The regeneration of East London

By Matthew Okeefe

East London is made up of seven boroughs, the neighbourhoods closest to the City such as Old Street, Hoxton, Shoreditch, London Fields and Victoria Park, are unsurprisingly seeing the biggest changes. In preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, East London saw an influx of investment, with £9 billion used to transform the most deprived areas (London First).

The Olympics Games 2012 saw Stratford become subject to the largest urban regeneration programme in Europe, with the area experiencing £12.5bn of private and public sector investment (Currell). The change in which Stratford has undergone is similar to another East London regeneration project, the Docklands. The investment helps build a thriving residential market and birthed a new financial district, which is now a major financial centre for London.  Stratford has become a flourishing home for artists and creatives, building it’s very own community which has drifted eastwards over several decades and from Chelsea, Soho, Shoreditch and Hoxton due to the ever rising house prices (Currell).

Aerial view of the Olympic Park showing the Olympic and Paralympic Village. Picture taken on 16 April 2012.
Aerial view of the Olympic Park showing the Olympic and Paralympic Village. Picture taken on 16 April 2012.

A case can be argued that Stratford is the biggest winner of the Olympics Games, winning gold in regeneration. The East London borough has outperformed the rest of London, with housing closest to the Olympic Park rising 71 per cent in price since 2005. Since 2010, the average house price has risen 60 per cent in Stratford, while Greater London has only seen an average of 36 percent (HomesandProperty).

Nick Parr, a partner at Knight Frank, spoke to Homes and Property and said: “The Olympic Park and the billions the Government has spent on transport improvements have focused the buying public’s attention on this area as a good-value residential district.”

While speaking to Homes and Property Bernard Cully, head of sales at JLL City & East London, backed Nick Parr: “The average price per square foot in prime Stratford — within a five-minute walk of the station and Westfield Stratford City — is about £800 to £850 a square foot, compared with £1,000 per square foot in Canary Wharf and £2,000 in the Liverpool Street area.” (HomesandProperty)

If you are looking to buy value in Stratford, it’s best to steer away from the new flats, as they average at £456,870 more than 50 per cent (£293,105) than older properties which make up the surrounding streets of the regeneration zone (HomesandProperty).

There are big plans in place to further develop the residential offerings in Stratford, as plans for 1,200 homes are to make up a mixed-use residential development which will also create over 1,000 jobs in Stratford’s Strand East. The two developments are set to cost £700m and £2bn respectively, a joint venture that includes the likes of Lend Lease, the City of London and Continental Railways (IPINGlobal, 2014).

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Stratford International Station, now the sixth busiest train station in London.

Stratford has been the subject of a world-class transport system, and Stratford Station now sits as the sixth busiest railway station in London with more than 100 million users annually. Stratford has been selected to be the subject of the major hub for East London in the Crossrail project, work is set for completion in 2019 (IPINGlobal, 2014).

Add this to the already thriving area which boasts Westfield Stratford City, now Europe’s largest urban shopping centre. This created 10,000 jobs alone and is valued at £2bn, in the first year the shopping centre saw 47 million users customers visit (IPINGlobal, 2014).

The City of Stratford has seen one of the largest transformations in the UK’s history, from an area deprived and made-up mainly of Brownfield sites to a desirable multi-functioning thriving city economy.

Current ShareProperty Investment opportunity based in East London

Regent88

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Regent 88, Serviced Office, Stratford, London.

Engineered with the investor in mind, Regent88 aims to offer a unique opportunity to invest in a high-quality commercial asset. Situated in a prime London hotspot, investors can potentially benefit from both rental yields of 8% per annum, in addition to some very promising projected capital appreciation figures. The property is fully managed by a top UK management company, ‘Silver Hopkins Asset Management’.

Key features:

  • Full title deed registered at the UK Land Registry
  • Exclusive and luxurious serviced offices in the heart of London
  • 8% provided by the developer for the duration of the three-year investment term
  • Projected minimum annual growth of 5% per year
  • Located within close proximity of the Olympic Village, Liverpool Street and Kings Cross railway station
  • 120% Developer Buy Back option after 10 years
  • Fully operated and managed investment
  • Potential returns paid quarterly
  • The asset will look to be sold after 3-5 years
  • Serviced office space set to double by 2025

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If you are interested in finding out more about Regent 88 get in touch with Matthew (matthew.okeefe@shareproperty.co.uk). Please note, we also have several other investment opportunities including Daniel House, a newly refurbished residential apartment block, situated within a thriving area of Liverpool. View Daniel HouseCapital at Risk

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