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Local schoolchildren help support the drive for clean energy at Hammersmith’s new Civic Campus


Drilling for a new ground source heat pump kicks off local Climate Carnival week of events

Pupils from Flora Gardens Primary School and Hammersmith Academy joined Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of H&F Council, as a drill was driven 136 metres into the ground to draw water to power a heat pump to cool and heat the new Civic Campus facilities in King Street.

The drilling in Hammersmith event kicked off Climate Carnival week locally in the run up to COP26 – the United Nations’ climate conference which is held in Glasgow this November. From workshops to webinars, nature tours to talks, there is plenty to get involved with. Visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/climate-carnival for more details.

Exciting news for King Street

The creation of the new Civic Campus is exciting news for King Street – and we’re watching the progress keenly from our new office across the street! It will mean the return of a proper cinema, as well as new flats and shops, as well as a modern and accessible town hall building.

The first phase of the new Civic Campus is due to open in 2022 and includes a new cinema, retail outlets, new performance and events space and genuinely affordable new homes for local people. The scheme will also offer homework space for young people, a rooftop public bar and cafe, public art gallery space and a new public square. 

The heat pump system at the Civic Campus uses two 136-metre deep water wells, each 400cms in diameter, to draw water out of the underlying Thames aquifer. The wells are drilled through London clay, mudstone and overlying chalk which contains groundwater.

Once drilled into the chalk, the well is sleeved with a steel case and then tested. The system will produce 600 Kilo Watts (kW) of energy - equivalent to 60 times the heating required for a standard house.

The project is being delivered through a joint venture partnership between Hammersmith & Fulham Council and housing association A2Dominion. Its construction is being undertaken by Ardmore with the heat pump work contracted to GCore Limited.

It’s Oscars night for the best – and worst – buildings in Hammersmith


Every year the Hammersmith Society gives out its gongs for the new-build projects which deserve praise… and wooden spoons for the ones that don’t. 

Everyone gathered at the Riverside Studios on Wednesday night for the announcement, with the Hammersmith & Fulham Council Mayor, Cllr PJ Murphy, doing the honours and presenting the awards. 

The Hammersmith Society awards scheme is a good way to reward the extra thought and effort that goes into the best of the new developments springing up around us. 

Three very different buildings won this year’s top prizes, with ancient and modern represented. 

The Environment Award went to the circular Quaker Meeting House in Bradmore Park Road (architect: Stewart Dodd - pictured below), which – in the words of the judges – ‘creates a graceful pause in the line of Victorian terraces’ in Brackenbury. 

It’s a beautiful little building, with simple brick walls, an inviting entrance and pleasing curved lines. I love it. 

 

 

Next, the Tom Ryland Conservation Award, which this year goes to the Iffley Road Mission Hall, built in 1883 as the Sunday school for the church of St John the Evangelist. 

Restoring any Grade ll-listed building is a challenge, but this conversion and refurb (pictured below) has created really usable meeting, community and office spaces while preserving an important structure for generations to come. 

Congratulations to Lamington Group, Neil Davies Architects and HUT Architecture for their sympathetic reimagining. 

 

 

Finally, the Nancye Goulden award for smaller schemes has gone to the landscaping around the new office block at 245 Hammersmith Road, where a peaceful, tranquil mini park (pictured below) has been created for the many people who work in the area. 

The judges praised this example of how people can be prioritised in a sea of traffic and commercial activity… and I echo that too. So, take a bow Sheppard Robson Architecture and Exterior Architecture. 

 

And then the wooden spoons.

Unsurprisingly, the Hammersmith Society takes issue with Thames Water’s new water fountain in Lyric Square. 

Although it fulfils a noble function, letting people top up their water bottles rather than buying any more single-use plastic, it looks absurd. 

The judges said it looked as if it had been left behind from a funfair, with lots of white plastic, crowned with a bulbous blue egg, adding that it appeared ‘daft and out of place’. 

Also condemned, the 5G masts, which are of poor design, with drab equipment at the base and a complete lack of style or elegance. 

Once again, the Hammersmith Society has its finger on the pulse. We can only hope that the developers are paying attention. 

 

Helga’s W12 mural is a weekend high point for Artists at Home 


Artists At Home – which Horton and Garton are once again proud to sponsor – runs from September 17-19, with painters, ceramicists, sculptors, photographers, textile artists, jewellers and glass-makers showcasing their art in the setting of their workplaces.

For nearly half a century, artists across Chiswick, Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith have opened their studios, homes and flats for viewing, and for the chance to chat to the local creative talent. 

Last year’s event was online-only, because of the pandemic. But this year we can get out and about to explore and celebrate local creativity.  

Among those taking part this year is Shepherd’s Bush artist Helga Stentzel (pictured above - she’s also No47 on the interactive map on the event website), who is a local legend after turning the blank wall of her home into a huge, colourful mural.  

Helga, who bought her home at 77 Westville Road through Horton and Garton, checked with the neighbours before creating the giant work of art. 

Instagram sensation

The Russian-born artist has lived in W6 and W12 for the past decade, raising her children in west London and growing her business – now a sensation on Instagram – for taking quirky optical illusion photos of household objects. 

Her ground-floor studio is among those open for viewing over the weekend, with her limited-edition photographs, and you can meet Helga and maybe discuss commissioning a mural of your own. 

“I was inspired by those exposed chimney breasts,” she said. “When we bought the house I thought it would be interesting to paint them.”  

She didn’t need planning permission. As long as your design isn’t advertising something, or doesn’t offend the neighbours, it’s allowed. Helga’s total outlay was £5,000, which included paying street artists from the Blank Walls firm to do the work.  

“I’m glad I hired specialists to do it, once I saw them working on it for three days,” she said.  

The artist now hopes that other blank walls across west London will be brightened up by mural painting, eventually creating a trail that people can follow.  

Hungry house - Before and after

Entitled 'The Hungry House' the mural on the side of the 140-year-old Victorian home was decorated in what Helga calls “life-affirming colours”.  

A hydraulic platform had to be hired to reach the top bits. Neighbours are positive. One calls it “the funniest house façade I’ve ever seen”, and reckons it won’t be long before tourist buses turn up to see it.  

“It’s a slightly funnier version of a mural than other artists might have designed,” said Helga, adding that the witty design is meant to symbolise how demolished houses have made way for newbuilds.  

I’m a fan too. The mural brightens up the street, and lets everyone smile at a time when we really need it the most.  

If you want to see more of Helga’s art, you can follow her on Instagram here or via her website  

The artist calls her style household surrealism, with her pictures including clothes pegged to washing lines to create images that trick you into seeing animals. Other pictures include eggs growing from a tomato stalk, loose computer keys in a popcorn box, and jelly babies sprouting like grapes.  

Artists at Home

Fifty-eight artists’ studios are spread across three square miles of west London for this month’s event, and I’m delighted that at Horton and Garton we’re doing our bit to promote this much-needed and uplifting boost to local artists’ work.  

Artists At Home is open on Fri 17 Sept, 6-9pm; Sat 18 Sept 11am-6pm; Sun 19 Sept 11am-6pm. Full details here  Helga Stentzel’s studio is at 77 Westville Road, W12 9BB.  

 

Pop into the Pub in the Park at Chiswick House & Gardens


Tickets are now on sale for the event featuring live music and cooking demos from September 3-5

Feel a bit cheated this summer with holidays disrupted and life still not quite back to normal? Here’s a way to put all those negative vibes behind you, and salvage some good times, right here in Chiswick. 

Pub in the Park is being staged once again in the grounds of Chiswick House – a fiesta of food and music, with four distinct slots letting you choose between a mellow afternoon or a noisier evening session. 

It runs from September 3 to 5, with some great music names to choose from, and the fun of watching Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing (below), plus other top chefs, share their tips and tricks of the trade. 

Let’s start with the music. On the Friday evening (6-10.30pm) there’s a DJ set from Basement Jaxx, plus Brand New Heavies and the soaring voices of The Kingdom Choir. Tickets for Friday start at £30 for children, £45 for adults. The higher-priced VIP lounge tickets have already sold out. 

On Saturday afternoon, The Feeling take to the stage, plus Nerina Pallot. There are still some VIP access tickets at £80, plus regular tickets from £20. 

Saturday night’s line-up is headlined by the Kaiser Chiefs, backed by The Cuban Brothers (above) and Apollo Junction… and not surprisingly it’s completely sold out. 

But you can still get lucky with tickets when the mood changes on Sunday afternoon and you have the chance to wallow in nostalgia with Marc Almond, plus Reef and then Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. Young children get in free, with the Lazy Sunday tickets costing from £22.50. 

The chefs taking part in the cookery demonstrations include Chantelle Nicholson (above), Andrew Pern, Nitisha Patel and Michel Roux Jr - but the line-up is led by chef patron Marcus Wareing, taking a break from MasterChef to answer questions and pass on some culinary wisdom. 

There will be other guests as well, joining in the cooking and signing books. 

Naturally there will be some top-class food on offer, with options including Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Jason Atherton’s Little Social and Chantelle Nicholson’s All’s Well, and all set against the magnificent backdrop of Chiswick House and its gardens. 

And as a way of thanking keyworkers who have battled through the past 18 months to keep us all safe, 1,000 are being given free tickets to this and other Pub in the Park dates at locations, including St Albans and Marlow. 

The pledge is that limiting numbers and creating zones will ensure Covid safety. Some of the regular areas of Chiswick House will be closed off to the general public from the end of August as the event is set up. 

For times, tickets and more details, visit: www.pubintheparkuk.com/chiswick/ticket-info

Personally, I can’t wait. This is just the boost that we all need after the restrictions we’ve endured. 

 

 

Live in Chiswick? Here’s our round-up of the 10 best Instagram accounts to follow


Stay up-to-date with everyone and everything in W4 - and smash those likes!

If you live in Chiswick and have an Instagram account its likely you follow some local individuals and businesses, in case there are some you don’t know about, in this latest blog we’ve highlighted 10 Instagram accounts to follow if you live in Chiswick.

From local events to pop up stores and competitions, all sorts of exciting things can be found on social media that you’d otherwise have no idea about.

The age old saying of ‘it’s who you know’ continues to have influence only now, online, its often more ‘who you follow’ to ensure you’re up to speed with local announcements.  

1. Paul Cooney MNAEA
@paul.m.cooney

Firstly, we really hope you’re following Paul.

Paul not only shares top tips for selling and buying property in Chiswick, he also shares details of local events, posts photos and videos of attractive and interesting parts of W4 and often highlights local experts, from gardeners to decluttering experts, who might be helpful to know about when improving your home.

Paul’s known for his involvement in the local community and the recent opening of High Road Studio is set to further enhance local events and help charities in the area raise vital funds along the way.

2. The Chiswick Calendar
@thechiswickcalendar

If you live in Chiswick hopefully you know about The Chiswick Calendar. On their website they share great information about all the local events that are running. The Chiswick Calendar Instagram account is primarily used to share daily images taken around Chiswick.

The images are often very beautiful to look at, or they might cast light on events, or are simply a snapshot of a moment in time in Chiswick.

 

3. Aubrey Mark Charles
@aubreymarkcharles

Aubrey’s account is a feast for the eyes, often getting up and out before the rest of us have risen means he captures the most glorious photos of Chiswick and other spots in West London as the sun rises, when the streets are totally deserted. 

With around 11k followers Aubrey has quite the following and often collaborates with local businesses who are running competitions, opening new stores or launching new events, so his account is well worth following if you’re local and want to know what’s going on or learn about some places to visit nearby.

 

 

4. The Old Cinema
@theoldcinemalondon

One of our absolute favourite places in Chiswick, The Old Cinema is London’s only department store solely devoted to selling antique, retro, vintage, industrial and upcycled items.

Not only is their Instagram worth following for updates on new items or sales that are taking place, but they also share some beautiful home inspiration images.

 

5. Martha Roberts
@the_colour_file

Not only will Martha Robert’s Instagram account most definitely add some colour to your feed, but it might well inspire you to spruce up your shelves, organise your home in more appealing ways and likely encourage you to add a little colour too.  

From her home in Chiswick, Martha shares images of her wonderfully colourful home on her Instagram page, and on her website, you’ll find an excellent blog filled with interesting guests and top tips on adding colour to your world.

If you’re looking to support local businesses Martha has a wonderful Etsy shop online from which she sells a variety of items including different prints and greetings cards.

 

6. Brooke Copp-Barton
@home_at_brookes

Brooke Copp-Barton is a Chiswick based interior designer who’s featured in House & Garden and 25 Beautiful Homes.

Brooke’s Instagram is an excellent place to browse through interiors, spark creativity and perhaps hone design ideas for your home.

If you’re considering working with an interior designer, we’d highly recommend Brooke and her Instagram is an excellent place to check out a snapshot of her portfolio.

 

7. Artists At Home
@artistsathome

It’s no secret that we’re big supporters of Artists at Home – High Road Studio is filled with art created by their members and we’re planning to exhibit different artist’s work regularly.

From their Instagram account they share images of artwork, sometimes a glimpse into some of the processes the artists go through when creating and of course updates on their events.

Artists At Home was primarily an Open Studio Event where members of the public would tour the local area popping into different artist’s studios or homes to view their art or craft and buy those, they wished to take home.

The pandemic has meant this couldn’t go ahead over the past 18 months and virtual events took place instead – this year between 17 and 19 September, the Open Studio event is taking place once more with 78 artists participating, one of which is setting up in our very own workspace here at High Road Studios! We can’t wait.

 

8. Chiswick Book Festival Online
@chiswickbookfestival

There are around 425 writers who’ve written a book and lived in Chiswick or written a book about W4 – with Chiswick potentially being Britain’s most literary location it’s incredibly fitting that there is a dedicated annual book festival.

One of the most popular events in Chiswick, the Chiswick Book Festival is an annual celebration that brings together top authors and their readers for a week of history, poetry, biography, creative writing, fiction, thrillers, gardens, food, wine, politics and children’s books.

This year the event will take place between 9 and 15 September, across a number of venues – follow their Instagram for updates on the event and other related, often interesting, information.

 

 

9. Louiseloveslondon
@lululoveslondon

A lifestyle and travel writer, owner of baby and toddler clothing store Petits Pieds London and ambassador of Maggie & Rose – Louise’s account is a great one to follow, especially if you have young children, as she often shares items she’s found or experiences on day’s out.

Luckily for us Louise is local, meaning many of the adventures she so wonderfully captures with her daughter Clara are in West London or relatively accessible.

 

10. ChiswickW4.com
@ChiswickW4 (Twitter)

For our final feature we’re switching platforms and heading over to Twitter…

If you live in the area, you’re likely registered with the Chiswick W4 website and will receive the weekly newsletter which includes everything from local news updates to upcoming events. It’s a really handy site to register with if you live in the area.  

For more regular updates it’s prudent to also follow Chiswick W4’s twitter account.

 

Living in Chiswick

If you’re not on Instagram or Twitter, you can register for newsletter updates with several of the above.

Please do let us know if there’s anyone you think we should have included in our top ten as we quite enjoyed doing this round up and hope to do another in the future!

As always if you’d like to talk to seasoned local estate agent Paul about selling your property in Chiswick please do get in touch and the Chiswick lettings team would be delighted to assist with your rental property in W4 should you be looking for advice and guidance regarding your portfolio.

 

Your chance to see the rare book collection of an Arts & Crafts pioneer


The former Hammersmith house of Emery Walker - one Britain’s best-preserved homes - boasts a new exhibition space 

It isn’t every day that we have the pleasure of announcing that the opening of a new exhibition space in the area. So we're delighted to let you know about a very special room. 

A matter of yards from the Black Lion pub – where Black Lion Lane meets Hammersmith Terrace and where Chiswick becomes Hammersmith – it’s a little venue that’s been years in the making. 

The first exhibition at 7 Hammersmith Terrace celebrates the most exquisite books ever published by a private press, including the Doves Bible (The Dove pub gave its name to it) and the Kelmscott Chaucer. 

The show – which opens on August 12, runs for nine months but has very limited ticket numbers – looks at the printing methods used by Walker, and his chum William Morris, best known for the textiles and wallpapers he created in late Victorian times. 

It was an age when printing went from primitive wood-carving methods which had hardly changed in 400 years to the exciting new typography which fed the demands of a general public now able to read and write. 

Walker was at the cutting edge of new type, setting up his own company and producing small numbers of beautifully crafted books. 

If you are lucky enough to own an original copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer – the one printed on 8 May 1896 with pale ribs on the spine, pictured below – you can confidently expect to sell it at auction for £150,000. 

Visitors to the first exhibition staged at the new gallery will be able to see proof pages, printing blocks and even examples of the Doves Press type, salvaged from the nearby river. 

It’s a sad story. Thomas Cobden-Sanderson and Walker were business partners, creating a unique typeface and used it to make books which were simply works of art. 

When the partnership broke up, Thomas took the original letters – hundreds of them, weighing over a tonne – and threw them, over the space of eight years, into the Thames… where they still are found, washed up from time to time, by mudlarks grubbing around at low tide.  Some of the retrieved type is on show at the house which is nearly midway between Horton and Garton's Chiswick and Hammersmith offices. 

You can take an hour-long guided tour, and be one of the first to visit the exhibition space, by booking a place via Emerywalker.org.uk 

Party on the Pier: Sunday 25 July from 11am-4pm


Chiswick’s favourite riverside party is back!

A much-loved annual event in Chiswick’s social calendar, Party on the Pier showcases what the charities based at Chiswick Pier have to offer. It’s a fun-filled introduction to river-based activities and a terrific day out for the family. Enjoy a free boat trip down the Thames on the Golden Salamander, courtesy of Fuller’s - a trip will run every 45 minutes. Amanda’s Action Kids will be there to entertain little ones and you’ll find a variety of artisan craft stalls, activities and food and drink. Grab a salt beef bagel, Reuben sandwich, hot dog or smoked salmon bagel from Salt Beef Shack or enjoy mouth-watering Caribbean vegetarian food courtesy of Mama Pets. Super Scoop will serve up handmade ice cream and freshly made crepes.

The charities based at Chiswick Pier will be showcasing their work and the activities they run throughout the year. Chiswick Pier Canoe Club, who operate from the Trust on Sundays, are offering canoe taster sessions which are appropriate for young people aged over 14, as well as adults. The Thames Explorer Trust has a River Dipping session at 11 am, which is a guided exploration of the foreshore. The RNLI will have  information about its work, and souvenir stand. The Sea Cadets will have a stall where little ones can practice catching plastic ducks, and adults and children can enter a tombola. You can find out the sort of activities and training the Sea Cadets offer young people, and meet some of the current recruits. 

Mark your calendars for Sunday 25 July from 11am – 4pm

Party on the Pier Timetable 

From 11am: 

Thames Explorer Trust meet outside the Pier House for River Dipping 

The first free boat trip leaves (and then runs every 45 minutes). 

The first Canoe Taster Sessions start 

Amanda’s Action Kids will run sessions at 12.00, 1.00pm and 2.30pm. 

Back to the flicks in Chiswick High Road


How wonderful to return to the cinema, and how lucky we are to have such a beautiful venue as the Chiswick Cinema on our doorstep! 

It opened with a star-studded launch where guests included David ‘Chariots of Fire’ Puttnam and Greg ‘BBC Director-General’ Dyke… and it’s well worth supporting. 

The cinema’s address, 94 Chiswick High Road, has been an arty local space for half a century. For four decades young dancers in tutus pirouetted at the HQ of Ballet Rambert, which was opened in 1971 by Ingrid Bergman… best known for playing opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 classic Casablanca. 

Now completely rebuilt as an eco-friendly, 500-seat four-screen multiplex, it’s reintroducing everyone to the fun of filmgoing after a full year of staring at small screens at home, thanks to lockdown. 

Friendly and welcoming

There is something special about shared enjoyment of a good film in the company of a knowledgeable local audience, and manager Kathryn Smith and her team are friendly and welcoming.  

Although it is open to the public, the cinema also has different tiers of membership which reward regular visitors, give discounts on food and drink and help support the venture. Founder sponsors and benefactors have their own exclusive bar and restaurant, but everyone can take drinks and cocktails into the film showings as well. The cinema is also available for private hire, with one screen having 15 luxury seats; another useful addition to the local scene, although you’ll be relieved to hear I’m not planning on showing any old home movies of mine. 

Looking good

What’s also great is that this is a major architectural addition to Chiswick High Road. Although the site was mothballed from 2013 to 2020, now – even allowing for the pandemic delay – it’s a dramatic, eye-catching building which Kathryn (who began her cinema career as a West End usherette!) rightly calls ‘the heart of the community’. 

With its road-facing green wall, wheelchair accessibility and recycling commitments, this is also an environmentally responsible cinema. Even if you aren’t seeing a film, pop in for a coffee or a drink and take a look round. “It’s for people who love film, and want to watch films in a beautiful building,” said Kathryn, who is also planning a summer holiday kids’ film club. 

Films return

It’s the first new movie theatre in Chiswick since the 1930s, reviving a silver-screen era which once included the Palais at 365 Chiswick High Road, the Electric on the Duke Road/High Road corner, Cinema Royal at No160 (now the retro vintage and antiques centre) and the Empire at 414 – a music hall and variety palace which also screened films. 

It’s a great place to let the magic of movies unfold in the company of a host of strangers in the dark, while munching contentedly on upmarket popcorn (they even have brie flavour!) and exclusive sweets. By the autumn you’ll also be able to dine on croquettes and baguettes as you watch a film, and in the future there will be a chance to watch old movies on a proper old 35mm projector for the authentic experience, as well as all the latest digital films. 

And wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Chiswick Cinema planned an Ingrid Bergman season to salute the 50th anniversary of the Swedish actress putting the High Road address on the map. Can we nominate Notorious, Joan of Arc and Spellbound for a start? 

Location

The Chiswick Cinema is located at 94 Chiswick High Road,  adjacent to the Horton and Garton sales office, Paul Cooney Director at The Studio, 129 Chiswick High Road and a hop, skip and a jump to Gable House, Turnham Green Terrace, where Anthony Wozniak heads up our new Chiswick W4 lettings office.

For more details and current films, visit: www.chiswickcinema.co.uk/

A topping addition to the dining scene pops up in King Street


The latest addition to the dining scene in Hammersmith and Chiswick sees a jazz musician launch a pizza parlour in King Street

It’s all about the base… but it’s also all about the toppings! Base Face Pizza is Tim Thornton’s first foray into the restaurant business. He’s better known for his double bass playing at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s but – keen to spend more daytime watching two-year-old daughter Elisa grow up – he’s given up music touring in favour of food. 

Named after the funny faces than jazz musicians pull, the eat-in-and-take-out restaurant is in the former Piate Mediterranean restaurant opposite Tesco Express at 300 King Street – just down the road from the Horton and Garton office at No172. 

And our staff can vouch for the quality of the pizzas, with the bases created using a mix of ultra-refined double-zero flour and tritordeum (a wild barley and durum mix with cardiovascular benefits). 

The specials include the wonderfully named Ndjua Love Me (Stilton and Cornish Kern cheeses, nduja – a spicy sausage, tomato, maple syrup and oregano) and Peppergine (a veggie version made with roast aubergine, burnt pepper crema, olives and basil). But the standard classics (which start at £7) are just as impressive, and you can customise them with added toppings such as fennel sausage, balsamic glaze spiral and mixed wild mushrooms. 

Italian job

Tim’s wife Rosanna is Italian, and she and little Elisa are the testers and tasters before each new topping is unveiled. “When the pandemic started, I wanted to bring a bit of joy back to the community, so I made pizzas in an oven in the garden and gave them away, just asking for £5 donations to the NHS charity,” the 32-year-old told me.  

He uses fellow west London food producers, to reduce food miles and support local businesses. So, the sausage comes from Ginger Pig in Askew Road, spices are from Chiswick Chillies, beer is from Portobello brewery and Jeffersons craft brewery in Barnes, with cheese from the La Latteria mozzarella shop in Acton. Puds include ice creams from Bears Ice Cream Company in Ravenscourt Park.  

Regulars at the Hammersmith farmers’ market will already know his pizzas as he has had a pop-up pizzeria there. “My focus is on eating in; pizzas taste best when they’re fresh out of the oven,” he said. “For me, the joy of doing this is to create a really nice place for people to come and spend an evening with the family and friends.”  

Local lad

Tim is a local lad who lives near Barrowgate Road, Chiswick, and went to Latymer Upper School.  

“I really love doing this. Italian food is so good because the produce is so fresh and local when you go to Italy. We’ve got good milk here, so what’s the point in flying in cheese from Naples when we can make it in west London?”  

We wish him well in his new venture! 

Base Face Pizza is located at 300 King Street, Hammersmith W6 0RR. Follow on Instagram @base.face.pizza or visit: www.basefacepizza.com

The best estate agent office in Chiswick


The Horton and Garton Chiswick sales team has moved!

Their new home, High Road Studio, is much more than just another estate agent office. Here, Director Paul Cooney highlights why their new unassuming workspace is quite so unique and why it might just deserve the accolade of the best estate agent office in Chiswicksimply because it is so much more than the carbon copy ‘goldfish bowl’ seen dotted up and down high streets across London and the rest of the country.

A space to focus on being the best estate agent in Chiswick

Despite the new Chiswick work studio being a hybrid space, the focus absolutely remains on selling Chiswick properties as a first priority. The striking bright workspace at High Road Studio is a phenomenal upgrade and an energising working environment that is perfect for the team to focus on selling property across all of W4 and providing a stellar service to clients.

As with any job in any industry, feeling inspired to fulfil your role and to do it with vigour can sometimes be a challenge when your outlook is boxy and uninspiring. This might be a reason why, for many, working from home has increased their productivity and the quality of their work.

The uplifting space is also ideal for the team to concentrate on creating the exceptional property marketing which Horton and Garton Chiswick is known for. As we already continuously achieve the most buyer views on our property listings out of all the Chiswick agents on portals such as Rightmove, it’s possible our new, more inspiring surroundings might send us stratospheric.

Discretion when handling your personal affairs

We’re welcoming clients, past, present and potential, and those who want a catch up over coffee to make an appointment to visit us. The beauty of the studio is that it’s an inviting home like setting where we can comfortably meet with clients.

With over 13 years’ experience in agency, 11 years of which have been in Chiswick, Paul feels strongly that it is unnecessary to have a shop front office as an estate agent.

Not only is digital presence now more important than photos in windows but moreover, these offices which are open to the public to walk into, do not always provide clients with the privacy and discretion that their personal affairs should be afforded. 

To be shared with the community 

We’re going to be sharing our new workspace with the community, and this is the part that is already spiking the interest of local organisations.

For clarity, as we’ve been asked, Horton and Garton Chiswick are not opening a side business in events.

Being so passionate about Chiswick, having now worked here for over a decade, Paul has long envisaged having a suitable space, a place from which to focus on work whilst also offering the ability to learn and grow, supporting local businesses and charities along the way.

It just so happened that an opportunity arose to move to this spacious studio that was firstly the perfect work home for Horton and Garton Chiswick and secondly that it could be shared with the community.

We first contacted Artists at Home, as we’ve supported them for some time, and wondered if any of the artists would like their work showcased – we had a phenomenal response and are now surrounded by beautiful artwork.

Along with members of Artists at Home having their work showcased throughout the year, there are arrangements in place for a local food business to hold pop ups in August and plans are in motion for speaking and business events when restrictions allow.

In a central Chiswick location

Since opening the Chiswick office in 2017, the Chiswick sales team have worked from Gable House on Turnham Green Terrace. It’s entirely necessary for a Chiswick estate agent to be positioned in a central location.

An agent’s place of work needs to enable them to reach appointments at properties across all of W4 quickly and allow for clients to be able to easily meet with the agent in their place of work.

When the space at 129 Chiswick High Road became available Paul and the team quickly realised it was the ideal hybrid space not only in terms of the internal space but because of the location – it’s perfect for us as a place to work and as a space to share with the local community.   

Selling or letting your property in Chiswick

If you’re thinking about selling your Chiswick property and would like an informal chat with Paul please do get in touch, we’re happy to come to your home but if you’d rather come and visit our new work home you’re more than welcome to make an appointment to stop by. If you’re looking for a team to let and manage your property in W4 the Chiswick lettings team are available to meet or speak with over the phone and offer professional guidance.

High Road Studio is being managed by Parinda Boon, our Social Media Manager, and Emily Bosco who manages Admin and Client Care. If you’d like to explore a potential collaboration, please do get in touch with Parinda and Emily.

For updates and to see further images of our new work home you can follow the new dedicated High Road Studio Instagram account – click here.

We’re really looking forward to this next chapter and are excited for future collaborations and events at High Road Studio.