Pelican Media showcases new property marketing app at off-plan launch of Landmark Place by Barratt London

A new property marketing app, designed and created by Pelican Media specifically for the iPad Pro, has been showcased for the first time. The app was displayed at a recent off-plan sales launch at Searcys at the top of The Gherkin to a crowd of prospective homebuyers.

The prestigious event was held by Barratt London for its Landmark Place development, which is located on the riverside by the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, and gave Pelican the first opportunity to see its new software in action as Barratt’s sales advisors met with potential buyers.

Tony Nicol, managing director at Pelican Media explains: “Our new app provides all the information sales advisers could possibly need about a new development at their fingertips. There are two major advantages to using our app, which sets us apart from other visual asset providers – firstly, the app is designed and branded to incorporate the project’s identity seamlessly, and secondly, it demonstrates just how intuitive the software is to use. This is just the beginning of our new software and we are very excited to see where it will go in the near future.

“We received a fantastic reaction at the sales launch, from the client, the sales agents – Knight Frank and Savills – and Barratt’s potential customers. Many people commented that they were impressed with the ease of use and the way in which the information was graphically presented.”

Gary Patrick, regional sales director for Barratt London, said: “Pelican Media is ahead of the game with its latest software. Sleek, informative and easy to use, it really does help the selling process as it engages interactively with the potential purchaser – we are delighted with the results.”

For more information about Pelican Media and its marketing solutions, including its specialised app software, please call Fiona Willson on 0845 519 2711 or email fiona.willson@pelican.gb.com.

Prime Place permeates the press!

Prime Place has recently celebrated a successful sales launch for three of its new developments – Prime Place, Kensal Rise, Prime Place, Maida Hill and Prime Place, Sevenoaks but the achievements don’t stop there as it’s also enjoyed a bumper crop of press coverage!

Horticulture Week featured Aberfeldy Village, a joint venture between Prime Place and Poplar HARCA, and highlighted the landscaping efforts at the scheme, including the linear park running through the development’s centre as an “integral part of the new neighbourhood”.

Plans by Prime Place to deliver 648 one to three-bedroom apartments and a new football stadium for Brentford FC caught the eye of Evening Standard journalist David Spittles, who suggested in an article called Property goes to the top of the league table that homes near football stadiums, like Prime Place, Kew Bridge, are more highly sought-after than ever before.

Evening Standard featured Prime Place, Maida Hill and Prime Place, Kensal Rise, located in W10, in its weekly On The Tube piece, which showcases the best new homes available near London underground stations.

WhatHouse? Magazine also featured both these developments, praising Prime Place, Kensal Rise for its setting on “the hippest street in Europe” and Prime Place, Maida Hill for its closeness to the 30-acre green space of Queen’s Park.

And to round off a great week of press coverage, Prime Place, Sevenoaks not only featured in Metro’s Launch Pad, it also featured in Ginetta Vedrickas’ article in the Evening Standard about new homes near new schools. The collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, which has now launched, is located near the first new Grammar School in 50 years.

For more information about these developments, visit the Prime Place website, or call 01892 313002.

Thomasons makes great strides towards its Next award!

It was another successful day for PHM client Thomasons yesterday, as the civil and structural engineering firm discovered it’s in the running for another award to add to its string of accolades – this time for its retail project in Solihull.

The project, by Thomasons Birmingham, to transform a retail unit for Next, in Solihull, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Low Carbon Leader category of the 2016 New Civil Engineer 100 Awards. These brand new awards recognise firms that are leading the way in showcasing outstanding civil engineering practices.

Thomasons’ project for Next has already won a prestigious Institution of Structural Engineers regional award and was described by the judges as “an excellent example of engineering prowess”. It involved complex and significant alterations to a single storey 35,000 sq ft retail unit to boost the floor space. A new mezzanine floor was added, which required raising the entire roof by 1.5 metres.

The winners will be announced at the New Civil Engineer 100 Awards on 11th May 2016 in London. We’ll keep a close eye on it and report back, and if you’d like to find out more about this project click here, and for other news from Thomasons, visit www.thomasons.co.uk/news/.

Drawing and Talking heads to the annual Education Show

One in ten children aged between five and 16 years old have a diagnosable mental health problem – according to a recent Task Force Report [1] commissioned by NHS England. For the thousands of teachers, learning mentors, nurses and counsellors, who help and nurture children daily, this startling statistic highlights the need for government investment and a fresh, new approach.

Drawing and Talking – a family-run business – offers pioneering training courses to adults who work with children of all ages. To date, the company has trained over 7,000 professionals and its technique is being implemented in over 5,000 schools across the UK.

This March the company will be joining a host of inspiring educational suppliers at the annual Education Show to demonstrate its low-cost yet effective solution for adults looking to help children affected by mental health issues. One of the most popular events in the Education sector’s calendar, the Education Show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 17-19 March and is free to attend (register online at education-show.com).

Drawing and Talking was established in 2004 by Maria Beagley, a former SENCO, and her daughter, Catherine. The company hosts training days across the UK, throughout the year, which teach an innovative and informed therapy method, equipping adults with tools they need to help children who have suffered trauma or who have underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning and behaviour.

Its roots stem from Dr John Allan’s Serial Drawing technique [2], which was used to train students at the University of British Columbia in their 1st years of undergraduate degree. Maria was introduced to the non-intrusive therapy by British Child Psychotherapist, Michael Green, who then co-wrote the training program with Maria, developing Dr Allan’s technique for UK professionals.

Maria comments: “The method we use encourages each side of a child’s brain to work together to process difficult or painful memories by combining drawing, a right-brained activity, and talking, a left-brained activity. Over time, the child becomes more able to process and manage their pain which will often lead to more positive behaviour and engagement with the national curriculum and other day-to-day learning processes.”

Catherine, who will be at the Education Show to showcase the Drawing and Talking technique and provide information on the courses, adds: “It is vital that children who suffer emotional trauma have access to the care and attention they need in order to secure their future in education and in health.

“Typically, children might have experienced bereavement of a grandparent, parent or sibling, bullying, their parent’s divorce, abuse or even unsettling things like moving house and starting a new school. We are really excited to be attending this year’s Education Show to explain what we do to the people that are best placed to affect a child’s future.

“This year, we will be running a competition to win a free INSET/Cluster training day for up to 30 people and also releasing our Autumn course dates – those attending will have the first opportunity to book a course, right up until Christmas.”

Find Drawing and Talking at stand A70-B71 (opposite the sticker stand) at the Education Show, Birmingham, NEC from 17-19 March 2016. The event is free to attend, register online at www.education-show.com.

For more information on its training and available course dates, call 020 8715 0745 or visit drawingandtalking.com.

Exceptional opportunity to buy a superb penthouse at Quay West in Poole – show home now open

Metis Homes is offering a final chance to buy a new home at Quay West in the heart of Poole – and has saved the best until last. Two stunning top-floor penthouses have been released for sale, priced from £530,000, and a new show home is open for viewing.

Rupert Price, sales director at Metis Homes, comments: “There’s been very high demand and we’ve sold all of the apartments at Quay West, so we’re delighted to offer these fabulous penthouses. I recommend visiting the show home to see the quality of the homes and get a sense of the great lifestyle at Quay West. Best of all, the penthouses are finished so buyers can move in very quickly.”

Spacious, bright and airy, the two-bedroom penthouses extend to a generous 1,301 sq. ft. and 1,395 sq. ft. There’s plenty of outside space – terraces, with inset LED lighting, wrap around three sides of each home; one offers sweeping views across Holes Bay and towards the Purbeck Hills and the other across old Poole town and towards Sandbanks.

Interiors are arranged in a modern open-plan style, creating a wonderful large space, ideal for entertaining. The excellent specification includes a contemporary kitchen that is fully equipped with the latest integrated appliances, right down to a wine cooler. Both of the bedrooms are doubles and each has a fitted wardrobe and a beautiful en suite shower room by Porcelanosa.

With ceramic wood-effect flooring in the living area, walnut veneered doors and underfloor heating throughout the homes adding a luxurious touch, there is impeccable attention to detail. Wiring for air conditioning is included, allowing it to be easily fitted if required.

Both owners will also benefit from two allocated parking spaces each.

Quay West is in an outstanding central location, close to Poole Quay, a short stroll from the town’s shops, bars and restaurants and less than ten minutes’ walk from the station, with frequent links to Bournemouth, Southampton, Winchester and London.

The penthouses are priced at £530,000 and £545,000.

To find out more about the penthouses at Quay West and to make an appointment to view the show home, please contact selling agents Lloyds in Poole on 01202 708044 or visit the website www.metishomes.co.uk.

Prime Place launches two collections of apartments in hip W10 London villages

Prime Place has recently released for sale two fantastic collections of apartments, just half a mile apart, in sought-after areas of W10: Prime Place, Kensal Rise and Prime Place, Maida Hill.

Sue Gresswell, Sales & Marketing Director at Prime Place, comments: “We always choose prime locations for our homes, but these are outstanding. The homes are in true London villages, superbly designed, and benefit from fantastic facilities and great transport links across London – the ultimate package for young professionals.”

Prime Place, Kensal Rise, is set on the highly-coveted Chamberlayne Road – ‘the hippest street in Europe’, according to Vogue. Offering the very best in modern city living, the one and two-bedroom apartments are just steps away from an eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants; what’s more, they’re arranged above a fantastic £multi-million new sports centre, putting state-of-the-art facilities literally on the doorstep.

The exterior architecture sets the tone with its striking light and dark brickwork, aluminium cladding and extensive glazing. Exteriors are complemented by sleek interiors. The one and two-bedroom homes are designed with great care to maximise light and space and the excellent specification includes Porcelanosa flooring, carpeted bedrooms and fitted wardrobes to the master bedroom. Kitchens feature a full range of integrated appliances and high-quality composite stone work surfaces. Pure white bathrooms feature full-height Porcelanosa tiling and mirrored vanity units. The two-bedroom apartments include an en suite shower room to the master bedroom, in addition to the main bathroom, perfect for friends sharing.

Many of the homes have a large balcony or private terrace and some of the apartments are dual aspect. Adding to the outside space, the homes are arranged around a beautifully landscaped communal garden.

The new sports centre next to Prime Place, Kensal Rise is an outstanding draw for anyone who likes to keep in shape. It includes a 25m swimming pool, large health and fitness facility, spa and health suite, three exercise and dance studios, eight-court sports hall and café.

Prime Place, Maida Hill, is a smaller collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, set around a tranquil courtyard garden, with a similar high specification to Prime Place, Kensal Rise. The homes are surrounded by some of London’s most coveted villages – Kensal Rise, Queen’s Park, Maida Vale and Westbourne Grove – and are close to Jubilee Sports Centre and minutes away from the 30-acre oasis of Queen’s Park.

Transport links are excellent; Prime Place, Kensal Rise is a short walk from Kensal Green and Kensal Rise stations, while Prime Place, Maida Hill is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Queen’s Park and Westbourne Park, giving easy journeys to the West End and City.

The arrival of Crossrail in 2018 at Paddington station, a short tube ride away, will revolutionise travel with journey times of 3 minutes to Bond Street and 17 minutes to Canary Wharf. From Paddington, there’s quick access to Heathrow via the Heathrow Express in as little as 25 minutes.

Prices of the apartments at Prime Place, Kensal Rise start from £510,000 and at Prime Place, Maida Hill from £525,000.

For further information, please contact selling agents Hamptons International on 020 7758 8487 or email primeplace@hamptons-int.com.

Superb townhouses full of character in the heart of historic Dorchester: Launch and show home opening on Saturday 12th March

Anyone seeking an elegant town-centre home full of character in historic Dorchester should make a beeline for Eastgate, an exclusive collection of new luxury townhouses by Metis Homes which will be launched for sale on Saturday 12th March.  A show house will be open for viewing, showcasing the outstanding design and specification of these stunning homes.

There are just ten homes – a mix of three and four-bedroom townhouses, together with one, two-bedroom coach house – in a wonderful location at the far end of High East Street, just a few hundred metres from the lively town centre which blends old-world charm with an eclectic array of shops, bars and restaurants.

Prices of the townhouses start from £350,000 and Help to Buy is available to both first-time buyers and existing homeowners. This means you could buy a townhouse with a deposit of just £17,500 and mortgage of £262,500; the balance is funded by a 20 per cent government loan, which is interest free for the first five years.

Traditionally designed using local materials, including natural Portland stone, these delightful houses have great charm and blend harmoniously with the surrounding historic buildings.

The homes are arranged around a central courtyard. Many of the houses have a Juliette balcony with views over the Mill Stream and some have their own waterside garden. A gated entrance provides security and each home has a private parking space within the courtyard.

Arranged over three or four storeys, the townhouses offer a wide choice of layouts. Some are designed in an open-plan arrangement that maximises light and space with a combined living/dining/kitchen area; others feature a separate kitchen. In some homes, there is additional space on the first floor for use as a living room or perhaps a study. Master bedrooms include an en suite shower room in addition to the main bathroom.

The specification is excellent and demonstrates the keen eye for detail synonymous with Metis Homes. Elegant kitchens feature granite worktops and a full range of integrated appliances; bathrooms are individually designed by renowned Spanish company Porcelanosa; master bedrooms include a fitted wardrobe as standard and the oak veneer doors and chrome furniture are modern and stylish.

Eastgate is just over half a mile away from two railway stations: Dorchester South, on the Weymouth-London Waterloo line, and Dorchester West on the scenic Bristol-Weymouth Heart of Wessex line. There is easy access to Bournemouth and Southampton airports, 30 miles and 54 miles away respectively, and a straightforward journey to London via the M27.

Just a few minutes’ walk along the River Frome leads to Dorset’s glorious countryside. Almost half of the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the stunning scenery, magnificent coastline and fabulous beaches for which Dorset is famous are within easy reach.

Prices of the townhouses start from £350,000; the two-bedroom coach house is priced at £320,000. It is anticipated that the homes will be finished by late summer, so purchasers will not have long to wait before moving in.

For further information, please contact selling agents Connells on 01305 266755 or dorchester@connells.co.uk. From 12th March, the show home will be open three days a week – on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – from 10am to 5pm.

For a preview of Eastgate, please see the fly-through video on www.metishomes.co.uk.

Parliamentary prestige project peeked in the press

As the mainstream media focuses on Westminster to cover Britain’s potential exit from the EU, the property pages have honed in on the area for a completely different reason.

With the final phase of apartments at Berkeley Homes’ Abell & Cleland now launched, the development, in John Islip Street, is rightly being recognised as one of the most desirable collection of apartments now available in London.

In addition to The London Economic coverage Berkeley Homes’ Abell & Cleland achieved last month, it also featured in the Homes and Property Supplement of The Evening Standard, and MoveTo London Magazine.

In the Evening Standard article, Will apartments near Parliament get your vote?, Abell & Cleland was highlighted for its setting in a “remarkably quiet corner” of the “Parliamentary Quarter”.

MoveTo London Magazine chose Abell & Cleland to feature in its New Homes Round-up and also celebrated the location, close to Tate Britain, saying that “apartments at this new development are well placed, whether it’s fine art or political intrigues that set your heart racing”.

Prices at Abell & Cleland start from £1.15 million, and for further information or to book an appointment please call 0203 813 5884 or visit Berkeley’s website.

Mondays shouldn’t be hated – stay motivated!

Yesterday (Thursday 26th February), was National Employee Motivation Day 2016, created to inspire passion and appreciation across the UK’s workforce. With a recent study by Willis Towers Watson showing that health issues have a negative effect on productivity, the need for a stress-free and motivated workforce is more important than ever.

One of our clients, Fetcham Park, offers the perfect remedy for unmotivated employees. The serviced offices, which recently featured in the Surrey Advertiser’s Homes & Property supplement, are a prime example of an office environment focused on motivating its clients and their employees.

Those working at Fetcham Park – a Grade II* listed building in Surrey – benefit from height-adjustable desks, ergonomic furniture, yoga lessons by Yaur Yoga, personalised desk-based stretching and strengthening programmes by The Health Quest, an informal break-out area, and a concierge service which offers car valeting and chauffeuring, and will run personal errands such as booking restaurants, dry cleaning and sourcing birthday gifts. The bespoke health-conscious catering by Two Many Cooks, even provides a healthy dinner to take home at the end of the working day – wiping out some of the stresses of home life too!

Workstations and desks can be rented from £450 pcm. For more information, please visit www.fetchampark.co.uk, contact Fetcham Park on 01372 371000 or email the house manager on victoria.stanton@fetchampark.co.uk.

Love your neighbours? Then you’ll love these properties!

With the recent Friends reunion exciting fans across the globe, we felt inspired to promote neighbourliness – something which Rachel, Ross and the gang have in abundance! So here’s a few of our clients’ developments that will appeal to the neighbourly among you.

Graylingwell Park, a partnership between Linden Homes, Affinity Sutton and the Homes and Communities Agency in Chichester, is set within 85 acres of parkland and is a fantastic example of a beautifully-integrated community. The on-site community cabin, The Lodge, hosts a range of activities for residents, such as yoga classes and coffee mornings, and there’s even a shared allotment for green-fingered residents! Graylingwell Park is also a great affordable option for those looking to raise a family in a friendly atmosphere – with Help to Buy and Shared Ownership properties available, potential buyers can start living here with only a 5% deposit.

There’s nothing that quite brings together tight-knit communities like local sports clubs. As part of Prime Place’s vision to build something beyond bricks and mortar, it’s developing Prime Place, Kew Bridge, which will be home to 648 new homes and a range of new community facilities and amenities – and Brentford Football Club’s new stadium! These apartments are sure to catch the attention of football fans, with the magical match day atmosphere creating a unique community atmosphere.

To find out more about Graylingwell Park, call Linden Homes on 01243 717028 or Affinity Sutton on 0300 100 0303. For more information on Prime Place, Kew Bridge, by Prime Place, call 0845 600 7230.