Looking for idle land… a typical Pocket plot

London’s a big place, and most developers think big when it comes to land.  Big regeneration opportunities with big profits attached.  At Pocket, we take a different approach.  Our mission is to provide as much affordable housing as we can on a site, so we tend to favour ‘infill’ sites; land that either doesn’t have any particular purpose, or is no longer used for the purpose it was previously intended.  Idle land.  This includes old garage sites which have become under-used storage facilities for junk, community centres which are not used by the community any more, or just spaces between buildings.

It makes sense to develop these sites.  They’re already within an existing community, they can tap into the existing infrastructure and services, they allow the densification of London, rather than pushing its urban boundary out into the green belt.  Here are some examples of the ‘before’  and ‘after’ of ongoing projects which are a fairly typical plot size of anything up to 1 acre:

 

Marischal Road SE13, Lewisham.  Disused garages.  0.185 acres.  26 Pocket homes

This site in Marischal Road SE13 is perfect for Pocket.  We’ve designed a scheme that brings 26 Pocket compact apartments to Lewisham, just a stone’s throw from the bustling market, shopping centre and excellent transport links of Lewisham DLR and overland.  We’re starting construction in August 2015, with sales going live in Spring 2016.

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Festivalling the Pocket way!

Go to Glastonbury?  Or keep local, stay dry, sleep in a nice warm bed?

muddy glastonbury  cosy bed

Getting muddy at Glastonbury this weekend?  It’s obviously the icon of all festivals – but there is another way.  At Pocket we like to skip the horrors of the M4, the queues for the showers, the mud up to our knees.  We like to stay local and enjoy the festival spirit a bit closer to home… with the promise of a guaranteed shower and a warm bed at the end of the day!  Wherever you live in London, there’s almost certainly a festival of sorts in your local area.  They might not all be the Notting Hill Carnival, but small and intimate beats big and brash every time in our book (just like our flats!).  We’ve done a quick scan of all the areas where our city makers are most likely to live, and come up with this roundup of London’s local festivals taking place this summer, and beyond.

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