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689-Home Development Named as First Through New Pagabo Framework

A significant housing project has been announced as the first large-scale project procured through national framework provider Pagabo’s Developer Led Framework.

Southwark Council has selected Linkcity as developer for its Tustin Estate scheme, which will feature nearly 700 new homes. This includes 200 replacement council homes, around 50 shared equity properties, around 220 additional council homes including keyworker homes, and around 220 homes for sale. A Pre-Construction Services Agreement is set to be signed to kick off the process.

The project also includes a central park, several refurbishments of existing council homes and at least 1,800 sqm of commercial floorspace.

Linkcity, part of the Bouygues Construction group, will work with the authority over the coming months with a view to signing a full development agreement in summer 2022 with Bouygues UK as the main contractor for the scheme. Construction will begin late 2022 and is planned to complete in summer 2028.

Pagabo’s £47bn Developer Led Framework was the first framework of its kind when it launched to the market in December 2020, with 29 companies appointed across nine lots to deliver projects across a huge variety of development sectors.

Jonathan Parker, head of construction at Pagabo, said: “I am thrilled to have been involved with the procurement of a developer for the Tustin Estate low rise redevelopment programme, which will provide much needed improvement and expansion of Southwark Council’s existing social housing provision, as well as upgrading the facilities for people in the area.

“The Developer Led Framework was launched as a unique market offering to help procure significant projects that make a huge social difference, and Tustin Estate is exactly that. Having been heavily involved from the outset, we’re really excited to see this project come to fruition over the coming years.”

As part of the framework and procurement process, Pagabo assisted with the procurement advice, development’s business case, early engagement, expression of interest, formulating the invitation to tender, quality scoring and tender moderation, tender summary report, and notification letters.

Cllr Stephanie Cryan, Cabinet Member for Council Homes and Homelessness, said: “We are delighted to welcome Linkcity to the Tustin Estate and look forward to working with them and our residents to build quality new council homes. Southwark has one of the most ambitious council house building programmes in the country and the work on Tustin Estate will not only help us reach our aim of providing new housing but also enhance the estate for current residents.”

As part of the initial phase of development, Linkcity will create around 200 new homes to rehouse current tenants of the estate. In addition, the developer will deliver 440 homes across two further phases over the next three years, through its construction partner Bouygues UK, with at least half of these designated as affordable housing.

Tom Jackson, development director at Linkcity said, “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Southwark Council and the Tustin Estate residents to deliver the first project on Pagabo’s Developer Led Framework. It’s a great opportunity to provide social and economic value through local employment and education opportunities, as well as new homes for this thriving community.”

For more information about Pagabo please visit www.pagabo.co.uk

Did you know that we have Graduate Scheme at Linkcity? In fact, we invest heavily in it. Graduates who join us benefit from an extensive range of personal and professional development opportunities, and a strong support network.

We spoke to Graduate Development Officer, Georgia De Allie who joined our two year Graduate Scheme back in September 2021. Keep reading to hear how she’s getting on!

Who are you and what is your role?

My name is Georgia De Allie and I joined Linkcity as a Graduate Development Officer in August 2021 after completing a Master’s in Real Estate Development. Prior to this, I completed an undergraduate degree in Business Management and Law and then worked as a Legal and Technical Assistant for a year at another property development company.

What do you do in your day to day?

The role of a Graduate Development Officer is wide-ranging and helps build on the skills required to successfully manage property development projects, including legal matters, finance and aspects of design, and planning.

What’s the biggest challenge in your role?

I would say the biggest challenge in this role is the diversity of the work involved and having to be able to adapt to this quickly. Having said this, it was the varied nature of the role that ultimately drew me to a career in property development.

What has been the most valuable thing you have learnt since starting your graduate scheme?

People often say it, but no question is a stupid question. There is so much to learn, and asking questions is a great opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of those around you. Since starting the graduate scheme, I have really seen just how much asking a question can improve your understanding, no matter how ‘stupid’ you think it may be.

What do you like most about working Linkcity?

What I like most is just being a part of the Linkcity team. Since I joined everybody has been so welcoming and more than happy to help in any way they can, which has made it such an enjoyable place to work.

How do you think the Graduate Scheme will benefit your development in the long-term?

The graduate scheme will, no doubt, benefit my development in the long-term thanks to the learning and development programmes I have been able to partake in. There is a mentoring scheme, a buddy system as well as graduate group projects. All of these opportunities are helping me build connections with people I may not necessarily work with on a day-to-day basis.

What would you say to someone considering applying for the Graduate Scheme?

Do it! It is a great opportunity to gain experience in the property industry as well as be part of the wider Bouygues Group. The graduate scheme allows you to connect with graduates across the business and has a huge focus on personal and career development.

Where do you see yourself this time next year?

This time next year I will be halfway through the 2-year graduate scheme, on my way with the RICS chartership programme and hopefully involved in some exciting new projects!

Linkcity Partners with Solutions for the Planet for a Second Year Running

Linkcity are delighted to have partnered with Solutions for the Planet (S4TP) for a second year running!

S4TP is a social enterprise passionate about sustainability and improving young people’s life chances. Like Linkcity, S4TP believes young people are key to helping us make the world a better place for everyone and so they reinvest profits back into the business to benefit more young people and local communities.

Their well-renowned Big Ideas Programme, which we are looking forward to getting involved with for another year, is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and enterprise programme with a focus on sustainability issues that matter to our young people. Delivered in secondary schools across the UK and using employee volunteers from their Business Partner Network as mentors, the Big Ideas Programme harnesses creativity, encourages team work, develops STEM and wider employability skills, and gives young people a voice in the dialogue around sustainability, linking their ideas to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Since 2013, the Big Ideas Programme has involved over 23,000 young people from more than 80 schools, with 500+ mentors volunteering over 5,000 hours of their time to support the young people in developing their confidence, ideas, skills and knowledge around STEM, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

We are thrilled that this year we have a new set of mentors, Romain, Elliot, Alex and George, joining the programme to share their expertise with the pupils they will be mentoring from Stratford School Academy.

One of the best things about Linkcity is our people. To celebrate this, we have launched a series of Q&As to showcase our diverse, talented team and the variety of roles available here. This time, we hear from Aleks Dashi, Senior Operations Manager at Linkcity UK.

Tell us a bit about you and your role?
As part of the operations team within Linkcity, I get involved with new projects even before Financial Close (FC) then take them through the construction stage and stick with them after achieving Practical Completion (PC) into the latent defect stage which normally goes on until 2 years after PC.

What do you do in your day to day?
I spend a lot of my time liaising with Development Managers Pre-FC and with Investors throughout the construction and defect periods to ensure all requirements within the Development Agreement/Agreement for Lease are finalised. I also communicate regularly with all stakeholders involved in our projects, which can involve anything from running all the meetings required to achieve successful construction on site or managing day to day challenges and the expectations of our clients. I am also responsible for integrating each stakeholders’ contract documents as well as monitoring any changes that might transpire during construction. Reviewing the progress on site and advising all stakeholders of any challenges that we’re experiencing at the time is always a priority so the adequate steps can be proposed and agreed to resolve the matter. My ultimate aim is to achieve a successful, high-quality product and a profitable project. We must ensure that our clients are delighted with our efforts on the project and everything I do feeds into this.

What’s the biggest challenge in your role?
Completing all the required changes on the project to match the satisfaction of all stakeholders is one of many big challenges on a live project. When changes need to be made, the team must work hard to deliver the product that we have promised our clients on time and to budget.

What has been the proudest moment of your career at Linkcity?
My previous scheme at Hounslow Civic Centre, a unique building with an iconic design from our architects, was nominated for national awards competition and this has to be up there with the proudest moments of my career. We manage to complete the building on time with a high-quality finish and in line with the agreed price. This was achieved through working very closely with all stakeholders and we received very positive feedback from our client which was an added bonus. This project was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of London and it was fantastic to be invited to attend.

What is a common misconception about your role?
The biggest misconception is that my role is just a contest between the contractor and the developer. On the contrary, we believe that to achieve a trusting and efficient partnership we need to work together and develop reliance between all parties involved.

What have you learnt over the last 18 months?
Since starting on the current project I am working on, I have witnessed the number of females in the construction industry increase noticeably. From the women working on site right up to the women in management or operational roles. While there is no doubt still a way to go, it is great to see this positive change.

What do you like most about working at Linkcity?
I think the people that work within Linkcity team are fundamental to our success as a company. Over the years, each team within the business as well as all the consultants we work with have played a part in building the working relationships we have today. Sometimes it might look like we’re working in isolation from other departments, however, every time that we need to achieve a difficult goal we always manage to work as united team and be very successful in what we strive to do.

Where do you see yourself this time next year?
By this time next year, the Luton Street & Fisherton Street project will be completed, and residents will be enjoying their new life in a prime London location. I will be still involved with the aftercare process whilst also working on our next project, whatever that might be…!

We are delighted to announce that the Moulsecoomb East student accommodation campus for the University of Brighton has reached Practical Completion. The keys have now been handed over to our facilities management sister company, Bouygues Energies & Services.

Financed, designed, and developed by Uliving, Linkcity UK’s specialist student accommodation developer, Moulsecoomb East provides over 800 student bedrooms as well as Students’ Union and fitness facilities. The build was completed by Bouygues UK and Bouygues Energies & Services (UK) will maintain, operate, and provide the lifecycle of this facility for 50 years. Uliving partnered with John Laing for the project, with Aviva Investors’ Lime Property Fund providing long-term development finance through an income strip deal.

The entire development has been built to the highest environmental standards with an emphasis on sustainability, and forms part of ‘The Big Build’, a vast transformation project for the University.

Reaching the end of this project is a huge achievement for Bouygues UK and Uliving, who, despite the challenges thrown at them over the last 18 months, managed to deliver the project on time to our university partner, in the face of a global pandemic. We would like to wish Bouygues Energies & Services all the best for their facilities management responsibilities over the next five decades. We look forward to seeing students moving into their new accommodation in the coming weeks.

As the tallest residential block in Bristol nears completion, Linkcity and Bouygues UK welcomed Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, for a visit to the 26-storey tower yesterday. The Mayor learnt more about the building work and received a tour of the impressive building which will soon bring 375 much-needed new homes to the city centre, including 75 affordable homes.

Developed by Linkcity, built by Bouygues UK, designed by Chapman Taylor and with the support of M&G Investments, Homes England, Bristol City Council and Abri (formerly Yarlington Housing Group), construction of Castle Park View will be finished in Spring 2022.The new homes will host a range of sustainable features as part of the council’s plans to build new homes sustainably in central locations.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: It’s great to see these homes nearing completion. This is a great example of building the homes we desperately need without putting undue pressure on the environment by making the most of brownfield sites in the city centre, as well as bringing value to the community throughout the build. Recommendations from the recent Citizens’ Assembly included the need to rapidly reduce the impact of our homes on climate change and to make changes to neighbourhoods that make traveling easier, healthier, and better for the environment. Castle Park View supports these ambitions by bringing high quality new homes to Bristol in a sustainable location, with direct access to walking and cycling links and heated by our low-carbon heat network.”

Castle Park View’s design includes numerous sustainability features which contributed to it achieving a level four standard in the Code for Sustainable Homes certification, an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes. The sustainable design features include nearly 200 photovoltaic roof-mounted solar panels, more than 500 cycle parking spaces, energy efficient light fittings and kitchen appliances, electric charging points at 20% of the car parking spaces, as well as diverting 99.9% of waste generated during the build from landfill.

By making efficient use of a brownfield site near the city centre, Castle Park View will also support sustainable living in Bristol. The site is within walking distance of Bristol Temple Meads station and Bristol Bus and Coach Station, as well as on walking and cycling routes across the city, reducing car traffic within the city centre.

Axel Boutrolle, Managing Director of Linkcity, said: Linkcity is very proud to be delivering this much needed building for the people of Bristol. Doing so in such a collaborative way on public land has been a challenging but very rewarding and worthwhile experience. The sustainability credentials of this building are second to none, and we have created environmentally friendly, energy efficient and more importantly affordable homes for hundreds of families in this city, a cause which is very close to our hearts. We hope Castle Park View will be the first of many developments in the UK that uses inner city brown field sites to build much needed housing for thriving cities such as Bristol.”

Linkcity is thrilled to announce that Uliving has reached financial close on the third phase of the student accommodation scheme for the University of Essex for £168 million including construction and facility management.

Uliving, student accommodation brand of Linkcity UK in consortium with Equitix has successfully achieved financial close of the 50-year concession for the delivery of 1,262 student bedrooms for the University of Essex. The project known as ‘The Pastures’ is located on the Colchester campus and is the third phase of student accommodation that Uliving will be delivering for the University of Essex, following the handover of Phase 1 (648 new build bedrooms and stock transfer of 772 bedrooms) and Phase 2 (643 bedrooms) in 2013 and 2018 respectively.

Construction of the project will be delivered by Bouygues UK and facilities management services will be carried out by Bouygues Energies & Services, both sister companies of Linkcity UK, and all being entities of Bouygues Construction. Equitix is Uliving equity partner on this scheme funded by £113 million indexed and fixed rate bonds listed on The International Stock Exchange and wrapped by Assured Guaranty.

Construction works are due to start in September 2021 and completion is scheduled for the beginning of the 2023/2024 academic year.

Oliver Campbell, Uliving CEO, said:

“Well designed and well managed accommodation is a key consideration for UK and international students, and we have worked hard with the University of Essex over the last eight years to support their plans for expansion, delivering high quality and affordable living spaces. The Pastures will complement the University’s existing portfolio of student accommodation and we are very pleased to be collaborating with our sister companies Bouygues UK and Bouygues Energies & Services, combining our expertise to maximise the value and innovation we can bring to the scheme.”

Chris Oldham, Director of Estates and Campus Services, University of Essex, said:

“With two phases already delivered, we are delighted to further grow our partnership with Uliving on a third student accommodation project, which will be crucial in meeting the increased demand we are seeing from the growth in student numbers. ‘The Pastures’ will be a fabulous home to our students, with a range of accommodation types to meet a range of needs, and we’re looking forward to seeing work progress.”

One of the best things about Linkcity is our people. To celebrate this, we have launched a series of Q&As to showcase our diverse, talented team and the variety of roles available here. This time, we hear from Colin Munro, a Development Manager at Linkcity.

Tell us a bit about you and your role.
I’m a Development Manager in the Linkcity team. This involves leading the development process from site identification through to the commencement of the works on site. We also keep an active role through the construction and completion phase providing support to our site operations team.

What do you do in your day to day?
The diversity of the working day is what I enjoy most about this job. On any given day I could be progressing a planning application with our design team, analysing values and inputs for our development appraisal and cash flow, or negotiating development contracts.

What’s the biggest challenge in your role?
The biggest challenge is to be able to effectively jump between all the different workstreams, stakeholders and markets to ensure you can align all interests to make the project a success.

What are you most proud of since starting out at Linkcity?
Reaching close on our Riverside development in Canterbury. It is a very complex scheme and deal structure that pulls together three investors to deliver a mixed-use neighbourhood of commercial, student accommodation and residential. It’s the final element of the Council’s plans for regenerating the Northgate area of Canterbury. You can really see how it’s going to bring positive transformation to the area.

What is a common misconception about your role?
There are many misconceptions about development managers and the role. There is a perception that we are only interested in the short-term outcomes of our projects. I would say that the most successful developments are projects that focus on generating a positive and long-term legacy for local communities.

What has been the biggest challenge over the last 18 months?
We would normally resolve so many problems and generate ideas through spontaneous conversations in the office. It has been a real challenge to replicate this type of environment remotely. We have certainly improved on various digital platforms, but I’m looking forward to returning to the office and collaborating with the team again.

What do you like most about working at Linkcity?
The team ethic. We look out for each other and there’s a great spirit that makes work much more enjoyable and helps to take the edge off the more stressful moments.

How do you see life at Linkcity this time next year?
I have no doubt that we will be making the most of working together in person, but also working in an environment that recognises that there can be many advantages and efficiencies in working from home.

Over the course of the next two weeks, Linkcity will be virtually racing to our parent company, Bouygues Construction’s headquarters in Paris, Challenger, to raise money for our chosen charity of the year, The Magpie Project. Members of Linkcity have been split into teams, each racing to cover the 476km from our London Headquarters, Becket House to Challenger, collectively, as fast as possible by running, walking, or cycling.

As part of its commitment to the communities in which it works, Linkcity has partnered with the Magpie Project which provides practical support and advice to mothers and children under five in temporary or insecure accommodation in the London Borough of Newham. At the beginning of the year, when discussing what Linkcity could do for the Magpie Project, we pledged to help them acquire an electronic cargo bike, which they could use to deliver and collect items across the borough in a sustainable way. But, this costs a whopping £5,000! So all proceeds fundraised through our race to Paris will go towards funds for this e-bike. 

The race is on!

To donate to the cause and help us support the Magpie Project’s objectives to reduce the number of people in temporary accommodation, child poverty and homeless referrals in Newham, click here

Linkcity has been selected as Preferred Bidder by the London Borough of Barnet to develop new homes and community space on the Watling Avenue Car Park site. The new development will bring to Burnt Oak a bespoke Build to Rent scheme of over 300 units, of which 50% will be affordable housing. Linkcity is delighted to be working with the London Borough of Barnet to develop Watling Avenue and help the Council to address the housing need in the borough as well as providing a long-term income stream.

The project will be delivered in partnership with the Council using an income strip deal structure to secure institutional funding. It will incorporate community uses, a public car park, as well as providing enhancements to the landscaped area alongside the Silk Stream. The scheme will be delivered by Linkcity’s sister construction company Bouygues UK, who are expected to start on site next year.

Tom Jackson, Development Director at Linkcity, said: “We are so pleased to have been selected by Barnet for this important project. We are very excited to be partnering with the Council and local stakeholders as we work up our proposals in more detail.”

Tustin Estate Reaches Financial Close

In the Lounge with Phillippa Prongué

The Pastures Progresses at Speed

The Riverside at Canterbury Completes

Linkcity Partners with Solutions for the Planet for a Third Year Running

In Conversation with Helena Powell

Graduate Challenge 2022

Community Fun Day at Tustin Estate

 Hallsville Quarter Phase Three Reaches Important Milestone

New Shelter for The Canterbury & District Early Years Project

How Linkcity is Supporting the Diversity Access Scheme

Social Innovation at Parkside Primary School

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