Roundup – new scheme in Hounslow, co-living/Mayor tie-up and rare Yorks homes

31 March 2021 | Investment

Henry Hardy, director of Harbright, said: “Our track record in prime developments is reflected in the approach we have taken at Whitelocke House, creating super smart apartments with excellent specification for discerning buyers, which offer real value to people looking to buy a home in London.” 

He added: “Hounslow is a great location for people who may need to divide their time between an office and working from home in a thriving local environment, or those who need to be able to reach the centre of London each working day. The town is benefiting from substantial investment to enhance its future as a flourishing destination in West London.”  

Behind a ‘smart red brick façade’, there is a range of studios, one-bedroom homes and one-bedroom plus study apartments for working from home. The developer says these are ‘spacious and beautifully designed, with open-plan living areas’. There is underfloor heating throughout the apartments, and the latest tech cabling, while the kitchens and bathrooms both have bespoke designs.

For those seeking green space, an increasing need since the start of the pandemic, Whitelocke House has a landscaped front courtyard garden created by international designers Meeuwsen Muldoon. The main entrance leads to a main reception lobby with a lift, lockable letterboxes and a secure cycle store, while there is an audio-video entrance system linking to all apartments. 

One of the development’s biggest selling points, according to Harbright, is its excellent transport links to central London. Residents will be two minutes’ walk from Hounslow Central underground station, with a 35-minute journey to Hyde Park Corner and 22 minutes to Hammersmith. Heathrow Airport is 11 minutes on the Piccadilly line. 

Hounslow National Rail station, meanwhile, is an 11-minute walk, with trains to Richmond taking 15 minutes and Waterloo only 32 minutes away.

The major employment hub of the Golden Mile – a stretch of the Great West Road home to businesses such as Sky Television’s office and studio campus – is a seven-minute drive away, while London Heathrow is a major local employer with 76,000 people working across the airport.

For students looking for a London base, there are fast Tube and train links to London’s best universities, including Imperial College, King’s College, LSE and UCL. 

The developer describes Hounslow town centre as a vibrant destination, with a good mix of shops, restaurants, cafes, gyms and supermarkets. A £210 million transformation of the town centre will complete this year, adding an ‘exciting new offering’ of retail and restaurants, plus a Cineworld multiplex cinema. 

For those looking to enjoy walking, running and cycling in the great outdoors, Harbright points to the 40-acre Lampton Park – only eight minutes away – which has tennis courts and formal gardens. There is also Hounslow Heath – 200 acres of designated nature reserve, with a network of paths for exploring – and close by the historic gardens of Kew Gardens, Syon House and Osterley Park.

Prices at the development start from £260,000 for studios, with one-bedroom apartments beginning from £275,000. One-bedroom apartments with separate study start from £335,000. The anticipated gross rental yields are ‘in excess of 5%’.

Co-living firm joins Mayor’s business programme

Gravity Co, the co-living company focused on community, flexibility and personal growth, has announced its selection as one of London’s fastest-growing urban start-ups for the prestigious Mayor of London’s International Business Programme.

Now backed by London & Partners, the London-based co-living brand will utilise business communities ‘for accelerated expansion and international growth’. Gravity will join notable alumni, including companies such as Monzo, Revolut, Elvie and Bloom & Wild. 

A 12-month programme individually tailored to help fast-growing start-ups expand internationally, the scheme will enable Gravity to access ‘world-class mentorship for growth’, as well as exclusive access to top corporate partnerships. It will also be able to join high-profile targeted trade missions led by a team of international business experts, specialising in development into global markets. 

Gravity says its current customer base is already global, with professional relocators turning to the Gravity co-living model for its ‘effortless professional community living’.

The scheme, now in its fifth year after being launched by London & Partners in 2016, has supported some of the fastest-growing tech companies from London which are now recognised brands in their fields.

Gravity says the programme aligns with its own mission to support the growth of professionals and entrepreneurs living in cities worldwide.

The company says moving to another city can be daunting for many relocators logistically, professionally and personally. To help the transition, Gravity streamlines the move and accelerates members’ ability to form personal and professional networks in new cities.

It says the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme will aid its growth and ability to ‘make relocation easier and impactful for top talent globally’. 

Gravity claims to open doors for members to grow through ‘wellness, networking, start-up partnerships and mentorship’, currently saving founders £130,000 in tech infrastructure, cloud, AI and payment processing costs from IBM and Stripe.

It says it also works closely within the tech ecosystem and accelerators to make London a more attractive ‘tech talent place’, with Gravity’s involvement with the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme set to open more doors to work with top corporates to impact members’ lives and economic growth. 

Riccardo Tessaro, co-founder and chief executive of Gravity, commented: “After a year of the rapid growth of new properties, members and investment during the pandemic, we are gearing up to accelerate faster than ever before. We are thrilled to be selected by London & Partners and work together to grow our impact overseas. The announcement marks a pivotal moment for Gravity and the support of the co-living model.”

Dhaval Gore, head of the Mayor’s International Business Programme at London & Partners, said: “I am delighted to welcome Gravity Co-Living to the Mayor’s International Business Programme (MIBP). To date, the MIBP has helped more than 900 high-growth London companies win business in international markets, creating more than 1,700 jobs for the global economy. We are extremely proud to be shining a light on what London’s fastest-growing businesses have to offer overseas.”   

We previously covered the fast growth of Gravity despite the pandemic in this piece at the start of the year.

Rare homes in Yorkshire Dales National Park now ready to view

In other property news, the final phase of development of new executive homes at Church View in the Nidderdale village of Dacre Banks, in North Yorkshire, has now completed, with the last six homes available to view by appointment.

Two further sales at Church View, a cluster development of only 22 homes in a ‘highly desirable and picturesque location’, were recently completed by joint venture developers Gregory Property Group and Ridgefield Property.

Roundup – new scheme in Hounslow, co-living/Mayor tie-up and rare Yorks homes

The partnership, which specialises in building bespoke homes in select locations, has reported an upped interest in the scheme following the impact of the pandemic, with a desire for more flexible layouts including outdoor space commodity and direct countryside access.

Church View is one of very few new developments in the Yorkshire Dales National Park District with close proximity to the River Nidd, and sits in a region formally recognised as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. 

With 16 homes now sold and mainly occupied, just two four-bedroom semi-detached and four, four-bedroom townhouse properties remain for sale with prices starting from £374,950. A new show home will be available to view from May.

Roundup – new scheme in Hounslow, co-living/Mayor tie-up and rare Yorks homes

“We are delighted to be able to showcase the last six homes for sale at Church View. Since the homes are discreetly designed from the roadside, it is only possible to appreciate the sheer size and specification on multi floor levels by internal viewing,” John McGhee at Gregory Property Group said.

“The design of all townhouses and semi-detached properties at Church View offer four storey accommodation.

He added: “We have seen increased interest in the development, particularly to support flexible use of space. The advent of home working as the ‘new normal’ has placed the study higher on the list of criteria and the countryside location is more viable due to reduced commuting needs.”  

Roundup – new scheme in Hounslow, co-living/Mayor tie-up and rare Yorks homes

The partnership is supporting the local area through Section 106 contributions, as part of the development, including more than £35,000 to upgrade Dacre and Hartwith Village Hall and a more than £8,000 contribution to outdoor sports facilities in the form of improvements to Darley Head Cricket Ground.

For further details, you can contact John Shaw on 07392 000922 or here.

This post has originally been featured in Property Investor Today.