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Cultural Sustainability

The cultural health and diversity of London is, undoubtedly, an important contributory factor to the pleasure of living and working in this great city. London’s cultural depth and diversity, and its overall amenity, are both cited as major factors in its popularity as an international business centre and a number of surveys have revealed it to be an important factor to companies and individuals locating, for business, in London. As a result, the continued support of London’s culture, including performing and visual art and heritage is a responsibility owed to the city by everyone in the property sector.

The Property Merchant Group has been proud to support Theatre Delicatessen, both through sponsorship and, more importantly, through provision of free space in one of our building at 295 Regent Street. Theatre Delicatessen is a young company which has, as a result, been able to create an acclaimed fringe theatre space in the heart of the West End. Recent productions include “The Winter’s Tale” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Shakespeare; David Hare’s “Fanshen”, a play which included the memorable lines “Never Trust a Landlord; Never Protect a Landlord; there is only One Road and that is to Struggle Against Them”; “Elle at the Cavendish Cabaret” and “Pedal Pushers”, written by Theatre Delicatessen’s own Roland Smith, based on the Tour de France. Other support of the performing arts includes rehearsal facilities provided for another theatrical company at 111 Cannon Street.

We have just finished the first run of The Property Comic, an evening of stand-up comedy at 295 Regent Street, sponsored by Property Week, “to bring a smile to the property market” and to raise vital funds for LandAid.

Maddox Street Art We also take seriously our public art commitment on developments, notably fulfilled at Maddox Street with work by Binita Walia, and we have also incorporated art in most of our buildings.

Simon Gudgeon, the world famous sculptor, has been commissioned to produce “Origins” as part of our public art commitment at Cavendish Gate; The Property Merchant Group has also been proud to support another of Simon Gudgeon’s sculptures, “Isis”, to be unveiled in Hyde Park in September; the first sculpture in Hyde Park by a living artist for 150 years, Isis has been commissioned by the Royal Parks Foundation to raise vital funds for a new education centre.