Myleene Klass Vs Ed Miliband over mansion tax

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Ed Miliband has come under attack from yet another unexpected quarter. Appearing on ITV’s The Agenda, the opposition Labour leader appeared to be taken by surprise when singer Myleene Klass criticised his plans for a tax on properties worth more than £2m.

As Miliband sought to defend the so-called mansion tax as a principled way of raising extra funding for the NHS, Klass said the levy would hit “little grannies” living in modest homes in London rather than the super-rich Miliband claimed to be targeting.

Miliband, who initially appeared to be taken aback by the force of her onslaught, fought back. “I say bring on this debate. I think it is a principled view that those with the broadest shoulders should pay the biggest burden. I think that is a decent, right principle and that is not happening under this government.”

The threat of a mansion tax after next May’s general election is putting off potential buyers of £2m-plus homes in London causing the ultra-luxuary property market to subside dramatically. However this has caused an increase of the ‘mid-market brand’ of homes costing between £1m and £2m in areas such as Victoria and Battersea in South-West London.

We have asked Jamie Lester, Head of Haus Properties how he thinks the apposed mansion tax has effected the London property market, 

“Property marketed at around the £2.1m-£2.2m mark has been hard to sell with little interest, so we have advised motivated sellers (who need to move within the next 3-6 months) to market their property at just below £2m, and in turn, these have been purchased swiftly. For example, we have recently marketed a four-bedroom family home in Fulham for £1,999,995 and it went under offer within three weeks.

“We have not advised nor been tempted to market property that’s worth £2.1m-£2.2m at a higher price of £2.5m, for example, as I think such a tactic would lead to the property sticking on the market, which ultimately, doesn’t help anyone.”

What we have to say, "The Election shouldn't change anything. Lets keep the Status Quo and keep the market moving." 

Read the full The Guardian article here.

 

Twilight Photography

Twilight, a lovely time of the day that may be used rather cleverly to create a dramatic atmosphere when photographing property. This time of year is great for evening & night shoots with dusk falling from around 4pm. If your property has an impressive garden with lighting or a grand external, consider a night shoot to enhance your marketing material. Capture something truly special on that unique property and see the difference a twilight shoot will make to your marketing collateral. Vendors will be impressed and applicants will be wowed. Give your properties the X- Factor!

If you are interested in more information on how we can help with your property marketing, please call us on 020 7610 9933 or email us at studio@dowlingjones.com 

More twilight photography here.

Events in November

Every month DJD will be listing the events happening around London that we think are worth a visit. Below are our November picks…

Rum Chalet at Floridita Soho from mid-November 2014

Combining Latin American-inspired cuisine with legendary hot rum cocktails and a variety of live music, Floridita are creating a chalet haven within their Soho restaurant for the winter period. Not to miss the Ski Break Cocktail: a hot chocolate spiked with Plantation rum. 

www.floriditalondon.com

The Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre until 11th January 2015

The Winter Festival is back and the Southbank Centre is transforming for the festive season. Featuring a Christmas Market, cosy up at the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge and enjoy the art installation from Amanda Parer.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Somerset House Ice Rink: Club Nights at Somerset House until 8th January 2015

After dark, DJs from a selection of the best international clubs, festivals, labels and radio stations take to the rink-side decks. The line up includes Ministry of Sound, Ibiza Rocks, Snowbombing, and many more, Skate ‘til late at selected nights throughout the season.

www.somersethouse.org.uk

The Paddington Trail at various locations until 30th December 2014

50 designed Paddington bears will be on display across London as part of The Paddington Trail, including designs from David Beckham, Emma Watson, Boris Johnson and many more. The bears will be auctioned to raise money for the NSPCC once the trail is over. 

www.visitlondon.com

Pdf map here - www.nspcc.org.uk

New EPC legislation taking effect from 2016

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From April 2016, tenants will legally be allowed to reasonably demand energy efficiency improvements to be undertaken on the property they rent from the landlord, such as, loft or cavity wall insulation.  Currently, the landlord will not be allowed to claim back the cost for the energy efficiency improvements made through increasing the rent or alternative methods.

The proposal goes hand-in-hand with the government’s new Green Deal scheme, seemingly trying to encourage landlords to either meet the cost of the improvements upfront or use the Green Deal to fund the necessary improvements. The Green Deal will allow home owners and landlords to apply for a loan to meet certain energy efficiency improvements. The cost of these improvements will be re-paid through the electricity bill.

Furthermore, from April 2018, the government has set out plans to ban energy inefficient properties from being let as a measure of increasing the energy efficiency standards of properties throughout the UK under the Energy Act 2011.

Landlords who have properties which score a rating below an “E” band on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), will not be allowed to rent their property until energy saving improvements are undertaken to bring the rating above the minimum “E” band or the property reaches its potential energy rating band. The new legislation will affect approximately 782,000 properties with majority being within Greater London (According to data obtained Enviro Estates).

We asked our Domestic Energy Assessor Nick what he thinks about the new legislation, "I welcome the new legislation as it will add weight to the recommendations made on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and it will mean that less sub-standard properties will be brought in to the market."

Green Deal Information  - www.gov.uk

Read the full Enviro Estates article here 

 

Halloween Events 2014

While DJD will be battling it out in the annual office pumpkin carving competition, here are some of the best events happening around London to get you in the spirit,

Horse-drawn Halloween rides in Richmond Park - 30th October to 1st November 

Explore Richmond Park in the dark for a thorough spooking this Halloween. Meet your horse-drawn carriage at Sheen Gate and embark on an hour-long tour, during which your guide will tell you all about the history of the park (Includes blankets and sloe gin). 

www.supporttheroyalparks

Day of the Dead: Tequila masterclasses at Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf - 30th October to 2nd November

In celebration of Mexico’s rich and cultural history, the Embassy of Mexico has partnered with Jose Cuervo, the world’s oldest tequila brand and Arte Mexico to bring the 3000 year old Mexican celebration, The Day of the Dead Festival 2014. Jose Cuervo bars will be installed throughout the building, serving the brand’s seasonal margaritas and be hosting tequila masterclasses. 

www.oxotower.co.uk

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival - 31st October from 6pm

This year at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival the performances will be centred around 'A Tale to Raise the Spirits'. The bonfire's are lit around 6:30pm and there will be a rock opera packed with songs, dancers, fire performers and fireworks. Food, ale and mulled wine will also be on sale all evening.

vauxhalltrust.wordpress.com

Berlin Marathon 2014

The Directors of Dowling Jones Design - Ray, Paul and Gregg ran the 2014 Berlin Marathon. Their efforts raised our target of £4,000 for the chosen charities. A total of £4,867 inclusive of gift aid will be divided equally among, The Aisling Project, Coram and Diabetes Uk. "That was such a tough challenge, I thought the Milton Keynes half done in training was difficult enough but the full marathon was so tough." said Stone. Gregg as it happened beat both Paul and Ray to the finish line in a very respectable 4:12:13. Such was the experience and elation of finishing the Berlin Marathon that the guys have already signed up to Paris in 2015. Thank you to all of you who contributed to the fundraising efforts, Should anyone still wish to contribute to the fundraising efforts you can still do so until October 31st by clicking here. 

Events in October

Every month DJD will be listing the events happening around London that we think are worth a visit. Below are our October picks…

The Art of the Brick at the Old Truman Brewery until 4th January 2015

Nathan Sawaya’s ART OF THE BRICK exhibition is created with millions of LEGO building blocks and is unique in its scope which ranges from new conceptual pieces to replicas of iconic classical artwork.

artofthebrick.co.uk

The Vaults of Terror at the Vaults on Leake Street SE1, from 23rd October to 1st November

This Halloween the corpses return as The Vaults becomes the setting of an art exhibition celebrating the schlocky world of television horror. On the 23rd there will be a fancy dress Halloween opening party.

www.the-vaults.org

Food & Music: Mercato Romano at The House of Peroni on Friday 24th October

Between 6:30pm & 10pm the bustling atmosphere of a Roman street market is created on the terrace, accompanied by live Italian DJs sampling contemporary Italian tracks to create the perfect soundtrack for an afternoon tasting the best of Roman street food. There are many other events on until 1st November. 

thehouseofperoni.com

 

Events in September

Every month DJD will be listing the events happening around London that we think are worth a visit. Below are our September picks…

Monday Cinema at Ping during the month of September

PING Monday Cinema in association with Depression Alliance paying tribute to the incredible Robin Williams. All money from the nights will go to Depression Alliance. Films start at 8pm and PING offers free popcorn!

www.weloveping.com

The Great River Race as part of Totally Thames festival on Saturday 27th September

The Great River Race, London's River Marathon, is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe. The race will start at 12:30 at Millwall Riverside through to Richmond.

The race will be passing Tower Bridge at 13:10, Wandsworth Bridge at 13:55 and Chiswick Bridge at 14:45.

www.greatriverrace.co.uk

Horst: Photographer of Style at the V&A from the 6th September to the 4th of January

A retrospective exhibition of Horst P Horst's prolific 60-year career. The German-American photographer did shoots for couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet.

www.vam.ac.uk

Berlin Marathon 2014

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This year our three Directors of Dowling Jones Design will be taking part in the 41st BMW Berlin Marathon. Covering 26 miles and passing through some of Berlin’s great landmarks. Gregg, Paul and Ray hope to raise money and support our three chosen charities for 2014.

The Aisling Project

The Aisling Return to Ireland project was begun by workers in the London Irish Centre and Arlington house, the biggest homeless hostel in Europe which has been home to more Irish men than any other building outside Ireland. The aims of The Aisling Project is to reach out to Irish people who are vulnerable, isolated and alone. Offer a friendly supportive service in an environment that encourages self-worth and personal development. And help long-term emigrants reconnect with their families and friends.

www.aisling.org.uk

Coram

Coram’s vision is that every child has the best possible chance to live a fulfilling life. More children are being taken into care than ever before, 28 every day in England alone. Coram support children and young people from their earliest days to independence, creating a change that lasts a lifetime. They help build their confidence and help them to develop skills. Coram uphold their rights and find loving adoptive families for the most vulnerable.

www.coram.org.uk

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes. There are currently 3.8 million people in the UK with diabetes, including an estimated 630,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it. Diabetes UK campaign with people with diabetes and with healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care and support across the UK’s health services. They also help fund pioneering research into care, cure and prevention for all types of diabetes.

www.diabetes.org.uk

If you would like to make a donation and support our three charities please visit our Virgin Money Giving page here.

We are very grateful for any donations and support.

Events in August

Every month DJD will be listing the events happening around London that we think are worth a visit. Below are our August picks…

Digital Revolution Exhibition at Barbican Centre from 3rd July 2014 – 14th September 2014

An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and video games which looks at the dynamic developments in the areas of creative coding and DIY culture and the exciting creative possibilities offered by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3-D printing.

www.barbican.org.uk

The Big Feastival at Alex James’ Cotswolds farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire from 29th to the 31st August.

Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm. Some great music acts such as Kelis, Fatboy Slim, Norman Jay, Jamie Cullum and many more. As well as the cream of the UK’s street food crop.

www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival

morelondon free festival at The Scoop London from now till September 2014

Come and experience a rich range of live performance including Theatre, Fringe, Opera, Music, Dance and Community Events, as well as Film in The Scoop at More London and Exhibitions at More London Riverside that appeal to all tastes and ages.

www.morelondon.com

London’s Skyscrapers remain empty shells

Soaring 310 metres (1,016ft) high and with 72 storeys, everything about the Shard is dramatic. But despite the stunning design by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and glamorous marketing, almost a year after its opening the building remains practically a shell.

Ten apartments, designed to pull in some of the richest people on the planet with price tags of £30m to £50m each, lie empty – still for sale just as the so-called ultra-prime London property market seems to be slowing. The Shard’s 25-floor office complex currently has just one tenant, on the 14th floor – Duff & Phelps. And five more potential tenants are to be announced in the following weeks.

Other cases such as The Heron Tower, the 46-storey, 230-metre skyscraper in the City, opened in March 2011 with two tenants. Progress has been sluggish. Nearly three years since launch its owners are not confident enough to say exactly how much space is taken. They will only say the building is “more than two-thirds let”.

But part of the additional challenge for the Shard is to convince businesses that London Bridge Quarter, the 2m sq ft regeneration project on the South Bank, will be a desirable area in which to be based. And, undeterred by the vast empty floors inside the skyscraper, another tower is now planned. Renzo Piano has been commissioned to design a new 27-storey residential building, complete with a roof garden, in the shadow of the Shard.

However are these impressive skyscrapers popping up quicker than they can be filled? Is there even a demand for them in the commercial or residential market? And what kind of knock on effect will it have on London’s changing skyline?

We would like to know what you think, so join the debate on twitter… #DJDebate

Read the full article here.

Events in June

Every month DJD will be listing the events happening around London that we think are worth a visit. Below are our June picks…

SushiSamba Mundial on the 38th floor terrace of London’s Heron Tower from June 12th to July 13th 2014 

The hip Brazilian/Japanese restaurant Sushisamba will be hosting a month-long Mundial party for the World Cup. There will be cocktail and food menus inspired by the Brazil, Japan and England teams, samba dancers, Brazilian DJs, and a handful of matches will be screened on the East Terrace.

sushisamba.com

Motcomb Street Summer Party on Motcomb Street on Wednesday 25th June 2014

“The Motcomb Street Party is always a great get-together and kick starts summer in Belgravia. It is a lovely opportunity for the local community and vendors to mix as well welcome new members! Every year it is well attended and I am sure this year will be no different…! Look forward to seeing you all there.” James Bailey from Henry & James

The street party will feature – a celebrity opening, auction, stalls supplying food and drink, street entertainers and many more. Money raised from the event will be going towards Motcomb Street’s chosen charities.

Motcomb Street Party 2014

The Nomad Cinema At various locations starting on the 15th June and going on till the 27th September 2014

The roaming pop up cinema with some great classics showing and locations such as Belgrave Square, Brompton Cemetery, Hyde Park Lido, Queen’s Park, Fulham Palace, Grosvenor Square and many more.

www.whereisthenomad.com

Sold in Your Street

Sold in your street Direct Marketing flyers are a great way of making potential buyers and sellers aware of your brand, presence and success in an area. If you have had great results in either sales or lettings, sold in your street flyers are a cost effective way to show off in your catchment area.

If you are interested in more information on how we can help with your property marketing please call us on 020 7610 9933 or email studio@dowlingjones.com

London’s Changing Skyline

London is about to see an explosion in the number of tall buildings, as the capital’s population increases and investors pour money into London real estate. NLA have found over 230 buildings over 20 storeys high in the pipeline to be built over the next decade.

NLA is conducting an insight study into tall buildings in the capital, researching the major changes that are impacting the capital’s skyline, analysing why this growth is taking place and looking at the response of the planning system. The results from the study will be on show as part of an exhibition: London’s Growing Up! which opens in April.

Famous structures including Canary Wharf, The Gherkin and The Shard are examined in the exhibition, looking at their context, their economic raison d’etre and the impact they have on our understanding of the city. High-rise living sees the biggest surge, with 80 per cent of the towers planned as new residential blocks for the capital – a total of 189 new towers, potentially contributing to tackling London’s housing crisis.

High-rise residential was once only seen on council estates and glass skyscrapers were reserved for the business world, but the growing trend of luxury towers is currently providing the majority of new developments in the capital. Areas such as Nine Elms, Waterloo and White City will be explored, looking at why these new areas are attracting high-rise development and how luxury and affordable residential can coincide in London’s new vertical city.

Peter Murray’s (Chairman of NLA and curator of London’s Growing Up!) comments:

“As London’s population gets bigger and bigger and new development for London takes place within the constraints of the Green Belt, we have to increase the density of the city. This results in our buildings getting taller. The huge number of towers in the pipeline will have a significant impact on the look of London. The exhibition will look at the current controls and planning processes to see whether they are fit for purpose and how they can cope with this upsurge in construction.”

We would like to know how you feel about high-rise buildings and the effect it will have on London’s Skyline, join the debate on twitter… #DJDebate

Read the full article here And find out more information about the exhibition at www.newlondonarchitecture.org

Events in April

Every month DJD will be listing the events happening around London that we think are worth a visit. Below are our April picks…

London’s Growling Up! Exhibition held by NLA at the NLA Galleries from the 3rd  April to the 12th June.

An exhibition about the increase in tall buildings in London and how it will impact the capital’s skyline. It will also include roundtable discussions, conferences, breakfast talks, walking tours and site visits.

www.newlondonarchitecture.org

Berwick Street’s Record Store Day on Berwick Street in Soho on the 19th April.

The independent record stores and retailers of Berwick Street Soho are joining forces this Easter weekend to celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday 19 April.  The free outdoor gig will see 7 artists perform on the Berwick Street main stage, with retailers hosting in-store activities throughout the day.

berwickstreetlondon.co.uk

Pick Me Up Graphic arts festival at Somerset House from the 24th April to the 5th May.

The fifth incarnation of the graphic arts festival returns to Somerset House in 2014 with drawings and prints by artists, creative groups and galleries from all over the world.

www.somersethouse.org.uk