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All the latest rumblings from the property market, and the first word on future opportunities and developments affecting you


The ‘Nova Project’ – Victoria’s £2-billion transformation

Victoria (SW1) is to undergo a £2-billion transformation which will see it become a ‘cultural quarter’ with homes, shops and arts venues. Land Securities (LS) – the UK’s largest commercial property company – are behind the ‘Nova’ project which promises to be a ‘comprehensive transformation’ of the area, turning it into a ‘seven-day destination’. The Victoria side of Buckingham...


Developer ‘Terrace Hill’ submits £55m plans for two key Middlesbrough sites

Plans have just been submitted for a £55m double development in Middlesbrough, which will create more than 820 new jobs. Forming three separate applications, developer Terrace Hill has put forward plans to Middlesbrough council for two key sites in the town. The proposed scheme includes a £35m retail and leisure centre scheme at Gateway Middlehaven, which will feature a...


UK Government’s Airport Commission proposes a new future for  London Aviation

The Government’s Airport Commission has received 48 proposals – including a number of short term plans – over the future of London Aviation. Heathrow Airport has been sealed in a debate over whether to build a third runway, or to scrap the existing airport and instead build an entire new site on the East of London. Both options would...


£12 billion Crossrail II in the pipeline

The government are in consultation over a new £12 billion north-to-south train link across London known as Crossrail II. Transport for London wants to build the line between Alexandra Palace in the north-east and Wimbledon in the south-west. The entire journey would take just over 30 minutes and pass through Islington, Piccadilly, Chelsea and Clapham. Another, more ambitious, option...


Great Train Robbery house up for a steal

A four bedroom house in Dorking, in which Ronnie Biggs and the rest of his gang are believed to have plotted the great train robbery of 1963, is up for sale. If you’re thinking of owning this piece of history, it won’t be cheap, the property is listed with Hamptons International at £975,000. The sale coincides with the filming...