With 2020 just around the corner, there is no better time to look back at a fantastic 2019, and what proved to be a jam-packed year for both Rockwell and the communities we’re working with.
Decisions and Submissions
We were delighted to receive permission from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for our proposed redevelopment of Kensington Forum in June. The proposals for a world-class hotel and residential scheme will deliver a 300% increase in employment to over 800 jobs, a new publicly accessible Garden Square and 62 Social Rented affordable homes (the first private development in London to deliver 100% affordable housing).
In the same month we submitted proposals to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for redevelopment of Quay House, Canary Wharf, to provide a new 40-storey hotel and serviced apartment scheme. With an iconic design, the proposal would introduce activity to the waterfront, provide community activation of a new “Underline” and deliver substantial economic benefits including 246 full time jobs and £35m per annum to the local economy.
Hotels of the Future
In September, we teamed up with Axiom Architects to launch a joint White Paper: Nomad City – The Future of Hotels? (hyperlink to paper). The report, which was released at New London Architecture, highlights the changing nature of visitor accommodation and the potential benefits this could deliver, not least to our communities and high-streets. Picking-up on the Nomad City theme, we’ve paired up with the Estate’s Gazette to broaden the themes into a national debate. This has seen breakfast and evening talks, magazine coverage and the EG’s most popular quarterly podcast (available here) (hyperlink to podcast)
February saw the launch of our hospitality training and skills programme, launched in partnership with the London Training Centre. This is intended to provide National Vocational Qualifications and aligned training to at least 150 people in the communities in which we’re working. The first 30 people graduated in October, a group of women drawn from the area around our scheme at 82 West India Dock Road.
In November we also agreed a three-year sponsorship of Westferry FC, which we kicked off with a 5-a-side charity match. This sponsorship enables them to expand their team into the Senior league and provide peer-to-peer support for their players. It also provides financial security for the club, which self-financed their way to becoming Tower Hamlets Youth League Champions in 2018.
Our partnership with Patchwork charity continued, with a further Rockwell cohort of 30 people, drawn from non-traditional backgrounds to take part in the well-established and competitive youth training programme. This included teaching at No. 10 Downing Street and culminated in December with a formal graduation event at No. 11 Downing Street.
In addition, the team were undaunted in their efforts to raise money for charity. Highlights have included the 100km CBRE Bike ride for Great Ormond Street Hospital, a golf day for the Matt Hampson foundation, volunteering at Nomad Community Gardens and a 10km “Sleep Walk” for Shelter.
Community is at the heart of everything we do at Rockwell and this will remain a focus in 2020. We’re committed to delivering the homes, jobs and training required to ensure London remains a vital and prosperous city, and to ensure that all those communities we work with directly share in the benefits which our developments bring. To get involved with Rockwell, in any of our endeavours, or learn more about what we’re doing throughout the year, simply get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org