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Cavendish House

Our first Worthing seafront properties are now being marketed by our agents Michael Jones. These stunning 1, 2 and 3 bedroom seafront apartments are now available to buy and looking fab.

As you'd expect from one of our homes light and sociable living areas have been prioritised creating the perfect space to hangout, with an open plan kitchen and space for a dining table.

Just 15 minutes walk from Worthing Station these new homes are well placed to make the most of the things we love about Worthing - the pier, theatre, cinema and good food and drink with the south downs on your door step.

 

For more details or to arrange a viewing please contact Michael Jones: sales@michaeljones.co.uk

Introducing: The Library Apartments & Twain House

With work on the Library Apartments and Twain House now complete and the Library space handed over to the Friends of Kensal Rise Library's team it seems like time to show you the results of our hard work.

We're very proud of our work, restoring the building, creating unique new homes and ensuring it continues to have a life as a library and hub for the community. 

 

We are happy to say all bar one apartment are now sold  but if you'd like to see what properties we have available do 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.

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.

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