Paddington Central is situated right next to the Grand Union Canal. Being near water while you’re exercising is thought to give you more of a mental boost than exercising in a crowded and overstimulated gym environment. The team has created a unique opportunity to couple the balancing effects of water with the focusing effects of yoga – with Floating yoga taking place in a The Floating Classroom.
Led by a resident running expert, Paddington Central has set up its own running club which meets weekly from interval training to middle distance and beyond; perfect for beginner and intermediate runners.
On June 9th 2016, Paddington Central held a street party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with activities including dancing to vintage music, sampling delicious food and getting competitive on the coconut shy.
We know from our recent survey of 1,000 office workers across the UK that outdoor areas and gardens are a key part of the ‘ideal office’. We’ve recently embarked on our second phase of upgrades at Paddington Central, which will transform the campus for the people who work and live there by creating a greener, more pedestrian friendly environment. Our plans include a Woodland Garden, an outdoor Games Room providing activities where people can socialise, a Library where people can relax and a Kitchen Garden with communal seating in the summer months. All enhancements are being carefully phased and managed to minimise disruption to retailers, residents, building occupants and visitors.
The new, improved and award-winning Creative Curriculum project, being delivered for the first time by education charity Open City, is well underway at Regent’s Place. Local primary schoolchildren have created sculptures, with support of a professional artist, having taken their inspiration from a tour of Regent’s Place. The schoolchildren involved visited the site in July to install the sculptures they’ve created.
A first-of-its-kind community fund launched in April making £30,000 available to support charitable initiatives in the West End and North of London. The Regent’s Place Community Fund is an innovative partnership investing in local people and local causes. British Land is one of the Founding Funders, along with Capital One, Dentsu Aegis Network, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, Lendlease and Santander, and Regent’s Place Management. The Fund aims to make a real difference to the local area and will help smaller community organisations around Regent's Place. It focuses on causes that support social cohesion in the community, skills and access to employment, and healthy living.
Regent's Place is enhanced with many installations from internationally recognised modern artists, historic pieces and exciting new commissions. From sculpture to paintings, contemporary light pieces and classic marble friezes to an architecturally-based pavilion, the art is both welcoming and engaging.
Over the last few years we are delighted to have been able to increase the collection further, with pieces by Gary Webb and Julian Opie amongst others. Other world-class artists who are represented here at Regent’s Place include Antony Gormley and Sarah Morris.
The most recent addition to the public art at Regent's Place is Pecking Bird, a piece by artist Gary Hume. The installation is on the corner of Brock Street and Hampstead Road.
Earlier this year, Broadgate installed a pop-up Reading Room in Finsbury Avenue Square to celebrate the anniversaries of some of Britain's most loved poets, playwrights and authors. Throughout April and May, The Reading Room, an innovative space to relax, read and be inspired, played host to a number of books by the authors we celebrated – Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl – as well as range of literature-themed craft classes.
Broadgate houses an impressive art collection by acclaimed British and international artists. Creative, confident and cosmopolitan, these modern masterpieces are accessible to all. Out in the open air, stunning sculptures in bronze, ceramic, steel and stone provoke a range of reactions, inspiring some and intriguing others. Pieces that hope to inspire those living and working in and around Broadgate. The team have created an Art Trail for visitors to track all the different pieces of art.
An installation at Broadgate tells the stories of the iconic buildings on campus, exploring the inspiration behind the buildings, the design references woven in by the architects, and the challenges faced during construction. Key features are the engineering that suspends Exchange House above busy railway tracks, the innovation built into the new 5 Broadgate building and 2-3 Finsbury Avenue, and the stories behind Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate and 100 Liverpool Street.
More than 9,000 women took part in Meadowhall’s fourth annual Ladies Night event in June, with freebies, discounts and experiences on offer throughout the centre. Free massages, express glamour beauty treatments, live beauty demos, cocktails and freebies contributed to a +7.3% increase in footfall versus the same night in the previous year.
The new £300 million Leisure Hall responds to our customers’ changing lifestyles. The 330,000 sq ft of space will provide new dining and entertainment experiences, as well as high quality internal and external space for promotional and community use. More than 1,000 jobs will be created by the Leisure Hall, in addition to a number of temporary construction jobs. The jobs will be promoted via The Source, Meadowhall’s on-site recruitment and training facility founded by British Land with Sheffield City Council in 2003.
A 2015 review by PwC reveals for the first time the full extent of the significant contribution Meadowhall makes to the local community and the wider city region, since we opened our doors 25 years ago.
2016 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson, Hull's flying heroine who was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia and set a string of other records throughout her career. As part of the Amy Johnson festival, St Stephen's has 130 paper planes flying across the centre in a glorious rainbow display.
Old Market is committed to creating a welcoming and friendly environment that consistently exceeds customers’ expectations. They achieve this in a variety of ways such as reinforcing local employment and supporting the community through fundraising and sponsorship. Or by supporting the local football team with a dedicated Wembley pop up shop!
Last summer our recently developed Old Market shopping destination in Hereford, launched Herefest, a unique, month-long summer programme of music, street theatre, arts and crafts and food and drink. An iconic Routemaster bus was parked at the centre, and inside visitors enjoyed workshops, makeovers, cake sampling sessions and cookery demonstrations.
A new shuttle service has been launched at Whiteley, running every hour between Fareham and Whiteley for just £1 each way. The W1 First Bus service helps customers and workers alike to travel with more ease between the two destinations and significantly reduces travel time.
Young people who completed this year’s art:space programme at Whiteley performed at an exclusive event for their families, caring staff and special guests including the Deputy Mayor of Winchester. art:space provides young carers with a chance to balance their caring responsibilities with time to pursue their own creative interests, enabling them to build new skills and supportive relationships. The multi-arts programme is funded by British Land and run by Create, an award-winning charity that focuses on engaging society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in areas where provision is poor and engagement in the arts is low.
Launched in Spring 2016, Whiteley provides a free app to enable visitors to plan their next trip – everything from opening hours to cinema listings, offers and events. You can even book a session at the rock climbing experience Rock Up. The app enhances the visitor experience, making Whiteley even more accessible and user friendly.
St Stephen's is a proud Business Partner for Hull as it becomes UK City of Culture 2017. St Stephen's will be at the heart of a game-changing year for Hull, which will deliver transformative cultural activity throughout 2017, celebrating the city's people, history and geography.
Helping keeping customers and their little ones entertained, Glasgow Fort have set up a programme of summer sport activity ranging from ‘Beat the Glasgow Fort goalie’ to building sandcastle on Glasgow Fort’s own sandy beach! Visitors are invited to participate in Glasgow Fort’s facebook page #GlasgowFortSport with their own photos.
The stones which pave the new walkways at Glasgow Fort are Caithness Stone, from quarries in the far north, connecting the squares and promenades in a sinuous landscape of pathways. Four hundred million years in the making, this is rock from the very heart of Scotland – locally sourced and locally loved. From the Scottish Parliament Building and Belfast Concert Hall to the British Memorial Garden in New York, Caithness flagstone is found in the most prestigious places.
Works of art celebrate the local natural heritage and connecting with the local community. Elegant bronze deer by Lucy Casson greet visitors along the promenade; etched glass screens by Kirsty Brooks conjure up slices of the Scottish landscape and intriguing sculptural play pieces entertain children and adults alike.
The team at Glasgow Fort are creating a perennial wildflower meadow and screening security fencing with attractive, fast-growing, nectar-rich climbing plants. This will increase the visual appeal and biodiversity of the Glasgow Fort environment, provide habitats for wildlife and nesting birds, environmental education opportunities for local schoolchildren and young people, and to create a sense of ownership and increase environmental awareness among the local community.
The Leadenhall Building won the British Council of Offices award for London’s best Commercial Work Place this year. The Building was recognised for its ‘intelligent arrangement’ which allows the floor plates to decrease as you go higher up the building. Judges described the structure as iconic at both skyline and street level, with the open space at ground level creating a pedestrian route and a public setting for the building opposite.
Allowing our occupiers and visitors to our buildings to connect digitally is a key objective for our new developments. The Leadenhall Building was one of the first buildings in the UK to be awarded best-in-class certification, Platinum, by WiredScore for the digital connectivity it provides to its occupiers. This means “the building has achieved the highest standards for ease of installation, resilience and future proofed capacity for internet and telecoms.”
‘London's Burning’ which brought the Square Mile and beyond to life with a series of art installations, performances and talks that gave a contemporary perspective on a significant moment in the country’s history. The Leadenhall Building took part in the Domino sculpture, where the dominoes traced the multiple paths of the fire through the streets of London, culminating in a finale display next door in Aviva Square after a short trip through the Leadenhall Building’s very own Public Space.
The Leadenhall Building tries to lead the way in it’s approach to environmental and sustainability schemes and are delighted to work with bio-bean - the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. bio-bean works within the existing energy and waste infrastructure, developing sustainable products and solutions to displace conventional fuels and chemicals.
At Clarges Mayfair we are creating a new and elegant landmark. It is entirely rooted in the history of the surrounding area, taking inspiration from local heritage and craftsmanship. This is reflected in the fluted design of the columns, which are made from Portland stone, the delicate aluminium bronze balustrades that are inspired by the branches of the plane trees lining Green Park and the bread lace collars that were fashionable in 16th century Mayfair.
Starting life as a motorbike showroom in 1930, the building was bought by the BBC in 1952. To reflect Yalding House’s musical heritage, the reception features a meeting and waiting room complete with turntable and an extensive record collection. The building’s basement was formerly home to the BBC’s Central Music Library of over a million vinyl records and is now a bicycle workshop and storage area.
British Land supports Surrey Docks Farm by funding their Young Farmer’s Club. This enables the Farm to run the successful free club for 45 young people aged from 8-13 every Saturday. The club allows young people from the local community to work together to learn about working with animals and how to grow their own food.
Each year as part of British Land’s Corporate Community Day, volunteers from across the company work with students at Bacon’s College to give them an insight into the property sector and to hear their ideas about the future development of the Canada Water area. Students have also showcased their media skills to the British Land Canada Water team, producing a short video of the Community Day, before launching it at head office in front of the whole company.
Surrey Quays Shopping & Leisure supports Docklands Junior Football Club by sponsoring the team’s football kits, track tops and training equipment. The club, run by coach Jamie Mehmet and now based at Docklands Settlement in Rotherhithe, provides football coaching and life skills to local young footballers. British Land is delighted to support a club which plays such an important role in championing young people’s sporting ambition.
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