Connaught Village is the retail quarter of the Hyde Park Estate in central London. Owned by the Church Commissioners for England, the Village is an attractive, upmarket enclave of exclusive, independent shops, galleries, restaurants and cafés together with luxury residential accommodation.
Halogen established its position as one of the ‘London Villages’ and managed all aspects of marketing, including providing leasing support, tenant liaison and B2B media relations as well as driving a comprehensive consumer campaign including a landmark Summer Festival, two seasonal magazines and social media.
Halogen manages communications for St. Modwen’s key London & South East Land & Regeneration projects.
With a focus on PR and engagement, Halogen works with regional teams to promote the property portfolio. Within London this includes the major regeneration of New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms and the creation of a vibrant mixed-use community at St. Andrew’s Park, Uxbridge.
Exploiting these projects, Halogen also works directly with development teams and corporate communications to support the company’s profile as a whole, and the specific growth strategies.
At St. Andrew’s Park in Uxbridge Halogen is working on the delivery of a major new mixed-use development on the site of the former RAF Uxbridge, home to the ‘Battle of Britain Bunker’. The site has been closed to the public for 80 years or more, so we have initiated a programme to create a sense of community and place, utilising the site’s unique history, which links the residential, recreational and commercial elements.
The masterplan includes 1,340 homes and a new 160,000 sq ft commercial quarter as an extension to the town centre with a new primary school, theatre and museum. The development also includes London’s largest new public park.
As well as the core stories on progress and sales, there has been a range of wider storytelling, with the opening of the 720 pupil primary school, the new Jubilee Woods, engagement with local schools, a time capsule supported by the RAF, refurbishment of the visitors centre at the World War II Bunker, community tree planting around the new play areas and pitches, and a short film of the redevelopment with film students at the nearby Brunel University.
Halogen worked with Sovereign Centros, one of the UK’s best known and most successful independent property companies, over many years and provided communications support on projects throughout the UK, as well as assisting with its corporate marketing.
Major projects within the portfolio included managing strategic communications, press, marketing and planning consultation for the transformation of Telford Shopping Centre, as well as consumer and asset management marketing for Lion Walk, Colchester and the development and acquisition of Trinity Walk, Wakefield.
Following the successful merger of Sovereign Land and Centros in 2011 – both Halogen clients – Halogen has organised company’s annual company drinks reception at Mayfair’s Connaught Hotel as well as producing a range of corporate marketing literature.
Halogen was appointed by leading independent planning and design practice Barton Willmore to manage the company’s media profile to its business audiences in the UK and internationally.
Working with the practice’s ten UK offices and international teams, Halogen managed a comprehensive communications programme and press office, promoting the company’s work on some of the most exciting development projects in the UK and around the world including Royal Woolwich Arsenal, Longbridge, Eastern Quarry in the Thames Gateway, King Abdullah International Gardens (KAIG) in Saudi Arabia and Beitun City in China.
Halogen delivered strategic European and international corporate PR consultancy for P3, the pan-European developer, owner and asset manager of logistics property.
With an HQ in Prague, Czech Republic, P3 has 58 logistics parks in 11 countries across Europe. Its portfolio includes over 3 million sq m of warehousing and a land bank for the development of a further 1.3 million sq m of space.
Halogen worked with P3 to manage its corporate profile during a period of major expansion, creating a company-wide PR structure and managing a series of country-specific PR agencies, as well as delivering pan-European/ global PR.
Halogen managed media relations for architect Tatehindle, supporting the practice’s growth by growing its reputation across London and the rest of the UK.
Based in London’s Smithfield Market, the practice’s expertise ranges across residential, commercial and retail projects. A key part of Halogen’s brief was to draw out and highlight specialisms within the firm – including its significant expertise in refurbishing commercial space for modern occupiers.
Halogen manages project communications on behalf of VINCI St. Modwen (VSM) for the joint venture’s sites at New Covent Garden – a 10-year transformation project including a new market as well as 3,000 homes, offices, retail and community space within the Nine Elms Opportunity Area.
Working alongside VSM’s partners the Covent Garden Market Authority Halogen has developed and implemented a strategic communications campaign including creation of a new brand for the development sites, a project website and community newsletter supported by media relations and PR.
Puerto Venecia, located in Zaragoza, part of Spain’s wealthiest region and its fastest growing city, was a ground-breaking 206,000 square metre mixed-use project that has become the largest retail and leisure destination in Western Europe.
Halogen was appointed by the developer, a joint venture between British Land and a consortium of private investors, to create a communications strategy for the project, targeting the international retail audiences and regional consumer audiences. With our design partners we created a strategy which included branding, an online presence for both Spanish and English-speaking audiences, advertising, mailers, exhibition stands and social media communications, all building up to the much-anticipated launch.
St. Modwen commissioned Halogen to help in building a new community in Wantage. The 227 acre Kingsgrove site will provide 1,500 new homes, a new primary school and a neighbourhood centre including community amenities, pub/restaurant, shops and offices, sports and recreation areas, all set around a central park.
Following a successful planning campaign Our main emphasis has been on establishing the project in the region and building closer links with the existing community to integrate and bed the scheme into the town.
A strong brand has been established focusing on the rural environment of the site and embracing its historic past to engender a strong sense of place and community.
This is supported by a media and comms programme that focuses on the location and is supported by our communication and engagement activity on the community facilities and new school being brought forward, creating a real sense of place.
Initially working for St. Modwen and then AEW UK, Halogen has delivered a comprehensive marketing communications campaign for Cranfield University Technology Park to secure new occupiers and raise the office development’s profile.
As well as media relations, advertising and social media management, Halogen ran a highly successful business seminar programme to raise footfall at the Tech Park and highlight available space.
From the start of the brief occupancy at the Tech Park rose from 60% to 97%, resulting in a significant increase in book value and establishing the park as a viable investment asset, which AEW UK acquired in 2015.
Halogen worked with Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors for 10 years on the redevelopment of the former Defence, Evaluation & Research Agency (DERA) to create a new designated garden village including up to 1,500 homes, 800,000 sq ft of commercial space and a new country park.
The complex site which straddles two councils, lies adjacent to a special protection area and Wentworth golf club, requiring a skilled and sensitive approach to PR focusing on the need and quality of the developments.
An ongoing PR, media relations and public consultation programme was executed to support the planning strategy for Longcross, with a planning application for Longcross North approved in 2016 and, following its designation as a Garden Village development, a Local Plan consultation for Longcross South in 2017.
Halogen was appointed by Ridgeford Properties to raise the profile of two specific properties in Fitzrovia – Weymouth Street and Bolsover Street, targeting the luxury residential market with a media relations campaign.
Weymouth street is a highly successful extension of a ’60s residential block, designed by Make architects to provide multi-million pound luxury penthouses together with high-end rental properties. Bolsover Street is a ground-breaking public private partnership combining a state-of-the-art NHS Orthopaedic Centre, affordable housing and luxury apartments.
Following a successful PR and marketing campaign including stand-out coverage in the London Evening Standard for Weymouth Street, both schemes achieved full take-up.
Halogen was appointed by a consortium of Sovereign Land, Ares Management and Shepherd Construction to deliver communications for Wakefield’s 500,000 sq ft Trinity Walk shopping centre – the first retail centre to open following the 2008 financial crisis.
Halogen managed all aspects of the campaign through occupier marketing and consumer events to the successful launch in May 2011 – resulting in extensive radio, press and online coverage across national, trade and customer media.
Halogen continued to provide strategic communications consultancy to new owner Orion Capital Managers who acquired the scheme in 2014.
The shopping centre at the heart of Camberley was purchased by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) in November 2016 for £86m as part of a wider £350m investment in the town centre to ‘kick-start’ its regeneration. SHBC and Investment/Asset/Managing Agents, Montagu Evans, appointed Halogen to provide the vital communication strategy, new messaging and branding to support the revitalisation, new investment and placemaking programme.
Under an umbrella brand of CAMBERLEY BE INSPIRED a new name and identity – THE SQUARE – was launched for the shopping centre to coincide with an £8m refurbishment programme, which reflected the heritage of the site with sympathetic and relevant branding that linked with the wider town centre transformation and promotion:
New signage, way-finding, online and social media, promotional material and consumer marketing all reflected the new core brand, raising the profile, awareness and aspirations. Local engagement and PR also combine to create buy-in and third-party endorsement and influence to spread the messages across wider audiences.
Following a successful launch of the Dutch Bank’s new UK property development business Halogen continued to manage an issues based corporate communication programme, explaining ING Real Estate Development’s UK strategy and informing the market regarding the progress of its development portfolio.
Halogen also managed ING RED’s corporate presence at industry events, exhibitions and conferences.
Halogen delivered and managed communications for Sovereign Centros and Ares Management’s Lion Walk shopping centre in Colchester, including consumer PR, marketing, event management and leasing/strategic asset management communications advice.
Halogen also played a leading role in the development of a town-wide marketing approach, working with the local authority, leading town centre stores including Williams and Griffin (Fenwick) and neighbouring property owners to raise Colchester’s profile with consumers.