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’
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.”
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.”
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."
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.”
English National Ballet’s new complex on London City Island is making its debut this September, with the ballet company and English National Ballet School moving into their new home and its doors opening to the public for Open House London and the local Unity Arts Festival.
With its poise and precision, the new building has much in common with the dancers now practising their plies inside. The realisation of this exceptional project has relied on a series of creative collaborations, involving Ballymore, the English National Ballet (ENB) and its artistic director Tamara Rojo and Glenn Howells Architects.
The project grew from early dialogue between developer and ballet company. “The idea was pitched to English National Ballet before our design team began putting our concepts to work,” explains Glenn Howells, founder and director of Glenn Howells Architects. In evolving its design thinking the architect explored best practice with a fact-finding mission to top dance facilities in the USA. “Our proposals had to satisfy an amalgamation of two bar-raising briefs: the Ballymore brief of a new island community with culture at its heart, and the ENB brief which was both spatially and technically demanding,” adds Howells.
"Proposals had to satisfy an amalgamation of two bar-raising briefs: the Ballymore brief of a new island community with culture at its heart, and the ENB brief which was both spatially and technically demanding”
For London City Island, the architect has designed a series of residential buildings with colourful glazed brick exteriors, but its solution for the ballet complex couldn’t be more different. The ENB’s building, which nestles in the heart of the residential community, is clad in Linit u-channel glass, giving a milky white translucent skin that allows glimpses of movement inside and transforms the building into a beacon when illuminated by night. Clear glazing around the base of the building and large windows reveal the day-to-day workings of the ballet company. “The windows in the dance studios are also impressive, using the largest pieces of glass I have ever seen,” says Howells. “There were only a few manufacturers in the world who could make them, and they had to be delivered from Spain.”
On the inside the building has 93,000 sq ft of world class space, dedicated to the development of the company’s ballet and artists. Facilities include a production studio with flytower, where ENB can rehearse productions with full set and lighting, seven rehearsal studios, a costume workshop with dye room and shoe room, two learning and engagement spaces, hydrotherapy pool, gym and pilates studio, a green room and changing rooms, and café and exhibition space. The school has its own space on the fourth and fifth floors, which includes three rehearsal studios, lecture theatre, its gym and green room. Internal windows look from the school into the company’s rehearsal studios, giving students views of classes, rehearsal and the creation of new work.
"On the inside the building has 93,000 sq ft of world class space, dedicated to the development of the company’s ballet and artists."
ENB’s artistic director, Tamara Rojo, has worked closely with the project’s design team to shape the space. “I suppose this level of engagement with design comes with the territory of someone so creative. Tamara is one of the smartest, most energetic people I have met,” says Howells.
This special project has, Howells says, been hugely rewarding, “It’s certainly been challenging but also an absolute joy of a project to work on.” The general public will be able to see the end result for themselves when the building opens for a series of events as part of the Open House London architectural event and Unity Arts Festival. Unity Arts Festival is returning to Leamouth Peninsula after a successful launch in 2018, and will once again be hosting a programme of dance, art and music across London City Island, Trinity Buoy Wharf and Goodluck Hope.
Both events are taking place over the weekend of 21 and 22 September 2019, when visitors will have the opportunity to tour the new facilities, take part in a family dance workshop, hear assistant artistic coordinator Jennie Harrington talk about how the company works, watch an open rehearsal or even take part in classes. Most of these events are now sold out, but the venue has a full calendar of classes ahead and there are plenty more activities at Unity Arts Festival, including film screenings from soon-to-be tenants London Film School, animation workshops with resident Tim Allen and storyboard workshops in collaboration with Royal Drawing School. Check out the full programme here.
Annual dragon boat racing competition the Dragons at The Docks is a key date in the Irish property industry’s calendar and a vital fundraiser for a number of extremely worthy causes. But this year’s event won’t be taking place in its conventional venue of Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, because large-scale live events continue to be limited by pandemic precautions.
So in place of the live event, this year the organisers have come up with an ingenious virtual contest that encourages participants to get active while raising money for good causes. For 2021 the competition is setting teams the challenge of walking, crawling, running, rowing or cycling the almost 10,000km distance from Dublin to Hong Kong, the home of dragon boat racing itself. For this special virtual contest, progress towards the destination will be tracked via the Strava fitness app.
Participating teams, which can have up to 20 members, just have to sign up to take part, pledge to hit the competition’s fundraising target and make the virtual journey by 26 August.
The competition benefits five charities based in Ireland, including homelessness charity Dublin Simon Community, Aware – which supports sufferers of depression – the Alone charity for the elderly, ISPCC – the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - and Women’s Aid. The event has been bringing Ireland’s property industry together to do good since 2017, so far raising more than €893,000 for local charities.
Ballymore is supporting the event and there’s the opportunity for colleagues to take part by signing up here. It’s a great way to give others a helping hand.
There’s more to making a place than constructing new homes, office buildings and community amenities. New places don’t truly take shape until they are bustling with people keen to make the most of their surroundings and what they have to offer. That’s why developer Ballymore organises events that bring people and vibrancy to its new neighbourhoods.
This summer, our east London developments London City Island and near neighbour Goodluck Hope are hosting major events that will delight sports fans, cinema-goers and gourmets alike.
London City Island is home to a summer of fun with the Islander Festival taking place from 27 June to 10 September. The community-focused festival is currently showing free screenings of the Wimbledon tennis championship and will also be featuring family-friendly blockbuster movie screenings, running from July 12-18.
Screenings are taking place on a 15 metre square screen in London City Island’s Hopewell Square, under a covered marquee with open sides to keep the audience protected from unseasonal weather. Local businesses will even be providing snacks and drinks for the screenings, including homemade gourmet popcorn, ice cream sandwiches, mojito ice lollies and English and international wines. With street food markets – plus added live music performances - also taking place on July 24 and 30, August 13 and 27, and September 3 and 10, there’ll be plenty of life at London City Island over the summer months. You can also watch the Wimbledon finals here in style with our hampers for two. Each hamper includes these quintessentially British items, a Bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, strawberries & cream, assorted tea sandwiches, traditional cakes and x2 reserved seats at The Islander’s Wimbledon Championship Finals 2021. To book yours click here. Please note, orders close three days before the final so get them whilst you can!
At Goodluck Hope from July 14-17 a gastronomy festival is the main event, featuring top chef Scott Hallsworth, the former head chef of Michelin starred restaurant Nobu. Called GASTRONOMY@Goodluck Hope, the dining pop up will be housed in a glass pavilion fronting the River Thames, where diners will be able to enjoy Hallsworth’s Japanese-inspired, six course tasting menu. The menu will include such dishes as Singapore chilli crab and avocado wonton ‘bombs’, beer marinated rib-eye tataki, and Nanyang coffee brulees with coffee crumble, making it truly a gourmet experience.
Tickets for GASTRONOMY@Goodluck Hope are £60 per person – including the set menu and welcome drink - and are available to purchase here.
This month the last collection of homes in the popular new neighbourhood at Embassy Gardens in London’s Nine Elms comes to the market. The Courtyard Collection at The Modern comprises 153 suites and one, two and three bedroom apartments, all boasting a bold and contemporary style.
“The Modern is the last piece of the Embassy Gardens story,” says Roger Black, Creative Director at developer Ballymore. “The interiors of these apartments are very beautiful, special and different to what has come before.” Designed by London-based design duo Benningen Lloyd, the Courtyard Collection’s homes combine craftsmanship with bold colours, drawing inspiration from nearby New Covent Garden Flower Market. Apartments in the 21 storey Modern building floor have light-filled, airy interiors with extensive glazing to allow views across the capital.
Embassy Gardens has transformed an 8 hectare site beside the River Thames. It is now home to the US Embassy, publisher Penguin Random House’s new office, a bustling neighbourhood with cafes and top restaurants such as chef Robin Gill’s Darby’s, landscaped gardens and more than 1,500 apartments. It is also the location of London’s newest landmark, the Sky Pool, a transparent pool installed some 35 metres above street level between two of Embassy Gardens’ apartment buildings.
The development’s own Eg:le club allows residents and their guests access to the Sky Pool and includes a range of amenities. These include a concierge service, club lounge, two workspace suites, private cinema, indoor pool and spa and health and fitness club.
“The popularity of Embassy Gardens has been growing in line with Nine Elms’ remarkable transformation, and the addition of The Modern creates more homes in response to this demand, completing this leading mixed-use development’s residential journey,” says John Mulryan, Group Managing Director of Ballymore.
Almost a hundred iPads have been distributed to primary schools across County Roscommon, in Ireland, in an initiative designed to give children additional support in their education. The upcycled iPads are being given to special needs assistants in Primary Schools to help them in their teaching and support work with pupils.
The donation has been facilitated by Ballymore Chairman and Chief Executive Sean Mulryan and Variety, the Children’s Charity of Ireland, as part of a commitment to promoting equal access to education. Kevin O’Brien, Head of Marketing and Fundraising at Variety, says, “Variety Ireland relies on donors like Sean Mulryan of Ballymore to help us deliver projects that directly benefit children who may need that extra bit of support with learning in the classroom. As a society we need to protect and help our most vulnerable and in doing so we also need to protect the environment. These upcycled iPads do just that”.
The donation of iPads follows on from an initiative last year that saw all 7,500 national school children in Roscommon given a tree to plant in their garden. In recognition of his work, Mulryan has been named the first recipient of Variety Ireland’s Environmental Award. He says, “Supplying upcycled iPads to help special needs assistants is a fantastic idea that will have a big impact on the education of children who may need that little bit more help with their learning. Both our iPad and tree initiatives are designed to help children and spark young people’s curiosity.”
Temperatures soared to the hottest day of the year for the launch of The Brentford Project on Saturday June 1, the new arts and culture summer festival of music, yoga, fun and food celebrating a new chapter for one of west London’s best-kept secrets.
Nearly 1,000 local residents, joined by neighbours from nearby Hounslow, Chiswick and Kew, basked in temperatures of 27.6 degrees on the banks of the River Brent with music from Donel, this year’s runner up in The Voice talent show and Michael Rice, the UK’s contender in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
VIPs attending the event included the leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, who proclaimed: “The Brentford Project is the rebirth of Brentford. We’ve been waiting a long time for this day, and I’m really excited about what this means for Brentford and for the future.
“Without question, the Brentford Project will bring a vitality to the town, lots of people have been waiting a long time for it, and now it’s here I think they’ll be delighted. Brentford’s a special place. It’s a special place in South West London and it’s a special place in Hounslow.”
He was joined by John Mulryan, group managing director of Ballymore, whose redevelopment of the yards and lanes between the high street to the waterfront will bring a lively mix of restaurants, bars and retail to complement a new residential quarter. John explained:
“The Brentford Project is an initiative to try to engage with the community and bring people in, and make sure that as we develop the town centre, it’s done with the community”
“It’s trying to get people to really help us to create this town centre. When you develop in a town like this, the key thing is that you develop in a way that encourages the spirit of the town to grow, by engaging in the community through culture, through arts, through creativity, through design.”
At the launch, friends and families enjoyed delicious fresh pastries and sausage rolls from Brentford’s new bakery and restaurant, Rye by the Water, who turned out more than 1,000 specially-baked pizzas – with a little help from celebrity Irish chef Robin Gill who joined new head chef Ben Rand and Janine Edwards, head baker, in the bakery.
Another big attraction was the classic car collection of the Duke of London with enthusiasts driving their own cars to showcase at the event.
The following week on Thursday June 6, a Beer and Blues event will take place at Rye by the Water with a chance to sample some of west London’s finest craft beers served against a backdrop of blues by Brentford’s very own Robert Hokum.
And on July 11 visitors can join a start-up masterclass with local entrepreneur Merlin McCormack, the man behind Duke of London who will share his knowledge, tips and tricks for building a successful business.
Looking ahead to July 6, Zen in the City will feature yoga and mindfulness classes with RJ Mind Body while on Saturday August 31, the ‘makers of Brentford’ will be coming together for a showcase of the best arts and crafts the area has to offer, with creative workshops and an art exhibition curated by local artist groups.
Finally in mid-August, the Changing Face of Brentford will peel back the layers of the area’s rich history revealing some fascinating insights with the Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society with a private dinner hosted in the beautiful surroundings of Rye by the Water.
Visit www.thebrentfordproject.com/events for more information or to book your place.
German real estate investor Union Investment is making its debut in Ireland’s residential sector with the purchase of developer Ballymore’s 8th Lock development, at Royal Canal Park in Dublin. The acquisition, priced at around €200 million, is the first forward funding deal by an end investor in the Irish residential sector.
The move is an expression of investor confidence in both the quality of Ballymore’s development and the broader Dublin residential sector. “We are delighted to be able to realise this ambitious project with our partner Ballymore,” said Martin Schellein, Head of Investment Management Europe at Union Investment Real Estate GmbH. A number of factors made Ireland attractive for the private rented sector (PRS) market, he said: “Ireland has the youngest population in Europe and is experiencing strong demographic trends. Due to the continuous settlement of multinational corporations, there is a high demand for affordable housing, particularly in Dublin and there has been relatively little construction activity in recent years. On the other hand, the rental housing market will benefit from our professional management approach.”
Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group CEO of Ballymore said, “We are committed to providing Union Investment with the high-quality development that attracted them to partner with Ballymore”. The 8th Lock development is the final phase of Ballymore’s Royal Canal Park regeneration, which occupies the former Ormond Printworks site, to the north west of Dublin city centre. Its five buildings, rising from four to 13 storeys, will provide around 31,000 square metres of net lettable space, around 28,000 square metres of which will be residential. The residential element will comprise 435 one and two bedroom furnished apartments, all for private rent, with the remaining space being earmarked for commercial use.
“We are delighted that Union Investment, one of the most experienced and respected real estate investment managers in Europe, has agreed to acquire 8th Lock,” said Mulryan. “From project conception through to delivery, Ballymore projects are renowned for best-in-class design and innovation.”
Construction of 8th Lock is set to begin once government Covid-19 guidelines allow, with completion being scheduled for between October 2023 and March 2025.
Union Investment was advised by CBRE, A&L Goodbody and PWC.
Culture, classic cars and a feast of culinary delights can be experienced this summer in a series of events at The Brentford Project, Ballymore’s upcoming development in west London. Now in its second year since 2019, the popular Summer Series runs from June to September, with a showcase of local creativity and cultural inspiration.
Fresh produce, street food, refreshments, flowers, terrariums and more will be on sale in The Summer Market, taking place on three Saturdays in June, July and August. Ballymore has teamed up with market specialist RMS Markets to bring artisan and fine foods, and a host of other treats.
Brentford’s own classic and supercar hub Duke of London, which is based at The Factory at The Brentford Project, is displaying its wares, while neighbouring local business, Rye by the Water, is serving up its regular drinks and snacks menu. Local artist Mark Pearce is leading a series of art classes, offering a chance to capture Brentford’s special waterside environment under Pearce’s expert guidance.
Culture comes in other forms, with The Walking Theatre Company transforming The Brentford Project’s outdoor spaces into an island setting for a production of The Tempest and Athens for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both taking place in August. There are inspirational stories and business insights from a string of speakers taking part in The Summer Talks, which can be viewed in person, or online via The Brentford Project’s Instagram IGTV channel. Speakers in the line-up include Elizabeth Haigh, Michelin starred chef and founder of Kaizen House, Grace O’Neill, journalist and co-host of podcast After Work Drinks, and Victoria Prew, CEO and co-founder of wardrobe rental platform, HURR Collective.
For those wanting to get out and active over the summer, there is a timetable of classes and workshops, including weekend workouts with cult fitness brand House of Voga, whose classes are set to a 1980s house music beat. And those looking to get a little closer to nature have a chance to learn more about plants, terrariums and the natural world in monthly workshops by the creatives behind Glass Gardens London.
All events in The Summer Series programme adhere to the Government guidelines in place at the time and are fully compliant and Covid-19 safe. Log on to www.thebrentfordproject.co.uk to find out more about the programme and book your tickets for this year’s events.
Cafes, bars and restaurants at Ballymore’s London developments are ready to welcome customers over the spring and summer, as England’s lockdown is eased. Venues are opening in April with a host of new and improved options for visitors eager to enjoy outdoor drinks and dining in style, close to the River Thames.
Among the first to open its terrace on 12 April is the brand new Homeboy Bar at Embassy Gardens, in west London’s Nine Elms. This is the second Homeboy Bar created by Irish bartending duo Aaron Wall and Ciaran Smith in the capital, and like its Islington predecessor it offers a modern take on renowned Irish hospitality. The bar is set to have its official launch in May, when the government roadmap for England plans to allow indoor service, but before that there is a chance to try Homeboy’s distinctive cocktails and snacks alfresco.
Embassy Gardens’ popular established cocktail bar, The Alchemist, is also opening for outdoor table service, on a non-reservable basis, with a full drinks and select food menu. Nearby café and salon Linnaean is offering customers the opportunity to enjoy its new spring menu and a long-awaited pampering with a hair or beauty treatment or visit to its Medi-Spa.
Embassy Gardens is also home to the NYC inspired oyster bar, open grill and bakery, ‘Darby’s’. Darby’s will be re-opening and serving on their outdoor terrace from the 13th April. ‘The Hatch,’ a lockdown favourite, will also remain in use for takeaway coffee, pastries, and cook at home items until the establishment can fully re open further into the spring.
London City Island, on east London’s Leamouth Peninsula, has a smorgasbord of foodie delights in store for summer visitors. The community’s all-day dining hub, Homestead, opens its terrace on 12 April and is carrying out a makeover of its outdoor space this spring, promising a new outdoor bar and dining area, a barbeque and pizza menu and new planting, lighting, firepits and music to create the perfect ambience for relaxing. It is aiming to re-open for indoor service on 4 June. Visitors to the neighbourhood can also stop by gourmet chocolate shop and studio workshop Cartografie for an extra-special treat.
Also set to make its debut in May is cocktail bar Soda & Friends, a new concept from Nate Brown, the creative force behind such award-winning venues as Merchant House. At Soda & Friends, Brown has created a menu of highballs and cocktails, which will be accompanied by a Japanese-inspired food menu. During the day, visitors will be able to relax with a loose leaf tea.
Last but by no means least, at Royal Wharf, to the east of Canary Wharf, Fullers pub The Windjammer opens its garden on 12 April. For those craving a classic steak and chips or a Sunday roast and a pint, the pub is taking table bookings.
Where is the best place to live? Magazines, television shows and Instagram posts answer that question with pictures of sunny island hideaways, cosy rural retreats and other seemingly idyllic locations. But in reality, quality of life is just as likely to come from having community and amenities all around you in a city.
That has become clear as we have necessarily lived our lives more locally through the pandemic, and it is being confirmed by research studies by the Design Council and others that highlight the importance of being part of a community. Whether it’s a chat with a café owner, the bustle of a weekend market or a stroll around the neighbourhood with friends, we value the opportunity for social interaction close to home. Shops, schools, parks, cycle routes, public transport links and many other elements of a place’s social infrastructure bring us into contact with each other and with nature, expand our horizons and improve our sense of wellbeing.
All these features and more can be found in London, where every neighbourhood has its own distinctive high streets, heritage and open spaces. Docklands, for example, has amenities in Canary Wharf’s shopping centre, its own museum, numerous transport links, the River Thames and the docks themselves. There is also a community within Docklands at Ballymore’s Wardian development, in South Dock.
With 767 homes, Wardian forms its own village community, where residents can work and meet business associates or relax with friends and neighbours. The amenities for residents include a cinema-style screening room, high level lounge and meeting space, gym, pool and spa. The development has its own distinctive environment, being designed to biophilic principles, which promote wellbeing through connections to nature. The connection to nature is most evident in the communal areas’ floor-to-ceiling glass cases containing rare and exotic plants and the apartments’ wraparound balcony gardens.
This is not Ballymore’s only new village in the city. Further east along the River Thames sit the neighbouring waterside communities of London City Island and Goodluck Hope. They too feature resident amenities for relaxation, exercise and meeting friends, neighbours and business colleagues.
London City Island is becoming established as a cultural hub in its own right as a home to new creative businesses, the English National Ballet and, in the future, the London Film School. For their residents, these new city villages have a lot to offer.
English National Ballet’s new headquarters at London City Island is to be named the Mulryan Centre for Dance, in recognition of the support given to date by the family of Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, and his wife Bernardine.
The state-of-the-art building, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, has won numerous awards for its design quality and is a transformational project for the ballet company, providing purpose-designed rehearsal space for its world class performers, as well as housing the English National Ballet School and administrative functions. The building is located in the new London City Island neighbourhood, which is close to Canary Wharf, putting ballet at the heart of the east London community. This connection to community is emphasised in the building’s open design, with its large windows, allowing the public glimpses of dancers at work.
“This building has transformed the way we work, providing us with the scale and versatility to be more creative and ambitious than ever before,” said Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet. “That has been particularly true this last year when, despite the huge challenges faced, it has allowed our dancers to safely rehearse, given us the space to innovate and create, and enabled us to continue connecting with our audiences and communities, near and far.”
Rojo said, “On behalf of all of us at English National Ballet I want to thank Sean Mulryan for his incredible generosity”.
Ballymore Chairman and Group Chief Executive Sean Mulryan has long fostered culture and the arts as part of neighbourhood regeneration in London. He highlighted the value of English National Ballet and the arts more generally, saying, “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; in particular it is this that gives London its soul. English National Ballet is a treasured national asset, and we should all be grateful for what they and other artistic talents, bring to our society. I have been pleased to support them, and urge others to support the arts, especially at this very difficult time.”
London City Island townhouses radically ‘reimagined’ to offer optimum open space and connectivity, lacking in ‘the little box’ design of most traditional models, are making waves.
The individually designed townhouses are the brainchild of leading interior designers, Amos & Amos, which has already worked on key Ballymore developments at Embassy Gardens, Wardian and Dublin Landings since 2013. Said co-founder Jaki Amos:
“We wanted to move away from the traditional idea of the townhouse which sometimes can be a series of boxes, a collection of rooms with a door. We wanted to reimagine a new connectivity with more open space so the ground floor of each townhouse is open plan, with an expansive hallway and open study.”
Materials in the townhouses reference “the industrial nature and heritage and history of the docklands with sleek crittall-style glazed partitions to flood the spaces with natural light and blackened steel to introduce character and soul into the space – not just Dulux brilliant white everywhere!” explained Jaki.
London City Island’s largest homes with uninterrupted views across the River Lea, the townhouses are located next to English National Ballet’s new London headquarters, placing buyers at the heart of an island of art and creativity.
The townhouses are also marked by a vibrant red brick façade, and each has three bedrooms, expansive living spaces, a secluded ground floor terrace and private parking. Three of the properties have lifts, and the largest has five storeys, and features in addition a beautiful private roof terrace for al fresco dining and entertainment.
The kitchens - the heart of each home – include a striking polished concrete island and black stained rough-cut oak dining table as focal points, complemented by timber and brushed brass cabinetry and white-oiled oak flooring.
The living rooms include low marble plinths and contemporary design features, leaving space for large scale art and sculptures. Amos & Amos has also incorporated a range of bespoke fixtures and fittings, including faraday-pattern metalwork and tan leather that reflect the area’s maritime heritage, with industrial bathtubs and matte blackened steel brassware.
There are two townhouse-types available for purchase: four four-storey three-bedroom types and three five-storey three-bedroom townhouse, with prices starting from £1.45 million.
Jaki Amos said: “The townhouses marked a real opportunity to create unique design-led living spaces which build upon the Island’s boldness and creativity, whilst simultaneously referencing the site’s rich industrial past.”
Jenny Steen, Sales Director, Ballymore, added: “Our vision for London City Island has always been to create a vibrant community that is architecturally-led and the townhouses are yet further proof of the unique living spaces on offer at the development.”
Looking at the west London suburb of Brentford today, it’s hard to imagine that an area around its busy high street was once home to an internationally significant plant nursery that in the eighteenth century exported fruit trees and seeds as far away as Australia. This is just one episode in Brentford’s rich but relatively little known local history, which is being researched for Ballymore’s emerging development, The Brentford Project.
The research stems from developer Ballymore’s aspiration for The Brentford Project to be distinctively local. “We’re trying to bring out the history of the site through its stories,” says landscape architect Huw Morgan. Morgan is working with landscape architect Grant Associates to introduce echoes of the past into the development’s new landscaped squares, lanes and other open spaces.
The site sits between the high street and the confluence of the Brent and Thames rivers, and the architects behind the development’s masterplan, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Glenn Howells Architects and Maccreanor Lavington, are restoring access to the waterfront, which has long been hidden from public view. They are also introducing a series of pedestrian lanes leading to the water that take their lead from the area’s historic industrial yards.
Brentford’s heritage as the capital’s bustling market garden, growing fruit and vegetables and transporting them into the city in willow baskets via the waterways, provide plenty of inspiration for Morgan and other members of the project team. Hugh Ronalds, Brentford’s illustrious nurseryman and horticulturalist, grew some 300 varieties of apples on his six sites, even charting many varieties in a book published in the early 1830s, called Pyrus Malus Brentfordiensis. Under the new development’s landscape design, fruit trees are set to make a reappearance, featuring in the domestic courtyards.
Willow trees growing along the waterfront historically provided the raw material for the area’s numerous basketmakers, whose wares were used to transport fruit and vegetables to the capital. “The painter JMW Turner went to school in Brentford and made pencil sketches of the pollarded willows on the Thames,” explains Morgan. Willows have already been incorporated into the waterside square beside the development’s café, Rye by the Water, and will be reintroduced to their natural waterfront setting under the broader landscaping design.
The new lanes and yards echo history in their more intimate scale and are designed to welcome people into the development, encouraging them to explore the 4.79 hectare site’s open spaces, waterfront, independent cafes and shops. “When you walk along the high street, there is a lack of recognition of how close to the water you are, so the design opens up access and views,” says Morgan. Planting across the overall development will range from large potted trees in the yards to green corridors promoting biodiversity. Podium gardens to the apartment buildings, which will contain 876 homes in all, will each have their own distinctive planting theme, such as woodland or colourful florals.
The resulting quarter will have a mix of landscaped spaces, balancing natural greenery with paved open spaces to allow visitors and residents to find tranquillity or enjoy the bustle of activity. Throughout, the planting will provide a thread linking the site’s past to its future, becoming part of The Brentford Project’s own story.
This has been an extraordinary year and we have all had to do things differently, whether in working, living or staying in touch with our family and friends. Through the year’s adversity, Ballymore has come up with ways of continuing to foster regeneration and placemaking, completing the construction of 2,000 homes in the UK and Ireland and laying the foundations for social and economic sustainability.
We responded to rapidly changing circumstances by introducing a string of innovations and initiatives to help us continue delivering for our customers safely and support our communities. We introduced new working practices on our sites to keep workers COVID-safe and in Ireland worked alongside the government and its Construction Industry Federation to help shape new safety standards. Across our communities we worked with local entrepreneurs to keep supplies of groceries flowing through the first lockdown and help our independent businesses connect with customers.
These achievements and more through 2020 have relied on a little help from our friends, notably the hard work of our team members and our strong relationships with our partners and communities. “I’ve never been prouder of our teams than in this year. I have been humbled by the effort that has been made,” says Ballymore Group Chief Executive Sean Mulryan.
In all, over 1,700 new homes have been handed over at developments in the UK, including Royal Wharf, Goodluck Hope and Wardian in east London. In Ireland we completed over 390 homes and sold out our family homes at Longstone and Bellingsfield, in Naas, County Kildare, in record time. At Royal Wharf, buildings were handed over ahead of schedule during the first lockdown and in September we completed the neighbourhood with its 3,385 homes, school and other amenities. “Perhaps the greatest achievement there was the practical completion of the primary school, just as kids were getting back to school after some challenging months of teaching from home,” points out Mulryan.
At the same time, we’ve been working with local authorities and existing communities to shape future places, submitting planning applications for developments such as The Brentford Project in London and winning the go-ahead for projects including the new neighbourhood at Connolly Street in Dublin and Mill Harbour on the Isle of Dogs, for 1,700 new homes, leisure, two schools, new parks, and retail. There are many more exciting new projects on the way, the best known being The Guinness Quarter at St James’s Gate, in Dublin, where drinks giant Diageo this year chose Ballymore to partner in the creation of the city’s first zero carbon district.
Having overcome the challenges of 2020, Mulryan is now looking ahead. “With so many of our major regeneration projects nearing the end of construction, we’ve got our eyes on the next prize projects,” he says. “Edgware, Ladbroke Grove, Cuba Street and Knights Road…these will all be names you will hear more of in 2021.” Watch this space.
Mural artist Jo Hicks - or Hixxy as she is better known - has completed a bold, nature-inspired work at Ballymore’s Brentford Project, in west London. The new artwork gives a fresh and vibrant face to all four elevations of a multi-storey car park that is awaiting cladding under the large-scale regeneration project.
Hixxy is known for her coloured botanical designs and for her latest work she has taken inspiration from Brentford’s nature, waterways and heritage. Golden marsh marigold flowers, a weeping willow tree, a kingfisher and a great crested grebe all adorn the car park, alongside Brentford Football Club’s trademark bees and an Ionic column, which evokes the nearby grade 1 listed Syon House.
“My aim was to create a positive, beautiful and uplifting image inspired by the local area, giving a very grey building an injection of colour and life,” said the artist. “We’re excited to be working with Hixxy on this artwork project,” said Ballymore managing director John Mulryan. “She has fantastic experience in creating interesting and creative murals across the country that speak to their local audiences in a culturally relevant way.”
The mural will be in place for up to three years, as Ballymore continues to regenerate the site, restoring connections to Brentford’s waterside, creating new public spaces and amenities and developing a neighbourhood of 876 homes. Hixxy’s optimistic vision will play its own part in the regeneration process, said Mulryan. “Her work on the car park building will enliven the town centre with a new point of interest for residents and locals.”
See how Hixxy created the mural by watching the short film, above.
The doors have opened to the first residents at east London’s Wardian, revealing a new way of living in closer harmony with nature in the capital. The scheme in South Dock, close to Canary Wharf, combines sleek, high rise architecture with tranquil greenery and biophilic design to create a rare sanctuary in the city.
The project required its creative team of Glenn Howells Architects and landscape architect Huw Morgan to marry biophilic principles, which aim to foster health and wellbeing by connecting people to nature, with a thoroughly urban design, which comprises two towers rising to 55 and 50 storeys high. The marriage is apparent to visitors entering the 767-home development, as communal areas contain floor-to-ceiling glass cases and spaces planted with more than 100 species of rare and exotic plants. The inspiration for Wardian’s glass cases - and its name - comes from the Wardian case, a protective glass case similar to a terrarium, which was invented by botanist Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward and used by nineteenth century plant collectors.
In keeping with the scheme’s green ethos, residents have their own private gardens, some more than 37 square metres in size. Both homes and gardens can be greened with the help of Wardian’s The Gardener landscaping service, which provides both seasonal plant packages and maintenance. Homes have floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise the sense of light, space and outdoors, while the projecting garden terraces provide solar shading, removing the need for air conditioning. The eco-conscious approach extends to the homes’ interiors, which are finished in natural organic materials.
“A central idea of Wardian was to connect people with nature and outside space,” says Glenn Howells, founding partner at Glenn Howells Architects. “In particular we are keen to see how residents make use of the generous private terraces along with the communal gardens and amenities.” Amenities in the development’s Wardian Club for residents include a cinema, swimming pool and spa and a high level lounge and meeting space with spectacular views.
John Mulryan, Group Managing Director at Ballymore, is proud of the scheme’s design ambition. He says, “We have worked closely with Glenn Howells Architects to create an impressive new addition to the Canary Wharf skyline. This completely unique ‘bringing the outside in’ design concept, on the doorstep of one of the fastest growing commercial districts, has now been realised.”
Homestead的這一創意理念是出自創意總監、前Ritz酒店主廚Sven-Hanson Britt，並與Unlocked合夥公司的運營總監Scott Ward以及品牌和傳播總監Tris Hillier共同合作。儘管有疫情的禁令，但這三個飲食業的行家對倫敦城市島充滿信心，還是決定按時開業。 Britt說：“在過去的幾個月裡，東倫敦的餐飲狀況已經完全改變了，這意味著我們之前所了解的外出就餐的情況與現在大相徑庭。我和我的家人已搬到了城市島，這裡是創意和藝術家的中心，需要為他們提供美食。”
Homestead還有時鮮專櫃，這個櫃檯提供優質肉類、手工鮮意大利面、各式奶酪和魚類，所有食材都來提供良心食品的供應商包括英國的當日捕漁船、高福利農場和小型食材手工生產商。時鮮專櫃在禁令期一直保持營業，並將繼續成為Homestead經營的重要組成部分，同時也展現了其向社區提供最佳食材的承諾 。 Britt解釋說：”這一切都關乎產品背後的來源、故事、誠信和可追溯性。最終，家園（Homestead）與社區是水乳交融的，我們將繼續努力為東倫敦不斷壯大的社區提供更多有意義的東西。”
Homestead的这一创意理念是出自创意总监、前Ritz酒店主厨Sven-Hanson Britt，并与Unlocked合伙公司的运营总监Scott Ward以及品牌和传播总监Tris Hillier共同合作。尽管有疫情的禁令，但这三个饮食业的行家对伦敦城市岛充满信心，还是决定按时开业。Britt说：“在过去的几个月里，东伦敦的餐饮状况已经完全改变了，这意味着我们之前所了解的外出就餐的情况与现在大相径庭。我和我的家人已搬到了城市岛，这里是创意和艺术家的中心，需要为他们提供美食。”
Homestead还有时鲜专柜，这个柜台提供优质肉类、手工鲜意大利面、各式奶酪和鱼类，所有食材都来提供良心食品的供应商包括英国的当日捕渔船、高福利农场和小型食材手工生产商 。时鲜专柜在禁令期一直保持营业，并将继续成为Homestead经营的重要组成部分，同时也展现了其向社区提供最佳食材的承诺 。Britt解释说：”这一切都关乎产品背后的来源、故事、诚信和可追溯性。最终，家园（Homestead）与社区是水乳交融的，我们将继续努力为东伦敦不断壮大的社区提供更多有意义的东西。”
运营总监Ward补充道：“Homestead是一个我们自己以及我们的朋友和家人都趋之若鹜的地方 。我们组建的精干的团队令人啧啧称赞；我们也感到非常荣幸地在英国服务业面临困境下还能够雇佣到如此出色的员工，并能够直接从农庄、渔民和种植者那里购买食材，在这个非常的时期给他们以最直接的帮助。” Homestead在封锁期间的开放时间是每天早上8点到晚上8点。
倫敦市長薩迪克·汗（Sadiq Khan）已批准了靠近利物浦街車站的Bishopsgate Goodsyard地區的重建計劃，將在首都的中心地帶建立一個集生活、工作、文化和休閒於一體的場所。 56年前一場大火燒毀了這裡，目前該地區的複興之路已得到確認，項目的總體規劃獲得市長的支持，該項目承諾將給當地帶來獨立的商家和初創企業、住宅區，充滿活力的社區，豐富的文化以及一個靈感源自曼哈頓高線公園的新公園。
市長的支持對於合資開發商Ballymore和Hammerson來說是一個里程碑，他們合作的經歷已有18年之久，彼此的默契促成了這次在前貨倉和加油站舊址上的重建項目。該地橫跨Hackney和Tower Hamlets，坐落Shoreditch和倫敦老城之間，被巴利摩集團董事長約翰·馬里安（John Mulryan）稱之為“整個倫敦中心地區所存留的最大型的重大改造機會之一”。
該地具有維多利亞時代特色的歷史建築作為鐵路遺產將被保留下來並被賦予新的生命力，包括被列為國家II級保護的850英尺長的Braithwaite高架橋，它將被打造成為一個高層的、高線公園和城市長廊。景觀建築師Spacehub負責改建地塊2.5英畝非凡新穎的公園，使之成為無車的、更為私密的戶外步行空間。與FaulknerBrowns一起參與這個大型項目的建築師事務所還包括Buckley Gray Yeoman、Eric Parry Architects和Chris Dyson Architects。
這塊敏感而重要的地方有著較長的規劃歷史，其開發商在六年前首次申請規劃許可。雖然最初的建議符合2010年通過的臨時規劃指南，但當與社區及主要利益相關方的協商後發現還需重新規劃。因此，建築高度降低了和住房數量減少了，還增加了經濟適用房的比例。 ”我們傾聽了市民的意見，認真對待他們的關心的要點，設計發生了巨大的化。”巴里摩的董事長馬里安先生說。這個傾聽的過程包括諮詢並與2,500多名當地居民和企業接觸。開發商希望在2022年初開始展開對該地區的改造工程，不僅建設新的公園、住宅和工作區，還可能創造超過11,000個工作崗位。 Bishopsgate Goodsyard將再次成為一個生機勃勃充滿活力的地區。
伦敦市长萨迪克·汗（Sadiq Khan）已批准了靠近利物浦街车站的Bishopsgate Goodsyard地区的重建计划，将在首都的中心地带建立一个集生活、工作、文化和休闲于一体的场所。56年前一场大火烧毁了这里，目前该地区的复兴之路已得到确认，项目的总体规划获得市长的支持，该项目承诺将给当地带来独立的商家和初创企业、住宅区，充满活力的社区，丰富的文化以及一个灵感源自曼哈顿高线公园的新公园。
市长的支持对于合资开发商Ballymore和Hammerson来说是一个里程碑，他们合作的经历已有18年之久，彼此的默契促成了这次在前货仓和加油站旧址上的重建项目。该地横跨Hackney和Tower Hamlets，坐落Shoreditch和伦敦老城之间，被巴利摩集团董事长约翰·马里安（John Mulryan）称之为 “整个伦敦中心地区所存留的最大型的重大改造机会之一”。
该地具有维多利亚时代特色的历史建筑作为铁路遗产将被保留下来并被赋予新的生命力，包括被列为国家II级保护的850英尺长的Braithwaite高架桥，它将被打造成为一个高层的、高线公园和城市长廊。景观建筑师Spacehub负责改建地块2.5英亩非凡新颖的公园，使之成为无车的、更为私密的户外步行空间。与FaulknerBrowns一起参与这个大型项目的建筑师事务所还包括Buckley Gray Yeoman、Eric Parry Architects和Chris Dyson Architects。
A new concept in all-day dining has arrived at Ballymore’s London City Island, on the Leamouth Peninsula, east London. Called Homestead, this restaurant-with-a-difference is the first and principal dining destination serving the new east London community. Once lockdown dining restrictions have lifted, the restaurant will be open all day with menu options extending from early breakfasts to evening dinners, created using ethically sourced and small farm produce. For now, the facility is operating as a takeaway kitchen, deli and store for collection, giving people a chance to sample what it has to offer.
Homestead’s concept is the vision of creative director and former chef at the Ritz, Sven-Hanson Britt, who is working with the Unlocked partnership’s Scott Ward, director of operations, and Tris Hillier, brand and communications director. In spite of the lockdown this trio of industry experts decided to go ahead with the opening in London City Island because of their confidence in the area. Britt says, “The East London food scene has completely changed over the past few months, meaning everything we knew before about eating out is now different. My family and I have moved to City Island, a hub of creativity and artists in need of a great food offering.”
Hillier adds, “Despite the current lockdown measures we actually feel it is a great time to launch Homestead as everyone is at home. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet everyone and so we are looking forward to launching. We’ve created Homestead as a way of providing for the City Island community, offering food that would have previously only been sold directly to restaurants or impossible for a consumer to directly purchase themselves.”
During the current lockdown Homestead is offering takeaway options, including sandwiches and pies, as well as aubergine massaman curry and other hot dishes. Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, the restaurant will offer dining in and drinking options, the former featuring high quality meats, fish and vegetables produced by small suppliers and cooked on a charcoal grill. The kitchen is led by executive chef James Durrant, former executive chef at London’s Maze restaurant, who will oversee a team of chefs. Alongside the kitchen, Homestead has its own bar but during lockdown the restaurant has partnered with Brewdog to bring a mobile bar to London City Island’s Hopewell Square.
There is also Homestead’s Counter, a deli offering quality meats, homemade pasta and cheese and fish, all ethically sourced from British day boats, high welfare farms and small artisan producers. Counter is open through lockdown and will remain an essential ingredient of the Homestead hub, as well as an expression of its commitment to delivering the best ingredients to its community. Britt explains the ethos: “It’s all about provenance, the story, the ethics and the traceability behind the products. Ultimately, Homestead is all about community, which we will contribute to by delivering something meaningful to our ever-growing family of neighbours here in East London.”
Director of operations Ward adds, “Homestead is a place that we would be excited about visiting ourselves, with our friends and family. The team we have put together is amazing; we feel very privileged to be able to hire people during this difficult time for UK hospitality, and buy direct from farmers, fishermen and growers who need our support more than ever.” Homestead is open during lockdown from 8am to 8pm every day.
在克利夫登創建永久雕像之前，愛爾蘭舉辦了2019年阿爾考克與布朗飛行100週年節日慶典，這標誌著去年是他們那次飛行的一百週年紀念。約翰·阿爾考克 和亞瑟·布朗駕駛著經過改裝的Vickers Vimy雙翼重型轟炸機從加拿大紐芬蘭（Newfoundland)的聖約翰斯（St Johns）啟程。他們於1919年6月14日下午早些時候從聖約翰斯起飛，衝破雲層，經歷了雪，冰和發動機近乎失靈的險情下橫穿大西洋， 最終降落在戈爾韋郡的克利夫登的馬可尼站(Marconi Station)，整個飛行歷經了16小時28分鐘。
該雕像由愛爾蘭青銅藝術公司精心製作，它是1950年代在倫敦希思羅機場豎立的一座紀念碑的原版複製品，該雕像在藝術節期間曾暫時在愛爾蘭展出過。原始雕像是由英國政府委託著名雕塑家威廉·麥克米蘭（William McMillan）創作。藝術節結束後，這座原版複製的雕像將在克利夫登的廣場上永久佇立。肖恩·馬里安和他的妻子伯納丁·馬里安（Bernadine Mulryan）提供資金資助了該項目，讓雕像得以成功複製。
在克利夫登创建永久雕像之前，爱尔兰举办了2019年阿尔考克与布朗飞行100周年节日庆典，这标志着去年是他们那次飞行的一百周年纪念。约翰·阿尔考克 和亚瑟·布朗驾驶着经过改装的Vickers Vimy双翼重型轰炸机从加拿大纽芬兰（Newfoundland)的圣约翰斯（St Johns）启程。他们于1919年6月14日下午早些时候从圣约翰斯起飞，冲破云层，经历了雪，冰和发动机近乎失灵的险情下横穿大西洋， 最终降落在戈尔韦郡的克利夫登的马可尼站(Marconi Station)，整个飞行历经了16小时28分钟。
该雕像由爱尔兰青铜艺术公司精心制作，它是1950年代在伦敦希思罗机场竖立的一座纪念碑的原版复制品，该雕像在艺术节期间曾暂时在爱尔兰展出过。原始雕像是由英国政府委托著名雕塑家威廉·麦克米兰（William McMillan）创作。艺术节结束后，这座原版复制的雕像将在克利夫登的广场上永久伫立。肖恩·马里安和他的妻子伯纳丁·马里安（Bernadine Mulryan）提供资金资助了该项目，让雕像得以成功复制。
London mayor Sadiq Khan has given the go ahead for the regeneration of Bishopsgate Goodsyard, close to Liverpool Street station, with a living, working, culture and leisure quarter in the heart of the capital. Almost 56 years to the day after a fire laid waste to the site its renaissance has been confirmed, with backing for a masterplan that promises to bring independent traders and business start-ups, homes, vibrancy, culture and a new public park inspired by Manhattan’s High Line.
The mayor’s support is a milestone for joint venture developers, Ballymore and Hammerson, which have been working for 18 years to bring their plans for the former goods depot and station site to this point. Spanning the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, the site sits between Shoreditch and the City, being described by Ballymore group managing director John Mulryan as, “one of the greatest remaining opportunities in the whole of central London for major regeneration”.
The masterplan, by architect FaulknerBrowns, sets out a fresh vision for city living and working that is diverse, distinctive and sustainable. It includes 1.4 million square feet of workspace, much of it affordable and catering for small business and the creative industries, as well as a cultural venue and an exhibition space. Many of the 500 homes planned for the development will be designed for families and half of them will be made available on affordable tenures.
Historic structures from the site’s Victorian railway heritage will be retained and brought back into use, including the grade 2 listed, 850 foot long Braithwaite Viaduct, which will become a high level, High Line-style park and urban promenade. Landscape architect Spacehub is responsible for creating the site’s extraordinary new 2.5 acre park, as well as the more intimate outdoor spaces in this car-free environment. Architects working on this large scale project alongside FaulknerBrowns include Buckley Gray Yeoman, Eric Parry Architects and Chris Dyson Architects.
This sensitive and important site has had a lengthy planning history, with its developers first applying for planning consent six years ago. Although the initial proposals were in line with the Interim Planning Guidance adopted for the site in 2010, consultation with the community and key stakeholders made it clear that a rethink was needed. As a result, building heights and housing numbers have been reduced and the proportion of affordable homes increased. “We’ve listened to people and taken their concerns seriously, and the design has changed dramatically,” said Ballymore’s Mulryan. That listening process has included consulting and engaging with more than 2,500 local people and businesses. The developers hope to begin work on the site’s transformation in early 2022, bringing not only a new park, homes and workspace but also the potential for the creation of more than 11,000 jobs. Bishopsgate Goodsyard is set to take its place as a vibrant destination once more.
A good place to live, work and spend time where the essentials of daily life are within a gentle 15-minute walk or cycle ride rather than a drive away: that’s the fundamental principle of the 15-minute city concept. Created by Professor Carlos Moreno in Paris and promoted by that city’s mayor, this way of thinking about what makes a good city is now capturing interest in London and other locations that are plotting a more sustainable future.
London has a rich tapestry of more than 600 high streets and neighbourhoods, many historically already having some of the characteristics that the 15-minute city concept promotes. Brentford, in west London, is one example, with its high street, waterside location and numerous activities. It has Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated schools and a university campus, major sources of employment, a health centre, shops and heritage businesses in its boatyards and breweries. There are also varied opportunities for leisure at Brentford Football Club, Watermans arts centre, the nearby green spaces of Syon Park and Kew Gardens and Green and even local museums showcasing musical instruments and water pumping steam engines.
Like a number of London’s historic neighbourhoods, Brentford has suffered as traditional industry has diminished and shopping habits have changed. But that has created an opportunity to regenerate and help Brentford to shape its future sustainability, while making the most of its heritage and natural assets. A 4.79 hectare site between the high street and the River Brent is being regenerated by Ballymore with a mix of homes, 50 spaces for retailers and independent local businesses and a community hub, which will be created in a grade 2* listed church on the site.
The site was formerly fronted by shops and had historic waterside industry behind, limiting public access to the river beyond. Regeneration will integrate this site back into its neighbourhood and reconnect river and community. Open space will be created on the waterfront, while heritage buildings will be revived and reused and historic yards and lanes reinstated. Local people will be able to stroll, shop, eat, drink, work or simply sit and relax within this largely car-free waterside setting.
The new quarter designed by architects AHMM, Glenn Howells and Maccreanor Lavington will provide 876 homes in all. “Part of sustainability lies in building these high density schemes in locations where people don’t have to travel very far necessarily to get to their work, school or other amenities. We also have a lot of facilities on site at The Brentford Project, which encourages people to stay in their local area,” says John Mulryan, group managing director of Ballymore. Facilities in the residents’ own club, The Wick, include a pool, outdoor games terrace, gym and meeting spaces. This placemaking approach with its emphasis on well-connected location, compact development and carefully considered uses can help foster social, environmental and economic value.
In his recent TED talk about his 15-minute city concept Professor Carlos Moreno says: “We accept that in cities our sense of time is warped, because we have to waste so much of it just adapting to the absurd organisation and long distances of most of today’s cities. Why is it we who have to adapt and to degrade our potential quality of life? Why is it not the city that responds to our needs?” Perhaps now the city can.
The first residents are moving into Ballymore’s Goodluck Hope, where they are discovering the delights of location and lifestyle that the new neighbourhood on east London’s Leamouth Peninsula has to offer. The development’s location, at the confluence of the River Lea and the River Thames, gives residents a rare experience of waterside living with some of the capital’s finest views, which are being enjoyed to the full by Andrew Ashby, who moved into a two-bedroom apartment with partner Tony in July. “We love being near the river as it means there is always something to look at and it provides a beautiful peaceful surrounding from our private balcony,” says Andrew.
Their 925 sq ft home on the seventh floor of the development’s Argo building looks south and west towards the River Thames, O2 and Canary Wharf. “At night when Canary Wharf is all lit up, it is comparable to a ‘mini Manhattan’,” Andrew continues. “It really does feel as though we’ve entered a holiday resort the moment we step into Goodluck Hope.”
The new development’s architecture lives up to its stunning waterside setting with its contemporary take on an industrial aesthetic, which was created by architect Allies and Morrison and inspired by dockside warehouses and maritime heritage. Black metal windows frame views from the apartments, while interiors boast a stripped back palette that makes its statement using texture and splashes of colour. “We like the fact that the whole development inside and out has an industrial vibe, and a lot of thought has gone into the design of everything, which has become even more apparent as the CGl’s of the marketing brochure have come to life,” says Andrew. “We particularly love the style of the windows, which add instant character to the whole development. The blue and brass kitchens and bathrooms, to me, make the development stand out from the crowd even further.”
Andrew, a house husband with a passion for property, divides his time between the new home at Goodluck Hope and another in Essex. The London property was bought not simply as an investment but for its opportunities to make the most of the urban lifestyle. Goodluck Hope’s own amenities for residents, housed in The 1595 Club, include a swimming pool, gym, Scandinavian-style steam room, private cinema, restaurant and co-working space, while a 24/7 concierge is also on hand to take deliveries and offer a helping hand. And the attractions of the capital are within easy reach, as Andrew and Tony are discovering. “At the moment, our weekends are taken up with day trips to Greenwich – looking round the market and regularly going for a walk to the Observatory, taking in our favourite view of London,” says Andrew. “We also love that we can hop on the Jubilee Line to Westfield Stratford in less than 20 minutes for shopping trips.
“While many others escape London to their country homes for the weekend, we find the opposite is preferable and love being in our London apartment, enjoying all the activities and entertainment the island has to offer.”
You can see more of Andrew’s move to Goodluck Hope on his Instagram: @essex_and_the_city
The deadline for the Win a Home in London competition is fast approaching, offering one lucky ticket holder the chance to win an apartment at Ballymore’s London City Island development and helping a sports club in Ireland realise a vision. Ballymore is supporting Gaelic football and hurling club Roscommon GAA in its quest to upgrade and extend its facilities, to help it nurture young talent and boost its potential to host big matches.
The competition draw will be taking place on 30 December, making the two bedroom apartment a dream Christmas gift. As the prize draw date nears, interest in the competition is mounting, with Roscommon GAA partnering with London based cultural hub The London Irish Centre and calling on celebrities from the world of television and music to promote the worthy cause.
Roscommon GAA’s home ground, Dr Hyde Park stadium, was opened in 1971 and now needs access, dressing rooms and other facilities upgraded. The club is also one of the few in the country not to have its own centre of excellence providing training facilities and match pitches. It has applied for planning permission to upgrade the stadium, and is finalising plans for the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence, complete with pitches, meeting rooms and a gym. All it needs is the funds to bring these projects forward and that’s where Ballymore comes in.
The club’s commercial arm, Club Rossie, has a committee of keen volunteers, which works hard with local donors to raise funds for capital development and day-to-day essentials. “But with a population of only around 60,000 in the county, we have to look to other sources of help,” says David Leydon, a member of the Club Rossie team. Ballymore Group Chief Executive Sean Mulryan, whose home town is Roscommon, has long provided much valued backing to the club. “Sean has been an incredible supporter of Roscommon for decades,” says Leydon. “Without him, the GAA would be in difficult circumstances.”
"The GAA is a fundamental part of Roscommon life"
Last year a competition to win a house in Dublin, built by Ballymore, raised more than €943,000 for the club. “It transformed the finances of Roscommon GAA, and we are now in a stable financial position to do the development that is needed,” explains Leydon. “But we needed one more big fundraiser for capital development and Sean has stepped up to support us again.”
This competition – once again offering a home as its prize, but this time at London City Island – is expected to be just as well supported as the last. Sean Mulryan of Ballymore says, “I am very pleased to be able to support the competition, which will raise vital money for the redevelopment of Dr Hyde Park and the development of the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence in Roscommon”.
The competition brings the GAA’s two projects within sight, and both are badly needed, says Leydon. “Our stadium needs the upgrading to make it fit for purpose for 2020 and beyond and we want to create the centre of excellence for young people in the county.” These projects will be important not only for the town of Roscommon but also for the broader county and its culture, he adds. “When the senior football team in particular is going well it lifts the mood of the whole county. You’ll see the primrose and blue colours on team flags in local gardens. The GAA is a fundamental part of Roscommon life.”
The Hallowe’en spirit is coming to London City Island and Goodluck Hope in east London this month with a host of ghostly goings on. A walking ghost tour, pumpkin patch pop-up and pumpkin carving workshops will be the highlights of the Halloween celebrations, all taking place on Saturday 31 October.
London City Island’s pumpkin patch, open between 9am-5pm, will both be an Insta-worthy photo-opportunity and a chance to grab yourself your very own pumpkin and carving kit. Photos of carved creations uploaded to Instagram – and tagged and following @ballymore, @ecoworld_uk, and #londoncityisland – stand to win the top treat of a London City Island bicycle.
Led by uber-creative food artist David Bradley, aka The Curious Confectioner, the series of online pumpkin carving classes will take place on Halloween day at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. All workshops are free to join and will be accessible via Zoom. We advise all children aged under 16 are accompanied by an adult.
Fearless fun seekers can enjoy a walking ghost tour with a difference at Ballymore’s Goodluck Hope development. Organised in collaboration with comedy walking tour guide, Bullshit London, the walk will combine ‘tongue-in-cheek’ horror with a look at some of the hidden gems of London’s own horrible history. The 20-minute tours will take place from 6pm to 10pm on Saturday 31 October. The tours have been designed to be spooky but COVID-safe, complying with government guidelines. Guests attending walking tours will be asked to remain socially distanced and face masks will be provided.
Tickets for the digital workshops can be booked here.
Tickets for Goodluck Hope’s ghost walking tour cost £7 per person and can be booked here.
20% of all ticket proceeds will be donated to local Poplar charity, Caritas Anchor House.
Ballymore’s Royal Wharf development in east London has been recognised as one of the UK and Ireland’s highest performing construction sites, with a 2020 Most Considerate Site Award in the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s (CCS) 2020 National Site Awards. The company won the coveted award in the largest sites class, for projects with a value of £50 million and over, and was also rewarded with a Gold Award for the site.
The accolades make Ballymore a top achiever in this year’s awards, which recognise the highest performing construction sites against the scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice. The code monitors how considerate a site is being towards its local community, environment and workforce.
The award citation for the Royal Wharf site recognises Ballymore’s “strong and unwavering commitment to the Code of Considerate Practice”, highlighting some of the key measures taken to protect the environment and its workforce. These have included the adoption of a system using reclaimed heat from human by-products to pre-heat the cold water supply feeding into the water heater for handbasins. The project invested in the full-time expertise of a psychoanalyst, who specialised in mindset-evolving coaching and positive performance, and a workshop syllabus focusing on teambuilding, collaboration and personal development to provide operatives with support.
The all-round approach, the citation noted, “laid the foundations for a happy, caring and dedicated workforce, which set the standard for the rest of the industry”.
CCS chief executive Amanda Long said, “Achieving any level of CCS National Site Award requires dedication, effort and commitment to raising standards of considerate construction.”
Joe Cashman, Project Director, also picked up the highly prized ‘Seal of Excellence’ award. Receiving a Seal of Excellence Award is a great achievement for any site manager, as it places them right at the top of their profession.
London has gained a new landmark and a ‘world first’ with an achievement that Ballymore Chairman and Group Chief Executive Sean Mulryan describes as, “the combined skills and innovation of experts all over the world.” The milestone is the much-anticipated arrival and lifting into position of the acrylic structure of the Sky Pool at Embassy Gardens, in Nine Elms. It is the largest freestanding acrylic pool structure in the world.
This extraordinary achievement is now being revealed with the latest phase of its construction. The swimming pool’s 14 metre long transparent acrylic structure has been lifted 10 storeys up into the air and installed in its steel frame, spanning Embassy Gardens’ Legacy Buildings. The location and transparency of this ‘floating’ pool will give Embassy Gardens’ residents the extraordinary experience of swimming and viewing the ground and the capital from the water while 35 metres up in the sky.
Architect HAL Architects, structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan and acrylic fabricator Reynolds Polymer Technology collaborated with the developer to design and construct the pool, drawing on the expertise that has gone into creating some of the world’s major aquariums. The structure, which is the largest single piece of loadbearing acrylic in the world, was created in a purpose built extension at Reynolds’ factory in Colorado, USA. It was put through extensive strength testing at the factory before being transported more than 1,000 miles by road to Galveston in Texas. From there, the structure made a three-week journey by sea to Antwerp, in Belgium, and then on to the Port of Tilbury in east London, before arriving at Nine Elms.
Once on site, the acrylic structure was lifted into place by a 750-tonne mobile crane, supported by a 50-tonne crane. The lifting was a precision process, as there was a tolerance of just 30 centimetres in installing the pool into its steel frame.
The side walls of the structure form deep beams capable of spanning the 14 metres between the two buildings while carrying the weight of the water. The central acrylic structure is supported by stainless steel ‘tubs’ at either end that allow for steps into the pool, giving an overall pool length of 25 metres.
The Sky Pool will open next spring, when residents will be able to swim between the two buildings and relax on the accompanying Sky Deck, with its a bar and restaurant.
English National Ballet (ENB), the iconic Glenn Howells-designed structure at the heart of London City Island, has been named as ‘Building of the Year’ by architecture magazine, Architects’ Journal.
The ‘Building of the Year’ accolade is a prestigious annual architectural prize; judges chose the Glenn Howells-designed ENB because of its “use of materials and detailing”, citing that it was “a fine example of how to design memorable, community conscious architecture.” The building beat off competition from a stellar shortlist including office development 1 Finsbury Avenue and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s stadium.
"The building has transformed the way we work."
Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, accepted the award; in her virtual acceptance speech via YouTube she said “I can safely say the building has transformed the way we work.
“What I wanted for the company, was a space where we could create, where we could have freedom, where we could share our ambition and connect with the local community. A space where imaginations could be ignited and where everybody would be welcome. And we can safely say we did it.”
The accolade came in a week in which three other awards nominations were announced for Ballymore - this time at the New London Architecture (NLA) Awards. The Brentford Project has been shortlisted for meanwhile use award, which celebrates projects that embrace the city as a work in progress, enlivening spaces, places and high streets over a short-term period, while supporting long-term ambitions – something achieved via the Brentford Project events programme last year.
Other nominees include English National Ballet, which has been shortlisted for the culture award, while Royal Wharf Pier has been shortlisted for the transport award. The full list of winners will be announced in November.
In the meantime, you can see a full list of all of the awards Ballymore has won on our achievements page.
The final residential building has been launched at Embassy Gardens, paving the way for the high-profile Nine Elms project to continue its evolution as one of London’s bustling ‘villages’. The 160 ultra-stylish apartments in the final building, called The Modern, will mark the last stage in the delivery of the development’s 1,500 homes, but that will be far from the end of the Embassy Gardens story. Its long-awaited finale, the Sky Pool spanning two of the scheme’s Legacy Buildings, will go into position later this year.
The Modern promises a mix of one and two bedroom apartments as well as stunning signature penthouses. “The popularity of Embassy Gardens has been growing in line with Nine Elms’ remarkable transformation, and the addition of The Modern will create more homes in response to this demand, completing this leading mixed-use development’s residential journey,” says John Mulryan, Group Managing Director of Ballymore.
This final residential building enhances a neighbourhood that is already making its mark, says Roger Black, Creative Director at developer Ballymore. “What’s truly wonderful is the community of people who are already here. It has actually made a new piece of London. And you can see that in the lives that people live right in the middle of the capital.”
This new piece of London is home to such diverse names as chef Robin Gill’s Darby’s restaurant, District café, cocktail bar The Alchemist, beauty and lifestyle store Linnaean and cycle studio Static. Embassy Gardens’ business community occupies 130,000 square feet of retail space, while a new landmark office building, One Embassy Gardens, houses publisher Penguin Random House, bringing a cultural dimension to an area that already has the new US Embassy as a near neighbour. Beyond the development lie Nine Elms’ Linear Park, which extends from Vauxhall Bridge to Battersea Power Station, and the River Thames, two precious natural assets to be enjoyed by all.
“What’s truly wonderful is the community of people who are already here. It has actually made a new piece of London."
Residents also have their own work and leisure amenities, which include co-working space and meeting room, private cinema, indoor swimming pool, plus two gyms, spa and steam rooms. And of course, there’s Embassy Gardens’ star attraction, the Sky Pool, with its Sky Deck and Orangery rooftop bar. The Sky Pool will be made from transparent acrylic and perched 35 metres above the ground, allowing swimmers a unique perspective on the capital. “When you’re looking through the water you will not see the structure. You will genuinely have the feeling of floating in air,” says Black.
Residents will be able to make the kind of easy transition from home to poolside that you would normally associate with a luxury spa or resort. “We benefit here from the extraordinary variety of outside space, whether that’s individual terraces, a bridge link, the Sky Deck or the roof terraces,” says Hal Currey, founder of HAL Architects, the architect behind the scheme. “You can be in your dressing gown on a Saturday morning and then come down through the building, cross a bridge and go to the pool and the gym. It’s part and parcel of the way we thought about these buildings gelling together.”
For Ballymore, however, it’s the way in which the community gels that will be Embassy Gardens’ legacy. “For us success is measured by the social outcome – what a development does for people,” adds Black. “The life you live is really what matters and that’s what sets Embassy Gardens apart from everything else in the marketplace.”
How can we live better in the city? It’s a question that’s being given some serious thought globally in the light of the increasing focus on such factors as health, climate change and technological advances.
“Conviviality, bonding and community are what everybody is saying they want in their new world. What we are chatting about is neighbourhood,” is the view of chef, food and sustainability campaigner and author Melissa Hemsley. Among the essential ingredients for this particular recipe are growing and cooking food at home and sharing food with friends and neighbours as, she says, “Food is the instant way to break the ice and take people from being strangers to becoming friends.”
Hemsley is among a number of leading figures from the arts, architecture, design and wellbeing sharing their perceptions on the future of city living in a new podcast, The Blueprint by Ballymore, which has been created to celebrate the launch of its Mill Harbour urban village development, on the doorstep of London’s Canary Wharf. London Design Festival chairman and creative industries campaigner Sir John Sorrell, English National Ballet artistic director and lead principal dancer Tamara Rojo and Lyndon Neri of Shanghai architect Neri&Hu are among other top names who can be heard in the six-part series.
With the series’ host, editor and author Jonathan Openshaw, they will be voicing their views on such subjects as the value of culture, the future of the office, the role of food and exercise in our lives and tomorrow’s smart and sustainable forms of transportation. Some of the themes pick up on ideas already being promoted in Mill Harbour’s urban village, which boasts a theatre, two schools, generous public realm - including a forest - and other elements intended to enhance health and wellbeing and sustainable lifestyles. The creative team behind the scheme, including architect Glenn Howells, will be outlining more of their thinking on the return of the urban village and its characteristics in the podcast series.
Alongside the podcasts, live events will showcase very different aspects of new urban village living. Interiors and lifestyle writer Becky Sunshine will chair three conversation sessions in September at Ballymore’s Design Cube, next to South Quay DLR, with high-street guru and broadcaster Mary Portas, UK CEO of Barry’s Bootcamp Sandy Macaskill and Cathrin Walczyk of Universal Design Studio, the architect and interior designer behind Mill Harbour’s amenities.
On 12 September Mill Harbour’s new forest will become The Great Wild Wharf, a day-long forest school where children can try their hand at soft archery, shelter-building and water purification. And there will be live music and good food on the waterfront in Music at Mill Harbour on 26 September, which will feature emerging London artists including Akin Soul and Ashaine White.
Subscribe now to the podcast series on all major streaming platforms.
Ballymore is welcoming nature into its west London regeneration scheme, The Brentford Project, with a one-day horticultural extravaganza ahead of the launch of a new collection of apartments in a green and pleasant setting.
For the event on 22 August, some of Brentford’s best blooms and finest foliage will be on display, as local florists showcase flowers, outdoor and indoor plants and even micro-herbs. Plus, green-fingered visitors will be able to make their own window box garden in a special workshop.
The new collection of apartments launching in September at The Brentford Project will overlook the gardens of the deconsecrated grade 2* listed St Lawrence’s Church, a local heritage treasure. Ballymore will restore the church to create a culinary and cultural hub for the community as part of its regeneration plans, while its gardens will be relandscaped to provide a green asset for residents and community alike.
The apartment building and church are only two elements of Ballymore’s large-scale regeneration project, which spans almost 12 acres between Brentford’s high street and the meeting point of two rivers: the Thames and the Brent. This is a significant placemaking project, which will provide 876 homes, revitalise the southern half of the town’s high street and reconnect the community with its waterfront, so that everyone can enjoy its public spaces, amenities and riverside. There will be a new Waterfront Square, new foodie destination at Workhouse Dock and new terraces and podium gardens from which to appreciate the river and its nature.
The latest release of apartments – designed by internationally renowned practice of McCullough Mulvin Architects - will make the most of the natural aspect, having floor to ceiling glazing with views of St Lawrence’s Gardens, water and west London greenery. An arrival garden will provide a tranquil retreat for residents with covered walkways, while an outdoor pool and woodland play space surrounded by mature trees will give residents the chance to get closer to nature. Such opportunities are precious in the capital, says Jenny Steen, Sales Director at Ballymore: “Not only are there some of the capital’s most beautiful parks nearby, but the extensive landscaping, public spaces and impressive variety of amenities throughout the neighbourhood will create a unique waterside destination.”
Visit thebrentfordproject.com/event/blooms-at-brentford/ for more information.
Schoolchildren across the county of Roscommon in Ireland will plant 7,500 trees this autumn in an eco-initiative that will play a vital part in helping to protect local water sources, enhance biodiversity and capture carbon. The community initiative, which was launched this week to coincide with Ireland’s Rural Water Week, is also intended to inspire the next generation to think green.
Concerns at the damaging impacts of pesticides on water sources and biodiversity lie behind the initiative, which has been developed by the group water scheme sector with the support of Roscommon County Council and developer Ballymore. This autumn national schools will be receiving information explaining how to plant a tree and go pesticide free. Every schoolchild will receive a tree, as well as a certificate confirming the part they have played by planting it.
The initiative demonstrates how everyone can do their bit to help the environment and has the potential to enhance Roscommon, a county that already boasts such natural assets as the historic Mote Park and Lough Ree.
Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Chief Executive of Ballymore Group, said, “We take sustainability and biodiversity seriously on all our projects and I’m thrilled to be a part of this. It’s a fantastic idea that will make a big impact on the education of children and Roscommon. Initiatives like this spark young people’s curiosity and help to get them involved in safeguarding our planet’s future.”
Acrobatics, drama and a sing-along musical with numbers from Katy Perry and Britney Spears are among the top attractions at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. The festival will mark the emergence of many Dublin theatres from lockdown in style with 107 performances of 23 events in 13 venues, including 21 world premieres and two Dublin premieres. The city’s eclectic arts showcase will be taking place over 16 days and nights, from September 5-20, with the help of core funding from Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council and Ballymore as principal patron.
The Dublin Fringe Festival 2020: Pilot Light Edition has a new format to enable it to bring back performances safely with social distancing in place. That will include tailor-made performances at venues like Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and The Chapel Royal, with the latter hosting the world premiere of choreography and music project, Before You Say Anything. Festival events will also take place in outdoor venues, such as Dublin Castle Courtyard, and there will be opportunities to enjoy the festival at home, online and via Dublin Digital Radio (ddr).
The packed festival programme has seven themes, ranging from Come Out to Play, which invites audiences to make art in the fresh air, to Utopia or Bust, which reimagines the world with manifestos for a new era that will be posted on the streets of Dublin and Paris. As ever, the programme’s content is rich, varied and innovative with 100 Miniature Meadows, a new work by Luke Casserly and Shanna May Breen, inviting audiences to take part in a planting project where they receive instructions by post and a downloadable soundscape to listen to. Tickets for these and other events featuring names such as playwright and performer Eva O’Connor, Belfast drag queen Rosa Tralee and Bell X1 frontman Paul Noonan are now on sale at www.fringefest.com.
"Their resolve to provide a creative proposition in such a challenging environment is very welcome in an incredibly difficult year for the arts."
Above all, this year’s festival demonstrates the importance of the arts to people’s lives, as Festival Director Ruth McGowan explains.“This is an opportunity for experimental performance to take the lead, and for voices that defy the mainstream to light the way forward in dark times. Dublin Fringe are responding to the world around us with a new festival format, but our programme remains devoted to artistic risk, active spectatorship and shared moments in time.”
The festival also deserves praise for their achievement and imagination in creating this year’s event, says Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore. “Their resolve to provide a creative proposition in such a challenging environment is very welcome in an incredibly difficult year for the arts. I am delighted this year’s festival is going ahead, providing a much-needed platform for emerging artists to showcase their unique talents”.
Ballymore has acquired the Broadwalk Shopping Centre in Edgware, north London, and is gearing up to work with the council on plans to regenerate the 13-acre site. The developer acquired the freehold interest in the 190,000 sq ft centre from Aberdeen Standard Investments, with property consultant Knight Frank acting on the latter’s behalf.
The site occupies a significant town centre location, directly next to Edgware Underground Station. Ballymore has already had a dialogue with the London Borough of Barnet to understand its ambitions for the site and the wider area and will now work with the council and the local community to bring forward a proposal that can enhance the town centre and community into the future.
Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive at Ballymore, said: “Ballymore has a great deal of experience in town-centre communities and over the many years we have been in business we have learnt a lot of lessons. How these places look to evolve in the coming years will be key to their success, as the essential nature of high-street retail changes so rapidly. Connected by the Northern Line to central London, this is a fantastic area with incredible potential for a mixed-use development with new homes, shops and businesses. We’re looking forward to collaborating closely with the local community and the council to evolve this town centre into a place that is fit for the future and ready to deliver what our communities want and need on their doorstep.”
Drive-in cinemas are making a comeback and the hottest ticket this summer is Duke’s Drive-In Cinema at Ballymore’s west London development, The Brentford Project. Classic and supercar hub Duke of London will be screening a string of appropriately automotive-themed blockbusters including The Italian Job, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Bullitt and Layer Cake, starting on July 16.
The drive-in is initially exclusively for classic and supercars, but those who don’t yet have a sufficiently stylish automobile can still enjoy the complete drive-in experience. Duke of London is also offering classic cars to hire for screenings via partner RNG Classics, including a Porsche 928, Lamborghini Murcielago, Jaguar E-Type, Ferrari 308 GTSi and MGB GT.
Cinema-goers will be able to enjoy a vintage American ‘carhop’ dining service, complete with rollerskating waiters and waitresses. On the takeaway menu will be food from Santa Maria Pizzeria, draft beer from The Brewery Tap and cocktails by Vault Vermouth. Cars from famous films will be on display at screenings and there might even be a celebrity face or two in attendance. The cinema has been created with health and safety in mind, incorporating measures such as scanning of tickets through closed car windows, contactless food and drinks delivery and socially-distanced toilet queuing.
Duke of London Director of Events, Georgia Peck, said of the screenings: “We really hope to create an iconic and intimate series of drive-in movies - in true quirky, vintage Duke of London-style - that goes on to become a permanent fixture in our events calendar, and is loved by our clients and locals alike.”
Tickets are selling fast, with the launch screening of Layer Cake on 16 July already sold out. Ticket prices start at £60 a car and can be bought from dukeoflondon.co.uk.
Experiences of pandemic and lockdown are influencing homebuyer sentiment as the property market returns, prompting expatriates to set their sights on securing a base back home closer to family. A survey by property consultant Knight Frank’s prime team has identified a global trend for expats to look to buy in their homeland. “Sixty-four per cent of Knight Frank offices polled are reporting the lockdown had influenced expats’ decision to buy a property in their home country, which has led to a significant uptick in residential enquiries since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Ray Palmer-Smith, Director of New Homes for Ireland at Knight Frank. The survey found most are seeking a 50/50 home, which provides a base for now and could at some point in the future become a permanent home.
Palmer-Smith anticipates a strong volume of viewings once travel restrictions are eased. “Enquiries for Dublin have been particularly strong through our offices in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Singapore, with a combination of expats returning home or planning for a future return, buy-to-let investors and families emigrating or where children may be studying in Ireland.”
Both Ireland and the UK are now seeing sales centres and showhomes open their doors again, with new safety protocols in place to safeguard staff and buyers. “So far this has been one of the busiest weeks of the year for new homes reservations and we expect that to continue in the following weeks, as more people become comfortable with viewing again,” says Palmer-Smith. During lockdown itself Knight Frank’s Dublin team successfully agreed a number of new homes sales to expats, conducting virtual viewings via Zoom using digital brochures, videos and 3D tools.
These buyers are returning to the market with fresh priorities. “The number one driving factor for expats choosing to purchase a property back home is to be close to family members and/or family support network, with work and healthcare coming in second and third,” says Palmer-Smith. “Following lockdown, globally we are seeing a common trend towards health and wellness as major factors for everyone, particularly expats in their selection of a home.” He highlights property search priorities such as a location close to open spaces, beaches, shopping and general amenities, as well as the traditional driving factors of schools and travel time to major work centres. Lockdown has had its impact on that list, he explains, “With many having experienced lockdown whilst living in major metropolises with young families, the importance of quality surroundings within walking distance has never been more necessary.”
New homes have always had appeal for expat buyers. “And never more so than now,” continues Palmer-Smith. “Having often previously lived in modern buildings in other cities, the expectation of standard of accommodation, energy rating and reduction of need for maintenance are often driving factors. When property purchases are being conducted from their current country of residence, the ease and convenience of buying a new home is generally considered much more straightforward, often eliminating any bidding process, no onward chain and sometimes facilitating a delayed completion, depending on the build schedule of the development.”
At Naas, in County Kildare in Ireland, Ballymore’s Bellingsfield and Longstone developments have been attracting significant levels of interest from expat buyers. Both developments have showhomes open for viewing by appointment and safeguarding measures in place, including sanitising of showhomes after viewings, social distancing and provision of hand sanitiser. Similar safeguarding measures are in place at Ballymore’s UK showhomes, and for all locations showhome tours can be complemented by digital tools, allowing viewers to compare housetypes and plot locations and explore other features and information.
The Bellingsfield and Longstone developments have many of the attributes that are on expats’ wishlists. Their three and four bedroom houses have light, spacious terraced, semi-detached and detached designs. Importantly, these collections of family houses also have quality surroundings, each development having its own landscaped green space and being close to some of Kildare’s highly regarded schools and sports clubs, including Craddockstown Golf Club.
As we emerge from lockdown, cities are having to establish a new normal to allow offices, schools, shops and other services to continue to operate. That has led to calls to not only incorporate basic social distancing measures but to go further and ‘build back better’, creating more sustainable and better places to work, live or visit.
This could be a priority for city office buildings, where large open-plan spaces and hot desking have been the norm. During lockdown, businesses replacing office operations with working from home gained an understanding of both the pluses and the minuses of the latter. Frequent distractions, especially from small children, poor WiFi signals, physical isolation and lack of defined space for a desk are just some of the downsides that have already become apparent. Such factors are likely to mean businesses remain office-based, where they will look to physical distancing measures to help them work as effectively and safely as possible.
Ballymore’s upcoming EG:HQ building, beside the River Thames in London’s rapidly emerging Nine Elms district, points to a different future for the office building. Far in advance of the pandemic, people-centred and sustainable approaches were set at the heart of the design of this 217,000 sq ft building.
Joe Morris, founder of Morris + Company, EG:HQ’s architect, says shortcomings in the conventional office were apparent long ago. “There was already a perception that the 9-to-5 is not creative or productive for workers. There is a challenge in how we tackle issues around the balance of work and life, productivity and creativity.”
The pandemic has focused attention, with that potential to build back better. “A crisis makes you appreciate life - you realise how important the sunlight is, for example,” he says, adding, “The question is: how can the office of the future tap into that?”
EG:HQ provides an answer to that, its design advocating what Morris calls an ‘office+’ approach. “We thought about how to bring value with amenity, landscape, views and natural light and how to reduce the corporate security barrier to make the entrance experience meaningful and give a more public-centric and creative environment. As a step forward, EG:HQ has a lot going for it.”
This value is evident in numerous aspects of the building’s design. Instead of a single rooftop terrace, the design incorporates seven terraces, both public and private, over numerous floors. In all, the building has more than 18,000 sq ft of terracing, providing views of and ready access to outdoor space and landscaping.
Windows run horizontally, rather than vertically, which promotes wellbeing, explains Morris. “Wellbeing can be something as simple as being able to look away from a computer screen, out of a window and take in a long view. EG:HQ was designed to promote that. The horizontal windows give you long views across rooftops and are enhanced by landscape.”
The building’s users were prioritised right from the start of the project. “Wellbeing was part of Ballymore’s initial brief to us,” says Morris. Some of EG:HQ’s attributes have become even more relevant to wellbeing, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The riverside location can allow for a pleasant walk, jog or cycle to work, and the building has generous cycle storage. Two separate lift cores offer the option of managed circulation, limited density in the lift cars or the alternative of stair access to floors. The building also has separate toilets in each of the two circulation cores, again offering choice and separation.
Flexibility of space could be key in successfully accommodating workers in offices in the future, believes Michael Hughes, project director for EG:HQ at Ballymore. “Offices will need to offer better facilities and be more flexible to workers if they are to attract talent. High density occupation, hot desking, single core access and so on, can cause unwelcome stress to employees.”
Hughes expects to see more employers focusing on new and better ways of working. “The experience offered by the office will change to benefit the worker, from the touch free journey from the front door to the desk and the amenities offered to those employees spurning public transport in exchange for walking, running and cycling to work.” Such factors could transform the workspace, which, in spite of recent reports predicting its demise, will endure, says Hughes. “Companies will still need a base and will still demand the collaboration of the office-based community.”
From living room workouts to virtual quiz nights, we’ve all had to get creative to stay healthy and connected. However, there’s only so many online yoga classes we can attend, or loaves of banana bread we can bake. Sometimes, trying to be creative at home can feel uninspiring. That’s why Ballymore has partnered with industry-leading creatives to provide two at-home experiences that will help you flex your creative muscles: the Penguin Live x Embassy Gardens virtual book ventures, and the Botanical Boys x Wardian London masterclass series.
Nine Elms regeneration project, Embassy Gardens, has teamed up with Penguin Live to offer a series of virtual book ventures. The partnership is celebrating world-leading publisher Penguin Random House’s relocation to One Embassy Gardens with events including a virtual book club and a short story competition especially for Embassy Gardens residents.
The Embassy Gardens Penguin Live Virtual Book Club offers impressive discounts on e- and audio books, and access to a fortnightly online book club, chaired by journalist and interviewer Hannah MacInnes. The club starts on 25 May, with all members receiving an audio or eBook at a discounted rate and having two weeks to read, before participating in a live discussion.
Residents also have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive short story competition. Submissions will be judged by representatives from Penguin Live. The most creative entries will win £500 worth of books and have their winning story showcased through Embassy Gardens’ marketing channels. Follow @embassygardens or look up Penguin Live x Embassy Gardens for more information.
If you’re more interested in plants than prose, then Botanical Boys, the duo on a mission to connect people with nature, and the developers behind Wardian London have the perfect past time for you. They have come together to bring you a free series of virtual terrarium masterclasses, where you can learn how to look after your favourite plants, connect with nature, find your inner zen, and bring the green beauty of nature into your living room.
These ‘at home’ 15-minute masterclasses are led by Botanical Boys’ co-founder Darren Henderson, via Zoom. Topics being explored include: the history of the Wardian Case (one of the first examples of a terrarium and the inspiration behind Wardian London), benefits of indoor plants, indoor plant styling, and plant care top tips.
Each demonstration will be on Instagram, meaning you can easily share tips with your friends, or save your favourite posts to look back over.
To register for your complimentary place on a live masterclass, and find out how to purchase a terrarium kit, sign up on the Wardian website or for updates, visit @Ballymore in Instagram.
Ballymore is set to grow its neighbourhood at Royal Canal Park, in Dublin 15, after winning planning consent for the next phase of development. This fourth and final phase, which is being developed on the site of the former Ormond Printworks, will provide 435 one and two bedroom apartments, as well as amenities including a healthcare centre, pharmacy, gym and public plazas. The development will also feature office space, 255 car parking spaces, and nearly 950 bicycle parking spaces.
This phase will complete the transformation of this canalside area into the Royal Canal Park neighbourhood. Ballymore’s regeneration has laid the foundations for a sustainable community, which already boasts homes, an Aldi supermarket and a range of amenities.
Sean Mulryan, Founder & Group CEO of Ballymore, said of An Bord Pleanála’s consent: “I welcome An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve the next phase of our Royal Canal Park development. Since 2004 when our first residents arrived, we have created a vibrant new community in Ashtown, which already boasts over 1,200 homes, cafes, gyms, a community centre, and a canal basin canoe polo club. At Ballymore, we are committed to true integration into the communities within which we build. We’ll ensure this latest phase is responsibly integrated into the existing local community.”
Dantae Johnson, a producer, songwriter, and founder of Three Bears Entertainment and The Woods Studio on London City Island has been busy. “We’ve had all of our artists affected by the COVID-19 lockdown,” he says. “Many were in the middle of projects at the studio on City Island that have suddenly stalled. And we need to support them through lockdown. We’ve had to find new ways to generate revenues - take everything online. Live gigs are about 70% of all artists’ income. It’s also where many artists attract new fans, so the fact that no artist has that shoulder to lean on any more is very troubling.”
The Woods Studio’s response, in collaboration with Ballymore, was to create a podcast series, the City Island Homecast, where creative artists can discuss how they are adapting to life in lockdown.
The series will launch on Thursday 14 May. It will consist of six episodes, each one between 40 and 50 minutes long, with a new episode released every week. Episodes will feature some of the biggest names in UK music and content creation: Dalton Harris (2018 X Factor winner), Nile Wilson (British Olympian and YouTuber), Caggie Dunlop (reality TV star and influencer), Lily Mercer (DJ, founder and editor of Viper magazine), Donel (The Voice UK contestant and rising UK musician), and Angels & Bandits (up-and-coming UK band). Johnson will host each episode with award-winning, Oscar shortlisted, London-based music producer, Pete Boxsta Martin.
“Everyone we are working with on this series has a huge online following,” explains Johnson. “And right now, with everything that is going on, people want to know how their favourite artists and influencers are coping through lockdown. So, we thought, why not have a podcast, which can condense - in their own words - the experiences of these creative artists at home during lockdown?”
“Mental health will be a big topic,” Johnson says. “Many of our guests are well-versed in the area of mental health. Nile Wilson has struggled with depression because of how much he needs to be on top of his game as an Olympic gymnast, and because of setbacks through injuries. Dalton Harris has suffered from crippling anxiety, so he’s going to be talking about that and everything in-between.”
"As part of the City Island Homecast series, Ballymore and The Woods will launch a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for charity."
The idea of what home means to creative artists in a post-COVID-19 world was also of great interest to Johnson’s team at The Woods when developing the series.
“We collaborate a lot with Ballymore, so we wanted the central theme of the series to be home, and ask: what does home mean to us? It seems like the right time to engage with our communities through culture and music.” Despite the many devastating outcomes of the COVID-19 virus, The Woods are aiming for optimism with the City Island Homecast.
As part of the City Island Homecast series, Ballymore and The Woods will launch a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for charity. Each episode of the series will aim to raise funds and awareness for a charity nominated by that week’s guest. There will also be special guests featured on each episode, such as The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, whose charity Street Child (nominated by Dalton Harris) helps to provide education to more than 125 million disadvantaged children worldwide.
You can listen to the City Island Homecast on most major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts/Spotify/Google Podcasts, or you can find it on Acast.
Over a century after Brown and Alcott become the first aviators to fly non-stop across the Atlantic, a replica bronze statue of the two famous pilots has been unveiled at Clifden Town Square, Co. Galway. Perhaps it was the prospect of a refreshing pint of Guinness that brought the pilots to Clifden, Ballymore Group Chief Executive Sean Mulryan, mused at the statue’s unveiling.
“I don’t agree with all of the history and I’m going to tell you why. They (Alcock and Brown) knew exactly where they were going.. they had read up about the craic in Clifden with the music and dance. And the first thing they said when they got off the plane - two pints of Guinness!”
The creation of a permanent statue in Clifden follows Ireland’s ‘Alcock and Brown 100 Festival 2019’ celebrations which marked the centenary anniversary of the flight last year. John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the flight from St Johns in Newfoundland in a modified Vickers Vimy biplane. They took off in the early afternoon of 14 June 1919 from St John’s in Newfoundland. They braved cloud, snow, ice and a near-fatal stall over the Atlantic before finally landing at the Marconi Station at Clifden, County Galway, 16 hours and 28 minutes after takeoff.
The Daily Mail had offered £10,000, or £1million in today’s money, to the first person to fly the Atlantic non-stop. Within days, they collected their reward from Winston Churchill, then Secretary of State for War, and were knighted by King George V.
The statue, which has been crafted by Bronze Art Ireland, is an exact replica of a monument erected at London’s Heathrow Airport in the 1950s, which was brought to Ireland temporarily for the festival. The original was commissioned by the British government and created by the notable sculptor William McMillan. When the festival ended, the idea of replicating the original and giving it a permanent home in the square at Clifden took hold, and Sean Mulryan and his wife Bernardine provided funding support to help realise the project. Sean remarked:
“A museum is the next target with a replica of the plane and a history of all the great stories in the world about aviation and I think that would be a great thing for tourism in Clifden. So if we get a museum done, with a little help from our friends, it will be a huge benefit to Clifden, the community, jobs and tourism. We’re going to try make this happen.”
Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland, formally unveiled the statue this month (March), assisted by Sean and Bernardine Mulryan. “The remarkable flight by Alcock and Brown must be remembered and commemorated, especially here in Clifden. Bernardine and myself are delighted to have played our part in making this happen and we have no doubt it will add to the tourist attraction of this beautiful area.”
Travel restrictions may make it impossible to tour show homes and emerging developments in person at the moment, but in today’s digitally connected world there are still ways of getting the best views of some of London’s most desirable new homes and neighbourhoods. Developer Ballymore has released a series of video tours showcasing four of its landmark schemes in the capital. Its creative director, Roger Black, gives his own personal tour of the London City Island development, on the Leamouth Peninsula, Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms and The Brentford Project, in west London. You can also enjoy a preview of Wardian London, the lusciously-landscaped high-rise development in Canary Wharf, which is set for completion later this year.
Looking at development websites, videos and virtual tours is a different experience to standing in a show apartment for real, but Eloise Solari, associate regional sales director at Ballymore, has a hot tip to help homeseekers get the best out of the process. “Speak to the sales team about what you’re looking for. They are there to make sure you find the right home for you,” she stresses.
Now is the time when a sales advisor can really prove their worth, giving the essential details about an apartment, its development and the broader location, says Solari. “We’re used to looking at plans on a daily basis, so can explain a scheme to potential purchasers and make sure they have all the information they need to reach their decision.” Ballymore’s sales teams are continuing to work remotely during usual office hours, but now rely on software tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to maintain face-to-face contact with would-be customers.
The software’s screen sharing capabilities allow advisor and customer to talk through plans in the same way as they would in the marketing suite. In fact, there can be benefits to meeting online, says Solari. “People can find it easier to focus on the conversation, as there are often fewer distractions. It is really a one-to-one opportunity to get answers and we are finding people are asking more questions.” She says that video meetings may last as long as an hour, as options are explored in depth.
“People can find it easier to focus on the conversation, as there are often fewer distractions. It is really a one-to-one opportunity to get answers and we are finding people are asking more questions.”
This new way of working has meant rapid changes behind the scenes for Ballymore’s sales teams, particularly those based in its marketing suites. Daily briefing and debriefing video calls, at the beginning and end of the day, are helping team members to stay connected, and some information has been simplified to help make it more easily accessible, particularly for marketing overseas. Good working practices are being shared, says Solari, to help constantly improve customer service.
Prior to the coronavirus crisis Solari, who looks after London City Island and Wardian, says sales were brisk. “We’d had a really good start to the year with sales up on the previous year. That has helped us more recently and given us a positive push for 2020,” she explains. Ballymore is planning for the future, with its Mill Harbour scheme, in Canary Wharf, gearing up for an anticipated launch later this year. “It will be a really exciting development that will really stand out,” says Solari. Without giving away too many of the details ahead of the launch, she hints, “It will have amenity offerings that you don’t often see in London to create community and enrich your life.” As the world adjusts to the challenges of tackling coronavirus, Solari says homeseekers are now optimistically looking to life beyond lockdown: “People are gathering information and doing their research while they have time. They are looking to their future”.
You can watch all the latest Ballymore videos on our YouTube page.
Creative and artisan businesses in new mixed use developments are looking to ways to support their communities as essential restrictions on movement continue through the coronavirus crisis. Across developer Ballymore’s London neighbourhoods small businesses are coming up with ways of helping residents and broader communities to continue to enjoy coffee, culture, fine food and fitness activity at home, while keeping their own businesses on track. And one business at its London City Island development, in Leamouth, has joined forces with the developer to offer a special Gift Box of grocery essentials free to NHS worker residents.
The Espresso Room Pantry at London City Island is a coffee shop that is now supplying groceries so that it can remain at the heart of its community. The pantry and Ballymore are collaborating to provide the Gift Box, which typically includes such staples as bread, vegetables and fruit, as well as a sweet treat. The box is being made available to NHS staff living at any Ballymore development free of charge, on email request – with a copy of NHS ID – to the pantry. Other residents at the development can buy the box from the pantry and this, as well as other groceries and a selection of healthy menu dishes, can all be delivered to the home to help those self isolating.
Residents of London City Island taking their daily outdoor exercise have a chance to see the latest art exhibition in the windows of the arebyte Gallery. But everyone can appreciate Best Effort Network, the first solo presentation in the capital by 1990s net art pioneer Olia Lialina, via arebyte on screen (AOS), the gallery’s digital channel. “Olia is one of the best known artists working online, using a browser as a canvas,” says Nimrod Vardi, founder and creative director of arebyte.
AOS launched just over a year ago, being a natural medium for an arts organisation whose mission is to support artists working in digital and emerging artforms. “It is the culmination of previous platforms, and an extension of our gallery,” explains Vardi. The platform’s traffic has soared as people look online for cultural experiences. “This is a great archive of the current state of digital art, and we have additional content, such as talks and panel discussions,” Rebecca Edwards, curator at arbyte Gallery says of AOS. As creative workers struggle to find outlets for their work, arebyte is continuing to provide an important platform, with upcoming activities including Powerplay, a virtual reality exhibition featuring works by digital artists in Africa. “We’re working to promote and curate good content,” adds Vardi.
At Embassy Gardens, in Nine Elms, cycling studio ‘static’ had been building up classes and events before the coronavirus outbreak. “We had special ride sessions on Christmas Day morning and New Year’s Eve and on our last day set up an outdoor class in the square,” says Ollie Chipp, managing director of static. “We’ve had a phenomenal response and built an incredible community for both members and pay as you go visitors of all ages and abilities.”
When the studio had to close its doors, it did some fast thinking and came up with an alternative to the conventional response of freezing memberships, which was to offer its Keiser M3i - Lite bikes on loan to members living at Embassy Gardens. The static team was soon delivering bikes to homes, where residents can keep on riding, motivated by a playlist created by static’s instructors. “It helps members stay in touch and it helps us as a start-up. We’re supporting the people who have supported us,” says Chipp. He is already looking ahead to the time when classes can resume. What’s planned for the relaunch? “A big party,” he says.
Embassy Gardens’ much loved coffee shop District is also looking to the future. Owner Chelsea Finch says, “We will be working hard to re-open with a bang and, in the meantime, keep customers updated with any exciting projects and how to get their hands on District coffee beans for all their home brewing pleasure on our Instagram, @districtcoffeeldn”.
Some stores here are continuing with care to serve the community. Top Embassy Gardens restaurant Darby’s has temporarily become a community store, open from 10am to 4pm. The store is offering high quality meats, deli delights, beer and wine, and gourmet meals for two, including its Dexter beef pie.
Neighbouring health, beauty and lifestyle store Linnaean may not be able to welcome visitors to its stores but its hair and beauty expertise is still on hand, through online consultations with skin therapists and hair stylists. Its skin therapists can carry out online assessments and advise on products, which can still be bought from Linnaean, thanks to its delivery service. The store’s hair stylists can advise on how to carry out colour treatments in the home. Both are being well received by customers, who can stay in touch with the store via its Instagram page, @linnaeanliving, and website.
The store is also collaborating with local personal trainer, Kasia Romanowicz, to offer the first six people to purchase a £250 gift card a free 30 minute training session. It’s just one example of how local businesses are coming together to help one another and their customers. “As an independent business we are extremely grateful for everyone’s support in this difficult time,” says Elena Tayleur, founder of Linnaean.
From all of us at Ballymore, our communities are ultimately made by the people who live in them and the small businesses that support them in so many ways. We thank our businesses for playing their part in helping to keep communities strong. We also thank the health services in the UK and in Ireland for all they are doing for us.
Dockland warehouses, heavy industry, grime and decay are now largely swept away; in their place have come high rise apartment blocks, new transport links and the legacy of the 2012 Olympics. This is the story of east London’s transformation and it has been such a success that Newham was recently named the local authority area with the highest rise in home prices in the whole of the UK this century, according to the Halifax.
The large-scale regeneration has relied on the long term vision and investment of pioneering developers, working in collaboration with an array of public and private sector partners. Ballymore arrived in east London with schemes in the Isle of Dogs and Spitalfields in the 1990s, and has remained in the area ever since, innovating in construction, design and placemaking to create some of the area’s tallest and most significant buildings and some of its most exciting new neighbourhoods. In the process, it has shaped not only communities in east London, but broader regeneration thinking and practice in the UK. This look at Ballymore’s developments over the decades shares a few of its lessons and innovations.
The 1990s: Valuing heritage, character and culture
As the UK emerged from the 1991 recession, property hot spots intensified across the east of the capital and the Isle of Dogs began to shake off its industrial past. Ballymore’s debut schemes on the Isle of Dogs were Dundee Wharf and Millennium Harbour, completed in 1997 and 1998 respectively. Both designs – by CZWG - combined architectural quality with a rare respect for heritage and history in an area that was rapidly evolving. The 128-home Dundee Wharf made the most of its prominent location at the bend of the Thames at Limehouse Reach, and has become a landmark for river commuters with its distinctive spiked balcony towers. The larger Millennium Harbour, which comprises five buildings of apartments, is just as recognisable, for its copper-clad cantilevered penthouses.
Away from the Isle of Dogs itself, Ballymore was also developing a scheme that honed its mixed use skills. It refurbished the Old Spitalfields Market halls, the former home of the historic fruit and vegetable wholesale market. The developer worked with Jestico + Whiles Architects and Julian Harrap Architects to restore and enhance the rich heritage of the Victorian halls.
By creating a welcoming space for local businesses in arts, crafts and artisan foods, it curated a distinctive place that has bucked the retail downturn and is now open to visitors seven days a week. This was the shape of things to come for a developer that now routinely looks beyond buildings to embed local character and culture in placemaking, and the mix of local traders, small producers and street foods that has proved successful at Old Spitalfields Market is being emulated in cities across the UK.
The 2000s: Recognising that one size doesn’t fit all
The new millennium brought a new building for east London, in The Dome on Greenwich Peninsula, since renamed the O2 Arena and now one of the world’s busiest music venues. At the same time, Ballymore was looking beyond the standard apartment product being developed across the capital and innovating with different ways of living, which in some ways anticipated today’s consumer focus on wellbeing.
In Stoke Newington, it joined forces again with CZWG to deliver Red Square, a scheme of 114 live/work homes. The development’s semi-industrial aesthetic, with external decks leading to upper level duplex homes, was intended to limit the social isolation of living and working at home and promote neighbourliness.
By 2007, it was completing a very different scheme, New Providence Wharf, which included the first residential high-rise tower to be built in the capital for around three decades. The curving forms of the scheme’s four buildings, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, provided space for a peaceful riverside park, while also echoing the curves of the O2, which was just across the Thames. The scheme combined more than 1,500 apartments with a hotel, residents having the benefit of access to the hotel’s health spa and gym. New Providence Wharf’s success marked the return of high rise living.
The 2010s: It’s about living, not square footage
The company followed up New Providence Wharf by building even higher. Its Pan Peninsula development comprised two towers rising to 40 and 50 storeys, the latter being the tallest in Europe at the time of delivery.
The scheme – again designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill - brought Manhattan style to London in its architecture and its living experiences. A boutique cinema, and health and fitness club with gym, studio and pool were among the resident amenities. Residents also had their own cocktail bar and restaurant on the 48th floor, as well as a Sky Lounge for relaxation or business meetings. Such amenities met residents’ growing appetite for community and experiences, which would in time become so important to the private rented market.
Into the 2020s: Creating places with potential
While every development is a distinctive place and community requiring its own design and delivery, the lessons of the past are feeding into current Ballymore schemes like Royal Wharf, London City Island, Goodluck Hope and Wardian London.
As projects and understanding have evolved, the developer’s focus on placeshaping has grown, so that today its schemes are almost as well known for their cultural and community focus as they are for their new apartments. Think of London City Island, which is home to the English National Ballet’s dazzling new centre, or the locally-prized neighbourhood resource of Royal Wharf Community Dock.
As a result, such areas are not only experiencing increased property prices; they are also receiving a boost to their social, economic and cultural potential and that’s the kind of regeneration that could have a lasting impact on people and places.
Josephine Smit is a freelance journalist based in London. Her work is published in Housing Today, RIBA Journal and other business media.
Ballymore is limiting single-use plastic on its construction sites with an action plan that is saving 8,000 plastic cups a year alone. It rolled out measures to discourage staff and partners from using plastic cups and bottles last year and is now following that up with trials of a recycling initiative.
The construction industry is the second largest consumer of plastics in the UK, relying on the material for everything from pipes to protective coverings, as well as the packaging that safeguards many products on their way to site. The industry is estimated to produce three times more packaging waste than all UK households combined.
Plastics for packaging and many other items are used only briefly before being discarded, often ultimately ending up in landfill sites or in the world’s oceans. The United Nations Environment Programme says that only 9% of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled.
That clearly has to change, and Ballymore is among those working to drive the change through its action plan, which provides alternatives to help everyone make the switch to more sustainable behaviours. Its measures have included banning single-use plastic cups across its construction sites, and replacing them with more sustainable options. The sale of single-use plastic bottles has also been banned in site canteens; instead, reusable non-plastic bottles are provided to Ballymore staff and additional water dispensers have been installed so there is no need to buy water in plastic bottles. To ensure good practice is extended along the supply chain, trade contractors now have to provide their own teams with reusable bottles too.
This year, the focus is shifting to the plastic sheeting temporarily used to protect new floors, walls and other surfaces from damage during construction. Ballymore is working with manufacturer Proplex in a trial that could see its protective sheets separated from other site waste and collected by the supplier for recycling. If the plastic sheeting across all Ballymore sites were recycled in this way, it could divert at least 4.5 tonnes of polypropylene waste a year from disposal.
Alongside this, Ballymore is considering or implementing many other measures to limit waste and aid the environment, from banning plastic covers for internal reports to ruling out plastic bags, food boxes and cutlery in site canteens. A learning programme is also helping to get the sustainability message out to staff and partners.
“We are working to create a positive culture towards waste reduction and environmental management,” said Mark Gordon, group health and safety director with Ballymore. “There are many ways in which we can play our part through our everyday actions and every one of us can make a difference.”
英國電信巨頭BT（British Telecom）已確認租用伯明翰雪山大樓三號（Three Snowhill）的三分之二的空間，這是有史以來在倫敦以外最大的城市中心商業項目。該協議的達成時間與雪山三號的竣工時間同步，這一成功簽約標誌著整個雪山重建項目已取得了圓滿成功。
雪山大樓項目佔地四英畝，靠近Snow Hill火車站，該項目改變了伯明翰Colmore商業區的城市佈局。這個項目跨越在建造三棟辦公大樓，60萬平方英尺的最先進的辦公空間的開發，該項目由Sidell Architects建築師事務所總體規劃，他們將開發項目打造成為一個頂級的商業區，並在戰略上把伯明翰Colmore商業區與北部槍支與珠寶製作區緊密聯繫在一起，凸顯了这一地区在伯明翰经济方面的重要性。
這個耗資2億英鎊的最後階段是建造雪山三號，高達17層，提供了42萬平方英尺的A級辦公空間。該建築的設計按BREEAM評估標準被評為“極佳設計”。雪山三號三面為玻璃環繞，內部有貫通整體建築的中央天井。目前， BT已簽訂了為期20年的租約，最終將為4,000名BT員工提供辦公空間。 BT物業和設施服務總經理Graeme Paton表示：“我們在伯明翰的新辦公樓將我們的員工們凝聚在一個令人賞心悅目的現代環境之中，它將改變我們的工作方式。令人振奮的是，它將成為BT在英國的戰略樞紐要地，我們在該市僱用的員工數量也將會大大增加。”
巴利摩董事長兼集團首席執行官Sean Mulryan談到該項目時說：“ 雪山地產開發對巴利摩來說是一個為期16年的項目，創造了100萬平方英尺的辦公空間，在公共建築方面屢獲殊榮，並成為該市的新的商業區。我們為這個成就而感到自豪。BT選擇在三號大樓完工之前簽約，這反映了我們所有合作夥伴的辛勤工作與努力得到了最好的認可。”
英国电信巨头BT（British Telecom）已确认租用伯明翰雪山大楼三号（Three Snowhill）的三分之二的空间，这是有史以来在伦敦以外最大的城市中心商业项目。该协议的达成时间与雪山三号的竣工时间同步，这一成功签约标志着整个雪山重建项目已取得了圆满成功。
雪山大楼项目占地四英亩，靠近Snow Hill火车站,该项目改变了伯明翰Colmore商业区的城市格局。这个项目不仅限于在建造三栋办公大楼，60万平方英尺的最先进的办公空间的开发，还包括在St Chad’s Circus旁边创建一个新的广场，以及在英国中部铁路轻轨延伸站旁架设一座高架桥。该项目由Sidell Architects建筑师事务所总体规划，他们将开发项目打造成为一个顶级的商业区，并在战略上把伯明翰Colmore商业区与北部枪支与珠宝制作区紧密连结在一起，凸显了这一地区在伯明翰经济方面的重要性。
这个耗资2亿英镑的雪山三号是整个项目的最后一期工程，高达17层，提供了42万平方英尺的A级办公空间。该建筑的设计按BREEAM评估标准被评为“极佳设计”。雪山三号三面为玻璃环绕，內部有贯通整体建筑的中央天井。目前， BT已签订了为期20年的租约，最终将为4,000名BT员工提供办公空间。 BT物业和设施服务总经理Graeme Paton表示：“我们在伯明翰的新办公楼将我们的员工们凝聚在一个令人赏心悦目的现代环境之中，它将影响甚至改善我们的工作方式。更令人振奋的是，它将成为BT在英国的战略枢纽要地，我们在伯明翰这里雇用的员工数量也将会大大增加。”
巴利摩董事长兼集团首席执行官Sean Mulryan谈到该项目时说：“ 雪山大楼的地产开发对巴利摩来说是一个历时为期16年的项目，它创造了近100万平方英尺的办公空间，在公共建筑方面屡获殊荣，并已成为该市的新兴的商业区。我们为这个成就而感到自豪。BT选择在三号大楼完工之前签约，这反映我们合作伙伴的辛勤工作与努力得到了最好的认可。”
Telecoms giant BT has taken two thirds of the space in the new Three Snowhill building in Birmingham, which is the largest ever speculative city centre office development outside the capital. The deal coincides with the completion of the building’s construction, confirming the success of the overall Snowhill regeneration.
The Snowhill development has transformed a 4 acre site close to Birmingham’s Snow Hill station, in the city’s Colmore business district. This major project has involved not only the development of 600,000 sq ft of office space in three state-of-the-art buildings but also the creation of a new square beside St Chad’s Circus and delivery of a viaduct beside the station for the Midland Metro light rail extension. Masterplanned by Sidell Architects, the development is now a top business destination in its own right, a strategic link between the Colmore business district and the Gun and Jewellery Quarters to the north and an expression of Birmingham’s economic importance.
The One and Two Snowhill buildings, standing 13 and 14 storeys high respectively, were delivered in 2013, and their space is fully let, with tenants including Barclays, KPMG and infrastructure company High Speed Two (HS2). Investor M&G acquired Two Snowhill and has funded Three Snowhill, working with Ballymore as development manager.
"The Snowhill estate has been a 16-year project for Ballymore, creating one million sq ft of offices, award-winning public realm and a new business quarter for the city."
The £200 million final phase provides 420,000 sq ft of grade A office space in the scheme’s tallest building, at 17 storeys. The design of the building, which is rated Excellent under the BREEAM sustainability assessment standard, features full glazing on three sides and a full height central atrium. BT has signed a 20-year lease for its space, which will eventually house up to 4,000 staff. Graeme Paton, managing director of property and facilities services at BT, said, “Our new building in Birmingham will bring our people together in an impressive and modern environment, transforming the way we work. Excitingly, it will become a strategic hub location for BT in the UK with a considerable increase in the number of colleagues we employ based in the city.”
Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive at Ballymore, said of the project: “The Snowhill estate has been a 16-year project for Ballymore, creating one million sq ft of offices, award-winning public realm and a new business quarter for the city. We’re very proud of this legacy. It’s reflective of all our partners’ hard work that BT has chosen Three Snowhill ahead of its completion.”
Nine Elms is making its mark as a business destination, with the 217,000 sq ft EG:HQ office building securing planning consent and the flagship One Embassy Gardens now coming on stream. These outstanding new office buildings at Ballymore Group’s Embassy Gardens demonstrate how the development is driving transformation through design quality and the careful curation of spaces and places.
Spanning more than 560 acres of Vauxhall and Battersea beside the River Thames, Nine Elms is central London’s largest regeneration district. Richard Howard, Head of London Leasing at commercial property consultant Cushman & Wakefield says many are unaware of the sheer scale of the area’s transformation, but that it is now making an impression on the business community. “The first question occupiers ask of any new area is: ‘who’s coming there?’ And game changing occupiers are coming to Nine Elms,” he says.
Game changers don’t come much bigger than the US Embassy with its shimmering cube of a new building, Apple, which is establishing its London HQ at Battersea Power Station, or publisher Penguin Random House UK, which has taken more than 83,000 sq ft of space in One Embassy Gardens, alongside the 44,000 sq ft taken by its sister business Dorling Kindersley. At Embassy Gardens, occupiers are buying into a brand new neighbourhood that is now rapidly being populated with top quality restaurants and individual cafes. “With the arrival of Darby’s restaurant by chef Robin Gill and other openings, the area has food and beverage offerings that are important to business,” points out Howard.
The planned 13 storey EG: HQ combines flexible, contemporary office space with 5,000 sq ft of ground floor retail and restaurant space. The design by architect Morris+Company fosters employee health and wellbeing, having workspaces with natural light, views and access to the outdoors in a series of private and communal terrace spaces. The 18,000 sq ft of outdoor amenity space is key for modern businesses, allowing, says Morris+Company Founding Director Joe Morris, “for contemplation, collaboration or concentration.” In all, says Cushman & Wakefield’s Howard, EG:HQ, has a lot to offer: “It has a world class architect in Joe Morris, a massive terrace on the tenth floor, a brand new office environment and the river Thames.”
One Embassy Gardens is already coming on stream, demonstrating the standard being set for this thoroughly modern business district. The 215,000 sq ft building, designed by Lee Polisano of PLP Architects, also provides wellbeing-inducing links to its environment, having a roof terrace, winter gardens and views across the capital and the Thames. “The building complements its setting with its quality and fantastic natural light, and compared to a location like Victoria it is cost effective,” says Paul Grindal, Director with commercial property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle.
Grindal sees such space having broad appeal: “On the face of it, media and tech companies will be attracted to the area, but because of the connections to London and the West End I can see corporates and the financial sector being attracted. Apple and the US Embassy will act as poles of attraction.” Being in the zone 1 travel area, the location is convenient for access across the capital and has a direct rail link to Waterloo station. Transport connections are also being further improved, as two new Northern Line underground stations - at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station – are under construction.
In all, the Nine Elms area will have more than 6.5 million sq ft of new commercial space, as well as homes, retail and leisure space, a linear park, river walk and the river Thames itself. As Grindal says, “The regeneration and investment going into the area demonstrate how it is developing as a place.”
John Mulryan, Group Managing Director, Ballymore, commented, “Nine Elms is fast establishing itself as a competitive commercial quarter, thanks to the likes of Apple at Battersea and Penguin Random House and the US Embassy at Embassy Gardens. We know that in order to attract the best talent, companies need to provide high quality office space that supports wellbeing, creativity and ultimately productivity. EG:HQ is the answer to that, in riverside zone one, just a stone’s throw from Westminster.”
Work is getting under way to build a new hospice in Ireland, following a fundraising drive that has raised more than €5m in just two years.
The Roscommon Hospice, which is being built on a site adjacent to Roscommon University Hospital, will have an in-patient unit with eight beds, as well as full day-care and community care. Its hospice and palliative services will be shared with the hospital, supporting the community across the county of Roscommon, which has a population of around 64,000.
The project is being driven by local charitable organisation, the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, which has been providing palliative care services to terminally ill patients and their families in Mayo and Roscommon for around 26 years. Its fundraising efforts have enabled it to build its first hospice, in Mayo, which opened late last year, and it is now embarking on this second project. The Roscommon hospice will house a range of facilities, including a hairdressing studio and family accommodation for those wanting to be close to loved ones, and offer a welcoming and friendly environment. “In-patient rooms all have their own garden and patio so that patients can go out and breathe the fresh air and see the sun, because that is something they often miss,” explains Martina Jennings, chief executive of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation.
All this is being made possible through the fundraising efforts and contributions of people far and wide. Support has come from community fundraisers with events such as quizzes and coffee mornings, the foundation’s 12 charity shops and the army of 300 volunteers who work in them, and major donors, among them Ballymore Group chief executive Sean Mulryan, who comes from Roscommon. “It has been so inspiring for us to have Sean’s support,” says Jennings. “He has believed in what we are doing and has become a great friend over the past few years.” That support has included helping to organise a charity dinner in New York last May at Irish restaurant Rosie O’Grady’s.
At a ceremony marking the start of the hospice’s construction, Sean Mulryan said: “The work of the hospice puts everything into perspective on life and the more we, the public, can give to help, the better. I am delighted to be a supporter of such a much-needed service for the people of Roscommon.”
Construction of the hospice is expected to be complete next year. “The difference it will make will be immeasurable,” says Martina Jennings. “It will allow us to step up a gear in our services and to bring dignity and respect to patients and their families.”
Look at London City Island, on the Leamouth Peninsula, today and it is already hard to imagine how it used to be. Over the course of 13 years the site has been dramatically transformed from an area of post-industrial decline and dereliction to an urban quarter, where brightly coloured apartment blocks rub shoulders with a shimmering new centre for English National Ballet (ENB).
Here Ballymore has created a very different kind of place, where culture and living are interwoven and take equal billing. It has the ENB, a new facility for the London Film School on the way, cafes and creative businesses, like arebyte gallery, filling the ground floor spaces of its apartment blocks with their 1,706 homes.
This mix has come about by design and determination. Ballymore had a brave placemaking vision to create a cultural quarter for London – and has doggedly pursued that vision. Its own design team, ENB and other creative occupiers and partners have shared that commitment to this ambition. And along the way, innovation, nurturing and hard graft have gone into creating every aspect of the development on this 12 acre site.
The end result is an innovative new model for placemaking, which has seen Ballymore working in partnership with creative businesses to generate a distinctive place and community. Ultimately it is not only a great place to live but also a social and artistic asset to east London. Here’s a glimpse of how it was created, as we mark the week our team has completed the final residential block on the Island.
1800s – From industrial beginnings
Trade and empire drove dockland development to the east of the capital in the nineteenth century, but creation of the East India Docks made access to the Leamouth Peninsula difficult. This then-isolated location was, however, developed with industrial facilities serving the growing capital, and homes for their workers. First, in the 1800s, came the Thames Plate Glass Works, which was replaced later in the century by iron works and wharves. They were followed by Pura Foods which opened a refinery for vegetable oils for margarine and warehousing. The margarine factory was a familiar feature on the local skyline until it closed in 2006.
2009 – Establishing the vision
“The most brownfield of brownfield sites,” is how Dan Mulligan, studio director with Glenn Howells Architects, sums up Leamouth Peninsula before regeneration. Its isolation and industry meant it had relatively few connections to the surrounding area and historic features, so developer and architect had to create a fresh vision for the site. The architect’s masterplan laid the foundations for change, reconnecting the site to the broader area’s dockland legacy and its waterside setting and drawing architectural inspiration from the simple forms and detailing of the site’s old warehouses.
2014 – Linking in
The site’s historic isolation was remedied ahead of the development of its homes, by linking it to Canning Town Jubilee Line station with a bridge across the Lea River. The move was transformational, but delivering the 80 metre red metal bridge, designed by Davies, Maguire and Whitby, was a challenge because of the structure’s location, spanning two London boroughs, and its technical challenges.
2016 – High-speed construction
Construction of the site’s 11 apartment buildings got under way in 2015, and was carried out with extraordinary speed and precision. Buildings were constructed simultaneously, rather than block by block, so at one stage of development some 1,100 homes – as well as the ENB’s centre and a car park – were all under construction. Delivery relied on collaboration across the development team, with everyone from designers and site managers through to the sales staff checking the completed homes all focused on attention to detail.
2017 – Innovative facades
Use of innovative prefabricated brick and concrete façade panels helped to speed construction, with each floor of a building being completed in seven days. In all, some 15,000 panels are being installed on the project. The colourful glazed brick exteriors were inspired by the exotic goods passing through this dockland area and by the architect’s own interest in the Italian artist Giorgio Morandi.
2019 – A heart of art and creativity
“It is my vision to make London City Island a home for art and creativity in the capital,” was how Sean Mulryan, chairman and chief executive of Ballymore Group set out his placemaking ambition. That was fully realised last September when ENB moved into its purpose built centre, a translucent building described by the architect as the “pearl in the oyster”. Delivering the ballet building alongside homes made this the most complex and demanding phase of the overall project for Ballymore Senior Development Manager Laura Corr, but it was also the most rewarding. “The first time I saw dancers in the top studio as I was coming over the bridge, it made me so happy,” she says. The end result has been praised by Tamara Rojo, artistic director of ENB, saying, “I truly believe that this is the best ballet centre in the world, which will transform the way ballet is created and open up the creative process to our audience.”
The future – It’s all about people
The completion of City Island’s homes and the opening of ENB mark its emergence as a community that is home, workplace, leisure destination and a pleasant stop-off point for a Sunday afternoon coffee. Architect Glenn Howells, says, “We first came to this island 10 years ago. What was historically perceived as ‘good factory land’ is now a collage of things, intriguing and different.” Laura Corr adds, “We have created a place where people love to live and that to me is the ultimate compliment.”
最新推出的幸运岛（Goodluck Hope）阁楼公寓（Lofts）位于东伦敦，它延续了阁楼公寓的传统，还增添了现代气息感。该阁楼公寓结构精巧、空间宽敞且具足了工业特色这一阁楼美学的标志。幸运岛的阁楼公寓搭建在名为Argo和Orion的两座建筑之上，位于利茅斯半岛（Leamouth Peninsula）上初具雏形的804户的居民区里。
该阁楼系列包括七套三居室公寓和一套两居室公寓。让我们来近距离解读一户三居室阁楼公寓：宽敞的137平方米的空间，包括宽敞的开放式起居区域，引人注目的支柱，高耸的拱形天花板高度伸展至4.6米。起居区两面墙壁布满了窗户，使整个空间采光充足，在这里可以饱览首都的优美景致，彰显了幸运岛地处利河（Lea River）和泰晤士河（River Thames）交汇处的优势。
巴利摩销售总监珍妮·斯汀（Jenny Steen）表示：“幸运岛项目的愿景是创建一个与河岸紧密联系的社区，让其建筑风格引人注目，并提供一流的配套设施。邻近的城市岛项目（City Island）现在已是一个繁荣的文化中心，其中包括新落成的英国国家芭蕾舞团总部，还有画廊、音乐和舞蹈录音室以及具有创意特色的工作室，我们相信很多感兴趣的买家会蜂拥而至，来加入我们的岛屿社区。”
最新推出的幸運島（Goodluck Hope）閣樓公寓（Lofts）位於東倫敦，它延續了閣樓公寓的傳統，還增添了現代氣息感。該閣樓公寓結構精巧、空間寬敞且具足了工業特色這一閣樓美學的標誌。幸運島的閣樓公寓搭建在名為Argo和Orion的兩座建築之上，位於利茅斯半島（Leamouth Peninsula）上初具雛形的804戶的居民區裡。
該閣樓系列包括七套三居室公寓和一套兩居室公寓。讓我們來近距離解讀一戶三居室閣樓公寓：寬敞的137平方米的空間，包括寬敞的開放式起居區域，引人注目的支柱，高聳的拱形天花板高度伸展至4.6米。起居區兩面牆壁佈滿了窗戶，使整個空間採光充足，在這裡可以飽覽首都的優美景緻，彰顯了幸運島地處利河（Lea River）和泰晤士河（River Thames）交匯處的優勢。
巴利摩銷售總監珍妮·斯汀（Jenny Steen）表示：“幸運島項目的願景是創建一個與河岸緊密聯繫的社區，讓其建築風格引人注目，並提供一流的配套設施。鄰近的城市島項目（City Island）現在已是一個繁榮的文化中心，其中包括新落成的英國國家芭蕾舞團總部，還有畫廊、音樂和舞蹈錄音室以及具有創意特色的工作室，我們相信很多感興趣的買家會蜂擁而至，來加入我們的島嶼社區。”
城市島的滑冰場在Hopewell Square首次亮相，這裡是倫敦城市島項目1,706所住宅的核心。溜冰場將是一系列活動項目的重點，這裡還將有從為期四天的聖誕節集市活動，包括出售各種街頭食品、飲品和聖誕禮品，其中包括令人喜愛的奶酪品牌，Espresso 咖啡屋和Tosier 巧克力等。
倫敦城市島也將吸引那些不想耗費更多精力慶祝聖誕的人參加Wanderlust 葡萄酒品嚐會和Soul Shakers雞尾酒大師班，團參與者真正感受到聖誕節的氛圍。在手工作坊裡，那些喜歡手工製作的人們可以體驗製作蘇打餅、聖誕花環和繡花小飾品的樂趣。
城市岛的滑冰场在Hopewell Square首次亮相，这里是伦敦城市岛项目1,706所住宅的核心。溜冰场将是一系列活动项目的重点，这里还将有从为期四天的圣诞节集市活动，包括出售各种街头食品、饮品和圣诞礼品，其中包括令人喜爱的奶酪品牌，Espresso 咖啡屋和Tosier 巧克力等。
伦敦城市岛也将吸引那些不想耗费更多精力庆祝圣诞的人参加Wanderlust 葡萄酒品尝会和Soul Shakers鸡尾酒大师班，团参与者真正感受到圣诞节的氛围。在手工作坊里，那些喜欢手工制作的人们可以体验制作苏打饼、圣诞花环和绣花小饰品的乐趣。
Over the centuries the loft has served as the Paris artist’s atelier, the raw brick New York warehouse apartment and has achieved iconic cultural status in such incarnations as Andy Warhol’s Factory. In the process, lofts have become among the most desirable homes in cities across the world, loved for their character, volume and panoramic views.
The newly launched Lofts at Goodluck Hope, in east London, continue the tradition and give it a contemporary twist. Sophisticated, spacious and imbued with the industrial character that is the hallmark of the loft aesthetic, the Lofts crown two buildings – called Argo and Orion - at the 804 home neighbourhood taking shape on the Leamouth Peninsula.
The collection comprises just seven three bedroom apartments and one two bedroom home. A closer look at one of the three bedroom apartments reveals a generous 137 square metres of space, including an expansive open plan living space with dramatic pillars and a vaulted ceiling extending to 4.6 metres at its apex. With windows lining two walls, the space is flooded with daylight and views across the capital, making the most of Goodluck Hope’s location at the confluence of the River Lea and the River Thames.
Black metal windows frame the views, their aesthetic inspired by the maritime history and industry of the peninsula. Oak flooring continues the loft-style emphasis on texture and traditional materials. Beyond the living area is a 14 square metre terrace, a perfect space for alfresco wining and dining on long summer days.
"Over the centuries the loft has served as the Paris artist’s atelier, the raw brick New York warehouse apartment and has achieved iconic cultural status in such incarnations as Andy Warhol’s Factory. "
The kitchen adds its own notes of heritage-inspired elegance, in its use of dramatic colours and textures for its island unit, wall cabinetry and details.
The master bedroom forms a luxurious retreat, having windows on two walls and its own dressing room and ensuite. The second bedroom also boasts a dressing area. Grey carpeting to bedrooms provides a classic backdrop, while black and white mosaic flooring in the bathrooms clearly draws on Victorian heritage.
Jenny Steen, Sales Director at Ballymore, commented: “Our vision for Goodluck Hope is to create a close-knit riverside community with architecturally striking buildings and first-rate amenities. With nearby City Island now a thriving, cultural hub which includes the newly opened English National Ballet headquarters, along with galleries, music and dance recording studios and creative workspaces, we are sure that there will be plenty of interest from buyers who want to become a part of our island community.”
Visit www.goodluckhope.com for more information.
Artisan coffee, world-class spa treatments and the best Guinness in London. Kate Wills samples the delights of the South Bank’s latest destination - Embassy Gardens.
It’s a warm September morning and sunlight is pouring in through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the coffee shop District. A young, international crowd work on their laptops. With the matcha lattes, Millennial-pink cups and Solange on the stereo this could be Sydney or LA. But it’s actually Embassy Gardens, London’s newest district.
“When I told people I was opening in Embassy Gardens a lot of them were like, ‘Where’s that?’ admits Chelsea Finch, owner of District, over buckwheat waffles and a Peanut Butter Pow smoothie. “But I actually like that about it. It feels like Nine Elms is this secret pocket of this city that’s not been discovered yet. It feels very pristine and new.”
To the similarly uninitiated, Nine Elms is the recently-regenerated slice of riverside between Vauxhall and Battersea. The latest piece of this Southbank success story to come into bloom is Embassy Gardens - a community of apartments, restaurants and cafes all hugging the shimmering glass cube that is the US Embassy.
District was one of the first businesses to open here in November 2017, but it’s already moved into bigger premises because it has been so popular. “We needed more room and a larger kitchen so when this space came up two months ago we jumped at the chance,” explains Chelsea, whose first opening was a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop in Parsons Green. “This has been so much busier than I could ever have anticipated.”
Chelsea, who hails Sydney, says that District has become a hub for the community. “I wanted to bring a bit of that Aussie, friendly culture,” she says. “We have some really lovely locals and regulars alongside traffic from the Embassy. We’ve also become a bit of a destination for people who know their coffee and want to come and check us out. I get a lot of guys who work in tech coming in and telling me it’s their dream to open a coffee shop. But I’m like, ‘It’s a lot of work!” Chelsea says the oat milk flat white is the best-seller, as are the home-made banana bread and granola, which are baked on site.
"It feels like Nine Elms is this secret pocket of this city that’s not been discovered yet. It feels very pristine and new"
From used coffee grinds being turned into fuel, to their use of paper straws, sustainability is always on the menu at District. It’s a similar story at Linnaean, a new health, beauty and lifestyle store just around the corner. Named after the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus, owner Elena Tayleur has created a flower-strewn sanctuary with a 360 degree approach to wellness, where you can tuck into an acai bowl, have a quick manicure, or indulge in a spa treatment.
“It was really important to me to stock brands which have an eco-friendly outlook such as Grown Alchemist and Purearth,“ says Elena. “And with our beauty treatments you can opt for something medical-grade which uses LED light therapy, or something more holistic like an aromatherapy massage.”
Elena, who is also a Nine Elms resident, says there is already a sense of community and character here, and she wants Linnaean to be its hub. “Although we’re in a big city, it feels very local,” she says. “There are a lot of freelance people here who work from the restaurant every day and we know their names and their usual order. This is a place where we want people to feel nurtured.”
In a green, pink and gold treatment room upstairs, I experience a HydraFacial - a six-stage process of exfoliation, massage, masks and warm towels, which leaves my skin looking so plump and glowing I have to take a post-treatment selfie in the ornately-decorated toilets.
I take my flawless face to Darby’s, the new restaurant from award-winning Irish chef Robin Gill. The Masterchef Ireland judge, who also runs The Dairy, Counter Culture and Sorella, has called Darby’s his biggest project to date - and has promised it will serve the best Guinness in London. There’s an on-site bakery, an in-house butchery, house-made charcuterie and a grill for cooking over-fire. Many ingredients are sourced from Gill’s own farm in West Sussex.
I start with a few Jersey Rocks and a glass of Veuve at the central oyster bar, and then move to one of the low-lit banquettes for some Stracciatella, which is so soft I could eat it with a spoon, and a rich Pappardelle Dexter beef ragu. Somehow, I even squeeze in a peach sorbet.
Belly full, face still glowing (but that could also be the champagne), I sit in the grass in the beginnings of the Linear Park, a belt of green sculpture gardens that will eventually run from Vauxhall tube to Battersea Power Station. It’s a great spot to admire the architecture of EG.
Before I leave, I pop back to District for a flat white to go. Chelsea points out the space nearby where Preen and Burberry just held their fashion show, as well as the building that Penguin, the publisher, will move into in the coming months. “From fashion to culture to food there’s so much starting to happen here,” she says. “It feels like Embassy Gardens is on the map.”
Kate Wills is a writer based in London. Her work regularly appears in The Times, The Guardian, The Evening Standard and many more.
A grand open day has helped a new community centre at Royal Wharf get off to a flying start.
Head over to east London’s Royal Wharf and at various times of the week you’ll find local people having a go at computer coding, ballet, board games or maybe salsa dancing. All these activities and more have been taking place at the new Royal Wharf Community Dock, which had its grand opening last month.
The community centre has set up home in brand new premises in Royal Wharf, in the Royal Docks, where residents can drop by to take part in fitness classes or simply get to know a neighbour. The centre is run by local charity West Silvertown Foundation (WSF), which has been working to develop thriving communities in the Royal Docks for more than two decades and already manages the nearby Britannia Village Hall.
The centre’s five-strong team pulled out all the stops to ensure the new facility got off to a flying start. September’s opening day had food stalls, performances by the acclaimed choir Stratford East Singers and cocktails and other refreshments courtesy of local businesses Triple Two, Chips ‘n’ dat and Gem’s Delights. There were also taster sessions of the centre’s activities, many of which are run by Royal Wharf’s resourceful residents, eager to share their talents, explains Chloe Lee, a community activator with the centre. “The yoga, coding and other activities have come about because keen residents have come to us and offered to do them.”
The centre’s opening celebration came hot on the heels of the Royal Wharf Summer Fete in August, where residents enjoyed a day of music, yoga and other activities and a global menu of foodie treats. The festivities also included an old-school sports day, complete with traditional egg-and-spoon races, which was organised by Richard House Children’s Hospice, an east London children’s charity that benefitted from the day.
WSF is working with the Royal Wharf Residents’ Association and residents themselves to find out what they would like to see happening at the centre. Its 190 square metre main space, 60 square metre secondary space and two meeting rooms have a busy timetable of activities already and when classes aren’t in progress residents can pop in to relax with a coffee, have a game at the table tennis table or enjoy some quiet family reading time. Spaces are also available for hire for parties or other activities, with a discounted rate for Royal Wharf residents.
The centre is open from 9-til-9 on weekdays and 9-til-5 at weekends and is already proving particularly popular with young working professionals and young families. To cater for the latter, the centre is providing activities specifically for children, including soft play and after school family time. “We’ve had more than 100 parents and children come along to our soft play sessions so far,” says Chloe. “Parents are often especially keen to make friends when they move to a new area and don’t know people.”
That hints at the serious purpose behind all these fun and fitness activities. Moving into a new home brings with it the adventures of finding your way in an unfamiliar community and a centre like this can provide valuable connections among and between an area’s new and existing residents that can ultimately lead to friendships and cohesive communities. John Mulryan, Ballymore’s Group Managing Director, has said that it has always been the company’s ambition to, “build a community here where residents will meet their neighbours and get to know each other.”
WSF Director of Operations, Peter Laing, said: “WSF has a strong track record of working with our local community and we’re very excited by how this new centre will help to create a vibrant, integrated community where ambitions are realised and friendships thrive”. The new centre is helping to do that, says Chloe: “I met a woman yesterday who said she had lived in the area for two years and not felt a real sense of belonging. But she said that the centre has already started to change that.”
To get involved with activities at the Royal Wharf Community Dock, visit www.royalwharfcd.org or follow them on twitter @rwcommunitydock for regular updates.
現在碼頭已經依託在背景之中，正是該慶祝泰晤士河擁有了這個最新資產的時候了。 “該碼頭的優點是它如此有建築特色。其它大多數碼頭僅能滿足功能方面的規劃要求。這個是按照一個真正的設計特色完成的。” Palmer說。 “在碼頭上工作真令人愉快，而且這是使泰晤士河演變成像舊時那樣被使用的一個很好的範例。”
巴利摩（Ballymore）董事长兼集团首席执行官Sean Mulryan表示：“新码头的开放，对于所有参与人员都是巨大的鼓舞和成就。对于皇家码头和纽汉姆居民而言，这是一个伟大的扩建工程。我们将在伦敦东部交付3,385套新住房，这实际上成为了一个新城镇，最终在这块占地40英亩的方圆内有10,000名居民生活于此。这不单单是一个新的建筑开发，它为整个城区带来了很多裨益。 随着皇家客运码头的正式开放，再加上正在建设当中的NHS保健中心，新的托儿所和小学，一个和谐美好社区的愿景正在这里逐步实现着。”
今年9月，英國國家芭蕾舞團（English National Ballet）在倫敦城市島（London City Island）的新綜合大樓首次亮相，芭蕾舞公司和英國國家芭蕾舞學校搬入了他們的新家，並於倫敦開放日和當地的聯合藝術節(Unity Arts Festival)向公眾開放參觀。
集平穩與精湛於一身，這座新的建築與在室內練習的藝術家們有很多共同點。這項卓越工程的完成歸功於一系列的創新合作，其中包括巴利摩（Ballymore）、英國國家芭蕾舞團（ENB）和其藝術總監Tamara Rojo，及Glenn Howells Architects建築設計所。
該項目從開發商與英國國家芭蕾舞團之間的對話開始。 Glenn Howells Architects的創始人兼董事Glenn Howells解釋說：“在設計團隊開始將我們的概念付諸實踐之前，已經向英國國家芭蕾舞團傳遞了我們的想法。”在完善設計的思維過程中，建築師參觀了美國的頂級舞蹈設施，以探索最佳設計方案。 “我們的方案必須滿足兩個高標準的委託：巴利摩的在島上打造以文化為核心的新社區的委託，以及英國國家芭蕾舞團的委託，其對空間和技術要求都很高，” Howells補充說。
在倫敦城市島，建築師設計了一系列帶有彩色琉璃磚外牆的住宅建築，但其為英國國家芭蕾舞團提供的設計方案非常與眾不同。英國國家芭蕾舞團的建築物坐落在居民區的中心，覆以LinitU形玻璃，其乳白色的半透明材質，使人們可以瞥見內部的活動，並在夜間照明燈點起時將建築物變成燈塔。建築物底部的透明玻璃和大窗戶透露出芭蕾舞團的日常工作狀態。 Howells說：“舞蹈室的窗戶也令人印象深刻，使用了我所見過的最大的玻璃。” “世界上只有少數製造商可以製造，而且必須從西班牙運送過來。”
英國國家芭蕾舞團的藝術總監Tamara Rojo與該項目的設計團隊緊密合作，共同規劃了空間的使用。 “在這種程度的設計交流，只會來源於領域內極具創意的人。塔瑪拉是我認識的最聰明，最精力充沛的人之一。” Howells說
Howells說，這個特殊的工程帶來了巨大的回報：“這肯定是具有挑戰性的，但也是在工作中絕對有樂趣的一個項目。”當作為倫敦建築開放日活動，以及聯合藝術節的系列活動之一對外開放時，公眾將能夠親自看到最終效果，在2018年成功舉辦後，聯合藝術節將重返利茅斯半島，並將再次在倫敦城市島（London City Island），三一浮標碼頭（Trinity Buoy Wharf）和Goodluck Hope舉辦包括有舞蹈、藝術和音樂的節目。
兩項活動都將在2019年9月21日至22日的周末舉行，屆時訪客將有機會參觀新設施，參加家庭舞蹈研討會，聽取藝術助理協調員Jennie Harrington談論皇家芭蕾舞公司的運作方式，觀看彩排，甚至參與課堂。這些活動中的大多數現在都已售罄，但場地上有完整的課程表，聯合藝術節上還有很多活動，包括即將成為租戶的倫敦電影學院的電影放映，與居民Tim Allen的動畫工作室與皇家繪畫學校合作的動畫草本研討會。
今年9月，英国国家芭蕾舞团（English National Ballet）在伦敦城市岛（London City Island）的新综合大楼首次亮相，芭蕾舞公司和英国国家芭蕾舞学校搬入了他们的新家，并于伦敦开放日和当地的联合艺术节(Unity Arts Festival)向公众开放参观。
集平稳与精湛于一身，这座新的建筑与在室内练习的艺术家们有很多共同点。这项卓越工程的完成归功于一系列的创新合作，其中包括巴利摩（Ballymore）、英国国家芭蕾舞团（ENB）和其艺术总监Tamara Rojo，及Glenn Howells Architects建筑设计所。
该项目从开发商与英国国家芭蕾舞团之间的对话开始。 Glenn Howells Architects的创始人兼董事Glenn Howells解释说：“在设计团队开始将我们的概念付诸实践之前，已经向英国国家芭蕾舞团传递了我们的想法。”在完善设计的思维过程中，建筑师参观了美国的顶级舞蹈设施，以探索最佳设计方案。 “我们的方案必须满足两个高标准的委托：巴利摩的在岛上打造以文化为核心的新社区的委托，以及英国国家芭蕾舞团的委托，其对空间和技术要求都很高，” Howells补充说。
在伦敦城市岛，建筑师设计了一系列带有彩色琉璃砖外墙的住宅建筑，但其为英国国家芭蕾舞团提供的设计方案非常与众不同。英国国家芭蕾舞团的建筑物坐落在居民区的中心，覆以Linit U形玻璃，其乳白色的半透明材质，使人们可以瞥见内部的活动，并在夜间照明灯点起时将建筑物变成灯塔。建筑物底部的透明玻璃和大窗户透露出芭蕾舞团的日常工作状态。Howells说：“舞蹈室的窗户也令人印象深刻，使用了我所见过的最大的玻璃。” “世界上只有少数制造商可以制造，而且必须从西班牙运送过来。”
英国国家芭蕾舞团的艺术总监Tamara Rojo与该项目的设计团队紧密合作，共同规划了空间的使用。 “在这种程度的设计交流，只会来源于领域内极具创意的人。塔玛拉是我认识的最聪明，最精力充沛的人之一。” Howells说。
Howells说，这个特殊的工程带来了巨大的回报：“这肯定是具有挑战性的，但也是在工作中绝对有乐趣的一个项目。”当作为伦敦建筑开放日活动，以及联合艺术节的系列活动之一对外开放时，公众将能够亲自看到最终效果，在2018年成功举办后，联合艺术节将重返利茅斯半岛，并将再次在伦敦城市岛（London City Island），三一浮标码头（Trinity Buoy Wharf）和幸运岛（Goodluck Hope）举办包括有舞蹈、艺术和音乐的节目。
两项活动都将在2019年9月21日至22日的周末举行，届时访客将有机会参观新设施，参加家庭舞蹈研讨会，听取艺术助理协调员Jennie Harrington谈论皇家芭蕾舞公司的运作方式，观看彩排，甚至参与课堂。这些活动中的大多数现在都已售罄，但场地上有完整的课程表，联合艺术节上还有很多活动，包括即将成为租户的伦敦电影学院的电影放映，与居民Tim Allen的动画工作室与皇家绘画学校合作的动画草本研讨会。
Diverse, invigorating and exciting: that is Constance Harris’ verdict on Dublin Fringe Festival.
I find it fascinating that people who are passionate about living in cities love to cite all the things they can do in them — when the fact is most people don’t do any of them.
Dublin is rich in historical buildings and new quarters, theatres and galleries, venues and places, but when was the last time you ventured out and truly explored, or rediscovered, this majestic, mysterious, exciting capital of ours?
Throughout my teens and early twenties (the 1980s and 1990s respectively), I loved going out and about Dublin, discovering something new. Good or bad it didn’t matter, the adventure was what counted. Live performance was the stuff of Dublin life, be it music, stand-up comedy or new theatre. Yet, I forgot.
And I can’t tell you how many years I have planned to go to the Dublin Fringe Festival, and never gone. It has only been in existence for 25 years. Yikes.
It was time to change the story. So last Saturday night, I ‘fringed’ it with my bestie.
Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 kicked off on September 7 and runs until the 22nd. It is an eclectic concoction of exciting events, from new drama, stand-up comedy and live music, to creative collectives, polemic expositions, city walking tours and so much more, all happening over a two week period. (See www.fringefest.com for information and bookings.)
Apart from the excellent performances on offer and all at extraordinary value prices (tickets on average cost around a tenner), what further enriches the experience of the festival is that all the events take place in unusual and intimate venues all over the city. Thus, you don’t just see a new act, you connect with the city and the people around you in a new way.
Judging by the super-stylish, young and intelligent creatures that attended each event that I went to, twenty to thirty something is the age demographic that actively supports new arts and culture. There were a few risk-taking middle aged and older arts fans at each event who were wholly embraced by the younger crowd. Each and every event was hugely positive and inclusive in feeling.
As a strategy, I highly recommend going to several events in one day. Most acts are only an hour long and tickets are great value, so attending a few together guarantees an even more exciting and fun ‘fringe’ experience.
On my evening out, I saw Bodies of Water, created by Eoghan Carrick, Maeve Stone, Jonah King and Úna Kavanagh in the Chocolate Factory in Dublin 1; then Mother of God, Alison Spittle’s hilarious one-woman comedy show in the Royal Chapel, Dublin Castle; and ended with Black Jam at the Abbey Theatre, brought to us by Osaro and the Fried Plantains Collective, which featured exciting Irish and African musicians and performances.
The Abbey Theatre was literally rocked to its rafters by raw, energetic, new music. Special shout out to the brilliant young African performers from Balbriggan and Belfast who are now part of an exciting new music scene in London. Remember these names – Black Fish Collective, Princess, Demi Gosh, Dior Norf — these guys will be big in the future.
Neil Murray, one of the directors of the Abbey Theatre, was at Black Jam and said “We need to do more of this.” So Dublin Fringe Festival is not just a pretty face; it gets serious players sitting up and noticing new talent, considering new directions. At every event, one saw a producer, director or otherwise, scouting for the next ‘big thing’. Fringe is important.
And it wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship; both from the state in the form of the Arts Council and private sponsorship such as from Ballymore which is a key private sponsor this year.
Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, was at Jarlath Regan’s stand-up comedy show at the Abbey Theatre and explained why they felt supporting the Dublin Fringe Festival was important.
“The arts bring magic to a city. Dublin Fringe Festival brings an incredible energy and soul to unexpected places, much like our own Ballymore developments in Ireland and the UK. We’re honoured to be supporting the Fringe as the Principal Patron for the first time and we look forward to working with them as they champion emerging artistic talent to support grassroots culture in Ireland.”
"Dublin Fringe Festival is not just a pretty face; it gets serious players sitting up and noticing new talent"
Dublin Fringe Festival does champion emerging talent and it gives near-established talent an additional boost of support. It is discerning while retaining an essential, free-wheeling, risk-taking, non-commercially focused, nature. All of life is scrutinised by the young and not so young artists; explored, dissected and presented in such a way as to make us think while giving us a laugh, or making us cry.
"Dublin Fringe Festival champion emerging talent and it gives near-established talent an additional boost of support"
The Dublin Fringe Festival is exciting, life affirming and fantastic value. Go.
Constance Harris is a writer from Dublin. She was Fashion Editor of the Sunday Independent for over 20 years; before that she was a producer in film, television and media industries.
Wardian London is set to become Docklands’ next top dining destination as influential restaurateur Alan Yau is gearing up to open two restaurants there next summer. Yau has founded a number of familiar names on the London restaurant scene, including the Wagamama chain, and Hakkasan and Yauatcha, the latter both being past winners of a coveted Michelin star.
The restaurants at Wardian London will both feature Asian gastronomy with a twist. The larger of the two restaurants, Chyna, will have 120 covers and an extensive terrace fronting its waterside setting. Its seasonally led menu will be based on Cantonese cooking using British seafood, featuring European-style ingredients such as Iberico ham and fresh sea cucumbers from Spain. “It is almost like what I would put together if you were coming to my house for a dinner party,” was how Yau summed up the menu to London news source, the Evening Standard.
Its neighbour, Yau Grilling, will offer all-day service, starting with traditional breakfasts from 7.30am. In the evening, the grill service that gives the restaurant its name will be serving beef, lobster, king crab and other delights in a menu drawing inspiration from Japan. With just 45 covers and an informal style, this will be the perfect place to gather with friends and family at weekends.
Together, the two restaurants will occupy 10,000 square feet of space in the ground and first floors of Wardian London.
餐飲業風雲人物丘德威（Alan Yau），明年夏天將在倫敦港區（Docklands）的新建高層住宅樓倫敦華殿(Wardian London)內開設兩家餐廳，使這座高層住宅成為倫敦的下一個頂級餐飲目的地。
將在倫敦華殿落戶的這兩家餐廳都將以亞洲美食為特色。其中較大的一家名為Chyna，將提供120出餐席，並有寬敞露台坐擁水景。季節性推出的菜單將基於粵式烹飪，使用英國的海鮮，配以歐洲風味的食材，例如伊比利亞火腿，和西班牙的新鮮海參。 “那幾乎就像您要來我家吃晚餐，我會為您端出來的菜餚一樣”， 丘先生曾如此向倫敦《旗幟晚報》總結他的菜單。
餐饮业风云人物丘德威（Alan Yau），明年夏天将在伦敦港区（Docklands）的新建高层住宅楼伦敦华殿(Wardian London)内开设两家餐厅，使这座高层住宅成为伦敦的下一个顶级餐饮目的地。
将在伦敦华殿落户的这两家餐厅都将以亚洲美食为特色。其中较大的一家名为Chyna，将提供120出餐席，并有宽敞露台坐拥水景。季节性推出的菜单将基于粤式烹饪，使用英国的海鲜，配以欧洲风味的食材，例如伊比利亚火腿，和西班牙的新鲜海参。 “那几乎就像您要来我家吃晚餐，我会为您端出来的菜肴一样”， 丘先生曾如此向伦敦《旗帜晚报》总结他的菜单。
餐饮业风云人物丘德威（Alan Yau），明年夏天将在伦敦华殿(Wardian London)内开设两家餐厅。
布倫特福德項目涉及布倫特福德城區中心4.79公頃的土地，從高街延伸到工業腹地，再到布倫特河（the River Brent）。城區的新建築分別由AHMM，Glenn Howells和Maccreanor Lavington建築事務所設計，以重建該地的主要歷史遺產建築，恢復歷史悠久的庭院、小巷，以及創建水景區為重點。這種規模的重建不可避免地將非常複雜，對於巴利摩（Ballymore）而言，夏季系列活動則正好是與當地社區進行聯繫，並展示其實力的好機會。
當天的“會見製造商”（Meet the Makers）主題活動，以來自鄰近約翰遜島工作室（Johnson’s Island）的藝術家，來自當地製造商中心-製造商站（The Maker Station）的工匠，與舉辦方的工作坊和攤位，突顯布倫特福德各種形式的創意。當孩子們製作比薩餅，拼貼畫和雕塑時，他們的父母在選購工藝品，並與新朋老友聊天。活動為布倫特福德的這塊過去被嚴重忽視的水邊區域帶來新鮮的活力，並展現出所有人與社區聯繫互動，並發揮創造力的重要性。
在石匠Jack Valentine的指導下，很多孩子熱衷地拿起手工工具，刮削，鑽鑿或把粉筆切割成雕塑。 “這對孩子們來說是一種幫助他們變得靈巧的有趣方式，”他說， “只需要一點點粉筆就可以雕刻，哪怕只是製造出一些粉筆灰。”
與此同時，服裝和室內設計製造商Sharon Compass和Charlotte Spiteri正在推銷她們的手工製衣，被子和其它物品。她們每年幫助組織一次當地的時裝秀，並在布倫福德工程目前的一些開放空間中看到了潛力。 “這實際上是一個作時裝秀的好地方，”她們說著，環顧四周。
當地的慈善機構Friends of Cathja，在倫敦豪恩斯洛（Hounslow）區的二十年間，一直致力於幫助那些患有持續精神健康問題的人。該機構也參加了活動。他們在這個複興項目的高街店鋪中將擁有一席之地。 “我們的租金是折扣價，使我們能夠支持當地民眾。”Cathja之友的項目工作人員Rin Roche說。
通過這次夏季系列活動，布倫特福德及周邊地區有3,000多訪客前來。水邊咖啡館Rye by the Water主辦了麵包和比薩餅工作坊，為遊客提供咖啡，美味零食和三明治，共製作了約200個披薩餅和200個麵包。
活動還包括一個週六現場音樂會，和一個有關如何用瑜伽和正向思維達到情緒平和的研討會，後者由當地健康商業RJ Mind Body的創始人Rebecca Warrington主持。
其它受歡迎的活動還包括倫敦西部精釀啤酒品嚐之夜，佐以當地音樂家羅伯特·霍庫姆（Robert Hokum）的醇厚藍調，並有當地豪恩斯洛遺產指南(Hounslow Heritage Guide)的工作人員的演講，為來客深入解說著布倫福德豐富的建築歷史。
當地企業家莫林·麥考馬克（Merlin McCormack），其老爺車業務Duke of London和The Factory的展位在整個夏季系列中，吸引著當地來客和車迷。在晚間大師班中， 他分享了他的商業成功秘訣。
布伦特福德项目涉及布伦特福德城区中心4.79公顷的土地，从高街延伸到工业腹地，再到布伦特河（the River Brent）。城区的新建筑分别由AHMM，Glenn Howells和Maccreanor Lavington建筑事务所设计，以重建该地的主要历史遗产建筑，恢复历史悠久的庭院、小巷，以及创建水景区为重点。这种规模的重建不可避免地将非常复杂，对于巴利摩（Ballymore）而言，夏季系列活动则正好是与当地社区进行联系，并展示其实力的好机 会。
当天的“会见制造商”（Meet the Makers）主题活动，以来自邻近约翰逊岛工作室（Johnson’s Island）的艺术家，来自当地制造商中心-制造商站（The Maker Station）的工匠，与举办方的工作坊和摊位，突显布伦特福德各种形式的创意。当孩子们制作比萨饼，拼贴画和雕塑时，他们的父母在选购工艺品，并与新朋老友聊天。活动为布伦特福德的这块过去被严重忽视的水边区域带来新鲜的活力，并展现出所有人与社区联系互动，并发挥创造力的重要性。
在石匠Jack Valentine的指导下，很多孩子热衷地拿起手工工具，刮削，钻凿或把粉笔切割成雕塑。 “这对孩子们来说是一种帮助他们变得灵巧的有趣方式，”他说， “只需要一点点粉笔就可以雕刻，哪怕只是制造出一些粉笔灰。”
与此同时，服装和室内设计制造商Sharon Compass和Charlotte Spiteri正在推销她们的手工制衣，被子和其它物品。她们每年帮助组织一次当地的时装秀，并在布伦福德工程目前的一些开放空间中看到了潜力。“这实际上是一个作时装秀的好地方，”她们说着，环顾四周。
当地的慈善机构Friends of Cathja，在伦敦豪恩斯洛（Hounslow）区的二十年间，一直致力于帮助那些患有持续精神健康问题的人。该机构也参加了活动。他们在这个复兴项目的高街店铺中将拥有一席之地。 “我们的租金是折扣价，使我们能够支持当地民众。”Cathja之友的项目工作人员Rin Roche说。
通过这次夏季系列活动，布伦特福德及周边地区有3,000多访客前来。 水边咖啡馆Rye by the Water主办了面包和比萨饼工作坊，为游客提供咖啡，美味零食和三明治，共制作了约200个披萨饼和200个面包。
活动还包括一个周六现场音乐会，和一个有关如何用瑜伽和正向思维达到情绪平和的研讨会，后者由当地健康商业RJ Mind Body的创始人Rebecca Warrington主持。
其它受欢迎的活动还包括伦敦西部精酿啤酒品尝之夜，佐以当地音乐家罗伯特·霍库姆（Robert Hokum）的醇厚蓝调，并有当地豪恩斯洛遗产指南(Hounslow Heritage Guide)的工作人员的演讲，为来客深入解说着布伦福德丰富的建筑历史。
当地企业家莫林·麦考马克（Merlin McCormack），其老爷车业务Duke of London和The Factory的展位在整个夏季系列中，吸引着当地来客和车迷。在晚间大师班中， 他分享了他的商业成功秘诀。
The 2019 Summer Series of events at The Brentford Project in west London reached its finale last weekend with more than 650 people gathering to meet local makers and artists and enjoy the site’s waterside setting.
The event came just days before the first homes went on the market in this flagship regeneration scheme, which is set to transform an area of Brentford’s town centre with new homes, shops, restaurants and leisure and cultural spaces.
The Brentford Project is a 4.79 hectare piece of Brentford town centre, extending from high street to industrial hinterland and beyond that to the River Brent. The urban quarter will combine new buildings designed by architects AHMM, Glenn Howells and Maccreanor Lavington with revival of the site’s key heritage buildings, reinstatement of historic yards and lanes and the creation of waterside open space. Regeneration on this kind of scale is inevitably complex, and for Ballymore the Summer Series has been an opportunity to foster connections with the local community and recognise its strengths.
The day-long Meet the Makers event on the site highlighted Brentford’s creativity in its diverse forms, with artists from studios on the neighbouring Johnson’s Island and craftspeople from local maker hub, The Maker Station, among those hosting workshops and stalls. As children made pizzas, collages and sculptures, their parents tried or bought crafts and chatted with friends old and new. It gave a glimpse of how a fresh vibrancy could be brought to this largely hidden waterside area of Brentford and of the importance for all of us of connections with creativity and community.
“This is such a cool spot,” said Grania O’Brien, creative director of letterpress printer and calligrapher Ink & Paper, who was giving 15-minute classes in calligraphy “It is so reassuring to see Brentford reasserting itself as a creative hub.” Appropriately, O’Brien’s classes focused on elegantly crafting the word, Brentford, in calligraphy.
“In these days when kids spend so much time at computers and people are under pressure, this demonstrates the value of creativity,” said Laurie O’Garro, former teacher and artist specialising in string art who, like O’Brien, works out of The Maker Station.
Plenty of children were keen to pick up hand tools and scrape, drill or chip pieces of chalk into sculptures under the guidance of stonemason Jack Valentine. “This is a fun way for kids to use their hands and it helps their dexterity,” he said. “With just a little bit of chalk you can carve, or even just produce dust.”
Alongside them, clothes and interiors makers Sharon Compass and Charlotte Spiteri were marketing their handmade clothing, quilts and other items. They help to organise a local fashion show every year, and saw potential in some of The Brentford Project’s current open space.“This would actually be a great location for a fashion show,” they said, looking around them. Local charity Friends of Cathja, which has been working to help people suffering from enduring mental health problems in the London Borough of Hounslow for two decades, also had a stall at the event. The charity had space in one of the high street shops earmarked for redevelopment on the site. “We had the space at reduced rent, which allowed us to support local people,” added Rin Roche, project worker with Friends of Cathja.
"Through the Summer Series more than 3,000 visitors from Brentford and neighbouring areas have flocked to the site."
Through the Summer Series more than 3,000 visitors from Brentford and neighbouring areas have flocked to the site. Waterside café Rye by the Water has hosted bread and pizza workshops and kept visitors supplied with coffees, tasty treats and sandwiches, cooking up some 200 pizzas and 200 loaves of bread in all.
Events have included a Saturday celebration of live music and a calming workshop on yoga and mindfulness, with the latter hosted by Rebecca Warrington, founder of local wellness business RJ Mind Body. Other popular events included an evening sampling west London craft beers with mellow blues by local musician Robert Hokum, while a talk by a local Hounslow Heritage Guide gave an insight into Brentford’s rich architectural history.
Local entrepreneur Merlin McCormack, whose classic car business Duke of London and The Factory warehouse events space are located on the site, has shared the secrets of his business success in an evening masterclass. The Duke of London showroom has also been a magnet for local visitors and car fans throughout the Summer Series. “There are amazing people and amazing projects here, and with the scale of this development, there’s certainly scope to build a new town around what’s crumbled from yesteryear,” said McCormack. “It’s cool that Brentford’s finally getting some recognition.”
封頂儀式是建築行業的傳統，標誌著建築物最高部位的建成。由Glenn Howells Architects建築事務所設計的倫敦華殿（Wardian London）實際上將成為首都最高的住宅之一，其兩座塔樓分別比入口大廳和其它裙房設施高出55層和50層。
這個包含766套公寓的住宅項目，其名字和其綠色靈感來自華殿箱(Wardian case)，一個類似於水晶球的保護玻璃容器。這種容器是由植物學家納撒尼爾·巴格肖·華德（Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward）博士發明的，並被十九世紀的收藏家用於運輸來自世界各地的植物。
封頂儀式是該項目的一個重要里程碑，我們迫不及待想看到第一批住宅完工，和明年年初第一批居民的搬入。我們與Glenn Howells Architects密切合作，創造了一個內部和外部都很漂亮的建築，以時尚的幾何外觀，映襯著內部鬱鬱蔥蔥的綠洲。緊鄰城區，商務的金絲雀碼頭，華殿（Wardian）打造了一個可以呼吸的地方，我們為今天所取得的成就感到無比自豪。 ”
在53樓空中花園舉行的封頂儀式，Keidran McCready，Hayleigh O’Farrell，John Mulryan，Ballymore集團董事長兼首席執行官Sean Mulryan，Steven Tennant和Peter McCall出席了儀式（如圖所示，左到右） 。
封顶仪式是建筑行业的传统，标志着建筑物最高部位的建成。 由Glenn Howells Architects建筑事务所设计的伦敦华殿（Wardian London）实际上将成为首都最高的住宅之一，其两座塔楼分别比入口大厅和其它裙房设施高出55层和50层。
这个包含766套公寓的住宅项目，其名字和其绿色灵感来自华殿箱(Wardian case)，一个类似于水晶球的保护玻璃容器。这种容器是由植物学家纳撒尼尔·巴格肖·华德（Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward）博士发明的，并被十九世纪的收藏家用于运输来自世界各地的植物。
封顶仪式是该项目的一个重要里程碑，我们迫不及待想看到第一批住宅完工，和明年年初第一批居民的搬入。我们与Glenn Howells Architects密切合作，创造了一个内部和外部都很漂亮的建筑，以时尚的几何外观，映衬着内部郁郁葱葱的绿洲。紧邻城区，商务的金丝雀码头，华殿（Wardian）打造了一个可以呼吸的地方，我们为今天所取得的成就感到无比自豪。”
在53楼空中花园举行的封顶仪式，Keidran McCready，Hayleigh O’Farrell，John Mulryan，Ballymore集团董事长兼首席执行官Sean Mulryan，Steven Tennant和Peter McCall出席了仪式（如图所示，左到右）。
Ballymore this week topped out Wardian London, a development in the heart of Docklands that is redefining urban high-rise living.
The topping out ceremony is a tradition in the construction industry, which symbolises the installation of the highest element of a structure. The Glenn Howells Architects’ designed Wardian will actually be one of the capital’s tallest residential developments, featuring two towers that rise to 55 and 50 storeys above its podium-level entrance lobby and amenities.
The development’s slender towers will form an elegant landmark on the city’s skyline and offer a new way of living with nature in the capital. From entrance lobby to upper floors, Wardian London will be threaded with gardens and greenery in a rare marriage of architecture and horticulture. These features are set to delight the senses of residents, creating natural spectacle and a luxurious green retreat in this bustling urban location.
The 766-home development takes its name and green inspiration from the Wardian case, a protective glass case similar to a terrarium. This case was invented by botanist Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward and used by nineteenth century collectors to transport plants from around the world. Glass cases with trees and planting will be incorporated throughout Wardian London, providing a contemporary reinterpretation of the Wardian case, as well as the Victorian glass house.
Glenn Howells’ design is characterised by the formal bold lines of its articulated balconies and glazing, which will provide tantalising glimpses of nature beyond. At ground floor level, lush planting welcomes visitors and residents, the synthesis of architecture and nature being made evident in planters designed as part of the building’s structure.
When residents enter their apartments, they don’t have to leave nature behind. Homebuyers will have the option to have their own fully-planted garden on the development’s extensive balconies.
The development’s crowning green feature will be a sky garden on the 53rd floor, combining exotic planting with spectacular views of city and sky. Creation of this high-rise garden is a feat in itself, requiring careful design, preparation and installation, achieved with the expertise of landscape architect Camlins. The garden will be protected from the elements, so plants have to be chosen for the location and a controlled environment created to provide optimum conditions for planting to thrive. Plants have been bought and maintained in a nursery for up to two years to ensure that they are ready and available when they are needed.
When it comes to installation, smaller plants will be transported via the building’s lifts, but some of the garden’s largest trees, weighing up to 500kg, will have to be lifted into place before the building’s roof is fully installed. The development, and its complex planting, are expected to be complete in 2020.
"We have worked closely with Glenn Howells Architects to create a building that is beautiful on the inside and out, a sleek, geometric exterior gives way to a lush, green oasis inside."
Sean Mulryan, Chairman & Group Chief Executive of Ballymore Group added: “Ballymore has owned the site on which Wardian now stands for 25 years so it brings me great joy to see these two beautiful new towers standing on what has been such an underutilised space for so long. This is a huge milestone for the development and we cannot wait to see the first units complete and first residents move in early next year. We have worked closely with Glenn Howells Architects to create a building that is beautiful on the inside and out, a sleek, geometric exterior gives way to a lush, green oasis inside. Moments from urban, commercial Canary Wharf, Wardian creates a place to breathe and we are incredibly proud of what has been achieved today.”
A ceremony was held in what will be the building’s 53rd floor sky garden attended by Keiran McCready, Hayleigh O’Farrell, John Mulryan, Sean Mulryan, Chairman & Group Chief Executive of Ballymore Group, Steven Tennant and Peter McCall (pictured, left to right, above).
由巴利摩（Ballymore）和豪利（Oxley）共同承建的倫敦皇家碼頭（Royal Wharf Pier）榮獲了一項由倫敦市長支持的頂級建築大獎——新倫敦獎（New London Awards）。
此次獲獎的設計項目將是倫敦市中心最長的棧橋式碼頭，也是水上交通公司MBNA泰晤士河快船（Thames Clippers）服務的第23個停靠碼頭。新倫敦獎是由新倫敦建築協會（New London Architecture，NLA）承辦，並獲得倫敦市長的支持，旨在獎勵倫敦各處最前沿的建築設計。頒獎評委會對這個新碼頭的描述是「優雅實用的設計作品」，並認可其具有促進泰晤士河水上交通的潛力。作為該類別獎項的專家評估員，世界著名的專業服務公司科進（WSP）的董事比爾-普萊斯（Bill Price）說道，“根據歐洲的標準，我認為這條河流未得到充分利用。”
在新倫敦獎項中，皇家碼頭（Royal Wharf Pier）和新的哈克尼威克站（Hackney Wick Station）等，一起被評為重點工程項目。在7月26日至10月期間，所有的入圍設計和獲獎設計都將在倫敦建築中心（The Building Centre）的NLA畫廊展出。
“像皇家碼頭這樣的新基礎設施將使東倫敦的交通狀況改頭換面– 影響面覆蓋泰晤士河由南至北，遍及倫敦市中心。非公路交通方式是倫敦通勤網絡可持續發展和增長的重要組成部分，這個碼頭將很快成為其中的一部分。 尼克斯公司在設計上的傑出表現，現在已經得到了新倫敦建築協會（NLA）的充分認可。現在這個碼頭正在建設中，距離實現我們的設想更近了一步。”
由巴利摩（Ballymore）和豪利（Oxley）共同承建的伦敦皇家码头（Royal Wharf Pier）荣获了一项由伦敦市长支持的顶级建筑大奖——新伦敦奖（New London Awards）。
此次获奖的设计项目将是伦敦市中心最长的栈桥式码头，也是水上交通公司MBNA泰晤士河快船（Thames Clippers）服务的第23个停靠码头。新伦敦奖是由新伦敦建筑协会（New London Architecture，NLA）承办，并获得伦敦市长的支持，旨在奖励伦敦各处最前沿的建筑设计。颁奖评委会对这个新码头的描述是「优雅实用的设计作品」，并认可其具有促进泰晤士河水上交通的潜力。作为该类别奖项的专家评估员，世界著名的专业服务公司科进（WSP）的董事比尔-普莱斯（Bill Price）说道，“根据欧洲的标准，我认为这条河流未得到充分利用。”
在新伦敦奖项中，皇家码头（Royal Wharf Pier）和新的哈克尼威克站（Hackney Wick Station）等，一起被评为重点工程项目。在7月26日至10月期间，所有的入围设计和获奖设计都将在伦敦建筑中心（The Building Centre）的NLA画廊展出。
“像皇家码头这样的新基础设施将使东伦敦的交通状况改头换面– 影响面覆盖泰晤士河由南至北，遍及伦敦市中心。非公路交通方式是伦敦通勤网络可持续发展和增长的重要组成部分，这个码头将很快成为其中的一部分。 尼克斯公司在设计上的杰出表现，现在已经得到了新伦敦建筑协会（NLA）的充分认可。现在这个码头正在建设中，距离实现我们的设想更近了一步。”
The design for the new Thames pier connecting Ballymore and Oxley’s development at Royal Wharf in London has scooped the transport and infrastructure award for unbuilt projects in the New London Awards.
The design is set to be central London’s longest pier, the 23rd serviced by the MBNA Thames Clippers riverboat service, and now it’s an award winner. The New London Awards, which are organised by New London Architecture and supported by the Mayor of London, celebrate cutting-edge architecture across the capital. The awards judges described Royal Wharf Pier as “an elegant pragmatic piece of design” and recognised its potential to help promote sustainable travel on the Thames. “I think the river is, by European standards, very underused,” said Bill Price of WSP, the expert assessor for this awards category.
Conceived by London based architect, Nex, following a high profile competition, the design is a contemporary response to one of our best loved structures: the traditional British seaside pier. As well as serving as transport infrastructure, the pier is part of the public realm, a linear public space where visitors can promenade, relax and take in the river views. They will be able to enjoy the sights from a 162m2 viewing platform, complete with seating finished in marine grade timber.
The viewing platform will connect to a floating gangway and the terminal pontoon, with its angular metal-clad shell, where riverboat travellers will be able to sit and wait in comfort. The pier, which is under construction, will enhance the experience of the river for travellers, residents and visitors, and will transform a site formerly occupied by a derelict jetty.
Royal Wharf Pier was recognised alongside major projects, including the new Hackney Wick Station, in the New London Awards. The designs for all shortlisted and winning projects in the awards are on display in an exhibition at the NLA Galleries, at The Building Centre, in London, from 26 July until October 2019.
John Mulryan, Group Managing Director at Ballymore, said:
“Major new infrastructure like our Royal Wharf pier is a game-changer for east London’s connectivity - for north to south of the river, and into central London. Non-road travel is an essential part of the sustainability and growth of London’s commuter network, and this pier will soon be a part of that. Nex- has done an incredible job on the design, which has now been duly recognised by the NLA. Now that construction is underway, the vision is one step closer to being realised.”
6月1日星期六，布倫福德項目(The Brentford Project)正式對外開放，氣溫也飆升至一年中最高。與此同時，夏季新藝術文化節開幕，在音樂丶瑜伽丶娛樂和美食的伴隨下開啓了探索西倫敦最隱秘區域的新旅程。
近千名當地居民和來自豪恩斯洛區（Hounslow），奇西克區（Chiswick）和邱（Kew）區的鄰居們一起沐浴在布倫特河（River Brent）岸邊的溫暖陽光中，27.6度的氣溫讓人感到溫暖而舒適。人們欣賞著Donel和Michael Rice的美妙音樂；前者是今年歌唱天才秀（The Voice）中脫穎而出的新星，後者是今年歐洲歌唱大賽上英國派出的歌手。
巴利摩集團的常務董事John Mulryan也出席了這次活動。巴利摩集團將負責開發從高街到河邊之間的碼頭和車道一帶，包括極俱生氣的餐廳丶酒吧和零售店等。 John說：
在這次活動中，大家分享了布倫福德的新烘培店和餐廳Rye by the Water出品的鮮美糕點和腸卷。在愛爾蘭名廚Robin Gill的幫助下，主廚Ben Rand和烘培師Janine Edwards通力合作，一起製作了上千個特製比薩餅。
另一個吸引人的地方是Duke of London的老爺車愛好者們在活動上展示了他們的愛車。
接下來於6月6日星期四，在Rye by the Water餐館舉辦了啤酒和藍調（Beer and Blues）音樂酒會，來賓們品嚐到了西倫敦一些最好的精釀啤酒，欣賞了Robert Hokum的藍調音樂。
7月11日，Duke of London的創始人丶當地企業家Merlin McCormack將舉辦初創企業大師班，他將分享獨家的企業知識丶創業技巧和竅門。
7月6日，Zen in the City將舉辦RJ Mind Body的瑜伽和打坐冥想課程。 8月31日星期六，“布倫福德的藝匠們”將齊聚一堂，在當地藝術家團體策劃的創意工作坊舉辦藝術展覽，展示該地區最好的藝術和手工藝品。
最後在8月中旬，將在Rye by the Water優雅環境中舉辦主題為“布倫福德的變遷”的私享晚宴，布倫福德和奇西克歷史協會的成員將為來賓揭示該地區豐富的歷史文化，並和來賓互動。
6月1日星期六，布伦福德项目(The Brentford Project)正式对外开放，气温也飙升至一年中最高。与此同时，夏季新艺术文化节开幕，在音乐丶瑜伽丶娱乐和美食的伴随下开启了探索西伦敦最隐秘区域的新旅程。
近千名当地居民和来自豪恩斯洛区（Hounslow），奇西克区（Chiswick）和邱 （Kew）区的邻居们一起沐浴在布伦特河（River Brent）岸边的温暖阳光中，27.6度的气温让人感到温暖而舒适。人们欣赏着Donel和Michael Rice的美妙音乐；前者是今年歌唱天才秀（The Voice）中脱颖而出的新星，後者是今年欧洲歌唱大赛上英国派出的歌手。
在这次活动中，大家分享了布伦福德的新烘培店和餐厅Rye by the Water出品的鲜美糕点和肠卷。在爱尔兰名厨Robin Gill的帮助下，主厨Ben Rand和烘培师Janine Edwards通力合作，一起制作了上千个特制比萨饼。
另一个吸引人的地方是Duke of London的老爷车爱好者们在活动上展示了他们的爱车。
接下来於6月6日星期四，在Rye by the Water餐馆举办了啤酒和蓝调（Beer and Blues）音乐酒会，来宾们品尝到了西伦敦一些最好的精酿啤酒，欣赏了Robert Hokum的蓝调音乐。
7月11日，Duke of London的创始人丶当地企业家Merlin McCormack将举办初创企业大师班，他将分享独家的企业知识丶创业技巧和窍门。
7月6日，Zen in the City将举办RJ Mind Body的瑜伽和打坐冥想课程。8月31日星期六，“布伦福德的艺匠们”将齐聚一堂，在当地艺术家团体策划的创意工作坊举办艺术展览，展示该地区最好的艺术和手工艺品。
最後在8月中旬，将在Rye by the Water优雅环境中举办主题为“布伦福德的变迁”的私享晚宴，布伦福德和奇西克历史协会的成员将为来宾揭示该地区丰富的历史文化，并和来宾互动。
On July 4 there was a festival vibe at Goodluck Hope with the cool sounds of singers Vanessa White, Michael Rice, Luke Burr and more.
The Into the Woods festival had crowds, music, cocktails and an appropriately American style barbecue for its US Independence Day date, as well as a surprise or two. Ballymore’s Goodluck Hope provided the setting in the atmospheric historic warehouse and lush garden of its marketing suite. The show was created by music production company Three Bears Entertainment, which has a studio at nearby London City Island.
Music producer Dantae Johnson, who set up Three Bears Entertainment with business partner Pete Boxsta Martin, gives the lowdown on his company and how it helped to make the Leamouth Peninsula’s first music festival happen.
Tell us about your business and the great artists you’re working with?
We set up Three Bears in 2015 after working as producers and songwriters for major names like Simon Cowell’s Syco and Sony. We work with artists like James Arthur, Vanessa White and Donel, who is just 17 years old and reached the finals in The Voice.
How did you set up the studio in London City Island?
The company has a base in west London, but I live on London City Island. I moved there three years ago. I had some studio equipment in my lounge – not a full studio, but just enough so that I could finish work at weekends. I would bring people to my home to record and they got to like it.
Before we knew it, people were seeing the artists in the City Island Grocer’s store and so it wasn’t such a secret that people were recording in my home. Ballymore had commercial space, and were keen to work with creative people, so we took on 1,700 square feet of space, which is now our studio, called The Woods. The modern studio space really works – we’ve opened it up to a few different disciplines, so we have a photographer in one space and a dance studio where artists can rehearse routines for their music videos. We can do a lot under one roof.
How did you get involved in creating the show at Goodluck Hope?
We did a small show for the Unity Arts Festival at London City Island last year. Then it grew. Ballymore encouraged us and said we needed to do our own show, so we scaled it up to create Into the Woods.
Were you surprised to find yourself working with Ballymore?
Never in a million years did I think I would be working with a property developer. But Ballymore doesn’t move like a typical corporate developer. They have great people who really listen to creative communities and respond to them. That is why London City Island is bustling and how I’ve been able to get involved. It is definitely a collaboration.
What acts did you get to perform at the festival?
The festival started in the warehouse, with performances by the singers Michael Rice, who represented the UK at this year’s Eurovision, and Fred Lessore, and the dance act Flawless, past finalists in Britain’s Got Talent and good friends of ours.
Then we had a surprise for the audience. No one knew there was a second stage until an announcer invited people into the woods, and then they were led to another stage in front of the marketing suite. There we had more artists: Vanessa White actually premiered two new songs, Donel performed four songs, and we had Phats and Small collaborator Ben Ofoedu and Luke Burr, an amazing soul singer from Essex.
"Ballymore doesn’t move like a typical corporate developer. They have great people who really listen to creative communities and respond to them."
And what did you think of your show?
It was amazing – a really cool night. It was the perfect marriage of architecture and music.
It had a great crowd that included artists, like singers Daley and Aston Merrygold, who came along to see their friends perform, and talent scouts from Sony.
I hear you’re involved in the Unity Arts Festival again this year. Can you give us any clues about who’ll be performing there?
We are incredibly secretive so I can’t say anything yet. Just watch this space – it is going to be good…
Unity Arts Festival 2019 takes places 21-22 September. Visit www.unityartsfestival.com to sign-up for the newsletter, so you’ll be the first to find out more about the 2019 programme.
London City Island is providing creative workspace, co-working and affordable studios catering for everyone, from architects to ceramicists and fashion designers.
Ballymore’s decision to provide workspace as part of the island’s facilities is a timely response to the urgent need for affordable spaces for creative production across the capital. Here we talk to Deborah Spink founder of Kokomelt, sustainable tailor Claire Couchman, Jagoda Keshani founder of Yago and digital artist, Paul Mortimer about co-working and life on the island. The studios are managed by arebyte.
City Island, the horse owned by Ballymore’s Chairman and Group Chief Executive Sean Mulryan and his family, beat the favourite to win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, the race sponsored by the Group.
With record numbers of racegoers breathing a sigh of relief after day two of the Festival finally getting the go-ahead after fears that strong winds would force a postponement, the six year-old City Island, jockeyed by Mark Walsh and trained by Grand National winner Martin Brassil, was one of six horses vying for the lead as the field approached the second-last fence.
City Island, who shares the name of Ballymore Group’s major docklands development, was 8-1 against the favourite Champ at 9-2. His second win of the Festival, jockey Mark Walsh said: “We still don’t know how good he is because even when he gets to the front he doesn’t do a stroke”. It was a first Festival success for trainer Brassil.
Presenting the trophy to his wife, Bernardine, a delighted Sean Mulryan said afterwards: “The heartbeat is very high - it’s a dream come true. He won in Galway and we said we’d aim for this race. We’re absolutely ecstatic. I thought he wasn’t enjoying the ground, but the way he finished the race was fantastic.”
After a decade-long break, Ballymore made its return to Cheltenham last year, sponsoring The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, a prominent feature of Ladies Day. One of the best novice hurdle races of the season, the race - over the distance of two miles five furlongs - usually brings together some of the best up and coming horses.
每座聯排別墅洋房由先锋室內設計事務所Amos＆Amos設計，於5月22日上市，自2013年以來，該設計事務所已經在巴利摩(Ballymore)公司的開發項目使館花園（Embassy Gardens）、華殿（Wardian）和都柏林碼頭（Dublin Landings）中大顯身手。事務所創始人Jaki Amos說：
每座联排别墅洋房由先锋室内设计事务所Amos＆Amos设计，于5月22日上市，自2013年以来，该设计事务所已经在巴利摩(Ballymore)公司的开发项目使馆花园（Embassy Gardens）、华殿（Wardian）和都柏林码头（Dublin Landings）中大显身手。事务所创始人Jaki Amos说：
As National Apprenticeship Week puts the spotlight on training, Ballymore has become one of the first developers in Tower Hamlets to join the partnership of London Legacy Development Corporation and Class of Your Own, to assist with the delivery of Design, Engineer, Construct!, a learning programme helping to instil an understanding of built environment career prospects in secondary school children.
Ballymore is an avid investor in people, with a track record for investing in its existing team and crucially, investing in future talent.
With initiatives including a Higher Apprenticeship programme targeting under-represented communities within the construction industry – namely BMEs and women, Ballymore also supports the General Training Academy. Set up by Tower Hamlets brokerage WorkPath, it helps local residents undertake required training and accreditation to gain meaningful employment
But this month, the company is celebrating its fruitful relationship with the Design, Engineer, Construct! learning programme (DEC!) which works with schools to promote the skills needed for careers in the built environment.
The first developer to be a part of the programme in Tower Hamlets, Ballymore’s involvement is already making an impact: “Ballymore understands the industry’s need to attract more people into this sector,” says Class of Your Own’s Matt Simmons – who is delivering the organisation’s curriculum and partnerships. “We’re dedicated to helping people find careers which are meaningful – roles they actually want to fulfil – it’s something we couldn’t do without the likes of Ballymore and their support.”
DEC! works through collaboration, partnering with the London Legacy Development Corporation, schools and businesses. Matt and his team have a remit improve the delivery of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and built environment education in four boroughs surrounding Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. “We’re already working with around 200 students,” he added.
“With Ballymore, eight schools and a few other businesses, we are collaborating to fly the flag for careers in the built environment – with a focus on instilling the career paths and benefits into young people from an early age.”
“The beauty of the process means that these young people are almost ‘pre-approved’ before they undertake the apprenticeships.” Ballymore has taken several DEC! gradates on work experience programmes, and have plans in place to put them on to apprenticeship programmes.
Matt continued: “Thanks to developers like Ballymore, our graduates gain so much exposure to the sector that they’re in a great position to make an informed decision about which discipline to pursue as a career. They don’t want to just work in property; they understand the intricacies of becoming a surveyor or an architect.”
Added John Turner, Town Planning Director at Ballymore: “We are thrilled to have nurtured a fruitful relationship with DEC. It’s not just about financial support, we’re very much embedded in the programme, giving talks and workshops to local schools and getting involved in the classroom – not to mention the prospect of taking on more apprentices in the future.
“We look forward to enhancing our involvement with DEC! and future, local talent for a long time to come.”
The trend pioneered by Ballymore to “create communities” reached the stars this week at the celebrity launch of the latest restaurant by award-winning Irish chef Robin Gill at the landmark Embassy Gardens development at Nine Elms.
“For us, it’s always been really important to create a community experience – usually even before the residents move in,” explained Ballymore’s Head of Communications Hayleigh O’Farrell. “We started the trend at London City Island and we have taken that to the next level at Embassy Gardens with Darby’s, Robin Gill’s new restaurant.
“Ballymore has always understood that you have got to really invest in creating a destination. And in Robin Gill, you have a really good talent who is not only local to the area with The Dairy in Clapham but who will be there every day, getting to know people by name and creating a genuine neighbourhood feel.”
The neighbourhood experience will prove especially key at Embassy Gardens where analysis shows the development has more ‘home working’ residents using the business centre than any other Ballymore communities. “They’re mostly millennials who want to socialise - they want a meeting place,” said Hayleigh.
And that’s where the new restaurant by Good Food Chef of the Year Gill, who called the new restaurant ‘Darby’s’ after a family name inspired by the jazz career of his father – is set to become a key EG venue when it opens its doors on May 27. “And you can be sure jazz and music will be a big attraction.”
At the launch this week, dozens of London’s glitterati came together for the private party, with guests including BBC music host Annie Mac, singer-songwriters Molly King and Vanessa White.
The Irish TV presenter Laura Whitmore, comedian Iain Stirling, Made in Chelsea’s Caggie Dunlop and top chef Michel Roux Jr. joined many others from the worlds of food and music.
In one of the biggest and most exciting London restaurant openings of the year, the event included performances by the French pop band The Gypsy Queens and DJ sets from Arveene and US rapper Shamon Cassette.
Guests experienced Robin Gill’s culinary flair, choosing either to perch at the central oyster bar for a selection of Ireland’s finest Dooncastle oysters, or sampling signature dishes including arancini, Exmoor caviar and truffled brie. Guests also enjoyed Guinness, champagne and bespoke cocktails.
Designed by the international design and concept firm AvroKO, the 544 sq. m restaurant will exude a mid-century modern style, incorporating classic furniture inspired by the 1951 Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank, seating 130 diners.
Once complete, the Masterchef Ireland judge will also run the Sky Pool’s exclusive restaurant on the 10th floor of the building, offering fresh pasta and woodfired pizza on the Sky Deck with sweeping views of the new US Embassy and River Thames.
Dubliner Gill said of the launch: “I am delighted that my vision for Darby’s is now becoming a reality. It is my biggest project to date and I am grateful that Embassy Gardens have given me the opportunity to open a restaurant with real personal significance.
“Darby’s will provide a true taste of Ireland – and we’re looking to pour the best Guinness in London or at least as good as the Guinea Grill!”
A ground-breaking NGO, working in communities affected by crime and violence, is supporting thousands of young people to realise their potential.
“The communities in which we work suffer from under-investment, a lack of opportunities and high levels of crime and violence,” said Jacob Whittington Vigors, head of programmes at the Fight for Peace London Academy, based in Woodman street, Newham, which is currently building a new ‘hub’ with the support of local businesses. At Fight for Peace, we invest in young people, offering young people the support and access to opportunities that we all need to thrive.”
“As we know too well, violence and knife crime has a major impact on the lives of young people, and acts as a barrier to their development,” said Vigors, who praised the support of companies like Ballymore which was “crucial to the work we do at Fight for Peace.”
“With the help of Ballymore, and other funding partners, we are now in the process of building a new ‘hub’ that will be a central focus point for our London Academy and a place where young people will be welcomed and receive the support they require from our dedicated team of staff.”
Londoner Luke Dowdney founded Fight for Peace, one of Ballymore’s most significant charity commitments, in 2000 in one of the most violent favelas in Rio de Janiero. It now has Academies in Rio and London and is present in 25 cities across the world through partners trained in its methodology.
Sean Mulryan, chairman and group chief executive of Ballymore said on a recent visit to the charity: “We are delighted to support the important work of Fight for Peace and as a company we are committed to supporting charities that help young people get the right start in life. We have a significant footprint in Newham so it’s a logical move for us to support these organisations on our doorstep as an extension of our regeneration efforts”.
A survey by the charity revealed that of 1,183 young people attending its London Academy, 340 were supported coping with issues at home, at school or in their personal lives. Another 101 young people were given employability support to get jobs while 30 participated in education programmes to get qualifications.
Of those Fight for Peace members surveyed in 2017, 92% felt more motivated, 83% more confident, 79% cooperated more with others and felt more positive about the future.
Whittingham Vigors outlined the charity’s three stage “public health approach” to preventing violence, which has reached crisis levels in the capital.
“At the primary level, we offer opportunities and support for the socioeconomic inclusion of all young people living in communities affected by crime and violence. At the secondary level, we focus on individuals or groups identified as being at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of crime and violence.
“And, at the tertiary level, we support young people to disengage from crime and violence, and work to prevent them from re-offending or being victimised again. This work is central to supporting young people to realise their potential, and live peaceful and happy lives.”
The centre employs 45 full and part-time professionals working across the organisation’s ‘Five Pillars’ approach using non-traditional methods to engage young people where conventional methods aren’t working.
Through boxing and martial arts, young people build strength and discipline, gain self-respect and learn that success comes through hard work and dedication. Education and employability programmes support young people top gain the qualifications they require to enter the job market.
Youth workers and mentors help young people overcome issues they may have in their lives through support services, while youth leaders help to design programmes, develop strategies and make decisions at every level of the organisation.
“We find most of our people through word of mouth, via family members, friends and in schools. We also use social media and also have outreach programmes,” said Jacob.
And the success of Fight for Peace in Newham is not just in the stats. Local boy Mohez Khan from Canning Town is a national champion in both judo and Olympic weightliftings, while other young people from the Academy have won national and regional titles.
“We support all young people in the community - including those at risk of being involved in or victims of crime and violence - to reach the enormous potential they have. Though their own talent, dedication and hard work, and with our holistic support, these young people are becoming champions, in the sporting arena and in life”, said Jacob.
A new, Island-born fashion brand was launched in Canning Town this week as Lucretia Sandu’s maiden runway show delivered an enchanting, theatrical performance, featuring exceptional designs, perfect choreography – and even two real life wolves.
Just three years ago, fashion designer and former architect Lucretia Sandu was living in her native Romania – with distant dreams of designing clothes. “I was studying to be an architect,” says 26-year-old Lucretia. “I was drawn to the works of Frank Gehry, I loved his approach and how he told stories through his buildings; I’m a very creative person and knew that design was for me.”
In 2016, a shift in thinking brought Lucretia to London, where she decided to immerse herself in the city’s fashion sector – something which this week culminated in the launch of her self-titled brand.
Her maiden collection – La Loba – was unveiled with a stunning show at Goodluck Hope – with a cast of models and beautiful real wolves, bringing each of her designs to life. Celebrating the “Wolf Woman” – the collection celebrates the new female archetype of women who run with wolves – a literal interpretation of which was staged on the night.
Each of the pieces on the catwalk was created at London City Island, home to Lucretia’s studio since last year; “My move to London was the first step, finding a studio and a home for my brand was always going to be the challenging part.
“All that changed last September when I attended the Unity Arts Festival. I witnessed a unique creative vibe which resonated with me straight away; then I learnt it was an accessible community, allowing artists like me to base ourselves within the the creative triumvirate of Trinity Buoy Wharf, Goodluck Hope and London City Island drew me in. I knew this was my brand’s future home.”
Lucretia quickly secured a workspace in the arebyte studio on the Island; home to artists who would have otherwise been forced out of central London, Ballymore has worked with the operators to offer affordable workspaces for artists of all disciplines – including Lucretia.
“I feel so at home here; I’m surrounded by fascinating creative people – and a beautifully designed creative built environment. Both of those facets inspire me every single day.”
Added Hayleigh O’Farrell, Head of Communications, at Ballymore: “It was wonderful to see the artistic efforts of an Islander celebrated at this show. The brilliant design talent joining our community is helping to realise our longstanding creative vision for this area of London.”
The latest addition from innovative premium bar and restaurant operator The Alchemist, specialising in the theatre of spectacular cocktails - is coming to Embassy Gardens.
Immersive experiences are at The Alchemist’s core and this, coupled with theatrical presentation and sensational settings, will provide an unrivalled all-day drinking and dining destination at Embassy Gardens.
The new bar and restaurant will span over 5,200 sq. ft., accommodating 105 restaurant covers, complemented by an outdoor space hosting an additional 78 covers.
The news follows the success of The Alchemist’s recently opened St Martin’s Lane site in November last year and will see the operator bring its trademark of theatre served cocktails to Embassy Gardens, as part of the ambitious redevelopment of Nine Elms.
Following a £1.4million investment, the new Embassy Garden’s venue is set to open in September, creating 70 full and part-time jobs for Londoners.
Simon Potts, managing director of The Alchemist, said: “We are delighted with the new site and are excited to be part of the developing community at Nine Elms. There is huge rejuvenation currently underway, from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station, as evidenced by the extension to the Northern Line next year”.
Ballymore is to be Principal Patron of the 2019 Dublin Fringe Festival, the annual arts festival that prides itself on developing new talent
Dublin Fringe, which will celebrate its 25th year in 2019, is Ireland’s leading multi-disciplinary festival with events spanning cabaret, comedy, spoken word, theatre, visual and live art and music.
“It’s the agenda-setting festival of new work in the country”, said the Festival’s Director Ruth McGowan and “the place for artists to make their mark”.
She describes Dublin Fringe as “a love letter to the city” when a range of different spaces from streets, parks and civic buildings come alive with ‘high-quality art happenings”, and as she puts it, “stuff you can stumble upon” in your lunch break or daily commute, as well as performances in theatres, studios and cultural centres.
Around ninety per cent of the performers and artists are from Ireland and the remainder are international. Unlike many other arts festivals, Dublin Fringe is “wholly curated and handpicked by the programming panel” to ensure its message is always relevant, explains McGowan.
But one message that remains consistent is the need to ensure that the creative community is valued and supported.
“The city is changing very quickly and space is at a premium. It’s important to acknowledge that the creative community is a big part of what makes the city special, so we need to make sure that artists aren’t being forced out”.
“Having Ballymore on board will help us gain access to some of the city’s new spaces,” she said, adding it was “exciting” to be working with the developer for the Festival’s 25th birthday which she promises will be “a party to remember’.
Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, said: “The arts bring magic to a city. Dublin Fringe Festival brings an incredible energy and soul to unexpected places, much like our own Ballymore developments in Ireland and the UK. We’re honoured to be supporting the Fringe as the Principal Patron for the first time in 2019, and look forward to working with them as they champion emerging artistic talent to support grassroots culture in Ireland.”
The 16-day festival this September hosted 80 events in 26 venues across the city, attracting over 44,000 visitors and for many audience members it was their first experience of a live arts event.
Ballymore’s patronage of Dublin Fringe is a major step for the company and follows a number of significant investments in the arts this year, including the Unity Arts Festival, a creative workspace for artists at London City Island and The Line, London’s first contemporary art trail.
This is in addition to the new cultural quarter Ballymore is establishing on London City Island with the English National Ballet and the London Film School relocating there this year.
愛爾蘭前總統Mary Robinson和愛爾蘭基金創始人Anthony O’Reilly爵士也於週四（11月29日）晚，在威斯敏斯特偉大喬治街舉行的愛爾蘭基金英國30週年晚宴上獲獎。
始於1988年6月，在美國前駐愛爾蘭大使Dan Rooney和匹茲堡同胞商人Anthony J.F. O’Reilly在美國創建了愛爾蘭基金會12年後，創立了全球慈善，促進和平、文化和慈善事業。
遍布全球12個國家，愛爾蘭基金會籌集了六億多美元，惠及愛爾蘭及其它地區超過3,200個不同的組織。獲獎者包括愛爾蘭共和國足球隊經理Martin O’Neill，演員Colin Farrell，歌手兼作曲家Imelda May以及女演員Sharon Horgan。
爱尔兰前总统Mary Robinson和爱尔兰基金创始人Anthony O’Reilly爵士也于周四（11月29日）晚，在威斯敏斯特伟大乔治街举行的爱尔兰基金英国30周年晚宴上获奖。
始于1988年6月，在美国前驻爱尔兰大使Dan Rooney和匹兹堡同胞商人Anthony J.F. O’Reilly在美国创建了爱尔兰基金会12年后，创立了全球慈善，促进和平、文化和慈善事业。
遍布全球12个国家，爱尔兰基金会筹集了六亿多美元，惠及爱尔兰及其它地区超过3,200个不同的组织。获奖者包括爱尔兰共和国足球队经理Martin O’Neill，演员Colin Farrell，歌手兼作曲家Imelda May以及女演员Sharon Horgan。
將於2019年迎來25週年慶典的都柏林藝穗節，是愛爾蘭領先的跨界藝術活動，包括歌舞表演丶喜劇丶說唱藝術丶戲劇丶視覺以及現場藝術和音樂。 “這是愛爾蘭為新興作品設定議題的節日”，藝穗節總監露絲·麥高恩（Ruth McGowan）表示，“這也是藝術家締造影響力的地方”。
“得到巴利摩的讚助使我們得以開發這座城市的一些新興空間，” 麥高恩補充說，藝穗節25週年的慶典能夠與開發商合作是“令人興奮的”，她承諾這將是“一個絕對值得回味的派對” 。
当街道丶公园和市政建筑间的各种空间因为“高质量的艺术表现形式”而充满活力之时， 麦高恩把都柏林艺穗节描述为“写给城市的一封情书”，这些艺术形式正如她所说，既包括你在午休或通勤时 “偶然碰上的活动”，也包括在剧院丶工作室和文化中心举行的表演。
“得到巴利摩的赞助使我们得以开发这座城市的一些新兴空间，” 麦高恩补充说，艺穗节25周年的庆典能够与开发商合作是“令人兴奋的”，她承诺这将是“一个绝对值得回味的派对” 。
The most prestigious award honouring “an outstanding contribution to Ireland and the Irish community in Great Britain” this year goes to the Founder and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, Sean Mulryan
The former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Sir Anthony O’Reilly, founder of The Ireland Funds, were also honoured at a glittering 30th anniversary The Ireland Funds Great Britain dinner at One Great George Street, Westminster, on Thursday (Nov 29) evening.
Inaugurated in June 1988, the global philanthropic charity was launched 12 years after Dan Rooney, former US Ambassador to Ireland and fellow Pittsburgh businessman Anthony J.F. O’Reilly, created what was then The Ireland Fund in the USA to promote peace, culture and charity.
With chapters in 12 countries, the Ireland Funds has raised over $600 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,200 different organizations. Past honourees include Martin O’Neill, manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, actor Colin Farrell, singer songwriter Imelda May and actress Sharon Horgan.
“The anniversary dinner was an intimate event where we looked back on and celebrated our successes, in the company of our best supporters,” said a spokesman for The Ireland Funds.
“The dinner offered us the opportunity to re-engage and re-energise our donors and supporters and to demonstrate the impact that their generosity has on the Irish community both in Britain and Ireland”, he said.
Sean is renowned for his philanthropic work in both the UK and Ireland. He is passionate about sport and has sponsored his native county - Roscommon in Gaelic Football for decades.
He is also passionate about giving young people every opportunity to get the right start in life through education and has been very active in the communities where Ballymore have developments.
As residents begin to move in to the Legacy Building - the second phase of Embassy Gardens - the lobby can finally be appreciated as a sophisticated design statement that hovers somewhere between a five-star hotel, a classical palace and a London members’ club.
Even on a bleak winter’s day, the space is full of light flooding in from the courtyard garden beyond and then blending with carefully controlled lobby lighting that changes according to the time of day.
A commanding reception desk at the centre of the lobby is framed by a series of evenly spaced pillars that act as a divider between the desk and the lobby’s more informal seating areas to each side.
The design’s linear quality is further emphasised by a dramatic black and white marble floor, brass light fittings and shelving units along each wall with splashes of colour coming from the red sofas and well-stocked book shelves. Contemporary artworks by Chilean artist Humberto Poblete Bustamante hang in the seating and relaxation areas of the lobby.
Designed by Spaniard Luis Bustamante, the concept design was a result of close collaboration with Ballymore’s Chairman and Group Chief Executive Sean Mulryan, developed during Embassy Gardens Phase One. “Luis and I worked closely together, meeting regularly to exchange ideas about how to create spaces that instantly make people feel special and at home.” said Sean.
“Embassy Gardens is a development that has always focussed on craft. This lobby is the pinnacle. As the building that will welcome our residents on their journey to the sky pool, this super lobby is the result of years of work to make sure it makes the best of first impressions.”
Mirrors - one of the designer’s hallmarks - are positioned to great effect to give a sense of infinite space, most dramatically above the central reception desk, giving the illusion of open sky and contrasting with the ‘solid’ ceilings of the more informal seating areas. Three years in the making, one of the biggest challenges was to guarantee all aspects of the design were built as envisaged from the outset, including the lighting, explains Ballymore’s Design Manager Natércia Francisco.
For example, in the day, the 250Kg chandeliers over the reception desk look like vast hanging sculptures and it is only after 10pm when all the ground floor areas automatically change to the new lighting scenery, the chandeliers’ LED ‘strips’ – in effect a slender strip of miniature bulbs- illuminate the space.
“Every single downlighter and bulb is manually adjusted to a certain position in order to create an interaction between light and materials,” says Natércia.
On Level One, the new business lounge, a large meeting room, kitchen and generous terracing mean off-site working has never been easier. The design aesthetic is less obviously classical but the materials – marble, timber and fabric wall coverings - are crisp and uncluttered.
Most of materials and furnishings in the lobby are bespoke. The panelling and metalwork were made in Spain, the stone/marble is Italian, the carpets are English and the furniture were sourced from Irish and Portuguese designers.
The three imposing buildings comprising Phase Two are designed by Arup Associates.