Henley donates 100 laptops to local schools

support for children struggling to access home schooling

January 2021

Henley announced its commitment to supporting primary schools in local boroughs with the donation of 100 laptops to children most at risk of falling behind in their education during the latest lockdown.  Ofcom estimated a shortfall of 1.78 million laptops for school age children; a deficit which the government and business are striving to alleviate.

 

30 local schools across Battersea, Tooting and Putney are set to benefit from the technology which will play a vital role for those struggling to access online learning. The laptops are the latest in a series of donations from the developer’s charitable arm, BCBN, which has raised £1.5m to date for local and national community projects.

 

CEO of Henley Homes, Tariq Usmani, notes the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting education, commenting: “With the latest national lockdown set to continue into spring, it is paramount children do not fall further behind in their education due to lack of access to online teaching resources. We were happy to work with our local MPs on this drive as we believe that no child should be disconnected from vital learning.”

 

The laptops will be delivered to chosen local primary schools by Smart City Prestige, a chauffering and logistics company within the Henley Homes Group, and will offer much-needed educational support to those without access to adequate home technology to continue their learning.

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COVID-19 Update

20 March 2020

 

Following on from the government’s announcement to move to the ‘delay’ phase of its plan to tackle COVID-19, we feel it is important to inform you of our business continuity plans.

 

The health and well-being of our teams is of paramount importance, and we want to thank every one of them for their calm fortitude in these interesting times.  We are confident that the plans and procedures we have in place will minimise the impact on them and on our stakeholders.

 

For those of our teams who can work from home, the technology and support systems are ready.  Many are already working from home, others will follow in the coming days.  You should not experience any difference in our workflow in the short to medium term: direct dial numbers and emails will still reach us as normal.  We would prefer documents to be emailed to us rather than posted, where at all possible.  Meetings should be done via audio or video conferencing where possible.

 

Currently our construction and development sites are open and operating as normal.  However, the COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly changing situation from a public health perspective, and we will be liaising with all our supply chain members, clients, funders and joint venture partners as the situation progresses.

 

The safety of our residents is key and so, following guidelines from Public Health England (PHE), our Aftercare teams will only be attending urgent in-home appointments until further notice; routine maintenance visits will be deferred until social distancing protocols are relaxed.

 

We will continue to follow the guidance provided by PHE as it is updated in line with the changing situation.

 

If you have any questions, please speak to your usual contacts within the Henley Homes Group or email us on enquiries@henley-homes.co.uk

 

Thank you for your understanding, and stay healthy.

 

Tariq Usmani MBE

CEO

In mid-August 2019, the Henley Homes Group, in collaboration with 3DReid, obtained planning permission to convert Wellington House, a listed former tribunal centre in Glasgow, into a 98-suite luxury hotel.  Located in the prosperous central district of Merchant’s Quarter, it will become known simply as ‘The Wellington’ and will be run by our Rogue City Hotel Group brand.  It joins The Hobson in Cambridge, which is due to start on site towards the end of the year, and Dunalastair Hotel Suites, our award-winning hotel in the Highlands which opened in May 2017.  Preliminary work on The Wellington is well advanced and start on site is anticipated for the first quarter of 2020.  Opening is currently anticipated for the second quarter of 2021.

 

External works of this stunning property will be limited to the creation of two statement entrances, façade restoration and a creative lighting scheme which transforms the imposing 19th century block into an attractive night-time landmark.  Internally, the spaces will be subdivided into Rogue City’s trademark design-led boutique suites and finished to very high standards. Key features include an impressive new double-height foyer with a ‘floating’ meeting room and magnificent central chandelier.  The hotel will contain no dining or recreation spaces, as these will be offered by partnering with existing local providers, in Rogue City’s innovative ‘alternative luxury’ operating model.

 

For more information, please visit www.roguecityhotels.com

A statement from our CEO

 

Following a positive meeting with the Guinness Partnership yesterday, at which Warwick Estates were also in attendance, we are pleased to confirm that a fair and proportionate service charge contribution from the Guinness Partnership has been agreed.

 

This will allow the residents of Wren Mews to use the play areas and external communal amenities of the wider estate.

 

This agreement was reached yesterday evening and it is therefore planned that works on site will commence today.

 

The collaborative approach between Henley Homes and the Guinness Partnership has allowed us both to consider the wider issues that are prevalent and to take the practical steps needed.

 

Tariq Usmani MBE

CEO, Henley Homes

29 March 2019

 

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A statement from our CEO

 

You will be aware of the negative press stories circling over the past couple of days.

 

Rather than get into the accuracy of the various pieces, I felt it was necessary just to make my position, and that of Henley Homes, absolutely clear.

 

Personally, I have fought against social injustice for as long as I can remember and it cuts deeply when you are accused of the same.  However, this situation has occurred and we need to address it.

 

As a company, we have absolutely no objection to the residents of Wren Mews, a freehold owned and managed by the Guinness Partnership, having access to the play areas and amenities of Baylis Old School.  We have never had any objection.  Based on their statements to the press, I believe that the Guinness Partnership are also of the same opinion.

 

I am acutely aware of what social exclusion actually means; the reality of the experience is very clear in my mind. I have never stepped away from any level of responsibility, and I will be leading the way forward in engaging with all relevant stakeholders to ensure a workable solution can be put in place as soon as practically possible.

 

Hopefully in doing so, we can open up and contribute to the debate about housing and social inclusion that exists in wider society today.

 

Tariq Usmani MBE

CEO, Henley Homes

27 March 2019

 

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Constance Court, located on York Road in Battersea, close to the Thames, has been shortlisted by First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards as ‘Best New Development in the South’ for 2018.

Constance Court is a contemporary new build development of 51 one- and two-bedroom apartments, consisting of three attractive blocks, with two commercial units at ground level and a landscaped courtyard garden at the rear.  All apartments have private balconies, gardens or terraces, and underground car parking is available to purchase.  It’s an attractive prospect for first time buyers seeking a high specification apartment in a desirable, central location with great transport and leisure links.

This award is up for public vote from February 2018, and will be announced later in the Spring, so watch this space.

In late September, Rembrandt House in Watford WD18 scooped its second award of 2017, taking first place in the International Property Award’s Regeneration category.  Henley last won this award in 2015, for the impressive restoration and conversion of The Annie McCall in Stockwell, south-west London.

 

Rembrandt House also achieved a coveted Highly Commended as ‘Best New Development in the South’ in the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards earlier in the year.

 

The project, a striking Edwardian factory restoration/conversion in the up-and-coming suburb northwest of London, is now complete and fully occupied. More information can be found at www.rembrandt-house.com

Barnes Village & Rembrandt House: multiple shortlist placings

MARCH 2017

Barnes Village in Cheadle and Rembrandt House in Watford have been recognised in two award schemes so far this year, with a total of 6 shortlist places between them.

The influential First Time Buyers’ Readers awards are currently in the voting phase, which closes in early April 2017.  Our categories are Most Innovative Redevelopment of an Existing Property (in which both Barnes Village and Rembrandt House feature), Best Large Development (Barnes Village), Best Development North (Barnes Village) and Best Development South (Rembrandt House). See more and vote for us at ftbawards.com

And the International Design & Architecture Awards, now in their 7th year, have just shortlisted Rembrandt House in their hotly-contested Regeneration category, which we were lucky enough to win a couple of years ago with our Annie McCall development.

Both these awards are announced later in the year, so we’ll update you if we are lucky enough to win this time.

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2016: A Year in Review

DECEMBER 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on a year in which Henley was proud to collect five awards for the luxury family home at Linksway: a WhatHouse? Award, three International Property Awards including Best Residential Property UK and a coveted Commended in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards.  We also picked up a prestigious Housing Design Award for Baylis Old School this year, so this striking and unique development has now won nine awards in total.

We launched three developments in 2016 and sales are proceeding well, notably at Rembrandt House in Watford which is now over 80% sold with completions due to start imminently.  We intend to share news about some recent acquisitions soon – watch this space.

So, while the headlines in 2016 could at best be described as unsettled/unsettling, it is heartening to note that developments of quality are still being recognised and valued, because this is at the heart of what we do at Henley. Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2017.

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Awards for Linksway?

JULY 2016

 

20 Linksway, the unique luxury family home built by Henley in Northwood, has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards recently:  the International Design & Architecture Awards and the Sunday Times British Homes Awards.

 

Working closely with the talented Kajal Patel of Moderno Interiors, who created the striking interiors, the team have created a truly stunning house.  The judges’ panels have recognised the high quality of the finished project in their shortlisting choices.

 

Winners will be announced across late Summer and into the Autumn, so watch this space for more news.

 

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