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Win tickets to the Ideal Home Show

This is a legacy post from the findaproperty.com blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

FindaProperty.com has 25 pairs of tickets to give away to the Ideal Home Show which returns to London’s Earl’s Court in March.

This high profile show is a must visit for anyone planning to improve, renovate or refurbish their home. The Ideal Home Show will feature eight separate sections including interiors, home improvements, gardens, food, shopping and gadgets as well as a special women’s section.

Some of your favourite celebrities will also be on hand to help with inspiration and advice, including broadcaster and TV personality Fiona Phillips, architect and TV presenter George Clarke, interiors expert Linda Barker, gadget girl Suzi Perry and Masterchef host Greg Wallace. FindaProperty’s own Nigel Lewis will also be speaking at the show.

As the official property partner of the event, FindaProperty.com has 25 pairs of tickets to the event to give away.

To find out how to enter, visit the FindaProperty website.

The Ideal Home Show is on at London’s Earl’s Court from March 11-17. Tickets can either be booked online or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0844 415 4144.

Terms and conditions

1. This promotion is open to residents of the UK only. Under 16s should obtain permission of a parent or guardian to enter.

2. Not open to employees and families of The Digital Property Group, Ideal Home Show or anyone else connected with the creation or administration of the competition.

3. Entries will be chosen at random and will win two complimentary tickets to Ideal Home Show at London’ Earl’s Court for use one day between March 11 – 27, 2011. The winners must make their own way to the event.

4. By participating in the competition you consent to The Digital Property Group disclosing any personal information submitted by you to the Promoter for use by the Promoter and its authorised agents as necessary to administer the promotion. Any personal data submitted by you will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and the privacy policies of The Digital Property Group.

5. There is no responsibility taken for entries lost, delayed or incomplete, or incorrect email or postal addresses.

6. Winners will be selected from all the entries received by the Promoter.

7. The decision of the judges is final.

8. Winners will be announced on or after Thursday February 24 2011 and be contacted by email and receive tickets in the post.

9. A full list of winners will be available by writing to Samantha Baden, The Digital Property Group, Hammersley House, 5-8 Warwick Street, London W1B 5LX.

10. Winners may be required to participate in any subsequent publicity as deemed appropriate by The Digital Property Group.

11. In the event that, due to the acts or omissions of the winner, the Promoter is unable to deliver the prize to the winner, said winner will forfeit the prize and no substitute or alternative will be available.

12. The prize is non-transferable with no cash alternative and no additional prizes will be available.

13. The Digital Property Group reserves the right to substitute the prizes offered (such prizes will be of equal or greater value).

14. Correspondence regarding the Competition will be entered into only at the absolute discretion of the Promoter. All enquiries regarding the Competition should be sent to the Promoter’s address, indicated at the end of these Terms and Conditions.

15. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of The Digital Property Group and accordingly The Digital Property Group may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the competition and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to The Digital Property Group as a result thereof.

16. Promoter: The Digital Property Group Limited, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT. Winners will be selected from all valid entries received by the Promoter.

February 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM Leave a comment

The Shard makes a big impression

The Shard

This is a legacy post from the findaproperty.com blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

Have you looked up recently?

For all those London-based readers, and any who’ve been visiting the capital for a spot of Christmas shopping lately, you may have noticed a rather humongous change to the familiar London skyline. In a word it’s The Shard, a humdinger of a development over at London Bridge.

The Shard, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, stands at 243m (800ft) and is now officially the capital’s tallest skyscraper, and it’s not even finished yet.

The tower has just outgrown previous record holder – Canary Wharf’s One Canada Square, which stands at 235m (771ft).

When completed in May 2012, the new south London skyscraper will be the tallest building in the European Union.

It will eventually rise to an eye-popping 87 storeys or 310m (1,016ft). Wowser!

The tower, which is being built by the Sellar Property Group, is to have a variety of purposes, including offices, residential apartments and a hotel.

And good news for London residents and visitors alike, it will also have a sweet viewing platform on its 72nd floor, which is expected to attract more than a million rubberneckers a year.

December 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM 1 comment

Windows From Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater For Sale

Do you live in a house with a top class architectural pedigree?

If so, listen up, because the conservation body that looks after Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater has come up with a crafty way to get the windows replaced: sell the old ones off to architectural relic hunters.

Their website explains that the old windows are suffering from decay (hmmm, wonder if all that falling water is to blame – the owner’s father dubbed the place ‘rising mildew’?).

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

And this, architecture groupies, is where you come in:

“Naming opportunities range from $500 to $10,000 and up for each window, skylight, glass door, or set of windows, depending on the size and location.

“You will receive a commemorative piece of the old Fallingwater glass, framed along with a drawing of the house, specifying the window that you have endowed.

“Additionally, if you endow a window at $1,000 or more, you will be recognized on a donor wall in the Fallingwater Visitors Pavilion.”

$1,000 for a bit of old glass? Genius!

Here’s a nice video about the house:

November 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM 1 comment

Glasgow Rocks

It’s official: Glasgow is great. The Dear Green Place has only gone and made it into the Lonely Planet‘s Top Ten list of best cities for visitors.

Not only that but it was the sole UK city to be included. Even better, it beat Edinburgh! Bring it on.

Of course, this news comes as no surprise to me – being a local lassie, I know how fantastic Glasgow is.

The city is blessed with stunning architecture, a surprising amount of greenery, first-class theatres, galleries and museums, an easy-peasy subway system, and absolutely fabulous shops, sweetie.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

And, contrary to popular belief, the West Coast of Scotland diet doesn’t consist purely of deep-fried Mars bars.

Nope. You can actually have whichever type of chocolate you want fried in batter – although your more discerning diners will find plenty to scintillate their delicate taste buds, too.

The other wide-held notion of Scots enjoying a tipple or twenty is, however, almost universally true – my own favourite spot for this is the West End’s Ashton Lane, a wee piece of drinking and dining heaven that makes my heart sing…even when I’m sober.

Ashton Lane

But – and I reckon this is where Glasgow’s greatness really lies – local people  have such a deep-rooted sense of pride in their city that they’ll go out of their way to make sure visitors receive a warm welcome.

Glasgow: it’s pure dead brilliant, by the way.

Suggestions please on which cities you’d include in your Top Ten list for visitors…

October 17, 2008 at 11:25 AM 18 comments

Church made entirely from Beer Cans! Praise the beer, Ecclesiastical architecture at its finest.

Homer SimpsonNow here’s a novel notion: a church built out of beer cans.  Yep, that’s right.  A church. From beer cans.

Although it may sound like something straight from the mind of Homer Simpson, this is actually a true story of ecclesiastical architecture.

Having lost their main church building to developers, the parish of Colston Milton in Glasgow could soon boast Scotland’s first recycled place of worship, pending the results of a feasibility study.

Of course, the new church wouldn’t be made entirely from recycled alcohol receptacles, fabulous though that may be; there’ll be all sorts of other stuff used, from old tyres and windscreens to earth and wood.

But the specific idea of using beer cans, according to the parish’s Reverend Rowe, came from ‘a wonderful group of men and women who drink in the woods’.

That’s a very sweet euphemism for what we Glaswegians call ‘jakeys’.  The English definition, courtesy of the Urban Dictionary, is: ‘members of the street drinking fraternity’.

Yet praise where praise is due, as these wonderful winos have fully embraced the recycling concept and are regularly delivering their empties to the church hall for use in the project.

However, when the good Reverend revealed to the BBC that he hoped the locals  would help in the actual building of the new church, it gave me pause.

Heavy drinkers? Drunk construction? Brilliant!  This could unintentionally end up as Glasgow’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

September 26, 2008 at 3:15 PM Leave a comment

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