Jake McCreedy Evans from our Hackney office is undertaking a monumental bike ride from Lands’ end to John O’Groats, starting on the 28th of August,   to raise money for the cancer care charity Marie Curie.

The 1000 mile ride will take about ten days, across some of Britain’s toughest terrain, in which Jake will be averaging a gruelling 100 miles a day.

He will certainly have his work cut out!

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Last night was the official launch of the Dalston Bridge fundraising charity.

Dalston Bridge is a pioneering charity that targets local social projects on people’s doorsteps in Dalston.

The emphasis on the locality of aid is Dalston Bridge’s biggest selling point, people in Dalston helping people in Dalston.

‘Donating the Dalston way’ is how the charity encompasses a new approach to other charitable organisations by working directly with local businesses, residents and visitors to make donating easy in the Dalston area.

Local donations can be contributed in many ways ranging from buying a ‘Dalston Thing’ cocktail or selling your property through Currell Residential. These dynamic ways of contributing make it extremely simple for people donate.

The first fundraising target for the charity is £30,000 which will be distributed between five newly launched charities.

All of the fundraising undertaken will aim to tackle three important social issues prevalent in Dalston itself; young people’s education and employment, homelessness and recovery from mental distress. These will be divided amongst five launch charities.

The five local projects are:

  1. Hackney Pirates – Working with young people to build their literacy and real world skills in an unconventional learning environment.
  2. Bootstrap Campus – Masterclasses and structures work placements for unemployed young people.
  3. Circle Sports – Unemployed 18-24 year olds receive 10 weeks of work experience and training in a cool sports shop.
  4. Hackney Winter Night Shelter – A warm welcome, hot meal, bed and breakfast and support to Hackney’s homeless.
  5. Studio Upstairs – Supporting those with mental health issues through art therapy.

For more information please see the official site below:

http://www.dalstonbridge.org/

 

The north London area of Holloway has proved incredibly popular in recent years and this trend looks set to continue, with hit Channel 4 property show Location, Location, Location recently featuring the area.

The show’s host Phil Spencer commented on the excellent transport links that Holloway has to offer its residents, as well as benefitting from excellent café’s, restaurants and a yoga studio.

Buyers on the programme were shown an apartment in Buckler Court, a purpose built block with a concierge service, where we are also currently marketing an apartment.

The apartment for sale has two bedrooms and also comes with a secure parking space.

Due no doubt to the show’s popularity, we have already had a huge amount of interest in the apartment since it came to the market in the last week.

If you would like to find out more about Buckler Court or property in Holloway, please contact our Islington office on 0207 226 4200 or email islington@currell.com

To find out more details about the apartment click herehttp://www.currell.com/london-property/islington/buckler-court-n7/ISL140087

Help us raise money by kissing under a Currell umbrella this Valentine’s Day. For every picture tweeted to us, we will donate £2 to a local charity up to the value of £500.

Our aim is to promote a bit of love and happiness in this dreadful weather!

If you wish to participate firstly get yourself a Currell umbrella, find someone to kiss and tweet us a picture @currellproperty . It is as simple as that.

The umbrellas are located in our all of our branches Islington, Hackney, Victoria Park, Clerkenwell and Battersea, so please pop in and take one.

Thank you for your support and happy kissing!

Follow the below links for our twitter page contact details and addresses.

https://twitter.com/CurrellProperty

http://www.currell.com/contact

Currell Affordable Homes are pleased to announce that more shared ownership units will shortly be coming to the market.

All units will be available at a 25% share and prices will be confirmed in due course.

If you would like to register your interest on any of these units please contact us on 020 7226 6611 or email affordablehomes@currell.com

Crayford – Town Hall Square

The Town Hall Square development in Crayford, benefits from being close to Crayford Rail Station where journey times to London Bridge are around 30 minutes. The unit available will be a one bedroom apartment in this attractive and modern building.

Woolwich Road – St Joseph’s Court

St Joseph’s Court is located on the Woolwich Road, in a converted former school. . Transport links allow swift access to Bexley Heath and Abbey Wood. On offer will be a one bedroom apartment with a parking space.

Poplar – Phoenix Place

Another shared ownership opportunity scheduled to become available is in Poplar Place. The one bedroom apartment is located in the landmark Rotunda building. Thamesmead Town is close by and supplies the area with a good selection of shops. Trains to central London are available from Woolwich Arsenal, Woolwich Dockyard and Abbey Wood stations.

 

 

 

During excavations for Crossrail, the new rail service across London set to open in 2018, archaeologists are discovering amazing secrets of London’s past.

The project is one of the most extensive archaeological investigations ever undertaken in the UK and is a unique opportunity to reveal what lurks beneath London’s streets.

The discovery of a rare piece of Amber estimated to be 55 million years old is one of many exceptional discoveries that have already been uncovered under the streets of London.

The Liverpool Street site of the new Crossrail station is particularly interesting. The new ticket hall will sit directly above a burial ground for London’s most infamous psychiatric hospital, ‘Bedlam’.  Specialist archaeologists have identified around 300 burials.

Other Exciting discoveries include pottery fragments, clay pipes, animal bone artefacts, knife handles and some unidentified implements.

The Crossrail archaeology team aren’t keeping these wonderful finds to themselves. All significant artefacts will be given to both the Museum of London and the National History Museum.

In conjunction with this school visits and hands on educational activities have been integrated on site at Stepney Green dig.

For details on both of these events please see the web links below:

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/

http://www.crossrail.co.uk/sustainability/archaeology/archaeological-dig-opened-up-in-stepney-green

Crossrail in numbers:

118 kilometres of railway stretching from Maidenhead to Abbey Wood.

30 construction sites

Eight new stations being built

28 existing stations are being upgraded

42km of tunnels are being developed

40 worksites of archaeological investigation

‘Bubble like’ property conditions are emerging in the capital, according to Economic forecaster Andrew Goodwin.

Average house prices in London are currently £441,000 and are forecasted to increase to an average of £600,000 by 2018.

Goodwin, senior economic advisor to the EY ITEM club (Ernst & Young forecasting group) explained London “is suffering from a combination of strong demand and a lack of supply”. This has encouraged discussions over relaxing the planning system, to allow flexibility for house builders to increase the quantity of homes for sale.

Separate research from Estates Gazette says that the housing supply has been under-supplied for decades due to the UK’s planning system. Combined with the government Help to buy scheme, which is fuelling the amount of buyers but not increasing supply, the imbalance in supply and demand in the city is greater than ever.

However, while this news adds to concern that the London market is becoming increasingly inaccessible for buyers, we look at what the £600,000 average will buy you in current market conditions.

Lilian Baylis 2 bed 2 bath – £610,000


In the South East of London you can invest (off-plan) in the unique Lilian Baylis development.

This site will become a community of 149 homes. The school conversion units are completing at the end of this year.

http://www.currell.com/london-development/battersea/lilian-baylis-old-school-se11/ISL130764

 

Orsman Road – 2 bed 2 bath – £595,000


North of the river a newly built two bedroom apartment comes in at just under the £600,000 mark.

This site Regent Nine is close to the Regents Canal and Upper Street.

http://www.currell.com/london-property/islington/orsman-road-n1/ISL132009

 

Lime Wharf 2 bed 2 bath – £595,000

 

You can even look to invest wisely in new developments for £600,000, even in the N1 postcode.

Lime Wharf is a contemporary development on the side of the Regents Canal close Islington.

http://www.currell.com/london-development/islington/lime-wharf-n1/ISL122117

Great news for affordable housing in the UK as the government announce plans to build 165,000 affordable homes over the next three years.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said that the plans would create 165,000 construction jobs and boost UK businesses that supply the construction sector.

If the target of 165,000 homes is achieved it will be the fastest rate of affordable homes building for 20 years.

Housing associations, councils and house builders will be invited to bid for part of the £23 billion investment programme between 2015 and 2018.  Housing Associations which apply will have to focus on building new homes that are in short supply in their local area, to help with localised housing shortage problems.

This new scheme will build on the success of the current affordable housing programme which is set to deliver 170,000 homes by 2015. If both schemes go to plan, then by 2018 the UK should benefit from a total of 335,000 new affordable homes.

If you have any queries about affordable housing please visit our website to find out more information or contact Martin Fillery, Head of Affordable homes on 0207 226 6611

www.currell.com/new-homes/currell-affordable-homes

The 22nd Annual Quiz Evening for the NSPCC Islington Branch, hosted by Clive Anderson, will take place on the 15th March 2014.

The event will be held at the Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD on the 15th from 7pm until 11pm.

We welcome your support for this wonderful cause.

If you wish to attend ticket prices are £50 per person, to include a drinks reception followed by a two course meal.

It is always an enjoyable evening and a great opportunity for networking in the Islington area, which all goes towards helping an extremely worthy charity.

To book a place, please phone Alison Samuel on 020 7226 7738 or email

alison@samuel-family.co.uk