HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Brentford Regeneration

In a slightly quiet week in the world of property & architecture, we take a look at the new regeneration plans for the Greater London area of Brentford, and we also look into Brexit’s toll on the property market.

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As London expands outwards, more and more periphery areas are undergoing regenerations, and Brentford appears to be the next big London area to be swept in this trend. Millions of pounds are being invested into the area, which will completely transform Brentford, with a whole new stadium for Brentford FC with housing incorporated into it.

The Brentford Lock West development is the biggest of the bunch with 700 new canal-side homes being joined by a host of new shops, restaurants, leisure areas and a gym. There are also plans to plough £5.45 million into a new marina in order to attract more aquatic activities utilising Brentford’s position on the Thames.

Brentford Waterside Rengeration - HEKKTA

Brentford Waterside Rengeration – HEKKTA

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Gatwick Airport have announced new plans for a £500m runway upgrade, utilising their standby runway so that it is operational for routine use. This seems a slight retaliation to the recent news that the Government have backed Heathrow expansion, but the extra capacity is essential for both airports considering the capacity crisis London airports are facing.

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Architects and architecture as a whole could be struck a major blow if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, as it has emerged that the automatic mutual recognition of architecture qualifications between the two sides will no longer exist, making it more difficult for firms in one territory to hire staff from the other.

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The “world’s largest performing arts centre under one roof” has just opened after completion in Taiwan. the enormous 141,000-square-metre National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts, designed by Mecanoo, is a beautiful piece of architecture, with a roof that follows the scale and arrangement of the four auditoriums contained within.

National Kaohsiung Centre Arts - HEKKTA - Brentford

National Kaohsiung Centre Arts – HEKKTA – Brentford

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The housing market continues to feel the hit from Brexit, as the August month recorded the slowest growth in house prices for five years, with London house prices falling 0.2%

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Looking at the bright side of mid-Brexit economics, there are some hopefuls that the sluggish housing market will aid first time buyers in getting onto the property ladder. This has also been assisted by the government’s crackdown on buy-to-let investors.

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New renders have been released for Herzog & de Meuron’s Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin. Located in Berlin’s Kulturforum, a cultural district located near Potsdamer Platz, the firm have gone for unusual barn-like appearance.

Museum of the 20th Century - HEKKTA - Brentford

Museum of the 20th Century – HEKKTA – Brentford

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Kengo Kuma has created his take on the new shipping container trend by making a drive-thru Starbucks out of 29 stacked containers in Hualien, Taiwan. This becomes one of 45 versions of these container coffee shops now owned by the global brand, in an effort to increase their sustainability.

Kengo Kuma container Starbucks - HEKKTA - Brentford

Kengo Kuma container Starbucks – HEKKTA – Brentford

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Surveyors to produce far simpler reports on houses to avoid the confusion associated with buying a house. There are several issues surrounding surveying as people frequently buy houses without knowing of serious faults within the property, due to the complexity of previous reports.

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Despite landlords warnings that increasing tax on buy-to-let properties would cripple the property market, these have proved to be completely untrue as the real price of buy-to-let has fallen.

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Damien Hurst is to move into a new HQ; the newly completed blue-tiled building sat on the corner of Beak Street in London’s Soho. The world-famous artist bought the building for his studio for £40m, and the property will also house a branch of popular Japanese restaurant Sticks ‘n’ Sushi.

Stiff + Trevillion's Beak Street - HEKKTA - Brentford

Stiff + Trevillion’s Beak Street – HEKKTA – Brentford

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