The Langham Estate is a property estate in Fitzrovia, is owned by the Mount Eden Land Limited. The company controls 14 acres of real estate in central London; the Langham Estate originates from an entity first established in 1925 to manage a holding of 40 acres of land purchased from the Howard de Walden Estate in central London. The properties, acquired for £3m and located in eastern Marylebone passed through various owners, including Sir John Ellerman's Audley Trust, before being acquired in 1994 by Guernsey-based Mount Eden Land Ltd for £51m. Under Sir John Ellerman, the holdings covered all Great Portland Street, much of streets alongside it. Numerous holdings on Great Portland Street were divested over the years; the Langham Estate operates in an area noted for its media connections, design showrooms and art galleries. The Langham Estate was described in 2017 as being one of London's 16 Great Estates with its footprint of 13.8 acres of central London property. Many of the entity's original properties are still held—but now in the form of freehold as their long leases have been sold off.
Samuel Tak Lee of Hong Kong is said to be its owner. Mr Lee has long sought control of Shaftesbury PLC's neighbouring 15 acre estate; the Fitzrovia real estate market, where Langham Estate's properties are located, has been undergoing a renewal. The area has witnessed significant increases in rents and rates along with markedly higher occupant turnovers. Property values have increased in part due to changes in planning constraints, along with the impact of the Cross Rail and Oxford Street projects which are expected to increase commercial activity in the area; the company markets some of its properties under the banners of mynoho and/or FitzNovia. The company website states the company holds a "1.3 million sq feet mixed portfolio of office, retail, bar and storage" property. A neighbourhood plan is being developed for Langham Estate's Fitzrovia area; this is being done in consultation with stakeholders, the Langham Estate and other landholders, local businesses and residents. Efforts are being made to improve the local amenity, affordable housing provision, pollution reduction and investment in improved broadband data services.
Langham Estate website Map of Langham Estate MyNoHo – Langham Estate Blog Langham Estate International Fitzrovia – Langham Estate area description FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum for West Fitzrovia & Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association Survey of London South East Marylebone – Langham Estate area history
Taylor Wimpey plc is one of the largest British based housebuilding companies. It is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, its operational headquarters in the United Kingdom are in High Wycombe. The company was created from the merger of rivals Taylor Woodrow and George Wimpey on 3 July 2007. Taylor Woodrow was founded in 1921, by 16 year old Frank Taylor, who borrowed some money to build two houses in Blackpool; as he was too young to form his own company, his uncle Jack Woodrow lent his name to the business, so it became Taylor, Woodrow Limited. In the 1930s, Taylor Woodrow diversified into building temporary hospitals etc. and thereby moved into general construction. Taylor Woodrow's main operations were in general construction with Taylor Woodrow Homes only being a small part of the group: indeed, housing sales declined, at the beginning of the 1980s, Taylor Woodrow Homes was still only building around 500 to 600 houses a year. In January 2001, this changed as Taylor Woodrow acquired Bryant Group, a business founded in Birmingham in 1885 by Chris Bryant, for £556 million and in October 2003 Taylor Woodrow acquired Wilson Connolly in a cash and shares deal worth £499 million.
George Wimpey was founded by George Wimpey and Walter Tomes as a stone-working partnership in 1880 in Hammersmith. George Wimpey died in 1913 at the age of 58, his family put the business up for sale in 1919. Godfrey Way Mitchell decided to retain the Wimpey name. George Wimpey completed its first residential development, the Greenford Park Estate, in 1928. In the 1970s, George Wimpey became the United Kingdom's largest private house builder selling 106,440 homes in the decade, in the 1980s, George Wimpey began to reinforce Wimpey Homes as a brand, focusing on quality compact housing. Advertising, featuring the famous Wimpey cat, ensured Wimpey Homes became a household name in house building. In March 1996, George Wimpey acquired McLean Homes, a business founded in the 1934 by John McLean, from Tarmac. In August 2001, McAlpine Homes was acquired from Alfred McAlpine in a £463 million deal and in October 2002, George Wimpey went on to acquire Laing Homes, a premium housebuilder, from John Laing for £295 million.
In September 2008, Vinci bought the operations of Taylor Woodrow Construction and in April 2009, the remaining activities of Taylor Woodrow Construction in Ghana were sold to management. In March 2011, a property investment group backed by private equity firms acquired Taylor Wimpey's American and Canadian housebuilding businesses. Taylor Wimpey's United Kingdom operations are focused on the Taylor Wimpey brand with historic brands being phased out. Taylor Wimpey's corporate head office is located at Gate House in High Wycombe. There are 24 regional offices in the United Kingdom. Taylor Wimpey is headed up by Pete Redfern, CEO of the company since July 2007. Taylor Wimpey was the main sponsor of St Johnstone F. C. for the football seasons of 2009 to 2011. In 2016 Taylor Wimpey held its Project 2020 Open Design Competition in an attempt to find a design for a "home of the future"; the project was launched in partnership with RIBA. Taylor Wimpey has been accused of selling "recently-built" houses and apartments as leasehold that would traditionally have been freehold, with clauses that allow the ground rent to rise in years.
This makes the houses unsaleable. Taylor Wimpey has sold the freehold to other companies, which can go on to charge exorbitant amounts for the freehold. Official website Taylor Wimpey Home Page – Yahoo Finance
Redrow plc is one of the largest British housebuilders with a network of 15 operational divisions across the UK. It employs 2,300 people, it is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Steve Morgan had been working as a site agent for Wellington Civil Engineering when, in 1974, the parent company decided it was to be closed. Morgan offered to take over the contract, borrowed £5,000 from his father, completed the contract at a profit. Further work was carried out for Wellington and, still aged only 21, Morgan registered his new company – Redrow. Redrow expanded through small civil engineering work and, with Simon Macbryde, formed a separate building company. Geographically, Redrow moved from its north Wales base into Cheshire and in the early 1980s made significant construction acquisitions in Manchester and the Wirral. Redrow's entry into housebuilding came in 1982 and by 1985 it had grown sufficiently to separate it out from the construction business. A small acquisition in Kent provided the base for a south-east housing operation.
By now, Redrow was selling over 1,000 houses a year. Further expansion took Redrow into the south-west, south Wales and Yorkshire but Redrow had pulled out of the vulnerable south-east market just ahead of the 1989 property collapse. Redrow returned to the south-east in 1993 as the housing recession neared its end, buying Costain Homes from the troubled Costain Group; the construction business was sold and with Redrow now purely a development business the Company was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1994. Redrow grew through the rest of the decade reaching sales of 3,000 a year. In 2000 Steve Morgan announced his intention to leave the company, retaining only a 14 percent stake in the Company. Paul Pedley, who had joined Redrow as finance director in 1995, took over as managing director. In 2006 Redrow saw its 50,000th customer. In 2009, Steve Morgan returned to Redrow as Executive Chairman, having increased his shareholding to just under 30 percent. Following his return, Morgan reopened operating divisions in the north west and south midlands, closed during the recent recession.
A year Redrow launched its Heritage Collection followed by the Regent Collection and more modern Abode Collection. In 2014 Redrow celebrated its 40th anniversary and its London division completed two developments, Kingston Riverside and One Commercial Street. In February 2017 Redrow acquired Radleigh Homes in Derby, an established company which delivered 200 new homes in 2016, it has since been re-branded to Redrow Homes. In September 2017, it was announced that Morgan would "ease back" to a non-executive chairman role with Redrow. In July 2018, prompted by growth in London and the southern counties, Redrow announced the opening of its 15th division, Thames Valley, based in Oxfordshire. On 18 October 2018 Redrow announced its 100,000th customer and released statistics on the number of direct jobs it had created, including 2,000 trainees, a further 200,000 indirect employees. On 7 November 2018, it was announced that Steve Morgan would retire from the company in March 2019 with John Tutte taking over as executive chairman and Matthew Pratt as chief operating officer.
In 2010, the company's newly introduced broadband television channel Redrow. TV was named best marketing initiative at the Housebuilder Awards for Excellence. Redrow won the best marketing initiative at the Housebuilder Awards for Innovation and Excellence in three consecutive years. TV, in 2011, for the'Our Pride - Your Joy' marketing campaign, again in 2012 for the'Share a little bit of joy' initiative. In 2011, 2014 and 2015 Redrow won the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the industry's What House Awards. At the 2013 Peer Awards, the online service ‘My Redrow’, won the Overall Customer Engagement award, as well as the Technology for Engagement category. In April 2014, Redrow was named Housebuilder of the Year at the Building Awards and chairman Steve Morgan was named Building Magazine Personality of the Year. In 2016, Redrow was named Housebuilder of the Year at the Insider Property Awards Wales and the North West Insider Residential Property Awards. In 2017, Redrow was awarded the Innovation Award at the North West Construction Group Health and Safety Awards.
In 2018, Redrow obtained a 5 star rating in the Home Builders Federation rating system, improving from a 4 star rating the previous year. The company's flagship developments include: Woodford Garden Village: Woodford Garden Village in Cheshire is the first garden village for over 100 years in the North West of England and utilises over 500 acres of brownfield land used for aircraft manufacturing. Redrow will be developing 900 new homes alongside 50 acres of green public spaces. Ebbsfleet Green, Kent: Redrow's Ebbsfleet Green will comprise 950 new homes, along with a village centre, sports pitches, a hotel and a pub, a primary school; this development will form part of the plans for a garden city at Ebbsfleet, with up to 15,000 new homes, based predominately on brownfield land, or former quarries. This development, is part of the NHS Healthy New Towns network. Plasdwr: Redrow is developing around 2,000 homes in Plasdwr, North West Cardiff; the £2 billion Cardiff ‘garden village’ will comprise four different zones, each with a central square and a primary school.
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The Banks Group is a family owned energy and property development business headquartered in Durham, but working across Scotland and the North of England, established in 1976. The Banks Mining division is active in surface coal mining. In 2012, Banks completed construction of Northumberlandia, a huge, award-winning, land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure near Cramlington, Northumberland. Banks Group and the Blagdon Estate jointly financed the £2.5m cost of the work, as planning gain for Banks' adjacent open-cast Shotton Surface Mine, approved in 2007. The mine was approved in 2007 despite 2,500 objections and previous refusal by Northumberland County Council. Banks Group won a Marketplace Innovation Award from Business in the Community for its technologies to reduce noise from mining operations. Another division, Banks Renewables, installs wind turbines, such as those at West Durham Wind Farm, planned as the largest wind farm in North East England; the other division is Banks Property.
Berkeley Group Holdings
The Berkeley Group Holdings plc is a British property developer based in Cobham, Surrey. It is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index; the company was founded by Tony Pidgley and Jim Farrer in Weybridge in 1976 as Berkeley Homes, a name borne by regional subsidiaries. Pidgley and Farrer had run the housing division of Crest Homes and it was their aim to focus on executive housing on single plots or small sites. Over the next few years, Berkeley expanded across the home counties and while building less than a hundred houses a year, it floated its shares on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984. After the flotation, Berkeley expanded geographically to the west, the south midlands and East Anglia. By 1988, Berkeley was building over six hundred executive homes a year. By Pidgley was aware of the overheating in the housing market and sold houses aggressively to realise cash. For two years the company did no more than break but its cash position was strong and in 1991 it was able to purchase the Manchester-based Crosby Homes and the outstanding fifty percent of St George.
The 1990s was the decade in which Berkeley moved its operational orientation to major urban regeneration sites in London, Birmingham and other northern cities. In the early 2000s, Berkeley refined its strategy to concentrate on large scale urban redevelopments in the London area. In 2003 it announced the deferred sale of Crosby Homes; the reduction in scale was intended to generate surplus cash and 2004 saw a scheme of arrangement to return £1.45m to shareholders. In April 2014 the Group won the Queen's Award for Sustainable Development for a second year. In 2012, the Berkeley Group sustained 16,000 jobs and generated £2.6 billion of economic activity in Britain. At the time of the award the company had collected a 98% customer satisfaction rate in its data for the previous twelve months. Current releases of new builds are described on its website. In 2015, the company won Large Developer of the Year at the RESI awards organised by Property Week; the company specialises in residential work: neighbourhoods, large or small under brands: Berkeley Homes St George St Edward St James St William.
Berkeley Homes has built some notable examples of architecturally iconic, high-specification apartment towers in Central London. 2014 projects include its 1 Blackfriars skyscraper which provides a counterbalance to Shard to the east. In smaller operations it runs urban redevelopment programmes via Berkeley Community Villages and constructs in commercial property via Berkeley Commercial. Another subsidiary, Berkeley First, builds student and key worker accommodation; the operational subsidiaries include Berkeley Homes plc, which plans the largest estates and hires contractors with responsibility for management of communal areas unless and until taken over by residents' Right to Manage companies. The developer imposes covenants to retain value across homes in its neighbourhoods. Large examples of operations include community facilities with village-sized neighbourhoods which are green-buffered and constructed closes of apartments and houses, such as in Bracknell. One of its largest plans to date is that of November 2013, reaching consultation stage for 750 new homes, a primary school, extra care facility, roads and local shops to be constructed on mixed use land to expand Warfield, a small mixed rural and suburban civil parish of the Bracknell post town, beside the town's computing and headquarters business parks.
In London developments include Wimbledon Hill Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. In April 2014 a press released stated that the group would'shortly be announcing a set of new business commitments as part of its rolling 10-year plan'. Notes References Official website
Grainger plc is a British-based residential property business. It is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index; the business was established by the Dickinson family in 1912 as the Grainger Trust to acquire tenanted residential properties in Newcastle upon Tyne. In the 1970s and 1980s it acquired large residential estates from British Coal, British Rail and Reckitt & Coleman, it was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1983. In 1989 it acquired Channel Hotels & Properties and in 2003 it acquired Bradford Property Trust. In 2006 it entered into a joint venture with Development Securities to develop Curzon Park in Birmingham. In 2007 it changed its name to Grainger plc. In 2008 a consortium of Helical Bar and Grainger was named as the preferred developer for the King Street regeneration scheme in Hammersmith. In 2010, Grainger acquired AIM-listed Sovereign Reversions, an equity release provider, subsequently formed a 50:50 joint venture with Moorfield, a UK real estate investor and private equity fund manager.
In 2011 the company entered into a development agreement with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to create the Wellesley Development, which incorporates the Cambridge Military Hospital at Aldershot and which will generate 3,850 homes. As at 30 September 2018 its investment portfolio was valued at £590 million and its development and trading portfolio was valued at £799 million. Official site Grainger CR Report
Goodman UK is part of Goodman Group integrated industrial property development and management company. Macquarie Goodman Industrial Trust listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1995. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, it soon became the largest listed industrial property group in Australia. In 2005, the group embarked on a series of acquisitions designed to increase its breadth and depth and expand its operations into new markets, it acquired Arlington, Akeler, Rosemound and J-REP. This company specialises in the developing and managing of Business and Commercial Parks. Goodman UK has a number of parks situated throughout the United Kingdom, these include the following: Arlington Business Park Arlington Square, Bracknell Birmingham Business Park Colton Square Business Park Gloucester Business Park Harwell Science Park Leeds Valley Park is a business park owned by Goodman UK; the park is three miles south of Leeds city centre. The developer Akeler managed the building of the park, which has three buildings and was designed by the architectural firm Aukett Europe.
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