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.
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.
A new community of entrepreneurs will be heading for Dublin’s docklands with the leasing of almost 10,000 sq. meters of office space on Ballymore’s prime Dublin Landings development to WeWork, the global network of workspaces.
The Dublin development - by Ballymore and their development partner Oxley Holdings – tops up the 1.5m sq ft of workspace already provided by the business last year, as well as jobs for over 5,500 people with residential, retail and commercial schemes currently under-construction including 7,000 homes.
John Mulryan, Managing Director of Ballymore UK and Ireland, said: “Our vision for Dublin Landings has always been to create a culturally rich, inspiring community in the Dublin Docklands area. A feature of our developments is ‘placemaking’ where we ensure that the buildings are integrated with the environment and public spaces and that they become the heart of the community.”
WeWork will occupy No 2 Dublin Landings on North Wall Quay, beside the new Central Bank of Ireland headquarters and the new head office of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). It is anticipated that WeWork will move into their new state of the art building by October 2018.
“The calibre of our Dublin Landings tenants, the NTMA, the Central Bank and now WeWork, is evidence of Ballymore and Oxley’s commitment to the creation of a vibrant new destination for Dubliners to live, work, and visit,” Mulryan added.
WeWork’s Exec VP Real Estate, Patrick Nelson said: “Our Dublin locations have proved fantastically popular and we’re thrilled to be expanding our portfolio by adding a further WeWork location, this time in the architecturally impressive Dublin Landings.
“This vibrant and modern part of the city is well-connected by transport, and the superb site on the riverfront will provide our members with opportunities to collaborate with a likeminded community of entrepreneurs and businesses as well as access to local shops, restaurants and other local amenities.”
The overall Dublin Landings scheme is a 93,000 sq. meters mixed used scheme. On completion, the site will house 270 quality residential apartments and Landscape Gardens and 2,000 sq. meters of commercial office space. There will also be restaurants, bars and retail outlets.
Ballymore has exchanged contracts to acquire 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.
Dublin Fringe Festival has completely reimagined its annual arts showcase to enable its 2020 event to go ahead. With support from core funders the Arts Council and Dublin City Council and principal patron Ballymore, the festival is preparing to blaze a trail with this year’s event, which runs from September 5-20.
Although the festival has had to abandon its familiar format, it has drawn on its trademark ingenuity and come up with fresh ways for artists and audiences to connect. Its Dublin Fringe Festival: Pilot Light Edition will present a series of performances and artistic interventions, which will be taking place across Dublin, as well as on the internet and the airwaves.
Final details of the festival programme won’t be revealed until August, but it is expected to include outdoor performances, solo art adventures and site-specific shows for small audiences. These event formats have been developed to ensure the festival follows social distancing and safe working guidelines. The festival is ready to make a safe return to live performance if Ireland’s phased reopening continues according to government plans, but also has back-up plans in case they are needed.
Alongside this, there is FRINGE LAB, a programme of creativity by 50 artists that runs from July to December this year. Dublin Fringe is providing support to these artists through mentorship and masterclass opportunities, as well as residencies and development bursaries.
“Dublin Fringe is about discovery. There is a spirit of invention in the organisation’s DNA,” explains Dublin Fringe Festival Director Ruth McGowan. “We’re making a different kind of festival this year, but staying true to our core mission: artform development and talent development. We are doing this by offering artists the opportunity to lead, to innovate, to adapt and create within the new parameters. We are undertaking this work with care, humility and rigorous adherence to government guidelines.”
There is an even greater sense of purpose to this year’s festival, she says. “After so much time spent apart, we are all longing for shared experience. The ideas artists have been dreaming up propose innovative new ways to have them, together and safely. We’re committed to supporting their visions as they bring the cultural life of the city back out in to the light.”
At the 2019 festival Ballymore co-presented a new award, giving the prize winners the opportunity to perform at the new home of English National Ballet, which is located at Ballymore’s London City Island development, in east London. Both the festival and Ballymore are excited to be continuing their collaboration. Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, says: “At Ballymore, we look to be creative in everything we do and it was the extraordinary talent of so many creative, emerging artists and top talent that attracted Ballymore to partner with Dublin Fringe in 2019.”
He continues: “Despite the ongoing uncertainty, I am certain that Dublin Fringe’s determination to deliver interesting solutions to the challenge we face will result in a version of the festival that will be truly unique. Ballymore is proud to partner with the ever-creative Dublin Fringe in creating a festival to remember in 2020.”
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”.
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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。”
A Gaelic football and hurling club in the heart of Ireland is getting ready to upgrade and extend its facilities, so that it can serve its community better and boost its potential to host big matches. 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.”
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 GAA is a fundamental part of Roscommon life"
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.”
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…
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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：
Seven new townhouses radically ‘reimagined’ to offer optimum open space and connectivity, lacking in ‘the little box’ design of most traditional models, are about make waves as they go on sale at London City Island.
The individually designed townhouses - which go on sale on May 22 – 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, set to open later this year, 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.”
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.
Unity Arts Festival, in September 2018 and 2019, is a weekend of exhibitions, installations and workshops celebrating the creativity and energy of east London’s most exciting new neighbourhood.
Combining three districts - London City Island, Goodluck Hope and Trinity Buoy Wharf – the two-day festival brings together 150 independent arts organisations, who opened their doors to the public over the weekend in September.
Festival Director, Ian Felton, who set up Trinity Art Studios 13 years ago said: “The appreciation from the public for the Festival has been phenomenal…we’re very optimistic we can build from here”.
“Ballymore is getting creative at its huge residential developments in London by putting culture at their heart”
Donald Trump may have said the US embassy was moved to a “lousy” location in London’s Nine Elms, but last month that “horrible” site played host to a selection of British and Irish celebrities. Among them were the model Jodie Kidd, the Dublin designer John Rocha, former Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts and the actress Naomie Harris.
The venue was the marketing suite at Embassy Gardens, the 15-acre plot where Irish developer Ballymore is at work. As well as the US embassy, there will be 1,750 apartments, 20,000 sq m of commercial space and the world’s first “sky pool”.
The event was held to mark the unveiling of Rice Bowl, a new 1.3-ton, one-metre tall bronze sculpture by the Irish artist Guggi. Ballymore founder Sean Mulryan has long been a collector of art, and commissioned the Dubliner — a friend of Bono — to create the piece.
Speaking to The Sunday Times before the event, Guggi said: “I walked around here about a year ago with Sean. We walked around the entire site, and looked at the different sculptures. He asked me, would you want to be a part of this? Why wouldn’t I be? I was delighted.”
While all of the celebs were gathered at London Gardens for music and drinks — there was no excessive champagne swilling — other, less-known attendees were perhaps the real story. They were artists who have taken residency at another of Ballymore’s developments.
South of Canary Wharf, on a 12-acre site called London City Island, Ballymore is constructing more than 1,700 apartments — starting price £420,000 (€480,000) for a one-bedroom suite — in a collection of colourful buildings incorporating nearly 6,000 sq m of commercial space and 3,000 sq m of retail space. Its main aim, though, is to create a new riverside cultural district for the city.
“In recent years, we’ve decided to bring art and culture and the creative industries into our developments. We’ve done it here at Embassy Gardens. The biggest example is London City Island,” Mulryan told those gathered at the event.
From the start in 2015, Ballymore put the creation of a cultural hub at the heart of its strategy for London City Island. Nearly 17,000 sq m at the development is devoted to cultural spaces.
The highest profile tenants announced to date have been the London Film School and English National Ballet (ENB). Next year, ENB moves from its 40-year-old home at Markova House in Kensington into a new 8,600 sq m facility, four times the size of its existing home. There will be a 300-seat theatre space, dedicated education spaces, rehearsal studios and rehabilitation facilities. Residents of London City Island will become “friends” of the ENB, and already it has held workshops and participated in cultural events in the community.
There are smaller arts companies too. Arebyte, a digital arts gallery, moved from Hackney Wick to London City Island in October 2017, when its lease expired. The Woods Studios, a music and art production company, has also relocated from central London.
Ballymore has been reeling in tenants with low introductory rents. Part of its commitment to culture at London City Island was due to its planning obligations — the development is in an area of heritage and right beside Trinity Buoy Wharf, a community of artists and makers housed in a selection of warehouses and multi-coloured containers.
Yet the focus on culture made business sense, according to Hayleigh O’Farrell, Ballymore’s head of communications. “It’s a well-thought-out masterplan about how to make a place a good place to live before it has its first residents. It’s about spending a lot of time ensuring we have culture embedded in the development. For us, [getting the ENB here] was a no-brainer. By them coming here, it’s a catalyst for all the culture that follows.”
Ian Felton, a local artist, has worked from Trinity Buoy Wharf for 13 years. This year, he was brought in by Ballymore to open the Trinity Art Gallery at London City Island. He is working regularly with the developer now, and curated the two-day Unity arts festival in September which took place at London City Island, Trinity Buoy Wharf and Goodluck Hope, another Ballymore project under way. On nearly seven acres between Trinity Buoy and London City Island, it will eventually comprise 804 apartments, 2,000 sq m of commercial space and 235 sq m of educational space — all in gorgeous warehouse/New York-style buildings.
Felton says Ballymore has alleviated the concerns of many Trinity Buoy Wharf residents over a big developer moving in.
“The big fear was that we were going to get pushed off the edge of the island. What we’ve found ... a balanced cultural environment right throughout the island,” he says. “When you have English National Ballet up at the top, it’s a really nice counterweight to what’s going on at the other end with Trinity Buoy Wharf. Suddenly you’ve got this peninsula packed with arts and cultural activity. It’s extremely exciting.”
Nimrod Vardi, director of the Arebyte gallery, describes moving to London City Island as “a very good decision for us”.
“It seems like a lot of our audience is following us here from Hackney. Over 6,000 people have come to visit us in the last couple of months,” he says. “The move from an old space to a new space allowed us to be more ambitious and work with bigger artists. The neighbourhood here is still growing and we’re part of it. It’s very different and really good.”
For Dantae Johnson of the Woods Studios, the move has coincided with him moving into one of London City Island’s apartments. He says at the company’s old studios in central London, where it was surrounded by competing artistic companies, nobody wanted to collaborate as they wanted to keep their projects secret.
“When we had the opportunity to come down here, we thought it would be fantastic, and we have some really good plans for here,” he says.
London City Island certainly fostered a sense of collaboration — it is palpable. Yet make no mistake, for Ballymore, its commitment to the creative industries is an astute business strategy.
“It’s about investing in creative industry to ensure people want to live here and then you can sell your apartments,” says O’Farrell. “Since we’re privately owned, we can give commitment to the creative industries, whereas a lot of plcs ... have demolished creative industry and ended up with empty vessels — lonely developments where people don’t want to live.”
With an Irish company making such waves in London, some may ask why it cannot do something similar on these shores. Ballymore is building out Dublin Landings on the capital’s northside, but the majority of this is commercial.
Where something similar could potentially happen is at St James’s Gate in the heart of Dublin city, where Diageo plans to transform 12.6 acres of its brewery site into a mixed-use scheme. The setting, surrounded by vat houses, cooperages and brew houses, would be a perfect location for a cultural hub and trendy, attractive apartments to match.
Ballymore is down to the final four bidders for the contract to develop St James’s Gate, and while O’Farrell says she cannot talk about the bid, various conversations with Ballymore’s London-based Irish staff reveal that many of them would really love to get their teeth into a project like that.
It is difficult not to share their enthusiasm. A Ballymore project in a place that has so much history is exactly what this city needs —especially if equal focus is placed on bringing cultural organisations to the Dublin 8 site.
It looks like this could be the case — certainly if what Mulryan intimated at the Embassy Gardens event holds true. He said: “[Bringing culture and creative industries to our developments] creates extraordinary energy ... and excitement for people to live in the development. We intend to continue that through the rest of our developments.”
This side of the water, we can only live and hope.
川普總統曾說美國大使館的新址倫敦九榆是個「糟糕」的地方。但在上個月，這個「可怕」的地方迎來了不少英國和愛爾蘭名流。其中包括超模Jodie Kidd、都柏林設計師John Rocha、前Girls Doud成員Nicola Roberts以及女演員Naomie Harris。
此次活動的舉辦是為愛爾蘭藝術家Guggi創作的一個重達1.3噸，高一米的青銅雕塑「飯碗」（Rice Bowl）揭幕。Ballymore的創始人Sean Mulryan先生一直以來都是一名藝術品收藏家，他委託了這位都柏林人，也是Bono（U2樂隊主唱）的朋友來創作這件作品。
Guggi在活動開始前對《星期日泰晤士報》說：「大約一年前，我和Sean一起來到這裡。 我們走遍了整個場地，看著不同的雕塑。 他問我，你想讓（你的作品）加入其中嗎？ 我為什麼不願意？ 我很高興。」
金絲雀碼頭以南，在佔地12英畝的倫敦城市島（London City Island）上，Ballymore正在建造1,700多套公寓：一臥室公寓的起價為42萬英鎊（48萬歐元）；還有近六千平方米的彩色建築空間，其中囊括了商業區域和三千平方米的零售區域。其主要目的是為這座城市創建一個全新的水岸文化區。
這裡也有一些小型藝術公司。數字藝術畫廊Arebyte在上一個租約到期後，於2017年10月從Hackney Wick搬到了倫敦城市島。音樂和藝術製作公司Woods Studios也從倫敦市中心遷至此處。
Ballymore的公關負責人海麗(Hayleigh O’Farrell) 認為，對文化的注重使商業更有意義。 「這是一個深思熟慮後的整體規劃，如何讓這個地方在迎來第一批居民之前就成為一個宜居之地，並且花費了大量時間確保我們在開發中融入了文化元素。對我們來說， 『邀來國家芭蕾舞團』是不需多想的，他們的到來，是其它文化團體能隨之而來的催化劑。」
對於Woods Studios的Dantae Johnson來說，他正在搬入倫敦城市島的一套公寓中。他說，公司在倫敦市中心的舊工作室周圍，有多家競爭激烈的藝術公司，沒有人願意一起合作，因為他們都想讓自己的項目保密。
川普总统曾说美国大使馆的新址伦敦九榆是个「糟糕」的地方。但在上个月，这个「可怕」的地方迎来了不少英国和爱尔兰名流。其中包括超模Jodie Kidd、都柏林设计师John Rocha、前Girls Doud成员Nicola Roberts以及女演员Naomie Harris。
此次活动的举办是为爱尔兰艺术家Guggi创作的一个重达1.3吨，高一米的青铜雕塑「饭碗」（Rice Bowl）揭幕。Ballymore的创始人Sean Mulryan先生一直以来都是一名艺术品收藏家，他委托了这位都柏林人，也是Bono（U2乐队主唱）的朋友来创作这件作品。
Guggi在活动开始前对《星期日泰晤士报》说：「大约一年前，我和Sean一起来到这里。 我们走遍了整个场地，看着不同的雕塑。 他问我，你想让（你的作品）加入其中吗？ 我为什么不愿意？ 我很高兴。」
金丝雀码头以南，在占地12英亩的伦敦城市岛（London City Island）上，Ballymore正在建造1,700多套公寓：一卧室公寓的起价为42万英镑（48万欧元）；还有近六千平方米的彩色建筑空间，其中囊括了商业区域和三千平方米的零售区域。其主要目的是为这座城市创建一个全新的水岸文化区。
这里也有一些小型艺术公司。数字艺术画廊Arebyte在上一个租约到期后，于2017年10月从Hackney Wick搬到了伦敦城市岛。音乐和艺术制作公司Woods Studios也从伦敦市中心迁至此处。
Ballymore的公关负责人海丽(Hayleigh O’Farrell) 认为，对文化的注重使商业更有意义。「这是一个深思熟虑后的整体规划，如何让这个地方在迎来第一批居民之前就成为一个宜居之地，并且花费了大量时间确保我们在开发中融入了文化元素。对我们来说， 『邀来国家芭蕾舞团』是不需多想的，他们的到来，是其它文化团体能随之而来的催化剂。」
对于Woods Studios的Dantae Johnson来说，他正在搬入伦敦城市岛的一套公寓中。他说，公司在伦敦市中心的旧工作室周围，有多家竞争激烈的艺术公司，没有人愿意一起合作，因为他们都想让自己的项目保密。
在由BBC Newsnight主持人Gavin Esler主持、巴利摩主辦的有關奧運會持久遺產的小組座談討論活動中，他對台下200多名觀眾說：“這非常具有戲劇性”。他還說巴利摩集團是在碼頭區投資以及支持競標活動的“最先領頭的人之一”。
東倫敦工商協會的行政主管Colin Stanbridge也認為，奧運會“使焦點全部集中於倫敦東部”，“不變的截止日期”“ 壓縮了（倫敦東部開發）的經歷”。
附近Waltham Forest自治區的經濟增長策略主管Stewart Murray認為，倫敦東部許多社區的“生活和人生機會的轉變”都歸功於奧運會。而他所在的Waltham
殘奧會運動員、30項世界紀錄創造者、高級英帝國女勛爵士、目前任倫敦遺產開發委員會主管的Tanni Grey-Thompson女男爵閣下說：“對於我來說，親眼看到它的成長和繁榮就是一種轉變，我每次去那裡，都感到有些變化。有281個學徒崗位，6,000家新屋，另外1萬4千家已經獲得規劃許可，未來18個月修建4,000家新屋，East Bank將得到十億鎊的投資，BBC交響樂團、V&A博物館、The Smithsonian研究所、Sadler’s Wells劇院、Loughborough大學、倫敦大學學院都將在這裡落戶——這些正在改變人們的生活。”
在由BBC Newsnight主持人Gavin Esler主持、巴利摩主办的有关奥运会持久遗产的小组座谈讨论活动中，他对台下200多名观众说：“这非常具有戏剧性”。他还说巴利摩集团是在码头区投资以及支持竞标活动的“最先领头的人之一”。
前任Newham自治区重新开发规划主管Deirdre Armsby也参加了这个座谈。他表示，“伦敦东部这个地区宏大的场所营造”是Newham的功劳，奥运会“加速了潜力的开发，把这个地区丰富的历史放在聚光灯下，皇家码头（Royal Wharf）这里的开发充分印证了这一点。”
东伦敦工商协会的行政主管Colin Stanbridge也认为，奥运会“使焦点全部集中于伦敦东部”，“不变的截止日期”“ 压缩了（伦敦东部开发）的经历”。
附近Waltham Forest自治区的经济增长策略主管Stewart Murray认为，伦敦东部许多社区的“生活和人生机会的转变”都归功于奥运会。而他所在的Waltham Forest注定“成为伦敦第一个文化区”。
残奥会运动员、30项世界纪录创造者、高级英帝国女勋爵士、目前任伦敦遗产开发委员会主管的Tanni Grey-Thompson女男爵阁下说：“对于我来说，亲眼看到它的成长和繁荣就是一种转变，我每次去那里，都感到有些变化。有281个学徒岗位，6,000家新屋，另外1万4千家已经获得规划许可，未来18个月修建4,000家新屋，East Bank将得到十亿镑的投资，BBC交响乐团、V&A博物馆、The Smithsonian研究所、Sadler’s Wells剧院、Loughborough大学、伦敦大学学院都将在这里落户——这些正在改变人们的生活。”
談到皇家碼頭——巴利摩（Ballymore）與豪利（Oxley）集團在倫敦皇家碼頭區（Royal Docks）40英畝土地上新開發的3,500套新居，區長說：“作為紐漢姆（Newham ）一個新開發的社區，看到如此多的居民搬到我市的這個地區，很讓人感到驚喜，我歡迎你們所有的人，並且盼望著確保市政廳對你們所關注的問題做出回應。 ”
巴利摩（Ballymore）集团的总经理John Mulryan也对居民表示欢迎，并且说：“希望到明年我们举行夏日盛宴的时候，我们已经有了新的社区中心和新的码头，皇家码头的居民可以从那里登上泰晤士河快船（Thames Clipper）前往金丝雀码头。”
夏日盛宴期间，人们最喜欢的是精选的世界食品，从永恒的英式经典到泛亚洲美食。被Esquire杂志评选为英国最佳鱼条店的Kerbisher and Malt把海边美味带到了皇家码头，而许多家庭则直奔Born‘n Raised手工披萨而去，这里的披萨都是手工制作和烤制，而且是在一辆定制的路虎防卫者上烘烤和出售。
活動的原聲音樂由Robbie Boyd提供，他是倫敦的一位歌手兼作曲人，曾經在ITV的This Morning節目裡出現，還經常參加BBC Radio2的Graham Norton節目。當八人銅管樂隊Das Brass出現的時候，音樂達到高潮，這個樂隊酷愛搖滾、流行樂和放克樂。
這個慈善機構的企業合作夥伴官員Katherine Elvin表示，Richard House臨終關懷所是“一個非常開心的地方”，儘管“臨終關懷所的含義”會讓人聯想到“一個悲傷而且非常難過的地方”。她說：“我們還很積極而且開心——通過組織治療小組和活動會來支持家庭。這是我們工作的很重要的一部分。”
巴利摩（Ballymore）集团的总经理John Mulryan也对居民表示欢迎，并且说：“希望到明年我们举行夏日盛宴的时候，我们已经有了新的社区中心和新的码头，皇家码头的居民可以从那里登上泰晤士河快船（Thames Clipper）前往金丝雀码头。”
夏日盛宴期间，人们最喜欢的是精选的世界食品，从永恒的英式经典到泛亚洲美食。被Esquire杂志评选为英国最佳鱼条店的Kerbisher and Malt把海边美味带到了皇家码头，而许多家庭则直奔Born‘n Raised手工披萨而去，这里的披萨都是手工制作和烤制，而且是在一辆定制的路虎防卫者上烘烤和出售。
活动的原声音乐由Robbie Boyd提供，他是伦敦的一位歌手兼作曲人，曾经在ITV的This Morning节目里出现，还经常参加BBC Radio2的Graham Norton节目。当八人铜管乐队Das Brass出现的时候，音乐达到高潮，这个乐队酷爱摇滚、流行乐和放克乐。
这个慈善机构的企业合作伙伴官员 Katherine Elvin表示，Richard House临终关怀所是“一个非常开心的地方”，尽管“临终关怀所的含义”会让人联想到“一个悲伤而且非常难过的地方”。她说：“我们还很积极而且开心——通过组织治疗小组和活动会来支持家庭。这是我们工作的很重要的一部分。”
An evocative new sculpture, the first in the UK by the influential Irish artist Guggi, has arrived at Embassy Gardens – conferring another powerful boost to the cultural vibrancy of Nine Elms, south of the Thames.
In a fanfare event partnered with Harper’s Bazaar, the new bronze work, ‘Rice Bowl’, measuring 106x201 cms, was specially commissioned by Ballymore’s Chairman and CEO Sean Mulryan to take its place alongside seminal pieces already in situ at Embassy Gardens.
Those works include Florian by British artist Sarah Lucas, a marrow shaped sculpture inspired by the development’s proximity to New Covent Garden Market, and Modern Marriage, by rising British-Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara, comprising a large foot with a ring embedded in the sole, in keeping with the emotive and often autobiographical nature of Simon Fujiwara’s work.
The linear park sculptures reflect Ballymore’s longstanding commitment to the arts on all its developments. Prior to the unveiling, Sean Mulryan said: “I have a longstanding admiration for Guggi’s work and we are delighted that his creativity is now built into the fabric of Embassy Gardens.
“Culture and the arts are the foundation stones of our vision for Embassy Gardens, from the visual pieces on show today to music and dance that brings whole communities together.”
‘Rice Bowl’ by Guggi, who started life as the founding member of the Dublin cult band Virgin Prunes, is a deeply reflective work, inspired by the artist’s humble beginnings. The use of common objects is a central theme of Guggi’s work, who is currently enjoying a major solo show of new drawings and sculpture at Chateau La Coste in France until the end of October. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited worldwide since the early 90’s.
The event to mark the sculpture’s arrival - part of Bazaar Art Week - came just ahead of the opening of Frieze London and Frieze Masters, so was buzzing with a strong arts and culture milieu. People enjoyed a specially crafted menu by celebrity chef Robin Gill with musical accompaniment by Anna Wolf, a new singer/songwriter signed to Three Bears Entertainment, and World Heart Beat Music Academy - Embassy Gardens’ latest tenant.
The launch attracted an array of stylish faces, including the actress, Naomie Harris, designer John Rocha OBE, Dolce and Gabbana runway models, Viscountess Weymouth and Lady Kitty Spencer, British fashion designer Alice Temperley, model Jodie Kidd and husband Joseph Bates, singer Nicola Roberts, TV Presenters Natalie Pinkham, Sarah-Jane Mee and Pips Taylor, and contemporary artist Juliette Loughran.
The evening was concluded with a DJ set from Josephine De La Baume, the French actress, singer, director and model.
Embassy Gardens will see the creation of nearly 2,000 new homes, landscaped gardens, bars and restaurants and 130,000 ft² of shopping space. Future home to the Sky Pool, the landmark development will establish a totally new community within central London, wrapped around the new US Embassy.
For Ballymore people, charity really does begin at home. From cycling, to rowing, to abseiling, to football, charity heroes from company directors to hundreds of employees gave up their spare time over the summer to help raise nearly £40,000 for good causes.
“I love doing stuff for charity and it’s really good for the company in terms of outreach and networking,” said New Zealander Sophie Stretch, a commercial coordinator at Wardian and Goodluck, a major force behind one of the summer’s star events, the Ballymore Dragon Boat Race.
Ten special Dragon boats, equipped a drummer to keep time and a cox, and each crewed by ten Ballymore rowers raced the length of Millwall Outer Dock on the Isle of Dogs to compete before another 100 spectators on a sunny July 31 to raise more than £10,000 for Teach First, a charity that helps children from low income families fulfil their potential at school.
Sophie, whose Wardian boat came third (London City Island won), told how the initiative to get involved came after one of the head office directors, Terry Arnold, passed on a leaflet he’d picked up outside Canary Wharf station asking big businesses for support.
“Ballymore immediately pledged £8K for its own company-wide event and we went from there,” said Sophie who sent a round robin mail for volunteers. “It was a great day with a barbeque at the end and a trophy and medals donated by Teach First for all the competitors. We are definitely on do it again next year”.
While the Group “invest a great deal” in charity partnerships and organisational sponsorship, Linda Mulryan, Ballymore’s operations and communications director, said:
“We’re always impressed by the passion of our team to go above and beyond when it comes to giving back. Over the summer there’s been the most fantastic, creative means of raising funds for some very important charities. At Ballymore we’re always willing to support these efforts in whatever way we can, and it’s also a great way for us all to get to know each other a little better – whether that be forming a boat race team, running 5k, or abseiling a building!”
More hair-raising than rowing, the London City Island development team, led by Steve Tennant, raised £21,000 for charity by abseiling down Phase Two of the development to celebrate residents moving in.
The summer also saw John Richardson, who works at Goodluck Hope, raise £1,508 for a prostate cancer charity by riding the Grand Depart Classic – the challenging first road stage of the Tour de France. Dorota Krasnodebska, Ivan Bakovski and Henry O’Neill, who also all work at Goodluck Hope, raised £350 for an ovarian cancer charity by running the Vitality London 10k run.
And the second Royal Wharf five-a-side tournament played in Shoreditch this year, raising £5,200 for MIND – the mental health charity. The employees at the site have raised a total of £16,500 for local charities to date.
On top, the Royal Wharf team has been visiting local school as part of the London Borough of Newham’s Building Futures programme with team judging models designed by local children.
Sophie Stretch說：“我喜歡為慈善事業做貢獻，這非常有益於公司的擴展和聯絡。” 這位新西蘭人是華殿和幸運島的商業協調人，也是今夏重要活動——巴利摩龍舟賽的主要發起人。
7月31日，陽光明媚，十艘特別的龍舟，上面有一個打拍子的鼓手和一名舵手，每艘船上都有十名巴利摩的划船手，賽程是Isle of Dogs的Millwall外碼頭，觀眾有大約百人。這個活動為幫助低收入家庭的兒童實現學習潛力的慈善機構Teach First 籌款超過一萬鎊。
今年夏天，在幸運島工作的John Richardson參加了Grand Depart Classic，環法自行車賽頗具挑戰性的第一階段，為一個前列腺癌症慈善機構籌款1,508鎊。同樣是在幸運島工作的Dorota Krasnodebska、Ivan Bakovski和Henry O’Neill參加倫敦Vitality 十公里長跑，為一個卵巢癌慈善機構籌款350鎊。
Sophie Stretch说：“我喜欢为慈善事业做贡献，这非常有益于公司的扩展和联络。” 这位新西兰人是华殿和幸运岛的商业协调人，也是今夏重要活动——巴利摩龙舟赛的主要发起人。
7月31日，阳光明媚，十艘特别的龙舟，上面有一个打拍子的鼓手和一名舵手，每艘船上都有十名巴利摩的划船手，赛程是Isle of Dogs的Millwall外码头，观众有大约百人。这个活动为帮助低收入家庭的儿童实现学习潜力的慈善机构Teach First 筹款超过一万镑。
今年夏天，在幸运岛工作的John Richardson参加了Grand Depart Classic，环法自行车赛颇具挑战性的第一阶段，为一个前列腺癌症慈善机构筹款1,508镑。同样是在幸运岛工作的Dorota Krasnodebska、Ivan Bakovski和Henry O’Neill参加伦敦Vitality 十公里长跑，为一个卵巢癌慈善机构筹款350镑。
Construction workers on Ballymore’s Royal Wharf development in London’s docklands have won the Seal of Excellence for Site Management accolade at the national 2018 NHBC (National House Building Council) Pride in The Job awards.
Praising his team, project manager Joe Cashman said: “This award is a credit to everyone working on the site and is recognition from NHBC of the hard work we have put in as a team to make this site better in every aspect over time.”
The Quality award is awarded to 400 sites out of 16,000 active NHBC sites in the UK, 60 of which are represented in London and South East region. From those, 18 sites were awarded the Seal of Excellence - with four going on to be crowned regional winner in the categories of small, medium, large and multi storey.
“In the past year we have made great strides by first being put forward for a quality award, then winning and followed on with the Seal of Excellence award. To go up three steps in a year is a fantastic achievement,” added Joe.
“We must now push on as a team and look to achieve these awards again next year - with our new goal being to win the Regional award in 2019. It will be possible to do this by making sure we continue to improve the quality of works on site. A large part of this is getting consistency across the board on all aspects of the build. We are not there yet so we need to keep working hard to achieve this.”
Royal Wharf is a new riverside development east of Canary Wharf comprising more than 3,300 new homes, from townhouses, to contemporary duplexes and apartments.
Civic leaders, developers and town planners joined Lord Coe to assess how the Olympics became a game changer in the development of east London.
Lord Coe, the man who brought the 2012 Olympic Games to London, said “the litmus test” of the lasting legacy of the games was the massive building boom beyond the Olympic Park that had transformed London’s docklands 13 years on.
‘It’s been truly dramatic”, he told a 200-strong audience at a packed panel event on the enduring legacy of the games on the regeneration of east London chaired by BBC Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler and hosted by Ballymore, described by Lord Coe as “one of the first guys over the parapet” to invest in docklands and support the bid.
“I am not a town planner, I am not an expert in these fields – this is a room full of experts,” Lord Coe told the audience at Royal Wharf. “But for me the litmus test is the development that has taken place beyond the curtilage of the Olympic Park.
“The story quintessentially was not just about the development of that 520 acres – which is an incredible story – a new city inside an old city. But it is also when I come to these parts, which I do regularly, and see the catalytic impact of the Games. So, on the regeneration front, I think we got more things right than any other games since the Barcelona Olympics of 1992,” said Lord Coe, who confessed “an emotional connection” to the area as his father was born “streets away” from the Olympic Park.
Lord Coe recalled an early crucial meeting in the City to raise institutional support for the bid. “One of the reasons I am sitting here this evening is that, actually these guys – Ballymore - were the first to stick their heads over the parapet. The next morning, they were the first to say they want to support the bid, we think this is a really important thing to do, and then a few more came on board, EDF energy, British Airways, BT. But it took somebody to actually stand up and say how they saw this project developing.”
Ballymore’s Managing Director John Mulryan raised laughter from the audience when asked by Esler whether the company had been fearful of “the risks” of being the first “over the parapet.”
“Well, Ballymore had bought about 100 acres of land between the Royal Docks and the lower Lea Valley between 2000 and 2005, so when Sean (Ballymore’s Founder) agreed to support your bid, I think he had a slightly vested interest!”
But even before the Olympics, Mulryan said, “you had the parks on one side and the River on the other, so everything you needed for a community was already there.” Paying tribute to the global success of the Games, he added:
“For us what was interesting when the Olympics happened was that with people looking in from the rest of the world, it was such a showcase for British people.” The result was “we managed to get almost £3 billion in development finance across London in those three or four years after the Olympic games. London became an amazing place to sell. That sort of institutional investment is not easy to get and I think the Olympic Games played a huge part in that.
“You’re also creating new areas in docklands, which is very different to developing infill sites in west London”, explaining in his welcoming remarks that at Royal Wharf, “as well as 3,500 new homes, a new high street, a new Town Square, a new pier is being created…an incredibly ambitious project and challenge.”
Also on the panel, Deirdre Armsby, former Director of Regeneration of Planning at Newham, said the borough had taken credit “for some pretty epic place-shaping for this area of east London”, adding that the Games had “accelerated the potential and put the spotlight on the area’s rich history. And this development here at Royal Wharf exemplifies that perfectly.”
Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of the East London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, agreed that the games had “turbocharged the focus on east London – and that “immutable deadlines” had “condensed the experience” of developing east London.
Stewart Murray, Strategic Director Economic Growth, in the neighbouring borough of Waltham Forest - set “to become London’s first borough of culture” - accredited the “Olympic bounce with transforming the lives and life chances” of many east London communities.
Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE, now Director of the London Legacy Development Committee, holder of 30 world records, said:
“For me what’s been transformational is just seeing how it’s grown and thrived. Every time I go there, it feels like there’s something different. There’s been 281 apprenticeships, 6,000 new homes, there’s planning permission for another 14,000, 4,000 built in the next 18 months; investment in East Bank, it’s going to a billion pounds, BBC Orchestra’s coming, the V & A, The Smithsonian, Sadler’s Wells, Loughborough University, UCL – and it’s changing people’s lives.
“And it’s more than just the buildings, it’s about making sure local people are employed – 62 per cent of the people come from the local area, so it’s not just about dumping something and hoping it’s going to be fine. There’s a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.”
Ballymore has eight apprentice administrators working on its sky-high Wardian development. Here, one of them, Mo Hassan, explains why reaching the top has always been his goal.
Life for 20-year-old Mo Hassan has always been about getting ahead. Ever since he chalked up a record time of 10.4 seconds for the 100 metres as a teenage sprinter representing his home borough of Tower Hamlets, he has always strived to be top.
Now, 18 months into an apprenticeship with Ballymore as a young site administrator on Wardian London in Canary Wharf, he has won a prized company sponsorship to study for a part-time degree in construction at South Bank University.
“My aim is to become a construction manager – a high-riser, the King of the Heap of my street!”, said Mo, who has just completed his Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration and will spend a day one day a week at uni from September while continuing working to complete the twin 55-storey towers of Wardian apartments at 163 Marsh Wall.
“I am the eldest of four in my family,” explained Mo from Poplar, whose grandparents originally came from Bangladesh. “They look up to me to set the path so I always try to set an example.”
“I was good at IT because my uncle was a programmer and I was always looking over his shoulder. I was good at maths too - and running of course. At first I was interested in law but a careers advisor at Tower Hamlets College suggested I applied to Ballymore for one of their apprenticeships in the design team.”
His job today involves daily quality assurance checks on online ‘day files’ produced by consultants for ‘the package managers’, acting as a go-between on issues like, decoration, dry-lining, joinery and fittings.
“It’s a great office atmosphere with about 30 to 40 people working on commercial, fit out, façade, construction, design and management. Everyone makes you feel you are part of something. People never let you down and there’s always someone I can speak to if I have any problems. It’s really supportive,” said Mo, who is 21 in October.
“My line manager called me to have a word and offered me this sponsorship to go to university - which I saw as a clear opportunity to rise through the company.”
But it’s not all work and no play in the office. “We have days out - like go-karting which Ballymore organised and trips to see shows at the O2 Centre.”
Mo is one of eight apprentice administrators working at Wardian under the wing of sustainability manager Sicilian Sirio D’Aleo, who said: “Our apprentices need to be keen to learn, have a good attitude, to be punctual and to be interested in construction,” – all qualities Mo and his colleagues share in spades.
The most ambitious arts festival to be staged in London’s docklands is planned on the Leamouth peninsular in late September bringing together a local galaxy of 150 independent arts organisations to forge “an incredible island of the arts.”
The Unity Arts Festival, on the weekend of September 22/23, will celebrate the creativity of one of east London’s most exciting new neighbourhoods when London City Island, Goodluck Hope and Trinity Buoy Wharf combine for the first time to put on some of the most innovative exhibitions, installations and workshops seen in the capital.
Drawing, oil and watercolour painting, music and dance, ballet, film and aerobics are just some of the activities that will be on offer in and around City Island’s gallery spaces, studios and workshops.
The Woods, a new music and dance studio opening at LCI by Three Bears Entertainment will join the Unity Arts Festival programme, putting festival goers through their paces with series of dance workshops and fitness classes across the weekend. The Woods will also host a photography exhibition by island resident Sokari Higgwe along with drop-in music production workshops and a choir drop in session.
Atropelos, a new exhibition at the island’s arebyte Gallery combines Brazilian graffiti culture with web-based visuals to form a modern commentary on the abolition of societal borders. And Trinity Art Gallery, an extension of Trinity Art Studios, will host a fine art showcase at London City Island, exhibiting work from local residents and the surrounding area.
For film buffs, Goodluck Hope will host Unity Arts Festival’s movie marathon in the renovated warehouse, bordering the Thames. London Film School’s brightest students, who will soon call the peninsula their new home, will host screenings of their latest work, with Q&A sessions on the motivations and inspirations of their work.
English National Ballet, who will soon be relocating to London City Island, will take advantage of the new dance studios at the development, hosting workshops and demonstrations. Meanwhile, youngsters will be able to explore the world of animation with London City Island resident Tim Allen, who will be holding children’s workshops, creating plasticine figures which will be then brought to life through the magic of animation.
The arts community at Trinity Buoy Wharf will open its doors with The Big Draw, a sketch crawl entitled Uniting the Island, a drawing and painting workshop which will take place inside and outside throughout the whole Unity area. The results will then be on show at an exhibition in Trinity Art Studios the week after the festival.
Another major attraction is that the Festival will coincide with The Line, London’s first dedicated contemporary art ‘walk’ showcasing works by Antony Gormley, Gary Hume and Damien Hirst, which begins at north Greenwich following the meridian to move through LCI where seven sculpture plinths have been installed awaiting new works.
“The seed of the idea for the Festival came after a visit from John Mulryan (Ballymore’s Group Managing Director) who dropped into my gallery with his wife and young family,” explained Ian Felton, who set up Trinity Art Studio in a Victorian pitched roof electricians’ shop 13 years ago.
“He loved what we were doing and invited me to discuss how we could form better links with Trinity Buoy Wharf. He described Ballymore like a huge ship - building 1,700 homes and very difficult to change direction. But through collaboration with an arts trust, he felt it would be a lot easier to manoeuvre and make things happen.”
The festival, said Ian, which would make for “an incredible island of the arts” represented “a huge leap of faith – a leap of faith throughout which Ballymore has been incredible enthusiastic and supportive.”
使館花園1號（One Embassy Gardens）由巴利摩集團按照頂尖標准設計，超過80%的部分已經預先出租給了頂尖出版社企鵝蘭登書屋和DK出版社。
“九榆區（Nine Elms）是歐洲最重要的重建項目之一，使館花園（Embassy Gardens）正位於它的中心。”巴利摩集團董事總經理約翰·馬里安（John Mulryan）說。 “這個商住混合開發項目的主要部分是這個按照最高質量和設計標准設計的地標性商業建築。它就是使館花園是一個全新的地點的最好見證，也是使館花園1號的設計質量的最好見證，我們已經吸引了英國兩家頂尖出版社入駐。”仲量聯行（JLL）和第一太平戴維斯（Savills）負責使館花園1號的銷售。
仲量聯行倫敦西區資本市場負責人Simon Beckett表示：“Nine Elms是一個充滿活力的市場，新的計劃中的線形公園的河畔環境、目前正在開發的頂級的新考文特花園市場以及正在投入這裡的基礎設施的超過10億鎊的投資——包括把這個地區和西區連在一起的Nine Elms地鐵站，預計將給這裡帶來顯著的持續增長。”
第一太平戴維斯的倫敦市中心投資主管Barry Mangan表示：“使館花園1號是地標性寫字樓，位於倫敦最具雄心的場所營造開發項目的核心。使館花園1號為收入型投資者提供了在Nine Elms獲得立足點的第一個機會，他們將會受益於高質量的長期收入、低起租以及低相關佔用成本、有優勢的初始回報率和優秀的增長潛力。”
這棟地標性建築由PLP 建築師事務所的Lee Polisano設計，能夠看到美國使館、泰晤士河、倫敦市中心和從Vauxhall開始到巴特西電站結束、貫穿Nine Elms的線形公園以及使館花園1,750套新居。大樓的設計以英國建築研究院綠色建築評估體系的優秀等級為目標。
使馆花园1号（One Embassy Gardens）由巴利摩集团按照顶尖标准设计，超过80%的部分已经预先出租给了顶尖出版社企鹅兰登书屋和DK出版社。
“九榆区（Nine Elms）是欧洲最重要的重建项目之一，使馆花园（Embassy Gardens）正位于它的中心。”巴利摩集团董事总经理约翰·马里安（John Mulryan）说。“这个商住混合开发项目的主要部分是这个按照最高质量和设计标准设计的地标性商业建筑。它就是使馆花园是一个全新的地点的最好见证，也是使馆花园1号的设计质量的最好见证，我们已经吸引了英国两家顶尖出版社入驻。”仲量联行（JLL）和第一太平戴维斯（Savills）负责使馆花园1号的销售。
仲量联行伦敦西区资本市场负责人Simon Beckett表示：“Nine Elms是一个充满活力的市场，新的计划中的线形公园的河畔环境、目前正在开发的顶级的新考文特花园市场以及正在投入这里的基础设施的超过10亿镑的投资——包括把这个地区和西区连在一起的Nine Elms地铁站，预计将给这里带来显著的持续增长。”
第一太平戴维斯的伦敦市中心投资主管Barry Mangan表示：“使馆花园1号是地标性写字楼，位于伦敦最具雄心的场所营造开发项目的核心。使馆花园1号为收入型投资者提供了在Nine Elms获得立足点的第一个机会，他们将会受益于高质量的长期收入、低起租以及低相关占用成本、有优势的初始回报率和优秀的增长潜力。”
这栋地标性建筑由PLP 建筑师事务所的Lee Polisano设计，能够看到美国使馆、泰晤士河、伦敦市中心和从Vauxhall开始到巴特西电站结束、贯穿Nine Elms的线形公园以及使馆花园1,750套新居。大楼的设计以英国建筑研究院绿色建筑评估体系的优秀等级为目标。
世界頂尖插畫參考書出版社Dorling Kindersley（簡稱DK）追隨其姐妹公司英國企鵝蘭登書屋遷移到Embassy Gardens一號，這個行動進一步鞏固了Nine Elms作為泰晤士河以南新媒體中心的地位。
DK宣布租用巴利摩在Embassy Gardens 一號的三層樓，該公司首席行政官Ian Hudson表示：“我們很高興跟英國企鵝蘭登書屋的同事們一起搬到Embassy Gardens一號。這個非常好的場所位於倫敦最讓人興奮的開發項目的核心。”
跟企鵝蘭登書屋一起搬入這個位於Vauxhall和Battersea之間、耗資150億鎊全新的開發項目包括Michael Joseph和企鵝蘭登書屋兒童書籍部門，這兩者此前都在the Strand。Transworld和Vintage分別從Ealing 和Vauxhall Bridge Road搬過來。
“DK搬到Embassy Gardens一號是對Nine Elms不同尋常城市更新的極好證明。他們和企鵝蘭登書屋的行動將會為倫敦創造一個新的媒體與出版中心，我們盼望著迎接新的客人。企鵝蘭登書屋是知名品牌，聲望很高，是一個非常理想的租客。
作為城市更新開發項目的一部分，Nine Elms有一個新的倫敦地鐵站正在修建中，這是Northern Line 延長至Battersea的一部分。
世界顶尖插画参考书出版社Dorling Kindersley（简称DK）追随其姐妹公司英国企鹅兰登书屋迁移到Embassy Gardens一号，这个行动进一步巩固了Nine Elms作为泰晤士河以南新媒体中心的地位。
DK宣布租用巴利摩在Embassy Gardens 一号的三层楼，该公司首席行政官Ian Hudson表示：“我们很高兴跟英国企鹅兰登书屋的同事们一起搬到Embassy Gardens一号。这个非常好的场所位于伦敦最让人兴奋的开发项目的核心。”
跟企鹅兰登书屋一起搬入这个位于Vauxhall和Battersea之间丶耗资150亿镑全新的开发项目包括Michael Joseph和企鹅兰登书屋儿童书籍部门，这两者此前都在the Strand。Transworld和Vintage分别从Ealing 和Vauxhall Bridge Road搬过来。
“DK搬到Embassy Gardens一号是对Nine Elms不同寻常城市更新的极好证明。他们和企鹅兰登书屋的行动将会为伦敦创造一个新的媒体与出版中心，我们盼望着迎接新的客人。企鹅兰登书屋是知名品牌，声望很高，是一个非常理想的租客。
作为城市更新开发项目的一部分，Nine Elms有一个新的伦敦地铁站正在修建中，这是Northern Line 延长至Battersea的一部分。
幸運島上30層高的道格拉斯塔是以詹姆士·道格拉斯爵士（Sir James Douglass）的名字命名的，他是英格蘭海岸上兩座最高燈塔的設計者——康沃爾海岸的艾迪斯頓燈塔（Eddystone Lighthouse）和希利島上的主教岩石燈塔（Bishop Rock）。
詹姆士·道格拉斯爵士於1826年出生於倫敦塔橋區(Tower Hamlet)的Bow地區，是領港公會（Trinity House）的首席工程師，這個特許授權機構在三一浮標碼頭有工作室，碼頭有倫敦目前僅存的燈塔，而且也是道格拉斯設計的，就在巴利摩集團新推出的河畔社區幸運島開發項目的隔壁。
塔樓由Allies and Morrison建築事務所設計，以這個地區特有的港口特色為基點，又融入了現代風格。每間公寓都有自己的玻璃和金屬屏風，展開之後它們會形成“冬季花園”，關上就會變成書房或者用餐和娛樂區。
道格拉斯塔樓的頂層是“燈籠屋”(The Lantern Room），這是一個共享的靈活工作區，背景是不可多得的倫敦環景，居民可以在這裡工作、創造和合作。
燈籠屋是1595俱樂部的一部分。俱樂部提供游泳池（The Water House）、斯堪的納維亞風格的蒸氣室（The Steam House）、裝備齊全而且有單獨房間和舉重室的健身房（The Sweat House）和商務中心（The WorkHouse）。
可供選擇的娛樂設施包括私人影院（The Picture House）和餐館（The Spice House）。居民還可以利用倫敦城市島的設施，包括一個室外泳池、業主俱樂部和島上特有的意大利熟食店和百貨（The Grocer）。
詹姆士·道格拉斯爵士於1826年出生於伦敦塔桥区(Tower Hamlet)的Bow地区，是领港公会（Trinity House）的首席工程师，这个特许授权机构在三一浮标码头有工作室，码头有伦敦目前仅存的灯塔，而且也是道格拉斯设计的，就在巴利摩集团新推出的河畔社区幸运岛开发项目的隔壁。
塔楼由Allies and Morrison建筑事务所设计，以这个地区特有的港口特色为基点，又融入了现代风格。每间公寓都有自己的玻璃和金属屏风，展开之後它们会形成“冬季花园”，关上就会变成书房或者用餐和娱乐区。
道格拉斯塔楼的顶层是“灯笼屋”(The Lantern Room），这是一个共享的灵活工作区，背景是不可多得的伦敦环景，居民可以在这里工作丶创造和合作。
灯笼屋是1595俱乐部的一部分。俱乐部提供游泳池（The Waterhouse）丶斯堪的纳维亚风格的蒸气室（The Steam House）丶装备齐全而且有单独房间和举重室的健身房（The Sweat House）和商务中心（The Workhouse）。
可供选择的娱乐设施包括私人影院（The Picture House）和餐馆（The Spice House）。居民还可以利用伦敦城市岛的设施，包括一个室外泳池丶业主俱乐部和岛上特有的意大利熟食店和百货（The Grocer）。
The Isokon in north London is a classic example of the quest for viable ways people can live together - a challenge that has exercised the minds of developers and architects for decades and continues today.
Understanding how to foster a sense of community is integral to the creation of new neighbourhoods such as those created in London by Ballymore. At the new Douglass Tower at Goodluck Hope, for instance, there will be purpose-built work and social space and a club with a gym, pool and steam room.
Ideas about the kind of communities we want to be part of have been subject to changing fashions and tastes over the years. But as the success of developments such as London City Island is proving, spaces where people can come together is a valuable ingredient when it comes to choosing where we live.
One of the very first experiments in urban living, the iconic Isokon flats in London’s Belsize Park, is still a model that’s emulated today. Sophisticated and progressive, this remarkably un-British development transformed how people thought about urban living.
Influenced by progressive architectural developments on the continent, Molly Pritchard, a psychiatrist, together with her husband Jack, head of advertising at the Venesta Plywood Company decided to abandon plans to build houses on the site and enlisted Canadian architect Wells Coates to design the Isokon, or the Lawn Road Flats as they were known originally. Built using reinforced concrete – one of the earliest examples in Britain, as was the ’gallery-access’ to the 32 apartments - the emphasis was on compact, thoughtfully fitted rooms. Kitchens were kept purposefully small as the original flats were serviced, with meals available to order from the staffed Isokon kitchen on the ground floor.
Attracting many distinguished residents after it opened in 1934, including the writers Nicholas Monsarrat and Agatha Christie, intellectuals, and even one or two spies, the Isokon became a fixture in Hampstead’s vibrant cultural life. Pritchard also set The Half Hundred Club, a supper club that allowed no more than 25 members who could bring 25 guests. They dined either at the Isobar, at Pritchard’s penthouse flat or occasionally at more exotic locations, such as London Zoo.
“If you try and think back to the mindset of when it was conceived,” says John Allan who as director of Avanti Architects was responsible for the renovation project and is now chairman of the Isokon Gallery Trust. “What Pritchard and Wells Coates were reacting to was all that clutter and excess we associate with those rambling Victorian houses, and thinking that the modern world was surely moving on from that.”
When the Isokon’s central kitchen was replaced with a café and bar named the Isobar in the late 1930s, designed by Marcel Breuer, this proved far more popular, attracting not only residents, but artists and intellectuals living in Hampstead.
“Almost from the beginning [the Pritchards] conceived the project as a collective enterprise,” says Allan. “He lived in the penthouse apartment and was a very hands on landlord. He knew everybody and surrounded himself with interesting people. That’s the kind of community he wanted to be part of and there was no shortage of interesting people around at that time.”
So important to life at the Isokon were the Pritchards that once they retired the Isokon began a slow process of decline, first under the ownership of the New Statesman and then Camden Council in 1969 and 1972 respectively. Now restored by Avanti Architects for Notting Hill Housing in 2004, the Grade I listed building has been refitted to a standard suitable for a new generation, while staying true to the vision of creating a distinct community in a central location.
“It’s a way of living that suits some kinds of residents and not others, but for the relatively minimalist, mobile professional, it can be very suitable,” says Allan, who with Magnus Englund and Fiona Lamb set up the Isokon Gallery Trust in 2014 and with a small team created the Isokon Gallery in the former garage. Since opening, the gallery, which is used for events and talks has attracted 15,000 visitors.
“We were very keen to have some communal, collective element in the project and if we weren’t going to have the bar back, we can have events and when we do, make sure alcohol is available - Jack and Molly would have approved,” says Allan, adding that the success of the Isokon restoration shows how well thought out and intrinsically valuable the ideas were: “If the latent value of the idea is still there, then that value can be retrieved.”
The Isokon Gallery has free entry 11am to 4pm each Saturday and Sunday from March through October. For further details please visit isokongallery.co.uk
London’s 2012 Olympics has been credited with kickstarting the regeneration of east London but more than 20 years earlier a rock spectacular made the docklands a destination.
Jean-Michel Jarre’s legendary Destination Docklands 1988 concert on Royal Victoria Dock “heralded the start of a remarkable quarter century of dramatic economic change for east London, culminating in the 2012 Olympics” says the man who tried to ban it.
Speaking on the 30th anniversary of the ground-breaking ‘spectacular’ by the French musician composer, Labour MP for East Ham Stephen Timms, who chaired Newham’s Planning Committee at the time, said: “I tried to ban it. Fortunately, I didn’t succeed. It was a good event but the organisation around it was dire and there were serious and genuine public safety concerns. At one point we were being told that one million people were going to turn up on the edge of a very large dock.”
Timms, who went on to be Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister Tony Blair, added: “In retrospect, it was a great event – and the only time Charlotte Rampling (then married to Jarre) ever attended a Newham Council meeting!
“The concert created an atmosphere where people could see that there were clearly big opportunities on our side of London which had been neglected – it effectively changed the economic base of the area - and that change is still going on.”
Timms recalled that three major consortia expressed interest in the site immediately following the concert, but pulled out in the wake of 1990 property crash. Since then the area’s fortunes have continued to revive with developments by Ballymore at Royal Wharf to the south of Royal Dock and Goodluck Hope to the west.
Three decades ago, the Royal Victoria Dock was a deserted industrial wasteland.
Yet it was precisely this awe-inspiring desolation that persuaded Jarre to choose the location for one of his mesmerising musical extravaganzas – huge outdoor ‘spectaculars’ set against a backdrop of breath-taking synchronised fireworks, lasers and searchlights which had earned him international fame.
Like at ‘Rendezvous Houston’ two years earlier, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the State of Texas, which attracted a world record 1.5m and then at a concert in his home town of Lyon to celebrate the visit of Pope John Paul 11, watched by a million people.
“I don’t see myself as a conventional rock musician”, said Jarre at the time after surveying the bleak docklands landscape by helicopter. “I am trying to use images and music to tell a story and I try to use locations that bring together the environment, the architecture, the buildings – and the docklands are exactly in the spirit of this concept.”
By bringing the abandoned area back to life with a concert attendance which topped 200,000 - even if only for one wet weekend in October - it made people realise that docklands could be a destination. So what’s the ‘Destination Docklands’ story 30 years on?
Dominated by the massive old Customs House, the location’s architecture was ideally suited to Jarre whose concerts regularly featured projected images onto buildings. With approval from the LDDC (London Docklands Development Corporation), work started in earnest in early summer with the event planned to go live in September.
The floating stage on which Jarre and his musicians performed was built on top of four large barges, towed down from Newcastle and welded together in the dock to create an enormous stage of 40m by 30m, capable of supporting 250 performers, (including boys and girls from the Newham Academy of Music) and technicians as well 400 tons of gear. “Let’s hope this Frenchman can swim!”, a cockney welder chortled at the time.
Three large purpose-built 90m by 100m display screens had to be built, and one of the old silo buildings to be used as a backdrop was painted white. A set of 6000-watt projectors were requisitioned to create “a giant Chinese magic lantern effect” on the buildings.
Despite the steady progress on location, the concert seemed doomed when Newham Council’s Planning Committee, chaired by Timms, rejected the initial licence application over safety fears. Jarre felt “betrayed” and set about looking at tens of alternative venues from Dover to Edinburgh. But following negotiated improvements, Jarre eventually got the go-ahead to stage two separate performances on the weekend of October 8/9.
The concert was intended to show a history of the area, with tracks dedicated to the industrial revolution, the Swinging Sixties – with Shadows legend Hank Marvin - and the future regeneration of the area. The concert programme featured drawings of the redevelopment works due to take place in the years after the concerts, as did some of the projections on the building facades.
On the first night, poor weather threatened to break the stage from its moorings, putting paid to the original plan to float the stage across the Royal Victoria Dock. Wind speeds were so high that many of the 23 television cameras were blown over. On the second evening the audience, which included Diana, Princess of Wales, was soaked by rain and wind, prompting Jarre to quip to the crowd “Frogs like rain!”
The concert’s scale was larger than any seen in the UK before or since.
The tallest tower on Goodluck Hope honours Britain’s master lighthouse builder - famed for his love of heights and ingenuity.
The 30-storey Douglass Tower on Goodluck Hope, has been named after Sir James Douglass, the redoubtable designer of the English coastline’s two tallest lighthouses - the Eddystone Lighthouse off the Cornish coast and Bishop Rock, on the Isle of Scilly.
Born in Bow, Tower Hamlets in 1826, Sir James Douglass was chief engineer at Trinity House, the chartered authority with workshops at Trinity Buoy Wharf, the site of London’s only remaining lighthouse - also designed by Douglass - next door to the Goodluck Hope development, Ballymore’s new waterside neighbourhood.
Bishop Rock, known as “The King of Lighthouses” is the starting point for ocean liners competing in the famous Blue Riband transatlantic race to New York. Its twin – the Eddystone Lighthouse – for which Douglass was knighted, has been set to music by the London Symphony Orchestra and its beacon flashes every 10 seconds, visible for 22 nautical miles.
Commenting on the launch of Douglass Tower, John Mulryan, Group Managing Director of Ballymore, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of Douglass Tower. The building is a landmark feat of design and will transform Leamouth Peninsula in line with our work at London City Island. Ballymore is committed to preserving the unique heritage of all our development projects and we are excited to welcome new residents who value the cultural environment of the area”.
Designed by architects Allies and Morrison, the tower builds on the area’s distinctive docklands character but with a contemporary twist . Apartments each have custom glass and metal panels that can be moved to form ‘winter gardens’, which can be closed off to form a study space or an area for dining and entertaining.
At the highpoint of Douglass Tower is The Lantern Room, a shared flexible workspace where residents can work, create and collaborate with a unique panorama of London as its backdrop.
The Lantern Room forms part of The 1595 Club. Benefits include a swimming pool (The Waterhouse), Scandinavian style steam room (The Steam House), fully equipped gym with studios and weight room (The Sweat House) and business centre (The Workhouse).
Entertainment options include a private cinema (The Picture House) and restaurant (The Spice House). Residents will also be able to take advantage of the facilities of London City Island which include an outdoor swimming pool, resident’s club and The Grocer - the island’s very own Italian deli and restaurant.
Douglass Tower launches on September 8th when a number of units will be available to purchase with prices starting at £395,000. For more details visit goodluckhope.com
Ballymore wants to attract more women into its workforce. One of its ‘ambassadors’, Donna Keogh, explains why negotiating skills are now more sought after than strength if you want to work on site.
“There’s no job on site that women can’t do”, said Donna Keogh from her office at Embassy Gardens where she works as Construction Completions Manager. “And when it comes to banter I’m probably worse than some of the lads!”
Donna’s approach to her work has earned her the title of one of Ballymore’s ‘ambassador’ for Women in Construction, a national initiative actively promoted by the company, currently committed to increasing the already high proportion of women working on its construction sites - 71 out of 326.
“We have got there through a positive policy of attracting women into our workforce,” said Rachel Hawley, Ballymore’s Head of Talent. “We hope our policy achieving a mixed gender balance will help us become an employer of choice.”
Throughout her life Donna has always defied stereotypes. “I wanted to be a policewoman when I was growing up - but I was a foot too short,” explained Donna, from Dublin and one of seven siblings.
Instead at 16, she stretched her age to land a job as an au pair in London with a big showbiz family. “I wanted something more than the prospect of just being a mum. I wanted a career and a life. The move to London was a breakout”.
She went on to join home improvements retailer Wickes - “selling bricks and blocks” – eventually crowned the Face of Women in Retail and Store Manager of the Year out of 180 stores before moving to Willmott Dixon as a Senior Customer Service Manager. “I wanted to see what they did with the bricks and blocks,” explained an ever-restless Donna.
“Then I joined Ballymore in January 2015 as a Handover Manager, checking finished apartments before passing them to sales - and I loved it straightaway. It’s a very welcoming company, with so many jobs and paths you can take - and freedom to learn,” said Donna, who has just completed her NVQ Level 6 in record time – four months instead of a year.
“One minute you can be on your hands and knees inspecting a site, the next in the boardroom talking to directors of the client company.”
An average day for Donna starts at 7.30 and finishes around 6 or after. “I set up my team of four finishing managers, all men yes - poor men! Only joking. And no, I don’t boss them about. ‘Coax them about’ perhaps!
“I think it’s all about how you treat people. If you talk to people disrespectfully, you are going to get it back. And I wouldn’t ask people to do something I wouldn’t do myself – and they know and respect that.”
Her job chiefly involves picking up ‘snags’ - faults and imperfections - in apartments as the blocks gradually come on stream before they are handed over to sales. She is currently working at Embassy Gardens blocks B and C, comprising 80 affordable housing units, and then in block A, with 179 larger residential units.
Our interview takes place in her small site office, dominated by huge flow charts. Twice anxious young men in hardhats interrupt us. She agreed that “calm negotiating skills” were key to the job. “And because I have worked before in customer services, I can do it. I try to prevent a problem before it gets to after care”.
On women in construction, Donna said: “There’s no bar to women. It’s not a question of strength anymore because there’s no heavy lifting for anyone now with all the Health and Safety rules. It’s more a case that women have stopped themselves – but there’s nothing a woman can’t do on a construction site.”
As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, Glenn Howells led a tour of Royal Wharf, a new neighbourhood in the heart of the Royal Docks regeneration area
Developed by Ballymore & Oxley, Royal Wharf the scheme will see the creation of 3,385 homes for approximately 10,000 residents. The first residents moved into their new homes in early 2017.
The London Festival of Architecture is an annual event running throughout June. It brings together designers, architects and curators to share ideas on architecture and its impact on the capital. The theme of this year’s festival was ‘Identity’.
A huge turn-out to the Royal Wharf Summer Fête received a warm welcome from Newham’s newly-elected mayor Rokhsana Fiaz – who pledged to new residents that the council “will ensure they live in a clean, vibrant, safe and cohesive community.”
“As a new community development in Newham,” the Mayor said, referring to Royal Wharf, Ballymore and Oxley’s 3,500 new homes project on 40 acres of London’s Royal Docks, “it’s amazing to see so many residents moving to this part of the borough. I welcome you all, and look forward to ensuring that we as a council are responsive to the things that you are concerned about.”
John Mulryan, Ballymore’s Managing Director, echoed the Mayor’s welcome, adding that “hopefully by the time we have the summer fête next year we’ll have a new community centre and a new pier where Royal Wharf residents can hop on the Thames Clipper to Canary Wharf.
It had always been Ballymore’s ambition “to build a community here where residents will meet their neighbours and get to know each other,” he added.
And judging by the 3,000 or so who attended the Festival - held in the new Royal Wharf Park- “having fun and relaxing” was – in the mayor’s words - “just what everyone was doing.”
Meanwhile festival favourites ranged to a selection of world food - from timeless British classics to pan-Asian treats. Kerbisher and Malt, Esquire Magazine’s Best British fish and chips, brought the taste of the seaside to Royal Wharf, while many families made a bee-line for Born ‘n Raised artisan Pizza, handcrafted and fired from a custom-built Land Rover Defender.
For a taste of the east, Rainbo’s Japanese Street Food served up the best gyoza this side of Tokyo, and a selection of classic cocktails, Pimm’s and craft beers flowed freely at the festival.
The day began with free yoga sessions in the park, providing the great opportunity to embrace Royal Wharf’s landscape while taking in sweeping views of the River Thames.
The festival’s musical soundtrack was provided by Robbie Boyd, a London-based singer songwriter who has appeared on ITV’s This Morning, as well as starring on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show. The volume went up with Das Brass, an eight-piece brass band with a penchant for rock, pop and funk favourites.
Proceeds from the Royal Wharf Summer Fête went to the Richard House Children’s Hospice, a charity that supports 300 children and their families in East London “to lead as positive and happy a life as possible when dealing with a life-limiting health condition.” The charity organised a traditional fund-raising sports day at the festival with hula hooping to egg-and-spoon races.
The charity’s corporate partnership officer, Katherine Elvin said the Richard House Hospice was “a really happy place’, despite “connotations of a hospice” as “a sad and very difficult place”. “We are also very positive and happy - supporting families with therapy groups and activity sessions. It is a very important part of what we do.”
Nine Elms, extending from Lambeth Bridge in the north to Chelsea Bridge in the south, is by far the largest riverside regeneration in London. And it’s an area full of interesting things to do and see from the new US Embassy to the one of the best coffee shops on the South Bank
Born in the USA
The 25 metre Sky Pool is one of the world’s most eagerly anticipated construction projects and nowhere more so than in Colorado. The pool’s transparent acrylic material was manufactured there by Reynolds Polymer Technology Inc. The 58,000kg structure was then transported 1,500km across the US mainland, escorted by a specialist highway patrol. The steel is also US-made - by North Carolina’s Bradford Products.
Dining in antique splendour
Brunswick House, a Grade 11* listed building, stands in isolated grandeur as you emerge from Vauxhall tube. The house was bought by George 111’s brother-in-law, the Duke of Brunswick in 1811, after which it became a post office, then the headquarters of the Great Western Railway and a local working men’s club. It was bought 15 years ago by Ferrous Auger, founder of the architectural salvage and supply company, LASSCO, who also runs a restaurant and bar where customers wine and dine beneath a glittering array of antique chandeliers.
These days, some of the best coffee shops in London are found south of the river, in particular ‘District’, located in the heart of Embassy Gardens complex, offering great coffee, tasty cakes and healthy snacks.
Battersea Power Station
One of London’s most famous landmarks, the monumental industrial structure sat empty and crumbling until it was bought in 2012. The site will become a shopping, business and residential quarter - and the new home of US global giant Apple.
Down by the river
The recently opened Nine Elms Pavilion is a space for relaxing by the river, and to stage events and performances. Fabricated from copper coated water tank panels, the structure has a raised garden, planted with Hawthorn trees, grasses and perennials to attract local wildlife. The pavilion was designed by architect Studio Weave in collaboration with Churchman Landscape Architects.
The new American Embassy
Designed by Philadelphia architects Kieran Timberlake, the Embassy is the most secure, hi-tech and environmentally friendly embassy ever built by the United States and is full of art. By far the most dramatic piece is “The Constitution”, a huge, patriotic piece by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford that spans 32 canvases.
A choice selection of London’s most popular street traders is heading for Embassy Gardens market on Saturday July 28 offering an international range of mouth-watering produce - from fresh pasta to swordfish burgers, from cookies and fudge to Japanese gyoza dumplings.
Francesco Veltre of Streetfoodish picked the 13 stall holders for the market from 70 street traders who work with his company “according to variety to give the widest choice. And they are all independent traders and no big companies.”
“I believe it will be a great market”, said Francesco. “It’s a very good site and we have had a lot of help from Ballymore in promoting the market to residents and local families,”
So, who’s going to be there?
As people become more health conscious, the bread, cakes and confectionery baked with 100% wholemeal flour by The German Wholegrain Bakers Shop get quickly snapped up from the baking trays at the 10 London weekly markets where the company sets up stall.
“We are popular because people are realising that wholemeal is better for health because it retains the vitamins and proteins lost in over-processed white bread,” explained Susanne Wormstaedt, who runs the bakery with Alexandra Nestle. “We started five years ago because we were missing our German bread! We use old grain, spelt, kamut, rye and barley in our bread and don’t use sugar.”
Said Susanne: “It’s also better for the digestive system because you actually eat less wholemeal bread than white bread because it’s more satisfying.
“Also, we sell quite a few cakes without sugar – using maple syrup, honey and stevia leaf extract instead, as well as wheat-free cakes for people with an intolerance to gluten,” said Susanne, who bakes all their own produce with a home kitchen licence.
Entranced in his teens by Herman Melville’s seafaring novel Moby Dick, Italian Daniele Sergio named his wild fish burger stall he co-founded ‘The Pequod’ after Captain Ahab’s ill-fated whaling ship.
Arriving in London eight years ago, Daniele was already ‘a pescatarian’, someone who avoids meat. He learned his trade in kitchens and in London’s famous Borough Market.
“I have always loved the buzz of the Market, so decided to go full time as a street trader, serving traditional swordfish and tuna fish burger recipes, handed down from my father’s Sicilian family.
“We changed the recipe slightly for the English market, adding cabbage and hummus, and wasabi powder to give a tangy flavour. But the most popular are our tuna, avocado, mayo and salad cress burgers”, said Daniele, who co-founded the business with Leonardo Grassellini from Perugia. Both “go every day to buy fresh from Billingsgate”, before chilling the fish and preparing and cooking each day on The Pequod stall.
Hide Uno originally set up Juzu ten years ago with a street stall in Brick Lane serving Japanese hot food to Londoners who were quickly discovering a taste for ramen – noodle soup and gyoza – flavoured dumplings. “Both are very popular in this country, partly because they are healthier. The sources are vegetable based, not from animal fat as in English gravy,” says Hide who learned on the job as a sushi chef. “I had a takeaway shop, then a market stall and now do a lot of festivals as well, like Hyper Japan at Olympia and the Secret Garden Party.”
When Russian-born Natasha Rogoff lost her job at Lehman Brothers in the 2008 crash, she decided to swop a career in investment banking to a pesto producer. She began helping her boyfriend Giovanni Carleschi run his food business, Seriously Italian, and since then they have never looked back.
“Our pasta is very special, made in a very traditional Italian way by hand with a bronze dye but with flour, milk and beef – all milled and produced in Britain,” says Natasha, revealing that the couple – who now have two sons as well as a thriving Italian pasta business – plan to launch a special new brand when they debut at Embassy Gardens on July 28.
Embassy Gardens Market
New Union Square,
Nine Elms Lane,
Goodluck Hope will be hosting a weekend urban retreat dedicated to fitness and fun.
Gone are the days when breaking sweat in the gym once a week was all you did to stay fit. Today’s ‘wellness’ – a radical broader approach to a healthy balanced lifestyle – combines fitness with food, drink and even partying.
“Fitness started as being all about weight-loss and celebrity work-outs,” explained Shara Tochia, co-founder of the online health magazine DOSE - ‘the pleasure seekers guide to wellness.’ Said Shara: “Today’s 25-35 year-old millennial women tend to see wellness as ‘healthy hedonism’ - which can be anything that makes you feel better or happy – a workout or yoga, walking with your partner or sharing a good meal with friends.”
“People who may have spent a long time partying or drinking too much wine now seek the same high through yoga or a workout perhaps followed by a good brunch. It’s all about recreating those ‘DOSE’ highs - dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphin - but in a natural, healthy way,” explains Shara, who “side-hussled” a 15-year career in marketing as a part-time ‘spinning’ instructor before going into business 18 months ago with Hettie Holmes – whose pleasures, according to the website, include “a full-bodied Malbec.”
“It’s not so strict or puritanical. We have a strong party aspect in our programme with a lot of musical experiences holding spin classes in night clubs enjoying healthy cocktails.”
The trend for new developments to include gyms and swimming pools has been driven by demand: more people are prioritising health and quality of living as a way of mitigating the effects of the daily urban grind.
“Ballymore has been very kind to let us have the garage space and marketing suite at Goodluck Hope for a special ‘urban retreat’ event taking place on the Saturday and Sunday morning of July 21-22.
“We are sending out an invitation to our subscribers to join our HIIT ( Hi-Intensity Interval Training) session, followed by a yoga class overlooking the O2 Centre and coming back for a good healthy brunch”, said Shara.
Yoga has long been one of the best options for dealing with the stresses of life because in today’s “stressed out social media world people need a place where they can learn to breathe and find a moment’s peace”, said Shara, who predicted the next trend would be for ‘meditation’ – with a big focus on apps where “you pay to sit still”.
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The capital’s largest free contemporary arts festival is heading south of the river with a dozen internationally renowned artists exhibiting in new and iconic locations from the Hayward Gallery through Nine Elms to Battersea Power Station.
The festival, on July 7th from 6pm to 4am the following morning, has been curated by Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff to coincide with the institution’s 50th anniversary. Ralph Rugoff said: “Stretching across a deeply interesting part of the city that is being rapidly redeveloped, Art Night will showcase extraordinary performances, installations and films.”
The art works question the emotional and political meanings of ‘home’ – residency, security and even the quest to live on other planets.
Embassy Gardens residents have been invited to take part in the ‘London Procession’, a large-scale participatory performance choreographed by Italian dancer Marinella Senatore, beginning at Battersea Power Station and moving north throughout the night culminating in a finale at the Hayward Gallery.
“Have you got a secret talent?”, EG residents are being asked. “Are you part of a group or organisation? Do you play an instrument? Do you sing in the shower? Take part in this artwork, which will consist of a series of performances by residents alongside dancers, musicians, athletes and many more!”.
Also at Embassy Gardens is Happily Contained, by Chinese artist Miao Ying, her first work using virtual reality technology which promises to “defy the laws of gravity” by inviting audiences to take part in ‘lifestyle hypnotism’ described as virtual journey in search of utopia and contemporary ideas of home.
The wider festival programme features new commissions by artists such as Turner Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton who will transform parts of Battersea Power Station with a new augmented reality experience to take place alongside her recently unveiled Tate Britain 2018 Commission.
Lara Favaretto will present her installation I poveri sono matti for the last time. The work - a red and blue gypsy caravan lit from the inside and emitting a recording of the popular World War II-era polka, Rosamunde - will be suspended from a crane in Nine Elms and Dwelling.
A video work by Tawianese artist Yuan Goang-Ming shows a comfortably furnished living room exploding in slow motion while Turner prize-winner Jeremy Deller will be presenting a new performance in his second collaboration with the Melodians Steel Orchestra.
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• A dedicated MBNA Thames Clippers boat will run a bespoke route until 4am. Get 50% off return or hop on, hop off River Roamer tickets for the evening if you book by 30 June, using code ARTNIGHT18. You can book it here