Residential Land support a Powered Wheelchair Programme through “the PROPS” Lunch in May, 2014

Residential Land was delighted to attend the 23rd PROPS Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane in May.  This prestigious annual event is organised by Variety Club for the very best in the property sector.  It was a wonderful afternoon raising over £300,000 to support the charity and especially the Variety Wheelchair programme.

For the second year the event was hosted by Martin Bayfield, a long-time supporter of the charity. He lent a cool and calm charm to proceedings, effortlessly taking a more comedic tone when required.  He was assisted by Miss World 2014, Megan Young, who helped him to present awards to the lucky winners.  Alongside the 800 property professionals in attendance were ambassadors Megan Wood and Freya Levy, both Team GB Paralympic basketball hopefuls whose wheelchairs are provided by the Variety Club.

Residential Land’s donation to the charity has been spent on a “Salsa-Midi” powered wheelchair for 10 years old Ellis Cull from Kent. Ellis’ family have explained the difference the wheelchair has made to their lives; “Having this powered wheelchair means a lot to us, as now we can enjoy more time together outside. Ellis already enjoyed couple of trips to the river and his first trip to a hockey game. All this is just a beginning”.

 

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What specification should I focus on while renovating my flat to suit corporate tenants?

To start, establish a budget based on your market expectation and location. Work out your priorities: What is the level of renovations required, are there structural works to be done and do you need professional consultants on board such as architects, structural engineers or designers. I advise not to cut corners on the infrastructure of your property. A good boiler and heating system is important for the long-term use of both letting it and maintenance. Areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and flooring are all key to the success of the property and should be priority investments. When selecting any of these items, focus on quality and life expectancy.

 

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Kitchen: Stone worktops, quality appliances and buying the best you can afford will be an investment both for letting and long-term capital investment. Choose a kitchen design that doesn’t date too quickly and suits the overall design of the apartment.

Bathroom: Stone or porcelain for floors and walls, to create a stylish and classical look, will be attractive to a majority. Underfloor heating, heated towel rails and de-misting mirrors are extras that add to the appeal of the flat.Beautiful taps add personality and appeal to the overall bathroom design.

Flooring: I’d advise using engineered timber for flooring, never laminates, and decent Wiltons carpets.

Lighting is also key to enhancing the ambience of a property. If your budget will stretch to it, a good lighting system with mood-enhancing controls are features which will demonstrate a premium property.

Tenants expect full Wi-Fi throughout and TV points in key areas such as reception rooms and master bedroom. Ensure that bedrooms have easily-accessible power points. Particularly with foreign markets in mind, consider
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Join us at RESI 2014

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Residential Land is once again looking forward to being Platinum Sponsors of the RESI event, which is being held at Celtic Manor resort in Newport, South Wales from the 10th to the 12th September 2014.

As our CEO, Bruce Ritchie comments: “RESI is an extremely important event on the residential property calendar. It is a platform to meet with leaders in the field and to discuss current industry ideas. It also creates an informal forum for property professionals to network and discuss residential opportunities with colleagues and peers in the industry.”

We look forward to welcoming you to the Platinum Lounge where we will be serving sushi during the lunchtime session of the conference and pre gala dinner drinks from 5:30pm. Our CEO, Bruce Ritchie and the acquisition team of Emma Whitby-Smith, Paul Sennett and Sibel Osman would be delighted to discuss any opportunities with you.

Additionally, come and listen to Bruce Ritchie chairing the panel session “What do investors want and what are they actually doing” from midday on Thursday to get an insight in to the topics currently at the top of the agenda in the residential investment market.

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Anthony Quin completes 3rd JLL Property Triathlon

Congratulations to our Head of Management and Surveying Anthony Quin who took part in this year’s JLL Property Triathlon on Friday 4th July 2014 at Dorney Lake. For those that are not familiar with this event, it is one of the UK’s largest triathlons, co-sponsored by estates gazette and coordinated by Human Race. The event has raised over £1.1 million to date to many deserving charities and this year the money raised will go to the Samaritans. Comprising a 750m swim, 21km cycle and a 5km run, the event attracts many involved in the property industry to race as an individual or as a team of three.

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One for the boys

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On the 15th of June Residential Land was honoured to attend the ‘One for the Boys’ Fashion Ball. One for the boys is an charity founded by Sofia Davis as a tribute to a friend’s brother who lost his battle with cancer.

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Residential Land host drinks reception on 10th June at one of their new properties on the Fulham Road

Please join us for drinks and canapes at Flat 42 Pelham Court, 145 Fulham Road!

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Pelham Court is one of the most recent acquisition which we are offering to the rental market. It provides a selection of stunning apartments perfectly located within the heart of Chelsea. This period building offers many features associated with a Chelsea lifestyle, including an onsite porter and private communal gardens. The property is just moments from the fashionable restaurants of South Kensington, Knightsbridge, and Sloane Square/ Kings Road. The area is a hive of local activity with museums and all the best designer shops just a stones throw away. Transport links are numerous making this a superb central London base.

The building offers light, bright, quiet spacious modern living accommodation while maintaining many period features. The apartments are set over 5 floors and are accessed via lift and are available on flexible terms furnished or unfurnished. We have a number of apartments available ranging from studio to 2 bedrooms.

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Residential Land sponsored team win the league

Residential Land are extremely proud of our sponsored youth football team Whetstone Wanderers under 12 Cougars who have just won the ‘White division’ title in the Watford Friendly league.

After a long, hard season, much of which was played on muddy pitches due to the winter weather, our team came out as Champions with a 5 point gap over second place.

This makes it 3 titles in a row for the Cougars and puts them in to the top league for their age group as they move to 11 a side.

Stuart Birke our Corporate Lettings Manager whose Son Grant has played in the team since he was 7 years old (6th from the left No2) commented “ it’s been a hard season and a few worrying moments along the way but they did us proud in the end.”

The Cougars almost succeeded in being double champions this season, but unfortunately narrowly missed out in the final of the Challenge Cup.

So a big congratulations to all our boys, the management and everyone connected with the Cougars.

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Highclere Castle Charity Shoot – Supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital and Marie Curie Cancer Care

Residential Land were delighted to attend the Charity Clay Shooting event organised by Sir Joh Beckwith and his daughter Nicola at Highclere Castle on Wednesday 14th May, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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Guests spent the morning shooting five different drives around the spectacular 1,000 acre Highclere Estate parkland, currently featuring in the ITV period drama Downton Abbey. The shoot was followed by drinks reception with The Jeanie Barton Trio and an air display in front of the Castle by ‘The Blades Aerobatic Display Team.’ The day concluded with lunch in the castle library and a charity auction, where Residential Land successfully bid in order to raise money for charity.

Amongst the guests were Tamara Beckwith, Ex-Spice girl, Geri Halliwell, model Jodie Kidd and Highclere Castle residents, Lord and Lady Carnarvon.

The day was an incredible success with a total of £315,000 raised for this truly inspirational charity.

Great Ormond Street Hospital provides world-class care to hundreds of children every day and is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals. The hospital relies heavily on public support so if you would like to make a donation or find out more about this truly inspiring charity please visit http://www.gosh.org/gen/

Marie Curie Cancer Care’s vision is that everyone with cancer and other terminal illnesses will have the high quality care and support they need at the end of their life, in the place of their choosing. For more information on this charity please visit http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/

Residential Land attend Amber Rocks in aid of the Amber Foundation

Residential Land were delighted to attend the event Amber Rocks at One Mayfair on Tuesday night in aid of the Amber Foundation. The evening was hosted by Formula One mogul Eddie Jordan and was attended by over 250 guests. Highlights included an exquisite selection of food and fine wines, a live auction, and music from Eddie’s band the Robbers. The Robbers were joined by an amazing line up of musicians headed by Van Morrison who wowed everyone with a performance of Brown Eyed Girl. On the night Residential Land successfully bid for a unique quartz and resin sculpture created by artist Guido Oakley in the live auction.

The Amber Foundation exists to help young, disadvantaged people change their lives. It offers youngsters, who are going nowhere, a fresh start, and a chance to sort their problems in a safe and supportive environment. The foundation aims to give these young people the skills and confidence they require for independent living. The majority of youngsters coming to the Amber Foundation are homeless, suffer from drug or alcohol abuse, lack self-esteem and have no qualifications. In Amber’s 18 year history over 1,555 disadvantaged young people have been able to make a new start in life.

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Proud to be hosts of the RESI Awards shortlist party

On the 24th April more than 100 property professionals gathered in the Residential Land courtyard at 59-60 Grosvenor Street for the RESI awards drinks reception which was attended by all the shortlisted nominees. It was a fantastic evening, with much to celebrate for the residential property market.

Below are the names of those who have made the RESI Award’s 2014 shortlist including Residential Land who have been nominated once again for ‘Landlord of the Year.’ Residential Land are headline sponsors of the event and are presenting the award for ‘Residential Consultancy Practice of the Year’ at the awards ceremony on the 14th May at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

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Landlord of the Year (Privately Owned) – sponsored by Kay & Co

• Residential Land
• Dorrington
• Grainger
• RBS Real Estate Asset Management
• Welcome Trust

Residential Consultancy Practice of the Year – Sponsored by Residential Land

• BNP Paribas Real Estate
• EC Harris
• Jones Lang LaSalle
• Knight Frank
• Savills
• Strutt & Parker

International Sales agency of the year – Sponsored by David Phillips

• CBRE
• Chesterton Humberts
• Jones Lang LaSalle
• Knight Frank
• Savills

UK Sales Agency of the Year – Sponsored by NAEA

• CBRE
• Countrywide Land & New Homes
• Chesterton Humberts
• Jones Lang LaSalle
• Knight Frank
• Savills

Letting Agency of the Year – Sponsored by ARLA

• Chesterton Humberts
• Countrywide Residential Lettings
• Knight Frank
• Savills
• Young London

Property Manager of the Year – Sponsored by SLC Solicitors

• Braemar Estates
• Gordon & Co
• PMS Leasehold Management
• Rendall & Rittner
• Savills
• Warwick Estates

Residential Investment Agency of the Year – Sponsored by Mainstay Group

• Assetz
• CBRE
• Jones Lang LaSalle
• Knight Frank
• Savills
• Select Property

Asset Manager of the Year – Sponsored by REFC

• The Church Commissioners
• Grainger
• M&G Investments
• Young Group

PRS Deal of the Year – Sponsored by Savills

• APG and Grainger
• Sigma & Gatehouse JV
• L&Q – acquisition of the safestore site in Whitechapel
• Essential Living’s Newington Butts
• Grosvenor’s Bermondsey

Deal of the Year – Sponsored by DBK Partners

• L&G and Patron Capital Acquisition of CALA
• Countrywide’s IPO
• Delancey and APG buy Elephant & Castle
• Sale of Canadian High Commission to LODHA
• Sale of Royal Wharf to Oxley
• M&G Investments acquisition of Halo in Stratford

Large Developer of the Year – Sponsored by CBRE

• Ballymore
• Barratt Homes
• Berkeley Group
• Kier Homes
• Linden Homes
• Redrow

Small Developer of the Year – Sponsored by LSL Land & New Homes

• London Square
• Mount Anvil
• Native Land
• Pocket Living
• Regal Homes
• St Modwen Homes

Development of the Year – Sponsored by Knight Frank

• The Heron
• One Church Square, Pimlico
• East Village
• Parkside Place
• Rathbone Market

Newcomer of the Year – Sponsored by Regal Homes

• Banda Property
• Get Living London
• Greystar
• LODHA
• M&G Investments

Landlord of the Year (Registered Social) – Sponsored by Deverell Smith

• A2Dominium Group
• Genesis
• Notting Hill
• Places for People
• Sanctuary

Residential Financier of the Year – Sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle

• Barclays
• Capital A
• Omni Capital
• Pluto Finance
• RBS
• Urban Exposure

Student Accommodation Operator of the Year – Sponsored by Roomservice by Cort

• CRM
• GVA
• iQ Property Partnership Fund
• Nido
• Unite