Council challenges Sadiq’s hotel call-in

8 February 2019

In November 2018, London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, called in the Kensington Forum Hotel application which had previously been refused by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RKBC) planning committee (primarily for the reason of insufficiently high design quality and harm to the surrounding area). The Mayor’s first reason given for the call-in was that […]

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Trespass in the sky

8 August 2018

There is a basic principle in English land law that you own the airspace above your property and all of the ground below: ‘up to the heavens and down to the depths’. As a result, anyone entering your airspace (or mining underneath your property) without consent will almost always be committing a trespass. This is […]

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Fladgate acts on £92.5m acquisition for Flora Developments Limited

5 June 2018

Fladgate LLP acted for Flora Developments Limited, a subsidiary of ABIL Infraprojects Limited, India which is a large Indian construction, real estate development and hospitality company, for the acquisition of prime real estate in Central London known as Griffin House, 5/6 Strand, London WC2N 5HR for a purchase price of £92.5 million. The property currently […]

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Fladgate advises Strawberry Star on acquisition of 6.9 acre development site in Luton

16 April 2018

Fladgate LLP has advised London residential developer Strawberry Star on the acquisition of a 6.9 acre development site in Luton. The site has the benefit of planning permission for a mixed-use scheme, including 685 new homes together with a 200-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities, a medical and wellness centre and public realm improvements. The […]

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1 April 2018: an important day for more than just April Fools

23 February 2018

April Fool’s Day 2018 will not just see the arrival of exceptionally crazy headlines in the tabloid press, but also the introduction of new rules governing the provision of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). EPCs are already a feature of the residential market, and will from 1 April 2018 also begin having a substantial impact upon […]

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Restrictive covenants; do they mean I can’t redevelop my property?

13 February 2018

Developers often identify land that looks good for development on the face of it, only to discover that there are restrictive covenants preventing the land from being developed or used in the way they would like. This can be incredibly frustrating; especially where the restrictive covenants are historic and the interests they seek to protect […]

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Funding for Dundee hotel development

6 February 2018

Fladgate’s hotel team has advised clients on the provision of funding, by Coutts & Co, for the redevelopment of two sites in Dundee into InterContinental Hotels Group branded hotels. The team advised on the negotiation and agreement of finance documents including the facility agreement and security as well as the associated hotel management and franchise […]

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Planning for a successful hotel project

25 January 2018

A batch of High Court cases from 2017 reminds us of the challenges that arise when building hotels.  Last year we saw cases concerning a new luxury hotel near Heathrow Airport,[1] works to the Albert Embankment Crowne Plaza[2] and a new hotel at Lifeboat Quay in Poole[3]. It is not unusual for hotel projects to […]

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Carillion creditors: urgent steps to protect your position

18 January 2018

On 15 January 2018 Carillion PLC and a number of its subsidiary companies (Carillion) went into liquidation, with the High Court appointing the Official Receiver as liquidator and six partners of PWC as special managers. Those clients who have contracts with Carillion or who are owed money may find the following guidance useful: Check carefully […]

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Construction Management: Time for a rethink

16 January 2018

Construction management has fallen out of favour in recent years, but with the possibility of both cost savings and cash flow benefits on offer, is it worth reconsidering construction management as the procurement method for your project? What is construction management? Construction management is a procurement method for managing construction works. It became popular during […]

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