“The Cowell Group are visionary and dynamic organisation with strong work ethics. They have ambitious but realistic plans for growth. They have an excellent track record of working in the public and private sector across all tenures including commercial and hotel development. They deliver the highest quality sustainable schemes to achieve positive and successful outcomes.
I have worked with the group for several years across the UK and most notably on a high end scheme in St Johns Wood worth over £30m. I found them to be completely honest, trustworthy and with the highest standards of integrity. They are imaginative and creative in their approach and can complete deals expeditiously.
The whole team are very experienced and warm and welcoming. I can honestly recommend them as a great partner to work with.”
When we acquired this 6,000 sq.ft property on a competitive basis in 2017 it was divided into 11 self-contained studio flats.
We immediately saw its potential, and worked with our architects to create an additional 3,450 sq.ft of usable space.
Alongside a new basement and an extra storey, we inserted a new steel frame within the building to support new mezzanine floors.
The final result was 15 new self-contained flats for rental which have been retained within the Cowell Group portfolio.
The Cowell Group originally recognised the Archway Campus as a site of great interest, at the time of inspection it had D1 use and limited potential with that in mind.
The site is strategically located on Archway roundabout opposite the Whittington hospital and it sits on 4 acres and comprises of in excess of 180,000sqft of D1 space in various buildings on the property.
When we inspected the property we realised there was huge potential for residential development, with our in-house design team we were able to design a scheme that was viable and agreed terms with the vendors on the basis of this viable solution.
The deal was agreed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and as a consequence the commercial use was problematic.
We were able to look at alternative uses and ultimately agreed on a hybrid of affordable accommodation, private residential and student accommodation.
We entered into discussion with the planners who commended us on our endeavours as in principal, this was a policy compliant scheme.
This enabled us to successfully purchase the property.
Cowell Group were offered the opportunity to acquire the whole of St John’s Wood High Street, which comprised of an unbroken parade of 17 properties including 26 shops, 4 offices, 36 residential flats with assured shorthold tenancies, 29 flats sold on long leases, a gym and 16 parking spaces.
Despite market instability caused by the UK banking crisis, Cowell Group had the confidence and ability to navigate and successfully complete the acquisition of the owning entity’s share capital.
Cowell Group successfully acquired this redundant warehouse in trendy Shoreditch – formerly a stable for the Stag Brewery.
The building had been used as artist studios and backed onto a busy railway line, and despite the site’s complexities we worked with consultant architects and engineers to secure planning and Railtrack consent for a 144-bed hotel with retail and restaurant use.
Thanks to our excellent track record and connections, we won a competitive tender to work alongside The Guinness Partnership to develop 64 apartments.
Social housing units are retained by The Guinness Partnership, while Cowell Group have designed 28 high end luxury apartments. We achieved record prices per square foot on the sale of the flats, and continue to manage the block where were are currently carrying out further development.
The Guinness Partnership Limited is a charitable community benefit society.
A long leasehold store acquired with French Connection for future rent review and investment purposes. This was acquired by Cowell Group investors.
Cowell Group acquired two unmodernised properties by private treaty on one of Hampstead’s most sought after streets, the old houses were being used as offices by a well-known charity.
The charity remained in situ for three years while it developed a new headquarters building, after which time we successfully obtained planning consent for two homes.
After vacant possession planning was required to regulate the position and the offices were converted into 2 super luxurious high end houses.