Taylor Wimpey Central London Teaches Us a Thing or Two
We sat down with Taylor Wimpey Central London’s Darren McCormack to learn about what’s next for the brand, and just what makes them smile.
“The greatest thing about developing in London is the pride that comes with knowing that you are creating landmarks,” said Darren McCormack, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey Central London.
With stellar London developments such as The Music Box in Southwark, and the new Battersea Exchange to their name, this feeling is well deserved. The Music Box, for example, is full of inspirational attention to detail, that really does confirm its status as a next generation London landmark. Contemporary glass exteriors sit atop a glazed white brickwork base, with hints of musical notes running along the façade – alluding to its position above The London Centre of Contemporary Music. More musical references are played out in the communal areas, while interiors offer modern, spacious living with floor-to-ceiling windows and the added bonus of winter gardens.
McCormack has been with Taylor Wimpey for 12 years , and his passion for the brand, and its developments, is clearly evident. A favourite – and the company’s biggest scheme in central London to date – is Battersea Exchange, on the borders of the Nine Elms regeneration area.
He explained: “One of the reasons why we called this development Battersea Exchange, is that we really believe that it is an exchange point between the old and the new.”
Phase one of Battersea Exchange will deliver 86 homes The following phases will offer commercial and retail spaces, a further 144 homes and an impressive public realm, all within walking distance of the new underground station of Battersea Power Station. The development edges the hubbub of old Battersea, with its shops and community, as well as being an adjunct of Nine Elms – truly the best of both worlds.
Taylor Wimpey Central London is also working to add value to the railway arches. The plan is to create spaces available to buy or let for local businesses, adding character and energy to the development environment. The evolution that McCormack is most excited about, however, is the new state of the art building for St Mary’s primary school. The facilities will enable the school to increase capacity to a two form entry as well as offering improved spaces for teaching and learning.
“Developers can be given a hard time,” McCormack admitted, “but the reality is that we make a huge number of section 106 payments towards the growth of the local area.”
Not so for Battersea Exchange and its primary school. This space will open for the new school year and looks set to provide the very best in facilities for children, with an amazing multi-use games area on the roof and a slide from the lower roof terrace for whizzing straight down into the playground at break time. That’s enough to make anyone want to go back to school. Another cracking development on the cards is a rare new-build opportunity in Pimlico. Consisting of 47 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, Sutherland Street’s Ebury Centre happens to be another Taylor Wimpey Central London development with an educational twist, providing new facilities for pupils at the University Technical College. It might just be coincidence, but to see a developer adding so much value to London learning leaves us very happy indeed – little wonder that McCormack is so proud to be part of the Taylor Wimpey Central London team.
Property: 290 homes; apartments, maisonettes and houses
Plans: 403sqft – 1,170sqft
Price: £440,000 – £1,350,000
Period: Completion date 2018
Perks: Concierge, residents’ gym, on site school, new public square, retail and commercial units, excellent transport links