Our Managing Director talks with David Taylor in this week's NLW to share his thoughts on HubCap's strategy of repurposing 'stranded assets' to living spaces, and employing the ideas of engineers like SImple Works in the process
BTR forum - "The next decade: navigating the future of rented living"
HUB and HubCap were pleased to attend the recent BTR Forum, participating in two panels to share our thoughts on the challenges of repurposing buildings to create new homes, and creating, developing an sustaining a brand
HUB is very proud to be sponsoring Side by Side, a Ukrainian film festival organised by the Ukrainian Institute London presenting five screenings of feature, documentary, and short films about life in contemporary Ukraine
What to do with a 45-storey skyscraper and no tenants
HSBC’s plan to leave its Canary Wharf tower for a smaller site shows the global challenges ahead in repurposing unwanted office space for a post-pandemic world. Our CEO Robert Sloss comments in this Bloomberg article
HubCap submits plans for redevelopment of striking historic building in the City
We have submitted our latest HubCap planning application for the refurbishment of a super-central London project on Ludgate Hill, a striking building that dates back to the late 1800s, located a stone’s throw from St Paul’s
The Government’s obsession with home ownership won’t fix the housing crisis
By ignoring BTR and co-living, and paying little attention to the climate crisis, Michael Gove’s recent speech was a missed opportunity. Damien Sharkey, our managing director, comments on the recent speech by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
It’s time to think beyond ownership - letter in Property Week
With so many struggling to buy or rent, it’s clear housebuilding activity alone is not the answer. We need a more diverse housing offer to deliver suitable options for all needs, budgets and life stages in our cities. And while the country clearly needs more social and affordable housing, the provision of better, more secure private rental homes is also vital. Our CEO Robert Sloss shares his thoughts with Property Week
Simple Works wins inaugural HUB and Archiboo Engineer Pitch
Simple Works has won the Archiboo Engineer Pitch, the competition created by HUB to shine a light on the important role engineers play in decarbonising the built environment, especially when it comes to repurposing buildings to avoid unnecessary demolition and waste.
Green light for Snow Hill, our landmark Birmingham BTR scheme
We have received planning approval from Birmingham City Council for a Build to Rent development at 2 Snowhill Plaza in central Birmingham, in partnership with pan-European real estate investment manager MARK
Shortlist announced for Engineer Pitch with Archiboo
We have selected a shortlist of seven engineering practices to participate in the Engineer Pitch, a take on Archiboo’s popular Architect Pitch which will see the finalists pitch an engineering design solution for a low-carbon building conversion.
Architects and engineers need to work together to help solve our two biggest crises
Retrofitting existing buildings is vital to tackling both the climate emergency and housing shortage – but effective collaboration between architects and engineers is essential, says our Managing Director Damien Sharkey
Celebrating a major milestone at our Leeds city centre BTR scheme
As UKREiiF started to wind down, we celebrated a major construction milestone with our contractor John Sisk & Son (Sisk) and funding partners Bridges Fund Management and Realstar, with a topping out ceremony at UNCLE Leeds, our Build to Rent development in Leeds city centre (also known as Latitude Purple).
Engineer Pitch launches - a joint initiative with HUB and Archiboo
We've teamed up with Archiboo to deliver the first Engineer Pitch, a new take on the Architect Pitch, exclusively for structural engineering practices - with a focus on repurposing commercial buildings to provide living spaces, which is at the heart of our new venture HubCap
BTR's role in helping regional cities retain talent
Regional cities across the UK have historically struggled with ‘brain drain’, where graduates leave once they have finished studying, often heading for London. Can BTR help reverse this trend? Our MD Damien Sharkey discusses
Team workshop about diversity, equity and inclusion
The HUB team took part in a leadership workshop delivered by the team at The World Reimagined, the ground-breaking, national art education project to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on all.
Our CEO interviewed in Place North West, following our recent £108m forward-funding deal in partnership with Bridges, with Canadian real estate investment company Realstar. As part of the deal, Realstar, the owner of the UNCLE residential rental brand, will deliver nearly 1,000 units in Leeds.
RG Group awarded £82m contract to deliver our Latitude Blue project in Leeds
We have awarded RG Group an £82m contract to deliver Latitude Blue, our 488-home build-to-rent project in Leeds. Construction will now start at the Whitehall Road scheme consisting of two towers rising to 26 and 31 storeys.
£108m forward funding deal agreed with Realstar to deliver 488 BTR homes in Leeds
We have signed a forward funding deal with Canadian real estate investment company Realstar, which owns residential rental brand UNCLE, to deliver a significant residential-led regeneration scheme in Leeds comprising 488 build-to-rent homes, the second Leeds development from the partnership.
This week we hosted a roundtable to discuss co-design: its opportunities, challenges, best practice and how it might evolve. We had a lively discuss on this wide-ranging and very topical subject with some excellent guests.
Introducing HubCap, our low-carbon urban living venture
HubCap is a wholly owned subsidiary of HUB, set up to deliver low-carbon urban living projects in key UK cities, with a focus on retrofit. HubCap’s first projects are emerging models such as aparthotels and co-living. Carbon budgets will be kept low by prioritising the re-use of existing buildings, as well as optimising operational carbon savings.
Planning granted for Beaverhall, our BTR and creative workspace scheme in Edinburgh
Planning permission received for our residential-led development on Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh, from Edinburgh City Council. The scheme will provide 205 Build to Rent homes, including 52 affordable homes, as well as creative workspace and a new publicly accessible courtyard.
Innovative mixed tenure scheme on Wood Lane in West London granted consent
Consent granted for our proposal for Wood Lane in West London, which will deliver 60 new high-quality affordable homes for single women alongside a new head office for Women's Pioneer Housing, and a substantial new co-living building with 209 apartments.
Our plans submitted for city centre BTR project in Snow Hill, Birmingham
Plans submitted for a residential-led development at 2 Snowhill Plaza in Birmingham. The proposed scheme would deliver 462 Build to Rent homes as well as new public realm, ground-floor commercial space and on-site residents’ amenities.
Why the "mega-budget" won't spark an explosion of development
The chancellor’s announcements last week were no mini-budget but rather a mega-budget, with potentially radical implications for the UK economy. Yet, for property, it was littered with missed opportunities.
Our plans for a creative community in Cannonmills, Edinburgh
We have submitted plans for a residential-led development on Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh, providing homes, some of them affordable, creative workspace co-designed with locals, and a new publicly accessible courtyard.