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DESIGN THAT ENDURES
From stylish urban apartments to detached sophistication, Montreaux has a home with a heart designed with you in mind.
From stylish urban apartments to detached sophistication, Montreaux has a home with a heart designed with you in mind.
Montreaux Homes, the home counties division of award-winning Montreaux Group, has collaborated with IKEA to develop three style collections for their customers that offer a timeless foundation to which new buyers can add their personal style.
Home buyer will be able to choose from three custom-curated design sets. These are the result of Montreaux’s interior design team working with IKEA’s interior designers to develop harmonious packages. There will also be the option for buyers to personalise packs, and advice will be provided on how to incorporate loved furniture items that buyers might already posess. Each design pack comes in three sizes (1-bed, 2-bed, and 3-bed) and range in price form £6k to £12k which includes furniture, linens, window dressings, home accessories, and kitchenware.
Great design needn’t cost the earth, and both Montreaux Homes and IKEA have been not only delivering great designs, but also delivering excellent value to customers. Both companies marry timeless designs with evolving trends, making this collaboration a logical step in helping buyers move into their new homes with maximum joy and minimum stress.
James Rowntree, Managing Director of Montreaux Homes, comments:
“We never stop thinking of ways to give homeowners something better. This permeates everything we build into each home, as well as the services and offers we make available to our customers. Our collaboration with IKEA will give buyers an opportunity to not only buy a ew hone, but also bring their own personal style and make it their own without delay.”
The design sets will offer 3 key sules for buyers to build upon as they make their hones their own. They have a choice of METRO – a soft urban look, GLOBAL – a sophisticated eclectic look, and CLASSIC-CORE – a timeless yet contemporary foundational look.
METRO is designed for those who love a bit of urban elegance, with touches of mid-century modern and industrial mixed in. GLOBAL offers those with a more eclectic boho style a palette for those items they’ve brought back from travels abroad. Finally, CLASSIC-CORE offers a modern-classic environment to enrich with personal style and art.
How it works in practice
Pack Guides will be provided so that buyers can visit showrooms and see the items included. For confirmed Montreaux buyers, there will be the opportunity for an hour-long remote planning session with an IKEA interior design specialist to help design and customise their new home. IKEA will deliver their furniture and assemble it to ensure ease of moving into their new home.
The show apartment at Montreaux’s Urban Picturehouse in Sidcup has been specially dressed to showcase the elevated design IEKA furniture can provide. Please visit www.montreauxhomes.co.uk for further information. Homes at Sidcup start from £299,000 for an Atelier Apartment. More details can be found at www.montreauxhomes.co.uk/developments/urban-picturehouse.
Alexander Gardens, in Binfield, received the five-star award for Best Residential Development 20+ Units, Berkshire. The development offers 15 private houses and 6 affordable apartments, all built with architectural charm, sustainability, and biodiversity in mind. One of the unique features of the private houses are the attic-trussed lofts that enable the houses to ‘grow’ with the homeowners by providing additional usable space that has the potential for conversion under applicable planning rules.
Urban Picturehouse, in Sidcup received Award Winning Apartment Development, London. The development offers a total of 31 apartments split between two blocks that are divided by a communal residents’ garden. The development has been built with light and space in mind. This development offers several unique features that pay homage to the Art Deco cinema that once stood on the site. Most notable are the architectural choice of glazed green bricks that mimic faience tiles on the front protrusion, and the wide windows that mimic the original windows of the Art Deco style.
Viciniti, St Albans received the five-star award for Best Residential Development 20+ Units, Hertfordshire. The development offers 12 townhouses, 18 private apartments, and 7 affordable apartments, all built with community, sustainability, and biodiversity in mind. Some of the features we’ve been able to provide include air source heating to all the townhouses hidden from view in the monopitch roof design, two communal gardens, and individual gardens to the townhouses.
“We are delighted that our passion for Building Back Better has come through in our presentations to the judges. But more importantly, we look forward to continuing to provide well-designed and ecologically healthier homes to both homeowners and tenants of the developments we build.” James Rowntree, Managing Director Montreaux Homes.
Montreaux Homes, the home counties division of Montreaux Group, has secured the site with existing consent for three stories consisting of 22 apartments, undercroft parking, and communal garden space.
The site is situated in a prime residential location within the heart of Wokingham. It is located within a 10-minute walk of the station. During the 19th century, the area grew significantly and this is reflected in the Victorian character of the houses along Easthampstead Road.
The site itself was the location of the Art Deco Ritz Cinema which opened in 1937 and was considered one of the finest of its kind in the UK.
The historical significance of the site has been acknowledged by the developers and they are looking forward to working with the local authorities to ensure that the new homes will be something that contributes to the local vernacular.
James Rowntree, Managing Director of Montreaux Homes, said:
“Like our site in Sidcup, Urban Picturehouse, we understand the importance of developing on the former site of a landmark building. We look forward to bringing our experience to the scheme that has been approved, and working with the local authority to deliver amenity that the community will be proud of.”
There is a strong demand for apartments in the town, and with the proximity to the station and town centre, Montreaux believes the scheme will provide a popular and sustainable development offering balanced accommodation to suit a variety of needs. Montreaux is reviewing the current planning design as well as feedback from the council and community.
Montreaux creates landmark developments and tailor-made homes across London, the Southeast, and key UK cities. It procures land and buildings, often former brownfield sites in urban locations and close to public transport hubs, to usher in positive change to towns, cities, and communities.
The company has become one of the fastest growing property and investment companies in the Southeast since it was established in 2014. It vows to build with the end user in mind, develop homes people want to live in and places people want to go to, creating a legacy that lasts.
Speaking of the Wokingham site, Richard Rowsell MRICS, Land Director at Montreaux Homes, said:
“This site perfectly suits our mantra to ‘Build Back Better’, and we look forward to introducing high-quality housing, sustainable technology, and biodiverse garden amenity to the local area.”
Montreaux Homes, the home counties division of award-winning Montreaux Group, is unveiling a boutique collection of homes in Binfield, Berkshire at their off-plan event at the headquarters of Romans Estate Agents in Wokingham on the 8th of June 2023.
Located off the London Road in the leafy village of Binfield, Alexander Gardens is a collection of 3- and 4-bedroom homes and 6 affordable apartments in a tree-lined enclave.
The development is surrounded by old-growth oak trees, within which Montreaux are building an intimate development that feels as if it had always been there, nestled amongst the trees. The homes are surrounded by charming, landscaped grounds.
Inspired by the local architectural vernacular, the houses are in a classic mixed red brick with period features, traditional oak farmhouse doors, and heritage dark green trim. Each building is varied slightly so that the homes are cohesive but not identical.
The houses offer warmth and character alongside contemporary touches and are designed to be timeless and flexible. Inside, each home is designed with a superior specification, offering an exceptional level of quality and style as well as plenty of storage and unique features like attic-trussed lofts with loft ladders, electricity, and lighting.
“Alexander Gardens exemplifies Montreaux’s Build Back Better© mantra and our commitment to finding sites where we believe we can truly add value,” states James Rowntree, MD of Montreaux Homes. “We are delighted to be able to offer a product such as this to the market.”
Spacious open-plan layouts offer flexible family living, with shaker kitchens leading to bright and airy living and dining areas. Primary bedrooms incorporate ensuite bathrooms and bespoke fitted wardrobes. Properties also benefit from private parking and secluded gardens, as well as added open space for residents to enjoy.
Alexander Gardens is primely located for the best of both town and country living. The secluded setting offers easy access to the M3, the M4, and train travel from Bracknell station within minutes of home for access to Windsor, Ascot, Wokingham, Reading, and London, and within 20 miles of London Heathrow.
In a milestone for a highly anticipated development in Sidcup, the sales & marketing suite at Urban Picturehouse has now launched, offering prospective purchasers the opportunity to get a real insight into life at this landmark development.
Located at 155-159 Station Road, DA15 7AA, Urban Picturehouse lies in the heart of one of Sidcup’s trending areas with unparalleled access to everything that living in this area provides.
The new development takes inspiration from the original Odeon theatre that stood on the site prior to its conversion to swimming baths and later demolition. The new building is intended to restore some of the former glamour of the art deco period with a frontage that features glazed tiles, a multi-dimensional façade, and large windows to take advantage of natural light.
It offers a range of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments in two newly constructed buildings. The state-of-the-art gym, located at the ground floor level, will be run by Pure Gym. Ideally located just a few minutes walk from Sidcup station (23 minutes to London Bridge), it is another example of a modern design in a sustainable location providing much-needed homes in the area.
James Rowntree, MD of Montreaux homes, said:
As part of the Montreaux homes commitment to people and places, the scheme offers the best of the best in design and amenities. The early interest has been phenomenal with reservations already commencing. This demonstrates the appetite that buyers have for the area and a scheme that can provide private outdoor spaces, communal gardens, and great design all in a prime location. We invite anyone interested in the scheme to visit the marketing suite and look forward to introducing them to the development of which we are so proud.
Urban Picture House is designed to meet the needs of modern lifestyles, with spacious interiors and a private outdoor space for each home in the form of terraces or balconies. Residents will also have use of a communal garden created above the gym and positioned between the two residential blocks. The new sales and marketing suite is open from Friday to Monday from 10:00 to 17:30 and Thursdays from 11:30 to 19:30.
Montreaux Homes, the home counties division of Montreaux Group, has exchanged contracts for the purchase of the old Jewson’s builders’ yard on Cape Road, St Albans. The proposal for the redevelopment of the former industrial site includes the building of 37 new high-quality homes ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom townhouses. Five of the flats will also be offered as social housing, meeting the needs of the local community.
Blending brick and slate materials, the homes’ vernacular has been designed to complement the area’s existing properties. With 882 square metres of shared amenity space, the new site will meet the needs of the local population whilst fostering its own sense of community. The site’s regeneration will also include the introduction of many new trees, providing green space for residents and the local wildlife to enjoy.
James Rowntree, Managing Director of Montreaux Homes, said:
“This is an exciting site, and we feel we can bring added value to the scheme that has been approved. With consent for 37 new homes, this is a good opportunity to turn a derelict builders’ yard into a community with open landscaped spaces in the heart of a residential area.”
Enjoying close proximity to the town centre, the scheme is set to attract buyers looking to enjoy the vibrancy of the local area. With the train station within easy reach and dedicated cycle storage proposed on site, these homes are perfectly placed to encourage sustainable travel.
Richard Rowsell, Land Director at Montreaux Homes, commented:
“We are delighted to have secured this St Albans site. By securing land opportunities such as this one, we can transform an unused area into a successful development that will benefit the local population. As a growing company, we are proud to play a critical role in providing housing across the Southeast.”
With work on the development due to start in the autumn, and an 18 month build programme scheduled, Montreaux Homes are anticipating welcoming the first new residents to the site towards the end of 2023.
Montreaux Homes, the home counties division of montreaux group, has completed the acquisition of a site in the Berkshire village of Binfield that will deliver a boutique development of 21 new homes. Full planning consent is already in place to build 15 homes for private sale and six affordable homes, boosting the supply in this sought-after location.
Construction on the london road site is due to start imminently, transforming an area that is mostly derelict land into a vibrant new community. The luxury development will offer homes for a range of buyers, and the build is expected to take 18 months to complete.
James Rowntree, managing director of Montreaux Homes, said:
“We are delighted to conclude our purchase of this site so that we can deliver this small and exclusive collection of new homes. Our plans will create an attractive and peaceful new community that makes the most of its setting with surrounding woodland. The properties will come in a range of sizes and layouts to suit different incomes and affordability. We look forward to welcoming the first new residents towards the middle of 2023.”
Montreaux is making every effort to enhance the green credentials of the new homes by including a range of energy saving features. Air source heat pumps and energy efficient appliances to keep utility bills low for residents are planned for the site, as well as further sustainable solutions. Electric car charging infrastructure will be installed for all homes.
Located in the historic parish of Binfield, the new development will offer an ideal balance between village life and town living, with easy access to the countryside and a good range of essential amenities. The towns of bracknell, Wokingham, and reading are just a short drive while excellent rail connections from either Bracknell or Wokingham put central London less than an hours journey away. Residents will enjoy a great quality of life with a fantastic choice of leisure, sporting, and entertainment opportunities in the local area. Highlights include outstanding golf clubs such as Wentworth, exploring Swinley forest by bike or on foot, and enjoying a day at the races at ascot racecourse.
Richard Rowsell, land director at Montreaux Homes, said:
“The site is at a key location on London road as part of the sensitively designed extension to the edge of Binfield, where residents can experience an excellent lifestyle. The development typifies the style of high-quality development that Montreaux creates, building inspiring new places for the long term. Montreaux has a strong track record of development across the home counties, and we are actively seeking to purchase further land in the area.”
Plans for the transformation of a former art deco cinema site in Sidcup into 31 apartments and a new gym have been given the go-ahead. Montreaux homes has received detailed planning approval from Bexley council for the site located at 157 station road in Sidcup town centre. The site formerly contained an odeon cinema that was later converted to the Lamorbey swimming centre which was ultimately demolished in 2008.
The new development, named Urban Picture House, takes inspiration from the art deco style of the original odeon theatre. The new building is intended to restore some of the former glamour of the art deco period with a frontage that features glazed tiles, a multi-dimensional facade, and large windows to take advantage of natural light.
It will offer a range of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments in two newly constructed buildings. The state-of-the-art gym, located at the ground floor level, will be run by pure gym. Ideally located just a few minutes walk from Sidcup station (23 minutes to London Bridge), it is another example of a modern design in a sustainable location providing much-needed homes in the area.
James Rowntree, MD of Montreaux homes, said:
As part of the Montreaux homes commitment to people and places, we are proud that our design has been approved and will bring both beauty and amenity to the local area. This is a convenient and sought-after location, and we expect there to be great demand for these high specification new homes.
Urban Picture Houseis designed to meet the needs of modern lifestyles, with spacious interiors and a private outdoor space for each home in the form of terraces or balconies. Residents will also have use of acommunal garden created above the gym and positioned between the two residential blocks.
James Osullivan, the technical manager of Montreaux homes, said:
‘Planning has been a challenge on the site, but with the input from Bexley planning department, who have worked tirelessly with us on the details of the scheme, the end result is an exciting and innovative landmark building that will stand the test of time for many years to come.’
As the UK celebrates Festival of Archaeology this month, we have been considering the relationship between this discipline and our own in the housebuilding industry.
As caretakers of the land we build on, we have a keen interest to understand the history and background of the sites that we purchase and develop. Archaeology has an important role to play in the knowledge and appreciation of a place, giving the local community a sense of pride or belonging through insight into the people who lived there before.
Recently, we completed an archaeological exercise. A planning request for a recent archaeological dig at a site we purchased in Binfield asked us to gather high-quality data to provide sufficient information to establish the nature, extent, preservation, and potential for any surviving archaeological remains; as well as to make recommendations for management of the resource, including further archaeological works if necessary. In turn, this would allow reasonable planning decisions to be taken for the areas affected by the proposed development.
The evaluation revealed a single shallow gully. The furrow contained late post-medieval pottery and ceramic building materials (CBM). The archive is currently held at the offices of Foundations Archaeology but will be moved in due course with a suitable repository. A digital report/archive will also be submitted to OASIS. A short note will be submitted for publication in the Berkshire archaeological journal.
While this recent experience was modest in outcome, it could have been very different. The benefit of urban archaeology comes with its challenges, and the annual festival creates an opportunity to not only celebrate archaeology but also discuss how best to manage its impact on progress in the built environment.
A case in point is the impact and escalating costs of HS2. Only last month archaeologists uncovered the largest ever Anglo-Saxon burial site under a section of the HS2 construction site with a total of 141 burials found in Buckinghamshire, dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries. It is an incredibly exciting find that ultimately falls on the public purse. Imagine, however, if a small to medium company had come across such a discovery. They would find themselves delayed for months or even years, and be asked to pay the full costs of excavations because, under current regulation, the total cost of delays and archaeology services would fall on the land owner.
Government, academic, and commercial policies are not joined up in the approach to conservation or historical preservation, and we need to find the best way to encourage integrity in assessing sites and sharing both the cost as well as societal benefits of pursuing history.
While quite often nothing is found on a dig and works are given the all-clear, an approach should be defined for mitigating risk to developers through an integrated funding approach or form of insurance perhaps. Especially when a finding of scale has huge programme and financial impacts, setting a project back an exceptional length of time.
Uncovering treasures that have been previously lost and learning about our ancestors is compelling and culturally salient. But, it begs the question as to whether we are doing this correctly (for archaeology) and economically (in how we fund it), and whether there is a negative impact on the appetite for developers to take on at risk sites? Is there an approach whereby historical societies, the government, and the landowner/developers can work more hand-in-hand to local, regional, and national benefit?