Not so vibrant London

At Pocket we love London. We love it’s vibrancy. That’s why it’s so disappointing to see report after report warning the capital that, the people that make it such an exciting place to live, want to leave.

 

“Londoners are almost unanimous in their belief that London ranks worse than elsewhere on both the affordability and the availability of housing. For the average London resident, housing affordability and housing availability are the indicators on which London performs worst.”

This is a direct quote from the Vibrant Capital report by Grant Thornton.

 

The urban commentator and Harvard lecturer Ed Glaeser has commented that the continued success of cities relies on a simple equation, that the cultural and commercial richness of the city must benefit inhabitants more than the downside of living in close proximity and sharing so much with others. The Grant Thornton report shows that amongst all groups researched, valued the cultural and leisure benefits of living in London alongside it’s diversity and benefits to pay and career. For too many however, these benefits are outweighed by the challenges of finding affordable and secure housing that meets their needs.

 

As a city, we have to move faster to help these largely young aspiring Londoners resolve their housing issues. At Pocket, we hear the stories from this audience constantly. They have been frustrated by the housing situation that they find themselves in and can’t see any way out of it. The cost of living swallows up their incomes so significantly that the prospect of ever owning a home is a distant dream. Furthermore, these costs deny them access to so much of the culture and fun that the city should provide. The equation that Ed Glaeser talks of, no longer makes sense and for a highly mobile workforce, who have never seen their career as a single “job for life”, leaving the Capital is increasingly the only answer.

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Walthamstow Wetlands Centre: the most photogenic place in London

Our Pocket homes at Gainsford Road E17, the first Pocket Living scheme in Waltham Forest, are on sale just as Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve opens down the road. Walthamstow Wetlands is a short cycle from Gainsford Road E17, it’s full of things to do and it’s free!

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We’re already great fans of Walthamstow (the reason we’ve launched 45 Pocket homes for sale to local first time buyers here), so we’re really happy to hear that this vast green space has opened up for local Londoners to enjoy.

Walthamstow Wetlands is an impressive regeneration of this 211 hectare Thames Water reservoir, the main source of water supply for 3.5 million people. Open to the public for the first time in 150 years, there’s something for everyone – be it lunching, walking, cycling, fishing or bird-watching. There’s even a calendar of regular activities and seasonal events.

 

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The Centre is already a huge success, their Twitter feed filled with incredible shots taken by visitors of the local wildlife, landscape and industrial heritage buildings.

 

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What an amazing place to have near your home, lucky E17-ers!  We’re so glad this gem has opened up just down the road from Gainsford Road E17.

If you’re a first time buyer and live or work in Waltham Forest, you could buy one of our Pocket homes.  Just register for a My Pocket account and complete an affordability assessment to book your viewing.  Sales are already live, with the scheme due to complete in March 2018, so you could move in ready to enjoy Spring at the Wetlands.

Any questions, contact our friendly sales team!

 

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A striking new building for Kingston on Cowleaze Road KT2

Our first scheme in Kingston has been designed by the RIBA Stirling Prize winner Haworth Tompkins.  Best known for their stunning Stirling Prize-winning Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, we are thrilled to be working with them on our smaller, but no less stunning, residential scheme near the town centre of Kingston-upon-Thames.

Providing 21 one bedroom Pocket homes and 5 two bedoom Pocket Edition homes, Cowleaze Road KT2 will be an intimate and stable community of local home owners.  We spoke to the team at Haworth Tompkins about the background to the site and their  ideas for the building:

 

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Handmade mugs inspired by Mapleton Crescent SW18

It’s unusual for a building to have a matching set of mugs.  Then again, Mapleton Crescent SW18 isn’t your typical building.  Tall, green and slender, its façade will shimmer with bespoke green-glazed terracotta tiles.  These tiles were designed with the help of Loraine Rutt, our consultant ceramicist, working closely with architects Metropolitan Workshop.

 

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Loraine is a fine art ceramicist and we spoke to her to find out more about her involvement in the project – and why she was inspired to make a limited range of mugs to celebrate the building.

“When architects Metropolitan Workshop proposed a terracotta façade for Mapleton Crescent SW18, they asked me to advise on creating a glaze that would feel ‘handmade’, rather than factory-produced, bringing a human scale to this tall building.  They wanted to give life and movement to the building that would catch the eye of locals and residents, and continue looking good with minimal maintenance.”
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Affordable homes in Zone 1 – Sail Street and Juxon Street SE11 completed

Our latest city makers have moved in at Sail Street and Juxon Street SE11, North Lambeth

We’re so proud of our latest schemes in the Borough of Lambeth, Sail Street and Juxon Street SE11, which between them have provided 70 new homes to local city makers.  Built on the edge of the China Walk estate using the latest modular construction technology, they’re a handsome pair.

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Pocket homes complete at Rosina Street E9

Stunning new Hackney scheme for 29 local first time buyers

Rosina Street E9 was designed by Hackney-based Waugh Thistleton Architects, and completed in March 2017.  The Pocket flats were sold at a 20% discount to the surrounding market and the building is now home to 29 local first time buyers.  It’s the second Pocket Living scheme in Hackney, and it’s one we’re especially proud of – when you look at these photos, you’ll see why!

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Homes with a view in Lambeth

Sail and Juxon St SE11, all set for Spring!

 

It’s the first day of Spring, and for the first time in what seems like months, London’s city makers are starting to think about spending time outside again.

So it’s great timing that our gorgeous new buildings in North Lambeth, Sail and Juxon St SE11, have outside space to suit all residents.

When you walk through the covered entrance at Juxon St SE11, you enter a wonderful walled courtyard garden with benches underlit by LEDs and pretty young trees.  It will be a great place for residents to meet, mingle and hang out.

 

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126 new homes for Haringey from Pocket Living

Pocket Living was delighted to receive planning permission from Haringey council last week, for our most ambitious scheme to date, West Green Place N17.

 

This allows us to deliver 98 Pocket homes, which will be available to local first time buyers at a 20% discount, establishing another strong community of owner occupiers. West Green Place will also include with a new community centre for the benefit of the whole local community .

 

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