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Our client, Pelican Media launches industry-first voice control upgrade

Leading property marketing technology company, Pelican Media is preparing to launch the industry’s first voice control software across its range of marketing and sales apps, which enhances the homebuying experience for purchasers.

Pelican’s voice control upgrade will be applied across PelicanBASE, PelicanPRO and PelicanELITE. Sales consultants using these apps will be able to speak to the devices they use in the marketing suite, issuing instructions and making requests in order to, for example, bring up floorplans, CGIs and comparisons between properties instantly.

The voice control software will work across all available devices and the required information can appear on multiple screens as well as controlling the architectural model and lighting up the relevant properties.

Tony Nicol, managing director at Pelican Media, explains: “We’ve had virtual assistants on our smartphones for some time, and now with products like Amazon Echo, voice-activated technology is entering our homes. At Pelican, we keep at the forefront of changing consumer technologies, and believe that simplicity is the key to a great app. With this in mind, we believe that voice control is a natural upgrade for our existing marketing apps, creating a forward-thinking buying experience for purchasers.”

Pelican’s voice control upgrade will be available in the spring. This advancement in technology is the company’s newest innovation for 2017, which closely follows the launch of its latest app, PelicanGO. The technology has already been adopted by a number of developers and enables buyers to access regular construction updates for their property through push notifications as well as allowing them to view images, floor plans and dimensions of their new home on their smartphone.

For more information about Pelican Media and its bespoke marketing solutions, please call Fiona Willson on 0845 519 2711 or email fiona.willson@pelicanmedia.ltd.

Blue Monday: Homes to fight the blues

Today marks Blue Monday, the glummest day of the year, according to Sky Travel who found the third Monday of January is the day most people lose the motivation to stick with their New Year resolutions. However, we’re here to tell you not to throw the towel in just yet, especially if yours is to get onto the property ladder.

Did you know the average person in the UK spends £787 a year on alcohol and £2,555 on cigarettes according to ONS and NHS data? The cost of these combined is £3,342 over a year and accumulates to £33,420 in a decade! By giving these vices up and with savings like these, you could be well on the way to owning your own home, especially with more and more affordable homes available on the market through Shared Ownership, such as:

The contemporary one-bedroom homes at Chiswick Gate are available to purchase through Shared Ownership thanks to Thames Valley Housing. Chiswick Gate is ideally located for homeowners to enjoy close proximity to the cosmopolitan buzz of Central London while benefitting from the more relaxed style of life found in leafy West London. Prices start from £159,000 for a 30% share (full market price £530,000) and just a 5% deposit required (£7,950). For more information, please call 0208 607 0550 or visit www.tvhsales.co.uk/chiswickgate.

New development Avedis in South Ruislip, London by Thames Valley Housing offers two-bedroom apartments available through Shared Ownership. With excellent transport links in and out of London, these homes are ideal for young professionals and families alike. Prices start from £142,625 for a 35% share (full market price £407,500) and only a 5% deposit required (£7,131.25). For more information please call 0208 6070 550 or visit www.tvhsales.co.uk/avedis.

Trinity Walk by Lovell Homes is a contemporary collection of new apartments and townhouses situated in Woolwich, South East London, which are available to purchase with London Help to Buy. These homes are part of the exciting £400m Trinity Woolwich regeneration scheme and are situated just a mile from the new Crossrail station, opening in 2018. Prices start from £330,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, and just a 5% deposit of £16,500 required. For more information please call 02037 334 661 or visit www.trinitywalk-woolwich.com.

Forget stocking fillers, it’s all about filling shoe boxes

We wanted to spread some festive cheer and found that the Rotary International Shoebox Scheme was a great way to get involved in a worthy cause this Christmas.

The ‘shoebox’ style boxes arrived at the office earlier this month and were soon filled to the brim with toys, treats, clothes and household items for families across Eastern Europe, by PHM’s team as well as friends, relatives and colleagues.

Since the scheme launched in 1994, the Rotary has distributed over one million boxes, putting smiles on over one million faces!

Next year we are planning to fill 50 boxes, if you’d like to take part in this wonderful cause with us please email info@housegroup.co.uk and if you’d like to know any more or order your own boxes head to its website: www.rotaryshoebox.org/order-boxes/

PHM secures five pages of coverage for clients in 9fi5th Magazine

The winter edition of 9fi5th was published this month, and two of our clients were included in detailed features across five pages of the magazine. The glossy publication keeps readers in Miami, New York, London and Arabia up to date on luxury property worldwide.

Abell and Cleland, the prestigious luxury development by Berkeley Homes in the heart of Westminster, decorated a span of three pages in the magazine. Describing the development as “luxury set in stone,” 9fi5th comments, “The vibrancy and diversity of the city is on your doorstep, with all the conveniences that you can expect from living in prime central London. Coming from a company that really know their stuff, residents are guaranteed a building that celebrates the history of the city with all the trappings of modern luxury.”

Also featured in the winter edition was British LED luminaire experts, Ecoled, who are “lighting up the industry”. Fore fronting Ecoled as pioneers in its field, 9fit5th said, “Ecoled produce the most efficient, small LED light fittings in the industry. Modular and assembled to order, these lights are created to spec, ensuring customers are able to design exactly the kind of light they are looking for”.

Ecoled’s director of marketing James Cadisch is also quoted, stating, “We worked out that with all the different products, the different specs, colours of light, angles and finishes, we can offer up to 11 million different combinations of the product.”

You can pick up a copy of 9fi5th in first and business-class lounges, 5-star hotels, luxury property agencies, high-end design and furniture showrooms, select private member clubs, private jet charters, luxury car showrooms, and prominent art galleries.

For more information on Abell and Cleland call visit www.abellandcleland.co.uk

For information on Ecoled’s products and services visit http://www.ecoledlight.co.uk/

It’s been 21 award-winning years at PHM

As we approach the end of 2016, we’ve been reflecting over our clients’ successful award wins; the highlight being the recent What House? Awards, where the entries we prepared on behalf our clients won 13 of the 71 awards, including 5 of the 21 Golds!

But it’s not just the past year which has been especially triumphant. Did you know we’ve prepared a total 1,316 award entries on behalf of our clients since 1996? On average, that’s more than one a week!

With averages of 1 in 3 awards shortlisted winning a top prize, it’s no wonder we’re renowned for our award writing.

If you’ve worked on a development or project of which you are particularly proud, please give us a call on 01483 561119 to speak to a member of our team to discuss categories to enter in 2017. The deadline for the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards on 3rd February is just around the corner – 49 days in fact!

 

PHM secures Autumn Statement coverage for client in The Times

In light of the Autumn Statement and Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s pledge to provide more affordable housing, The Times ran an article on Friday 25 November explaining ways to get onto the first rung of the property ladder.

We were delighted to see journalist Annabelle Williams include the story of first-time buyer Aveen Kelly, who purchased a home through the Shared Ownership scheme with Thames Valley Housing.

Annabelle wrote: “With home prices so high, many first-time buyers find shared ownership schemes – where you co-own a property with a housing association – a helpful way of easing their way into property ownership.”

Aveen Kelly who works at Wandsworth Council was quoted for praising the scheme: “I’ve gone from renting in London to getting on to the property ladder to now being on the road to owning 100% of my home.

“It sounds like a cliché, but I have a brilliant quality of life. I’m so thankful for the scheme.”

To read the full article click here.

To find out more about Thames Valley Housing, and the Shared Ownership scheme it offers on a selection of homes across London and the South East please call 0208 607 0550 or visit: www.tvhsales.co.uk.

 

Christmas is just around the corner…

Now that the John Lewis advert has landed, numerous Christmas lights in town centres across the UK have been switched on by celebrities and we’re less than a month away from celebrating Christmas – we think it’s safe to start feeling excited about the most wonderful time of the year! In the festive spirit, we’ve highlighted some great Christmas events near a selection of our clients’ developments – all with show homes now ready to visit.

 

Westminster’s Christmas Craft Market – 0.7 miles from Abell & Cleland by Berkeley Homes

Westminster Abbey is hosting the Abbey Choir’s annual Christmas Concert which is supported by John Lewis this year. The concert will feature a selection of festive choral works, and traditional Christmas carols for all to sing on the 15th December at 19:00.

Berkeley Homes’ luxurious Abell & Cleland development is situated in the heart of historic Westminster, just 12-minutes’ walk from the Westminster Cathedral Craft Christmas Market. Located outside the cathedral, the market offers hand-made crafts that make ideal Christmas gifts. Prices at Abell & Cleland start from £8.34 million for a penthouse.

 

Festival of Christmas Trees – 5.5 miles from Prime Place, Sevenoaks

St Mary’s Heritage Trust Christmas Tree Festival occurs yearly at the beginning of December inviting everyone to display a tree in the church which is then open to the public for viewing. Funds raised help preserve the oldest building in Westerham, the 13th century Church, many contribute elegantly, quirkily or entertainingly decorated trees which transform St Mary’s into a veritable Christmas grotto.

The contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments at Prime Place, Sevenoaks are just a 15-minute drive from the popular Christmas tree festival at Westerham. Prices start from £340,000 for a one bedroom apartment and Help to Buy is available.

 

Medieval Christmas at Guildford Castle – 1 mile from Catherine’s Walk by Metis Homes

 Experience a Christmas how it would have been celebrated 700 years ago at Guildford Castle on the 18th December. The grounds will be transformed into a themed 13th century winter wonderland full of traditional festivities for all the family to enjoy.

The family homes at Catherine’s Walk by Metis Homes are just a mile from Guildford Castle. Prices start from £695,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and £1,100,000 for a three-bedroom townhouse.

 

Ecoled set to light up the sweetest of cities

This December British LED luminaire experts Ecoled are lighting up the Museum of Architecture’s (MoA) Gingerbread City, and this festive exhibition is set to be a real feast for the eyes.

 

The display of gingerbread buildings will be designed and baked by some of the UK’s leading architects, interior designers, engineers and landscape designers and unveiled at the switching on of the lights on 6th December.

 

Ecoled will bring the exhibition to life with its innovate strip light range, which will be custom cut by a team of experts to fit over 100 mouth-watering gingerbread buildings that will form the scrumptious city. The architectural-grade, flexible LED lighting, provided and installed by Ecoled, is manufactured to the highest standard to ensure reliability and colour consistency, and most importantly, a glowing sugar-full spectacle.

 

Sponsored and masterplanned by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, the Gingerbread City project hopes to creatively engage the public with architecture. To coincide with the exhibition, the MoA will be running a series of workshops for children and their families in which they’ll be able design and create their own gingerbread houses.

 

The Gingerbread City exhibition and workshops will run from 7th to 22nd December at 10 Thurloe Place in South Kensington (just across from the V&A). For more information or to make a booking, visit www.thegingerbreadcity.com

 

For more information on Ecoled’s products and services, visit www.ecoledlight.co.uk

World TV Day: 21st November

From airing live sporting events and entertainment to providing us with educational and cultural content like documentaries, TV is the cornerstone of democracy and a pillar of freedom of expression and cultural diversity. Believe it or not, it has its own day of celebration, World TV Day, which this year lands on 21st November.

Nothing beats coming home after a long day at work and putting your feet up on the sofa in front of the television and none more so than at Christmas* with the family.

*We can talk about Christmas since one of the most highly anticipated TV moments of the year has now officially graced our screens – the John Lewis Christmas advert!

When it comes to ‘family time’ in Britain, some may think dinner time is when families are most likely to bond but in actual fact it’s in front of the box where families are most likely to unwind. According to Mintel, over three in five (62%) parents say that watching TV together as a family is relaxing and almost half (47%) of mums say watching TV brings their whole family together.

Therefore, when choosing a new home, there can be a lot of pressure to find a property with the ideal living space with enough room for all the family to come together. Rather than open-plan living, the living room is making a comeback.

 

New Road, Milford, Godalming, Surrey on the market with Chantries
Guide price £900,000
Call 01483 405222

A stunning, detached period home close to good schools that has been extended and completely refurbished to an extremely high standard throughout. The property has well planned accommodation over three floors, with a particular feature on the ground floor being the superb kitchen/dining/family room which opens onto the garden at the rear.

 

Taplow Riverside by Berkeley Homes (Oxford and Chiltern) – Taplow village, Buckinghamshire
Prices from £1,110,000 at Jubilee Meadows
Call 01753 202131
The homes at Jubilee Meadows  offer expansive living space as well as impressive views for residents to wow their guests – formal drawing rooms on the first floors extend the open-plan living space of the ground floors, providing plenty of space for entertaining.

PHM’s clients triumphant at this year’s What House? Awards

The What House? Awards are always the highlight of PHM’s calendar, but this year has been especially exciting. We’re thrilled to announce that 12 of the 23 entries we submitted on behalf of our clients were named winners at this year’s ceremony. What’s more, six entries scooped the prestigious Gold prize in their categories, including Berkeley Homes’ impressive win for Best Large Housebuilder.

 

We spent a busy summer writing and designing the What House? Award entries, and were delighted to celebrate our clients’ success at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 18 November. Achieving national recognition for our clients’ achievements is high on our agenda so if you’re already considering which awards to enter in 2017, the deadline for the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards on 3rd February is just around the corner.

 

To find out how PHM can make your development or project shine, call us on 01483 561119.

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