Block Management King's Cross
As a specialist Block Management Company we are operating in King's Cross .
History of King's Cross
King's Cross is situated to the north of London, in the borough of Camden. It is 1.5 miles from central London. The area was originally close to the Roman settlement of Londinium. Roman remains to show it may have been the site of a crossing of the Fleet River. It is thought to be the place of a legendary battle, in AD 61, between Queen Boudicca and Roman invaders. The battle took place at Broad Ford, in a valley between King's Cross and St. Pancras. Boudicca was the warrior queen of the Iceni tribe in England. She was eventually defeated by the Roman army, led by Paulinus. It is believed that Boudicca's final resting place is under Platform Nine, at King's Cross station.
In AD 597, a mission of Roman monks arrived in Essex, with the relics of the martyr saint, St. Pancras. They intended to convert Britain to Christianity. The monks built a church in the place where St. Pancras Old Church is today. This site is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Europe. In the 18th century, the King's Cross area remained rural, with open fields adjacent to York Way. Throughout the fields, there were small settlements, such as Battle Bridge. York Way's original name was Longwich Lane and then Maiden Lane. This road and Pancras Road, formerly King's Road, were traditional routes out of London, to the north. The area was popular with Londoners escaping the city, to health spas and country inns.
In the 19th century, King's Cross was linked to major industrial cities in the north of England. In 1820, the completion of the Regent's Canal was a major asset for such trade links. In 1824, the Imperial Gas Light and Coke Company opened Pancras Gasworks, to the south of the canal. Other local industries caused pollution problems, including paint manufacture and refuse sorting. Much of the land to the north of the canal remained open fields. As the area was rundown, a move to improve its quality was introduced, in 1830, at the Battle Bridge crossroads, a statue of King George IV, (r. 1820-1830), was built. Unfortunately, the statue attracted ridicule and was eventually demolished in 1842. However, the new name for the area, "King's Cross", stuck.
In 1850, the first temporary passenger station opened, to the north of the canal. In 1852, King's Cross station opened; and this led the way to further industries and housing development.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, King's Cross was a mix of well-to-do and impoverished. In the 1990s, many buildings became derelict. Crime remained a problem, with unemployment and a poor-quality environment. However, there was a thriving culture for artists and creative organisations.
In 2001, major improvements took place: the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and the restoration and extension of St. Pancras station. The area has seen an investment of over £2.5 billion, in transport infrastructure. In 2007, the new St. Pancras International terminus opened. The original Midland Hotel was restored and re-opened as St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The area has greatly improved, thanks to an incredible investment in world-class buildings such as the Francis Crick Institute and King's Place. These examples show a real impetus for future developments.
New developments in King's Cross
Invest & Co have on offer Arthouse, York Way, King's Cross, London, N1. This newly built project is well located, within the heart of the King's Cross regeneration area. It is an ideal location for those wishing to live or invest in one of the best connected areas of London. The development has stunning views of the Regent's Canal and King's Cross. The Arthouse has a stunning terracotta façade, and there are beautiful landscaped courtyard gardens, connecting the building with Handyside Gardens.
The average for a two bedroom apartment is £1,200,000. All two bedroom apartments are finished to a high specification; and have two bathrooms, one reception and a private balcony. Residents have the benefit of Regent's Canal nearby, for pleasant walks; and there are a good choice of restaurants, art galleries and shopping destinations, all within easy walking distance. The nearest stations are King's Cross, National Rail and Underground, 0.3 miles away; and St. Pancras International, National Rail and Eurostar, 0.3 miles away.
1newhomes have on offer Luma King's Cross, 6 Lewis Cubitt Walk, King's Cross, London, N1. This development has 61 apartments; and all have full height windows to maximise light, overlooking the tranquil beauty of Lewis Cubitt Park and Jellicoe Gardens. One bedroom apartments start at £825,000 and three bedroom apartments start at £1,325,000.
All apartments benefit from a balcony or Juliette balcony; all have full scene set and dimmable lighting control system throughout; home automation system; herringbone engineered timber flooring to all rooms, excluding bathrooms; and thermostatically controlled underfloor heating throughout.
All kitchens have integrated Siemens appliances, including fridge/freezer, four zone induction hob and dishwasher; and white quartz worktop and splashback, with integrated stainless steel bowl sink. All bathrooms have large porcelain tiles to the floor and walls, with natural stone in selection locations. The baths are steel enamel, with glazed shower screen and wall mounted shower head.
On the 8th floor, there is a landscaped private residents' garden; all residents benefit from daytime concierge service and there is a residents' lounge. There is security fob access control to all building entrances, car park and lifts. A video entry control is provided to the building entrance, through a home automation system. There are heat detectors and CCTV surveillance to all public areas. Luma has 24 allocated car parking spaces, at £450 per annum, for selected units. King's Cross, National Rail and Underground, and St. Pancras International, National Rail and Eurostar, are 4 minutes walk away.
What our CEO, Mary Anne Bowring, likes about King's Cross
At Kings Place, I've booked tickets with my friend, to see Nik Bartsch's Ronin. The band has a good individual sound, and combines jazz, funk, new classical music, and Japanese influences.
Things to do in King's Cross
Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1, is a state of the art concert hall, with a wide range of music, including classical, jazz, folk, contemporary, and comedy. The venue hosts festivals, and tickets are available for under 30s. Every year, London's longest running literary festival, Jewish Book Week brings together writers and speakers from the worlds of history, journalism, philosophy, science, art, music, poetry and fiction. The Jewish theme is open to everyone. Kings Place Gallery is large and spacious, an ideal location for contemporary art exhibitions; and there is a cafe. At the entrance of Kings Place, the Pangolin Gallery hosts contemporary art exhibitions.
King's Cross - Cultural Scene
The Lighterman, 3 Granary Square, London, N1, is a great gastro pub. It is set on three stunning floors, with outdoor seating and good views of the Regent's Canal. The canal-side alfresco bar is on the ground floor. The menu specialises in British-European food, including seasonal salads, flatbreads cooked in clay ovens, and meat and fish grilled over coals. There is steak, beef burger, sausage and mash, and fish and chips.
Sharing boards and sides are offered. Pudding includes sticky toffee pudding, apple and cranberry crumble, passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake, frozen creams and sorbets, and British cheese board. There are Sunday roasts, and a kids' menu. Drinks include spirits, spritz, champagne and sparkling, white wine, red wine, rose, and imaginative soft drink combinations.
Top 3 Block Management Companies in King's Cross
Ringley Group – specialising in the block management of residential flats
Knight Frank - Unit 1, 9 Handyside Street, London N1C 4AY
Frank Harris - Unit 4, 6 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
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LIME TREE PLACE
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Client Fund Debtors
RFAS has cleared £763,3955 worth of debtors. Recoveries are as follows:Chauser Place-£17807.92-From ATLAS BMC Ltd ,King Regents Place-£16,972-British Gas,Heia Wharf Block C-£9,492-Ground Maintenance.
Fastest Service Charge
The Accounts has been circulated within 6 months and No Section 20B notice has been served - Northiam Management Limited as RFAS main objective is to issue the accounts within 6 months from financial.
5 Years of Accounts Cleaned
Due to diminishing lease, the freeholder expenses cannot be recovered. There was also a variance on each service charge, thus the accounts were unfinished. This year we shortened the accounting period.
Recovery of Arrears
Ringley Law was instructed on the recovery of service charge arrears totalling circa £53k from a commercial property spanning 3 units. We have successfully recovered majority of the arrears in excess of £42k.
Property Litigation Dispute
A litigated matter involving multiple disputes over the course of 4 years. A proactive approach was adopted and Ringley Law was successful in recovering £10k and continue to resolve remaining disputes.
Breach of Lease
A breach of lease matter was attended, as the owner refused to respond to communications from the Managing Agent. Ringley Law engaged with the owner. The breach was remedied within 24 hours.
Valuation for Secured lending purposes of £11.50m portfolio including shops, offices and residential. The instruction required inspection, measurement and valuation for seven properties.
Valuation for accounting purposes of £750,000 portfolio including shops and residential. The instruction required inspection, measurement and valuation for seven properties located around north London.
A Bank lending Valuation. The instruction required assessment of end values and development costs of a site with planning permission for 11 detached and semi-detached houses with underground parking.