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Tustin Estate Reaches Financial Close

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.

Driven by Leasha Newman, a Solicitor for Linkcity, we are now offering work experience for students on the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme. Linkcity is delighted to be working more closely with the Law Society to offer valuable experience to students who might otherwise struggle to gain such opportunities. Having previously been awarded a scholarship for the Scheme, Leasha’s insight has been invaluable. We spoke to Leasha to find out just how crucial this scheme is, what her experience of it was herself, and where it has got her now.

What is the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme and why is it so important?

The Diversity Access Scheme is a scholarship programme offered by the Law Society to help aspiring law students from less advantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in law, by providing funding for the Legal Practice Course or Solicitors Qualifying Exam. In addition to the funding, awardees are provided with work experience opportunities and mentoring. The scheme receives hundreds of applications each year, but only 10 scholarships are awarded, so it is a highly competitive process.

The scheme is important because it removes the financial barriers that many students seeking a career in law face. The awardees come from a background which means that they don’t have access to funding from other means (e.g. family or loans), so would face great difficulty in moving forward in their career as student finance is not available for these post-graduate courses which are a requirement for a career in law. This, therefore, means that diversity within the profession can be promoted instead of the stereotypical law student who has come from a wealthy family who already has connections within the profession and access to many opportunities.

What made you want to work with the Law Society?

As a previous awardee of a scholarship from the Scheme, I have seen the benefits first-hand. Whilst the funding is the key component of the scheme, the access to a mentor to help guide you through such a daunting period is equally as valuable. Often the students don’t know others in the profession that they can speak to and get advice from, so having the chance to speak to someone already working as a qualified solicitor is very important. I have volunteered as a mentor to help offer some insight and advice to my current mentee.

Access to good quality work experience is equally vital, as this will give students experience for their CV which will in turn help with training contract applications. I  wanted to give students on the programme the opportunity to gain access to life in an office environment in which they could get some hands-on experience in drafting, joining client meetings to understand how decisions are made, or conducting research that will benefit the business directly. I also felt that it is important for the students to get some exposure to an in-house legal environment, as this is an equally rewarding career path. Often the in-house route is not as talked about in University, but in my experience, the benefits of working directly with your client and being involved in the commercial discussions give you a much better commercial awareness, which feeds into your legal decision making.

How did the Law Society benefit your own career?

As well as providing me with the funding to take the Legal Practice Course, I found that the work experience opportunities were the most beneficial part of the scheme for me. I managed to secure several placements at large in-house organisations, which gave me invaluable insight into this kind of environment, meaning I had an open mind when looking for training contract opportunities. I also managed to secure a vacation scheme at a large private practice law firm, which then lead to me being hired as a paralegal full-time once I finished my studies. Without these opportunities, I believe that it would have taken me longer to secure a paralegal role (and ultimately a training contract) as I had a lack of legal experience on my CV.

Do you enjoy being a mentor?

Being a mentor is something that I often discounted thinking that I am ‘too junior’ to be able to help someone else out. But I have come to realise that I have valuable insights into pursuing a career in law and having come from a similar background to these students, I know I can share my experiences to help my mentee with their career choices. I am really enjoying being a mentor, knowing that I am helping someone and making a difference in their professional life.

What is so special about what Linkcity offers to their interns?

The first thing is having friendly faces around you to welcome you into the team which really helps you settle into what is quite a daunting experience for students. Everyone at Linkcity is approachable and willing to offer their support and advice and talk to students about their individual job roles to give them an insight into the business. The second thing is being involved in good quality work, having been on many work placements myself where you don’t have much involvement or get to do any meaningful work, I know this makes a key difference. Here at Linkcity, we are ensuring that students get a wide variety of experience and is involved in carrying out tasks themselves, with the support of the team.

Where do you see the relationship between Linkcity and the Law Society going in the future?

I hope that we can continue to offer work experience placements to the students on the Diversity Access Scheme for each new year of students. I will continue to offer mentoring support and assist with speaking at events and webinars where possible. Hopefully we can extend this to some of the wider team to raise awareness about the opportunities within the Linkcity legal team.

Bouygues Construction is recognised by the Top Employers Institute for its good practices in HR policy.

Bouygues Construction, a responsible and committed player in sustainable construction, has been recognised and accredited by the Top Employers Institute, an independent international body, as a “Top Employer France” for the sixth consecutive year and a “Top Employer Europe” for the fourth year, with certification also awarded to its entities in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic.

This “Top Employer” certification rewards the initiatives that Bouygues Construction has undertaken for many years within its organisation to provide its employees with the best possible working environment through innovative HR practices. The Group is the only construction company included in this survey.

The Top Employers Institute programme assessed Bouygues Construction’s HR policy through the “HR Best Practices Survey”, which addresses six major HR areas, broken down into 20 themes such as talent management strategy, the work environment, talent acquisition, training and skills development, well-being, and diversity and inclusion.

Amélie Quidor, HR Director of Bouygues Construction, commented: “We are delighted to have received Top Employer Europe certification once again. This recognition underlines our constant desire to provide better support for our employees and to cultivate team spirit, even in the context of a year so disrupted by the public health crisis in 2021. Beyond the certification, what means most to us is the positive feedback from our employees and their suggestions for going even further, in a spirit of exchange, openness and co-construction. Our employer brand has to be lived and experienced on a daily basis. I am very proud of the teams for their commitment on a daily basis!”

2021 saw two new features that were highlighted by Bouygues Construction:

  • A new annual exchange interview scheme, which promotes high quality preparation and richer dialogue.
  • The Chance to Meet programme, through which meetings are organised between top management and the talented individuals identified within the company. The younger participants can discover inspiring career paths and benefit from advice, and the top managers can gather ideas from the leaders of tomorrow.

For 2022, two priority themes will be developed and enriched following feedback from the Top Employer survey:

  • The attractiveness and richness of our career paths, through a new training offer and better promotion of professional mobility, such as pathways between different businesses.
  • The second topic reinforces our Diversity ambition, with the desire to encourage the diversity of backgrounds and cultures within the Group even more strongly, in particular through our gender diversity programmes and through the international profile of our management teams and of the individuals we recruit.

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.”

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Tustin Estate Reaches Financial Close

In the Lounge with Phillippa Prongué

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The Riverside at Canterbury Completes

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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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