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Forget the Brits – PHM packs off yet another batch of award entries to the ES New Homes Awards

Awards season is in full swing in the UK and US with both the Oscars and Brit Awards all taking place this week. However, at PHM the red carpet has given way to the red pen as we have something a bit closer to home to get excited about – the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards!

The start of the year is always a busy time for PHM; alongside our day-to-day PR activity, we research, write and design award entries on behalf of our clients for these well-regarded awards. This year was no different and we sent off a total of 19 awards – that’s almost 900 pages –  to the organisers this week and let out a sigh of relief… quickly followed by a sharp inhalation of excitement!

The prestigious awards, which celebrate new homes in London and the Home Counties, are some of the most respected in the industry and the official gala luncheon, which takes place on 20th May at London’s Dorchester Hotel, is always a popular event.

Keep an eye on our blog to find out how clients got on in a few months’ time!

Our affordable housing clients prove there is a way out of the rent rut

In the same week that research by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) revealed that by the time UK residents buy their first home they would have spent, on average, £50,000 on rent, we secured some fantastic press coverage in March’s edition of First Time Buyer Magazine for three of our affordable housing clients.

The developments featured in the magazine – schemes by Affinity Sutton, Network Living and Thames Valley Housing – prove it is possible to get on the property ladder sooner and prevent years of renting with the help of shared ownership.

One buyer who has done just that is Bunmi Odubanjo, who initially purchased a 5% share in a two-bedroom flat through Thames Valley Housing at The Serpentine. Just two years after putting down her original deposit, she had saved up enough money to put down a deposit on the remainder of the apartment to own it outright – a process known as staircasing.

Bunmi told FTB magazine: “It’s funny to look back three years to when I started the process and to realise that I’ve actually done it.”

Another Thames Valley Housing development, Westfield House in Earlsfield, also featured in a separate article about affordable homes in Zones 1-3, because of its great location for commuters and reasonable pricing, thanks to shared ownership.

In this same article, Thomas Odlum and Olivia Tinker also featured as a couple who overcame another of the barriers which first time buyer’s sometimes face – self-employment. However, thanks to Network Living’s help and understanding, Thomas and Olivia were able to secure a two-bedroom shared ownership apartment at Warehouse, in Streatham. Read more about their story here.

Last but by no means least, Affinity Sutton was not only mentioned as being on the shortlist for the 2016 First Time Buyer Awards’ Affordable Housing Provider of the Year (which you can vote for here), the magazine also featured a number of the housing association’s developments – The Meridian in Lewisham, Arun Place in Barnham and Oakgrove Village in Milton Keynes, thanks to their great commuter links and more importantly, their availability to purchase now!

To find out more about these fantastic shared ownership homes, call Affinity Sutton on 01252 320994, Thames Valley Housing on 020 8607 0550 and Network Living on 0300 373 3000.

Showcased by a digital magazine, or seen by millions of commuters, Berkeley’s stylish properties get around!

On 1st February, The London Economic featured the luxurious Abell & Cleland by Berkeley Homes in its property section.

Property Editor, Bea Patel, turned attention to the launch of the final phase of apartments and a brand new show home at Abell & Cleland – a stunning new development offering a unique opportunity to own a world-class address in historic Westminster.

The next day, the Metro’s Tuesday Property supplement turned the spotlight onto another Berkeley development, Vista – aptly-named due to its stunning views of Battersea Park and beyond. Vista featured in an article on the regeneration of the Battersea area (which includes a new tube station).

Picked up by around 3,300,000 readers daily, Metro’s Property supplement is a prime spot for those looking to target commuters, so if you have something to shout about, get in touch with us on 01483 561119.

For more information on Berkeley Homes’ developments visit the website here.

Head-turning Highpoint coverage in The Sunday Times online

It’s easy to see at first-glance why The Sunday Times chose to include this stunning property as one of its ‘Houses of the Week’. As PHM itself is Guildford-based, it’s great to see one of our local properties in national publications.

The Sunday Times online is one of the most popular news apps, often having the most active views per week over the last couple of years. The popularity of newspaper apps means this coverage may have reached up to 400,000 subscribers to The Sunday Times online!

Six Highpoint is a beautifully presented two-bedroom apartment in an unusual building on the northern edge of Guildford town centre. The property is suitably modern, and offers an exciting opportunity to live somewhere that is truly unique, located in a traditional setting.

The vibrant and historic county town of Guildford provides everything you might expect of a town of its size. First-rate shopping, restaurants, and entertainment are all within easy walking distance. London transport links and top Surrey schools are also within reach.

For more information on Highpoint, or to book a viewing, visit http://www.chantries.net/properties/9036124/lettings or call Chantries on 01483 405222.

Property House Marketing welcomes two new clients

After brushing off the winter cobwebs and battling our way through the January blues, Property House Marketing is able to survey what looks to be a successful and prosperous start to 2016.

When the New Year rolled in, we welcomed four new clients (read more about that here) and now we are excited to announce that we have expanded our client base even further, with the addition of two more exciting new clients to the PHM roster – welcome aboard, Pelican Media and Ecoled!

Founded in 1994, Pelican Media started life creating watercolours that helped customers envisage how their property would look when constructed. Now a multi-national company, Pelican has embraced and developed innovative technology to become a leader in the field of CGI/interactive solutions in the property sector – we’re very much looking forward to the projects that we will be working on together!

We’re just as excited to be starting work with another supplier client, Ecoled. Experts in lighting, Ecoled designs and manufactures its own range of luminaires (using the best LED technology available) while also providing advice on how best to illuminate your homes. It was also the first company to feature a ‘light builder’ tool on its website – which enables users to literally put together their choice of the various components of a light to create their own bespoke design.

If you’re looking to implement a new streamlined PR strategy, get in touch with us today on 01483 561119.

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Final phase of apartments launches at Berkeley Homes’ luxurious Abell & Cleland development this weekend!

Representing a rare and exceptional opportunity to buy a home in historic Westminster, the final phase of apartments at Berkeley Homes’ sophisticated new development, Abell & Cleland, launched on Saturday 30th January 2016, when a luxurious new two-bedroom showhome opened to the public for the first time.

Some of the homes at this new central London development, will be available for occupation this spring, making an ideal purchase for buyers looking for a home that they can move to within a few months.

This latest collection of homes comprises elegant one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses set across two beautifully-designed buildings and complemented by an array of exclusive leisure and business facilities as well as beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds.

Abell & Cleland offers more than just a home – it provides the lifestyle you’d expect from this sought-after address; the elegant neighbourhood of Westminster offers an eclectic mix of shops specialising in fine arts and antiques, bespoke tailors and tempting delicatessens, while perfectly positioning residents to enjoy the many cultural and culinary delights London is celebrated for.

Prices at Abell & Cleland start from £1.15 million. For further information or to book an appointment please call 0203 813 5884 or visit berkeleygroup.co.uk.

A superb collection of new townhouses and apartments in Guildford by Metis Homes

Catherine’s Walk – an exclusive collection of elegant three-bedroom townhouses and spacious two-bedroom apartments within easy reach of Guildford town centre and station – will be released for sale by Metis Homes early this year.

The eight townhouses and six apartments at Catherine’s Walk are located on Chestnut Avenue, a popular residential area around 15 minutes’ walk from the station and town centre.  The setting is idyllic, just a short stroll from the River Wey and the green spaces of Shalford Park. Set against a backdrop of mature trees, the homes are arranged around a private landscaped courtyard.

Arranged over three storeys, the superb townhouses are light and bright with an extensive kitchen/family room opening on to a rear garden, and a separate living room. A magnificent master bedroom occupies the entire top floor and includes, together with the second bedroom, an en suite bath/shower room and dressing area. Both bedrooms feature a balcony.

Extending to more than 1,100 sq. ft., the apartments offer an amazing amount of space, with a contemporary open-plan living area opening on to a balcony and two generously-sized bedrooms, each with an en suite bath/shower room.

Two parking spaces are provided for each home.

Catherine’s Walk will be released for sale in spring 2016; prices are expected to start in the region of £700,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and £1.1 million for a three-bedroom townhouse.

For further information and to register an interest, contact selling agents Clarke Gammon Wellers on 01483 880900, or visit www.metishomes.co.uk.

Happy New Year from the PHM team!

We hope you all had a restful Christmas break! The whole team here had a fantastic time with family and friends – some even managing to escape for some winter sun in warmer climates such as Australia and Borneo – the lucky things!

However, we are all very much looking forward to what the 2016 will bring, especially as we have a host of new clients; we start the year welcoming Lendlease, Fetcham Park, Drawing and Talking and Chantries.

Lendlease is a multinational property and infrastructure company delivering state the art buildings and infrastructure, alongside creating vibrant residential communities, workplaces and retail destinations and we are pleased to be assisting them with a host of awards for 2016, which includes both corporate and development specific entries.

We’re also very excited to be working with Fetcham Park, an award-winning wedding venue in Leatherhead, Surrey – as although not typical of our usual clientele it’s still very much property-related, especially with the PR work they’d like us to do to help promote the elegant and modern, refurbished offices in the Grade II* listed house.

Drawing and Talking, is a safe and therapeutic method of working with children who have underlying emotional difficulties and is an interesting and worthwhile project for us all to get stuck into and help promote.

Last but certainly not least, Chantries, an independent estate agent in Guildford is passionate about selling the finest properties in Guildford, Surrey and the surrounding area and we’re looking forward to helping this fantastic local team with our PR knowledge.

If that isn’t enough, we also can’t wait to show you our new website which is currently under construction!

We hope your first week back has been nice and busy too, but if it hasn’t and you’re looking to implement a new streamlined PR strategy than why not get in touch with us today on 01483 561119.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

From all of us at PHM, we’d like to say thank you to all our clients and suppliers for another fantastic year. We’re looking forward to seeing what 2016 may bring!

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The word marriage has a nice ring to it!

Putting aside PR for one moment – this is an extra special blog post to announce that our managing director, Nikki Ackerley, married her other half, Ian Gibbon, in a truly wonderful ceremony at the historical and rather magical Loseley Park, near Guildford, at the weekend.

Being so close to Christmas, it really was an amazing atmosphere, and the couple had one of the best days of their lives, which you can probably tell from the smiles on their faces in the photo!

Thankfully, the wedding day went without a hitch, except for the days leading up to the ceremony when a lost dress caused quite a bit of drama! No it wasn’t the wedding dress but another emerald green number, also by designer to the stars Suzannah, which Nikki had intended to wear at a celebratory lunch the day after the wedding.

Arriving back at the office after her final dress fitting just three days before the wedding, she realised that the ‘day after’ dress had disappeared somehow on the way. Thankfully, after a couple of rough nights bearing the elements, the dress turned up a few days later in good condition, in an alleyway near PHM HQ, in what can only be described as a miracle! The full story has been told by Nikki in her editors page of The Guildford Magazine in addition to a list of thanks to all the stupendous suppliers who did a sterling job leading up to and on the couple’s special day.

Congratulations again Nikki and Ian. Love from all at PHM x

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