Southbank Place Honoured at Leading Industry Awards – 18.11.22

Belvedere Gardens, Southbank Place, secured the Bronze Award in the Best Luxury Development Category at the 2022 What House Awards

At a ceremony hosted by former Leader of the Conservative Party William Hague and England Rugby World Cup winner and broadcaster Maggie Alphonsi, the What House Awards recognise the very best new homes, developers and industry leaders across the UK.

The winners of the Best Luxury Development Award were decided by a panel of expert judges, who carried out a rigorous assessment, including in person site visits. The judges highlighted the building’s exceptional design, unique aspects and well-configured living spaces as key reasons behind Belvedere Gardens’ success at this year’s event.

Completed in 2019, Belvedere Gardens has been inspired by the Festival of Britain, which was held on the site in 1951. The visually striking exterior, designed by GRID Architects, pays homage to the festival’s emblem, the ‘Festival Star’, which is embossed and debossed across the façade. The mixture of light and bronze colour panels also echo the Shell Centre and nearby Palace of Westminster, giving the building a true sense of belonging on the South Bank.

Setting the standard, the entrance lobby is a grand double-height space punctuated by marble floors, plush carpeting and dark oak wood panelling. A solid white marble concierge desk welcomes visitors, whilst a feature stone sculpture, designed in-keeping with the Festival Star theme, juts out from the wall to create an impressive feature. Accentuating the ceiling height, a spectacular bespoke contemporary chandelier drapes down into the centre of the room.

The interiors have been conceived by specialists Goddard Littlefair, with designs that maximise the living spaces and accentuate the views. Fixtures and fittings are consistent with the character of the building, including bronze feature door handles, bronze-finished Dornbracht mixer-taps and bespoke chandeliers, all of which have been exclusively handcrafted for Belvedere Gardens to create one-of-a-kind homes.

Residents of Belvedere Gardens will also benefit from access to the 17,000 sq. ft. health facility that will cater the wider Southbank Place development. Also designed by Goddard Littlefair, the amenities space includes a 25 metre swimming pool, his and hers steam and sauna rooms, expansive gymnasium with specialist workout rooms, relaxation pods and a hair and beauty studio.

Richard Oakes, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Qatari Diar, said: “To see Southbank Place honoured at a leading industry award ceremony is a fantastic achievement that is testament to the work of the entire project team. The development has opened a popular part of the South Bank and provided exceptional homes to those that want to live in a prime location overlooking the River Thames.”

Brian De’ath, Managing Director of Residential Sales at Canary Wharf Group, commented: “Belvedere Gardens is one of the most luxurious residential buildings in London, so to see it recognised within in the industry is very satisfying. Southbank Place has proven to be popular with a mixture of buyers that have bought into the location, design and prominence of living at such an iconic development.

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Notes to Editors

About Southbank Place

Southbank Place is being developed by Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Canary Wharf Group plc.

About Qatari Diar

Qatari Diar is a global leader in sustainable real estate, building landmark projects of unrivalled scope and vision. We create vibrant communities dedicated to capturing the hearts and imaginations of the people we serve. These developments are conceived from our commitment to preserving and reflecting local characters and traditions and our visions have created places with a sense of identity and purpose where people aspire to live, work and visit.

Qatari Diar’s European operation is based in London, and boasts several key local projects, including a landmark residential development at the 12 acre Chelsea Barracks site in Belgravia; Southbank Place, a mixed-use joint venture between Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group situated in a prime central London location on the south bank of the River Thames; 30 Grosvenor Square, the current US Embassy in London, which will become a luxury hotel, retail and event space; and East Village & Elephant Park, a joint venture with Delancey and APG, offering more than 4,000 private residential apartments for rent. 

Qatari Diar seeks to harness the world’s greatest architectural and design talent in order to create sustainable communities that will stand the test of time.

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 9 million square feet of mixed-use space and over 1,100 Build to Rent apartments. 

CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK and also excels operationally as it has purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and sent zero waste to landfill since 2009. 

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live, work and thrive on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk. 

The Company’s current £2bn construction activity and pipeline includes more than 500k square feet NIA of commercial properties and over 2,300 new homes for sale and rent.
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