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Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright ‘sell their five-bedroom luxury Essex mansion’

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Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have reportedly sold their luxury five-bedroom Essex mansion. 

The actress, 33, and presenter, 34, are now renovating their new £1.3million dream house and posted clips of the building work to their new home Instagram account on Wednesday after their old property was snapped up. 

Sources close to the couple told The Sun that they exchanged contracts on Tuesday and that they are ‘thrilled’ to now be able to get on with finishing their new property, which they bought in October 2019.

Deal: Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have reportedly sold their luxury five-bedroom Essex mansion after sharing clips of renovations on their new £1.3m dream house to their new home account

Deal: Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have reportedly sold their luxury five-bedroom Essex mansion after sharing clips of renovations on their new £1.3m dream house to their new home account 

The source said: ‘It was their first home together and it holds so many happy memories but they’re excited about the future and building their dream home.

‘They wanted to share that with their fans so started an Instagram and are overwhelmed how many people want to follow their journey.’

Mark was photographed on Wednesday leaving Madison Fox, Chigwell who specialise in the sales of prestigious properties and were responsible for selling the couple’s home. 

Their old home – bought in 2013 – which has reportedly been sold, was on the market for £1.78 million last October. 

Wow: Images show inside the glamorous home, which they purchased in 2013 and lived in during lockdown while their new property undergoes extensive renovations

Wow: Images show inside the glamorous home, which they purchased in 2013 and lived in during lockdown while their new property undergoes extensive renovations

Glam: Their current house certainly caters for a luxury lifestyle with huge rooms and a sprawling garden, as well as an annex which currently houses their home gym

Glam: Their current house certainly caters for a luxury lifestyle with huge rooms and a sprawling garden, as well as an annex which currently houses their home gym

The stunning property boasts a home gym, crushed-velvet interiors and a manicured garden as well as huge chandeliers and a cinema room.  

The house boasts a spacious drive way with plenty of curb appeal and had lots of room for the couple’s lavish cars, which have previously included a Mercedes GTS, a Range Rover and BMW X6.  

Once inside the rural abode, there is an abundance of space to unwind in the all-grey living room.

In the centre of the lounge is a pale crushed velvet L-shaped sofa and a mirrored coffee table, which matches the other furniture in the room including a console table. 

Happy: Mark was all smiles as he left Madison Fox estate agents in Chigwell who specialise in the sales of prestigious properties and were responsible for selling the couple’s home

Happy: Mark was all smiles as he left Madison Fox estate agents in Chigwell who specialise in the sales of prestigious properties and were responsible for selling the couple’s home

Unique: The focal point of the kitchen is a striking velvet padded booth and table, which is situated in the island along with a hob, while the rest of the room features oak and white cabinets and tiled flooring

Unique: The focal point of the kitchen is a striking velvet padded booth and table, which is situated in the island along with a hob, while the rest of the room features oak and white cabinets and tiled flooring

Cooking up a storm! Around the island is a selection of bar stools which the couple can sit at to catch up on some TV, which is mounted to the wall above a row of kitchen cabinets

Cooking up a storm! Around the island is a selection of bar stools which the couple can sit at to catch up on some TV, which is mounted to the wall above a row of kitchen cabinets

Grand garden: The garden is as perfectly presented as the interior of the home, as luxury sunbeds sit atop of the landscaped lawn and a selection of expensive-looking garden furniture decorates the patio

Grand garden: The garden is as perfectly presented as the interior of the home, as luxury sunbeds sit atop of the landscaped lawn and a selection of expensive-looking garden furniture decorates the patio

Moving forward: The Essex presenter was dressed in a grey jacket, black skinny jeans and a cap after finalising the deal at Madison Fox – removing his protective mask after walking out of the offices

Moving forward: The Essex presenter was dressed in a grey jacket, black skinny jeans and a cap after finalising the deal at Madison Fox – removing his protective mask after walking out of the offices 

The cinema room furniture is a selection of darker grey sofas, while a huge projector screen has been mounted to the wall, which has been painted a charcoal colour for added ambience.

The focal point of the kitchen is a striking velvet padded booth and table, which is situated in the island along with a hob, while the rest of the room features oak and white cabinets and tiled flooring.

Around the island is a selection of bar stools which the couple can sit at to catch up on some TV, which is mounted to the wall above a row of kitchen cabinets. 

Glitz: Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms for the families to come and stay

Glitz: Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms for the families to come and stay

Lovely: Upstairs there are five bedrooms including the master suit, which boasts a king size bed with showstopping velvet headboard with matching curtains and bedding

Lovely: Upstairs there are five bedrooms including the master suit, which boasts a king size bed with showstopping velvet headboard with matching curtains and bedding

Decadent: A stunning chandelier was situated in the middle of the grand hallway

Decadent: A stunning chandelier was situated in the middle of the grand hallway

Luxury: There is an impressive roll top bath in the neutrally-toned bathroom

Luxury: There is an impressive roll top bath in the neutrally-toned bathroom

Mirror, mirror! In a theme which is seen throughout the house the room also features selection of mirrored furniture including bedside tables and a chest of drawers

Mirror, mirror! In a theme which is seen throughout the house the room also features selection of mirrored furniture including bedside tables and a chest of drawers

Nice: Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms perfect for when visitors come and stay over

Nice: Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms perfect for when visitors come and stay over

The garden is as perfectly presented as the interior of the home, as luxury sun beds sit atop of the landscaped lawn and a selection of expensive-looking garden furniture decorates the patio.

The hallway is the perfect entrance to the home, as a carpeted stairway is visible in a tastefully decorated entrance leading off in several directions to the other areas of the property.

Upstairs there are five bedrooms including the master suit, which boasts a king size bed with show stopping velvet headboard with matching curtains and bedding.  

Fitness fans! There is also a spacious gym at the property perfect for home workouts during lockdown

Fitness fans! There is also a spacious gym at the property perfect for home workouts during lockdown

Welcome: The hallway is the perfect entrance to the home, as a carpeted stairway is visible in a tastefully decorated entrance leading off in several directions to the other areas of the property

Welcome: The hallway is the perfect entrance to the home, as a carpeted stairway is visible in a tastefully decorated entrance leading off in several directions to the other areas of the property

Well presented:  The oak front door features glass panelling either side and is flanked by two huge lanterns

Well presented:  The oak front door features glass panelling either side and is flanked by two huge lanterns

Lavish: Once inside the rural abode, there is an abundance of space to unwind in their all grey living room and separate cinema room for cosying up to watch their favourite films

Lavish: Once inside the rural abode, there is an abundance of space to unwind in their all grey living room and separate cinema room for cosying up to watch their favourite films

In a theme which is seen throughout the house, the bedroom also features a selection of mirrored furniture including bedside tables and a chest of drawers.

Other images of the house show two neutrally decorated guest rooms for families to come and stay in. 

Mark and Michelle bought their new home for £1.3m in October last year and it was revealed in January that they would demolish the four bedroom farmhouse to create the sensationally lavish new house with ‘classical design’. 

The sprawling new home will feature a huge swimming pool, bar and make-up room, floor plans have revealed.

Stylish: The cinema room furniture is a selection of darker grey sofas, while a huge projector screen has been mounted to the wall which has been painted a charcoal colour for added ambience

Stylish: The cinema room furniture is a selection of darker grey sofas, while a huge projector screen has been mounted to the wall which has been painted a charcoal colour for added ambience

Posted on Epping Council website and being designed by Essex-based company MP Architects, the stunning plans show the couple’s incredible vision, which also features a playroom for any future kids.

On Tuesday evening the couple revealed they have created a home account on Instagram to share progress of the renovations taking place. 

They opened their new page and revealed their intentions to give their fans some insight into their ‘journey’.

In one snap, former Corrie star Michelle appeared in great spirits as she climbed a ladder, while her shirtless husband worked up a sweat as he removed a roof with fellow builders in another image. 

Come join us! On Tuesday evening the couple revealed they have created a home account on Instagram to share progress of the renovations taking place and posted a video showing Michelle on the building site

Come join us! On Tuesday evening the couple revealed they have created a home account on Instagram to share progress of the renovations taking place and posted a video showing Michelle on the building site 

‘This was day 1, ripping the roof off of the garages’, ex-TOWIE personality Mark wrote as he confirmed they started work on their abode in July 2020.

The pair, who have been married since 2015, also uploaded pictures of another home they’re taking inspiration from, which they captioned: ‘Stunning homes we are trying to base ours on. 

‘Love this white/Georgian style, we are thinking more of a modern twist though…. do you like?’

The TV stars explained why they’re providing their followers with glimpses of their personal lives as they said: ‘Part of my life I don’t always share is my property development.

'Day one': Presenter Mark, 34, went shirtless as he worked up a sweat to remove a roof with fellow builders in another image

‘Day one’: Presenter Mark, 34, went shirtless as he worked up a sweat to remove a roof with fellow builders in another image

‘A hobby and side hustle that I love but last July me and @michkeegan started building our dream home… we debated sharing our journey & after a lot of thought we decided we wanted to bring you along with us!’ (sic)  

All five bedroom feature an en-suite, while cupboards are littered through the floor and a vast drive will accommodate a plethora of cars. 

Their planning agent previously said: ‘This new house has been carefully designed so that it is similar in area and volume to what is currently on the site.

‘The new house will sit further back on the site and will create a much more functional family dwelling for our clients.

‘The existing house has been extended several times and is not functional, therefore a new house would be a better use of the site.’  

'It's a hobby and side hustle that we love': The actress, 33, and the former TOWIE star, 34, opened their new page on Tuesday evening after buying the property in October 2019

‘It’s a hobby and side hustle that we love’: The actress, 33, and the former TOWIE star, 34, opened their new page on Tuesday evening after buying the property in October 2019

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Godwin submits plans for Dorset mixed-use development (GB)

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Godwin Developments has submitted a planning application for Woodbury Park, a brand-new commercial development located at a prominent 4.85-acre site in Bere Regis, Dorset. Proposals include four purpose-built drive thru and drive to roadside retail units, with renowned restaurant brands PopeyesStarbucks and McDonald’s already lined up to take space, which has been designed to their specifications.

 

The scheme will also feature a 12,000ft² block of up to eight units, with associated parking and turning facilities. The units will be two storeys high, with the flexibility to combine into larger floorplates, if required by potential tenants. The block will be built speculatively and will target BREEAM Very Good, including features such as air source heat pumps, low energy lighting and highly efficient building fabric, to name a few.

 

Situated off the Townsend Roundabout at the northern entry point of Bere Regis, the site benefits from a high passing traffic flow of over 27,000 daily vehicles. It occupies a key location at the intersection of the A31 and A35 alongside the main arterial route connecting Poole and Bournemouth to Dorchester.

 

The Woodbury Park scheme will further Godwin’s commitment to local regeneration and job creation by enabling up to 250 new employment opportunities. Roles are anticipated to be primarily in retail, distribution and logistics, as well as services, manufacturing, technology and the creative industries. Local people will also benefit from the inclusion of several EV charging points, the first in the area.

 

Claudine Tracey, Development Manager at Godwin Developments, said: “The site’s high traffic flow, lack of similar offering close by, and proximity to existing Shell garage and trade park make Woodbury Park a sought-after location for a range of occupiers – including coffee and quick service restaurant brands. We are also delighted to be delivering the UK’s first Popeyes drive thru as the company expands its footprint in this country. In addition, our development will deliver a variety of local employment opportunities for Bere Regis through the provision of flexible industrial and logistics space suitable for new and existing businesses. The scheme at Bere Regis showcases Godwin’s unique capability to successfully combine industrial and roadside retail to maximise a site’s potential through complementary uses.”

 

Stuart Pratt, Director at Godwin Developments, commented: “The recent boom in takeaway food consumption and hyper-local convenience shopping is bringing ever more exciting brands to the roadside retail sector. At the same time, demand for industrial and logistics space is continuing to grow with units of varied sizes – including trade parks – experiencing a substantial lack of supply. For these reasons interest from investors into both sectors has been very strong in the past year; and we expect the trend to continue throughout 2022 on the back of strong consumer fundamentals.”

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Barings and HBD secure planning for London logistics scheme (GB)

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Barings and HBD have secured detailed planning for a strategic logistics scheme in Rainham, London, transforming a 20-acre brownfield site. The new development, Momentum London, is being delivered by Barings and HBD in a joint venture partnership. It will create 381,814ft² of new logistics and industrial space across four units ranging from 41,000 -171,000ft².

 

The scheme will target Net Zero Carbon, BREEAM “Excellent” and an EPC “A+” rating. This is being achieved by dynamic design, careful consideration of materials, zero use of fossil fuels, maximizing photovoltaic solar panels, battery storage and intelligent building systems. The units will be 100% EV ready, including passive fleet charging to the yards.

 

The logistics park will be set in landscaped environment with picnic and public areas, as well as direct access onto the Thames Cycle Path, so that it brings further social benefits to the area. Positioned on the River Thames, with potential for jetty access, Momentum will offer an easy stepping stone into Central London and out via the A13, just minutes away.

 

Darren Hutchinson, Head of UK Real Estate Transactions and Managing Director at Barings, said: Momentum London will be a strategically located logistics scheme with strong environmental and social credentials, beneficial both to future occupiers and the communities around it. Logistics is one of Barings’ preferred investment sectors and Momentum London exemplifies the kind of developments we’re seeking, with a keen interest in exploring joint ventures like this one with HBD.”

 

Simon Quine, Senior Development Surveyor at HBD, said: “Industrial and logistics space remains in very limited supply across London, particularly larger distribution units. Momentum will plug that gap within the M25 and provide modern, sustainable logistics and distribution space to serve London and the wider South East market. Landscaping and wellness have been thoroughly considered, with careful design considerations and enhancements to the Thames Foot and Cycle path, which we hope will help occupiers to attract and retain staff.”

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Mirrored furniture trend can create the illusion of space in your home

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Mirrored furniture provokes strong emotions. Some see it as the epitome of bad taste, flashy and bling. Others know that mirrors have magic powers.

A mirrored table or cabinet makes a room or a hallway appear more swish and spacious. It’s a trick that bars and restaurants employ to ensure their establishments appear roomier and more inviting — and they can add lustre to your home, too.

Choosing a piece of mirrored furniture also sends out a sign that you are aware of one of the year’s trends — the return of Art Deco, the influential style that emerged in the 1920s. 

Reflections: A mirrored bedside table. The power of the mirror to create an impression has been recognised for centuries

Reflections: A mirrored bedside table. The power of the mirror to create an impression has been recognised for centuries

It blended forms that celebrated modern machinery with decorative elements drawn from Greco-Roman culture and nature. 

The mirror was a favourite material, used on the surfaces of furniture and walls to supply a shimmering silver and gold effect.

Probably the most famous piece of Art Deco architecture is New York’s Chrysler Building. Completed in 1930, its sunburst-patterned stainless steel spire remains one of the key elements of the Manhattan skyline.

Art Deco console tables, drinks trolleys and other items from the era of the building’s construction sell for thousands on auction sites such as 1stdibs underlining the growing appeal of this aesthetic. 

Jamie Watkins, the co-founder of fabric and wallpaper company Divine Savages, explains Art Deco’s allure for a new audience.

‘Art Deco, with its bold geometrical patterns was such an iconic period for design: it’s synonymous with glamour and luxury.’

The resurgent popularity of Art Deco is also based on its practicality: a mirrored piece works with almost any interior, adding interest and depth.

The power of the mirror to create a wow impression has been recognised for centuries. 

Examples of this technique include the round mirror on the wall behind the bride and groom in Jan van Eyck’s 1434 Arnolfini Portrait in the National Gallery. It sends out the message that the couple are discerning — and wealthy.

Cheers: B&M's £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves

Cheers: B&M’s £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves

The hall of mirrors in the palace of Versailles was designed to be a place of beauty, but also to display the financial resources of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Mirrors were a luxury item until an inexpensive manufacturing process was invented in the 1830s.

In 2022, it is possible to pick up mirrored pieces for under £100. B&M has a £25 oval drinks trolley with two mirrored shelves that would lend an air of Thirties elegance to any gathering. The £94.99 Ellison serving cart (a U.S. term for drinks trolley) from Wayfair has a similar vibe.

If you believe that the right mirrored trolley would save you money on trips to bars, the larger £144.95 gold oval mirrored trolley from Melody Maison could be the thing.

A mirrored cocktail cabinet will dazzle guests. The £1,200 Primrose & Plum champagne and gold cabinet has a Jazz-Age feel.

The £299 Venetian sideboard from Furniture Market, meanwhile, is a more modestly priced way to conjure up the party spirit of the Roaring Twenties.

The show flats of apartment blocks are often equipped with mirrored cocktail cabinets containing bottles of spirits and crystal glasses. This makes buyers dream of dinner parties, with a prelude of aperitifs, but also serves to make the apartment appear even roomier.

A console table in the hall also creates an illusion of space which can be amplified by the addition of a lamp. HomesDirect365 has a range in the style of almost every era including Art Deco, Regency, the 1960s and the 1970s. Prices start at £233.

The bedroom is often the most cramped room in either a house or flat which is why this can be the best place to experiment with mirrored furniture. 

The desire to preserve family harmony is another reason. The other members of your household may prefer the kitchen and living room to be slick and understated, seeing anything mirrored as excessive.

In the bedroom, however, you can indulge your decor fantasies. Habitat has the one-drawer Hepburn bedside table for £76.

Next offers the antique effect Fleur bedside table which costs £225 for the one-drawer version and £275 for the two-drawer version. 

The Fleur is also available as a six-drawer chest for £599 or a £1,150 double wardrobe if you seek to waft around your bedroom channelling your inner 1930s Hollywood screen siren. 

Dunelm’s Venetian mirrored dressing table also offers a chance to live out your dream of silver screen stardom (£449).

If mirrored furniture has brought out your party animal, kindling a passion for Art Deco in every guise, Divine Savages offers Deco Martini wallpaper whose design is based on the geometric forms, with a hidden Martini glass within the print (£150 per roll).

Some of your guests may not be too busy checking out their reflections on the doors of the mirrored cabinet to notice this subtle and witty detail in the wallpaper.

Savings of the week! water jugs… Up to 52% off 

The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from made.com is half-price at £22

The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from made.com is half-price at £22

Sitting outside on a sunny afternoon is already delightful. But it is even more enjoyable if you are sipping on a cool drink or an iced coffee from a generously sized jug, or maybe even a Pimm’s. The arrival of the July sales means bargains abound.

If you prioritise practicality, Ocado’s textured lustre plastic picnic jug has 33 per cent off at £8.

The price of the pleasingly geometric plastic smoky-grey Prism jug from Wayfair is 16 per cent off at £10.10. 

If you would like to feel as if you are in the south of France, John Lewis has the plain glass Arles wicker-wrapped jug. It is reduced from £25 to £12, down 52 per cent.

Wanting something more elegant that you can also use for flowers? The Sandvig hammered-glass jug from made.com is also half-price at £22.

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