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A Footballers View of Social Housing

  A year ago, former England captain Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United skipper Mark Noble and ex-Brighton striker Bobby Zamora turned up at the conference to unveil their Legacy Foundation – a regeneration charity with a plan to build a series of social and privately rentable housing schemes, backed by private investors. The stars are […]

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Decline in the London Luxury Property Market

The wealthy are avoiding the London property market, with sales of “super prime” £10m-plus homes in the capital collapsing by 86% over the past year. Just five properties were sold for more than £10m in the three months to August 2016, according to Land Registry data, compared with 35 in the same period a year earlier. Outside […]

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Chinese firm to build Europe’s tallest residential tower in London

On the eve of crucial talks between the British and Chinese over investment in the UK, Shanghai’s biggest property developer is to go ahead with an £800m tower in London, poised to be western Europe’s tallest residential skyscraper.     Source: The Guardian www.4qtrs.com

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Best Yacht over 100ft 2016

Don’t be fooled by Atlante’s gray hull and black superstructure. They make this four-deck, 180-footer from the Ferretti Group’s custom superyacht brand look like a battleship. But no military vessel has ever had such a refined interior.

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Best Yacht under 100ft 2016

Vanquish Yachts, a 4-year-old Dutch brand, fully customizes each VQ50, and for hull number 1 it included an unusual feature: a mid-hull tender garage, on the starboard side, with a 4-by-7-foot opening. The garage is equipped with a hydraulic winch to launch and retrieve the yacht owner’s Williams Jet Tenders Turbojet 325.    

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Seoul’s booming Luxury Market

Propelled by a lust for luxury and beauty, South Korea’s ultramodern megacity has become a new capital of culture. Of the many enigmatic sights in East Asia, perhaps none are as indicative of a cultural creed as South Korea’s burial mounds. For hundreds of years, the structures—hillocks constructed over clay-sealed timber coffins—were filled with gold, […]

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A Rainforest in a Hotel; only in Dubai!

The world’s first hotel with its own rainforest is scheduled to open 2018 , complete with artificial beach,  pool and trees that spray mist. At a reported build cost of £230 mn, the Rosemont Hotel & Residences is the latest example of luxury in the Emirates, a go-to destination for holidaymakers and a major hub for […]

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London, Pockets of Affordability

  The China Walk estate was built by the London County Council between 1928 and 1934. Today, an extra 70 units are being fitted into two spaces – a former car park and a garage space – among its half-dozen interwar blocks, built in Bedford, brought to the capital by truck and assembled on site […]

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Brent Cross Regeneration

A major regeneration scheme to provide thousands of  jobs and homes has moved a significantly closer following the agreement between Barnet Council and its development partners, Argent Related & Hammerson and Standard Life Investments. The multi-billion pound Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme will create a new town centre, incorporating 7,500 homes, 27,000 jobs, three re-built schools, […]

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A Nervous Rental Market.

Around 12%  of letting agents are reporting falling rents over the past few weeks. One in nine have experienced an immediate dip in rents following the EU referendum. “What we need is some certainty from the new government that housing remains a priority with the rental market playing a central role. For example, we want to avoid a […]

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