Get Living’s latest neighbourhoods
Get Living is the UK’s leading build-to-rent operator, offering simple, straightforward living in brilliant urban neighbourhoods, where resident communities enable independent businesses to thrive.
Their £2bn plus portfolio comprises of 4,000 homes for rent across three neighbourhoods: East Village and Elephant Central in London and New Maker Yards at Middlewood Locks, Manchester. A further 6,000 homes are in the pipeline, with ambitions to grow the portfolio to 15,000 homes within five years. New neighbourhoods are planned in Leeds, Lewisham, Glasgow and Maidenhead.
Lewisham Gateway will be Get Living’s next neighbourhood to launch in late 2023 and forms part of a wider, game-changing regeneration project, located on the doorstep of Lewisham National Rail and DLR station.
The neighbourhood offers a significant and exciting retail opportunity comprising 25,000 sq ft of retail space, 16,000 sq ft of food and beverage space, 10,000 sq ft of co-working space, 15,000 sq ft of leisure space, a 22,000 sq ft Empire multiplex cinema, all surrounded by extensive public realm. The retail will sit next to 649 rental homes, (including 424 for market rent, 106 affordable, and 119 for co-living).
The co-working forms a key part of the commercial space, providing an attractive amenity for residents and an important hub for businesses which help drive the local economy. Residents, workers and visitors can get a direct connection to London Bridge in nine minutes, Charing Cross in 17 minutes and Canary Wharf in 25 minutes. Lewisham has also been identified as a future location of the Bakerloo Line extension, which is currently in consultation.
The first phase has already delivered 362 homes and is a joint project between Lewisham Gateway Development – a subsidiary of Muse Developments, the London Borough of Lewisham, the Mayor of London and Transport for London, supported by Homes England.
Get Living’s other neighbourhoods
Construction on Elephant and Castle Town Centre, on the site of the former Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre started in January 2022 and will see a diverse new town centre incorporating 135,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants and leisure space, 485 homes, a new campus for the University of The Arts London, workspace, leisure and cultural facilities, transport infrastructure and acres of new public realm. A further phase is also in the pipeline for a further 498 new homes and 35,000 sq ft of commercial space.
East Village, Get Living’s flagship neighbourhood which is home to over 6,500 residents on the site of the former London 2012 Athlete’s Village, has just launched their latest rental building Portlands Place, which has 524 homes and 17,000 sq ft of commercial retail space.
Located at 3-4 East Park Walk, The Lab E20 is East Village’s new flagship for experiential retail, cultural exhibition and creative workspace, with a focus on positive fashion and sustainable living.
Get Living X Seekd
We caught up with Fay Cannings founder of Seekd, the marketplace for unique, chic, eco-friendly jewellery & accessories, who’s hosting an exciting experiential pop-up event at The Lab E20 in partnership with Fashion District London.
How did Seekd come about Fay?
Seekd has been a wonderful evolution over my whole career. I’ve always worked in community investment and social impact in a variety of roles, including with property developer Lendlease for 5+ years and currently as a Town Centre Manager for LB Waltham Forest.
I started Seekd in 2018 for a culmination of reasons, but I think I’ve always been entrepreneurial in nature, so it was only a matter of time. For a long time, I’d felt drawn to creating a marketplace to support small businesses and connect them to customers wanting to shop small, local and positive.
As I researched different industries, the jewellery industry emerged as the one I saw most potential with and connected with most, plus the more I attended trade shows and spoke to designer makers and Goldsmiths, the more I realised sustainability was becoming more important to the industry and to consumers.
After launching online, Seekd really took off when I spotted there was a fantastic intersection between retail real estate and creating a platform for independent makers and brands to grow their business through bricks and mortar retail, through a collaborative model. The important ingredients being accessibility and affordability – I negotiate the space with the developer and curate a careful mix of designers/brands to fit the audience offering the opportunity to brands who are consumer ready and wouldn’t be able to access or afford a bricks and mortar opportunity on their own – longer or shorter term.
By bringing together a number of small businesses this ensures the price is kept low and overheads and costs are met. Plus the landlord get an empty unit bought back to life in the most captivating way and customers get to shop interesting new brands in a curated dynamic way.
Who is the Seekd customer and what can they expect when visiting a pop up?
The Seekd customer is seeking something unique and interesting, also with a stamp of quality and the story of the brands provenance. The brand story is transparent and they are genuinely interested in who designed and made their jewellery or products. When visiting a pop up, they’ll discover a shop which is stylish and a little different with a chic diverse mix of brands all carefully put together for consumers to discover something special that resonates with them or be inspired.
I also put together a short summary about each of the brands for consumers to read about on their displays and we of course offer fantastic personalised customer service helping them find something that resonates with them and bringing the collections and background to life if consumers want to learn more. I also curate the furniture & space in keeping with the location and vibe we want to create too – up cycled chic! We also have special meet the maker evenings of creative or experiential workshops for customers to join.
You’ve hosted various Seekd pop ups over the last couple of years, where’s Seekd heading next?
We’re heading to the Lab E20, East Village, Get Living for a pop up in partnership with the Fashion District 11-13th March, all details on this exciting collaboration and the brands involved are below. We’ll also be popping up in other places in the Spring/Summer in retail and residential destinations with developers I’ve collaborated with before such as Ballymore – watch this space! Who knows I may even develop a Seekd special signature jewellery collection – I’m ready to explore this potential with retailers who are missing that recycled silver collection!
For more information on the workshops, they will be hosting throughout the residency and the brands you can expect click here.