Phase two of The M Collection at Langley Park in Maidstone, Kent, is now all sold. Reflecting back on the sale of this development has been positive, with some really good stats emerging.

Located on the outskirts of Maidstone, this former farmland site was acquired by Taylor Wimpey to provide 600 new homes, a school, local centre and nature reserve to Maidstone Borough.

Work on site commenced in February 2017 and concluded in June 2018 with the final sales completion taking place in July 2018.

Phase Two of the development comprised 20 properties in total; thirteen houses, six apartments and one coach house were available for purchase through shared ownership. All properties came with a minimum of one allocated parking space, and all houses benefitted from a private rear garden.

Currell were instrumental in selecting the specification for the shared ownership homes to ensure that it was on-trend and in-line with local buyer’s expectations.

Priority for the shared ownership homes was given to those currently living or working within the borough of Maidstone.

Key statistics

  • Target initial first tranche sales required: 35%
  • Actual initial first tranche sales achieved by Currell: 43%
  • All 20 units exchanged 3.15 weeks before property handover
  • Final unit of 20 completed 4.23 weeks after handover
  • Average age: 35

All buyers demonstrated a local connection to Maidstone, with some either living or working in the borough, or in many cases both.

“We are very pleased with our success at Langley Park,” says Crissi Russo, Head of Sales and Marketing Shared Ownership, “the amount of interest we received shows there is a huge demand for shared ownership properties in the Maidstone area. The third phase of Langley Park will be launched towards the end of the year, and we look forward to another highly successful scheme.”

This morning, Currell had the pleasure of attending Bisnow’s Future of East London event, hosted at the new Goodluck Hope development in the heart of the Docklands.

In true east London fashion, the event was held in a warehouse, with guests walking through a mini rainforest to get to the sales and marketing suite. The event was very fascinating, despite the cold weather!

Model of City Island (far end) and Goodluck Hope (closest), sister developments by Ballymore

The event consisted of a breakfast networking session, followed by two panel discussions.

The first was about east London as a true melting pot of culture, education and business – and what this means for developers. Some interesting points were raised by all panelists, who agreed that east London is one of the fastest changing and most diverse areas of London. With this in mind, investment in education and creative industries are key, with a particular focus on prioritising opportunities for local residents, especially young people.

The first discussion panel

Tim Reeve, COO of the Victoria and Albert Museum, discussed the new V&A East which is set to open in the Olympic Park in 2023. With east London being home to some of the poorest boroughs in the country, he discussed how to reconnect with their audience, especially with young people through the education syllabus. V&A East will differ hugely to the original V&A in South Kensington – with a completely different tone, presenting art in a way that is useful and accessible to young local people that want to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Another interesting point was raised about tourism, and the influx of people coming to stay in the east as opposed to central London. Elli Jafari, Managing Director of The Curtain hotel in Shoreditch, said that she’s seen tremendous amounts of interest from all sectors of tourism – not just young people coming to London for leisure. Professionals travelling for business who are used to staying at five star hotels in the City are now now willing to venture to the outer edges, and say they loved staying in Shoreditch.

Walking through the City Island development

The second panel talk focused on work spaces in east London. Although east London offices have traditionally been synonymous with trendy startups, creatives, and tech companies, this is beginning to change. Georgina Philippou, COO of the Financial Conduct Authority, discussed her company’s move to their brand new office space in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. East London seems to be the most favourable place to build new places to work, as there’s much more land to build on, instead of trying to cram workers into pre-existing spaces.

The topic of wellness among working people was also discussed. Jacob Loftus, Founder & CEO at General Projects, talked about the emphasis developers are now placing on wellbeing for staff. Beyond the standard measures such as healthy food and fitness facilities, the focus is now shifting to accommodate mental health as well as physical. Outdoor spaces, relaxation/meditation areas, and a general attention to natural environments and comforts are coming to the forefront, as people are encouraged to take breaks from their screens and focus their minds elsewhere.

All in all, the event was a great insight into the different industries that are shaping east London’s revival, and we look forward to what’s to come in the future.

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.

Last weekend the Currell football team took part in the Centrepoint 5-a-side football tournament, which aimed to raise awareness and money to help give young homeless people a brighter future. Amongst the corporate teams fighting it out were teams made up of young people who Centrepoint help through their work in London.

An all-round great day and well done to the Currell boys who helped raise money for a very worthy cause.

Match report by Sam Turley:

After a few late dealings in the transfer window it was a new look Currell football team taking part in the 2014 Centrepoint 5-a-side competition. The boys were noticeably nervous going into the competition but performed really well throughout.

The line-up included:

Currell Trophy Team Photo #4

Jon ‘Terry’ Vidal, Benn ‘Zizou’ Clements, Michael ‘The glass wall’ Paul, Garrie ‘Dracula’ Mayers (scared of crosses), Charlie ‘Crouch’ Benyon, Jason ‘Mr Emotional’ Garton, Abidoun ‘Magic’ Bailey

In the tense group stages the Currell lads remained unbeaten, winning four and drawing one. A high point for the team was stuffing Hurford Salvi Carr by 8-0, in what was considered the thrashing of the tournament.

A very tense quarter final resulted in a slim victory for Currell. The lads triumphed over PBC London who put up a great fight but fell to a mighty strike from Benn Clements.

Carrying this momentum into the Semi Final the team were in a rambunctious mood as they put 9 goals past group rivals, AOL Athletic. The latticks simply ran out of gas and were punished by Currell’s finishing prowess.

The Final was a tight affair with the game ending in a 2-2 draw after extra time, the dreaded penalty shootout. The Currell boys admitted they did practice these pre-competition but this late on in the contest it really can go either way. Unfortunately, Latham Watkins came out on top as Jon ‘Terry’ Vidal put his penalty wide and the rest as they say is history.

Worthy finalists but in the infamous words of Tiger Woods “second place is just first loser”. Better luck next year!

If you happen to be walking past our office at 321 Upper Street this August make sure you check out the fantastic art project ‘People’s Museum’ in our window, courtesy of the talented artists of Highbury Grove School.

People's Museum

People’s Museum

The project was initially managed by a Year Eight specialist school of students. Towards the end of term they were collecting objects and photographing their environment to show alternative viewpoints, to document their day to day lives and their immediate surroundings. This visual research will form the basis of two exhibits by the group; US and HERE.

People's Museum brightening up the window at 321 Upper Street

People’s Museum brightening up the window at 321 Upper Street

The composite image in our window, inspired by Peter Blake, represents the variety of information gathered and the techniques used. Thank you to all the pupils who took part in producing this amazing display for us, make sure you pop down and pay us a visit!

by Guest Blogger Tim Folland

Chloe & Tim gettign stuck in on Dalston Bridge Day

Chloe & Tim getting stuck in on Dalston Bridge Day

On the 23rd of July I attended the Dalston Bridge Charity event, alongside other Currell Staff, bar managers from Dalston superstore and other Dalston Bridge advocates.  The aim of the day was to give our fundraisers an indication of where their fundraising efforts go and hopefully inspire them to become fundraising ambassadors within their Dalston based businesses.

Our first visit was to the Bootstrap Campus. Bootstrap rent out their spaces to creative industries and use this money to fund placements for local unemployed kids. The placements aim to confidence build, whilst improving the students’ technical knowledge to pursue events training or other roles within the creative industry.

Circle Sports

Circle Sports

The next stop was Circle Sports, a new sports shop selling both big brands and local designers. Circle Sports use its profits to pay for placements for unemployed and uneducated individuals, who often lack confidence. At the end of the placement, Circle Sports help with interview practice and get involved with the job hunting process.

Finally we headed to Hackney Pirates. The Hackney Pirates is an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people in Hackney, so that they can achieve both in school and in the world beyond. The work they do there is great and their premises on Kingsland Road is incredibly special.

Kelly, Chloe, Brad and Tim at the Hackney Pirates in Kingsland Road

Kelly, Chloe, Brad and Tim at the Hackney Pirates on Kingsland Road

The Dalston Bridge charity prides itself on tapping into the creativity of the area and its thriving social scene. This is well reflected in the local ethos of the Dalston community; residents seem proud to support each other.

Chloe, from our Hackney office said:

“Dalston Bridge is a way of bringing people together from all walks of life to form a better community. The day was very insightful and made me certainly think twice about the input I make to this community. It was very inspiring and has left me wanting to help in any way that I can.”

The aim of Dalston Bridge isn’t to implement a blanket approach to giving. The charities would rather help less people but make a huge difference, rather than just putting bums on seats.