Category 2013 Blogs


Terence interview: the inspiration behind Design by Conran

Terence interview: the inspiration behind Design by Conran
Lifestyle website Archetypes has published a beautiful interview with Terence, describing the inspiration behind our Design by Conran range for JCPenney.

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“I truly believe that design makes you happier” – Sir Terence Conran

In the piece, Terence emphasises the philosophy behind the range:

Nature has always inspired by work and I think that comes through strongly in our choice of color palettes and natural materials. The result is a light, fresh, and comfortable range of great quality, designed with a sense of humour, wit and charm.

He also touches on his wider inspirations, including the work of his protégé Thomas Heatherwick and the Design Museum.

The Design by Conran range is available at JCPenney stores across America, or you can browse and buy online.

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Student accommodation ‘ticks all the boxes’ for experts

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Growing numbers of students are looking for the level of luxury offered by Salford student accommodation provider Portergate, a leading letting expert has revealed.

Award-winning Greater Manchester-based Jordan Fishwick Lettings says Portergate’s new Riverside House development in Salford “ticks all the boxes”.

And parents are also re-assured by the standard of accommodation and the security that Riverside offers its tenants.

Alex Stacey, Lettings Negotiator at Jordan Fishwick, says: “I’ve just placed a student at Riverside who was commuting from West Yorkshire to University of Manchester but wanted to save time and money getting to and from classes.

“He liked the flexibility of the contracts, as a lot of private and student landlords will insist on tenants signing up for the aca...

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Shared ownership could help plug the housing gap

Buying a home is increasingly out of reach for many, yet 78% of people want to be a homeowner. A revamped form of shared ownership could be the answer, says Hannah Fearn, contributing editor of the Guardian local government, housing and public leaders networks.

Picture of Hannah Fearn  Hannah writes in today’s Guardian Society that home ownership is in decline.

“Rising house prices, falling wages and restrictions on mortgage lending have left this common aspiration far out of the reach of the vast majority of low- and middle-income households,” she writes.

“Though today 64% of Britons still own their home, that figure is fast dropping, in no small part due to coalition policy. Help to Buy, an equity loan from government on properties worth up to £600,000, is over-inflating an already swollen housing market.

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Marking six decades of listening

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On November 2, 1953, vicar Chad Vara took the very first call to Samaritans. Sixty years later the organisation he founded continues to help those who have nowhere else to turn.

Today, 20,980 volunteers answer a call, email or text every six seconds from 201 branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Samaritans were the first to set up a 24-hour helpline in the world. Today its volunteers go out into local communities, workplaces, hospitals, schools and prisons to support people.

It has also established ground-breaking partnerships with industry, such as Facebook, Google and Network Rail.

Throughout his career Chad, pictured, had offered counseling to his parishioners, and wanted to do something more specific to help people struggling to cope...

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A £15,000 home? Yes, if councils provide the land

This pre-fab home costs just £15,000 from Canadian firm Nomad Homes.

There have been other attempts to manufacture and market starter homes relatively cheaply – Ikea, for one.

A fantastic North West company Pretek spent  a lot time and money perfecting factory-built homes in Blackburn, Lancashire, only to launch in the teeth of the worst recession in a century.

The marketing and PR was impressive. But, as house-building ground to a virtual standstill across the UK, sales were too small to sustain the business.

The BBC was also impressed writing about how the fully sustainable and environmentally friendly Pretek factory should be building the homes of the future: BBC News – Pretek Builds The Homes Of The Future

What was needed in 2010 is still needed today to make these low-cost, 100% ...

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Planning Out Poverty: The Reinvention Of Social Town Planning

Planning Out Poverty  Town planning experts have today called for a debate on planning out poverty in Britain’s towns and cities.

The Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) has been working with the Webb Memorial Trust throughout 2013 on a case study-based research project to explore the overarching question ‘how can we re-focus planning to be more effective in dealing with social exclusion?

The results have produced a 12 step call to arms to use planning to tackle poverty and give communities a say about their future.

This is an area where enlightened and forward-thinking architects and planners are already leading the field.

Conran and Partners has received widespread praise for its work designing a new £136 million community, Green Man Lane in Ealing, London.


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Rising interest in high-quality student accommodation

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A new report by property expert Knight Frank highlights the growing demand for the deluxe offering created by Salford student accommodation provider Portergate.

Its new Riverside House student accommodation, within walking distance of the University of Salford, has already attracted undergraduates from across the globe looking for the kind of boutique hotel facilities it has created.

And with the university’s January intake fast approaching there is even more interest in the modern, secure facilities provided at the purpose-built development which offers 242 high-quality, en-suite bedrooms.

The Knight Frank report reveals that there will be a growing need for the kind of accommodation that Portergate provides at Salford, and at its other planned projects across the North of England.


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The Power & Simplicity Of PR: Part II

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Our blog on The Power & Simplicity of PR told how souvenirs of Preston Bus Station – commissioned by entrepreneurial visitor centre staff in the city – are flying off the shelves  at the Tourist Information Centre in Preston.

This led Peter Rankin, the leader of Preston Council, to say something positive about the newly Grade II listed building – a magnificent monument to modern architecture – and he obviously enjoyed the experience.

Yesterday, Coun Rankin gave a long interview to the Lancashire Evening Post in which he put the case for refurbishment, not demolition; a huge and positive step forward for the council and a welcome, if needed, change of heart.

Now, Rankin and his colleagues on the council – as well as anyone with an interest in art and architecture – can buy specia...

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Why Content Is King

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“When considering your next Marketing Director, should you appoint someone with a marketing degree, or a journalist?”

This was the parting thought posed by an experienced and highly-successful sales and marketing expert speaking to a group of business leaders in the North West of England recently.

The point he was making is that the marketing and media landscape has fundamentally changed. It’s changing so dramatically that new skills are needed if companies and organisations are to succeed.

The fact of the matter is, in the new, multi-media, digital world we all inhabit and work in, content is king.

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News stories, Blogs, feeds to social media platforms, expert analysis, information that is of real value to your potential customer – these now sit at the heart of this new content driv...

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Forget Help To Buy; We Need Help To Build

images 12An increasing number of commentators and accumulating evidence suggests the Coalition Government’s Help To Buy initiatives are simply fuelling yet another house price bubble.

The Guardian reports today that London house prices have risen by £50,000 in a month – a 10% rise.

Have earnings risen by the same? No, of course not.

Such is the acceleration in the capital’s property market, according to Rightmove, the average buyer will soon be reaching the £600,000 top-end limit of George Osborne’s Help to Buy scheme.

Rightmove said the average asking price in London rose to £544,232 in October from £493,748 the previous month – an increase of more than 10%. Across England and Wales, the rise over the month was a more modest 2.8% to £252,418.

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