Chris Currell was a guest speaker at the National Insolvency Conference held at 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie building) in the City on 4th October 2017.  The event was hosted by DWF in their London office with delegates attending from all over the country.

The event brought together speakers including Phillip Shaw, Chief Economist at Investec, who gave his medium and long-term view on the economy.  Heather Morris, DWP Business Restructuring, who spoke about the ‘vulnerable bankrupt’.

Katharine Lawrenson, Head of Creditor Services, discussed the most FAQ’s regarding tenants & landlords and the day was brought to a close by Gavin Jones, Head of Restructuring at DWP. Find out more about DWP and the work they do here.

Chris Currell talked about the property market over the last 20 years and how London and the South-East have raced ahead from the rest of the UK.  It was accompanied by two insolvency case studies that Currell Chartered Surveyors have dealt with, providing an insight into the type of work and cases that Currell have been involved in.

If you need further information on our insolvency services please email insolvency&professional@currell.com

Last night saw the first of two private views of some of the Currell Collection’s photographic works. The Currell Collection is the personal art collection of Currell’s founders, Anne and Chris Currell.

The doors of our Islington office on Upper Street opened last night for a showcase of some excellent photography. Jack Latham, who had works on display from both of his photobooks, Sugar Paper Theories and A Pink Flamingo, gave a truly gripping talk about the inspiration behind his latest collection.

Jack Latham’s Sugar Paper Theories won the Bar Tur Photobook Award in 2016 and was co-published by The Photographers’ Gallery and Here Press. It is a mixture of original photographs and archival photography/other documentary materials that explores the fundamental nature of photography. It questions photography’s defining principles of truth and objectivity in light of the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur case, one of Iceland’s most prolific and controversial murder cases. Find out more about the collection (and the case) here.

David Gwinnutt, senior valuer for Currell Residential, also had some work on display – three portraits from his 1980s archives. David is renowned for documenting the rising stars of London’s queer scene in the 80s, and was voted 16th on the Independent’s Pink List of the top 100 most influential gay people in Britain today after he created the Pink Jack – a symbol of modern Britain and gay pride.

Brett Rogers OBE, the Director of The Photographers’ Gallery since 2005, also gave a talk about the institution. The Photographers’ Gallery is widely recognised as being instrumental in establishing photography as a leading art form in the UK.

To see more work in the Currell Collection, take a look at the website here, or pop into our Islington office to see the photographic works.

On Wednesday evening, Currell attended a dinner debate to celebrate the opening of the newest phase of the Royal Docks development – Royal Albert Wharf.

The event was co-hosted by the developer Notting Hill Housing and Bow Arts who are co-ordinating the commercial space as part of the London Festival of Architecture. It brought together many people who have worked for decades on the development of the Royal Docks, and many thought provoking questions were discussed, such as:

  • How can we best take advantage of development at the eastern most point of the docks?
  • What will be the distinctive contribution of this place to the unfolding story of the Royals?
  • How should we engage with the history of the Royal Docks in creating this contribution to 21st century London?
  • Does development now express long-held ambitions or do memories fade as development now takes shape in surprising ways?

Currell are marketing commercial units within Phase 1 of the Royal Albert Wharf development, ranging from £19,000 – £60,000 per annum, with the following proposed uses; café, supermarket, office/retail (x2), and restaurant. Phase 2 will be starting on site imminently.

For more information, call our commercial team on 020 7354 5050, email b.hedge@currell.com / j.morell@currell.com or visit our website.

Last Saturday was a busy and rewarding day for Currell’s shared ownership team at the London Home Show. Hundreds of new leads were generated and our team gave invaluable advice and assistance to prospective purchasers.

4,400 aspiring London homeowners passed through the doors of the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster.  The London Home Show is organised by Share to Buy, which is the Mayor of London’s route to affordable home ownership within the capital.

The Currell team was joined by Eric Cheatle, a financial advisor for TMP, The Mortgage People who helped advise on eligibility and affordability.

The Big House Gala fundraiser held on the evening of March 6th at Wringer and Mangle in Dalston, was a great success, surpassing all expectations. The event raised well over £40,000 which will help the charity to support care leavers who are at risk of social exclusion, to manage the transition to living independently.

Photograph by Dylan Nolte

Photograph by Dylan Nolte

Currell was the main sponsor of this event, alongside Enfield Construction, Four Communications, Joelson Law and Wringer and Mangle.

Maggie Norris, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, gave an inspirational talk on the work of the charity, which offers its members a programme of  life skill and employment skills sessions plus drama workshops  that culminate in  an original theatre show and four weeks of performances. It also provides access to opportunities, holistic support and long term mentoring.

This was followed by impressive testimonials from several young people who are currently benefitting from the charity  and from others who have participated in the programme and stayed on as mentors and as part of the growing community that The Big House fosters.

Guest speakers included Sir Lenny Henry and Game of Thrones actor and Patron of the charity Ed Skrein, (photographed below with Chris Currell CEO). Ed spoke about his involvement with the charity as a mentor and the invaluable work carried out by the Big House.

Photograph by Dylan Nolte

If you want to find out more about the work of the Big House visit http://thebighouse.uk.com/

Downsizer scheme, Quadra

Quadra, is a new Hackney development designed solely for the downsizer market over the age of 55

Currell are delighted to announce that we have been appointed as sole agent to sell Quadra – a unique, age-exclusive downsizer development in Hackney. The project is a joint venture between Hanover Housing Association and award-winning housebuilder Hill.

Comprising a collection of 29 spacious one and two bedroom apartments overlooking London Fields, Quadra is designed for over 55s who want to enjoy all that this vibrant and sought after pocket of east London has to offer. Carefully arranged around a landscaped courtyard, the architecturally striking development comprises two blocks, designed so that most lounge and dining areas have a view of the park.

Benjamin Hobart, Associate Director of New Homes, comments: “This is a highly unique project that Currell had been following closely for a number of years – and we are looking forward to the launch. This is a prime example of a meticulously planned development, which will give purchasers the opportunity to have one of east London’s most iconic open spaces on their doorstep and in many cases, visible from their own living rooms.”

Claire Anderson, Deputy Director of Development at Hanover, adds: “Quadra is the latest offering in our Downsizer Homes portfolio, creating a truly appealing, age exclusive development. We are delighted to be working with Currell as they have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the Hackney area that will bring the creativity and experience needed to market this exclusive new development.”

Sales will officially launch in Q2, with prices to be confirmed.

Visit www.currell.com/new-homes for more information.

Currell has acquired a 5,000 sq ft commercial space on Wallis Road, E9 in the heart of Hackney Wick – increasing the reach of Currell in east London, where we predict significant activity and regeneration over the coming years. This follows the recent appointment of Matt Cobb as Director of New Homes, who will be spearheading Currell’s growth plans.

Part of 61-63 Wallis Road will become a new office for Currell, due to open in Q4 2016 and providing sales, lettings, new homes, commercial agency and property management. Currell Commercial is currently seeking tenants for the remaining space, which offers two retail units and one A3 (subject to planning) café/restaurant unit on the ground floor of this new build development, which has residential units above.

61-63 Wallis Road (other angle) 61-63 Wallis Road

Wallis Road sits opposite Hackney Wick Overground Station, at the centre of the LLDC’s (London Legacy Development Corporation) designated mixed-use development zone, which will be transformed into Hackney Wick Central, a new neighbourhood hub and central business district (CBD). It is predicted that by 2025, Hackney Wick and neighbouring Fish Island will house between 4500-5000 new homes, along with new commercial spaces and affordable art studios, boosted by infrastructure improvements to Hackney Wick Station and nearby Stratford, including Crossrail.

As well as being the first established agent to take an office in the area, we were involved with one of the first new developments on Fish Island. Biggs Square (also known as Vantage Square) on Felstead Street was sold by Currell in 2008 for housing provider Family Mosaic, with 24 private sales at a blended pound per square foot figure of £341. Currell also sold the commercial space at ground level.

Anne Currell, Group CEO, said: “This marks a significant point in our east London expansion plans and we are delighted to have secured such a prominent space at the centre of what will become a thriving new neighbourhood. Hackney Wick and Fish Island are areas of great opportunity, with the potential for carefully managed development that will provide not only much needed new homes but opportunities for leisure and employment. The nearby Here East digital quarter, when fully operational in 2018, will bring over 7,500 workers and £340m to the local community.”

To find out more about Hackney Wick and Fish Island visit our Discover East Resource Centre at 311-313 Kingsland Road, E8 or phone to book an appointment on 0203 826 4888.

MIPIM

MIPIM is the largest property EXPO in Europe with some 23,000 delegates attending. Held in sunny Cannes in the south of France, the event is a fantastic opportunity for networking that is not available in the winter here in the UK.

MIPIM 2016 was this year attended by Chris Currell (Group Chairman), Simon Davidson (Commercial CEO), Adrian Plant (Director Head of New Homes) and Iain Currie (Head of Land).

This year it was widely expected that there would be a note of caution in the discussions, with Brexit looming, the European migration crisis and an economic slowdown in many areas of the globe.

However, we found the tempo much more upbeat on a number of levels. Most significant was the strong message on how the public and private sectors can work more closely, with the joint aim of alleviating the housing shortage.

There appears to be unlimited amounts of equity and debt finance looking to back residential development aimed at the domestic market but there are insufficient opportunities to utilise all the funds available.

Local authorities are widely seen as the key stakeholders in bringing forward new sites on both small and large scales, on which the private sector can partner to provide much needed new housing across all tenure types.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in east London. The boroughs that everyone seemed to want to discuss were Barking & Dagenham, Haringey and Waltham Forest. All offer the scale, underlying price points and most importantly, desire from the councils to bring forward new place-making opportunities on a level not seen for many years.

We continue to work closely with a number of local authorities, housing associations and the private sector, forging partnerships and providing agency and professional services from our niche teams.

To get in touch with a member of our team click here

MIPIM 2016 – What did we learn? 

The Currell Collection, a privately owned collection of modern art has launched a new, revamped version of currellcollection.com.

CC homepage

The Currell Collection website showcases work from artists including Grayson Perry (above)

The artworks in Currell Collection are selected to create a complex dialogue exploring themes of identity politics, including gender, race, ethnicity and culture. The collection embodies British and International talent with a particular focus on Latin American artists.

The constantly expanding collection has resulted in over 100 pieces of contemporary and 20th Century art across the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and tapestry.

Visit currellcollection.com to find out more about the collection.

At the Christmas party the 2015 Currell Staff Awards were announced, celebrating the individual and team achievements of staff across the company. As well as the usual awards for top negotiators and Employee of the Year, 2015 saw the introduction of the Rising Star Award, an award programme based on recognising talent and promoting excellence within the company.

Currell 2015 Awards

Daniel Pisa – Employee of the Year (Voted for by Currell Staff)

David Gwinnutt – Top Sales Negotiator

Donato Lacovara – Top Lettings Negotiator

Tracey Gregory – Top Sales Negotiator (on units sold)

Sandy Sitlani – Top Lettings Negotiator (on units let)

Sabrina English – Good Client Feedback

Bradley Suter – Anne Currell & Chris Currell Discretionary Award

Freddie Daniels – Rising Star Award

Beverley Hedge – Top Fee Earner, Commercial

Paolo Puccinelli – Runner-up Top Fee Earner, Commercial

Victoria Park – Outstanding Sales Team

Islington – Outstanding Lettings Team

Marketing – Outstanding Support Team

The first ever Rising Star award had eight participants.To be eligible to take part, an employee must hold a junior position and have been with Currell no more than a year. The process involves a variety of team building exercises, presenting an assigned project to the Directors and an in-depth interview. The winner, who receives a £500 prize and the opportunity for fast progression, was chosen by Anne Currell, Chris Currell and Chris Beckwith.

Well done to all our staff for their amazing efforts throughout 2015, and especially to all our fantastic award winners. We hope you all had a great night and wish you a very happy New Year!

Currell Christmas Party 2015!