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Linkcity will Help Revitalise Burnt Oak Town Centre in Barnet

Developer Linkcity is delighted to announce that it has signed an agreement for lease to bring forward a mixed tenure Build to Rent scheme in the heart of Burnt Oak Town Centre.

Linkcity will be working with the London Borough of Barnet to bring about the revitalisation of the area with the provision of over 350 new homes together with complimentary commercial uses and a new library facility. Proposals will see the under-utilised station car park accommodate private and affordable housing while retaining a significant number of car parking spaces at the ground floor.

Tom Jackson, Development Director at Linkcity said,

I’m delighted to formalise the partnership with the London Borough of Barnet and looking forward to working closely with the council and key local stakeholders as we work up a planning application in the coming months. This is a great opportunity to make a positive difference to the regeneration of Burnt Oak town centre and to provide affordable new homes by developing an under-utilised site.

Deputy Leader of Barnet Council and Chair of the Housing & Growth Committee, Cllr Ross Houston said:

“This is an exciting new partnership to deliver more quality housing, including affordable homes, as well as new facilities in Burnt Oak. Further revitalisation of the town centre will be delivered through the council’s £3.6 million investment to enhance the area. We look forward to engaging with residents, businesses and Linkcity going forward, and to seeing the plans as they emerge.”

Linkcity is looking forward to engaging with the local community on its plans in the coming months.

Construction has now been completed at the landmark mixed-tenure development on Luton Street near Edgware Road, delivered by Westminster Builds and Linkcity.

This pioneering project is the first step in Westminster City Council’s long-term regeneration of the established Church Street neighbourhood; it is revitalising the area with 171 modern new homes, state-of-the-art community facilities, over £5m of community contributions and transformative public realm enhancements.  

The Luton Street regeneration has been delivered by joint venture partners Westminster Builds – Westminster City Council’s wholly owned development arm – and Linkcity, a division of Bouygues UK and a trusted partner that has delivered many projects with the Council. The partners have jointly funded the project and are jointly responsible for delivery, finances, marketing and sales; Linkcity is leading the construction with Bouygues UK as the main contractor.  

Providing huge economic benefit, income generated by the sale of homes will unlock funding to deliver new and refurbished homes, amenities and public space across Westminster’s ten development sites in and around Church Street. Of the 171 modern new homes at Luton Street, 109 are for sale and 62 designated affordable, including 12 townhouses; with three additional affordable townhouses that were completed further up Fisherton Street, by the delivery partners earlier in 2022. These popular homes are now occupied by local families. Local people have been prioritised as part of the sales strategy, giving those living in the city first call on purchasing a home here. 

With recent changes to the Council’s Administration, the project team have reviewed the number of affordable social rent homes that are part of this scheme and are now making further changes to maximise the number of social rent by a further 15 homes, which includes 3 x 3 bedrooms and 12 x 2 bedrooms, with the remainder 4 x 1-bedroom homes offered as intermediate rent.  

The scheme has community at its heart; the partners have also delivered a 490m2, triple-height, three-court new sports hall and community space for the wider neighbourhood to benefit from. The new centre, run by Everyone Active in partnership with Westminster City Council, will feature a three-court sports hall suitable for football 5 a-side, basketball, futsal, netball, volleyball, badminton, and table tennis.  

The new Church Street Community Sports Centre will offer affordable access for community groups and residents, and there is a community studio which can be used for group exercise classes ranging from yoga to events, community meetings, children’s parties and soft play.  

A £3m contribution is being used to improve local infrastructure and public realm, while a further £2.4m contribution is being used to improve surrounding residential buildings.  

Development also includes the first section of a new green spine, a landscaped pedestrian route that will better link Church Street with Marylebone and re-establish connectivity within the neighbourhood. Designed with pedestrian and cycle paths, gardens and play areas, this is a space predominantly for people away from cars. It will encourage healthy living through opportunities for walking, cycling, play and exercise, while biodiverse green spaces will be wonderful places to relax and will attract birds and wildlife.  

Many local people have been employed to the project as part of the partners’ commitment to social impact. By March 2022, the partners had exceeded their percentage contractual targets for local employment by 140% for work experience placements, 267% for local support activities, 103% for new apprentices and local jobs and an impressive 576% for volunteering hours. 

Cllr Matt Noble, Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters at Westminster City Council, said: “Building genuinely affordable and social homes for local people is at the top of the list of priorities for the council and so I’m delighted to be able to offer more social homes than originally planned as part of this development.  

The Luton Street development, and the wider Church Street regeneration programme, is delivering changes that will revitalise the area and provide numerous benefits to local people and communities.” 

Phillipa Prongué, Managing Director, Linkcity, comments: “This partnership between council and private developer has resulted in a ‘best of both’ project; Linkcity’s placemaking, construction and development credentials are creating a development that can compete internationally in a crowded marketplace while Westminster’s involvement as a partner means that the delivery of the scheme is always underpinned by a community-first approach.   

“This is a scheme that is not only bringing new homes, community facilities and green space within its own red line but also unlocking the transformational regeneration of an entire neighbourhood as a result. This would not have been possible without the equal contribution of either partner.” 

Rob Bradley, CEO, Bouygues UK, said “We’re proud to have delivered this exemplar project to the residents of Westminster. The quality of this landmark mixed-tenure development is testament to the strength of the Bouygues UK, Linkcity and Westminster Builds partnership. As one of the first contractors to work with the council’s newly launched development arm, Westminster Builds, the relationship has been a huge success and we look forward to seeing where it will take us in the future. Congratulations to all those who played a part in this incredible scheme.”  

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Linkcity has been granted planning permission by the London Borough of Newham for Phase 4 of its Hallsville Quarter development masterplan in Canning Town.

Phase 4 proposes a new mixed-use city block designed by architects PRP, which includes 377 purpose-built student accommodation rooms, a wide range of student amenity spaces including a first-floor garden and 7th-floor roof terrace and 487m2 of new ground floor, flexible commercial floorspace and landscaped public realm. As with the previous phases, Bouygues UK will be the main contractor and will take a low-carbon, sustainable approach. Construction is expected to begin towards the end of the year.

Planning and development consultancy Montagu Evans have been advising Linkcity on Phase 4, which will deliver the final jigsaw piece of the new town centre. It marks the penultimate phase of the Hallsville Quarter Masterplan and is expected to complete in Summer 2025.

In total the Hallsville Quarter development will provide over 1,100 new homes, a new hotel, up to 30,000m2 of leisure, work and retail space with a new art-house style cinema, and community facilities including a new public health centre close to the Canning Town transport hub. New public spaces, pedestrian links, cyclist provisions and secure parking spaces are also included.

Phillippa Prongué, Linkcity Managing Director said, I’m so thrilled we have been given the go ahead to deliver phase 4 of this significant regeneration project in the London Borough of Newham, which will provide much-needed student accommodation in the area. It’s exciting to see the new town centre coming on at pace and students will bring vitality and diversity to this community.” 

Linkcity has reached financial close on the first phase of the Tustin Estate scheme, a significant housing project for Southwark Council. Overall, the project will feature nearly 700 new homes. It’s the first large-scale project procured through Pagabo’s Developer Led Framework. 

The scheme includes 250 replacement council homes and shared equity properties, 220 additional council homes including keyworker homes, and 220 homes for sale. In addition, it will feature a central park, refurbishment of existing council homes and at least 1,800 sqm of commercial floorspace. Works commenced in autumn 2022 and the whole project is planned to complete in 2030. Bouygues UK will be the main contractor. 

Southwark Council has been working for several years on the preparation of the redevelopment and put together the outline planning application, granted this October. Linkcity, part of the Bouygues Construction group, were selected by the Council in 2021 at the start of RIBA stage 2 design to work closely with the authority to advise on buildability in the development of phase 1 and the masterplan.  

The mandate for the project was established through a community ballot, and Linkcity has communicated with residents from the start of its involvement to keep them updated on its plans. Residents have been able to feed back on and influence the various aspects of the project, including design, construction strategy and social value.  

The project is expected to achieve a 97% reduction on carbon emissions when in use. A large part of this is due to the clean energy being supplied by the local waste-to-energy district heating network. Additional measures such as high-insulation building fabric, solar panels, SUDs, and air-source heat pumps for individual houses will also contribute to this. Most of the demolition materials will be reused, demolition will be limited through refurbishing a section of the estate and Linkcity and contractor Bouygues UK will raise awareness of subjects like biodiversity through workshops with the local school and the construction of bug hotels.  

Tom Jackson, development director at Linkcity said, “It’s fantastic that a project of this size can start work on site so soon after concept design work. It’s a real credit to the officers at Southwark who have worked so hard with the residents and us on the design of the scheme. We’re delighted to have started work on Phase 1 and we can’t wait to see the plans come to fruition. Alongside our construction partner Bouygues UK, we are committed to providing social and economic value through local employment and education opportunities and achieving a significant reduction on carbon emissions.” 

Cllr Darren Merrill, Cabinet Member for Council Homes and Homelessness, said, “I’m delighted that we have reached this important milestone in our redevelopment of the Tustin Estate. We will soon start seeing tangible results from all the hard work put into this project, and I’m proud that our residents have been so involved in the designs for their estate. This major redevelopment will provide hundreds of new homes, rejuvenate the area and bring enormous benefits for the local community.” 

Jonathan Parker, head of construction at Pagabo, added: “It would be difficult to find a better large-scale scheme than that of Tustin Estate to be the first procured through our Developer Led Framework. Connecting Linkcity with the London Borough of Southwark is set to create social and economic value for the local community following a fair and competitive tender process – ensuring the best outcomes for all involved. We look forward to seeing the scheme progress and the benefits come to fruition.” 

Bouygues UK has completed its first self-delivered modular project, successfully delivering 491 bedrooms of student accommodation at The Riverside, a £115 million mixed use development in the historic City of Canterbury. Three of Bouygues Construction’s companies are part of the major urban regeneration project; Linkcity, the development partner of Canterbury City Council; Bouygues UK, contractor for the scheme; and Uliving – Linkcity’s dedicated student accommodation brand. 

The 491-bedroom student accommodation scheme has been innovatively delivered using modular construction, with the 430 modules built in a dedicated factory in Morocco and transported to the UK. A range of rooms have been delivered, from studios, ‘two-dios’, premium rooms and cluster rooms with an en-suite, while all rooms have access to the fitness studio, games area, roof terrace and courtyard as well as a study area and laundry. 

Offsite production is part of the UK Government’s roadmap for construction, and so Bouygues UK built a dedicated factory in Morocco to produce the student accommodation modules, which were then transported directly to the construction site in Canterbury for installation. This innovative process results in a shorter build time, less disturbance on site, a reduction in risk and improved quality.  

The Riverside sits at the centre of a new leisure quarter in Canterbury, with a new public square at its heart and overlooking the River Stour that runs through the city centre. This leisure-led destination is anchored by a five-screen Curzon Cinema, as well as restaurants and bars wrapping around the new public square. In addition to the student accommodation, the wider development also delivers 189 new homes, all within a pedestrian friendly neighbourhood that knits into the existing community.  

Rob Bradley, CEO of Bouygues UK, said, ”As our first self-delivered modular project, completing the student accommodation at Canterbury Riverside is a really exciting milestone for us. The completed project is of the highest standard and showcases our ability to design, build and operate student accommodation.  

“Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) is a crucial part of the future for construction, and we have learned a tremendous amount from this scheme, which stands us in great stead for future modular projects. Its successful delivery is a result of great collaboration, between Bouygues UK, Linkcity, Uliving, Canterbury City Council and our colleagues in Morocco, where we built a dedicated factory to manufacture the modules. We are looking forward to utilising these skills much more going forward.” 

Canterbury City Council Cabinet Member for Place which includes regeneration, Cllr Barbara Anne Flack, said: “For Canterbury, the epitome of a historic city, to become home to such modern buildings built in a cutting-edge and innovative way is something to be celebrated and sums up the kind of place this is. 

“The fact this is part of a scheme that will revitalise a rundown but vitally important part of the city, provide the cinema and leisure facilities residents have been demanding for such a long time, create jobs and result in much-needed affordable housing is cause for a double celebration.” 

The team at our development for the London Borough of Newham, Hallsville Quarter Phase Three, has reached a key milestone on the project. Linkcity joined main contractor, Bouygues UK, and One Housing Group in celebrating the completed the structure of the build with a topping out ceremony on Wednesday 17th August. 

The £240m (GDV) Hallsville Quarter scheme is one of London’s biggest regeneration projects, and the third phase, expected to complete in 2024, will be the largest to date, more than doubling the number of new homes the scheme has delivered so far. 

Linkcity has been working closely with our sister company Bouygues UK, One Housing Group, Grainger and the London Borough of Newham to deliver Phase 3 which will include: 

  • 278 private rental homes situated across two blocks owned by Grainger, including 2,400m2 commercial space within the blocks 
  • 245 shared ownership (including 10 shared equity)  
  • 50 extra care 
  • 47 affordable rent (including 10 London affordable rent) 
  • 6,800m2 of commercial space owned by Linkcity which it intends to let and/or sell to a commercial investor. 

This latest phase of the Hallsville Quarter development will also deliver an integrated health centre under an innovative new model with local health partners, 1,125m2 of business accommodation, a new basement car park for 143 vehicles, and new high-quality public spaces, including fountains and play areas. 

In total, the Hallsville Quarter development, which is part of the Canning Town and Custom House regeneration project, will provide 1,100 new homes, over 30,000m2 of leisure and retail space, and more than 2,975m2 of space for community facilities, as well as new public spaces, pedestrian links, cyclist provision and secure parking spaces.  

Phillippa Prongué, Linkcity Managing Director said, “For over 10 years, Bouygues UK and Linkcity have been working closely with the London Borough of Newham to deliver the regeneration of Canning Town. It’s great to be here to celebrate reaching this stage of the build in a project which will transform this area of east London and help create a thriving centre. Congratulations to everyone involved in reaching this point.” 

Gerald Farque, Bouygues UK Managing Director said,  “It’s wonderful to be here to celebrate reaching this important milestone at Hallsville Quarter Phase 3, one of the most significant town centre regeneration projects.  I am particularly proud of our in-house civil works teams who have delivered, as with previous phases, the reinforced concrete frame. I would also like to congratulate the project team on their commitment to social value, in particular supporting local labour at each phase of this regeneration scheme.” 

Robert Marcantoni, Group Director of Development for One Housing (Part of Riverside) added, “One Housing are delighted to partner with Linkcity and Bouygues UK to provide over 300 much needed social homes within one of our key London boroughs. This milestone is a fantastic achievement and builds on the existing homes we have within this community. In this housing and cost of living crisis this 3rd Phase of Hallsville Quarter provides much needed affordable homes and delivers a 50 unit Extra Care Scheme where we will be providing support and personal care services to adults over 55 years old. Following the recent off-plan launch of our Shared Ownership homes, we have already had great interest and feedback and we look forward to the handover of these great affordable homes.” 

Find out more about the wider scheme here.

Linkcity and sister company, Bouygues UK, have been awarded a place on the Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) Development Contractors Framework, coming second place out of the 26 other winners.

This framework is one of the most widely recognised frameworks within the Housing Association sector, and will run for a minimum of 4 years.

The aim of the framework is to provide 7000 homes in next 5 years across Greater London, with a yearly objective of 500 low-cost rental, 500 intermediate (350 shared ownership and 150 intermediate market rent), 200 market rent and 200 outright sale. The estimated pipeline value of the framework is £2.5bn.

Jim Atkinson, Development Director at Linkcity said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded a place on NHG’s framework. We have a strong history of collaboration with NHG and we are looking forward to the further partnership opportunities that it will bring.”

Lorraine Casey, Pre-Construction Director at Bouygues UK said: “Having previously acquired our projects Peckham Library & Flaxyards, Maitland Park and others through NHG’s framework, we are delighted to have been awarded a place on this year’s one. With this secured, we are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with NHG, combining our expertise to build a host of residential and mixed-use developments.”

Linkcity in partnership with Canterbury City Council has successfully delivered the commercial section of The Riverside complex in Kingsmead, Canterbury.

The project, which is the site of the former waste depot, was delivered by Linkcity, and built by construction partner Bouygues UK. It is now ready for the fit-out phase as tenants start to sign their leases and get ready to trade.

Negotiations are well underway on each of the 12 commercial units with legal agreements almost ready to be signed on the overwhelming majority.

It is well known that cinema operator Curzon was the first confirmed tenant of the scheme and they are currently working with their fit-out team to transform the empty shell into a premium 5 screen cinema.

Tom Jackson, Development Director at Linkcity said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Canterbury City Council to successfully deliver this vibrant new destination. The quality of the final product delivered by our construction partner Bouygues UK is outstanding, and I’m really pleased to see the positive impact the project is already having in the area and the local community.”

Leader of Canterbury City Council Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, as pictured left, said: “I am proud the council decided to invest £23million in bringing this neglected and rundown part of the city to life and am really looking forward to the moment when it will open to the public for the first time later this year and they can see it for themselves.

“There has been significant interest in The Riverside and we are very close to being able to announce the names of our tenants which includes some big brands. It’s great to see so many local and national brands buying into our vision for the development.

“This project delivers the multiscreen cinema the district has been screaming out for, has created jobs and will create many more, will deliver affordable housing, and will generate income for the council through rents, parking revenue and a share of businesses rates which can all be used to pay for and invest in the vital frontline services everyone depends on.”

The student accommodation section is owned within a joint venture between student housing developer Uliving, Linkcity’s dedicated student accommodation brand, and Harrison Street. It is operated by CA Ventures and was completed earlier this year. Their team based on-site are now taking bookings for the 2022/23 academic year.

Social landlord Hyde Housing is making very good progress on the residential part of the scheme which will deliver 189 affordable homes, of which 40% will be available at social rents and the remaining being in shared ownership.

Some work on the roads alongside the site will need to take place in the coming months and engineers are working on plans to minimise any disruption.

During the construction of The Riverside, Linkcity and Bouygues UK have made an enormous amount of effort to engage with the community.

The team has been able to provide more than £7.5 million local economic value and £9,000 worth of social value to the project. This included designing a social value programme tailored especially to the needs of nearby Parkside Community Primary School.

The team’s dedication to providing substantial support to Parkside Primary School during this particularly challenging time for pupils and staff alike lead to Bouygues UK achieving a Highly Commended Certificate at the 2022 Social Value Portal Awards.

Highly Commended Certificate at the 2022 Social Value Portal Awards

Phillippa Prongué has been appointed as the new Managing Director of London-based Developer Linkcity UK. Phillippa brings a wealth of experience, including 15 years’ with Kier Property Development, and will focus on leading the business into further growth and profitability. Her background in JV partnerships, large scale mixed-use regeneration projects, and her experience in operating across all asset classes including industrial, retail, office, residential and student accommodation will be essential in leading the business forward.

Fabienne Viala, Chair of Bouygues UK said, “We are delighted to be welcoming Phillippa into the team. Property Development is a strategic priority for our Group. Her vast experience in the sector will be fundamental as we continue to build on our existing partnerships and look at developing new opportunities.”

On joining Linkcity UK, Phillippa said, “I’m excited to join a team of experienced professionals and take the business forward to offer fully integrated end-to-end solutions for all clients using different forms of contractual, Joint Venture, structured finance and investment structures.”

Linkcity is the property development arm of Bouygues UK, which generates a third of its turnover, through exciting projects across all sectors, including residential, commercial, mixed-use, student accommodation and regeneration schemes.

Linkcity is delighted to have successfully handed over the Fisherton Street scheme to client Westminster City Council.

Designed by architects, Flanagan Lawrence, and delivered by BOUYGUES UK, these family homes for Social Rent play an important role in the wider regeneration of Westminster’s Church Street district. Specifically forming part of the Luton Street & Fisherton Street Regeneration, the three affordable homes are an integral feature to the 171 high-quality homes Linkcity and Westminster Builds are developing together.

These three townhouses have been built within the Fisherton Street Estate conservation area, a post-World War One residential estate delivered through the ‘Homes for Heroes’ initiative in 1924. The homes will be heated using innovative new technology, Air Source Heat Pumps, for both central heating and hot water, making the energy usage as efficient as possible. The regeneration of the area will be accompanied by a landscaped green link between Fisherton Street and Salisbury Street which will connect to the Green Spine planned for the surrounding area. The Green Spine will be a new park and pedestrian-friendly route through the Church Street area. It will link the new Luton Street & Fisherton Street development with Lisson Gardens, Broadley Gardens, and Church Street.

In Conversation with Georgia, Hélène and Kat

Linkcity will Help Revitalise Burnt Oak Town Centre in Barnet

Official Opening of the Church Street Leisure Centre

Successful Sale of Residential Assets Shows Clear Demand for Student Accommodation  

Work Completes at Luton Street and Fisherton Street

Approval Given for Next Phase of Hallsville Quarter Masterplan

Public private partnership delivers 375 low carbon rental homes for Bristol City Centre in landmark regeneration project

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


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