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Strata SE1: insideand out Clockwise fromleft, Strata’s £2.5M penthouseenjoysspectacular views across the London skyline


Aviewfrom oneofthe three giantwindturbinesthatproduce energy for the building


Luxury on the forty-second floor


Strata stands tall abovethe Elephant andCastle’s£1.5bn regeneration


Night timepanorama


reserves basedonconstructionand an independentassessmentoflifecycle cost. Allthe flats were originally sold priorto


construction,however duetothe global financial crisis asmall number failed to complete and as a result they had to go back to the open market. As this issue of Flat Living goes to press,all of theunits aresold but with any building of this size there are always apartments availablefor either rent or purchase. Propertymanagers Gordon andCoare


responsible forthe day-to-daymanagement of the building and operate a 24-hour concierge servicealwaysavailabletoaddress any problemsor queriesfrom residents. Thebuilding contains acomplexmatrix of


services including: ■Acomplex buildingmanagement system ■CentralHeating&Gas ■Fire defencesystem ■Backup generator ■Express lifts ■Water Tanks - both Grey and Green ■Wind Turbines ■Underground car park


So as well as paying forGroundRent, ServiceCharges andinsurance,Gordon andco Flat Living Spring2012


afriendlyand welcomingway andknowthat notjustanybodycan gain entrance to the building.“Wetrytogothe extramilewiththe servicethatthe conciergeteamprovidesso that they aresupported by allinthe building management team,” he adds. Despite the need for good securitywhile


is also responsible forcounter chargingofall theresidents’utilities billswhich areinvoiced centrally. According to Gordon and Co’s Gavin Betty


“speakingaspropertymanagers, thebiggest challenge ofmanaging amassive block in themiddleofadevelopmentprojectand in apartofLondon that has been previously hadapoorreputationfor crime, is to balance the24-hour conciergeservice with security to thebuilding”. Thismeans ensuring that residentswhencominghomeare greetedin


apartments available for rent orpurchase


Thereare always


theareaaroundthe Strata Towerisbeing redeveloped, Gavinemphasises that there areplentyofpluspointsfor residentsliving in thearea: “There is agreat selectionoflocal restaurants; Borough market, the Old Vic andthe ImperialWarMuseumare allonthe doorstep; you are living really close to the City, London’s South Bank,West and East End shopping and you are living in Zone One with greatunderground connections.”Hesays. Elephant andCastlehas beenoverlookedfor sometimebutwiththe regeneration of the area over thenextfew yearsbetteramenities andtransport linkswillmakeitevenmore attractive to anyone lookingfor aflat in London. ●


GavinBetty is thenew businessmanager with Gordon&CoManagement Tel 0207 724 4477 Emailgavin@goandco.co.uk www.goandco.co.uk


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