Now launching- Cavendish House, Worthing

We've talked about some of the reasons to move to Worthing before, and now we can add one more...an Uplift home.

If you've expressed an interest in one of our Worthing properties,  are one of our neighbours on Marine Parade, or local to Worthing and have been keeping an eye on the changes at Cavendish House, you can now come and see what we've been doing.

Our agents Michael Jones will be holding an open day on Saturday 22 July from 10am - 4pm, so do stop by or get in touch with Max to arrange a viewing if you can't make it to the open day.

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Kentish Town Competition Winners

So our hoarding at Kentish Town Road is now complete - a public gallery of cinema inspired artwork by local creatives. Our winning film posters have been designed by an amazing range of talented people from imaginative kids to professional designers and casual doodlers. And together they look really amazing. Thanks so much for everyone for getting involved and for turning our busy corner of Kentish Town into a special place for people to stop and appreciate some colour and creativity. 

Film Poster Competition - the final 15

If you're a Kentish Towner you'll know that Uplift acquired the 'old Pizza Express building' last year and have now begun work to restore and renovate the building to provide new homes in the neighbourhood and a cinema space on the ground floor.

So when we put our hoarding up on Kentish Town Road a couple of months back we decided to use the opportunity to celebrate our love of cinema by inviting the local creative community to design a poster for their favourite film. 

We've had over 60 amazing entries so it's taken us a while to choose the winners. But with help from Dan Carrier, reporter and film reviewer for the Camden New Journal, we've now chosen a final range of 15 posters to be displayed on our street-side gallery.

They'll be printed and installed on the hoarding in the next couple of weeks. But in the meantime, thanks to all those who contributed and congratulations to our winners below:

No Country for Old Men by Sam Bristow

No Country for Old Men by Sam Bristow

Rear Window by Alison O'Reilly

Rear Window by Alison O'Reilly

Shawshank Redemption by Blunt Industries

Shawshank Redemption by Blunt Industries

Brazil by Fenella Knox

Brazil by Fenella Knox

Bicycle Thieves by Natalie Darbeloff

Bicycle Thieves by Natalie Darbeloff

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Maybel -Lilly (age 8) 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Maybel -Lilly (age 8) 

The Terminator by Ryan MacEachern

The Terminator by Ryan MacEachern

Dirty Dancing by Jane Beinart

Dirty Dancing by Jane Beinart

Whiplash by Timo Lenton

Whiplash by Timo Lenton

Ken Park by Harris Aidonopoulos

Ken Park by Harris Aidonopoulos

The Great Beauty by Will Harrison

The Great Beauty by Will Harrison

Doctor Strangelove by Reece Martin

Doctor Strangelove by Reece Martin

The Graduate by Sarah Peak

The Graduate by Sarah Peak

Titanic by Ben Jewkes

Titanic by Ben Jewkes

Shaun of the Dead by Zach Hallgaten

Shaun of the Dead by Zach Hallgaten

Meeting the neighbours on Elers Road

Last Friday we had a lovely afternoon down at the Red House getting to know our neighbours over a glass of Pimms in the sunshine. Lots of friendly faces stopped by to have a look around the flats and it was a great chance for some of the new home owners to get to know each other.

Open day at the red house

Everyone was very impressed with the standard of the development and we are really chuffed with all the compliments they gave the team.

Open day at the red house

John and Christine live at number 43 Elers Road. They came by with their son and his wife to see the finished property:

"It is such a delight to be able to see what you've done. We've kept our eye on the house over the years and have been admiring your work in the last few months. You’ve done a wonderful job.”

Maggie and Mary

Maggie (number 9 Elers) was a district nurse in the 1990s and used to visit the residents who lived in the nursing home:

"I used to come to visit the old ladies who lived here. It was so dark and the hallways were narrow and oppressive. And now it's lovely and light and open. The new design makes so much of the outside space with all the balconies overlooking the park. That's so important. I think it's been beautifully designed. I really just love it. Thank you.”

open day at The Red House

David from number 11 Elers:

"I’m so glad you did this and it’s so good to see it finished! It was a mess, neglected and overgrown for years. Now it’s brilliant. Simple design, great style. That’s the best!”

Open day

Pauline lives locally and has been in the area for over 30 years. She says it was always so sad to see the Red House is such a terrible state when all the other houses on the street are so well cared for. 

“It’s beautiful. I love the interior style. And the views! I want to live here!”

Rema and her family have lived in Ealing all her life:

"I love how you have treated the building with such care and respect."

Being such a well-loved local landmark, we even had Annemarie from Ealing Today come by to take a look at the finished project:

“It’s such a great idea to invite the neighbours around. Not a lot of developers do that! And of course everyone’s curious about what’s happening on their street."

Thank you to all our neighbours who came down to say hello, it was lovely to celebrate this proud day with you. Well done to architect Shirley and site manager Macieji for making our vision for The Red House a reality.

Join us for a celebration at The Red House

If you are one of our neighbours on Elers Road, or perhaps you are local to Ealing and have been keeping an eye on the transformation down at The Red House, come and join us at our open day this Friday 10th June from 1-5pm. There will be cakes and Pimms and Lemonade and the doors will be open for you to have a nose around and meet the team.

Looking forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts on the project.

Before and After: (left to right) The Red House on Elers Road needing some love when we first acquired it. And after some careful restoration work, The Red House as it stands today.

Project New Build

Our development at Alfred Road is our first new build project. We've just completed the ground work on this huge site and we're really pleased with our progress so far. However, following advice from local estate agents, we have decided to revise the internal layout. Some of the current units are larger than the terrace houses in the street and, while we always like to provide spacious apartments, we feel the current plans don't realise the full potential of the site. With the high demand for new homes in the neighbourhood, we have decided to submit a planning application to redesign the internal space to accommodate an additional apartment. 

If you are one of our neighbours on Alfred Road you will have received a set of original and revised plans asking you to feedback your thoughts on the proposed development to the council. These plans will be publicised by the council shortly, but if you're a local resident and would like to receive a copy in advance please email planning@upliftproperty.co.uk.

Help Kensal Rise Library fill their shelves

While work continues on the Reading Rooms and The Library House in Kensal Rise, The Friends of Kensal Rise Library are busy raising funds to fit out their new library.

The local community has been hard at work baking cakes, running pub quizzes, hosting talks with famous actors and a group of entrepreneurial school children have even been selling lemonade, and so far they have successfully raised over £45,000! But they need your help to reach their target of £80,000 by the end of July, so dig deep and donate here on their fundraising page.

The £80,00 they need will be used to cover the basic fit-out including flooring, plumbing, heating, plastering and decorating. And of course to help them fill their shelves with books. In the words of one donator:

"Every community deserves a library. It should be a right not a privilege."

We couldn't agree more. If you think so too and would like to help, grab your purse and donate here.

 

 

An Arts and Crafts Masterpiece

We are super proud of The Red House at Elers Road in Ealing, the hoarding is down and the shiny new crittall windows are up, it's finished! Check out the beautiful new turret and extra floor, those stunning crittall windows and the carefully restored stained glass. Well done to site manager Maciej and the rest of the Elers Road team, it looks stunning.

Beautiful brickwork up close

Detail of the carefully restored original glass in the front door and the new Arts and Crafts Style turret.

The living area in the huge open plan living space up in Flat 6

And from the other angle, the spacious kitchen with gorgeous eddison bulbs and metro tiles.

Double height ceilings, Arts and Crafts style panelled doors and amazing craftsmanship in the wood and glasswork, make a super special hallway.

The stunning bathroom and elegant light fixtures

If you'd like to find out more about the history of building and see some before photos check out this blog post

We are super happy to say all six apartments have now been sold (they flew out!) but if you'd like to see what other properties we have available have a look here and if you'd like to stay up to date with what we are up to email sales@upliftproperty.co.uk or sign up to our mailing list below.

10 Reasons To Move To Worthing

1.     The Pier

WorthingPier

There’s the usual amusements for the kids and all the kitsch you’d expect from the arcade, but unlike the hectic chaos of Brighton, this art deco pier has been beautifully preserved and still has an air of dignity. Enjoy an afternoon tea or a G&T in the original domed café, gaze at the sea and snooze in a deckchair. Heaven.

2. The Food

WorthingFood

We love the Garden Pantry and The Emporium Market for homemade deliciousness and to The Beach House or The Crab Shack for fresh seafood right on the beach. 

3. The Culture

Worthing has a growing art and craft scene with creativity to be found on every corner. One of our favourite finds was print maker Hello Dodo – a regular on the town’s Annual Art Trail and, of course, available on Etsy.

4. Vintage shops

VintageShops

Worthing has no shortage of second hand shops and flea markets packed to the brim with treasures that you definitely don’t need but might just like in your home. 

5. Architecture

Architecture

An abundance of Edwardian, Victorian and Art Deco buildings line the streets of this historic seaside town. We love the original 1920s clock face still ticking away on the pier.

6. Sport and Leisure

LeisureCentre

Splash Point is Worthing’s brand new leisure centre where you can swim, spa and work out all with a glorious sea view. If you’re into outdoor activities head to the Baker Academy to book in a kitesurfing lesson with one of their friendly instructors, or hire some gear from their shop and hit the waves.

7. The Dome Tearooms

TeaTime

Loose leaf tea and fish and chip sarnies, served on vintage china, to the sounds of Billie Holiday. It’s the bee’s knees.

8. The Sea

WorthingSea

It’s so blue it could almost be Mauritius. Almost.

9. Entertainment

ConnaughtHouse

Worthing has three theatres, The Connaught, The Assembly Hall and The Pavilion, all hosting a range of events from dance and opera to comedy. Then there’s the beautiful Edwardian cinema The Dome, showing all the latest releases.

10. The property

WorthingProperty

We’ve just acquired a gorgeous Georgian seafront property that we are going to restore and renovate in the coming months to provide a range of beach front apartments. So if our first nine reasons are enough to tempt you to consider a move to Worthing …. get in touch. 

Brighton Fringe Festival

So this weekend we left Worthing to visit our neighbours in Brighton and join in the fun that is the Fringe Festival. The sun brought everyone out onto the streets on Sunday and in spite of the rain the joy is set to continue this week until the 5th June. 

Go the the Fringe Website to find out about the 900 different events from cabaret to comedy, dance to theatre, performance art to kids creative workshops.

Some events are free others are ticketed so best to browse what's on and book soon if you want to join in the final weekend on the 4th and 5th of June.

10 reasons to move to Ealing

1. Ealing Studios

60 years ago Ealing was home to the best in British (possibly the world) film making, with classics such as The Lady Killers and The Man in the White Suit made here. Most of the big film studios have long since left, but the creative vibe has stayed, along with a whole load of prop makers. Find out more about Ealing's golden years here

2. Parks

Our favourites are Walpole and Lammas, but there is also Pitshanger, Brent Lodge, Southall, not to mention all the tree lined streets. You could almost forget you are so close to The City.

3. Coffee

We can't get through the day without a morning pick-me-up from our new neighbours Artisan Coffee. But did you know they also do home-brew masterclasses? Check them out here

4. Location

Ealing Broadway provides national rail services out of London for a cheeky weekend in the countryside. And town is just a half hour trip on the central line.

5. Shopping

Obviously there’s The Broadway and Uxbridge Road but for a really lovely local shopping trip try Pitshanger Lane and the lovely shops on Bond Street. 

6. Festivals

Every September Gunnersbury park is host to London Mela festival, a celebration of all things South Asian. There is also a comedy festival, a jazz festival a blues festival and a beer festival and a whole load more. Check out ealingsummerfestivals.com for the full programme.

7. The Arts

Open Arts Ealing

Open Ealing host a variety of arts and cultural events across the area including exhibitions and performances. They also work with arts practitioners, encouraging their professional development and creating an arts community.

8. The Food...

These are a few of our favourite spots: Bills for brunch, The Warpole Café for lunch, Santamari for fresh baked pizza, Momo for fantastic Japenese food, Maggie’s for burgers, Jubraj for a late night curry

9. And The Pubs

Print by Charlotte Berridge - available here

If you’re looking for a proper night out try: The Ealing Club, The Drapers Arms or Drayton Court. For good food, a friendly atmosphere and nice outside space try: The Ealing Park Tavern, The Haven Arms and The Fox. 

10. The Architecture

Inspired by what Ealing has to offer? We have just completed work, restoring this beautiful Arts and Crafts property on Elers Road with views across Lammas Park. If you liked to know more about this and the rest of our Ealing properties, check out what we've got here or drop us a line at: sales@upliftproperty.co.uk

Calling All Kentish Town Artists: Poster Competition with The Camden New Journal

Together with the Camden New Journal and in celebration of our Cinema project, coming soon to 187 Kentish Town Road, we launched a design a film poster competition.

The hoarding outside 187 Kentish Town Road

The hoarding outside 187 Kentish Town Road

The entries have been flooding in and we are super impressed with the standard, here are a few of our favourites so far, including 6 year old Harriet Sheridan - Taylors gorgeous '101 Dalmatians' design.

Ben Jewkes - 'Titanic'

Lucy Baron Thomson - 'Pan's Labyrinth'

Mike O'Brien - 'The Revenant' (http://www.mike-ob.com/)

Ryan MacEachern - 'American Pshycho'

Harriet Sheridan-Taylor - '101 Dalmatians'

Feeling inspired and fancy a go yourself? To enter all you have to do is design a poster for your favourite film. All entries must be in black and white and our favourites will be displayed outside the hoarding around our development at 187 Kentish Town Road, in celebration of the new community cinema and art space. The winners will be announced by The Camden New Journal in the coming weeks.

To read about the latest developments in the the project, have a look at this article written by The Camden New Journal

Feeling inspired? Email your design to Alex: MSTRgringo@gmail.com or Dan: dcarrier@camdennewjournal.co.uk by June 1st to be in with a chance of winning.

The White House in Acton

Work on the super stylish White House at number 53 Grove Road, Acton is complete. This gorgeous 3 bedroom house is split across three floors, has a huge family sized bathroom, en-suite and a downstairs loo. Downstairs you'll also find a gorgeous patio garden, bespoke kitchen with integrated Smeg and Bosch appliances (including a wine cooler and coffee machine!) and a lovely light living room.

We think it would make the perfect home for a family with plenty of space for the kids to run around in. But can also totally imagine ourselves enjoying a barbie in the garden with friends and family or taking a long soak in that massive oval bath!

Have a look at the photos below and make your own mind up. And if you like what you see and would like to find out more, drop us a line at sales@upliftproperty.co.uk

Looking through the kitchen to the garden

White walls and wood floors through create a bright, fresh space.

That dream bath tub in the family bathroom, there is also a double sink and walk in shower.

Bedroom one is on the first floor and would also make a great home office.

And bedroom two is on the second floor - the perfect room for your little one?

The huge master bedroom is also on the second floor and has an ensuite bathroom, two big windows and lots of in-built storage.

Spring has sprung

And we couldn't be more excited. Flowers are popping up all over our gardens as the design team get stuck in to planning a range of communal and private green spaces across our latest projects. Roll on barbecue season.

  

Calling all Kentish Town Artists

We're about to start work on the hoarding at our site over in Kentish Town. We've got Alex working on a design to celebrate the new cinema coming soon. And we'd love you to get involved too.

 

If you're a local artist, designer or doodler and would like to have your work displayed on our hoarding in the coming months, here's the brief:

Design a black and white poster celebrating your favourite film of all time. Then email your design to MSTRgringo@gmail.com.

Deadline: 1st June 2016.

We've got room for 10 posters on the hoarding but all work submitted will also be featured on the blog. 

Good luck.

 

 

 

 

Bikes, beers and a few surprises

Congratulations to all our new homeowners moving in over the coming weeks, we hope you will be happy for many years to come.

We know moving house can be stressful. So whilst you are busy planning and packing, Josh from our customer care team is putting together a bundle of gifts to help you settle in to your new Uplift home.

Housewarming

There will craft beer arriving from our friends at Beer Bods, an iTunes voucher to treat yourself to some music or movies, a subscription to Stack Magazines, the choice between a hand built bike from Kennedy Bicycles or a Zipcar membership ... and a few other surprises too.

 

Kennedy Bike

All the gifts are carefully selected from companies we love, whose values we share. And we are sure you are going to love them too.

Horses and heroes in Ladbroke Grove

We've got some great news to share this week as we've just submitted a planning application for a unique property in Ladbroke Grove. 15 - 17 Hewer Street is a stunning Victorian building that once served as a stable block for The Nodes family, who have lived and worked in the area for over 100 years. The family also owned and worked on Zero Alfred Road, another Uplift project, so we are really proud to be part of the future of both sites.

15-17 Hewer Street today.

15-17 Hewer Street today.

Last week Kam went round and met our new neighbours on Hewer Street, who were super keen to tell us what they knew about the property and also to share their hopes for its future. So thanks to them and the Nodes family, and some research in the local library, we've learnt a lot about the building's history. And we're now using this knowledge to restore the building to its former glory, whilst at the same time giving it a new use and purpose in the neighbourhood. 

Our plan is to provide 16 new homes within the main building arranged around an internal courtyard and also to create a small studio or office space for a local start-up company in what was once the coach house. 

We are really proud to be the new owners of the site and can't wait for work to begin.

Uplift's proposed restoration and renovation plans.

Uplift's proposed restoration and renovation plans.

In the meantime, here's a little bit more about the building's history and a story of horses and heroism that we really love...

The site of 15-17 Hewer Street appears in the 1888 Kensington street directory as ‘Dawlish Yard' coach house and stable block. The building was owned by John Nodes, who ran a local family undertaking and stone masonry business. The stone masonry work was carried out at his yard on Zero Alfred Road, which Uplift are also carefully developing, and the property at Hewer Street was where he kept his horses. Traditional black Friesians, these horses would have played an essential part in the grand Victorian funeral processions of the time, wearing black ostrich feather plumes and pulling ornate carriages decorated with flowers. 

15-17 Hewer Street circa 1900.

15-17 Hewer Street circa 1900.

According to historical records, the stables were built in 1881, and were still operating when war broke out in 1939. An archive of WW2 memories includes the story of a stable fire in 1942, told by a local boy who was 17 at the time.

Ernest Walsh was sleeping in a brick shelter with his family during an air raid, when he heard his friend Ronnie banging on the door, shouting: “We’ve got to get round to the dairy, it’s been hit with about 20 incendiary bombs… and the horses are trapped next door”. The boys rushed to the dairy where they saw fire in the John Nodes stables next door and heard the horses in distress:

“Together with Ronnie and Uncle Bob, we climbed over the boundary wall… to find the door of the stable would not open! I threw a milk crate up, smashed the window and climbed in. An incendiary bomb was burning fiercely in the far corner of the stable.

I groped my way to the horse nearest to the burning canister. ‘Betsy’ was jumping about wildly. “Steady there girl" I said, "we’ll soon get you to safety”. 

The fire seemed to be gaining hold… then suddenly the stable door crashed open! Betsy broke away from me and literally flew out of the door… and when we got to ‘Billy’s’ stall we placed a damp blanket over his head; leading him out to safety.” 

When the fires were put out and the remaining horses rescued, Ernest’s response was “I could really murder a cup of tea”.

In Celebration of World Book Day; A History Of Our Favourite Library

Happy World Book Day the perfect chance to celebrate two of our favourite things, Kensal Rise Library and History. What better time to share with you the story of how this unique part of London's literary history came to be.

Kensal Rise Library

Kensal Rise Library was built in 1900 as a Public Reading Room, as part of an effort to improve a predominantly poor area. Following the building boom in London at the end of the previous century, the housing and population in Kensal Green had become much denser. The land was donated to Willesden Council by All Souls College, Oxford, under a restricted covenant stating that it could only be used as a free public reading room and library. Cricklewood architects Done, Hunter & Co. designed the building and it was built by a firm from Exeter.

 

Mark Twain, who was staying at nearby Dollis Hill House that summer, and had educated himself in public libraries, was invited to openthe public reading room and donated five of his own books. The building would have been gas lit, with open coal fires, and it made newspapers available for everyone in the local area to read.

 

In 1903, Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated £3,000 to extend the building, and the following year the public reading room became a library. In 1922, it became the first library in Willesden to allow people to choose their own books from the shelves. In 1934, a Children’s Library and study room were created upstairs. 


During the war, the library suffered some minor bomb damage, and firewatchers spent nights in the attic, making use of its views across London. With the arrival of TV in the 1960s, the reading room became less popular and was closed, and major structural changes were made to update the building. The library passed from the Borough of Willesden to the new Borough of Brent.    


Threatened with closure more than once over the years, the library was closed by Brent Council in 2010. The local community, led by The Friends of Kensal Rise Library, mounted a campaign to save the library, which was supported by high-profile writers such as Alan Bennett and Phillip Pullman, and received a lot of national press coverage. Resisting council plans and rejecting proposals from developers, they took their case to the high court and won. And they created a pop-up library outside the building in the meantime. 


As the result of a dedicated five-year campaign, the library will re open this year. Uplift Property has worked with The Friends of Kensal Rise Library to agree a restoration of the building that is sensitive and sympathetic. The ground floor will be a public library once again, while the upstairs is converted into new housing. On 6th June 2015, members of the community celebrated reclaiming their public space at an open day, along with team Uplift and The Friends of Kensal Rise Library. 

If you would like to find out more about The Friends of Kensal Rise Library, take a look at their website here. And if this story has got you intrigued about the beautiful apartments, The Reading Rooms, above the library, great news they are now available to buy off plan. Just email team@upliftproperty.co.uk to find out more.

Happy Hoarding in Worthing

If you've been to Worthing and taken a stroll along Marine Parade recently, you may have spotted something exciting happening outside the old Cavendish Hotel. Whilst our construction team get to work on the inside, this amazing hoarding has gone up outside. Inspired by Worthing's history and featuring lots of facts about the local area, it brings a pop of colour to the seafront on a grey February day. We love it and we hope you do too.

If you have any interesting stories about Marine Parade and the Cavendish Hotel, we'd love to hear them, drop us a line at team@upliftproperty.co.uk.

Cavendish hotel worthing
Cavendish hotel worthing
Cavendish hotel worthing