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Hard work worth it as ‘Awards Season’ comes to a close

Pinch, punch first of the month! It’s August, which means the deadline for the What House? Awards has now closed, but luckily all the 23 entries we produced on behalf of our clients made it on time.

The What House? Awards, which are now in their 35th year, honour enterprising, customer-focused housebuilders. Last year our clients won a total of seven awards, including one gold and four silver winners, so we can’t wait for the glittering awards ceremony on Friday 18th November, at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, when this year’s winners will be revealed.

Although the What House? Awards deadline has passed, there is still plenty of opportunities all year round including the upcoming London Planning Awards, now in its 14th year, which is in partnership with the Mayor of London and London Councils to recognise and reward best practice in planning in the capital. The ceremony will take place at City Hall next February. The deadline is Friday 16th September, so it’s not too late to enter if you think you have a project worthy of recognition.

At PHM, we pride ourselves on our unparalleled awards writing and attention to detail. We produce reputation-enhancing entries for our clients in national competitions which applaud key aspects of a new development one-off property, an initiative or the company itself.

To find out more, get in touch with us today on 01483 561119.

Latest Glorious Guildford coverage ‘moosic’ to PHM’s ears

If you keep up with Property House Marketing ‘moos’, you may have noticed we’ve been ‘milking’ our CowParade PR campaign, which recently caught the attention of Rupert Bates, editorial director at Show House.

Writing in his Squirrel column, about our cow, Glorious Guildford, he said “Now when a leading property PR company sponsors a cow at a local show, it seems ‘udderly’ predictable to ‘milk’ the puns; something Squirrel would never do.”

However, our managing director, Nikki Ackerley refused to be drawn into the pun fight. “When PHM ‘herd’ that CowParade was coming to Surrey, it jumped ‘over the moon’ at the chance to sponsor a cow in aid of Challengers, the disabled children’s charity,” she said.

Glorious Guildford will be moved from Guildford Castle Grounds on Saturday morning and taken to Newlands Corner in time for the Prudential RideLondon cycle event on Sunday to cheer the cyclists on. If you’d like a bit of help finding her, download CowParade’s ‘on the moove’ app where it’ll show you where all the cows are in Surrey. Both cyclists and spectators can admire Glorious Guildford while she is enjoying the view out over the hills.

For more information on how to find all the CowParade cows around Surrey, their final appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival on Saturday 3rd September, or their final auction on the 20th October, visit: www.cowparadesurreyhills.com. If you’re interested in how Glorious Guildford was made, you can watch her come to life in this time-lapse video which documents Colette’s work from start to finish: https://vimeo.com/168337980.

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Haslams offers local artists a helping hand as part of Reading’s Year of Culture

Haslams swapped its estate agency skills for art dealership recently when a brightly-coloured piece of art by local artist Rukshi Brownlow that was hanging in the company’s window, caught the eye of passer-by and property investor Andrew Dugdale.

“I’ve just recently moved into a new apartment in Reading’s town centre,” says buyer Andrew. “I’ve been looking for a modern and stylish piece of art to liven up a blank wall in my living room. During one of my evening walks, I spotted Rukshi’s piece in Haslams’ office window and thought it had real impact so got in touch the very next day to find out if I could purchase it.”

Andrew paid £550 for the art, with the proceeds split between Ruskhi and the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

Rukshi, curator at the Art Scope Gallery at CircleReading Hospital, has been creating art for almost two decades, following a career as an NHS doctor. She is one of a collective of local artists who display their work at the hospital gallery, which raises money for charity.

Although the hospital gallery offers a great space in which to exhibit work, people tend not to make special visits there so the artwork is rarely seen by anyone other than patients and their visitors and those who work at this hospital.

As part of its involvement with Reading’s Year of Culture, Haslams has offered the windows of its offices in Friar Street as secondary platform for artists at the CircleReading Hospital gallery – and other emerging artists – to showcase their work in a prime town centre location.

Rukshi comments: “Haslams’ support is truly wonderful. There is no way I or the other artists would be able to afford any gallery space in such a central location; without Haslams’ help we simply wouldn’t have the great exposure to the public that we have now. It’s the most amazing experience when someone wants to buy a piece of my art, made even greater by the funds we’re raising for the hospice.”

As well as displaying local art, Haslams has also donated £1,000 to the artists to contribute towards the creation of a website and has assisted in the design of marketing leaflets.

Steve Woodford, managing director at Haslams, comments: “It’s not only an exciting year for Reading, it’s been an exciting year for Haslams having moved into our new offices almost a year ago, the space has revolutionised the services we can offer to our clients so we’ve been incredibly busy.

“Our open-plan reception area is perfect for off-plan launches of new developments and our large office windows are ideal to showcase homes on the market, as well as local artists’ work. We’re proud to be a part of the Reading community and to support not only the great work of the Art Scope Gallery in helping local families, but the artists too.”

For more information, call Haslams on 0118 960 1000 or visit http://haslams.net/

For more information about the Art Scope Gallery and its work with Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, visit http://www.artscopeatcircle.co.uk/.

Study the area you’re moving to: Properties close to popular schools

The summer holidays are a time for children to relax but for their parents, it’s a time to reflect on the years ahead and decide which school they’d like their children to attend in the future, perhaps even considering moving house to be near a well-regarded school.

Research by independent market research company Censuswide, found that 72% of parents feel a local school with an ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ Ofsted-rating was a necessity before moving to a new home. To help you find the perfect house near a good school, we’ve done some of the homework for you.

50 Tormead Road, located just one mile north east of Guildford town centre, is a four-bedroom detached property with a large back garden, currently on the market with Chantries estate agents. It is just down the road from Tormead School, a private school for girls which boasts an equal opportunities policy and excellent sports and music facilities. The property is currently on the market for £899,950. For more information, call Chantries on 01483 405222.

Prime Place, Sevenoaks is a stunning new collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, just over 10 miles from the first ‘new’ Grammar School in Sevenoaks for fifty years. Weald of Kent Grammar School has been an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ school since 2007. Prices for a two-bedroom apartment start from £299,995, available with Help to Buy. To find out more, call 01732 451000.

Highpoint is situated on Nightingale Road, right opposite the gates of Guildford High School for girls. The beautifully presented two-bedroom, first-floor apartment has a private balcony, a parking space and is within 350 yards of Guildford’s London Road station, which makes it great for commuters too. The property is currently on the market to rent for £2000 pcm. For more information call Chantries on 01483 405222.

Boleyn Cottage is a Grade II-Listed cottage situated on Whitchurch Hill in Reading, which is perfectly placed for families. The house is located just one mile from the well-regarded Queen Anne’s School, an independent boarding and day school for girls. Queen Anne’s ranks above the national average in both GCSE and A Level results and boasts an ‘excellent’ average point score per pupil. This delightful period cottage is just over a mile’s walk to Reading’s mainline station crossing the River Thames and enjoys the benefits of both Caversham and Reading town centres. The property is currently on the market for £485,000. For more information, call Haslams on 0118 443 9276.

National Parks Week: The home that could be your key to adventure

This week is National Parks Week, the annual celebration of everything unique and wonderful about Britain’s green, protected spaces. This year’s theme is all about adventure, and the land at your feet, ready to explore. In line with this, we thought we would bring you a blog focusing on the benefits for homeowners of even the smallest green space because, like adventures, they come in all shapes and sizes.

A survey by The Environmental Health Prospective 2016 found that people with access to a garden or living close to a park, were less likely to develop a serious illness.

For homebuyers looking for a new home near picturesque pocket parks or wonderful woodlands to spend this glorious summer, our clients have a range of properties and developments on the market.

Oakhill Park is a stunning collection of classically-inspired one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses – situated on a quiet residential road, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Putney High Street and just five-minutes’ walk from Wandsworth Park – a beautiful open space, which is also home to Putt in the Park. Prices at Oakhill Park start from £850,000. For more information call 020 3430 6920.

Abbotswood is situated just a mile from Guildford’s vibrant town centre and nearby to Stoke Park, Guildford’s largest and best-known park. Two homes are currently on the market with independent estate agent, Chantries, along this private, tree-lined road: Gate House, a seven-bedroom, Arts and Crafts’ house is on the market for £2,495,000 and Orchard Rise, another beautiful Arts and Crafts’ house is on the market with a guide price of £1,950,000. For more information about these homes, call Chantries on 01483 405222.

Aberfeldy Village by Prime Place is a flagship development by Prime Place, in partnership with Poplar HARCA that is transforming the former Aberfeldy estate into a vibrant new community with superb contemporary apartments and attractive landscaping – a new linear park formally opened in April this year, which provides residents with a lush, green space to relax in and unwind. Prices start from £315,000, for more information call 0207 515 1491.

Michael Buerk visits CowParade’s Glorious Guildford

Journalist and former newsreader Michael Buerk paid a visit to Guildford Castle recently to meet Glorious Guildford, the CowParade cow sponsored by local PR and marketing firm Property House Marketing in aid of Challengers.

As one of its patrons, Michael is a great supporter of Challengers, an independent children’s charity which delivers inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people across Surrey, Hampshire and surrounding areas.

In 2015, Challengers dedicated 132,235 hours to 1,400 disabled children and young people. These services are delivered at Challengers’ Guildford and Farnham Centres as well as schemes based at schools and community youth centres all through the year.

Michael Buerk said: “I am very proud to be able to lend my support to this fantastic charity. The difference Challengers makes throughout Surrey is hugely important and I always enjoy meeting the children and parents who benefit from these services.”

Property House Marketing is also running a selfie competition for visitors to Glorious Guildford. The person who takes the best photo with the cow will win a meal for two at CAU Guildford, up to the value of £100. Entrants need to upload their selfies to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn using #GloriousGuildford, before the deadline of 31st July.

Glorious Guildford will remain at the Guildford Castle Grounds until the end of August when the cows will be gathered together for their final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm on 3rd September, after which they will go to auction.

For more information about how to find all the CowParade cows around Surrey and the auction later this year, visit: www.cowparadesurreyhills.com and watch Glorious Guildford come to life in the time-lapse video:  https://vimeo.com/168337980.

Seeing Queenshurst in the Metro, City AM and MoveTo makes us happy!

Queenshurst, a stylish collection of homes in Kingston by Berkeley West London, is already catching the eye of property journalists despite the new show home only opening recently.

Today’s Metro featured the “striking new development” of Queenshurst in Launch Pad, which covers the best new homes which have just launched.

Furthermore, City AM’s Melissa York featured Queenshurst in her weekly round-up of the best new developments on the market in and around London, while Deborah Churchill at MoveTo magazine included Queenshurst in her New Homes Round-up: Commuter Special.

We’re so pleased that this dynamic development has got such great coverage already, which is very fitting as Kingston is one of London’s happiest boroughs, according to research by The Office of National Statistics.

Residents at Queenshurst, which comprises Manhattan suites, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and duplexes, will definitely be happy thanks to the development’s close proximity to:

  • Kingston rail and bus station, which provides fast transport links into Central London
  • Excellent shopping in the town centre, including the Bentall Centre – home to over 75 shops
  • An ancient market square selling fresh flowers, organic groceries and international food
  • A wide selection of restaurants, bars and pubs along the Thames riverfront
  • Historic Hampton Court, just across the river
  • Two of London’s largest Royal Parks – Richmond Park and Bushy Park

For further information about Queenshurst, or to book an appointment to view the new show apartment, call the sales and marketing suite on 0203 393 9886. Prices start from £420,000.

Property House Marketing introduces two new members of staff

They say that two heads are better than one, and these two are head and shoulders above the rest! We’d like to introduce Lisa Flounders, Senior Account Manager, and Vicky Curtis, Account Executive, who have recently joined the Property House Marketing team!

Lisa’s PR career began in the charity sector, before spending four years in the City of London working in financial services, specialising in media relations and corporate communication strategy for investment and asset management.

During this time, Lisa was a part of the team that twice won Press Team of the Year (Consumer) at the Headline Money Awards.

Lisa’s strengths and experience lie in quality content creation and on building key journalist relationships, maximising coverage opportunities for clients and influencing the news agenda. In her spare time, she is also completing an English degree with the University of London.

Victoria joined Property House recently after achieving a degree in Advertising from Southampton Solent University and an IDM Certificate in Direct and Digital Marketing.

During her university years, Vicky boosted her income by working for a housing association so has some experience of both property and office life – not a bad start for a first ‘proper’ job.

To learn more about the rest of our team visit our bio page, and while you’re on our website check out our blogs to find out what else we’ve been up to.

Awards season is in full swing at PHM!

Forget the Euros and the forthcoming Olympics, here at Property House Marketing, this summer is all about property awards!

What better way to kick start the season than to our clients for making it onto the shortlist for a variety of awards due to be announced later in the year; Berkeley Group has been longlisted for the Resi 10 for 10, Linden Homes and Lendlease have been shortlisted for a Housebuilder Award, and Affinity Sutton and Network Homes have been shortlisted for a National Housing Award.

We have also recently submitted 12 entries on behalf of our clients for the Sunday Times British Homes Awards and the team is now busy writing and designing entries for the 35th annual What House? Awards, which honour enterprising, customer-focused housebuilders. Last year our clients won a combined total of seven awards, including one gold and four silver winners.

At PHM, we pride ourselves on our unparalleled awards writing and attention to detail. We produce reputation-enhancing entries for our clients in national competitions which applaud key aspects of a new development one-off property, an initiative or the company itself.

Although the deadline is looming, it’s not too late to enter this years What House? Awards! So if you’ve worked on a project or development of which you are particularly proud and think it deserves recognition, get in touch with us today on 01483 561119.

PHM takes on the challenge of the Challengers Quiz

Last week, we temporarily lowered our PR and marketing tools for the evening and pooled together our collective intellect to take on a new challenge – Challengers Battle of the Businesses 2016.

Every year, Challengers – one of the local charities PHM supports – holds a fun and exciting quiz evening for Guildford businesses to raise money for the charity, which provides inclusive play and leisure time for disabled children and young people.

This year, the event was held at The Mandolay Hotel, on London Road, which not only provided the venue for the night but also a delicious dinner of chicken and halloumi kebabs followed by – in our case – a rather large portion of chocolate eclairs.

With a total of 166 participants spread across 16 teams, we knew the upcoming battle of wits would be hard-fought. However, after a strong start in the Geography round we really hit our stride in the ‘say as you see’ picture round. Sounds easy? Here’s one riddle we managed to swiftly solve:

arctic circle

Can you work it out? Hint: You might want to bring your coat! Tweet us your answer to @House_Group.

 

We’re proud to say we finished at a very respectable fourth place – so not all that far from the podium. It was a fantastic evening and over £8,900 was raised for Challengers. A big well done to all who took part.

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