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The most viewed homes for sale in Britain this month have been revealed, and properties in Wales dominate the list.

Property website Zoopla revealed that homes for sale in Swansea and Carmarthenshire are among its most popular listings and Welsh homes make up six of the top ten most viewed properties.

The most viewed property for sale is near the beautiful coastal town of Llanelli in Wales and boasts a hot tub, a fire pit and views of the coastline.

The list reflects the ‘race for space’ during the pandemic as homebuyers seek to prioritise rural and coastal locations – and as well as the Welsh homes it includes a £2.75million Cornish modern house and a £2.375million Yorkshire mansion.

Most popular homes for sale:  This five-bedroom house is in Llanelli, Wales, and is for sale for 0,000 and estate agents Mallard Estate Agents are handling the sale.

Most popular homes for sale:  This five-bedroom house (scroll down for more pictures of this property) is in Llanelli, Wales, and is for sale for £550,000 via Mallard estate agents 

The property at the top of the list is in Llanelli, a market town in Camarthenshire that is around 10 miles north west of Swansea. It is on the market with a price tag of £550,000.

The house has five bedrooms and stunning views of the coast, which can be enjoyed from full width balconies on two separate floors.

For those looking for a smaller property, the list of most popular properties also includes a one-bedroom flat in Purfleet, Essex. The price tag is the cheapest on the list at £175,000.

Purfleet train station has good commuter links into London and the flat is on the market with a price tag of £175,000.

Also on the list for commuters working in London is a three-bedroom terrace house that’s for sale for £300,000 in Tadworth, Surrey. The property has a semi-rural location with easy access to Epsom, Banstead and Sutton and sought-after features including a south-facing rear garden and allocated parking.

Luxury properties featured in the list of most viewed homes for sale include a six-bedroom mansion in West Yorkshire that is for sale for £2,375,000.

Alton Hall has plenty of outstanding features including an outdoor heated pool, six en-suite double bedrooms, a cinema and a fully-equipped gym.

In tenth place is a five-bedroom riverside home in Newquay, Cornwall, which is for sale for £2.75million. It has breathtaking views across the River Gannel tidal estuary and comes with a summer house, plunge pool and an open-plan living space.

Tom Parker, of Zoopla, said: ‘Properties in Wales have clearly captured the attention of home hunters across the UK, with properties in Swansea and Carmarthenshire dominating the top 10. With the memory of lockdown still fresh for many people, demand for coastal properties is increasing and with both areas located by the coast and offering reasonably priced properties, this might help explain why they are proving particularly popular.’

Here is the list of the most viewed properties…

1. Five-bed house in Llanelli for £550,000

Top of the most viewed list! This five-bedroom house in Llanelli, Wales, is for sale for £550,000 via Mallard estate agents

Top of the most viewed list! This five-bedroom house in Llanelli, Wales, is for sale for £550,000 via Mallard estate agents

Taking in the view: The Welsh property enjoys absolutely stunning views of the coastline in Camarthenshire

Taking in the view: The Welsh property enjoys absolutely stunning views of the coastline in Camarthenshire

Inside the modern house in Llanelli is an open-plan living area that boasts a breakfast bar and a central island in the kitchen

Inside the modern house in Llanelli is an open-plan living area that boasts a breakfast bar and a central island in the kitchen 

The most popular house for sale in Britain is this five-bedroom house is in Llanelli – a market town in Camarthenshire that is around 10 miles north west of Swansea.

Its stunning views of the coast can be enjoyed from the property’s full width balconies on two floors. It is on the market for £550,000 and estate agents Mallard Estate Agents are handling the sale.

2. Four-bed house in Swansea for £420,000

The second most viewed home in Britain is this four-bedroom house in Swansea, Wales, which is for sale for £420,000 via estate agents John Francis-Killay

The second most viewed home in Britain is this four-bedroom house in Swansea, Wales, which is for sale for £420,000 via estate agents John Francis-Killay

Extra benefits: The property was built in 2007 and includes a separate studio that is an ideal space if you are working from home

Extra benefits: The property was built in 2007 and includes a separate studio that is an ideal space if you are working from home

The second most viewed home in Britain is also in Wales and is this four-bedroom house in Swansea.

It was built in 2007 and includes a separate studio that is perfect for working from home. The property is for sale for £420,000 via estate agents John Francis-Killay.

3. One-bed flat in Essex for £175,000 

A smaller budget? This one-bedroom flat in Purfleet, Essex, has the cheapest price tag on our most viewed list at £175,000

A smaller budget? This one-bedroom flat in Purfleet, Essex, has the cheapest price tag on our most viewed list at £175,000

The Essex property enjoys attractive commuter links into London and is on the market via estate agents Kempsters

The Essex property enjoys attractive commuter links into London and is on the market via estate agents Kempsters

This one-bedroom flat in Purfleet, Essex, has the cheapest price tag on our list at £175,000.

It is ideal for those working in London as nearby Purfleet train station has good commuter links into the capital. The property is for sale via estate agents Kempsters.

4. Four-bed house in Swansea for £295,000

Community feel: This four-bedroom family home in Sketty, Swansea, has good access to a variety of schools and local parks

Community feel: This four-bedroom family home in Sketty, Swansea, has good access to a variety of schools and local parks

The Swansea property has plenty of open green space and is on the market for £295,000 via estate agents John Francis-Sketty

The Swansea property has plenty of open green space and is on the market for £295,000 via estate agents John Francis-Sketty

This four-bedroom family home in Sketty, Swansea, is in a catchment area for both local primary and secondary schools.

There is also a hospital, university and local parks nearby. The property is on the market for £295,000 via estate agents John Francis-Sketty.

5. Six-bed house in West Yorkshire for £2,375,000

This property in West Yorkshire has the second highest asking price on our list at £2,375,000 and is being sold by estate agents Fine & Country

This property in West Yorkshire has the second highest asking price on our list at £2,375,000 and is being sold by estate agents Fine & Country

Alton Hall has six bedrooms and plenty of luxury features, including this grand staircase in the entrance hallway

Alton Hall has six bedrooms and plenty of luxury features, including this grand staircase in the entrance hallway

Alton Hall in Batley, West Yorkshire, has plenty of luxurious features, including a 15-metre outdoor heated pool, six en-suite double bedrooms, a cinema and a gym.

It sits on a generous garden plot of around one acre and is accessed via secure wrought-iron gates set 45 metres back from the main road.

The six-bedroom property has the second highest asking price on our list at £2,375,000 and estate agents Fine & Country are handling the sale.

6. Six-bed house in Wales for £799,950

This family home is in the village of Llangennech in Llanelli and is for sale for £799,950 via estate agents West Wales Properties

This family home is in the village of Llangennech in Llanelli and is for sale for £799,950 via estate agents West Wales Properties

This family home is in the village of Llangennech in Llanelli and has close access to the M4.

It has six bedrooms and is on the market for £799,950 via estate agents West Wales Properties.

7. Three-bed house in Swansea for £260,000

This three-bedroom family home in Clydach, Swansea, is for sale for £260,000 via estate agents Perfect Pads

This three-bedroom family home in Clydach, Swansea, is for sale for £260,000 via estate agents Perfect Pads

This three-bedroom family home in Clydach,Swansea, has a low maintenance enclosed garden with views over the local canal.

The property is for sale for £260,000 and is being sold via estate agents Perfect Pads.

8. Four-bed bungalow in Swansea for £279,000

This four-bedroom bungalow in Morriston, Swansea, is for sale for £279,000 via estate agents Perfect Pads

This four-bedroom bungalow in Morriston, Swansea, is for sale for £279,000 via estate agents Perfect Pads

This bungalow in Morriston, Swansea, has an open-plan living area and a spacious rear garden.

It has four-bedrooms and is on the market with a price tag of £279,000 via Perfect Pads.

9. Three-bed terrace house Surrey for £300,000

This terrace property in Tadworth, Surrey, has three-bedrooms and is for sale for £300,000 via estate agents Leaders

This terrace property in Tadworth, Surrey, has three-bedrooms and is for sale for £300,000 via estate agents Leaders

This terrace property in Tadworth, Surrey, has good access to Epsom, Banstead and Sutton, and also has sought after features including a southerly facing rear garden and parking.

It has three-bedrooms and is for sale for £300,000 via estate agents Leaders.

10. Five-bed house in Cornwall for £2.75m

The most expensive property on our list is this five-bedroom house in Cornwall's Newquay, which is for sale for £2.75million via David Ball estate agents

The most expensive property on our list is this five-bedroom house in Cornwall’s Newquay, which is for sale for £2.75million via David Ball estate agents

Clean air and open space: The Newquay home has breathtaking views across the River Gannel tidal estuary

Clean air and open space: The Newquay home has breathtaking views across the River Gannel tidal estuary

The most expensive property on our list is this riverside property in Cornwall’s Newquay.

It boasts breathtaking views across the River Gannel tidal estuary, along with a summer house, plunge pool and an open plan living space. It has five bedrooms and is on the market for £2.75million via David Ball estate agents.

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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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VGP acquires French logistics development

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VGP NV and VALGO signed an agreement to purchase 32 hectares of land that housed the former Petroplus refining units in Petit-Couronne, near Rouen. This brownfield rehabilitation project is fully in line with VGP’s core expertise and strategy. Thanks to the six years ownership of the site by VALGO and its expertise in asbestos removal, soil and water table decontamination, in-situ waste treatment and development, this area has now become a suitable site for the development of new industries and business activities.

 

On the banks of the river Seine and close to the A13 highway, the 32-hectare area of land offers its future users a highly strategic location. Following the extensive depollution work carried out by VALGO, the site is now ready for redevelopment. VGP expanded into France only a few months ago and is delighted to start its French business activities in the dynamic Rouen Normandy metropolis area, via this major project. In total, around 150,000m² of land are set to be redeveloped to accommodate industrial and logistics projects, with work due to begin in 2023.

 

Jan Van Geet, CEO VGP, said: “VGP is delighted to begin its business activities in France on a site as exceptional as this one, with strong economic and environmental ambitions that are shared by both our partner, VALGO, and the local authorities. As the rehabilitation of brownfield sites is at the heart of our business, this project is a great opportunity for us to deploy our industrial and logistical know-how. The uncertain geopolitical situation and the rise in transport prices mean that companies are increasingly looking for local support to start their business. In this context, we strongly believe in the relevance of our integrated model with a long-term vision. We are now eager to get to work and bring all the expertise of the Group to the project.”

 

Francois Bouche, CEO VALGO, commented: “We are delighted that this huge piece of land has been sold to a major investor with experience in redeveloping brownfields in Europe. However, I would first like to celebrate the work of the men and women who worked so hard to make this colossal project a success. It took more than 1 million hours and over €60m in investment by VALGO to turn the page on over 80 years of refining on this site, which already employs 600 people.”

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