一原则并不是在所有地方都适用,事实上,总会有人需要在较远的地方工作,但15分钟城市圈的重要元素几乎可以在所有地方应用。

在后疫情时代的生活背景下,采用15分钟城市圈的开发模式,将开发项目重点放在可步行和社区便利这一着眼点上——就像The Brentford Project开发项目这样,会使开发项目更具吸引力。这是创造更幸福、更健康和更可持续居住场所的必然途径。

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巴利摩摘取2023《旗幟晚報》最佳新居獎

巴利摩的幸運島專案摘取本年度 《旗幟晚報》新居獎(Evening Standard New Homes Awards)中的 “最佳大型開發獎”(Best Large Development Award)。

該獎項彰顯了巴利摩在地區改造方面的突出實力。幸運島專案是建立在利茅斯半島(Leamouth Peninsula)上一片廢棄的工業用地之上,如今這裏已經是鳥語花香,處處生機勃勃,成為一個以住宅為中心的繁榮社區,這裏共有841套住宅,其中包括精心設計的公寓、豪華的頂層閣樓以及聯排別墅,幸運島臨水而居,所有住宅的四周環繞著設計考究的園林設計,景色壯觀而迷人壯觀。幸運島還毗鄰巴利摩另外的一個開發專案倫敦城市島社區,該社區已經成為東倫敦一個著名的充滿生機活力的文化中心。

談到獲獎的感受,巴利摩總經理 John Mulryan 表示: “我們很高興幸運島獲得這一殊榮。該專案在倫敦東區的轉型重建專案中佔據著很關鍵位置,此次獲獎標誌著我們在該地區(包括倫敦城市島專案)的改建工程又成功地的登上了新的臺階。

“我們衷心感謝評委們對該專案的肯定,並向所有其他獲獎開發商表示祝賀。

在本次獲獎之前不到一年的時間裏,幸運島已經連續摘取了業界權威機構頒發的三項榮譽大獎,其中有《星期日泰晤士報》的英國住宅獎What House的金獎倫敦建築規劃獎中的最佳新居住地獎。

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巴利摩摘取2023《旗帜晚报》最佳新居奖

巴利摩的幸运岛项目摘取本年度 《旗帜晚报》新居奖(Evening Standard New Homes Awards)中的 “最佳大型开发奖”(Best Large Development Award)。

该奖项彰显了巴利摩在地区改造方面的突出实力。幸运岛项目是建立在利茅斯半岛(Leamouth Peninsula)上一片废弃的工业用地之上,如今这里已经是鸟语花香,处处生机勃勃,成为一个以住宅为中心的繁荣社区,这里共有841套住宅,其中包括精心设计的公寓、豪华的顶层阁楼以及联排别墅,幸运岛临水而居,所有住宅的四周环绕着设计考究的园林设计,景色壮观而迷人壮观。幸运岛还毗邻巴利摩另外的一个开发项目伦敦城市岛社区,该社区已经成为东伦敦一个著名的充满生机活力的文化中心。

谈到获奖的感受,巴利摩总经理 John Mulryan 表示: “我们很高兴幸运岛获得这一殊荣。该项目在伦敦东区的转型重建项目中占据着很关键位置,此次获奖标志着我们在该地区(包括伦敦城市岛项目)的改建工程又成功地的登上了新的台阶。

“我们衷心感谢评委们对该项目的肯定,并向所有其他获奖开发商表示祝贺。

在本次获奖之前不到一年的时间里,幸运岛已经连续摘取了业界权威机构颁发的三项荣誉大奖,其中有《星期日泰晤士报》的英国住宅奖What House的金奖伦敦建筑规划奖中的最佳新居住地奖。

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Sean Mulryan在愛爾蘭著名頒獎典禮上榮獲”卓越非凡”稱號

Kildare商業頒獎典禮的夜晚豪華而熱烈,這個高規格的黑領帶晚宴吸引著嘉賓身著盛裝來到基拉希酒店(Kilashee Hotel)。巴利摩公司創始人、董事長兼首席執行官Sean Mulryan在晚宴上被授予了一個高規格的獎項,以表彰他在愛爾蘭商業做出的傑出貢獻。

當晚的最高潮最精彩的一幕是萬眾矚目的頒獎典禮,Sean Mulryan榮獲最高大獎。頒獎嘉賓在臺上談到他工作影響力時表示,Sean Mulryan的成就不僅僅是在Kildare,而是在整個愛爾蘭和英國,他說:“巴利摩是愛爾蘭和英國最重要、最成功的房地產開發公司之一",他還補充道:"Sean Mulryan的前瞻性決定與他的雄心壯志為巴利摩帶來了巨大的成功,Sean Mulryan一次又一次地展現出他的睿智,堪稱非凡。

“他具有遠見卓識,在倫敦泰晤士河畔購置的土地,將美國大使館吸引搬遷於此,這個位於巴特西旁邊的使館花園社區成為倫敦新的地標。 而位於泰晤士河上游的倫敦城市島專案為英國國家芭蕾舞團建造了新家,該建築現被命名為Mulryan舞蹈中心,這裏與他1994年在金絲雀碼頭的第一個專案僅咫尺之遙。

“在愛爾蘭,他在利菲河畔的碼頭區打造了Dublin Landings多功能社區。此外,他還在都柏林完成了其他重要專案,包括The White Water shopping centre、Royal Canal Park、Sea Gardens以及位於歷史悠久的自由區的健力士街區重建專案。

“在他事業突飛猛進的這些年裏,無論他在哪里從事開發專案,他都心系自己的故鄉——Kildare。他在Kildare郡內,監督建造了4,000 套住宅,另有3,000 套正在建設中。他和妻子Bernadine在這裏養育他們的五個孩子,我很高興一些孩子今晚也來參加了慶典。”

“Sean的愛好非常廣泛,他是文化、教育和體育事業的支持者,尤其是對愛爾蘭蓋爾運動協會(GAA)的支持和他對賽馬的情有獨鐘的表現也是眾所周知的,他僅在Kildare賽馬場就贏得了許多項冠軍。  他還以慷慨大方著稱,今年的商業傑出貢獻獎授予Sean是當之無愧的。

今晚的儀式象徵著王者歸來,巴利摩由Sean於1982年在Kildare的Ballymore Eustace鎮創立。在此後的四十年裏,該公司在英國創造了超過20,000 套住宅,在愛爾蘭創造了 15,000 套住宅,並開發了超過500萬平方英尺的辦公和零售空間。

Sean在獲獎感言時表示: “我很高興能獲得這一殊榮。Kildare對我、對我們的家庭、對我們的企業都是美好的開端,並延續至今,僅此一點,我就感激不盡。

“頒發這個獎項給我,不僅僅是對我個人的表彰,也是對這些年裏幫助我的所有人的褒獎。巴利摩能夠走到今天是我們集團每個員工辛勤努力的結果。包括我的妻子Bernadine,我的孩子與同事,以及我的商業夥伴、同行以及我所有的客戶。

“這是一個非常愉快的夜晚,也是一個見證Kildare所有偉大成就的時刻:讓我們共同祝願Kildare郡繼續取得成功,祝福所有在這裏生活的人們美滿幸福。”

在此瞭解有關Kildare商業獎的更多資訊。

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Sean Mulryan在爱尔兰著名颁奖典礼上荣获”卓越非凡”称号

Kildare商业颁奖典礼的夜晚豪华而热烈,这个高规格的黑领带晚宴吸引着嘉宾身着盛装来到基拉希酒店(Kilashee Hotel)。巴利摩公司创始人、董事长兼首席执行官Sean Mulryan在晚宴上被授予了一个高规格的奖项,以表彰他在爱尔兰商业做出的杰出贡献。

当晚的最高潮最精彩的一幕是万众瞩目的颁奖典礼,Sean Mulryan荣获最高大奖。颁奖嘉宾在台上谈到他工作影响力时表示,Sean Mulryan的成就不仅仅是在Kildare,而是在整个爱尔兰和英国,他说:“巴利摩是爱尔兰和英国最重要、最成功的房地产开发公司之一",他还补充道:"Sean Mulryan的前瞻性决定与他的雄心壮志为巴利摩带来了巨大的成功,Sean Mulryan一次又一次地展现出他的睿智,堪称非凡。

“他具有远见卓识,在伦敦泰晤士河畔购置的土地,将美国大使馆吸引搬迁于此,这个位于巴特西旁边的使馆花园社区成为伦敦新的地标。 而位于泰晤士河上游的伦敦城市岛项目为英国国家芭蕾舞团建造了新家,该建筑现被命名为Mulryan舞蹈中心,这里与他1994年在金丝雀码头的第一个项目仅咫尺之遥。

“在爱尔兰,他在利菲河畔的码头区打造了Dublin Landings多功能社区。此外,他还在都柏林完成了其他重要项目,包括The White Water shopping centre、Royal Canal Park、Sea Gardens以及位于历史悠久的自由区的健力士街区重建项目。

“在他事业突飞猛进的这些年里,无论他在哪里从事开发项目,他都心系自己的故乡——Kildare。他在Kildare郡内,监督建造了4,000 套住宅,另有3,000 套正在建设中。他和妻子Bernadine在这里养育他们的五个孩子,我很高兴一些孩子今晚也来参加了庆典。”

“Sean的爱好非常广泛,他是文化、教育和体育事业的支持者,尤其是对爱尔兰盖尔运动协会(GAA)的支持和他对赛马的情有独钟的表现也是众所周知的,他仅在Kildare赛马场就赢得了许多项冠军。  他还以慷慨大方著称,今年的商业杰出贡献奖授予Sean是当之无愧的。

今晚的仪式象征着王者归来,巴利摩由Sean于1982年在Kildare的Ballymore Eustace镇创立。在此后的四十年里,该公司在英国创造了超过20,000 套住宅,在爱尔兰创造了 15,000 套住宅,并开发了超过500万平方英尺的办公和零售空间。

Sean在获奖感言时表示: “我很高兴能获得这一殊荣。Kildare对我、对我们的家庭、对我们的企业都是美好的开端,并延续至今,仅此一点,我就感激不尽。

“颁发这个奖项给我,不仅仅是对我个人的表彰,也是对这些年里帮助我的所有人的褒奖。巴利摩能够走到今天是我们集团每个员工辛勤努力的结果。包括我的妻子Bernadine,我的孩子与同事,以及我的商业伙伴、同行以及我所有的客户。

“这是一个非常愉快的夜晚,也是一个见证Kildare所有伟大成就的时刻:让我们共同祝愿Kildare郡继续取得成功,祝福所有在这里生活的人们美满幸福。”

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一年一度的 What House? 頒獎典禮本於2023年11月17日在倫敦舉行,巴利摩榮獲了兩項大獎: 最佳豪華開發專案與最佳多功能開發獎。

位於金絲雀碼頭的華殿大廈由兩座塔樓組成,共有 767 套公寓,該專案被授予最佳豪華開發專案銀獎,這是評委對綠盛世與巴利摩(EcoWorld Ballymore) 將植被的親和力這一理念完美地融入到設計之中,也是對其在樓房密集的建築環境下引入大自然的綠意給予的褒獎。

評委們在頒獎典禮上給予高度評價,他們表示:"傳統意義上,金絲雀碼頭對商業的需求要高於對自然的需求,但該房產採用的是自然色彩和有機材料",評委們還補充道: "將綠色植物融入到生活空間,令居民身心受益,讓整個開發專案在各類植物的點綴下顯得生機勃勃"。

巴利摩在 2023 What House? 頒獎禮上摘得銀獎

綠盛世與巴利摩(EcoWorld Ballymore)合作的位於倫敦九榆樹重建區的使館花園(Embassy Gardens) 社區也在頒獎典禮上也受到了表彰。評委們表示,他們注意到該地區已 "轉變為一個繁榮的社區",擁有種類繁多的便民設施,其中使用率很高的健身房、及聯合辦公空間和獨特的空中游泳池——一個懸掛在兩棟大樓之間、高達35米的空中泳池。

評委們還表示,為World Heart Beat Music Academy學院提供的設施給他們留下了 "深刻的印象"。這個慈善機構也把使館花園(Embassy Gardens)稱作是自己的家園。

頒獎儀式結束後,巴利摩總經理John Mulryan表示:“我們非常感謝What House?評委對我們獲獎物業的溢美之詞。我們在華殿和使館花園都投入了獨特的創新設計,力圖將首都的住宅標準推向一個新的高度。評委們的評價反映了我們的努力是有成效的,能夠獲得業內的多項褒獎,我們倍感欣慰。”

幾天前,巴利摩創始人、董事長兼首席執行官Sean Mulryan剛剛被授予愛爾蘭商業傑出貢獻獎。評委們對Sean Mulryan的工作讚賞有加,稱 "他是愛爾蘭和英國最重要、最成功的房地產開發公司之一"。

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巴利摩在 2023 What House? 颁奖礼上摘得银奖

一年一度的 What House? 颁奖典礼本于2023年11月17日在伦敦举行,巴利摩荣获了两项大奖: 最佳豪华开发项目与最佳多功能开发奖。

位于金丝雀码头的华殿大厦由两座塔楼组成,共有 767 套公寓,该项目被授予最佳豪华开发项目银奖,这是评委对绿盛世与巴利摩(EcoWorld Ballymore) 将植被的亲和力这一理念完美地融入到设计之中,也是对其在楼房密集的建筑环境下引入大自然的绿意给予的褒奖。

评委们在颁奖典礼上给予高度评价,他们表示:"传统意义上,金丝雀码头对商业的需求要高于对自然的需求,但该房产采用的是自然色彩和有机材料",评委们还补充道: "将绿色植物融入到生活空间,令居民身心受益,让整个开发项目在各类植物的点缀下显得生机勃勃"。

巴利摩在 2023 What House? 颁奖礼上摘得银奖

绿盛世与巴利摩(EcoWorld Ballymore)合作的位于伦敦九榆树重建区的使馆花园(Embassy Gardens) 社区也在颁奖典礼上也受到了表彰。评委们表示,他们注意到该地区已 "转变为一个繁荣的社区",拥有种类繁多的便民设施,其中使用率很高的健身房、及联合办公空间和独特的空中游泳池——一个悬挂在两栋大楼之间、高达35米的空中泳池。

评委们还表示,为World Heart Beat Music Academy学院提供的设施给他们留下了 "深刻的印象"。这个慈善机构也把使馆花园(Embassy Gardens)称作是自己的家园。

颁奖仪式结束后,巴利摩总经理John Mulryan表示:“我们非常感谢What House?评委对我们获奖物业的溢美之词。我们在华殿和使馆花园都投入了独特的创新设计,力图将首都的住宅标准推向一个新的高度。评委们的评价反映了我们的努力是有成效的,能够获得业内的多项褒奖,我们倍感欣慰。”

几天前,巴利摩创始人、董事长兼首席执行官Sean Mulryan刚刚被授予爱尔兰商业杰出贡献奖。评委们对Sean Mulryan的工作赞赏有加,称 "他是爱尔兰和英国最重要、最成功的房地产开发公司之一"。

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Everyman落户布伦特福德开发项目 打造休闲胜地

我们很高兴地宣布,豪华品牌电影院Everyman将进驻布伦特福德开发项目的3 West Bradbury Yard,成为我们这个以休闲为重点社区的又一亮点。位于伦敦西部的布伦特福德开发项目是一个以住宅为主导的120万平方英尺的河畔社区。以高端影院而著称的Everyman综合休闲娱乐中心坐落在开发项目的核心地段,从布伦特福德高街抵达娱乐中心非常便捷。这个占地10,973 平方英尺的休闲娱乐中心将为社区提供Everyman所有高端的休闲与娱乐服务。

Everyman的发言人表示:“我们很高兴能够成为布伦特福德开发项目的休闲胜地。巴利摩房地产开发公司的愿景是打造一个集零售、休闲以及便民服务为一体的繁荣社区理念,与我们Everyman的理念非常契合。我们期待Everyman的高端休闲服务为布伦特福德的民众带来福祉。”

巴利摩的高级开发经理Richard Pearce补充道:“Everyman入驻布伦特福德项目的核心地带,符合我们为社区和游客提供全天候服务这一理念。该品牌与巴利摩以及其他即将入驻品牌完美融合,在社区里成为一道独具特色的零售、餐饮与娱乐的休闲风景线。Everyman的入驻让我们向完美社区的愿景又迈近了一步,也成为我们这个河畔社区建设关键要素。”

此前,独立礼品店Mother Rugger的入驻让社区内充满温馨的氛围,该店位于Bradshaw Yard,占地1,116平方英尺,于去年12月开业。此外,在未来几个月还将有新的品牌餐饮店精彩亮相,其中包括著名的手工面包店GAIL's,以及在《厨艺大师:职业选手》大赛荣获季军的选手Elena Frattura与双胞胎妹妹Emily共同创办的全日餐饮店Rottura。

布伦特福德开发项目致力于改造布伦特福德镇高街南半部的11.8英亩的土地,通过一系列的建设,用步行小巷将高街与布伦特河完美衔接。 除876套全新公寓外,该开发项目还设有餐饮、娱乐、购物和休闲等配套设施,以及超过5英亩的园林景观和公共区域。让两个旧日的码头重焕生机,成为社区娱乐休闲中心,为伦敦西部居民和观光游客带来一道靓丽的休闲景观。

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  • Everyman落戶布倫特福德開發專案 打造休閒勝地

Everyman落戶布倫特福德開發專案 打造休閒勝地

我們很高興地宣佈,豪華品牌電影院Everyman將進駐布倫特福德開發專案的3 West Bradbury Yard,成為我們這個以休閒為重點社區的又一亮點。位於倫敦西部的布倫特福德開發專案是一個以住宅為主導的120萬平方英尺的河畔社區。以高端影院而著稱的Everyman綜合休閒娛樂中心坐落在開發專案的核心地段,從布倫特福德高街抵達娛樂中心非常便捷。這個占地10,973 平方英尺的休閒娛樂中心將為社區提供Everyman所有高端的休閒與娛樂服務。

Everyman的發言人表示:“我們很高興能夠成為布倫特福德開發專案的休閒勝地。巴利摩房地產開發公司的願景是打造一個集零售、休閒以及便民服務為一體的繁榮社區理念,與我們Everyman的理念非常契合。我們期待Everyman的高端休閒服務為布倫特福德的民眾帶來福祉。”

巴利摩的高級開發經理Richard Pearce補充道:“Everyman入駐布倫特福德專案的核心地帶,符合我們為社區和遊客提供全天候服務這一理念。該品牌與巴利摩以及其他即將入駐品牌完美融合,在社區裏成為一道獨具特色的零售、餐飲與娛樂的休閒風景線。Everyman的入駐讓我們向完美社區的願景又邁近了一步,也成為我們這個河畔社區建設關鍵要素。”

此前,獨立禮品店Mother Rugger的入駐讓社區內充滿溫馨的氛圍,該店位於Bradshaw Yard,占地1,116平方英尺,於去年12月開業。此外,在未來幾個月還將有新的品牌餐飲店精彩亮相,其中包括著名的手工麵包店GAIL's,以及在《廚藝大師:職業選手》大賽榮獲季軍的選手Elena Frattura與雙胞胎妹妹Emily共同創辦的全日餐飲店Rottura。

布倫特福德開發專案致力於改造布倫特福德鎮高街南半部的11.8英畝的土地,通過一系列的建設,用步行小巷將高街與布倫特河完美銜接。 除876套全新公寓外,該開發專案還設有餐飲、娛樂、購物和休閒等配套設施,以及超過5英畝的園林景觀和公共區域。讓兩個舊日的碼頭重煥生機,成為社區娛樂休閒中心,為倫敦西部居民和觀光遊客帶來一道靚麗的休閒景觀。

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“Bray is such a charming place”

We asked local Dublin artist and creator, Homebound, to design two bespoke pieces of art for our contemporary new homes at Sea Gardens in Bray. Here he tells us how he went about capturing the nostalgia and charm of this beautiful seaside location, and how his childhood connection to Bray led the way. 

“Bray is such a charming place”

One of Homebound's creations; a picture now on display in the Sea Gardens' show home

“Bray evokes the feeling of going back to more innocent times” 

I’ve always loved Bray, it’s played an important part in my family over the years, so it was a real honour to be asked to do the thing I love the most - create art, for such a well-respected company such as Ballymore in this place which holds such sentiment for me. My family and I are based in Dublin, but I fondly remember my mam telling me how her family used to make the long trek over to Bray for their holidays back in the 60’s - it’s a full circle moment to be there in a professional capacity now! 

Bray is such a charming place, I remember as a child gravitating towards the little huts on the Promenade and finding them an enchanting part of the landscape  - it was a natural focus for these commissions, as they just represent everything I love about the place. It’s the small details around Bray that really draws me to it - the railings, the atmosphere - it’s these elements that evoke the feeling of going back to more innocent and less demanding times, reminiscent of my childhood. I prefer to stick to a simple style in my work, with an emphasis on adding interesting flourishes to draw the viewer in, whilst working with a subtle colour pallet. This worked perfectly for these pieces, the simplicity of the designs feels in alignment with the nostalgia Bray ignites in me. 

I've been painting and drawing since a very young age, it’s always been the way I like to express myself, so doing it as a job is living the dream. I was producing large abstract canvases earlier in my career which led to being featured in a few solo and group exhibitions around Dublin and London over the years. My work has evolved considerably since then with a focus on digital artworks now rather than paintings using oils. I create a vast mix of work as my interests lie anywhere between music, literature, the history of Dublin and beyond - whatever inspires me at the time!  

‘A perfect partnership’ 

I was delighted when Ballymore asked me to represent them with my work, anything that helps to bring my work to a wider audience is much appreciated. They were very gracious with their request as well, giving me free rein to create an artwork that compliments the Bray landscape whilst leaving the rest to me - no better request for a creative! I didn’t feel limited or tied down to doing anything specific, I could just encapsulate what Bray meant to me with integrity, in pieces I hope others will love too. 

It was a privilege to be chosen to create these pieces for Ballymore, I’m incredibly grateful for the support they’ve shown me in my career, enabling me to make a life out of doing what I love. There’s nothing more rewarding than that, long may it continue!

You can buy Homebound Prints online and in store at Jam Art Factory - two independent shops in Dublin. 

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  • “We’ve been supported by Ballymore every step of the way”
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“We’ve been supported by Ballymore every step of the way”

If you’re passing through our Goodluck Hope development in London, you may smell the unmistakable smell of freshly baked bread courtesy of our newest tenants, Layers Bakery. The brainchild of professional chefs Faye Weatherburn and Giulia Agnoli, and entrepreneur Chelsea Finch, a formidable trio who have created a wholesome place for the community to enjoy their exquisite, baked on site, collection of baked goods. Here we chat to Faye, straight off the back of an incredibly successful launch weekend.

It’s been quite a week! Since our opening we’ve been completely overwhelmed. It’s been busier than we could have hoped for! On our opening day, I was literally in the back preparing croissants on a loop - everything we put out went, and we just kept replacing it as quickly as possible! It’s been a long time coming - myself and Giuila worked together a few years ago and the seed was planted to create our own bakery when the company we both worked for shut down. 

Community Spirit 

In what now seems like a perfect order of events, Chelsea, who was one of our customers, approached us, asking when we were going to set up - and that she would support us by continuing to use us to supply her five businesses. She has been integral in supporting our entire operation, providing us with valuable expertise in setting up the coffee shop side of our business, something integral to our vision of bringing the local community together. We both feel quite strongly that as a coffee shop we have a fundamental duty to the community to provide a lovely place for them to socialise, and that’s what Layers has become. 

Even before we opened we popped a sign on the door inviting passersby to pop in and have a chat so we could get to know the locals, that was really nice and we had many visitors who have now become customers, it’s very much the relaxed and friendly vibe we wanted. 

“We’ve been supported by Ballymore every step of the way”

The finer details 

Working with Ballymore has been nothing but positive, we’ve been supported by them every step of the way. We were fully involved with every design decision in our space, down to where the plug sockets were placed, it really was tailor made to suit our business. We both have experience of working in specialised kitchens - Guila at Dinner by Heston and Fallow, and me as a Pastry Chef at the Ritz so we know how important it is to have the right setup. 

Being in this location is incredible, we love the heritage, and the dry dock, it’s such a characterful space and the huge windows and industrial ceiling in our bakery fit perfectly with the vibe of our terracotta and coral terrazzo. Originally we’d planned something much smaller so this has exceeded all expectations, but as soon as we saw it we knew it was for us; we visited every week as it was being built so we feel like we’ve been integral to its fruition. 

Mission led 

A huge motivator for us was to responsibly get rid of waste having been horrified at the amount of waste we’d previously experienced. We now make marmite out of leftover bread and carefully tailor our menu around what we have available to minimise any leftovers. We are also passionate about sourcing premium produce from local suppliers. Our flour comes from our regenerative farmer, Wildfarmed Flour, and all our dairy products come from The Estate Dairy who also provide us with pastry butter which we used to have to get from France. Everything we sell is baked on site by our own fair hands - Guilia is on the night shift at the moment so it’s a 24 hour operation! 

All in all, it’s been an amazing first week, we can’t wait to evolve and welcome more visitors as we continue to develop our offerings, we’re excited about what’s to come. 

To keep up to date with Layers, follow them on Instagram.

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Ballymore, renowned for its steadfast support of community groups and grassroots organisations in Ireland, has reaffirmed its support of Gaelic football at Dublin City University (DCU) for the 2023/24 academic year, having supported the men’s and women’s football teams since 2021/22.

DCU Dóchas Éireann, is the largest university Gaelic games club in Ireland, with 800 members representing DCU across 28 men’s and women’s football, camogie and hurling teams. 

Ballymore's partnership with DCU underscores the company's dedication to fostering sports development in Ireland, aligning with its broader commitment to community and social investment. By supporting DCU, Ballymore aims to empower the university in its mission to transform lives and societies, helping DCU’s elite student athletes with cutting-edge facilities that enable them to combine the highest standards of sporting performance and academic achievement.

Ballymore Renews Commitment to Gaelic Football at Dublin City University

Linda Mulryan is deputy managing director for Ballymore in Ireland said: “Ballymore is committed to investing in initiatives that catalyse positive societal impacts and cultivate the communities where we provide homes.

"We firmly believe that sports are fundamental to society, fostering a sense of belonging within communities while significantly improving overall health and wellbeing, so I am thrilled to renew our partnership with DCU for 2024.

"DCU’s emphasis on talent development through its sports scholarship programme perfectly aligns with our overarching mission to effect positive transformations in Ireland, and we are proud to stand in support.

Prof Dáire Keogh, President of Dublin City University stated: “We welcome Ballymore’s renewed commitment to Gaelic football at DCU. Our ongoing partnership has enabled significant investment in the development of our talented student athletes and has ensured that our men’s and women’s teams have the support they need to excel, both on and off the pitch. We look forward to building on this success in the year to come.”

Jason Sherlock, Director of Development with DCU Educational Trust concluded: “At DCU Educational Trust, we are proud to build strong partnerships that advance DCU’s mission to transform lives and societies. Our collaboration with leading organisations like Ballymore enables us to drive societal change and to enable talent to excel, including through our sports scholarship programme which enables high performing student-athletes to excel in sport and in life.” 

 

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    The ribbon was cut by Deputy Mayor for Newham, Councillor James Asser

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Ballymore and Oxley celebrate the completion of 207 new high quality affordable homes at Riverscape in the Royal Docks. 

The completion of these two new apartment buildings – called East River Wharf - mark a pivotal milestone at Riverscape and the occasion was marked by a handover ceremony hosted by Ballymore & Oxley with Homes England and Legal & General Affordable Homes. Joined by Cllr James Asser, Deputy Mayor at the London Borough of Newham, and local councillors Cllr Shaban Mohammed and Cllr John Whitworth.

Located directly on the River Thames in the heart  of one of London’s most exciting regenerations, East River Wharf offers a collection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Shared Ownership apartments as well as affordable rent and social rent properties.The affordable homes are among the first homes to be completed at Riverscape, a 769 home development designed by Howells Architects.

East River Wharf forms part of the wider Royal Wharf master plan, which in total will deliver over 4,154 homes, 3,893 of which have already been completed. Royal Wharf is a thriving and dynamic new ‘London village’ community, complete with a RIBA award-winning primary school, a modern community centre, a busy high street with 120,000 sq ft commercial space, a new park, and a beloved riverside pub

 207 affordable homes complete at Riverscape in Newham

The homes at Royal Wharf are well connected to central London via the DLR, at Pontoon Road and West Silvertown, and by water thanks to the Thames Clippers service at the Royal Wharf Pier – completed by Ballymore & Oxley in November 2019. The community is flanked by Thames Barrier Park to the east and Lyle Park to the west, which this year celebrates the centenary of being gifted to the community by Abram Lyle (of Lyle’s Golden Syrup) in 1924.

Ben Denton, Chief Executive at Legal & General Affordable Homes, said:

“We are delighted to be working closely with Ballymore and Oxley to bring more affordable housing to London, particularly in Newham. Ballymore with Oxley is a great partnership delivering the regeneration of this important part of East London.

By celebrating the delivery of these affordable rented and Shared Ownership homes, we are making a small contribution towards addressing London’s crisis in homes that people can afford.  

We look forward to working together with Ballymore and Oxley again in the future to create communities that our residents can thrive in.”

Nigel Barclay, Director of Loans at Homes England, said:   

“It is exciting to see the new community at Riverscape taking shape with the completion of these new, quality affordable homes.  With support from the Government’s Levelling Up Home Building Fund, Riverscape will rightly form an integral part of the wider Royal Docks site and go some way to address the housing need in Newham.”

John Mulryan, UK managing director, Ballymore:

“Royal Wharf is one of London’s great housing success stories. Over 40 acres of brownfield land has become home and a place of pride for over 10,000 people. We’re thrilled to be handing over the latest affordable homes to L&G today and look forward to welcoming their residents into this very special community.”

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With The Brentford Project fast becoming a thriving waterside destination, we caught up with one of our first residents, Sonia Jones, as it nears a year since she moved into her new home here.

A former music industry icon - renowned for nurturing talents like Rita Ora and sharing the stage with legendary acts including the Rolling Stones - Sonia embarked on the next chapter in her life when she moved to The Brentford Project.

Making the move from a large Chiswick home in search of a more exciting and creative neighbourhood, here, Sonia shares her favourite things about life at The Brentford Project.

"It's a one-stop destination for all my daily needs, with the local creative and artistic scene I was looking for.”

It’s coming up to a year since I moved here from Chiswick and I couldn’t be happier with how well I’ve settled in. For me, the appeal of The Brentford project lies in its ability to offer me a beautiful fresh and contemporary space to live, with access to everything I could possibly need right on my doorstep. I can be in the heart of the action in a moment, stepping outside to vibrant surroundings full of people, restaurants and shops. Likewise I can look out of my window and take in the abundant views of the trees and nearby parks, providing an instant connection to nature and bringing the outside in. It offers a rare and perfect harmony of urban and peaceful living. 

The move was motivated by a need to be surrounded by likeminded people, I want to immerse myself within a creative and vibrant setting, and thankfully, The Brentford project ticks all of those boxes. Not only is my apartment a wonderful space to be, but the neighbourhood is fast becoming a community within itself, it’s an exciting time to be here, and this is just the beginning! 

 

“It’s the local creative and artistic scene I was looking for”

Inspiring views 

There’s so much to appreciate, not least the vista of the London skyline as well as the calming, ever changing views of the water which I can lose hours watching. Having bountiful green views in London is a real treat, and it’s that, fused with the waterside location which brings the magic to my home. 

Syon Park and Kew Gardens are nearby, offering me a tranquil escape from the city's hustle and bustle. Such convenient accessibility, with all the amenities I need right here means I can live my life freely with nothing out of reach, that really is the greatest benefit of living here. 

The standard of my apartment is amazing, it’s been designed with integrity, with real thought and consideration about how I would use the space, it flows in a way which harmonises with how I live, like it’s been tailor made just for me. The aesthetic is beautiful, I walk in and feel incredibly happy to be here. It’s flooded with natural light thanks to the 4 large patio doors, and the interior combines natural materials with contemporary design making it feel opulent and luxurious but also approachable and practical.

Bringing the wow factor 

My apartment doesn't have a typical layout which was one of the things that appealed to me. It’s positioned over 2 floors with the 3 bedrooms downstairs and the living areas upstairs which is quite unusual and something which makes it feel even more special. The result is a spacious, light and open feel which I love, especially when I’m entertaining friends. The star of the show is the very generously sized terrace, accessed by the 4 sets of patio doors, it’s like my own private oasis, and it really brings the wow factor! The views are spectacular, it’s a wonderful spot to enjoy them from. 

It’s hard to pick a highlight as the entire space has been so well considered, but I do absolutely love my bedroom. It’s a striking space complete with an ensuite and dressing room - every girl's dream! It feels stylish and lavish as well as being completely practical, it’s a place I can unwind and relax, and reset for the day ahead. 

In short, I love living here. It’s contemporary and inspiring with everything I need but as importantly, it has real heart with local creativity and the thriving artistic scene I was looking for. It feels lively and exciting and coming home to my apartment is a joy, I know I’ll enjoy many many years here. 

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  • Everyman confirmed as leisure anchor at The Brentford Project
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Everyman confirmed as leisure anchor at The Brentford Project

We are delighted to announce that we have signed luxury cinema concept, Everyman, for The Brentford Project, our new 1.2 million sq ft riverside community and residential-led development in Brentford, West London.  Located in the heart of the scheme on 3 West Bradbury Yard, the new leisure-focused anchor tenant, Everyman, will be easily accessible from Brentford High Street.  The 10,973 sq ft space will feature components of Everyman’s luxurious cinema offering.      

A spokesperson at Everyman commented: “We are delighted to be joining the Brentford Project as the leisure anchor.  Ballymore’s vision to create a thriving community, in which the retail and leisure offer serves both the residents and the wider area, reflects our own lifestyle approach.  We are looking forward to bringing the Everyman experience to Brentford.”

Richard Pearce, Senior Development Manager at Ballymore, added: “The signing of Everyman at the heart of the Brentford Project matches our intention to provide a day-to-evening offer for our community and visitors alike. The brand is perfectly aligned to Ballymore and the other businesses opening at The Brentford Project, supporting and nurturing independent and unique retail and dining brands. Everyman brings us one step further to completing our long-term community vision and forms a key element to the final phases of the riverside development.”

The news follows an independent gift shop signing, Mother Rugger, a 1,116 sq ft space on Bradshaw Yard, which opened in December. In addition, new dining entrants will also be opening their doors in the coming months, including artisan bakery and coffee shop, GAIL’s and a debut for family-owned all-day dining concept, Rottura, co-founded by MasterChef: The Professionals quarter finalist Elena Frattura and her twin sister, Emily.

By transforming 11.8 acres along the southern half of the town’s High Street, The Brentford Project will reconnect the High Street with the waterfront via a series of pedestrianised yards.  Alongside 876 new homes, the development will bring an eclectic mix of dining, entertainment, shopping and leisure amenities, and over five acres of landscaping and public realm. Two riverside docks will be revitalised and transformed into new leisure hubs, attracting visitors from West London and beyond.   

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  • Spreading seasonal cheer in London
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Spreading seasonal cheer in London

The past few weeks have seen many successful Christmas events taking place across our London developments – from cocktail evenings and carol concerts to family-focused workshops and Christmas markets. Here we learn more about the celebrations that have kicked off the festive season across our neighbourhoods.

Spreading seasonal cheer in London

Festive singing at Goodluck Hope

Christmas came early for our London team this year. It was the first weekend in December in fact when we descended on Goodluck Hope on the Leamouth Peninsula to host an all-day Christmas-themed community celebration – the first of a month of festive celebrations.

Wrapping up from the cold, our visitors embraced the wintry weather to make the most of a whole host of activities including gingerbread house decorating workshops with Layers Bakery - a new offering soon opening at Goodluck Hope. The event allowed the Layers’ team to showcase its business to the community by running a number of groups to take part in the edible, festive fun.

Families and Frozen fans also enjoyed two afternoon screenings of the Disney classic in the Cinema, whilst London Docklands Singers performed classic carols from the Dry Dock as visitors were treated to complimentary mulled wine and mince pies from another new commercial tenant, Taylor’s of Goodluck Hope. The celebrations provided entertainment for the community and the opportunity for neighbours to gather together on their doorstep, with all ticket proceeds donated to local homelessness charity, Your Place (Caritas Anchor House).

Spreading seasonal cheer in London

A special screening of Frozen

A few days later saw Embassy Gardens pull out all the stops for a special Christmas carol concert in partnership with our resident and inspiring local charity, World Heart Beat. As an important part of our community here, the concert provided a unique opportunity to showcase this world-class facility and hub for culture, which we’re always proud to celebrate as home to some of the world’s leading music talent. 

Taking place within the charity’s dedicated concert hall at Embassy Gardens, the carol concert boasted an impressive line-up of World Heart Beat’s performers. Ranging from community choir groups to bands, instrumentalists, and musical talent, it created an incredibly unique Christmas atmosphere as visitors enjoyed the music along with a festive tipple and delicious mince pies. The ticket proceeds were donated to homelessness charity Bags of Taste with matched donation from Embassy Gardens. 

Meanwhile at our luxury development in Canary Wharf, residents and guests of the team at Wardian enjoyed drinks and canapes overlooking the London skyline views from The Observatory, whilst expert gift-wrappers added that special touch to their Christmas gifts.

Spreading seasonal cheer in London

Local children sing at World Heart Beat at Embassy Gardens

Our fourth event was held by our team at Riverscape, who welcomed customers, new residents, and the local community to a relaxed, warming ‘Carols & Cocktails’ evening reception. Guests escaped the cold and windy December weather to celebrate Christmas with festive cocktails and canapes, whilst live carol performances by The Noelles set the informal tone and enabled guests to mingle with their neighbours and find out more about life at Riverscape.

Lastly, we hosted a large Christmas market at The Brentford Project in partnership with local community group Brentford Voice, with activity taking place along Bradshaw Yard and Market Place on Brentford High Street. Thousands of people gathered to enjoy food and drink – including from the area’s newest offering Sam’s Waterside and upcoming new restaurant Rottura, as well as Christmas gifting stalls alongside live music and local choir performances.

Spreading seasonal cheer in London

Singers at The Brentford Project

Reflecting on the success of this year’s Christmas calendar, Ballymore’s Brian De’ath, Managing Director for Sales and Marketing said: “Ballymore creates places with a soul, thriving neighbourhoods in which everyone can live, work and play. These festivities are testament to that, bringing everyone together with a range of vibrant events that celebrate the best of each community.   

“A big thank you to everyone for their involvement and Christmas spirit to make each event so successful.”

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  • Expanding the menu at Goodluck Hope in London
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Expanding the menu at Goodluck Hope in London

The first of two new businesses at Goodluck Hope, Ballymore’s new island development on Leamouth Peninsula in London, has opened its doors today.

Purveyors of the finest seasonal fruit and vegetables, ethical and organic grocer Taylor’s of Goodluck Hope will serve the island community everything from luxury, handpicked delicacies to cupboard essentials for every day. Having firmly established themselves at Maltby Street Market, Taylor’s of Goodluck Hope will have an in-store deli, offering a quiet sanctuary for savouring and enjoying fine food, while its wine-bar will create a lively social hub at the heart of the neighbourhood, where friends can gather, and occasions can be celebrated.

Guests can expect delicious small plates and relaxed dishes, showcasing seasonal produce with a “farm shop-to-table” ethos. Each day, the Chef will prepare a bespoke fresh meal that Goodluck Hope residents and locals can enjoy - eventually these meals will be available for ‘click and collect’ for the ultimate tasty, healthy and easy dinner at home.

Expanding the menu at Goodluck Hope in London

The store will also use minimal packaging, with free refill stations for many grocery items to help shoppers reduce waste. Regular events, such as talks to tastings with artisan food and drink suppliers, will entertain and educate locals, and bring the community together over a love of food.

Just next door, wholesale bakery and coffee shop Layers is set to open later this month, offering delicious goods every day from 8am, including freshly baked sourdough goods, delicious coffees, grab-and-go breakfasts as well as a very seasonal all-day brunch menu from the cafe. They will also host a rolling programme of events and educational workshops.

Founded by Chelsea, Giulia and Faye, who have years of industry experience in hospitality, retail, coffee, baked goods, and food, Layers is both creative and fun whilst expressing individuality and attracting its 'people' through culture and authenticity. The store will be family friendly, with pets welcome too.

Goodluck Hope is the industrial-inspired riverside development of 841 new homes on Leamouth Peninsula, creating an island neighbourhood of new homes, creative hubs and independent businesses. Inspired by its rich maritime heritage and cultural history, Goodluck Hope is conveniently located close to finance and commercial hub Canary Wharf and London City Airport via Canning Town station on the Jubilee Line, and yet remains secluded from the rush of the city, offering a uniquely tranquil waterfront lifestyle in this part of the capital.

Keith Taylor, founder of Taylor’s at Goodluck Hope, said: “We instantly loved the feel of Goodluck Hope when we first visited. The Dry Dock being right at the centre of the community excited us so much that we couldn't say no! Since the announcement of our shop opening, we have been inundated with messages from residents welcoming and engaging with us, cementing that sense of community we felt.  We cannot wait to open and start greeting people in both our store and bar.”

Faye Weatherburn, co-founder of Layers, said: “I fell in love with this location from the very first time we came to visit, back in May 2022. There was still construction taking place and yet, we went in and looked at each other and said, 'Yes, I think this is it.' There is something about the view of the O2, being so close to the water, and the history of the location that just makes it all magical. We look forward to opening and serving the new community at Goodluck Hope.”

James Boyce, Associate Regional Sales Director at Ballymore, said: “We are delighted to welcome Taylor’s of Goodluck Hope and Layers Bakery to our island community. 

Expanding the menu at Goodluck Hope in London

The island is already home to a number of thriving independent businesses, and the arrival of an exciting new destination bakery and a premium, ethical grocer, deli and wine bar will bring the best food, drink and atmosphere right to the doorstep of our residents, offering ultimate convenience. They join the neighbouring cocktail bars, coffee shops, galleries and culture hubs just a few minutes away on City Island, completing our island story.”

Both stores can be found at Orchard Dry Dock, Orchard Place, London E14 0JW. Taylor’s of Goodluck Hope is now open, with Layers Bakery opening later this month. Layers Bakery will be open daily from 8am and Taylor’s of Goodluck Hope grocery is open from 8am to 8pm Tuesday to Saturday and 9am to 7pm on Sundays.

For enquiries about living at Goodluck Hope, please click here, email sales@goodluckhope.com or call 0203 944 1825.

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Supporting the artists of the future as they help tackle climate change

This autumn, we partnered with The Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, to help raise awareness of climate change through the work of four budding young artists – including one whose work is now on display in Nine Elms.

The initiative  was part of the biennial Grantham Climate Art Prize which invited young people, who will be most affected by climate change, to create bold designs for outdoor public murals focused on the solutions needed to tackle the climate crisis.

The work of four budding young artists has gone on display in locations across the UK this month – including in Nine Elms, close to Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens neighbourhood.

The 2023 Grantham Climate Art Prize celebrates young artists, whose work was judged by a stellar panel of representatives from The Grantham Institute, programme sponsors- Octopus Energy and the Turner Contemporary.   

Among the winners was 11-year-old Samuel Web whose depiction of a kingfisher flying from a trashed and polluted world to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future has been painted as a mural in Coventry. Janet Aloa, age 17 from Rochdale created a piece entitled Use Your Voice aimed at empowering young people to speak up to those in power and demand action to tackle climate change. It is now painted as a mural in West Norwood, in South London, while 19-year-old Ria Hoondle’s Team Green – a depiction of people working to preserve nature and rectify damage caused to our environment, is now on display in Glasgow. 

It is however a runner up Aarayn Prabhaker’s Colours for the Climate piece that caught the attention of Ballymore. The striking artwork – an additional project for 2023 which was sponsored by Ballymore – embraces the Grantham Climate Art Prize theme, showing a range of fruit and vegetables with protest placards calling for people to eat more plant-based foods and less meat and dairy in order that we can live more sustainably. Aaryan’s design has now been transformed into a 19.5-metre long mural close to Embassy Gardens. It has been brought to life by artists Karla Rosales Garcia and Roger Rigol. And speaking of it Karla said. “This is such an important project raising awareness of climate issues in a unique and creative way. It was a challenging project taking 2 weeks to complete, but we prepared thoroughly and I’m really excited by the result, plus the reaction from passersby has been incredible - cars stop and beep in appreciation and people come and ask questions about it - so it’s doing what it’s supposed to do - encourage conversation and raise awareness.”   

Supporting the artists of the future as they help tackle climate change

The completed mural.

Speaking of his original design, 12-year-old Aaryan told us he had spent a lot of time designing the mural, working on it for “hours at a time over a three-week period”, adding: “I was inspired by my sister, Alekhya who is 10 and an excellent artist. I wanted to raise awareness with my art to help the world tackle global warming and cut down on our carbon footprint, I can’t wait to see it in real life now it’s finished, it will be really exciting.”

Commenting on her son’s achievement, Aaryan’s mum Shalini Varma said: “Aaryan has always been very creative and especially loves sketches, portraits and abstract art so he was incredibly keen to create this piece. He spent such a long time over the summer designing the mural I was overwhelmed with pride and joy when I received the email telling us Ballymore had chosen it.”

Supporting the artists of the future as they help tackle climate change

Aaryan, from Barnet in north London, with local artists Karla Rosales Garcia and Roger Rigol who have brought his concept to life.

Concluded Linsey Wynton Grantham Climate Art Prize Project Manager at Imperial College London: “We are delighted to have partnered with Ballymore, with their strong sustainability credentials and shared vision for a better future. Not only have Ballymore sponsored this striking mural, but an exhibition highlighting our popular ‘Nine things you can do about climate change’ campaign illustrated by artwork from winners, runners up and shortlisted entries to this year’s art prize.

“Such a broad mix of people will pass the mural and exhibition each day – from business people, to politicians, to residents – we’re giving them a bold reminder about climate change and some beautiful pieces of art to call their own.”

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  • Ballymore honoured at the 2023 What House? Awards in London
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Ballymore honoured at the 2023 What House? Awards in London

The annual What House? Awards took place in London this weekend with Ballymore recognised in two categories: Best Luxury Development and Best Mixed-Use Development.

Wardian, a development of 767-apartments across two towers in Canary Wharf, was awarded the Silver Award for Best Luxury Development – recognition of EcoWorld Ballymore’s emphasis on biophilia at the scheme and a celebration of its efforts in introducing nature to a dense built environment. 

Speaking at the ceremony, judges said: “Canary Wharf traditionally shouts business louder than nature, but this scheme is about natural colours and organic materials”, adding that the company had “drawn on the recognised physical and mental benefits of incorporating greenery into living spaces, and the development is alive with different species of plants throughout”. 

Ballymore honoured at the 2023 What House? Awards in London

Embassy Gardens, EcoWorld Ballymore’s neighbourhood in the Nine Elms regeneration area of London was also celebrated at the ceremony. Judges noted the area had been “transformed into a thriving neighbourhood” with a “wide range” of amenities including the “gym, well-used co-working space” and the “unique” sky pool – a swimming pool which stands 35 metres in the air, suspended between two buildings at the scheme. Judges also said they were “impressed” with the facilities provided to the World Heart Beat Music Academy, a charity which also calls Embassy Gardens home. 

Speaking after the ceremony, Ballymore managing director John Mulryan said: “We are grateful for the What House? judges for their kind words about our neighbourhoods in London.

“At both Wardian and Embassy Gardens we have invested in innovative design, trying to push boundaries in the capital’s residential offering. The judges’ remarks reflect our efforts, and we are delighted to be in receipt of more awards from our industry peers.”

The awards come just days after Ballymore founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Sean Mulryan was presented with an Outstanding Contribution to Business Award in Ireland. Judges celebrated Sean’s work, saying "he is one of the most significant and indeed successful property development companies in Ireland and the UK”.

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  • “Remarkable” Sean Mulryan is honoured at prestigious Irish awards ceremony
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“Remarkable” Sean Mulryan is honoured at prestigious Irish awards ceremony

Sean Mulryan, founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Ballymore has been presented with a prestigious award, honouring his outstanding contribution to business in Ireland.

The Kildare Business Awards were a night of celebration, welcoming guests and dignitaries from across the county to the Kilashee Hotel for a formal black-tie event and dinner.

The pinnacle of the night was the much-anticipated awards ceremony, with Sean’s accolade presented at the end of the evening. Taking to the stage, the awards presenter talked of the impact of Ballymore’s work – not just in Kildare, but across Ireland and England, saying that Ballymore "is one of the most significant and indeed successful property development companies in Ireland and the UK”, adding: “The vision and ambition Sean has displayed time and time again is nothing short of remarkable. 

“His foresight for acquiring sites in London along the Thames was enough to attract the US Embassy to move to its new London location next to Battersea at Embassy Gardens.  Further up the river, he created the new home for the English National Ballet now named the Mulryan Centre for Dance at London City Island, not far from where his first London project took shape at Canary Wharf in 1994. 

“Back here in Ireland, he created the wonderful mixed-use quarter at Dublin Landings in the Docklands along the Liffey. And it would be remiss not to mention other significant projects in Dublin including The White Water shopping centre, Royal Canal Park, Sea Gardens and last but certainly not least, the Guinness Quarter redevelopment in the historic Liberties.

“Throughout this time, and no matter where his development projects take him, he has never lost his strong links with Kildare. In this county alone, he has overseen the construction of 4,000 homes with another 3,000 in the pipeline.  He and his wife Bernadine have raised their family of five children here, and I am delighted to add some of whom are here in attendance this evening.  

“Sean is a champion of culture, education and sport, particularly the GAA and his passion for horseracing is well known with many winners secured at Kildare racecourses alone.   He is known for his enormous generosity, and it is entirely fitting that this year’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Business Award goes to Sean.” 

The ceremony marked a homecoming for Ballymore; the company was founded by Sean in the Kildare town of Ballymore Eustace in 1982. In the four decades since, the company has gone on to create more than 20,000 homes in the UK, 15,000 homes in Ireland and has developed more than five million square feet of office and retail space. 

Reflecting on his achievements Sean said: “I am delighted to accept this prestigious award. Kildare has been very good to me, to our family, and to the business – and for that alone I give my deep and heartfelt appreciation. 

“This award though is about much more than me and represents the many people who have helped us through the years – each of them contributing to making Ballymore the business it is today. That starts with Bernadine and our children and extends to business partners, contemporaries and indeed our customers.

“It has been a truly enjoyable evening and one which celebrated all that is great about Kildare; here’s to the continued future success of the county and all of us who live here.”

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  • We commission street artist Solus to create his biggest ever work

    Solus' canalside work at 8th Lock

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We commission street artist Solus to create his biggest ever work

Internationally renowned street artist Solus has an impressive portfolio of works. Now, having worked together briefly in 2022, Ballymore has commissioned Solus once again, this time to create a striking new mural at 8th Lock, the final phase of development at Ballymore’s Royal Canal Park in Dublin. 

We commission street artist Solus to create his biggest ever work

The new mural along the southern bank of the Royal Canal is the biggest artwork of Solus’ career. It adopts Solus’ inimitable style of silhouettes with pops of vibrant colours, with a scene showing the canal being used by people, dogs and horses. He explains: “It’s a joy to take on this site, and I was keen to create something that would serve as a tribute to the history of the canal and how it was used in the past to transport goods – that’s what we’ve done with this piece, captured a moment in time.

“I used spray paint to create a series of  black silhouettes – then adding colours over the blacks; the colours are much more vibrant when they’re used in this way - it creates depth and enhances the colour”

The ambitious piece took a month to design, and a further two weeks to physically paint, with new features being added to the piece as it came to life. Solus continues: “To the right of the main piece we added signposts – each intended to offer directions to the canal bridges; given that the apartments at 8th Lock are named after the bridges it seemed a pertinent way to bring them together – and it makes the piece really site specific!”

The contemporary approach Solus used to create this vast piece of art makes it thoroughly modern while still paying homage to its canalside location. He adds: “I used black silhouettes with colours over the blacks; the colours are much more vibrant when they’re used in this way - it creates depth and enhances the colour”.

The scale and bold colour palette of the mural have created a joyous focal point that’s evoked a heartwarming reaction from residents and passers-by. Many have been inspired to share their own memories of the canal as Solus worked, with one man bringing old photos of the workers who built the original structure, and others complimenting the work as they passed. 

Creating such a vast piece doesn’t come without complications, with Solus recounting the difficulties of working on the wall: “It’s not a flat surface, which is very difficult to work on, so I relied heavily on complementary colours to give detail and to make the mural visually appealing”. Solus is content with the completed mural, concluding happily that the original goal was achieved: “It’s an authentic nod to the history of the site, which creates a striking focal point for the community.”

Solus is a renowned Irish artist. In 2017 he served as National Trailblazer (Ambassador) for Culture Ireland, representing and promoting culture in Ireland, and in 2018 he was nominated as one of five Irish artists to receive the IrishCentral Creativity and Arts awards, honouring him for his work in the streets of New York. 

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  • Ballymore and Sainsbury’s joint venture submits plans for major new canalside neighbourhood in Ladbroke Grove
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Ballymore and Sainsbury’s joint venture submits plans for major new canalside neighbourhood in Ladbroke Grove

Over 2,500 new homes, two parks, restored canal basin and high street proposed for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on brownfield site 

  • 2,519 new homes, with a mix of sizes and types including at least 500 affordable homes.
  • Proposed development will create 2,000 permanent long-term jobs and an estimated £37 million annual boost to the local economy.
  • Green and open spaces, including new public parks, play areas and a restored canal basin.
  • A new high street with local shops and places to work, including a new modern and more spacious Sainsbury’s store and café.
  • Upgraded transport on Ladbroke Grove with an improved junction and new bus stops, as well as better links to the canalside path.
  • A community hub for everyone to enjoy, with spaces for businesses, charities and community groups to flourish in affordable workspace.
  • The planning application has been submitted following three years of close consultation with the local community and stakeholders.

 

Ballymore and Sainsbury’s have submitted a planning application for a major canalside neighbourhood in Ladbroke Grove. The proposed new neighbourhood has been designed to deliver 2,519 new homes, of which at least 500 will be affordable, plus two parks and a local high street with a reinstated, historic canal basin at its heart. Plans also include over 90,000 sq ft of high street shops, cafes and restaurants as well as a new Sainsbury’s Supermarket (130,000 sq ft) – with no day of trading to be lost between the transition from the current store to the new. 

The proposed neighbourhood would deliver much-needed new homes for London on a brownfield site already allocated for development by RBKC and the GLA / Mayor of London. The 19-acre site is one of the largest remaining brownfield sites in RBKC, and a large proportion of the site has been closed off to the public for over 40 years as a former gasworks site. In addition to the current Sainsbury’s Ladbroke Grove Supermarket, the site has most recently been occupied by industrial uses, including a scrap metal processing facility and commercial storage.Bordering the Grand Union Canal to the north and railway tracks to the south, the site is part of the Kensal Canalside Opportunity Area, identified in the Mayor’s London Plan.

The masterplan, by FaulknerBrowns Architects, has been shaped over the last three years, in close consultationwith the local community, local councillors, planning officers and the GLA, to create a place that meets the area’s current and future needs. These contributions have been invaluable in guiding the design process. The architectural approach takes its inspiration from local Regency and Victorian design, as well as its setting close to Kensal Green Cemetery, the Grand Union Canal and the wider area’s rich cultural mix.  

Two public parks and inclusive play spaces, designed by landscape architecture and design practice, Spacehub, form part of the proposals, as well as diverse natural habitats and interventions to support urban wildlife and biodiversity net gain. This includes grassland, woodland, wetland and canal basin habitats. In total, the neighbourhood will offer over 8.5 acres of high quality, publicly accessible open space. 

Situated around 15 minutes’ walk from four tube stations (Kensal Green, Kensal Rise, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park), the plans encourage sustainable travel with new bus stops, pedestrian links and cycle routes and improved access to the canalside path. In response to Transport for London’s focus on active travel and pedestrian and cyclist safety as a priority, signalised junctions will be introduced on Ladbroke Grove and Kensal Road.

A comprehensive sustainability strategy aims to maximise renewable generation and green infrastructure to produce zero emissions on site. Heating and cooling will be provided by air source heat pumps and the development will feature solar panels and sustainable urban drainage systems. The scheme has been based on sustainable design and construction practices, adopting circular economy principles by considering the lifecycle of materials and minimising waste.

John Mulryan, Group Managing Director, Ballymore, said:

“Kensal Canalside is one of the last remaining major brownfield sites to be developed in London and the largest in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  The scale and location of the site – in one of London’s 48 Opportunity Areas – presents a real opportunity to create a thoughtfully designed, accessible and sustainable canalside neighbourhood with strong transport links. 

“There are over 3,000 households on RBKC’s housing waiting list. Our proposals will make a positive and significant contribution towards reducing that figure. Kensal Canalside will provide a significant number of much-needed homes, plus a variety of retail spaces as well as open green spaces and a community leisure and amenity space that our residents and the local people can enjoy.”

Patrick Dunne, Group Property and Procurement Director, Sainsbury’s, adds: 

“The development of the Kensal Canalside Opportunity Area will revitalise a key brownfield site in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, delivering places for people to live, work, shop and relax, and providing a significant boost to the local economy. 

“The plans will allow us to deliver a brand-new, state-of-the-art Sainsbury’s supermarket for the local community to enjoy, and we’re proud that we are providing continuity to our customers by keeping our existing store open until the new one arrives. The larger, more modern and more spacious superstore will stock a wider range of our great value, high-quality food and non-food products and will build on our track record of offering fantastic service to our customers in Ladbroke Grove.”

Ben Sykes, Partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, said: 

“The masterplan is inspired by its characterful setting, where Ladbroke Grove meets the sweeping Grand Union Canal and the open space at Kensal Green. In response, our design has been built around public spaces, including a restored canal basin, play spaces and adding gardens and groves to the borough, to create a series of smaller neighbourhoods with a rich mix of uses and a strong sense of personality and place.

“We are delighted to see the proposals submitted, after working with local residents, the local council, Ballymore, Sainsbury’s and the entire project team for almost four years, to research, design and develop the masterplan.”

The development will create a minimum of 2,000 permanent long-term jobs and provide a significant boost to the local economy, amounting to approximately £37 million annually. The scheme will also deliver funding for social infrastructure within the local community such as healthcare and schools. The Notting Hill Carnival, which launches from the site, will be preserved as a close and long-term partner, and plans to create a new family friendly Carnival experience are being explored.

If planning is successful, the 11-year construction programme is estimated to start in 2025. The first homes will be delivered in 2030, along with the new Sainsbury’s store and the neighbourhood centre around the restored canal basin. 

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  • Industry pulse: redefining the workplace
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Industry pulse: redefining the workplace

The city office sector is in a state of flux, as it continues to get to grips with the lasting impacts of the pandemic on working practices and market demand. But looking ahead, Ballymore’s creative director Roger Black highlights four ideas that are set to redefine the workplace at locations like our project Bishopsgate Goodsyard in Shoreditch (pictured above).

The much-trumpeted death of the office because everyone will now work from home is a falsehood. Work for many is certainly evolving with the aid of 21st century communication tools and the ease by which one can work from multiple locations; however, the need and most importantly the desire to interact with colleagues in-person remains central. The imposed isolation of Covid lockdowns has reminded us all that as social beings – we thrive together, yet suffer alone.

Yes, work has changed and the pattern of where work is conducted has become more dispersed with people spending less time in the principal office space, Monday to Friday. Employers will inevitably require less space, however the quality of that space will now have to be fantastic in order to attract and retain the best talent, enhancing the ‘experience’ of work. 

The data is in. International architectural practice, Gensler, in its 2023 UK Workplace Survey of more than 2,000 office workers, found employees are coming into the office for purposeful interaction and to get work done. The top reason for coming to work was “to sit with my team”. Quality counts.

Work is now a social as well as productive endeavour, and it’s our role as thoughtful developers to create and curate the new workplace around the notion of ‘experience’. 

This is front of mind for Ballymore’s leadership and development teams as we evolve the design across all our mixed-use and commercial projects in the UK and Ireland. Architecture and build quality will always be a top priority for us, however other factors are also coming into sharper focus.

Industry pulse: redefining the workplace

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More convenience

If you look at work behaviours at some successful environments – like Google – employees tend to stay a lot longer in the workplace because they’re part of a different workplace paradigm, where work is a lifestyle experience. You are what you do and you live what you do.

So we’re thinking about the qualities that you have at home – like easier access to a GP or day care for your kids – that could make being at the workplace more convenient.

Gensler’s survey and other data show people are attracted to the workplace if they have a rich, dynamic mix of things to engage with there. One thing that designers have allowed us to believe is that every amenity has to be behind the front door of the office, but I don’t think that’s true. 

In the city, an organisation can plug into the geographic diversity of its location, which means you can step out of the office and go to the gym or a restaurant. This is a clarion call for densification. 

Industry pulse: redefining the workplace

Locations are important as colleagues aim to step out of the office and head to the gym or a restaurant

Less space

Technology has removed the need for many to be anchored to a desk, so we can move from a meeting in the restaurant to a quiet library-like setting, or even outdoors. 

Greater densification, combined with the fact people are working in a more dynamic way, means employers are going to need less office space, but that space will have more variety. 

Outdoors comes indoors

Many of us enjoyed the ability to work from a garden setting during Covid. We’re now looking to design outdoor experiences inside buildings, by creating indoor landscaped gardens with artificial lighting that recreates natural daylight. 

There was a great push to give offices terraces in the wake of the pandemic, but there are relatively few days when you can use that space. If you have curated indoor/outdoor experiences you can use them all year round, and with artificial lighting creating a daylight colour spectrum you can extend the day, as well as promoting wellbeing through biophilic characteristics.

Industry pulse: redefining the workplace

Biophelia was central to our design at Wardian in London

Designing the best experience

We’re going to see ‘experience’ professionals – now common in sectors like travel and retail – working more with big corporates and employers to curate the entire work/life experience. You’re starting to see that now in office buildings, where encouragement for cycling to work has led to a ramping up of cycle facilities for staff. 

‘Experience Design’ isn’t just a wrapper that goes on after we’ve created the building; it’s central to our design development process, cradle to grave.

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  • Ballymore wins best development at the 2023 Evening Standard New Homes Awards
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Ballymore wins best development at the 2023 Evening Standard New Homes Awards

Ballymore’s Goodluck Hope has won the Best Large Development Award at this year’s Evening Standard New Homes Awards – a prestigious ceremony which celebrates and commends innovation and excellence in today’s new homes.

The award is testament to Ballymore’s work in transforming the area. Once a stretch of disused industrial land on the Leamouth Peninsula, it has been reborn as a vibrant, residential-centric community comprising 841 homes- including thoughtfully designed apartments, lofts, and townhouses, all nestled amidst a captivating landscape of courtyards and slipways. Goodluck Hope also stands adjacent to the Ballymore’s completed London City Island community, itself a vibrant, cultural development. 

Speaking of the news, Ballymore managing director John Mulryan said: “We are thrilled to add this accolade to Goodluck Hope's growing list of recognitions. This development has played a pivotal role in transforming East London, marking an extension of our successful endeavours in the area, including London City Island.

“We thank the judges for their support of the scheme and congratulate all of the event’s other winners.”

The award comes less than a year after Goodluck Hope was honoured with three other prestigious accolades; the Sunday Times British Home Award, a What House Gold Award and Best New Place to Live at the Building London Planning Awards.  

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  • 綠盛世與巴利摩合作夥伴關係獲國際認證

    倫敦城市島

綠盛世與巴利摩合作夥伴關係獲國際認證

綠盛世巴利摩(Ecoworld Ballymore)是一家合資企業,開發了倫敦一些最令人矚目和創新的住宅開發專案。近日該公司在英馬商會卓越獎評比中(British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards)榮獲英國-馬來西亞年度最佳合作夥伴獎

綠盛世與巴利摩合作夥伴關係獲國際認證

綠盛世國際在馬來西亞領獎

這個備受讚譽的獎項由英國駐馬來西亞大使、倍受尊敬的Charles Hay MOV頒發,旨在表彰那些取得了傑出商業成果並為經濟創造了顯著價值的成功合作夥伴關係。  

Ecoworld和Ballymore自2015年以來一直保持合作夥伴關係,在倫敦城市島(London City Island)和Wardian等地創建了新的社區。倫敦城市島是一個占地12英畝的河濱社區,被稱為“微縮曼哈頓”,而Wardian則是位於金絲雀碼頭南部的兩座豪華住宅塔樓。

這兩家合作夥伴還負責開發備受讚譽的大使館花園(Embassy Gardens)。大使館花園是世界著名的天空泳池所在地,被倫敦市長描述為“可能是倫敦和英國最重要的重建故事”。  

在談到合資企業的成功時,Ballymore集團總經理約翰·穆爾瑞安(John Mulryan)表示:“我們很自豪能與Ecoworld作為優秀合作夥伴一同獲得認可。在過去的八年裏,這個合資企業在倫敦艱難時期交付了數千套住宅。通過共同努力,我們找到瞭解決之道,並創建了我們相信將經得起時間考驗的新社區。”  

該頒獎典禮的組織者表示,獲獎者是“我們兩國的榜樣”,並補充說“我們要祝賀所有獲獎者,並感謝參與這個令人難忘的專案的每個人”。  

Ballymore在過去一年中已獲得八個開發專案的獎項,其中包括兩個備受追捧的英國住宅獎。您可以在此處查看巴利摩所獲得的全部獎項。

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  • 绿盛世与巴利摩合作伙伴关系获国际认证

    伦敦城市岛

绿盛世与巴利摩合作伙伴关系获国际认证

绿盛世巴利摩(Ecoworld Ballymore)是一家合资企业,开发了伦敦一些最令人瞩目和创新的住宅开发项目。近日该公司在英马商会卓越奖评比中(British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards)荣获英国-马来西亚年度最佳合作伙伴奖

绿盛世与巴利摩合作伙伴关系获国际认证

绿盛世国际在马来西亚领奖

这个备受赞誉的奖项由英国驻马来西亚大使、倍受尊敬的Charles Hay MOV颁发,旨在表彰那些取得了杰出商业成果并为经济创造了显著价值的成功合作伙伴关系。  

Ecoworld和Ballymore自2015年以来一直保持合作伙伴关系,在伦敦城市岛(London City Island)和Wardian等地创建了新的社区。伦敦城市岛是一个占地12英亩的河滨社区,被称为“微缩曼哈顿”,而Wardian则是位于金丝雀码头南部的两座豪华住宅塔楼。

这两家合作伙伴还负责开发备受赞誉的大使馆花园(Embassy Gardens)。大使馆花园是世界著名的天空泳池所在地,被伦敦市长描述为“可能是伦敦和英国最重要的重建故事”。  

在谈到合资企业的成功时,Ballymore集团总经理约翰·穆尔瑞安(John Mulryan)表示:“我们很自豪能与Ecoworld作为优秀合作伙伴一同获得认可。在过去的八年里,这个合资企业在伦敦艰难时期交付了数千套住宅。通过共同努力,我们找到了解决之道,并创建了我们相信将经得起时间考验的新社区。”  

该颁奖典礼的组织者表示,获奖者是“我们两国的榜样”,并补充说“我们要祝贺所有获奖者,并感谢参与这个令人难忘的项目的每个人”。  

Ballymore在过去一年中已获得八个开发项目的奖项,其中包括两个备受追捧的英国住宅奖。您可以在此处查看巴利摩所获得的全部奖项。

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  • “舞後”——倫敦城市島的藝術慶典

“舞後”——倫敦城市島的藝術慶典

一座新的雕塑在巴利摩倫敦城市島社區揭幕,這座雕像的落成,標誌著這個坐落在利茅斯半島上的社區已成為東倫敦最新的、引人注目的文化區。

“舞後”——倫敦城市島的藝術慶典

這座雕像是由巴利摩創始人Sean Mulryan與Seb Coe勳爵共同揭幕的。揭幕當晚Seb Coe勳爵還發表了演講。他在演講中歷數了Sean曾經為 2012 年奧運會提供資金贊助,以及對倫敦城市島等社區的設計願景和高品質的建設,並讚揚他為東倫敦的復興工程做出了巨大貢獻。  

"我知道Sean對城市復興的重視程度。我們看到並證實了肖恩對體育與文化的重視在社區中所發揮的巨大效應。 我們眼前看到的矗立在這裏的這個大型文化機構——英國國家芭蕾舞團,是這個文化社區的基石。 它不僅為這裏的文化做出巨大貢獻,給倫敦乃至全英國的文化都注入了巨大活力。

“對於那些在這個社區生活與工作的人來說,請繼續發揚這種精神,因為這是一個重要的文化傳承的理念,你們提供的不僅僅是基礎設施服務,而是讓社區的體育與文化相結合而產生的能動力。 它關乎人類生存的精神層面的需求。”

“舞後”——倫敦城市島的藝術慶典

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Sean和他的妻子Bernardine將這座雕塑贈送給社區,充分證明了他們對藝術不懈的追求,Sean認為: "這座雕塑是倫敦城市島引人注目的又一個新的聚焦點。

"我一直深深地感受到藝術、文化和自然之美與人們的幸福指數及生活品質是息息相關的。因此,我們將藝術作為所有開發專案的核心考量。

"在倫敦城市島,巴利摩率先將倫敦的創意產業更廣泛地遷移到這裏——首都的東部地區。我們希望社區的居民和遊客能盡情享受這裏的文化氛圍,也希望這座新雕塑能讓他們停頓片刻,哪怕僅是幾秒鐘"。

這座雕塑由Colin Spofforth設計的。  

為了進一步推動當地藝術的發展,Sean Mulryan還宣佈啟動一項新的藝術基金計畫,該計畫是他與藝術家、兼三一畫廊(Trinity Gallery)策展人Ian Felton聯手設立的(三一畫廊位於幸運島開發專案,比鄰倫敦城市島)。該基金計畫將為新銳藝術家提供資金與行銷的支持,幫助他們開發新作品。 根據該計畫,Sean將投資原創藝術作品。這些藝術品將進行未來版本的製作,並以版稅的方式出售,在接下來的五年內為藝術家創造持續的收入來源。Ian將以他專業的知識提供藝術市場方面的建議,並且在製作和銷售方面給予支持。

長期目標是將藝術基金發展成為一個可持續的模式,不斷為藝術家提供支持,並在未來許多年裏創造新的收藏品。

“舞後”——倫敦城市島的藝術慶典

Sean解釋說:“我熱衷於為嶄露頭角的藝術家提供一個分享作品的平臺。 我想對他們進行投資,創造可行的收入來源,讓他們的事業更上一層樓,並將他們的才華展示給新的觀眾。

“我很自豪這一舉措以及這座雕塑,這彰顯了我們對倫敦這一地區的藝術的重視,並期待通過新的基金計畫在未來結識更多新銳藝術家。” 雕塑揭幕和基金啟動儀式在倫敦城市島的 Lockdown Room 舉行,在這個音樂與文化相交融的夜晚,巴利摩的員工、表演者、音樂家和嘉賓們彙聚一堂,英國說唱歌手 Tinie Tempah 和 DJ Welshy為現場觀眾帶來了精彩的表演,來自英國國家芭蕾舞團(ENB)的舞蹈家也表演了精彩的芭蕾舞片段。

“舞後”——倫敦城市島的藝術慶典

當晚的活動進一步認證了倫敦城市島在推動首都文化和藝術方面所發揮的作用。除 ENB 外,許多文化合作夥伴也在此安家落戶,其中包括 arebyte 工作室——為多達 150 名的藝術家和製作者提供經濟實惠的工作空間,他們的作品涵蓋珠寶、設計、美術、動畫、數字媒體、音樂、時裝、攝影、遊戲開發、建築和陶瓷等領域;還有倫敦燈塔畫廊——為新銳和知名藝術家及攝影師提供攝影工作室和展示畫廊。

音樂家在這裏也有一個展示平臺——“The Woods”錄音棚,這裏是製作人和詞曲作者Dantae Johnson的三只熊娛樂公司 (Three Bears Entertainment) 的所在地,裏面設有音樂和播客工作室、創意活動和排練空間。 他的隔壁是創意時尚工作室Lulu Liu,她是一位高級時裝設計師,在設計中使用先進3D 技術。 當然,還有三一藝術畫廊,為新生藝術家和知名藝術家提供一個展示的平臺。

Sean總結道:“這次活動提醒我們,我們對倫敦城市島的願景藍圖已化為現實,該地區已經成為倫敦新的文化和藝術中心。 倫敦城市島曾經是倫敦城中的一塊不毛之地,現在擁有 4,000 多名居民,周邊遍佈獨立的特色餐廳、商店和優美的戶外空間。”  

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“我在這裏總是感到超級受歡迎”

巴利摩的倫敦城市島專案位於首都倫敦的東部,是一處蓬勃發展的新興文化社區。

在這個新興社區裏彙聚了無數創意人才,社區還為那些表演者和藝術家提供了一個分享自己作品的平臺。在這部紀錄片中,我們將會結識一些視倫敦城市島為自己的家園的藝術家。

“我在這裏總是感到超級受歡迎”

點擊這裏聆聽Archangelo古典音樂樂團的心聲:他將倫敦城市島比作“藝術家的樂園”;或定格動畫師Tim Allen的對倫敦城市島的評價:這裏是他剪輯全球大片的基地,就如同Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation在改編他的奧斯卡獲獎影片《木偶奇遇記》。

在紀錄片中還展示了arebyte畫廊,該畫廊為多達150名藝術家、製作者、時裝設計師、音樂家、音樂製作人提供了經濟實惠的展示空間,當然還有英國國家芭蕾舞團——倫敦城市島的文化核心。

談到這個日益壯大的社區,巴利摩集團創始人兼主席Sean Mulryan表示: "倫敦城市島是一些才華橫溢的藝術家和表演者的家園。我們對這個社區的願景是將這裏建設成一個能激發他們創作靈感的地方,為他們提供一個能夠與全球觀眾接軌的平臺。

"這部紀錄片完美地記錄了藝術家在島上的生活經歷;我很高興聽到他們的心聲,並期待那些精良的製作、精美的藝術作品和精湛的表演將從這裏源源不斷地誕生!”

這部紀錄片僅僅是倫敦城市島精彩文化周的一個掠影。而這裏豐富多彩的文化活動每天都在發生著!就在幾天前,包括Seb Coe勳爵在內的嘉賓們來到倫敦城市島參加了一座雕塑的揭幕典禮。這座雕塑雕刻得惟妙惟肖,是一雙銀色的芭蕾舞鞋,是Sean Mulryan和他的妻子Bernardine贈送給倫敦城市島的禮物,它坐落於英國國家芭蕾舞團的Mulryan Centre的對面。點擊這裏可以瞭解更多資訊。

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“我在这里总是感到超级受欢迎”

巴利摩的伦敦城市岛项目位于首都伦敦的东部,是一处蓬勃发展的新兴文化社区。

在这个新兴社区里汇聚了无数创意人才,社区还为那些表演者和艺术家提供了一个分享自己作品的平台。在这部纪录片中,我们将会结识一些视伦敦城市岛为自己的家园的艺术家。

“我在这里总是感到超级受欢迎”

点击这里聆听Archangelo古典音乐乐团的心声:他将伦敦城市岛比作“艺术家的乐园”;或定格动画师Tim Allen的对伦敦城市岛的评价:这里是他剪辑全球大片的基地,就如同Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation在改编他的奥斯卡获奖影片《木偶奇遇记》。

在纪录片中还展示了arebyte画廊,该画廊为多达150名艺术家、制作者、时装设计师、音乐家、音乐制作人提供了经济实惠的展示空间,当然还有英国国家芭蕾舞团——伦敦城市岛的文化核心。

谈到这个日益壮大的社区,巴利摩集团创始人兼主席Sean Mulryan表示: "伦敦城市岛是一些才华横溢的艺术家和表演者的家园。我们对这个社区的愿景是将这里建设成一个能激发他们创作灵感的地方,为他们提供一个能够与全球观众接轨的平台。

"这部纪录片完美地记录了艺术家在岛上的生活经历;我很高兴听到他们的心声,并期待那些精良的制作、精美的艺术作品和精湛的表演将从这里源源不断地诞生!”

这部纪录片仅仅是伦敦城市岛精彩文化周的一个掠影。而这里丰富多彩的文化活动每天都在发生着!就在几天前,包括Seb Coe勋爵在内的嘉宾们来到伦敦城市岛参加了一座雕塑的揭幕典礼。这座雕塑雕刻得惟妙惟肖,是一双银色的芭蕾舞鞋,是Sean Mulryan和他的妻子Bernardine赠送给伦敦城市岛的礼物,它坐落于英国国家芭蕾舞团的Mulryan Centre的对面。点击这里可以了解更多信息。

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“舞后”——伦敦城市岛的艺术庆典

一座新的雕塑在巴利摩伦敦城市岛社区揭幕,这座雕像的落成,标志着这个坐落在利茅斯半岛上的社区已成为东伦敦最新的、引人注目的文化区。

“舞后”——伦敦城市岛的艺术庆典

这座雕像是由巴利摩创始人Sean Mulryan与Seb Coe勋爵共同揭幕的。揭幕当晚Seb Coe勋爵还发表了演讲。他在演讲中历数了Sean曾经为 2012 年奥运会提供资金赞助,以及对伦敦城市岛等社区的设计愿景和高品质的建设,并赞扬他为东伦敦的复兴工程做出了巨大贡献。  

"我知道Sean对城市复兴的重视程度。我们看到并证实了肖恩对体育与文化的重视在社区中所发挥的巨大效应。 我们眼前看到的矗立在这里的这个大型文化机构——英国国家芭蕾舞团,是这个文化社区的基石。 它不仅为这里的文化做出巨大贡献,给伦敦乃至全英国的文化都注入了巨大活力。

“对于那些在这个社区生活与工作的人来说,请继续发扬这种精神,因为这是一个重要的文化传承的理念,你们提供的不仅仅是基础设施服务,而是让社区的体育与文化相结合而产生的能动力。 它关乎人类生存的精神层面的需求。”

“舞后”——伦敦城市岛的艺术庆典

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Sean和他的妻子Bernardine将这座雕塑赠送给社区,充分证明了他们对艺术不懈的追求,Sean认为: "这座雕塑是伦敦城市岛引人注目的又一个新的聚焦点。

"我一直深深地感受到艺术、文化和自然之美与人们的幸福指数及生活质量是息息相关的。因此,我们将艺术作为所有开发项目的核心考量。

"在伦敦城市岛,巴利摩率先将伦敦的创意产业更广泛地迁移到这里——首都的东部地区。我们希望社区的居民和游客能尽情享受这里的文化氛围,也希望这座新雕塑能让他们停顿片刻,哪怕仅是几秒钟"。

这座雕塑由Colin Spofforth设计的。  

为了进一步推动当地艺术的发展,Sean Mulryan还宣布启动一项新的艺术基金计划,该计划是他与艺术家、兼三一画廊(Trinity Gallery)策展人Ian Felton联手设立的(三一画廊位于幸运岛开发项目,比邻伦敦城市岛)。该基金计划将为新锐艺术家提供资金与营销的支持,帮助他们开发新作品。 根据该计划,Sean将投资原创艺术作品。这些艺术品将进行未来版本的制作,并以版税的方式出售,在接下来的五年内为艺术家创造持续的收入来源。Ian将以他专业的知识提供艺术市场方面的建议,并且在制作和销售方面给予支持。

长期目标是将艺术基金发展成为一个可持续的模式,不断为艺术家提供支持,并在未来许多年里创造新的收藏品。

“舞后”——伦敦城市岛的艺术庆典

Sean解释说:“我热衷于为崭露头角的艺术家提供一个分享作品的平台。 我想对他们进行投资,创造可行的收入来源,让他们的事业更上一层楼,并将他们的才华展示给新的观众。

“我很自豪这一举措以及这座雕塑,这彰显了我们对伦敦这一地区的艺术的重视,并期待通过新的基金计划在未来结识更多新锐艺术家。” 雕塑揭幕和基金启动仪式在伦敦城市岛的 Lockdown Room 举行,在这个音乐与文化相交融的夜晚,巴利摩的员工、表演者、音乐家和嘉宾们汇聚一堂,英国说唱歌手 Tinie Tempah 和 DJ Welshy为现场观众带来了精彩的表演,来自英国国家芭蕾舞团(ENB)的舞蹈家也表演了精彩的芭蕾舞片段。

“舞后”——伦敦城市岛的艺术庆典

当晚的活动进一步认证了伦敦城市岛在推动首都文化和艺术方面所发挥的作用。除 ENB 外,许多文化合作伙伴也在此安家落户,其中包括 arebyte 工作室——为多达 150 名的艺术家和制作者提供经济实惠的工作空间,他们的作品涵盖珠宝、设计、美术、动画、数字媒体、音乐、时装、摄影、游戏开发、建筑和陶瓷等领域;还有伦敦灯塔画廊——为新锐和知名艺术家及摄影师提供摄影工作室和展示画廊。

音乐家在这里也有一个展示平台——“The Woods”录音棚,这里是制作人和词曲作者Dantae Johnson的三只熊娱乐公司 (Three Bears Entertainment) 的所在地,里面设有音乐和播客工作室、创意活动和排练空间。 他的隔壁是创意时尚工作室Lulu Liu,她是一位高级时装设计师,在设计中使用先进3D 技术。 当然,还有三一艺术画廊,为新生艺术家和知名艺术家提供一个展示的平台。

Sean总结道:“这次活动提醒我们,我们对伦敦城市岛的愿景蓝图已化为现实,该地区已经成为伦敦新的文化和艺术中心。 伦敦城市岛曾经是伦敦城中的一块不毛之地,现在拥有 4,000 多名居民,周边遍布独立的特色餐厅、商店和优美的户外空间。”  

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Enhancing community skills and spaces: our Ballymore volunteers join the Canal Day of Action

Some 20 colleagues from Ballymore joined a volunteer day in London this week, supporting the local environment and local skills.

The Canal Day of Action took place in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and was organised by local charity Pursuing Independent Paths (PiP), working with the Canal and Rivers Trust, and Meanwhile Gardens – a community garden initiative in the area.

Enhancing community skills and spaces: our Ballymore volunteers join the Canal Day of Action

Students from PiP also joined the day; the organisation empowers adults with learning disabilities or autism to find their voice and lead a life of their choice, and the event was part of its garden-focused curriculum, providing employment skills for the students who took part. Jack Taylor of PiP explained: “This was a truly fantastic day with many positive outcomes – not only for PiP students, but for the broader community in North Kensington. 

“This was a great space in which to host our event; this area of canal is largely overgrown, with a higher number of bindweed that can spread quickly, suffocating other plants, and limiting biodiversity. Ballymore volunteers worked alongside our students to cut it back, while planting new seeds to bring a diverse array of new plants to the towpath for our students to maintain and our community to enjoy. We are hugely grateful to everyone who gave their time to make a big transformation.”

Enhancing community skills and spaces: our Ballymore volunteers join the Canal Day of Action

This stretch of the Grand Union Canal will form part of Ballymore’s planned new development at Ladbroke Grove. Partnering with Sainsbury’s, Ballymore hopes to transform an 19-acre expanse of land within an existing community, a place where everyone can flourish. The site is the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s biggest brownfield opportunity, with plans to create areas for living, working, socialising and recreation. Ballymore’s graduate development manager Tilly Gerlikaite is part of the Ladbroke Grove development team and said: “We have immersed ourselves in this community, connecting with local people and organisations as we evolve our designs for Ladbroke Grove. 

“The canal clearance event was another opportunity to work alongside the great people already based in North Kensington; it was a truly rewarding and informative day. I am proud of our Ballymore colleagues – each of whom was enthusiastic from start to finish, indulging in the many tasks at hand, picking up new skills, and meeting some great people. We are really keen to build further meaningful partnerships with local charities and organisations in this area.”

Find out more about PiP here.  

 

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When the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise the base rate last month, it was the UK’s 14th consecutive interest rate rise. It’s difficult to predict where we’ll go from here; higher interest rates increase the cost of borrowing, whether you’re a homebuyer wanting a mortgage or a developer looking to finance a development. That is presenting a more challenging environment at every stage of delivering a development, from financing site acquisitions through to selling new homes.

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Like the cost of borrowing for mortgages, the cost of development finance has escalated dramatically – more than doubling over the past year. As a result, the price at which developers need to sell homes increases to compensate for this.

This cost increase has to be seen in the wider development context where new regulations are placing greater demands on developers in areas like design and sustainability. The sector is getting to grips with complexities like the new building safety requirements, including the need for a second staircase in higher rise buildings, which increases build costs and reduces sale-able space. 

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Tougher investment markets

At the same time, the increase in interest rates is increasing what is referred to as ‘the risk-free rate’, which is the return achieved from government bonds or money in a bank account. If an investor can receive 4.5% or 5% return on a government bond, then they will need to see higher reward for taking additional risk, such as owning real estate. The yield (income of a building divided by purchase price) being demanded by investors increases to compensate for this. Whilst investors were willing to accept 3.5% to 4% yield on real estate 18 months ago, as the ‘risk free rate’ than was almost zero, now investors are demanding yields in excess of 5%. If the income has remained constant, which will be the case for most offices over the past 18 months, then the yield movement results in a c. 25% decrease in value. 

Another factor causing lenders concern, is the ability of investors in the office sector to service their loan facilities. Lenders are doing that by focusing on what’s called the interest coverage ratio (ICR) – which is a metric that measures the difference between the income of the building and the interest on any loan. As interest rates increase and income remains static this metric can cause office owners to default on their loans. 

There have been concerns for some time about post-pandemic office occupancy rates, which, although rising, are still down on pre-pandemic levels. But alongside that, a number of major business names have made environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments about their plans for their office space, and will want to be in the very best buildings. 

This creates a domino effect for older less energy efficient buildings. Their ability to let the building has reduced dramatically so rents are falling, reducing income at the same time as interest rates are rising, increasing costs and yields are widening, decreasing value. It is in some ways a ‘perfect storm’. 

Residential has been less impacted than the office market due to the high demand and lack of supply of quality stock. London did not see significant price increases during COVID 19 compared to other parts of the UK. Construction starts remaining at decade low levels in London, and likely to fall further, mean supply is unlikely to put pressure on house prices. 

Although there was a trend for people to move out of London through the pandemic, there has been a return since and residential rental prices are increasing dramatically. The residential letting market reacts in a much more rapid fashion than commercial letting markets or the residential sale market to external stimuli and we have seen dramatic growth in rents, which generally rise in line with inflation, making the sector an attractive proposition for a pension fund or investor. This is why Build to Rent is likely to become a larger part of Ballymore’s business going forward. 

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There was exciting news for Edgware this week, as Barnet Council announced the borough’s first Business Improvement District (BID) – helping drive investment of up to £800,000 into the high street.

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Speaking of the news, Ballymore Projects Director Simon Ryan said: “We are committed to the transformation of Edgware, and are delighted to see the BID become a reality. This announcement will bring local businesses together to collectively invest in the management and marketing of the town centre, with the aim of revitalising the area’s economy and creating a thriving business community.

Cllr Anne Clarke, Barnet’s Small Business Champion and Cabinet Member for Community Wealth Building added: “As the first BID in Barnet, the Edgware BID marks an important moment in our partnership with communities and businesses. 

“We care a great deal about our places and the people who live and work in our town centres, and by establishing this BID, we can foster a stronger dialogue between the council and the business community in Edgware. By working together, we hope that we can make Edgware a place for businesses new and old to thrive.”

Ballymore’s involvement in Edgware came in 2020 when the developer acquired the 17,650 sq m shopping centre, which sits on a 7.5 hectare site next to Edgware Underground Station. The Ballymore team is currently evolving designs for the site, with proposals including high-quality new homes and retail, public realm and green spaces and community and leisure facilities; Simon continued: “This is a hugely important site at the heart of Edgware – one which has the potential to unlock the regeneration of the town centre. We are thrilled to be bringing our ideas to the area, consulting with local people to develop a new place that all who live, work and play here can be proud of. 

“Our plans and the establishment of the BID are testament to the potential of Edgware as it becomes a revitalised, vibrant north London destination.” 

BIDs are business-led partnerships that enable coordinated investment in the management and marketing of a commercial area. Governed by legislation to ensure fairness and transparency, a BID is developed through consultation and the creation of a five-year business plan. Edgware BID is the first of its kind in Barnet’s local authority area; read more about it here.

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Slow fashion is in style at Embassy Gardens

Embassy Gardens played host to a celebration of sustainable style and independent British brands this month, welcoming hundreds of fashion fans to London's Nine Elms for a two-week pop-up with Daily Dress Edit.

Slow fashion is in style at Embassy Gardens

The pop-up took over Embassy Gardens’ Oxeye restaurant, creating an immersive style experience that allowed customers to explore the vibrant space – something the Evening Standard called “a colourful bijoux bursting with fab frocks”. Seasonal dressesfrom 50 hand-picked brands including Well Worn, Faune, Smock London and If Only If were displayed around the venue, as well as a collection of limited-edition dresses made from surplus fabric – something known in the industry as deadstock.

Daily Dress Edit Founder Isabel Spearman, who established the brand in 2018, said: “The Daily Dress Edit customer is broad, they’re 25 to 65, and I meet everyone from lawyers and doctors to creatives… but what ties them together is that they are all really proud to support these female independent sustainable brands.”

Guests visiting the pop-up were invited to attend 45-minute style appointments; 120 guests also attended a series of drinks receptions at the pop-up, including Samantha Cameron and leading media figures, DailyTelegraph Fashion Director Bethan Holt, Clare Casey, Director of Global Partnerships for Conde Nast International and Emma Redmayne – Publishing Director of House & Garden.

Eloise Solari, Associate Regional Sales Director at Ballymore, concluded: “We are proud that we were able to support Isabel in her ambitions to create a fairer and more sustainable fashion industry – championing independent brands and giving them a platform to promote their unique collections.

“The pop-up served as a testament to the diverse range of lifestyle brands attracted to Embassy Gardens, reaffirming our commitment to developing a new cultural hub and vibrant neighbourhood in Nine Elms."

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  • “I’ve always felt super welcome here”
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“I’ve always felt super welcome here”

London City Island is the capital’s newest cultural quarter.

Ballymore’s burgeoning new community is home to myriad creative talent, giving performers and artists a platform on which to share their work and in this new film, we meet some of the  artists who call London City Island their home.

“I’ve always felt super welcome here”

Click here to hear to the views of the Archangelo classical music ensemble – who call London City Island a “great environment for artists”; or stop motion animator Tim Allen who has used London City Island as a base for editing global blockbusters like the Oscar-winning Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of Pinocchio.

The film also features arebyte Gallery, which provides affordable workspaces for up to 150 artists and makers, as well as fashion designers, musicians, music producers and, of course, English National Ballet – the cultural heart of the neighbourhood.

Speaking of the growing community, Ballymore founder and Chairman Sean Mulryan said: “London City Island is home to some incredibly talented artists and performers. Our vision for this neighbourhood was to establish a place which would inspire them – giving them a platform on which they can reach global audiences.

“This film perfectly captures their experiences on the Island; I am delighted to hear their feedback and look forward to seeing the incredible future productions, artworks, and performances that are borne from this area.” 

The film comes in an exciting week for London City Island. Just days ago, guests including Lord Seb Coe headed to the neighbourhood for a celebration of the arts, the focal point of which was the unveiling of a new sculpture. A depiction of two silver ballet shoes, the sculpture was gifted to London City Island by Sean Mulryan and his wife Bernardine, sitting opposite the Mulryan Centre for Dance at English National Ballet. Find out more here.

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  • “After the Dance” – a celebration of the arts at London City Island
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“After the Dance” – a celebration of the arts at London City Island

A new sculpture has been unveiled at Ballymore’s London City Island neighbourhood on the Leamouth Peninsula, recognising the location as east London’s newest cultural quarter. 

“After the Dance” – a celebration of the arts at London City Island

The artwork was unveiled by Ballymore's founder, Sean Mulryan alongside Lord Seb Coe who gave a speech on the night. Lord Coe spoke about Sean’s enormous contribution to the regeneration of east London through both his financial support for the 2012 Olympics and his vision and delivery of new communities such as London City Island. 

“I know how Sean sees urban regeneration. I see and understand how Sean views the role that sport and the cultural community make.  The fact that we now have a massive cultural institution here (ENB) is the lynchpin for the area.  This is a huge contribution not only to this area but to the cultural vibrancy of the UK and particularly London.

“To those of you who live and work in this community, continue to build on it because it is an important concept in terms of legacy and what sport, allied to the cultural community, can really produce and that isn’t just infrastructure.  It is about the spirituality of the human existence.”

“After the Dance” – a celebration of the arts at London City Island

To watch the full video of Seb Coe's opening speech click here.

Sean and his wife Bernardine gifted the sculpture to the community – testament to their ongoing commitment to the arts, with Sean adding: “This piece is a striking new focal point for London City Island.

“I have always felt strongly about how important arts, culture, and the beauty of nature are to people's sense of wellbeing and quality of life. For this reason, we have ensured that art is at the heart of all our developments. 

“At London City Island, Ballymore has pioneered wider movement of London's creative industries in the east of the city. We hope that residents and visitors enjoy all there is to experience here, and that this new sculpture gives them pause, if only for a moment.”

The sculpture was designed by Colin Spofforth.

In a further boost to the local arts community, Sean Mulryan also announced the launch of a new arts fund initiative, which he has set up with Ian Felton, artist and curator of Trinity Gallery at London City Island’s neighbouring Ballymore development, Goodluck Hope. The fund will provide financial and marketing support to up-and-coming artists, allowing them to develop new works.  Under the initiative, Sean will invest in original artworks. Future editions will then be produced and sold on a royalties basis to drive ongoing revenue for the artist over a five-year period. Ian provides his specialist knowledge of the art market, and support to assist with production and sales.  

The long-term aim is to grow the art fund into a sustainable model that will support artists and enable new collections to be made over many years to come.

“After the Dance” – a celebration of the arts at London City Island

Sean explained: “I am passionate about giving up-and-coming artists a platform to share their work. I want to invest in them, creating viable revenue streams that allow them to further their careers, and expose their talent to new audiences.

“I am proud that this initiative, and the sculpture, put an emphasis on art in this area of London and look forward to meeting more emerging artists in the future through the new fund.”  

The unveiling of the sculpture and launch of the fund were celebrated in an evening of music and culture at the Lockdown Room at London City Island, attended by Ballymore colleagues, performers, musicians, and guests. Performances at the event included sets by British rapper Tinie Tempah and DJ Welshy, and a performance by dancers from ENB.

“After the Dance” – a celebration of the arts at London City Island

The evening served as further reminder of London City Island’s role in harnessing culture and the arts in the capital. In addition to ENB, a raft of cultural partners have now made their home here, including arebyte Studios - which provides affordable workspaces to up to 150 artists and makers, working across jewellery, design, fine art, animation, digital media, music, fashion, photography, games development, architecture and ceramics – and the London Lighthouse Gallery, a photography studio and gallery for emerging and established artists and photographers.

Musicians have a platform here at  ‘The Woods’ recording studios – home to producer and songwriter Dantae Johnson’s Three Bears Entertainment – which houses music and podcast studios, creative events and rehearsal space. A near neighbour is creative fashion studio Lulu Liu, run by a couture fashion designer who uses 3D technology in her designs and who started out at LCI in the affordable workspaces. And, of course, there is Trinity Art Gallery, offering a platform for both upcoming and established artists.

Sean concluded: “This event was a reminder that our vision for London City Island has become a reality, with the area firmly anchored as the new centre for culture and the arts in London. Once an undeveloped part of the city, London City island is now home to more than 4,000 residents, surrounded by independent artisan restaurants, shops, and lovely outdoor spaces.”

To find out more about London City Island, click here.

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International recognition for Ecoworld Ballymore partnership

Ecoworld Ballymore, the joint venture partnership responsible for some of London’s most exciting and innovative residential developments, has received the UK-Malaysia Partnership of the Year accolade at the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. 

 

International recognition for Ecoworld Ballymore partnership

Ecoworld collect the award in Malaysia

The prestigious award was presented by His Excellency Charles Hay MVO – the British High Commissioner to Malaysia – and recognises successful partnerships that have driven exceptional commercial results and shown significant value-creation to the economy.  

Ecoworld and Ballymore have worked in partnership since 2015, creating new neighbourhoods at London City Island – a 12-acre riverside neighbourhood dubbed a ‘micro-Manhattan’ – and at Wardian where the partners have created two luxury residential towers to the south of Canary Wharf.  

The partners were also responsible for delivering the award-winning Embassy Gardens; home to the world-famous Sky Pool, Embassy Gardens has been described by the Mayor of London as ‘possibly the most important regeneration story in London and the UK’.  

Speaking of the joint venture’s successes, John Mulryan, Group Managing Director for Ballymore said: “We are proud to be recognised alongside our friends at Ecoworld as great partners. Over the past eight years this joint venture has delivered thousands of homes during challenging times for London. Working together we found a way through this and have created new neighbourhoods we believe will stand the test of time.” 

Organisers of the awards ceremony – now in its fourth year – said that winners were “an inspiration to both our nations”, adding “we would like to congratulate all the winners and we thank everyone for being part of this memorable event.”  

Ballymore has now won eight awards for its developments this past year, including two coveted British Homes Awards. A full list of the company’s accolades can be viewed here.

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  • Ballymore與LLDC成立合資公司 以期攜手改造伊莉莎白女王奧林匹克公園

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Ballymore(巴利摩)與倫敦遺產發展公司(LLDC)共同組建了一個各占50%股份的合資公司,旨在合作開發伊莉莎白女王奧林匹克公園,給那裏帶來新的住房、就業機會和便民設施。

雙方將攜手推動兩個水畔社區的開發改造專案,其中一個毗鄰新興的東岸社區,該社區將是世界上最令人振奮的、新的文化和教育社區之一。

這一合作將建造近1,200戶急需的新住房——其中Bridgewater三角區建造575套住房(50%產權的經濟房),Stratford水畔建造600套住房(35%產權的經濟房),以及一樓的門市房。這些住房將包括多種形式的持有權和戶型,包括聯排別墅、超級公寓和複式公寓。

Stratford水畔是一個占地 0.96 公頃(2.4 英畝)的廢棄工業用地,位於公園的南部,毗鄰東岸(East Bank)。交付後將為BBC音樂臺、Sadler's Wells劇院、V&A博物館和倫敦藝術學院時裝學院(UAL’s)提供新的使用空間。該場地被Waterworks河與Carpenters路所環繞。

Bridgewater三角地也是一塊廢棄工業用地,占地2.4公頃(約5.9英畝),被Waterworks河、The Greenway步道和Pudding Mill Allotments三面環繞。

這兩個開發專案都地處環境優美的伊莉莎白女王奧林匹克公園內,將為居民提供高品質的住宅公寓。居民區周圍遍佈各類舉世矚目的體育場所和文化景點、煥然一新的水道、園林景觀和新興社區,並擁有通往倫敦市中心和首都機場的一流的交通網絡。 Here East和International Quarter London兩個新成立的商業區正在吸引數千個就業機會進入該地區。

LLDC 發展執行總監 Rosanna Lawes表示:“我們非常高興能與巴利摩建立合作夥伴關係,並將在過去10年取得的成就的基礎上再上一層樓。”

“巴利摩將為我們帶來豐富的專業知識和久經考驗的復興改造經驗,以幫助我們創建繁榮的新社區,並通過精心設計的可持續住宅來滿足所有需求。”

巴利摩還將把自己帶有濃郁文化特色的開發專長帶到該地區;作為開發商巴利摩在首都開發重建方面有著備受讚譽的口碑,每個開發專案都獲得文化機構和獨立企業支持。

集團董事總經理John Mulryan希望巴利摩與文化緊密融合的開發方式可以在新專案中得到應用,並補充說:“LLDC在創造和吸引一些頂級的文化和教育品牌到東岸方面發揮了重要作用。我們很高興能夠與LLDC合作,以社區和文化為核心在這個令人嚮往的地區開發重建一個全新的住宅區。

“巴利摩的戰略重點一直是與公共機構建立大規模戰略合作夥伴關係,而這次合作符合我們這一目標。”

合資公司希望在2028年之前完成Stratford水畔和Bridgewater三角區的住宅開發專案。

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巴利摩(Ballymore)於7月29日向都柏林市政府提交了對歷史悠久的聖詹姆斯門(St. James’s Gate)遺址改造開發的規劃申請,該計畫致力於將位於都柏林第8區Guinness Quarter(健力士總部)打造成為一個世界級的、現代化的、充滿活力的城市社區。

巴利摩與帝亞吉歐 (Diageo) 攜手為聖詹姆斯門開發專案制定一個總體規劃,通過創造一個緊密融合的聯合體,將住宅、社區、創業、創意、可持續發展、商業、文化和公共空間完美融為一體,同時保留該地區獨特的建築遺產,輔以精心考量的高品質的建築和城市設計的最佳元素,將這一願景變為現實。總體規劃是根據對現有釀酒廠場和周邊環境的結構、高度和整體規劃為依據而精心塑造和設計的。

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  • 超過2英畝的公共景觀空間。
  • 一個充滿活力和令人嚮往的美食廣場,將成為人們品嘗和體驗不同地區、國家和國際美食的最佳場所。
  • 一個展示地方、區域和國家不同範圍的出產商和創作者的市場。
  • 商業工作空間,旨在滿足大型、中型和小型企業的可持續性組合的需求。
  • 336套住房,包括一、二、三居室公寓,涵蓋購買、租賃和福利住房等多種形式。該計畫的願景是讓Iveagh Trust成為福利住房的合作夥伴。
  • 該開發專案包含一個位於專案開發中心的自行車停車基礎設施,可容納2,000個自行車的停車位。
  • 還設有酒店,以滿足到該地區休閒觀光的遊客和商務人士的住宿需求。
  • 對文化遺產建築進行翻新、改造和擴建,並保留重要的關鍵特色。

 

作為歐洲最大的重建專案的先驅,巴利摩將其多年積累的豐富經驗帶到這個具有里程碑意義的城市改建專案中來。巴利摩的集團主席兼首席執行官Sean Mulryan表示:“這是現代化的、敏銳的和具有高度可持續性的最佳城市設計,巴利摩很榮幸能夠成為該遺產建築的保護者,同時為都柏林這一重要地區續寫了歷史與文化傳承的新篇章。”

“通過平衡新的總體規劃和深思熟慮考慮的維護措施,這一建築遺產正在被重新利用並被賦予新的生命。我們的願景是將聖詹姆斯門重建成可持續發展的城市最佳典範,保護都柏林8區和Liberties這一部分的文化、社區、社會和工業遺產。” 他又補充道:“這將是一個讓都柏林的每個人都為之自豪與享受的開發專案。”

帝亞吉歐愛爾蘭公司總經理Barry O'Sullivan認為:“健力士和聖詹姆斯門的歷史與遺產對都柏林和當地居民來說是非常重要的。它是一個獨具特色的地方。開發計畫在尊重這個社區歷史的同時,也將其打造成歐洲最具活力的社區之一。”

“這使我們能夠繼續延續我們在都柏林8區進行的幾個世紀的釀酒業務,同時也將該地區發展成為一個真正現代化的生活、工作和娛樂場所。我們在與當地社區進行了廣泛的接觸後,制定了這一計畫,並期待著在打造健力士總部的下一階段開展進一步的溝通與對話。”

巴利摩和帝亞吉歐已經將可持續發展作為他們對健力士總部改建的核心。他們的共同目標是創建都柏林第一個零碳排放區,尊重更廣泛的社區和自然環境。

自2017年以來,對健力士總部的改造牽動了當地社區,其中超過120個社區團體、公眾代表、當地企業等廣泛地參與發表意見。

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巴利摩(Ballymore)于7月29日向都柏林市政府提交了对历史悠久的圣詹姆斯门(St. James’s Gate)遗址改造开发的规划申请,该计划致力于将位于都柏林第8区Guinness Quarter(健力士总部)打造成为一个世界级的、现代化的、充满活力的城市社区。

巴利摩与帝亚吉欧 (Diageo) 携手为圣詹姆斯门开发项目制定一个总体规划,通过创造一个紧密融合的联合体,将住宅、社区、创业、创意、可持续发展、商业、文化和公共空间完美融为一体,同时保留该地区独特的建筑遗产,辅以精心考量的高品质的建筑和城市设计的最佳元素,将这一愿景变为现实。总体规划是根据对现有酿酒厂场和周边环境的结构、高度和整体规划为依据而精心塑造和设计的。

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  • 一个可供文化和社区活动使用的固定和灵活的室内室外活动空间,包括一个多功能灵活使用空间,可以满足各种需求,如可作为容纳约300个座位的演出场地。
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  • 一个充满活力和令人向往的美食广场,将成为人们品尝和体验不同地区、国家和国际美食的最佳场所。
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  • 商业工作空间,旨在满足大型、中型和小型企业的可持续性组合的需求。
  • 336套住房,包括一、二、三居室公寓,涵盖购买、租赁和福利住房等多种形式。该计划的愿景是让Iveagh Trust成为福利住房的合作伙伴。
  • 该开发项目包含一个位于项目开发中心的自行车停车基础设施,可容纳2,000个自行车的停车位。
  • 还设有酒店,以满足到该地区休闲观光的游客和商务人士的住宿需求。
  • 对文化遗产建筑进行翻新、改造和扩建,并保留重要的关键特色。

 

作为欧洲最大的重建项目的先驱,巴利摩将其多年积累的丰富经验带到这个具有里程碑意义的城市改建项目中来。巴利摩的集团主席兼首席执行官Sean Mulryan表示:“这是现代化的、敏锐的和具有高度可持续性的最佳城市设计,巴利摩很荣幸能够成为该遗产建筑的保护者,同时为都柏林这一重要地区续写了历史与文化传承的新篇章。”

“通过平衡新的总体规划和深思熟虑考虑的维护措施,这一建筑遗产正在被重新利用并被赋予新的生命。我们的愿景是将圣詹姆斯门重建成可持续发展的城市最佳典范,保护都柏林8区和Liberties这一部分的文化、社区、社会和工业遗产。” 他又补充道:“这将是一个让都柏林的每个人都为之自豪与享受的开发项目。”

帝亚吉欧爱尔兰公司总经理Barry O'Sullivan认为:“健力士和圣詹姆斯门的历史与遗产对都柏林和当地居民来说是非常重要的。它是一个独具特色的地方。开发计划在尊重这个社区历史的同时,也将其打造成欧洲最具活力的社区之一。”

“这使我们能够继续延续我们在都柏林8区进行的几个世纪的酿酒业务,同时也将该地区发展成为一个真正现代化的生活、工作和娱乐场所。我们在与当地社区进行了广泛的接触后,制定了这一计划,并期待着在打造健力士总部的下一阶段开展进一步的沟通与对话。”

巴利摩和帝亚吉欧已经将可持续发展作为他们对健力士总部改建的核心。他们的共同目标是创建都柏林第一个零碳排放区,尊重更广泛的社区和自然环境。

自2017年以来,对健力士总部的改造牵动了当地社区,其中超过120个社区团体、公众代表、当地企业等广泛地参与发表意见。

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  • Ballymore与LLDC成立合资公司 以期携手改造伊丽莎白女王奥林匹克公园

Ballymore与LLDC成立合资公司 以期携手改造伊丽莎白女王奥林匹克公园

Ballymore(巴利摩)与伦敦遗产发展公司(LLDC)共同组建了一个各占50%股份的合资公司,旨在合作开发伊丽莎白女王奥林匹克公园,给那里带来新的住房、就业机会和便民设施。

双方将携手推动两个水畔社区的开发改造项目,其中一个毗邻新兴的东岸社区,该社区将是世界上最令人振奋的、新的文化和教育社区之一。

这一合作将建造近1,200户急需的新住房——其中Bridgewater三角区建造575套住房(50%产权的经济房),Stratford水畔建造600套住房(35%产权的经济房),以及一楼的门市房。这些住房将包括多种形式的持有权和户型,包括联排别墅、超级公寓和复式公寓。

Stratford水畔是一个占地 0.96 公顷(2.4 英亩)的废弃工业用地,位于公园的南部,毗邻东岸(East Bank)。交付后将为BBC音乐台、Sadler's Wells剧院、V&A博物馆和伦敦艺术学院时装学院(UAL’s)提供新的使用空间。该场地被Waterworks河与Carpenters路所环绕。

Bridgewater三角地也是一块废弃工业用地,占地2.4公顷(约5.9英亩),被Waterworks河、The Greenway步道和Pudding Mill Allotments三面环绕。

这两个开发项目都地处环境优美的伊丽莎白女王奥林匹克公园内,将为居民提供高品质的住宅公寓。居民区周围遍布各类举世瞩目的体育场所和文化景点、焕然一新的水道、园林景观和新兴社区,并拥有通往伦敦市中心和首都机场的一流的交通网络。 Here East和International Quarter London两个新成立的商业区正在吸引数千个就业机会进入该地区。

LLDC 发展执行总监 Rosanna Lawes表示:“我们非常高兴能与巴利摩建立合作伙伴关系,并将在过去10年取得的成就的基础上再上一层楼。”

“巴利摩将为我们带来丰富的专业知识和久经考验的复兴改造经验,以帮助我们创建繁荣的新社区,并通过精心设计的可持续住宅来满足所有需求。”

巴利摩还将把自己带有浓郁文化特色的开发专长带到该地区;作为开发商巴利摩在首都开发重建方面有着备受赞誉的口碑,每个开发项目都获得文化机构和独立企业支持。

集团董事总经理John Mulryan希望巴利摩与文化紧密融合的开发方式可以在新项目中得到应用,并补充说:“LLDC在创造和吸引一些顶级的文化和教育品牌到东岸方面发挥了重要作用。我们很高兴能够与LLDC合作,以社区和文化为核心在这个令人向往的地区开发重建一个全新的住宅区。”

“巴利摩的战略重点一直是与公共机构建立大规模战略合作伙伴关系,而这次合作符合我们这一目标。”

合资公司希望在2028年之前完成Stratford水畔和Bridgewater三角区的住宅开发项目。

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栽九榆樹繼承女王陛下遺願

巴利摩(Ballymore)的主席兼首席執行官Sean Mulryan和皇家美術基金會主席, 英國皇家建築學會榮譽院士Stephen Bayley 在大使館花園區的九榆樹公園(Nine Elms Park)首次種植了九棵榆樹,這是為了回應“女王綠色覆蓋計畫”的倡議,同時也是為了紀念已故的伊莉莎白二世女王陛下。

Sean Mulryan近期成為皇家美術基金會的顧問之一,該慈善機構旨在促進建築規劃中的高質量的環境設計。皇家美術基金會成立於1987年,它是皇家美術委員會的輔助機構,皇家美術基金會是英國政府的獨立顧問,負責處理英格蘭公共環境和美學事務。在過去的30年裏,該基金會致力於促進視覺意識和公眾對高品質規劃設計的鑒賞能力,如通過教育舉措以及即將舉行的建築之美獎等形式(巴利摩以能夠贊助該獎項而引以自豪)。

該基金會主席Stephen Bayley是英國著名的作家、評論家、專欄作家、顧問、播音主持、辯論家和策展人......自20世紀80年代以來,他也被業界一直尊稱為“設計大師”。

他曾是“供暖房專案”的創始人,這是英國首個永久性展覽,設於V&A博物館,後來演變成倫敦獨特的設計博物館,由Stephen Bayley擔任首席執行官,並於1989年由當時的首相瑪格麗特·柴契爾夫人(Margaret Hilda Thatcher)親臨揭幕。

“女王綠色覆蓋計畫”始於2021年5月,為紀念當時即將到來的伊莉莎白二世女王陛下登基70年的白金慶典(2022年),該計畫旨在增加和保護英國本土的樹木覆蓋率,為女王登基70周年慶典奉獻一個“特別的禮物”。

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  • 栽九榆树继承女王陛下遗愿

栽九榆树继承女王陛下遗愿

巴利摩(Ballymore)的主席兼首席执行官Sean Mulryan和皇家美术基金会主席, 英国皇家建筑学会荣誉院士Stephen Bayley 在大使馆花园区的九榆树公园(Nine Elms Park)首次种植了九棵榆树,这是为了响应“女王绿色覆盖计划”的倡议,同时也是为了纪念已故的伊丽莎白二世女王陛下。

Sean Mulryan近期成为皇家美术基金会的顾问之一,该慈善机构旨在促进建筑规划中的高质量的环境设计。皇家美术基金会成立于1987年,它是皇家美术委员会的辅助机构,皇家美术基金会是英国政府的独立顾问,负责处理英格兰公共环境和美学事务。在过去的30年里,该基金会致力于促进视觉意识和公众对高品质规划设计的鉴赏能力,如通过教育举措以及即将举行的建筑之美奖等形式(巴利摩以能够赞助该奖项而引以自豪)。

该基金会主席Stephen Bayley是英国著名的作家、评论家、专栏作家、顾问、播音主持、辩论家和策展人......自20世纪80年代以来,他也被业界一直尊称为“设计大师”。

他曾是“供暖房项目”的创始人,这是英国首个永久性展览,设于V&A博物馆,后来演变成伦敦独特的设计博物馆,由Stephen Bayley担任首席执行官,并于1989年由当时的首相玛格丽特·撒切尔夫人(Margaret Hilda Thatcher)亲临揭幕。

“女王绿色覆盖计划”始于2021年5月,为纪念当时即将到来的伊丽莎白二世女王陛下登基70年的白金庆典(2022年),该计划旨在增加和保护英国本土的树木覆盖率,为女王登基70周年庆典奉献一个“特别的礼物”。

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  • Three Snowhill榮獲 “最佳工作場所”稱號

Three Snowhill榮獲 “最佳工作場所”稱號

巴利摩位於伯明翰的開發專案Three Snowhill在2022年榮獲了英國寫字樓協會(BCO)的大獎,該獎項是BCO在英國範圍內為表彰高品質專案而設立的最高榮譽。

Three Snowhill是倫敦以外有史以來最大的城市中心自主投資辦公樓專案,吸引了包括英國電信BT在內的租戶。巴利摩於2020年完成了這個專案,為客戶提供了420,000平方英尺、18層樓的一流甲級辦公空間。該大樓建有一個中央玻璃頂的中庭、停車場、健身房以及包含寬敞的更衣室、淋浴間、儲物櫃、桑拿浴室、自行車停車場和維修設施在內的地下公共設施。

BCO的評委稱這座建築是“富有遠見的甲級開發專案”,大樓的設施、樓層設計和對伯明翰城市景觀的提升都讚賞有加。評委們還肯定了該建築的碳排放方面的效益;對設計和施工性能進行了仔細而全面地評估,達到了BREEAM卓越級別、EPC B和WiredScore白金等級100/100的優異成績。

Three Snowhill是在伯明翰Colmore商業區Snow Hill車站附近的4英畝土地上建造的第三座也是最後一座建築。這個重要的專案共創造了三座最先進的大樓,提供總計一百萬平方英尺的辦公空間。巴利摩還在St Chad's Circus環形交通樞紐旁邊創建了一個新的廣場,還為Midland Metro輕軌延伸線修建了一座新的高架橋。

巴利摩集團總經理John Mulryan表示:“從一開始,我們的Snowhill計畫就突破了界限。我們的願景是,這個伯明翰市中心的黃金地段可以並且將成為該市的首選商業地點。我們榮獲的這個獎項證明了這一點以及我們的可持續設計方法,並為在這裏蓬勃發展的知名企業打造了一個理想的家園。”

"祝賀巴利摩團隊中每個參與這一激動人心專案的成員,這個獎項名至實歸,當之無愧。"

該獎項是Snowhill專案在過去一年中獲得的第三個獎項,巴利摩在這個過程中已經摘得七個獎項。

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  • Three Snowhill荣获 “最佳工作场所”称号

Three Snowhill荣获 “最佳工作场所”称号

巴利摩位于伯明翰的开发项目Three Snowhill在2022年荣获了英国写字楼协会(BCO)的大奖,该奖项是BCO在英国范围内为表彰高品质项目而设立的最高荣誉。

Three Snowhill是伦敦以外有史以来最大的城市中心自主投资办公楼项目,吸引了包括英国电信BT在内的租户。巴利摩于2020年完成了这个项目,为客户提供了420,000平方英尺、18层楼的一流甲级办公空间。该大楼建有一个中央玻璃顶的中庭、停车场、健身房以及包含宽敞的更衣室、淋浴间、储物柜、桑拿浴室、自行车停车场和维修设施在内的地下公共设施。

BCO的评委称这座建筑是“富有远见的甲级开发项目”,大楼的设施、楼层设计和对伯明翰城市景观的提升都赞赏有加。评委们还肯定了该建筑的碳排放方面的效益;对设计和施工性能进行了仔细而全面地评估,达到了BREEAM卓越级别、EPC B和WiredScore白金等级100/100的优异成绩。

Three Snowhill是在伯明翰Colmore商业区Snow Hill车站附近的4英亩土地上建造的第三座也是最后一座建筑。这个重要的项目共创造了三座最先进的大楼,提供总计一百万平方英尺的办公空间。巴利摩还在St Chad's Circus环形交通枢纽旁边创建了一个新的广场,还为Midland Metro轻轨延伸线修建了一座新的高架桥。

巴利摩集团总经理John Mulryan表示:“从一开始,我们的Snowhill计划就突破了界限。我们的愿景是,这个伯明翰市中心的黄金地段可以并且将成为该市的首选商业地点。我们荣获的这个奖项证明了这一点以及我们的可持续设计方法,并为在这里蓬勃发展的知名企业打造了一个理想的家园。”

"祝贺巴利摩团队中每个参与这一激动人心项目的成员,这个奖项名至实归,当之无愧。"

该奖项是Snowhill项目在过去一年中获得的第三个奖项,巴利摩在这个过程中已经摘得七个奖项。

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  • Ballymore提交的Dublin Arch規劃獲得批准

Ballymore提交的Dublin Arch規劃獲得批准

巴利摩(Ballymore)集團提交的都柏林拱門(Dublin Arch)綜合開發專案的二期工程規劃獲得批准,該專案位於都柏林一區的Connolly火車站旁。

都柏林拱門第二階段開發專案總面積達72,300平方米,包括兩棟住宅樓和四所辦公大樓,所有建築都可俯瞰一個全新的中央公共空間。四所辦公大樓可容納超過5,000名的員工,辦公大樓內還設有景觀花園、露臺和屋頂花園。兩棟住宅樓將提供187個單元,包括開間套房、一臥室、兩臥室和三臥室公寓。

巴利摩董事長兼首席執行官Sean Mulryan對這一決定表示歡迎,並表示:“我們非常高興地與大家分享這個好消息,我們已經獲得都柏林拱門專案下一階段的開發許可。巴利摩集團很榮幸能夠為都柏林市中心地段的發展和提升做出貢獻,我們也為通過我們的努力將這裏打造成人們世代安居樂業的美好環境而自豪。都柏林拱門專案將成為可持續發展的典範,並致力於在2030年實現淨零排放,獲得最高級別的可持續發展的認證。”

都柏林拱門改建專案還包括文化和零售空間、咖啡廳,Docklands拳擊俱樂部和聖約瑟夫奧康奈爾男子田徑俱樂部也將在這裏落戶,並以全新設施與公眾見面。這裏還包括超過7,000平方米的公共開放空間,以及為居民、遊客和公司員工提供的超過1,000個自行車停車位。

都柏林拱門開發專案位於Connolly火車站附近,被Sheriff St Lower、Commons St 和Oriel St三條街道所環繞。總面積約為111,000平方米,包括住宅樓、辦公樓和愛爾蘭第一家Standard酒店。總體規劃設計包括新住宅、辦公樓、社區俱樂部、藝術家工作室、餐廳、酒吧、零售店、園林景觀以及位於該核心位置的中央廣場。都柏林拱門專案將直接連通Connolly火車站,還靠近公共汽車站和Luas輕軌,將成為愛爾蘭與周邊聯繫最緊密的商業中心。

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Ballymore提交的Dublin Arch规划获得批准

巴利摩(Ballymore)集团提交的都柏林拱门(Dublin Arch)综合开发项目的二期工程规划获得批准,该项目位于都柏林一区的Connolly火车站旁。

都柏林拱门第二阶段开发项目总面积达72,300平方米,包括两栋住宅楼和四所办公大楼,所有建筑都可俯瞰一个全新的中央公共空间。四所办公大楼可容纳超过5,000名的员工,办公大楼内还设有景观花园、露台和屋顶花园。两栋住宅楼将提供187个单元,包括开间套房、一卧室、两卧室和三卧室公寓。

巴利摩董事长兼首席执行官Sean Mulryan对这一决定表示欢迎,并表示:“我们非常高兴地与大家分享这个好消息,我们已经获得都柏林拱门项目下一阶段的开发许可。巴利摩集团很荣幸能够为都柏林市中心地段的发展和提升做出贡献,我们也为通过我们的努力将这里打造成人们世代安居乐业的美好环境而自豪。都柏林拱门项目将成为可持续发展的典范,并致力于在2030年实现净零排放,获得最高级别的可持续发展的认证。”

都柏林拱门改建项目还包括文化和零售空间、咖啡厅,Docklands拳击俱乐部和圣约瑟夫奥康奈尔男子田径俱乐部也将在这里落户,并以全新设施与公众见面。这里还包括超过7,000平方米的公共开放空间,以及为居民、游客和公司员工提供的超过1,000个自行车停车位。

都柏林拱门开发项目位于Connolly火车站附近,被Sheriff St Lower、Commons St 和Oriel St三条街道所环绕。总面积约为111,000平方米,包括住宅楼、办公楼和爱尔兰第一家Standard酒店。总体规划设计包括新住宅、办公楼、社区俱乐部、艺术家工作室、餐厅、酒吧、零售店、园林景观以及位于该核心位置的中央广场。都柏林拱门项目将直接连通Connolly火车站,还靠近公共汽车站和Luas轻轨,将成为爱尔兰与周边联系最紧密的商业中心。

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  • Goodluck Hope 榮獲“最佳居住地”稱號

Goodluck Hope 榮獲“最佳居住地”稱號

巴利摩(Ballymore)位於東倫敦利茅斯半島的開發專案——幸運島(Goodluck Hope)在今年倫敦建築規劃大獎中榮獲了“最佳居住地”的稱號。

 7月20日頒獎典禮在倫敦市政廳舉行,副市長Jules Pipe為獲獎的巴利摩集團以及規劃師Rolfe Judd頒獎。  

評審團表示:他們對這個參賽專案印象特別深刻,這裏不僅利用了其獨特的地理位置打造出特有的地方感與社區感,而且還傳承了幸運島悠久的工業歷史,成為了那段輝煌工業歷史最好的見證地。

評審團還補充說:“巴利摩和他們的團隊在利河河口打造的專案就好像是當地一顆熠熠生輝的小寶石,那裏曾一度成為一片荒蕪的工業廢墟。如果您想參觀一個令人讚歎的地方改造工程,那就去參觀幸運島吧。”

巴利摩的專案總監Simon Ryan和Matt Stone表示:“巴利摩建造了一個全方位服務、景觀優雅迷人並且欣欣向榮的新社區,讓這個封塵已久的河畔社區成為人們趨之若鶩的休閒之所。”

 “隨著巴利摩倫敦城市島專案的推進,Leamouth半島的北部也得到迅速的改造,這裏成為倫敦主要的藝術與文化中心之一,而幸運島專案距離倫敦城市島專案僅三分鐘步行之遙,至此整個半島被打造成人們所嚮往的河畔生活地標。”  

該專案是由Allies and Morrison建築設計公司設計,Rolfe Judd規劃諮詢公司提供的專業支持。

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  • Goodluck Hope 荣获“最佳居住地”称号

Goodluck Hope 荣获“最佳居住地”称号

巴利摩(Ballymore)位于东伦敦利茅斯半岛的开发项目——幸运岛(Goodluck Hope)在今年伦敦建筑规划大奖中荣获了“最佳居住地”的称号。

 7月20日颁奖典礼在伦敦市政厅举行,副市长Jules Pipe为获奖的巴利摩集团以及规划师Rolfe Judd颁奖。 

评审团表示:他们对这个参赛项目印象特别深刻,这里不仅利用了其独特的地理位置打造出特有的地方感与社区感,而且还传承了幸运岛悠久的工业历史,成为了那段辉煌工业历史最好的见证地。

评审团还补充说:“巴利摩和他们的团队在利河河口打造的项目就好象是当地一颗熠熠生辉的小宝石,那里曾一度成为一片荒芜的工业废墟。如果您想参观一个令人赞叹的地方改造工程,那就去参观幸运岛吧。”

巴利摩的项目总监Simon Ryan和Matt Stone表示:“巴利摩建造了一个全方位服务、景观优雅迷人并且欣欣向荣的新社区,让这个封尘已久的河畔社区成为人们趋之若鹜的休闲之所。”

 “随着巴利摩伦敦城市岛项目的推进,Leamouth半岛的北部也得到迅速的改造,这里成为伦敦主要的艺术与文化中心之一,而幸运岛项目距离伦敦城市岛项目仅三分钟步行之遥,至此整个半岛被打造成人们所向往的河畔生活地标。” 

该项目是由Allies and Morrison建筑设计公司设计,Rolfe Judd规划咨询公司提供的专业支持。

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  • Ballymore在“英國住宅獎”中摘取兩頂桂冠

Ballymore在“英國住宅獎”中摘取兩頂桂冠

2022年9月30日,英國住宅獎頒獎典禮在倫敦萊斯特廣場的Londoner Hotel舉行,巴利摩(Ballymore)榮膺年度最佳房地產開發商稱號。

在頒獎典禮上,巴利摩還憑藉幸運島(Goodluck Hope)摘取了年度最佳開發專案獎(超過100個單元類別)。幸運島是一個散發著濃厚工業風格魅力的住宅區,位於Leamouth半島上,開發專案總體包括841個公寓、閣樓和聯排別墅。這裏有優美的園林景觀、設計典雅的庭院以及將整個社區連為一體的設計巧妙的庭院步道。

評審團對巴利摩的成就讚不絕口,他們認為:“在這個非常有限的區域,取得這樣的重大的成就,實屬不易,令人嘆服……整個設計與施工都是經過精心考量的,幸運島樓盤令人印象深刻。”

英國住宅獎這個一年一度的頒獎活動旨在表彰建築業在建築和室內設計、建築品質和創新等方面的卓越成就,無論是一次性住宅還是大型開發專案均在其考慮範圍之內。

在摘取這兩個獎項之後,巴利摩今年已經將五個獎項囊括懷中。其他三個分別是倫敦皇家建築師協會頒發給皇家碼頭(Royal Wharf)的榮譽稱號;英國辦公委員會頒發給伯明翰的Three Snowhill的優秀工作場所獎,以及巴利摩在都柏林的Dublin Landings——一個占地100萬平方英尺的綜合開發專案中榮獲的城市設計獎和建築獎。

對於獲得兩項大獎的消息,Ballymore集團總經理John Mulryan表示:“我們非常高興不是贏得了一個獎項,而是兩個獎項!因為英國住宅獎在我們行業中是備受推崇的,這個榮譽是對巴利摩集團在英國和愛爾蘭開發專案中所打造的令人驚歎全新社區的充分肯定。”

“這份榮耀不僅是幸運島開發專案參與者的共同努力,也歸功於巴利摩的所有員工,他們為打造人們理想的居所、舒適的工作環境以及有歸屬感的高品質社區等方面做出了的巨大貢獻。”

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  • Ballymore在“英国住宅奖”中摘取两顶桂冠

Ballymore在“英国住宅奖”中摘取两顶桂冠

2022年9月30日,英国住宅奖颁奖典礼在伦敦莱斯特广场的Londoner Hotel举行,巴利摩(Ballymore)荣膺年度最佳房地产开发商称号。

在颁奖典礼上,巴利摩还凭借幸运岛(Goodluck Hope)摘取了年度最佳开发项目奖(超过100个单元类别)。幸运岛是一个散发着浓厚工业风格魅力的住宅区,位于Leamouth半岛上,开发项目总体包括841个公寓、阁楼和联排别墅。这里有优美的园林景观、设计典雅的庭院以及将整个社区连为一体的设计巧妙的庭院步道。

评审团对巴利摩的成就赞不绝口,他们认为:“在这个非常有限的区域,取得这样的重大的成就,实属不易,令人叹服……整个设计与施工都是经过精心考量的,幸运岛楼盘令人印象深刻。”

英国住宅奖这个一年一度的颁奖活动旨在表彰建筑业在建筑和室内设计、建筑质量和创新等方面的卓越成就,无论是一次性住宅还是大型开发项目均在其考虑范围之内。

在摘取这两个奖项之后,巴利摩今年已经将五个奖项囊括怀中。其他三个分别是伦敦皇家建筑师协会颁发给皇家码头(Royal Wharf)的荣誉称号;英国办公委员会颁发给伯明翰的Three Snowhill的优秀工作场所奖,以及巴利摩在都柏林的Dublin Landings——一个占地100万平方英尺的综合开发项目中荣获的城市设计奖和建筑奖。

对于获得两项大奖的消息,Ballymore集团总经理John Mulryan表示:“我们非常高兴不是赢得了一个奖项,而是两个奖项!因为英国住宅奖在我们行业中是备受推崇的,这个荣誉是对巴利摩集团在英国和爱尔兰开发项目中所打造的令人惊叹全新社区的充分肯定。”

“这份荣耀不仅是幸运岛开发项目参与者的共同努力,也归功于巴利摩的所有员工,他们为打造人们理想的居所、舒适的工作环境以及有归属感的高品质社区等方面做出了的巨大贡献。”

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  • 巴利摩與TfL達成合作改造Edgware鎮中心協議

巴利摩與TfL達成合作改造Edgware鎮中心協議

巴利摩(Ballymore)與倫敦交通局(TfL)所屬商業地產公司TTL地產有限公司(TTLP)已正式達成協議將他們在Edgware地區所擁有的土地合併,並與倫敦Barnet市政府合作,將Station Road改建成一個繁榮昌盛,充滿活力,令人們所嚮往的高街,提升Edgware地區的品味,以期實現他們共同的願景。  

巴利摩在2020年收購了占地7.5英畝的Broadwalk購物中心,是開啟區中心復興工程的關鍵。巴利摩與擁有周邊公共汽車站及大型汽車終點停車場的英國交通局合作,將充分發掘該地區的潛力。該專案將重建一個現代化的公共汽車站及公共汽車終點車場,會極大地方便人們在Edgware地區的旅行,抵達主要購物區和住宅區也是更加便捷。Ballymore將在本次戰略合作中持有主要股份。

Edgware區中心廣受當地居民的喜愛,擁有各種設施,令人流連往返,為Barnet區和鄰近的Harrow區的社區提供廣泛的購物、餐飲及各項生活服務。就像英國許多區中心和高街一樣,Edgware地區的經濟在很大程度上依賴於高街零售商和商業辦公樓的成功運作,這些企業在近幾年承受著很大的壓力,導致一些主要店面的關閉,並且這種趨勢還在不斷增長。在一些地區,甚至出現殘破的商業門面以及一些不良社會行為的現象。  

巴利摩集團董事總經理John Mulryan說。"我們長期以來一直致力與各個機構創建夥伴關係,並成功地在倫敦各地打造新的住宅區和多功能用途的綜合社區。

"Edgware鎮擁有便利的設施和便捷的公共交通,是一個具有巨大潛力的城鎮,在商業街的改建中需要注入一種全新的模式。我們期待著與倫敦交通局和Barnet區政府的合作,實現我們的共同願景,即為現代城市生活打造一個傑出的,繁榮的商業區,具有綜合功能的公共空間,四通八達的交通網絡,集休閒、娛樂、文化生活等於一體的豐富多彩的全新家園。"  

倫敦交通局房地產開發主管Peter Elliott表示:"我們非常高興與巴利摩集團、以及當地政府合作,來振興Edgware區中心。我們將共同合作為居民提供高品質的住宅和優質的零售空間,同時為當地社區帶來其他益處,包括更好的交通設施、公共領域和社區休閒設施。"  

自2020年收購該地段以來,巴利摩與倫敦交通局合作,進行了廣泛的公眾諮詢,以全面瞭解區中心的現狀及當地居民對未來的期許。此外,倫敦Barnet市政府、巴利摩和倫敦交通局都是區中心指導小組的創始成員,該小組旨在改善區中心市容,增強社區活力,其長期目標是建立一個商業改進區(BID),使當地眾多企業能夠共同投資,並改善當地的貿易環境。  

Barnet市政府發展部主任Stephen McDonald補充說:"我們很高興看到這個專案又向前邁進了一步,這是區政府整體規劃的一個重要部分,以鞏固和提升了Edgware作為倫敦主要城區中心的地位,更好地滿足居住和工作在此的居民的需求。"

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  • 巴利摩与TfL达成合作改造Edgware镇中心协议

巴利摩与TfL达成合作改造Edgware镇中心协议

巴利摩(Ballymore)与伦敦交通局(TfL)所属商业地产公司TTL地产有限公司(TTLP)已正式达成协议将他们在Edgware地区所拥有的土地合并,并与伦敦Barnet市政府合作,将Station Road改建成一个繁荣昌盛,充满活力,令人们所向往的高街,提升Edgware地区的品味,以期实现他们共同的愿景。 

巴利摩在2020年收购了占地7.5英亩的Broadwalk购物中心,是开启区中心复兴工程的关键。巴利摩与拥有周边公共汽车站及大型汽车终点停车场的英国交通局合作,将充分发掘该地区的潜力。该项目将重建一个现代化的公共汽车站及公共汽车终点车场,会极大地方便人们在Edgware地区的旅行,抵达主要购物区和住宅区也是更加便捷。Ballymore将在本次战略合作中持有主要股份。

Edgware区中心广受当地居民的喜爱,拥有各种设施,令人流连往返,为Barnet区和邻近的Harrow区的社区提供广泛的购物、餐饮及各项生活服务。就像英国许多区中心和高街一样,Edgware地区的经济在很大程度上依赖于高街零售商和商业办公楼的成功运作,这些企业在近几年承受着很大的压力,导致一些主要店面的关闭,并且这种趋势还在不断增长。在一些地区,甚至出现残破的商业门面以及一些不良社会行为的现象。 

巴利摩集团董事总经理John Mulryan说。"我们长期以来一直致力与各个机构创建伙伴关系,并成功地在伦敦各地打造新的住宅区和多功能用途的综合社区。

"Edgware镇拥有便利的设施和便捷的公共交通,是一个具有巨大潜力的城镇,在商业街的改建中需要注入一种全新的模式。我们期待着与伦敦交通局和Barnet区政府的合作,实现我们的共同愿景,即为现代城市生活打造一个杰出的,繁荣的商业区,具有综合功能的公共空间,四通八达的交通网络,集休闲、娱乐、文化生活等于一体的丰富多彩的全新家园。"  

伦敦交通局房地产开发主管Peter Elliott表示:"我们非常高兴与巴利摩集团、以及当地政府合作,来振兴Edgware区中心。我们将共同合作为居民提供高品质的住宅和优质的零售空间,同时为当地社区带来其他益处,包括更好的交通设施、公共领域和社区休闲设施。"  

自2020年收购该地段以来,巴利摩与伦敦交通局合作,进行了广泛的公众咨询,以全面了解区中心的现状及当地居民对未来的期许。此外,伦敦Barnet市政府、巴利摩和伦敦交通局都是区中心指导小组的创始成员,该小组旨在改善区中心市容,增强社区活力,其长期目标是建立一个商业改进区(BID),使当地众多企业能够共同投资,并改善当地的贸易环境。  

Barnet市政府发展部主任Stephen McDonald补充说:"我们很高兴看到这个项目又向前迈进了一步,这是区政府整体规划的一个重要部分,以巩固和提升了Edgware作为伦敦主要城区中心的地位,更好地满足居住和工作在此的居民的需求。"

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Ballymore協助承辦“不列顛新建築之美 ”頒獎典禮

 Tintagel Castle步行天橋坐落在如詩如畫的康沃爾郡,那裏是傳奇亞瑟王的故鄉,在首屆“不列顛建築之美”評獎中Tintagel Castle步行天橋摘得桂冠。該獎項由皇家美術基金會(Royal Fine Art Commission Trust)主辦,Ballymore(巴利摩)集團贊助承辦。

不列顛新建築之美獎於今年首次推出,旨在表彰為英國整體環境“增添建築之美“的建築、土木工程和城市景觀。

新建築之美獎的創始人、評委和備受讚譽的建築評論家Stephen Bayley曾經表示:“我希望這些獎項能夠激發公眾的想像力,來表彰那些設計師的卓越創意,這種方式前所未有,但卻是最恰到好處的一種方式。”

Ballymore集團的董事長兼首席執行官Sean Mulryan也是皇家美術基金會的顧問成員之一,他也是著名的倫敦彭博社歐洲總部頒獎典禮的嘉賓。

本次摘得桂冠的作品——Tintagel Castle步行天橋,由William Matthews Associates和Ney&Partners設計。這座步行橋長70米,於2020年由查爾斯國王親自剪綵開通,是500多年來首次將城堡範圍內的兩個相隔的區域連接起來。評委們對建築師在如此複雜的地貌上精心設計與建造的步行橋給予了高度評價。

其他獲獎建築包括曼徹斯特的Tower of Light(燈塔)、倫敦的Illuminated River(霓彩河流)和斯特拉特福德的McGrath Road建築。

新建築之美獎的評審團是由業界知名的翹楚所組成,包括皇家美術基金會的主席福斯特勳爵(Lord Foster),也是本期典禮的頒獎嘉賓,以及世界建築節(World Architecture Festival)的專案總監Paul Finch。

皇家美術基金會成立於2017年,旨在促進人們對高品質建築設計的視覺認知和公眾鑒賞能力。 欲瞭解關於不列顛新建築之美獎的更多資訊請點擊這裏

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  • Ballymore协助承办“不列颠新建筑之美 ”颁奖典礼

Ballymore协助承办“不列颠新建筑之美 ”颁奖典礼

Tintagel Castle步行天桥坐落在如诗如画的康沃尔郡,那里是传奇亚瑟王的故乡,在首届“不列颠建筑之美”评奖中Tintagel Castle步行天桥摘得桂冠。该奖项由皇家美术基金会(Royal Fine Art Commission Trust)主办,Ballymore(巴利摩)集团赞助承办。

不列颠新建筑之美奖于今年首次推出,旨在表彰为英国整体环境“增添建筑之美“的建筑、土木工程和城市景观。

新建筑之美奖的创始人、评委和备受赞誉的建筑评论家Stephen Bayley曾经表示:“我希望这些奖项能够激发公众的想象力,来表彰那些设计师的卓越创意,这种方式前所未有,但却是最恰到好处的一种方式。”

Ballymore集团的董事长兼首席执行官Sean Mulryan也是皇家美术基金会的顾问成员之一,他也是著名的伦敦彭博社欧洲总部颁奖典礼的嘉宾。

本次摘得桂冠的作品——Tintagel Castle步行天桥,由William Matthews Associates和Ney&Partners设计。这座步行桥长70米,于2020年由查尔斯国王亲自剪彩开通,是500多年来首次将城堡范围内的两个相隔的区域连接起来。评委们对建筑师在如此复杂的地貌上精心设计与建造的步行桥给予了高度评价。

其他获奖建筑包括曼彻斯特的Tower of Light(灯塔)、伦敦的Illuminated River(霓彩河流)和斯特拉特福德的McGrath Road建筑。

新建筑之美奖的评审团是由业界知名的翘楚所组成,包括皇家美术基金会的主席福斯特勋爵(Lord Foster),也是本期典礼的颁奖嘉宾,以及世界建筑节(World Architecture Festival)的项目总监Paul Finch。

皇家美术基金会成立于2017年,旨在促进人们对高品质建筑设计的视觉认知和公众鉴赏能力。 欲了解关于不列颠新建筑之美奖的更多信息请点击这里

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  • Supporting Dublin Schoolchildren during World Autism Month

    Children from Scoil Oilibhéir enjoying their equine therapy

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Supporting Dublin Schoolchildren during World Autism Month

April is World Autism Month, providing countries all over the globe with the opportunity to increase awareness and acceptance of autism by helping neurodiverse people to reach their full potential. One school in Dublin is successfully helping its pupils build confidence and new skills through an approach known as equine therapy.

Supporting Dublin Schoolchildren during World Autism Month

Scoil Oilibhéir is a 262 student school in Dublin 15, which last year established a new Special Class for Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The class, known as Rang na Réaltaí (Class of Stars in English) is part of a continuum of educational provision that enables students with more complex special educational needs to be educated, in smaller class groups, within their local mainstream schools.

This past Lent Term – which coincided with World Autism Month – Rang na Réaltaí pupils enjoyed the benefits of equine therapy, with classes which took them to a nearby farm, where they learned how to ride, interact with and care for the horses. The initiative was funded by Ballymore, who supported the equine therapy lessons as well as transport and ancillary costs.

Speaking of the initiative, School Principal Antóin Ó Cléirigh said: “This past year has been a learning curve for everyone in our school. We exist to meet the needs of each and every child – including children with special educational needs. The new Rang na Réaltaí class aims provide the children in it with a more appropriate education to meet their needs and in line with the school’s vision, to nurture and enrich every child, through the medium of Irish, to achieve their potential.

Supporting Dublin Schoolchildren during World Autism Month

“It’s been a great success to date. The equine therapy is something I was particularly passionate about as it has provided an empowering life skills activity for our Rang na Réaltaí pupils. Learning to ride horses is just one aspect of it, but you have to consider the day-to-day complexities faced by some of these children who may harbour anxieties and can be upset by disruptions to routines on any given day. 

“This activity helped them to gain new confidence, even with the travel arrangements; some of the children may struggled to process getting on the bus as they might not have ever done it before. Thankfully we partnered with an absolutely fantastic driver who did some trial runs around the local roads in his spare time. It helped our children familiarise themselves with the bus. That was the first step, then we moved forward to the farm and, ten weeks on, we have all learned new skills.”

Antóin says the therapy has brought other benefits, including helping pre-verbal children progress their speech and overcoming fears. He gives an example: “We had one pupil who had long been terrified of dogs, something his parent was concerned about. It was a really magical moment at one of the sessions when he took to a farm dog and began playing fetch with it. It has resolved his fear, which is a huge relief for his family.”  

Supporting Dublin Schoolchildren during World Autism Month

Equine therapy has long been considered an effective programme for children with autism, thanks to the connection and bonds formed with the animals, as well as motor, emotional, and sensory sensations that come with learning to ride a horse. Antóin continued: “I’ve long been interested in this type of therapy, but prior to Ballymore’s involvement it seemed like a distant dream for us. As a school we may not have had the funds to make it a reality but thanks to Ballymore’s incredible generosity our children have had a magical experience."

Deputy principal and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordinator Lára Ní Riain explained how the whole school was involved in initial discussions about the new Special Class for Pupils with ASD, which comprises of a maximum of six students.  She said: “It has been wonderful to see how all children across the school’s community have supported and championed the initiatives, which are already promoting inclusivity and huge benefits for those involved.”

Supporting Dublin Schoolchildren during World Autism Month

Ballymore stepped in to help Scoil Oilibhéir last year, and Antóin is now planning his next initiatives for the Rang na Réaltaí pupils; working alongside Lára, and our colleagues Micheál, Claire and Ciara, who work in the class on a day-to-day basis, the school is hoping to introduce music therapy and other activities for the next academic year. He concluded: “We want our children to leave this school with confidence. We want them to feel safe and secure while they’re here, gaining many opportunities as they progress in the wider world.  

Find out more about World Autism Month here, and about Scoil Oilibhéir here.  

Supporting Dublin Schoolchildren during World Autism Month

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  • Ballymore neighbourhoods shortlisted for four awards

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Ballymore neighbourhoods shortlisted for four awards

Four Ballymore neighbourhoods in London have been shortlisted for industry accolades – extending our run of awards success. 

Goodluck Hope, our development on the Leamouth Peninsula, has been nominated for Development of the Year at the 2023 RESI awards. The annual awards, organised by Property Week, recognise success throughout the residential property sector, with nominations agreed by an independent panel of 43 judges.

Ballymore neighbourhoods shortlisted for four awards

Goodluck Hope on the Leamouth Peninsula

Our work at The Brentford Project has also been recognised, with judges in the 2023 Pineapple Awards nominating the scheme for the Future Place award – an accolade which celebrates the best in placemaking, and projects that make a positive social, environmental, and economic impact. 

Riverscape, our newest development at the Royal Docks and home to the newly-launched Forshaw Building, has also been recognised. The scheme is shortlisted in the Best New Place to Live category in the Building London Planning Awards. 

Ballymore neighbourhoods shortlisted for four awards

A new image of the Forshaw Bulilding at Riverscape

Speaking of the awards, John Mulryan of Ballymore said: “We are delighted to learn of these nominations which are testament to the work we are doing in nurturing these exciting new neighbourhoods across London.” 

Further awards recognition came for London City Island; in February, the scheme’s masterplan was shortlisted for the 2023 RIBA London Awards, which are part of the UK’s most prestigious architecture prizes. Speaking of the east London projects nominated this year, RIBA East London Jury Chair Mike Jamieson said: “Despite the challenges of recent years, east London continues to be a creative hub for ingenuity, inclusive design, and environmental innovation. From positive and restorative approaches that breathe new life into existing buildings, to innovative ways to live, work and play, this year’s shortlisted projects offer surprise and delight.” 

The winners of each of the awards will be announced at events in London throughout the summer.

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London City Island; one of the developments nominated

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  • “Our lucky number 7” at Seamount Rise
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“Our lucky number 7” at Seamount Rise

Beautiful Malahide is a coastal community in one of Dublin’s most sought-after suburbs and Ballymore is onsite here creating an entirely new neighbourhood at Seamount Rise. Here, we meet Aislinn Geraghty who tells us why this is her family's ‘forever home’. 

In late 2022, the first residents began moving into the newly created Ballymore houses at Seamount Rise – our new coastal development for Dublin. Demand had long been high for these homes, with waiting lists of local people eager to secure one of our high-quality homes in this emerging neighbourhood by the sea.

Among them was 39-year-old Aislinn Geraghty. The Malahide native moved to London in 2011, but family circumstances prompted her to move back to the place she called home. “In 2021 our youngest son contracted meningitis,” Aislinn explains. “We happened to be visiting family in Ireland at the time, and the support we received while he was being treated just made me realise how important it is to be close to family and extended family support.”

Thankfully with son Finn fully recovered, Aislinn and Mark set about moving the family – including oldest son Marshall (4) from their then home in Upminster back to Ireland. “Mark has always lived in England; I met him when I moved over to London through work, he was happy to try something new and uproot the family – seeing the benefit of raising the boys around their extended family in Ireland.” 

“Our lucky number 7” at Seamount Rise

In early 2022 the hunt for a new home began, with Aislinn making journeys across the Irish Sea to view potential homes. It proved a difficult process as, she says, the market was “crazy”. Instead of considering in-demand new-builds, they initially began looking at older properties in Portmarnock and Malahide – areas where their support network is based. 

Soon though Aislinn’s head was turned by Seamount Rise, which she says “just stood out”. She adds. “I knew of Ballymore from my time in London. The company had very distinct marketing around the city, and I always thought highly of the work they were doing over there. 

“When I went to see Seamount Rise, I thought I knew what to expect based on that, but I was blown away with the level of detail and design – better than any comparable other new builds I’d seen.”

The buoyancy of the market in 2022 meant that appetite was shared by many others. Aislinn continued: “I really wasn’t hopeful at all that we’d get a home here. We knew the waiting lists were long and the interest was high, so I viewed but tried to restrain myself. Thankfully though, the home we wanted – lucky number 7 – was available and I just acted there and then, putting a deposit down. 

“Thankfully Mark understood when I called him back in England to say I’d made the decision.”

The only compromise Mark had to make was the garden, giving up his unusually large green space in Upminster, something Aislinn said he came to terms with on seeing the house at Seamount: “We have more outdoor space to enjoy in the community here – not just a great garden where we can host parties and create play spaces for the boys, but also the added bonus of the beach just 20 minutes’ walk away and Malahide Castle just 10 minutes from our front door!.” 

Fortunately, their employers in London were equally supportive of the move; Aislinn and Mark both work in the insurance sector and their requests to transfer to Ireland were swiftly accepted by forward-thinking companies. The pair now hybrid work, with Operations Director Mark regularly returning to London. 

Their main base though is the semi-detached four-bedroom home at Seamount Rise that the family moved into late last year. There’s a master suite occupied by Aislinn and Mark, bedrooms for each of the boys and a fourth room that’s used as a guest bedroom and office – helpful for Mark and Aislinn on the days they work at home. 

Aislinn loves the space the home offers the family, with larger rooms than they had in the UK and an ensuite that makes her “feel as if I’m in a hotel every morning”. She continues: “The kitchen-diner area is unreal. It’s so spacious and great to let the kids run around in; they didn’t have that at our old house. I can’t wait to fling the sliding doors open in the summer and have friends over to share the space. 

“We’re big on entertaining and that hub of the home was a huge appeal and one of the reasons we had to go for the house. It’s great to be able to have family and friends over and know we have a lovely space to host in, makes it easy. We also have room for Mark’s family to come and stay whenever they want which was high on our wish list.” 

Among those they’re planning to host are family and friends who live close by; Aislinn’s mum and dad live just minutes away in Malahide while her cousins and brothers all live in surrounding areas, but it’s the new friendships that are helping Aislinn each day too. “I hadn’t fully appreciated the collective experience of moving into a new-build development. It’s not like buying and older house, where we would literally the new kids on the block, trying to make our way into long-established neighbourhood friendship groups; here we’re all in the same boat. Everyone has moved in at the same time, so we’re all open to friendships and getting to know each other.

“It’s honestly fantastic to meet new people, see old school friends from back when I used to live in Malahide, and establish the kids in this emerging community.”

Now as they settle in, the couple are adding their own personal touches to the home, including the creation of new storage areas, work to the garden, a new built-in TV unit, a bike store at the side of the property, and some decorating to add their own colour schemes. “We think this is our forever home,” she adds, “how could it not be? I love everything about living here. I hadn’t appreciated Malahide when I was younger, but this community is everything to me and my boys now.

“Every day I just feel so lucky to call Seamount Rise my home.” 

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  • Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part III
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Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part III

This is the final article in our series International Women’s Day, articles in which we meet just some of the great women who help make Ballymore the business it is today. Our final feature of this series focuses on Senior Design Manager Ruphina and Nicola Zech-Berens – a project director in London. 

Ruphina Choe is currently working on designs for The Brentford Project; here the 43-year-old mother of one tells us about her experiences as a woman in the construction industry. 

Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part III

Ruphina with her family

“Diversity in any business is crucial to great outcomes, and it’s great that we have events like International Women’s Day to help highlight the work that women do and our quest for equity.

“We are definitely reaching a point of more parity now, but it’s not always been this way. I only have to think back 20 years ago when I was whistled at onsite as a graduate architect. I was a minority then, and that lack of female representation means the objectification was allowed to happen. 

Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part III

Ruphina onsite at The Brentford Project

“We’re eradicating those attitudes now and I largely feel supported in my work at Ballymore. Life is a juggling act as I raise my 21-month-old son Giorgio – a lockdown baby – and my work at The Brentford Project, but I succeed thanks to positivity, patience and persistency. I had to draw on those three tenets a lot as I made my way back into work after I had Giorgio. It was a challenging time and that ‘return to work’ burden is something largely placed on mothers, but I’m motivated so much by what I do and that drove me forward then as it does now.

“Representation is key, and I hope that International Women’s Day will help bring more great role models to the fore, encouraging more women to unleash their dreams without fear. As a woman of Korean, New Zealand and British heritage – with an Italian husband – I’m a big advocate for representation in all its forms.” 

London-based Project Director Nicola Zech-Berens gives some final, inspiring words on International Women’s Day and how women can have it all. 

Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part III

Nicola at her favourite Ballymore site - Bishopsgate Goodsyard

“At every turn women are under pressure to choose. Do we want a family? A career? Or do we want to have it all?  

“Of course we can have it all. Yes, it is can be challenging to have a family and a career, but it’s not impossible. The key is establishing your own set of life rules and not delaying milestones such as having a family – there’s never a right time so if you want to do it, do it now! 

“I also think women are being helped in the workplace by technology; while the last three years have been challenging in so many ways, they’ve proved that we can work from wherever we choose – making the logistics of long hours and children all the more possible.  

“This approach has definitely helped my career; I soon made peace with the fact that there would be compromises – whether that was the inequality I encountered in the early days, to making financial sacrifices as I had to do with maternity pay – even the simple things like accepting my kids might have creases in their school uniform! I quickly learned to forgive myself and be proud of what I’d achieved both at home and at work.

“I do sustain a lot of pressures at work; I’m a project director in our Ballymore development team, currently planning some exciting projects in the capital - new developments like Deanston Wharf, Thames Road Quarter / UNEX, Knights Road and, my current favourite, Bishopsgate Goodsyard.  

Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part III

Bishopsgate Goodsyard, Shoreditch

“This sector continues to be dominated by men, and I often find myself the only woman in the room, but I work hard to show what I can do. A project with the gravitas of Bishopsgate helps this. I feel respected and valued by my Ballymore colleagues and my ideas and opinions and supported and considered.

“But I’ve been in this sector for a long time and am speaking from a place of having already earned the respect of others. That’s the part I’d encourage any women moving into the sector to focus on; believe in yourself and invest in yourself so that when you come to the table you have valid ideas that are seriously debated – and taken forward!

“International Women’s Day helps shine a spotlight on the great women of the world; it’s an opportunity to seek out new role models and mentors who can help you in career. Supporting each other is our best route forward as we continue to amplify our voices.”

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  • Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part II
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Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part II

All this week, we're marking International Women’s Day - introducing you to just some of the great women in our workforce. Today we focus on Rachel Hoy and Kelly O’Shea, two of our colleagues in Dublin who talk us through their work and home lives. 

Rachel Hoy is steering delivery of our Sea Gardens mixed use neighbourhood in Bray as Senior Development Manager.

Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part II

Rachel Hoy in our offices in Dublin

“Over the course of my career in construction – I’m 37 now - I’ve seen the growth in the numbers of women both working in the industry and occupying more senior technical and project management roles, like mine. 

“I’m a Senior Development Manager, based in Dublin and currently working on our exciting mixed-use development, Sea Gardens in nearby Bray. As a development manager, I’m involved in all stages of the development process: identifying land opportunities, acquiring sites, financial appraisals, obtaining planning permissions and working alongside the design, construction, marketing and sales teams, right through to the very end of a development. Every day in my role is different and that’s why I love it!

“I moved to Dublin just over four years ago, after establishing a successful career in the UK, where I’d worked in London and the north-west of England and built a great network of contacts and knowledge of the UK property market. When I came to Dublin I’d no contacts and had to learn about the property market from scratch. Since then, I’ve worked for high profile developers and achieved success through winning competitive tenders and securing planning consents on major schemes. Starting my career over again in a new country has been my biggest professional achievement to date.

I’ve never felt that I’ve encountered inequality and not been afforded the same opportunities as men in my career. I believe that, if anything, being a woman in this industry has made me stand out and that has always been a positive.

“What I have found challenging at times is gender stereotyping; men are praised for being assertive, while women are deemed “emotional” for displaying the same assertiveness. That can be frustrating.

“My advice to women in the industry is to support and encourage other women. I’m blessed to have been in the same room as some amazing, strong-minded, intelligent and driven women and I’ve worked alongside them on some great projects, which has been a real privilege.  

“I would also advise anyone encountering inequality in the industry to call it out. I think a lot of bias is actually subconscious, so communication is key to education to help resolve inequality.

“I feel supported as a person working in this industry – rather than as a woman specifically. That’s down to the companies I’ve worked for and the positive cultures they promote, supporting men and women equally, which is exactly as it should be.” 

8th Lock site administrator Kelly O’Shea (39) moved to Dublin in 2018, and has since made a life and a career for herself in the city. 

Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part II

Kelly onsite at 8th Lock

“I love working for Ballymore, and it was hugely rewarding to see Dublin Landings – my first development with the company – come to fruition.

“I’ve long worked in what traditionally might be male-dominated sectors, working initially in oil and gas before moving to Ballymore in 2018 when I made the bold move to leave my home in Waterford to set up a new life for myself. 

“It was hard, as I moved into a house with people I didn’t know, and started making friends! Fast forward to 2023 and I’m working at 8th Lock, I’ve moved into a house with a woman who’s become a great friend, and I’ve even earned myself a regular place in the Clontarf FC Rugby Team.

Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part II

Kelly representing Clontarf on the rugby field

“It all comes down to belief in yourself and confidence. I knew I needed to make friends here so I plucked up the courage to walk into Clontarf and ask for a place. It’s a sport I knew and I used that to my advantage to establish a new social network for myself. It’s the same at work; I’ve just thrown myself into it, working as hard as I can and making new friends. 

“I’ve had my knocks though – and I don’t just mean on the rugby field! I certainly experienced inequality when I worked in the oil and gas sector. It was disheartening, but I think, and hope, things are changing now, and I’ve certainly never experienced anything that’s made me feel inferior while I’ve been at Ballymore, where I feel supported by all colleagues – men and women. 

“My way through the down times was just to always be unapologetically real; being myself has helped me earn the respect of others. Showing a willingness to learn and gain lots of experience helps too, and I’m lucky enough to have worked on a few of our developments overseeing the administration onsite – now splitting my weeks between 8th Lock and Seamount Rise in Malahide. It’s giving me the opportunity to meet more people and get involved in more of Ballymore’s work.”

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The case for the 15-minute city

The 15-minute city is not a new idea. But in recent weeks it has found itself in the middle of quite the controversy.

What has been a clever, human-centric urban planning model designed to better equip our neighbourhoods with day-to-day amenities within 15 minutes’ walk or cycle, news of Oxford’s traffic filter plans has led to the 15-minute city becoming a fully-fledged conspiracy theory – even finding its way into a conversation in the House of Commons. 

However, what seems to have got lost in the current noise is why it came into the mainstream in the first place. And, more importantly, why it’s a premise that is front of mind for developers, urban planners and architects alike when it comes to designing large-scale projects or considering adaptations to existing town and city centres. 

Covid-19 kickstarted a gear change in what people wanted and expected from their neighbourhoods, including a well-stocked high street, green space and good local amenities.

For those of us responsible for making places, we need to listen. And the 15-minute city seems a natural answer to the question of how to make this happen for communities.

So how should we be approaching the 15-minute city in the context of regeneration? As a starting point, successful walkable neighbourhoods need to be truly mixed-use, as the four pillars of the 15-minute city (proximity, diversity, density and ubiquity) underpins. 

The case for the 15-minute city

By doing so, the social, economic and environmental benefits are bountiful. Let’s take a real-life example - our west London regeneration scheme, The Brentford Project

It spans 11.8 acres between the high street and the river, but currently, there’s a huge disconnect between the two. Integral to the plans is reconnecting them, but rather than just filling the space with buildings, we’re doing so with pedestrianised streets and expansive areas of waterfront public realm – making the neighbourhood easier to navigate by foot and creating more organic opportunities to connect with the community. 

The importance of these kinds of spaces for locals to come together can’t be overstated and are fundamental in helping to foster the sense of community within walkable neighbourhoods.

The project is set to truly revitalise the area and encompasses all the elements of a 15-minute city. The Brentford Project is already home to classic car entrepreneur, Duke of London, alongside popular eateries Santa Maria Pizzeria, with the future retail offering to include over 50 new shops, boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

This activation of ground level will see the delivery of day-to-day amenities, including restaurants such as popular Sam’s Larder, market-leading retailers and traditional shops like a bakery, greengrocer and butcher as well as major supermarket chain, Morrison’s. The pedestrianised lanes and yards that run down to the waterfront are designed to house local independent retailers, artisans and craftspeople – meaning as wide a variety of amenities for residents and locals as possible. Not only that, but residents will also have access to a suite of impressive amenities, including a co-working space, swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and wellness studio, as well as abundant private and public outside space. 

The case for the 15-minute city

The wellbeing boost and higher physical activity levels that come from great access to green space, the time saved by having on-the-doorstep amenities, or the feeling of inclusivity and neighbourly support that comes with stronger community connections, is something we all deserve from where we live. While of course the principle in its entirety doesn’t work everywhere, and indeed there will always be people who do need to commute longer distances, some components of the 15-minute city can be applied almost everywhere. 

In the context of the way we live post-pandemic, the argument for taking a 15-minute city approach to development and centring a project around walkability and community – like that of The Brentford Project – is even more compelling, and seems a natural way forward in creating happier, healthier and more sustainable places to live. 

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Celebrating some of the great women of Ballymore: Part I

This week we are celebrating International Women’s Day, meeting just some of the great women who help make Ballymore the business it is today. 

We’ve selected some of our female colleagues in the UK and Ireland, sharing their stories throughout the week. Today, we start with Suzanne Hussey (42), who works as Project Manager in Dublin, and Lynnette Uzell – who works in our customer care team in London.

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Suzanne onsite at Dublin Landings

Here Suzanne, tells us about her work at Dublin Landings and her role outside of the office managing a farm and three children. 

“I’m really proud of the work I’ve achieved at Ballymore. When Dublin Landings completed last year, I think we all took a moment to acknowledge the sheer scale of delivering a transformational development like that – and doing it during Covid.

“It’s one of the many highlights of my career. I’m originally from County Meath, but lived in London for 10 years working in this industry; I took a swift detour to Switzerland a few years back for my husband’s job, but in 2016 we all moved back to Ireland, and in 2018 I began working at Ballymore.

“While we may have moved around a bit, the construction sector’s always been a constant in my life. I had my first job in the industry before I left college; the appeal of always having something to work towards excites me each day and I love meeting people and speaking to everyone involved in a project – from design teams to contracts managers to the people on the ground. 

“I’m lucky as I’ve always had a strong belief in myself and my place in this industry, but I know that it’s far from easy. Ours is a sector with a lot of inequality, though I’ve never experienced it directly, I’m acutely aware of its existence.

“Through hard work and tenacity, women have earned their place at this industry’s table, and the only way we’ll keep it is by being strong – ensuring that our opinions and voices are heard. The more diverse contributions there are, the more the industry will benefit.

“I’ve never shied away from speaking out, I think I’m a natural arbitrator and can bring people together in adversity. I don’t think it’s necessarily down to being a woman, it’s just who I am, but it thankfully fosters the productive working environments I’ve been lucky enough to experience throughout my career. 

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Suzanne at home on the farm

“I’m also fortunate enough to have support around me that allow me to address the problem faced by so many working mothers – managing a home and a career. I employ a great au pair – a brilliant woman who supports me and vice versa and our arrangement helps me perform on both fronts – at home and at Ballymore. It also means I have time to manage our subsistence farm where we have chickens and vegetable patches. 

“That entire home setup saves my sanity and allows me to flourish onsite – especially as we get ready to transform our new site at Bray where I’ll be project managing. I feel we’re on the cusp of something as special as Dublin Landings there and I can’t wait to get started.”  

53-year-old Lynnette Uzell helps customers move into their new Ballymore homes at The Brentford Project in London.  Here she tells her story… 

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Lynnette onsite at The Brentford Project

“I love working in property and construction. I’m lucky to have spent many years in this sector, working at Taylor Wimpey, Wilmott Dixon and now Ballymore. 

“I’m originally from Dublin, moving to London in the 1990s. When I first relocated my son was very young (he’s 28 now) and the workplace was much less flexible. I needed to work and be myself so I established a career in childcare. 

“As my son got older I trained as a counsellor; it was a challenging but meaningful area of work, and it made me realise that everything I do in life had to give me that same rewarding feeling. 

“That’s why I moved into customer care roles, something I particularly enjoy. Personally, I’ve never encountered any major obstacles as I’ve build up my career in property. It has its moments, but most colleagues I’ve met along the way treat me equally.

“That’s especially true of Ballymore, where I’m fortunate enough to work in a welcoming environment and treated as one of the team – there’s no issue because I’m a woman, and when I’m onsite I don’t feel different to anyone else.

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Lynnette taking time out of work

“I think the secret to earning that equality is to believe in yourself and just go for it. Immerse yourself in something you’re passionate about, gain qualifications that give you extra knowledge to succeed. One of my proudest achievements was completing my NVQ Level 4 in construction and engineering a couple of years ago, gaining some great technical skills that help me, our colleagues and our customers. It took a long time to complete – Covid didn’t help – but I’m so proud of what I achieved.”

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The London Festival of Architecture (LFA), in partnership with Ballymore, Barnet Council and Transport for London (TfL), has launched a new design competition, ‘More Edgware, Less Anywhere’.  Emerging architects, landscape architects and designers are invited to submit a proposal for a new public realm intervention in Edgware, re-introducing greening on the High Street.  

A century ago, Edgware train station once stood in a field, with green spaces and open countryside on its doorstep. However, the access routes to Edgware’s greenery have become obscured as the town has overgrown.

Applicants are asked to provide a creative design solution for a site-specific public realm intervention that introduces new greening in the town centre, while improving the visibility and permeability of Edgware’s existing green spaces, drawing on the place’s historical roots and improving the experience for residents and visitors.   

The project's key objectives are to deliver a design that celebrates the character and history of Edgware, introduces planting and greenery into Station Road in a way that integrates successfully with the bustling high street, and explores this year’s LFA theme of ‘In Common’. Designers should consider what people have in common when they gather in and use public spaces and the diversity of users and communities in Edgware. 

The council, in partnership with Ballymore and TfL, has an ambitious programme of town centre investment to create thriving town centres that people want to live, work and spend time in. This temporary intervention for the LFA will be an exploratory project, testing out some of the long-term ambitions for the area’s improvement which will be used to inform the wider work. 

‘More Edgware, Less Anywhere’ will be delivered in parallel with a programme of centenary celebrations for Edgware Town Centre, including a mural and series of shopfront windows installations. 

Interested applicants are invited to submit their proposals by midday on 22 February 2023. The winning team will be confirmed in late March. 

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The future of the town centre

Ballymore joined forces with international real estate journal Bisnow, hosting a debate on the future of the UK’s town centres and high streets.

A panel of renowned industry leaders joined guests from across the commercial real estate sector – including investors, owners, developers, consultants, and advisers. Together they looked at the future of urbanisation and the new asset classes fuelling economic growth. 

The event was structured around two panel debates. The first looked at the role of partnerships in regeneration, and how they can provide competitive returns to investors and the impact of the regeneration bill on urbanisation strategies; the second focused on the purpose and evolution of town centres. 

Ballymore’s Roger Black spoke on day; the company’s creative director, Roger has helped deliver sustainable new town centres at Ballymore neighbourhoods including Royal Wharf, The Brentford Project, as well as a future town centre scheme for Edgware. Reflecting on the event he said: “The macro economic challenges of recent years have adversely impacted the British high street, but this event allowed us to look beyond that viewpoint.

“These debates were filled with enthusiasm, ideas and expertise as we assessed what communities need – be that well-thought-out design, to repositioning assets and turning empty shops into usable spaces.

“We also focused on the role of private and public sector partnerships and the importance of collaboration in making the future high street a reality. This is a reality for Ballymore across many sites – including our partnership with Transport for London and Barnet Council at Edgware. 

“I enjoyed reflecting on our own work and that of peers across the sector; my thanks to everyone who contributed to a truly engaging day.” 

Peter Elliot, Head of Property Development at Ballymore partner TfL also spoke alongside Roger and added: “The purpose of town centres hasn't changed, but the physical representation has. Different formats of the traditional high street exist, but there has always been a profound interaction between the town centre and transport, and within that lies excellent opportunities. 

“A thriving high street has a constant blur between commercial, cultural or retail; a diverse mix is needed.”

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The construction industry faces major changes this year as the sector implements the new Building Safety Act – which drives a whole new safety regime for the construction industry

This week, trade journal Construction News hosted its Transforming Construction conference, helping industry leaders understand more about the impact of the changes, and incoming legislation.

Among those leading the discussions on the day was Ballymore’s Health and Safety Director, Bob Wolstenholme. Bob was part of a panel which helped delegates understand the regulatory changes needed to make construction safer, more productive and a digitally driven industry. 

Speaking at the event, he said: “The Building Safety Act will have a huge impact on our sector and it is imperative that industry leaders come together to collaborate, share knowledge and best practice to ensure that changes are smoothly and consistently implemented.

“It was also a chance to share the way we are doing things at Ballymore where we are innovating with new ideas and construction processes – from MMC in the form of Byldis panels at Wardian and London City Island, to using CarbonCure in our concrete in Dublin. 

Bob outlined how important digital technology is going forward in order to maintain a seamless flow of information. “Ballymore has invested more than half a million pounds over the past 18 months in new digital systems to ensure we can easily retrieve evidence to demonstrate we are meeting building safety standards.

“We are helping play our part in taking the industry forward and I valued the opportunity to share that while listening to others in our sector as we embrace what’s ahead.”

The Construction News event was formerly known as the CN Summit. Now in its 10th year it was attended by delegates from across the country, with other debates looking at emerging market challenges to make better data-driven decisions.

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Celebrating Europe’s best towns and cities at London City Island

Ballymore’s London City Island played host to The Academy of Urbanism’s Great Place Urbanism Awards, welcoming architects, designers and other guests to the area.

Hosted in person for the first time since 2019, the awards celebrated the best developments across the UK and beyond. Winners included Trieste in Northern Italy awarded European City of the Year, The Piece Hall in Halifax won The Great Place 2022 accolade; Perth and Kinross Council was crowned the Great Street 2022 award for Mill Street in Perth. 

The title of Great Town 2022 was awarded to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for their work in Dún Laoghaire in Dublin while Govanhill in Glasgow won the Great Neighbourhood 2022 accolade. 

Judges opted to host the awards at London City Island to “offer a fresh twist on the Awards Ceremony”. Organisers said they wanted to “embrace interesting new urbanism as part of our Great Places celebration”, exploring the Island’s “striking” cultural landscape. 

Tony Reddy, Academy of Urbanism Director said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response to the concept of having added a feature of a visit to London City Island to coincide with the Annual Academy of Urbanism Awards Ceremony.

"Site tours and a welcome from key project representatives from Ballymore and Glenn Howells Architects in conjunction with experience of being at the Sean Mulryan Centre, the new home of the English National Ballet, led to this being an extremely interesting day for members attending the event ceremony. The ambience was enhanced by the sight of performers dotted around getting ready for auditions on the site of the new place that is called City Island. It is also a reminder that Arts and Culture are an essential element in creating good urbanism."

Insight into the Island was given thanks to tours from architects from Glenn Howells, and Ballymore’s Roger Black. Together, the pair shared the story of the evolution of the area and taking the site from a disused industrial site into a new place for people and businesses.   

Guests also listened to a session given by representatives from European finalist cities – Málaga, Mechelen, and Trieste – as well as readings from poet-in-residence Ian McMillan who had crafted 15 poems for the 2022 finalists. 

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Ballymore helps celebrate Britain’s beautiful new buildings

Tintagel Castle Footbridge in Cornwall – the legendary home of King Arthur - was crowned the overall winner of the inaugural Building Beauty Awards hosted by the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust and sponsored by Ballymore.  

Launched this year, the awards celebrate buildings, engineering structures and urban landscaping schemes that ‘add beauty to Britain’s built environment’.

Stephen Bayley, the awards’ founder, judge and acclaimed architecture critic, set out his ambition for the awards last year, saying “It is my hope that these awards will capture the public’s imagination and celebrate creative excellence in a way that has never been done before, but which has never been more relevant.”

Ballymore's Chairman and Chief Executive Sean Mulryan, who also sits on the Trust’s advisory panel, was among the guests at the prestigious awards ceremony which was held at Bloomberg’s European headquarters in the City of London. 

The overall award, Tintagel Castle Footbridge, was designed by William Matthews Associates and Ney & Partners.  The 70-metre-long bridge was opened by King Charles in 2020 and links the two separate halves of the Castle for the first time in more than 500 years.  It won the praise from the judges who applauded the architects’ response to the site’s challenging location. 

Other winners included Manchester’s Tower of Light, the Illuminated River project in London and McGrath Road in Stratford.

The awards were judged by a prominent panel of design names including the Trust’s president, Lord Foster who presented the awards and programme director of the World Architecture Festival, Paul Finch.  

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Goodluck Hope has won a Gold accolade at this year’s WhatHouse? Awards – one of the property industry’s most prestigious ceremonies.

At the annual event, held in London on 18 November, Goodluck Hope was crowned winner of the Best Luxury Development category. 

Judges commended the “incredibly exciting luxury riverfront development”, calling it “a real community”. They went on to praise its connectivity, amenities, public realm, as well as an aesthetic that is in keeping with local style, saying it “remains faithful in the area’s rich maritime heritage”. 

The news comes just weeks after Ballymore’s success at another acclaimed awards ceremony; in September the company was named Homebuilder of the Year at the British Homes Awards, with Goodluck Hope picking up the Best Development accolade. 

Speaking of the news, Ballymore’s group managing director John Mulryan said: “I am incredibly proud of this run of recognition for Goodluck Hope, a development which has created an entirely new community on the Leamouth Peninsula – extending our work at neighbouring London City Island and giving more people a chance to live, work and enjoy life here.

“Congratulations to everyone on the Ballymore team who has contributed to the success of Goodluck Hope.”

Ballymore has won seven awards in 2022 – three of them for Goodluck Hope. The company’s work in Ireland was also recognised this year as Dublin Landings received an Urban Design and Architecture Award. You can see the full list of Ballymore awards here.  

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London’s first community concert hall in more than a decade has opened at Embassy Gardens, as charity World Heart Beat launches a new, accessible venue for local people.

A new cultural anchor for Nine Elms, the facility will enable World Heart Beat to build on its existing track record of providing accessible music education. The space will be open to all, and features a state-of-the-art recording studio, teaching spaces, an outside broadcast studio, and a café/bar. At its heart is an auditorium – the first in the UK to be equipped with the revolutionary 360-degree d&b immersive Soundscape EnScene system which ensures each audience member experiences the same exceptional quality of sound, regardless of their position in the hall. 

The facility was formally opened with a series of launch events attended by Baroness Floella Benjamin, eminent jazz artist Julian Joseph OBE, the Mayor of Wandsworth, and Cllr Kemi Akinola – Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for Culture who said: "I was delighted to be at the opening of this fantastic venue for World Heart Beat with state-of-the-art facilities that will help so many of our young people to fulfil their potential, regardless of their circumstances.

“This music centre also gives our communities the chance to participate in the cultural life of the borough and builds a strong future for creative industries choosing to make Wandsworth their home.”

World Heart Beat was first established in London in 2008, with a mission to make music accessible, transforming lives through lessons, workshops and events. Speaking of the new venue the charity’s founder Sahana Gero MBE added: "We are honoured to be opening up World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens to add to the vibrancy and excitement around the new Nine Elms area. It is such a privilege to be able to contribute to the community with a state-of-the-art boutique concert hall and a music education facility. 

“Music brings everyone together, it brings joy by linking communities and breaking down political, economic and cultural barriers. We would like to think of World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens as an inspiring place to be, a citadel for musical aspirations and achievement. A welcoming home for all."

In her quest to get people through the doors of the venue, a programme of events has already been announced; renowned artists are scheduled to perform from January – including Julian Joseph, as well as jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen, Cuban-born violinist Omar Puente, saxophonist and flautist Tony Kofi, Indian classical musician Kamal Sabri, Russian-born British concert pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, winner of the BBC Young Musician brass category in 2016 Ben Goldscheider, and piano trio Amatis Trio. 

World Heart Beat will also host regular classes and areas for local young people to learn; the space has been designed by Rory Aitkenhead ARB, director of ra-l architects, with cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities that will enable the charity to introduce young people to a huge breadth of music industry skills whilst also providing an unparalleled experience for artists and audiences. 

World Heart Beat’s mission is to provide opportunities for all, and welcomes any young person interested in learning music. This commitment sees them providing bursaries and free instruments to more than half of the students that come through their door; this will directly benefit thousands of young people, particularly welcoming young those living in challenging circumstances, and on the neighbouring communities on the Patmore, Savona, Carey Gardens, Doddington and Rollo Estates. To find out more, and to book tickets for the first confirmed shows, click here.

Putting music at the beating heart of Embassy Gardens

Photo credit: Stephen Berkeley White, World Heart Beat

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Sean Mulryan, Ballymore’s Chairman and Chief Executive, and Stephen Bayley Hon FRIBA, Chairman of The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, planted the first of nine elm trees in the Nine Elms Park at Embassy Gardens, as part of ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’ and in memory of the late Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  

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Stephen Bayley, Chairman of The Trust, is a British author, critic, columnist, consultant, broadcaster, debater and curator... since the 1980’s he has been referred to as the ‘design guru’.

He was the founding Director of ‘The Boilerhouse Project’ – Britain’s first permanent exhibition of design, at the V&A, which evolved into the unique Design Museum in London, with Stephen Bayley as its Chief Executive, and which was opened by Margaret Thatcher in 1989. 

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  • Ballymore experts appointed to help shape the future of London
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Development Director, Steve Tennant and Development Manager, Michelle Burton have both been appointed to the New London Architecture’s (NLA’s) expert panels for High Streets and Public Realm, respectively. 

Steve has a wealth of knowledge to share in this new role including 30 years’ experience leading mixed-use projects with a combined GDV in excess of £6 billion both in the UK and internationally, including projects in Paris, Berlin, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest. In addition to leading Ballymore’s development team, he is currently leading on a major regeneration in Edgware town centre, establishing a BID and other regeneration activities. 

As a member of the High Streets Expert Panel he will focus on how the built environment sector can adapt successfully and promote the recovery of London’s town centres and high streets. 

Since graduating in architecture in 2013, Michelle has been involved in a range of projects in the property industry. At Ballymore, she has worked across the EcoWorld Ballymore ACE portfolio, comprising mixed-tenure projects at Wardian London in Canary Wharf, London City Island on Leamouth Peninsula in East London and Embassy Gardens in the new Nine Elms area of London. Currently, Michelle is working on the redevelopment of a brownfield site in the heart of Stratford in conjunction with London Legacy Development Company. 

Michelle joins the Public Realm Expert Panel which will focus on safety, diversity, and wellbeing in the public realm; accessibility to and management of green and blue open spaces; and best practice in placemaking through new and existing public spaces to support London’s recovery and resilience. 

Michelle is part of the NLA Next Gen initiative which identifies and supports young talent from across the industry, championing the professional development of the built environment’s future leaders.  

Speaking on their appointments, Steve and Michelle said: “We’re delighted to be joining the NLA’s expert panels. It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of these insightful conversations to help shape the future of high streets and the public realm.” 

Steve and Michelle pick up the reins from Projects Director Simon Ryan who represented Ballymore on the NLA’s Public Realm Expert Panel during 2021/22.

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  • Ballymore picks up two British Homes Awards
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Ballymore picks up two British Homes Awards

The British Homes Awards has crowned Ballymore its 2022 Homebuilder of the Year at its annual ceremony at the Londoner Hotel, Leicester Square on 30 September.

Ballymore also won Development of the Year Award (over 100 homes) for Goodluck Hope, its industrial-inspired, residential-led community creating an island neighbourhood of 841 homes on Leamouth Peninsula, including apartments, lofts and townhouses, set between a series of landscaped courtyards and slipways. 

The judges panel commended Ballymore's latest victory commenting: “This is a major achievement on what is a very constrained site… The whole process has been well considered and the outcome is impressive.”

The annual event celebrates excellence in British housebuilding, from architectural and interior design through to build quality and innovation and from one-off houses to major developments. 

This success takes Ballymore’s total awards this year to five. Royal Wharf was awarded a RIBA London accolade earlier this year, while Three Snowhill in Birmingham won the British Council for Offices’ Winning Workplace Award. Dublin Landings, our one million square foot workspace-led mixed-use development in Dublin, won an urban design award and architecture award.  

Reflecting on the news, Ballymore’s group managing director John Mulryan said:

“We are delighted to win not just one but two awards! The British Homes Awards are highly regarded in our sector and these accolades are testament to the work we do creating fantastic new communities in both the UK and Ireland.

“Congratulations goes to not only those involved in our Goodluck Hope development, but to everyone at Ballymore for the part they play in helping us deliver exemplary neighbourhoods where people want to live, work and belong.”

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Having weathered the pandemic, small businesses are squaring up to the fresh challenges of the cost of living crisis and the UK’s 5 million or more artisan makers, café owners, creatives, street food chefs and entrepreneurs are applying their imagination and innovation to keep on attracting customers. 

Ballymore is a major supporter of small businesses through the commercial space and events in its neighbourhoods; these provide platforms for new and growing businesses, as well as giving the public the chance to meet distinctive and often local craftspeople and snap up extra-special products.

September’s Summer Fête at Royal Wharf Park, in east London, demonstrates just how important that platform can be for micro and small businesses. The event, organised by Ballymore with its events management partner Ace Events, brought together local artists and small business owners in a bustling art and craft market, alongside street food and drinks vendors, musicians and entertainers and local sports clubs. 

Those showing their wares included actor and ceramicist Hephzibah Roe, who found eager buyers, particularly for the 8oz coffee cups and plates made by the HR Ceramics business she established last year in Hackney. “Local events and markets are great for a small business like mine - it’s lovely getting to know not only the other market holders but also the local people from the area,” she says. “I am the sole operator of my business and part of my ethos is to bring joy in the usage of everyday items - I love making them and it’s great to see them go to a happy home!”

Jasmine Boadi delighted the senses of fête visitors with her MEFIYE luxury home fragrance brand. Jasmine’s east London studio, also established last year, sells products inspired by her Ghanaian heritage and UK upbringing mainly online, and for the fête she brought her core collection of fragranced soy wax candles and market tested a new range of Mini (votive) candles. “With our current primary product category being fragrance, encouraging customers to ‘blind buy’ online, without previous experience of the scents or the stories behind them, can sometimes be a challenge,” she explains. “So, events such as the Royal Wharf Summer Fête are key for us to hear from attendees and gain immediate insights into which products work for those new customers and why, so that we can continue to improve and grow as a brand.” 

Fête visitors clearly loved the products. “We completely sold out of our DUA Mini candle,” she says. “I was very lucky to have our studio based not too far away from the fête’s location so I could do a quick re-stock - or two - during the event.”

Another of the fete’s success stories is Sleepgoddess, a brand of vegan silk accessories and aromatherapy products designed to promote a better night’s sleep. “My Beauty Sleep Shower Steaming Salts were very popular at the fête and were sold out! That was very exciting for me,” says business founder Laurelle Darroux. The products, made using natural ingredients and wrapped in eco packaging, are created by Laurelle at her Dagenham home, where she began her business in 2020 after redundancy. “It is so important for me to get in front of the local community to engage with them and present my product to receive feedback that I can use to further develop my business,” she says of the fete. The interaction with visitors resulted in online orders too, and Laurelle says the event, “has also been useful in building my small business network, as I interacted with other vendors and got and shared useful advice”.

Craft markets and online are key sales routes for Henrieta Kolecani’s natural, plant based candles, room scents, body products and handmade ceramics, the latter made to order. Her La Scent business focuses on natural, recyclable and recycled low carbon footprint products and production, and those eco-credentials encouraged customers to talk and buy, she says. “My bestsellers were my Enchanting Spa range, which nearly sold out,” she adds. “Royal Wharf Summer Fete is a wonderful way to bring the community together; it is a fun day enjoyed by everybody.”

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One of Dublin’s largest scale open-air art exhibitions was unveiled on Sheriff Street today. Ballymore’s Dublin Arch Murals aim to make art accessible to all using eight up-and-coming, local, and established artists to create large-scale dramatic work. 

Well-known artists such as Solus, Shane Ha, Kiki Na, Duc Pham, and local artists & creatives including Rebecca Kehoe and Tara Kearns created pieces along with Sheriff Street after-school group ASESP. The images are a mix of printed graphics and painted artwork and will be in situ for the public to view for the next two years. 

The artwork will be displayed on hoardings currently around the Dublin Arch site on Sheriff Street and Oriel Street, connected to Connolly Railway Station in Dublin. When completed, the mixed-use development will include homes and offices, retail spaces, a café, food market, and new facilities for the Docklands Boxing Club and St. Joseph’s O’Connell GAA Club. Also included is over 7,000sq m of public open space and over 2000 bicycle parking spaces for residents, visitors, and workers. 

 

Sheriff Street Open Air Art Exhibition launched

Leading the project is Art Director Fionnuala Halpin who is working with children and youth groups in the locality and has vast experience in civic art projects and youth work in communities. She is also an accomplished artist in her own right and has a passion for making art more accessible to the public. 

Speaking about the exhibition Fionnuala says, “With this project, we are taking the constraints of a gallery away and making art more accessible to the community. There has been no real focus on art in the inner city in any consistent way, so this is a great way to highlight our local talent and hopefully bring an arts centre to the community in the future.

“Public art reflects society and can strengthen the sense of place by being site-specific. It is a communal activity that can reach a wide variety of people. It can be engaging, inspiring, and challenging and can help stimulate conversation between a diverse range of individuals and groups.”

Tara Kearns’ is an up-and-coming expressionist artist from Sheriff Street, gaining notoriety for her paintings of real people from the community and issues such as homelessness. Working two jobs, Tara got into IADT in Dun Laoghaire and graduated with a First-Class degree. She has gone on to showcase her work at a solo show at Trinity College where she depicted disabled leaders from the university to mark Disability Week and she also took part in the long-standing Five Lamps festival. In art college, she felt there was a stigma about being from Sheriff Street and this is something that she has carried with her all her life. She felt that art was something for the ‘wealthy’ and those who had the education to understand it, and this is something she wants to change through her work.  

Speaking about the project and her local community Tara said, “Growing up my mam sacrificed a lot for me to realise my dream as an artist. To have my work displayed here in my community alongside some of these great artists is a really proud moment! I am determined to show the positive side of Dublin’s inner city. 

I regularly have young people asking how they can paint and draw ‘like me’ so the chance to do more teaching and workshops here would be great. I invite all who have never been to this area of Dublin to come and visit and look at this beautiful art and see our strong sense of community.” 

Locals from the Sheriff Street area were delighted to see the exhibitions being created and colour the installations are bringing to the vicinity. Many expressed their appreciation with local resident Fiona Byrne commenting: “We are delighted to see this arrival of creativity and local artists to the area. Sheriff Street is often forgotten area of the city and this artwork is a great addition of colour to the street. It’s lovely to see them all come together.”

Ballymore is a developer with vast and varied experience, acknowledged as pioneers of some of Europe’s largest regeneration projects. Art and culture is a key part of its developments.

Chairman and Group Chief Executive, Ballymore, Sean Mulryan officially unveiled the murals today and said, “The arts, culture, and design are essential to our lives and to our wellbeing. We must appreciate the significance of the arts to our quality of life, and we always ensure it is within the places that we are developing. This project offers inspiring examples of how individual artists can make a difference and we look forward to building our relationships with these artists further as Dublin Arch progresses.” 

You can watch a film of the exhibition coming together here

Sheriff Street Open Air Art Exhibition launched
Artist Artwork on show 
SolusRise up of two ballerinas with boxing gloves representing the strength and power of women. 
Kiki Na Image of a friend representing women’s strength. She is wearing a beret as a symbol of revolution or empowerment. 
Tara Kearns Image of the local area and the Five Lamps landmark
Rebecca Kehoe Photo of Off the Rails - street art jam on nearby Railway Street. The girls are from Francesca Arkins House of Lyrical in nearby Sean McDermott St
Kayde MiddletonNostalgic photorealistic portrait of children walking down Sherriff Street and portrait of Jim Sheridan who is from Sherriff Street
23mGraphicsCommunity piece with the after-schools and education project on Sherriff St.
Shane HaImage of James Joyce representing his love for Dublin’s inner city, the real-life inspiration behind some of his most celebrated writing
Duc Pham Self portrait 

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Ballymore and Transport for London (TfL)’s commercial property company, TTL Properties Ltd (TTLP) have formally committed to combine their landholdings in Edgware. Working with the London Borough of Barnet, they will deliver their shared vision of a reimagined town centre with a thriving high street on Station Road open to all.

The 7.5-acre Broadwalk Shopping Centre, acquired by Ballymore in 2020, is key to unlocking the regeneration of the town centre. By working with TfL, which owns much of the neighbouring land including the bus station and bus garages, the project will be able to reach its full potential. The development will deliver an improved bus station as well as garages and will make it even easier to travel around Edgware while accessing the main shopping and residential areas. Ballymore will hold a majority stake in the strategic partnership.

The town centre is popular, diverse and valued, providing extensive shopping, cafes, restaurants and services for communities in both Barnet and the adjacent London Borough of Harrow. Edgware’s local economy is largely reliant on the commercial success of its high street retailers and offices which, like many town centres and high streets nationally, have come under pressure leading to an increase in the closure of anchor shops and, in some areas, resulting in dilapidated building frontages and anti-social behaviour. 

John Mulryan, Group Managing Director at Ballymore, said: “We have long been committed to partnerships, working successfully with organisations to create new homes and mixed-use communities across London.

“Edgware, with its amenities and public transport connections, is a town with huge potential, but the changing face of the high street requires a new approach. We are looking forward to collaborating with TfL and Barnet Council to deliver our shared vision of creating an outstanding place for modern urban living, with thriving commerce, new and integrated public spaces, improved connectivity and public transport, new leisure and cultural offerings and a variety of new homes.” 

Peter Elliott, Head of Property Development at Transport for London, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Ballymore and working with the local community to revitalise Edgware town centre. Together we will be delivering high-quality new homes and improved retail space alongside other benefits for the local community, including better transport facilities, public realm and community and leisure amenities.”

Since acquiring the site in 2020, Ballymore has undertaken extensive public consultation to gain a thorough understanding of local opinion on the existing town centre and its future, working with TfL. Furthermore, alongside the London Borough of Barnet, both Ballymore and TfL are founding members of a Town Centre Steering Group which seeks to improve the appearance, vitality and with a long-term ambition of establishing a business improvement district (BID), whereby the numerous local businesses can invest together to improve the local trading environment. 

Stephen McDonald, Director for Growth at Barnet Council, added: “We are pleased to see this project take another step forward – a crucial part of the council’s overall plans to reinforce and enhance Edgware’s status as a major town centre to better serve the needs of those living and working here.”

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Ballymore has today (29 July) submitted planning permission to Dublin City Council to regenerate and open the gates of the historic St. James’s Gate site to become the ‘Guinness Quarter’ – a world class, modern, and dynamic urban neighbourhood in Dublin 8.

Ballymore, in close collaboration with Diageo, has developed a masterplan for St. James’s Gate that brings this vision to life by creating a seamless union of residential living, community, entrepreneurship, creativity, sustainability, commerce, culture and public space, while retaining the site’s unique built heritage, complemented by the very best of carefully considered architecture and urban design. The masterplan has been sensitively shaped and designed by taking its direction from the fabric, heights and massing of the existing brewery site and its environs.

The main features of the plan include:

  • A network of fixed and flexible inside and outside spaces for culture and community use including a flexible multi-use space that can cater for a variety of uses, such as a c.300 seated performance format.
  • More than 2 acres of landscaped public spaces.
  • A vibrant and exciting Food Hall that will be a landmark destination for people to taste and experience the best of regional, national, and international cuisine.
  • A marketplace to showcase local, regional, and national producers and creators.
  • Commercial workspaces designed to cater for a sustainable mix of large, medium, and small enterprises.
  • 336 homes, with a mix including one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The scheme includes homes to buy, homes to rent and social homes.  The ambition is for the Iveagh Trust to be the social housing partner.
  • The site includes bicycle parking infrastructure with 2,000 bicycle parking spaces in the heart of the development.
  • Hotel accommodation to cater for both the leisure and business visitors to the area.
  • The refurbishment, repurposing, and extension of heritage structures and the retention of key conservation features.


As a pioneer of some of Europe’s largest regeneration projects, Ballymore will bring its vast and varied experience to this landmark development for the city. Sean Mulryan, Group Chairman and Chief Executive of Ballymore, said: “This is modern, sensitive and highly sustainable urban design at its best and Ballymore is honoured to be a custodian of the site’s heritage, while adding the next layer of history and legacy to this important area of Dublin. 

“By balancing new and carefully considered interventions with heritage buildings, which are being repurposed and given a new lease of life, our vision is that St. James’s Gate will be among the finest examples of sustainable urban development, protecting the cultural, community, social, and industrial legacy of this part of Dublin 8 and the Liberties. It will be a development that everyone in Dublin will be proud of and enjoy,” he added. 

Barry O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Diageo Ireland said; “The history and heritage of Guinness and St. James’s Gate for Dublin and the local community is hugely important. It is a unique and special place. The plan that has been created respects this historic community while also transforming it into one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in Europe.

“This allows us to continue our centuries old brewing operations in Dublin 8 while also developing the area into a truly modern place to live, work and play. We have engaged extensively with the local community to develop this plan and look forward to further conversation as we take the next step on the journey towards creating the Guinness Quarter.”

Ballymore and Diageo have placed sustainability at the heart of their proposals for Guinness Quarter. The joint ambition is to create Dublin’s first operational zero-carbon district that respects both the wider community and the natural environment.

This vision for the Guinness Quarter has been strongly influenced by extensive engagement with the local community since 2017, including over 120 local community groups, public representatives, local businesses, and many others. 

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Ballymore has formed a 50/50 joint venture partnership with The London Legacy Development Company (LLDC), to bring new homes, jobs and amenities to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

Together, the pair will deliver the transformation of two waterfront sites, one adjacent to the emerging East Bank community, one of the most exciting new cultural and educational districts in the world. 

The partners will create almost 1,200 much-needed new homes – 575 at Bridgewater Triangle (50% affordable) and 600 at Stratford Waterfront (35% affordable) – and ground floor retail spaces. The homes will comprise a range of tenures and typologies, including townhouses and lateral and duplex apartments. 

Stratford Waterfront is a 0.96ha (2.4 acres) brownfield site located in the south of the Park. It is adjacent to East Bank which, when completed, will provide new spaces for BBC Music, Sadler’s Wells, V&A and UAL’s London College of Fashion. The site is bounded by Waterworks River and Carpenters Road.

Bridgewater Triangle is also a brownfield site which extends to 2.4ha (c.5.9 acres) and is bounded by Waterworks River, The Greenway and Pudding Mill Allotments. 

The two sites will deliver high-quality residential developments set in the incredible natural environment of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Residents will be surrounded by global sporting and cultural attractions, revitalised waterways, parkland and new emerging neighbourhoods, with superb transport links to central London and the capital's airports. Two newly established business districts at Here East and International Quarter London are attracting thousands of jobs to the area.

Rosanna Lawes, LLDC Executive Director of Development, said: “We are hugely excited to enter this partnership with Ballymore and to build on what has already been achieved over the last 10 years. 

“Ballymore brings great expertise and proven regeneration credentials to help create thriving new communities with well designed, sustainable homes to meet all needs.” 

Ballymore will now bring its own cultural expertise to the area; the developer has a track record in pioneering regeneration programmes across the capital, each of them anchored by cultural institutions and independent businesses. 

Group Managing Director John Mulryan hopes this approach can be replicated within the new development and adds: “LLDC has been instrumental in creating and attracting some of the biggest cultural and educational names to East Bank.  We are delighted to be partnering with LLDC, supporting the regeneration and delivery of homes in this special and inspiring destination that puts community and culture at its heart.

“Ballymore has been strategically focused on large-scale strategic partnerships with public bodies and this joint venture aligns with that goal.”

The JV hopes to complete the residential development at Stratford Waterfront and Bridgewater Triangle by 2028. 

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  • Goodluck Hope awarded “best place to live” at the Building London Planning Awards
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Goodluck Hope awarded “best place to live” at the Building London Planning Awards

Ballymore’s Goodluck Hope development at East London’s Leamouth peninsula won “Best place to live” at this year’s Building London Planning Awards.

London’s Deputy Mayor Jules Pipe presented the award to Ballymore and specialist planners Rolfe Judd at the event held on 20 July at City Hall.

The judging panel said they “were particularly impressed by this entry, which embraced its location to create not only a sense of place and community, but in seeking to ensure that Goodluck Hope becomes a destination in its own right.”

The panel added: “Ballymore and their team have created a little gem at the mouth of the River Lea where previously there was a desolate industrial wasteland – if you want to see great placemaking, go visit.”

Simon Ryan and Matt Stone, both projects directors at Ballymore, said: “Ballymore has delivered a new neighbourhood that is all-encompassing, captivating and inspiring, and one that opens up the riverfront for everyone.

“Having transformed Leamouth North with the creation of London City Island - fast-becoming one of London’s leading arts and cultural destinations- Goodluck Hope, just a three-minute walk away, completes the landscape at Leamouth Peninsula, making the whole island area a landmark in riverside living.”

The development was designed by Allies and Morrison with specialist input from planning consultancy Rolfe Judd.

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    Photo credit: Lara Kinneir, London School of Architecture

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Helping future design talent evolve new ideas in London

Ballymore sponsored the London School of Architecture’s Summer Design Charrette this month – helping connect the design community with emerging talent as they seek to address critical urban challenges. 

The Summer Design Charrette involved architects and others from non-design backgrounds teaming up with students and the London Borough of Hackney to work on a live project, testing ideas and making recommendations for a new development site in the borough.

Participants made site visits and engaged with other groups throughout the two-day process – sharing ideas and debating topics such as the impact of sun and light, how to create play spaces for all, and creating spaces for music groups. The event concluded with students and architects giving presentations to the charrette groups at Hackney Town Hall.

Speaking at the event, Ballymore’s Creative Director Roger Black said: “Good design is at the forefront of everything Ballymore does. It was refreshing to see the new LSA graduates working alongside experienced practitioners and interdisciplinary experts who all brought different perspectives to the table. There was a healthy exchange of ideas and topics of discussion around how to create a sustainable community space for the residents of Hackney.”

A charrette is a meeting which provides a platform for schools of architecture and their students to showcase their talent and creativity, as well as providing an opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively on a ‘live’ project in a team environment. They are hosted regularly by the design community to provoke new ideas and techniques; speaking of the process, the LSA’s director Lara Kinneir added: “The LSA seeks to fuel and find new ways to design the city, responding to the constantly evolving social, economic, and environmental conditions.

“The summer design charrette allowed us to bring together newly graduated LSA students with practitioners and interdisciplinary experts to do just that and we are hugely grateful to Ballymore for sponsoring the event.” 

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