Giving something back

Stanhope is committed to giving its time, energy and resources to a wide range of causes.

The Stanhope team are keen to share its property development and construction expertise to provide strategic advice and practical assistance in helping charities achieve specific goals.

Below is a selection of organisations that we are currently involved with:

 
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ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR NEURO-DISABILITY

Stanhope have recently become involved in raising funds for this charity hospital, taking part in and then sponsoring its annual Row Hard event.

The RHN was founded in 1854 and is one of the oldest independent hospital and medical charity in the UK (based in Putney). It currently helps rehabilitate patients with extremely complicated brain injuries and disorders as well as treat those with long term continuing care, helping them to achieve their full life potential and enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

The hospital functions out of an imposing Victorian building, the fundraising for which was led by Charles Dickens, and design guided by Florence Nightingale, on a large site. The building has been expanded and adapted to meet the requirements for accommodating patients. New facilities have been constructed in the grounds.

Stanhope has expanded its relationship with the RHN and is now looking at ways that we can help the hospital in respect of its wider property/construction issues to provide more cost effective care.

 
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CORAM

The charity began life in 1739, when Thomas Coram set up his Foundling Hospital to take in the abandoned babies that were dying on London’s streets.

Centuries after Thomas Coram began what is believed to be England’s first children’s charity, the organisation’s work is still badly needed.

London remains a dangerous place for many children without a loving home and Coram’s work now includes adoption services; supported housing for 16 to 21-year olds; a Parents Centre offering advice, parenting training, teenage parent groups, music therapy; family support services and education.

Stanhope has advised Coram and assisted them on securing permission for a new masterplan for their campus, which currently fronts onto Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, WC1.

The new masterplan has now been implemented with the first phase increasing Coram’s profile by providing a more prominent presence to Brunswick Square and allowing the charity to achieve its aim of becoming a hub for sharing the latest advances in childcare techniques.

In full the masterplan will make better use of Coram’s existing buildings and will also include new buildings.

A phased approach to the redevelopment allows Coram to mount a capital fundraising appeal, carrying out each stage of work as funding becomes available.

 
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SERPENTINE GALLERY

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion has put the skill and imagination of some of the world’s best architects on public display.

Each year an architect who has never before completed a UK building is invited to create a temporary Pavilion that can be used as a café by day and a forum for learning, debate and entertainment at night.

Between 2001-2012 Stanhope was an adviser to the project, ensuring the unusual creations are realised in the most cost effective way and in the minimum period of time.

The Pavilions have to be built in just six weeks and must be capable of being dismantled at the end of the season.

Each Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is paid for entirely by sponsorship, donations in kind and the sale of the completed structure.

 
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PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY

Stanhope has a long association with The Photographer’s Gallery, a charity dedicated to promoting the art of photography.

Stanhope assisted the gallery with its objective of securing a new gallery to house its exhibitions, book store, café and print sales.

The strategic advice including chairing a Building Subcommittee which reported to the investors and providing strategic advice through the redevelopment stages including a design competition, selecting the right architect, securing planning permission, fundraising, through to the disposal of the gallery’s existing premises, and delivery of the new gallery building in Ramillies Street. The process involved progressing two projects: a redevelopment (later dropped due to budget constraints) and the eventual project – the extension and refurbishment of the adjoining warehouse.

The gallery opened in 2012.