Ballymore, the owner of the Wardian London development in Canary Wharf is seeking a High Court injunction preventing “persons unknown” – such as urban explorers and high-rise climbers – from trespassing on the site. Thrill-seekers might seek instead to try their hand at nearby Landmark Pinnacle, Europe’s tallest residential tower at 784ft and 75-storeys. The 27th floor offers one route of access to the top; it is being turned into an urban park, with 8,700sq ft of green space. The very top of the tower features two landscaped roof terraces with sofas and loungers, an all-weather lawn and a residents' bar and kitchen for special events. Landmark Pinnacle’s 752 apartments are priced from £542,750.
Evening Standard (12/03/2019)
Modular home developer Project Etopia has advised that London is running short of homes available under the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, with developers unable to keep pace with demand. Only 1,619 properties in the capital remained eligible for funding under the scheme last month, down almost two thirds from 4,535 at the end of 2017. Joseph Daniels, chief executive of Project Etopia, said: “Only rapid house building on a large scale and innovative ideas will prove to be a lasting antidote”.
Evening Standard (12/03/2019)
House prices are expected to fall towards the end of the year, according to revised estimates from the Office for Budget Responsibility. It said that average prices will drop by 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2019. Growth is expected to return in the second quarter of 2020, to 0.9%, but will remain well below the previously forecast figure of 3.1%. The OBR said: “Indicators of housing market activity and price expectations have deteriorated significantly since our October forecast and are consistent with a further fall in house price inflation”.
Daily Mail (13/03/2019)
Mortgage lending in the UK was up for remortgaging in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to a year earlier, according to data from the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority, though down for house purchasing. Lending to existing borrowers was 1.4 percentage points higher than a year earlier, at 31.1% of the total figures, the statistics revealed, while the proportion of lending for house purchases, including buy-to-let lending, was one percentage point lower than in 2017’s fourth quarter - at 63.5%. The data also revealed that the percentage of total loans going to first time buyers remained high by historical standards, at 21.2%.
The number of skyscrapers being completed in London is expected to reach a record high this year. An annual survey by New London Architecture and GL Hearn forecasts that construction on 76 tall buildings will be finished during the course of 2019, marking a three-fold increase on the previous year. The NLA data also reveals that 90% of all tall buildings proposed are for substantially residential use, with towers under construction expected to deliver 110,000 new homes for London. The tallest residential development, the 220m Newfoundland Quay, with 58 floors, will open later this year in Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf and the Docklands continue to be development hotspots, with 85 tall buildings planned in Tower Hamlets and 69 planned across Greenwich.
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Orchard Wharf Developments has negotiated a £65.5m loan from NatWest to redevelop a site on the banks of the River Lea, neighbouring East India Docks. The project, which is already over 70% sold, replaces a former petrol station with a 24-storey tower with stepped blocks of 20, 17, 11 and eight storeys. It will contain 338 new homes, and include 4,500 sq ft of commercial space.
Property Week (04/03/2019)