Carbuncle Cup 2017

nova2Nova Victoria in London was the unlucky crown bearer this year, described as “a crass assault on all the senses from the moment of leaving Victoria tube station”. The mixed-use development scheme houses two office buildings and a residential building within an entire city block in Victoria. Nova developer Land Securities called the development “architecturally daring”, but could this be the very aspect that landed them the title that keeps all architects’ awake at night?

Building Design editor and one of the judges of the Carbuncle Cup, Thomas Lane said “the architect appears to have been inspired by the fractured, angular shapes beloved of star-architects like Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind and applied these to a run-of-the-mill spec office development. The result is two large blocks sliced and diced to create a series of angular volumes drunkenly leaning on each other. These volumes are clad with a medley of oversized vertical fins that zig zag up the façade to give each elevation a headache-inducing moiré pattern when viewed from the side.”

Architecture’s wooden spoon and the counterpart to the Royal Institute of British Architects “Stirling Prize”, the Carbuncle Cup, is intended to be a humorous award, voted for by public nomination – but will the prospect of finding yourself nominated for this national award hinder the future of architectural innovation?

‘Architectural beauty is undoubtedly in the eye of the beholder and for each lover of a building there will be a detractor. The question is; is there enough which is undeniably bad about a building for it to be a worthy Carbuncle Cup’ winner. Clearly, the judges, thought that Nova was such a thing’. What do you think?’

Morgans 20th Birthday

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Morgans has been at the forefront of City Living in Leeds for over 20 years and from a front room start-up with an inkling of an idea in 1997, the business now employs 50 people at the flagship premises it owns in the City Centre and the heart of Headingley.

The foundations of our business are our people, work ethic, innovative approach and unwavering determination to do the very best job we can for our clients and our team. This is evident across the considerable investment we make in our work environments, our 62 hours a week opening hours, our consistent PR and marketing approach and, most recently, our foray into the dark world of social media.

The backbone of our business is our landlords, many of whom have been with us for over 15 years and we do all we can to adhere to the principles of robust property management. We are proud of our performance in this area, having maintained 99% occupancy for the last 5 years and consistently managed our rent arrears at less than 1% of rent roll.

We celebrated our 20th birthday last week with a 12-hour-long event hosted by Nic Routh and his team at Shears Yard (located on The Calls). Attended by 180 guests, including our family, our friends, our clients and our staff, we arranged a number of entertainers to keep our guests enthralled throughout the day. Scott Perry, one of the UKs top magicians, Tristan Mackay a singer who began his career busking on the streets of Leeds City Centre and Dean a DJ from The Maven performed and entertained our guests during the celebration. The atmosphere, food and venue made the day even better, thanks to the team at Shears Yard. We were served a BBQ (which went well with the glorious sunshine on the day), a range of hot meals in the evening and drinks throughout the event.

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‘’It’s never a great idea in business to stop and dwell for too long but our party gave us the perfect opportunity to celebrate something of a milestone. It’s been an exciting journey for Morgans so far and as much energy and ambition now as we did in 1997”.

In the last 20 years, we have sold around 6,000 city centre apartments, rented a total of around 20,000, advised around 150 developers on new schemes and now manage a portfolio of property worth around £200m.  We are members of ARLA, TDS and The Property Ombudsman Scheme and we are consistently the number one agent on Rightmove in our key markets.

And we have so much more to do…

East Point Apartments Available To Rent

East Point LeedsEast Point Leeds smallAll 42 apartments within a conversion of a former college building in Leeds have been sold to investors, and Morgans is now marketing the homes to tenants.

East Point, which is located on East Street, just behind another successful residential development The Gateway, was converted by developer Fortis, and the building’s modern, sleek finish and city centre location are hugely appealing to tenants.

East Point is a modern building less than a mile from Leeds station and also within easy reach of the University of Leeds.  Its stylish interiors, residents’ terrace, cycle storage facilities and off street parking are ticking all the right the boxes with tenants who are looking for an easily accessible and smart city centre home.

All the apartments have attractive veneer floors, contemporary kitchens, fully tiled modern white bathrooms, secure access and CCTV.

We are having a very positive response to East Point since taking over the contract from the developer to market the 11 remaining apartments, and have already let five. There are now just six one bedroom apartments available at £695 per calendar month, and we are confident they will all be let very soon.

For further information about East Point call us on 0113 398 0099.