This year’s Christmas party was a black tie affair held at Fence Bar in Clerkenwell, to accomodate our growing numbers. A champagne reception, turkey dinner and secret santa set the festive mood, before the annual Currell staff awards were handed out by Anne and Chris Currell.

The awards are given to members of staff who have performed consistently or outstandingly throughout the year.

Our deserving winners this year include:

Simon Karajian – Employee of the Year

Jon Vidal – Employee of the Year Runner Up

Islington Office – Most Outstanding Office

Jon Vidal – Client Feedback Award

Ben Hobart – Highest Residential Sales

Tracey Cutts – Residential Management

James Neilson – Directors Award for Outstanding Performance

Anna Jencova – Administrator of the Year

Ritz Fitzgerald – Block Management

Terry Brown – Block Management

Lucy Currell – Highest New Homes Sales

Andy Lawson, Ben Hobart, Mark O’Kane, Guarav Sekhri, Tom Leatham & Sam Turley – Best Project Proposal

After the awards, the night continued with dancing into the small hours and ended almost certainly with a few sore heads the next morning.

Huge thanks go to Asima Hafesji and Diane Bridle for organising such a fabulous party for our ever growing company to enjoy.

Well done to all the winners and thank you to everyone at Currell for making 2013 another successful year.

Our recently launched Affordable Homes department has received its first instruction from Gallions Housing Association on Parkside View, a shared ownership development in the Royal Docks.

Parkside View is a riverside development that forms part of the wider regeneration of the Royal Docks area, Europe’s largest regeneration project with the potential for £22bn worth of investment.

Martin Fillery, Head of Currell Affordable Homes said: “I am very excited that our first instruction has come from a regeneration project of this scale that will totally transform this area of London.

“Gallions Housing Association understands the importance of providing high quality housing for local people and they work closely with the local community to ensure that they will benefit from projects in their area.

“With house prices continually increasing, it is vital that affordable housing is provided for workers in the city on lower incomes. Parkside View gives regular Londoners the chance to purchase a home that is well connected to central London and most importantly, affordable.”

The final phase of 1 bedroom apartments at Parkside View, E16 are launching 5th, 6th and 7th December. To register your interest please email: affordablehomes@currell.com or phone Martin Fillery on 0207 226 6611.

To learn more about Currell Affordable Homes please visit our website: http://www.currell.com/new-homes/currell-affordable-homes

Last night our new Affordable Homes department officially launched at the Charlotte Street Hotel in Soho, with 70 guests in attendance.

Mike Youkee, a board member of the Greater London Authority, was our key note speaker for the night. He delivered a fascinating speech on the challenges facing housing associations in London, with particular emphasis on affordable housing provision.

He also discussed the idea of a limit being put in place on the amount of London homes sold overseas to ease the housing shortage, as well as sharing his opinion about the Mayor’s delivery of affordable homes for the capital.

The night was a huge success and we would like to thank all of our guests and Mike Youkee for attending, as well as the Charlotte Street Hotel for providing delicious refreshments and a great venue.

Affordable Homes Launch

If you would like to find out more about Currell Affordable Homes please contact Martin Fillery on 0207 226 6611 or visit our website http://www.currell.com/new-homes/currell-affordable-homes

This weekend Elizabeth Hurry, Partner at Currell Management, has been selected to be a part of the Brit Chicks sky diving team to attempt a new British Record.

The 68 woman team will be attempting to perform a butterfly formation 13,000 feet up in the air, which is over two miles high!

Elizabeth is no novice when it comes to sky diving, having taken part in a previous stunt with the Brit Chicks in 2007, in which 68 women created a red cross in the sky to raise awareness for the British Red Cross.

Elizabeth is incredibly excited about the dive and says, “It is a great honour to have been selected for the Brit Chicks team and to help raise awareness of female skydivers in the UK”.

The attempt will be filmed from the air to validate that the formation is complete, before a new record can be confirmed.

We wish Elizabeth and all the Brit Chicks taking part the best of luck!

Skydiving

Our Hackney office has been refurbished and is back open. To celebrate, we are offering 1% (plus VAT) fees on new sales instructions received before 18 October.

Sales manager Bradley Suter is expecting a busy autumn. “It always gets hectic once the schools go back and I expect this year to be especially so,” he says.

“Hackney is such an exciting area at the moment. We’ve got some fantastic new developments for sale including the Textile building, the Colt, and Lime Wharf,” says Bradley.

On the sales side, Bradley will be supported by Ben Hobart and Tom Jones. Sinead Palmer heads up the lettings team of Gavin Kennedy and Jake McCreedy-Evans. Kelly Wright is the office secretary.

Please pop in and see the new office. You will find us at Quebec Wharf, 311-313 Kingsland Road opposite Tesco and just a minute’s walk from Haggertson Overground station.

For details of our 1% offer please contact Bradley Suter on 0207 241 4111 or email b.suter@currell.com.

On the 11th April, Currell hosted an evening on the 20th Century avant-garde Spanish artist Benjamin Palencia, at the Instituto Cervantes in Eaton Square.

The evening began with a delicious array of Spanish wine and tapas, generously provided and served by Brindisa, a specialist Spanish tapas restaurant and served in a beautiful room at the Instituto.

Chris Currell and Juan Blas Delgado, Head of Cultural Activities at the Instituto made introductory speeches welcoming the audience, before the two main speakers of the night took to the stage.

Ramόn Palencia, Palencia’s nephew, spoke passionately on his uncle’s life and work, while Dr Jacqueline Rattray of Goldsmiths College, gave an interesting insight into Palencia’s poetic experiments.

We were privileged to have some of Palencia’s work on display for everyone to view which really brought Palencia and his work to life, making the evening extra special.

Our thanks go out to the staff at Brindisa and the Instituto Cervantes for helping make the evening such a success.

Lucienne O’Mara is a London-based painter working mostly in portraiture, who graduated from City & Guilds in 2011. She creates large-scale watercolours, using a variety of washing and re-working techniques to “stain” her canvases with layered images, building on them until an abstracted, vaguely humanoid depiction appears.

Lucie graduated with a BA in Fine Art and has had work displayed in various shows across London. She was awarded ‘The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers’ award in 2011 and has been selected to take part in the Turps Banana Studio Programme this year.

 We are incredibly pleased to be displaying some of Lucie’s amazing, larger than life watercolours in our new office and anyone is welcome to visit our Battersea Office on Lavender Hill SW11 and take a look at her work.

Lucie O'Mara

Currell Football Club managed to secure their first win of the season last night in a brilliant 6-3 win against City Asset Management.

Goals came from five members of the team but it was Micahel Paul who won himself the Man of the Match accolade, helping to cement Currell’s victory.

With nine matches still to play, lets hope the winning bug catches on…

We’ve just returned from our 7th annual Currell Group ski trip and for the second consecutive year we visited Meribel in France. Its a beautiful resort with a huge mix of slopes, catering for all abilities. In fact Meribel is part of the ‘Trois Vallees’, the largest ski area in Europe.

We were blessed with exceptional weather this year, with just a little cloud on the first day. Skiing conditions were also excellent; Europe has experienced the unusual phenomenon of too much snow this year!

Meribel

Aprés ski is a large part of any skiing holiday, and its no different for a Currell one. In fact our aprés usually starts during the day, rather than after!

The Currell Team1

We’re already planning our 2013 trip and hope that Meribel will welcome us back again…. but we doubt it very much.

Emma