Banda’s CEO with the low-down on the company's latest acquisitions and developments, including the milestone that is Parkgate House, plus the inside track on the best of London culture
Welcome to the Banda Journal, where we’ll keep you up to date on all our latest acquisitions and developments, and give you the inside track on the best of London culture.
We’ve reached a series of milestones over the past year. Most notable is the completion of Parkgate House, our residential development in the heart of Battersea’s creative district. The building comprises five lateral apartments and one magnificent penthouse in order to meet the considerable need for bespoke property in the area. It has done that with widely acclaimed success: every apartment was sold within a day of launch. The former Victorian bakery is now set for further improvement thanks to granting of planning permission for what used to be commercial space on the ground floor. This will be transformed into equally impressive, open-plan living spaces.
Staying in Battersea, work on Radstock House, another of our residential developments, has begun. Once completed, the 30,000 sq ft new-build will boast eight apartments – each occupying an entire floor – with two commercial units at street level. The Royal College of Art, Vivienne Westwood and the Testbed 1 art space just a stone’s throw away, Radstock House is at the heart of a thriving creative community, and we’ve already made moves to ensure the local artistic spirit is a major factor of the project. RCA textile design student Danny Shang-Yu Lee is currently working on a bespoke tapestry that will take pride of place in the lobby area, and it’s one of the elements of of Radstock House I’m most looking forward to seeing completed. Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby is overseeing much of the building’s interior features, and she will be taking inspiration from Danny’s work to ensure cohesion throughout.
Crossing the river, our Orford House and Little Orford Studios schemes in Chelsea have provided the opportunity to remodel a large double-fronted house and create four lateral apartments respectively. Both properties, adjacent to one another on Rawlings Street, have strong architectural identities and one of the biggest challenges we face is maximising potential, while maintaining their unique characteristics. As developers, we are always conscious that many of our decisions have an effect on local residents, as well as our clients. But I believe we have decided on a plan that will both maintain the integrity of the local area and provide for the highest standard of modern living.
In Buckingham Gate, we recently acquired a Grade II-listed site with great views across St James’s Park to Buckingham Palace. We will transform the former office space into a collection of fantastic residential units, comprising three maisonettes, four apartments and a penthouse. Remodelling the rear elevation and creating the lower ground floor maisonettes has granted us scope to do something different, adding internal courtyards, extra balconies and a penthouse roof extension.
Moving west, we are delighted to have secured planning permission for seven duplex residential apartments in Richmond. The property is located in the Richmond Brewery, on the east side of Petersham Road, which runs between Richmond Town centre and Petersham, and close to the River Thames. All seven apartments will benefit from southwest-facing terraces with views of the river. With excellent transport links into central London as well, this is set to be one of our most popular properties to date.
As you can see, our portfolio is ever-expanding, and to make sure we can imprint Banda’s design ethic and attention to detail on every facet of our work, our team must grow accordingly. I am proud to announce the recent appointment of four new Banda consultants:
Charles Clarke, our new Design Manager, has fantastic experience in London’s super prime property market and has previously completed private commissions in Switzerland and the Balearics.
John Ferguson Davie has worked at Tower8 and ISG, as well as surveying and project management in France, and has Joined Banda to assist with the management of developments, from inception through to completion.
Raimondo Gaetani has joined Banda’s search and acquisitions team. His extensive experience in events production, publishing and finance have prepared him well for reaching out to clients looking for high-end properties.
Ella Lothian, our new Office Manager, has arrived to oversee the day-to-day running of Banda HQ, and will no doubt bring great passion to the role, having worked on the recent renovation of Bradley Court in Gloucestershire.
Looking forward, the Banda Journal will serve as our interactive noticeboard and newspaper, the place where all our latest ventures will be unveiled, but for now, take the time to read the other articles, where we look at the current trends in interior design, discuss the opportunities in off-plan buying and illustrate Banda’s concept of ‘Design for Living’.
At Banda we set the scene, the script is up to you.
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Chief Executive Officer.