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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.

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.

 

 

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.

Hooray and a big congratulations

This week has started with some excellent news. The London Borough of Brent has announced Margaret Bailey, chair of The Friends Of Kensal Rise Library, as one of it's 2015 Community Champions for her work in bringing the library back to life. After working closely with her over the last few months, we can honestly say that we couldn't think of anyone who deserves it more. Working tirelessly to give the community back its library, she has championed its values and has been absolute pleasure to work with.

We would just like to say hooray and a huge congratulations to Margaret and all the Friends of Kensal Rise Library.

We can't wait to get the library open for you all.