Streatham welcomes Pocket’s latest building for first time buyers

Hello Mountearl Gardens SW16!


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Mountearl Gardens SW16 is another great example of the way Pocket Living brings architectural quality to areas of London popular with first time buyers.  We’re really proud of our latest scheme which made creative use of this site set on the corner of the handsome estate off Leigham Court Road.  Previously home to old garages, we worked with HKR Architects to create a building comprised of one, two and three storey blocks that optimises the site without compromising the views of existing residents.


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It’s all about good design at Western Road UB2, Ealing


The back of Western Road UB2 overlooking the garden


Our latest Pocket building on Western Road in the heart of Southall is complete with Pocket owners settled in and enjoying their homes. I am sure you will agree that this is one handsome building!  There are 36 one bedroom homes at Western Road UB2, all sold for £165,000 and designed for us by the architectural practice JTP.



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Guest blog: Making spaces feel bigger & how to do it with style

Over the coming months Lizzie from Small Space People is blogging for us, bringing lots of tips and ideas for living small and decor inspiration. Her blog is all about making your small home your own in clever, crafty ways.

Making a small space feel bigger is something that you’ve probably really struggled with at some point…I know I have. It’s a massive pain that you want to have a huge living room with a giant corner sofa and loads of bookcases, but we all know that when you live small, that’s just a distant dream.


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Calling all Pocket residents: win £500 with the #LivingwithPocket competition

There has been a lot of interest in what we do recently, things have been very busy and everyone from the press, politicians and city makers want to know what it is like to live in a Pocket home. So we want to hear from our residents.


If you live in a Pocket home you can enter our #LivingwithPocket competition for a chance of winning £500 to spend with one of our favourite shops Triangle.


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Furnishing your new Pocket home

How to make your Pocket flat a home

Furnishing a new home is possibly the most exciting part of the homebuying process… Which sofa?  What bed?  Colour scheme?  Accessories?  For first time buyers, while it may be exciting, it can also be a bit daunting.  And when you’ve only got limited space, it’s even more important to get it right.

A Pocket home is our customer’s castle, and before you even move in it has the makings of a home.  We’re really proud of Pocket’s carefully planned interior layouts, which maximise the space and flexibility residents have for their furniture.  We use neutral colour schemes so you can add furnishings in the hues you choose.  And we have built-in wall lighting to give you a great ambience.  Finally, we provide plenty of storage so you can tidy away the clutter.

Western Road UB2 show home now open

Take a peek at our latest show home in Western Road UB2, which has just been designed by our friend Kelly at Birdy Design, using a mixture of owned, found and bought pieces.  Just like our first time buyers, at Pocket we like to keep our costs low and make the most of anything that we already have, so Kelly had a pretty tricky task as we asked her to re-use quite a few items of furniture that we already had in storage.

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Pocket Regen – a new way to regenerate London’s housing estates


Pocket Regen, is our submission for the NLA’s recent competition, ‘New Ideas for Housing London’.  Pocket Regen is a new way of managing estate regeneration. By engaging openly with estate communities, and offering real reasons to welcome regeneration, we can provide additional 100% affordable housing for the very people that make this city great.


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Cladding our new tower with teapots

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Pocket has just received consent from the planning committee to proceed to build a 24 storey tower of affordable homes in Wandsworth.  This is big news!  A tower in Wandsworth with 63 Pocket homes might not make us a giant in the world of property development but it does symbolise the fact that we’ve come of age.  London desperately needs more starter homes for its city makers, and we’re working hard to help deliver as many as we can.  Moving into the world of towers means we can deliver more affordable homes on a tight plot of land in a great location.

But what about the teapots?

Our first tower at Mapleton Crescent SW18 is designed by award-winning architects Metropolitan Workshop.  Met Workshop are well known for their innovative work, and we briefed them to come up with a proposal for this scheme that contributed positively to the local area, and stood as a thing of beauty – while at the same time delivering affordable new homes for the way London’s city makers live today.  Met Workshop are working with ceramiscist Loraine Rutt to develop a range of striking green tiles with which to clad the building.

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Designing for community at Marcon Place E8

By Tom Westwood, Waugh Thistleton Architects, Associate

Marcon Place E8 is Waugh Thistleton’s first built project for Pocket, and Pocket’s first endeavour in Hackney – working together proved a perfect match. We’ve done a good amount of work in the Borough, and Pocket knows the way to getting good quality, fairly-priced housing in the areas that people want to live and work.

At the forefront of Marcon Place E8 was always the commitment to strong design, so we worked closely with the team at Pocket to create smart, thoughtful, and welcoming spaces. What ultimately developed is a design that proves that high density housing can employ natural materials, a human scale and a generosity of communal spaces. It proves to residents that there need not be a compromise in the quality of accommodation required to enjoy the benefits of central London living.

Marcon Place’s 31 homes are arranged in four blocks around a landscaped courtyard which forms the heart of the scheme. This common outdoor area inspires community living and gives Marcon Place that splash of green all tenants desire.

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