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Ethos and values

  • HERITAGE

    With family ties that date back centuries, the Howard de Walden Estate takes its responsibilities as a guardian of Marylebone’s rich heritage extremely seriously.

    This is evident in its approach to the upkeep of the area’s period building stock, which it oversees with great thoughtfulness and care. Over the years, the company has developed a wealth of experience and expertise relating to the upkeep of listed buildings. The creation of 21st century facilities within an 18th century building is a hugely demanding and specialised task, and one at which the Estate excels. This commitment to Marylebone’s heritage extends to the maintenance of an impressive archive and a willingness to support individuals and institutions seeking to document the area’s long and fascinating history.

  • COMMUNITY

    The Howard de Walden Estate participates wholeheartedly in the life of the area and helps to nurture Marylebone’s deep-seated sense of community.

    Recognising the importance of healthy and active community institutions, the Estate works closely with the area’s residential and business associations and provides support for worthwhile local initiatives. It maintains strong relationships with Marylebone’s schools, supports the weekly farmers’ market and runs the annual Summer Fayre and Christmas Lights events as well as smaller cultural and retail activities. When conducting its business, the Estate attempts to minimise disruption, preserve public spaces and maintain the area’s distinctive character. It also takes pains to consult with local people prior to embarking upon any major project.

  • QUALITY

    At the heart of the Estate’s strategy is the belief that quality matters. Such is the visibility and impact of its work, it cannot afford to compromise.

    For buildings to provide a return over the long term they must exhibit excellent design, offer the right facilities and incorporate high quality materials that will stay the course. For the best practitioners to be attracted to the Harley Street Medical Area, the medical properties have to provide the highest possible standard of facilities. For major companies to take space in the Estate’s office buildings, their needs have to be served with top class accommodation. This imperative to do things properly, to avoid cutting corners, bleeds out into everything the Estate does—its buildings, its websites, its magazine, its events.

  • LONGEVITY

    The Estate’s approach is far-sighted and highly strategic, with an emphasis on building value over the long term rather than maximising short term profits.

    The impact of this ethos is perhaps most clearly visible in the Estate’s retail sector. Rather than seeking the highest possible rents, the Estate has attempted to create a balanced and highly distinctive shopping district, packed with independent shops and restaurants: a strategy that is frequently cited as a model of good practice for British high streets. In its other core sectors—residential, office and medical—the Estate is equally determined to invest the necessary time and money to ensure sustainable growth far into the future. This means keeping a careful eye upon the balance of properties both between and within these different sectors, ensuring that the building stock is constantly improved and updated, and making informed predictions as to the nature and needs of potential tenants many years down the line.

  • INTEGRITY

    All of these core values feed into the manner with which the Howard de Walden Estate carries out its business: with professionalism, integrity and openness.

    The Estate wishes to be a positive force in the Marylebone community, and so conducts itself accordingly. When commissioning architects, contractors or suppliers, the Estate strives to ensure that they too will demonstrate the highest possible standards of professional behaviour. Anyone representing the Estate needs to share its values. This culture extends to the value the Estate places upon its own employees. Staff turnover is extremely low, and many of the company’s employees, at all levels of the business, have been in place for a decade or more, ensuring a clear sense of continuity and care.

With family ties that date back centuries, the Howard de Walden Estate takes its responsibilities as a guardian of Marylebone’s rich heritage extremely seriously.

This is evident in its approach to the upkeep of the area’s period building stock, which it oversees with great thoughtfulness and care. Over the years, the company has developed a wealth of experience and expertise relating to the upkeep of listed buildings. The creation of 21st century facilities within an 18th century building is a hugely demanding and specialised task, and one at which the Estate excels. This commitment to Marylebone’s heritage extends to the maintenance of an impressive archive and a willingness to support individuals and institutions seeking to document the area’s long and fascinating history.

The Howard de Walden Estate participates wholeheartedly in the life of the area and helps to nurture Marylebone’s deep-seated sense of community.

Recognising the importance of healthy and active community institutions, the Estate works closely with the area’s residential and business associations and provides support for worthwhile local initiatives. It maintains strong relationships with Marylebone’s schools, supports the weekly farmers’ market and runs the annual Summer Fayre and Christmas Lights events as well as smaller cultural and retail activities. When conducting its business, the Estate attempts to minimise disruption, preserve public spaces and maintain the area’s distinctive character. It also takes pains to consult with local people prior to embarking upon any major project.

At the heart of the Estate’s strategy is the belief that quality matters. Such is the visibility and impact of its work, it cannot afford to compromise.

For buildings to provide a return over the long term they must exhibit excellent design, offer the right facilities and incorporate high quality materials that will stay the course. For the best practitioners to be attracted to the Harley Street Medical Area, the medical properties have to provide the highest possible standard of facilities. For major companies to take space in the Estate’s office buildings, their needs have to be served with top class accommodation. This imperative to do things properly, to avoid cutting corners, bleeds out into everything the Estate does—its buildings, its websites, its magazine, its events.

The Estate’s approach is far-sighted and highly strategic, with an emphasis on building value over the long term rather than maximising short term profits.

The impact of this ethos is perhaps most clearly visible in the Estate’s retail sector. Rather than seeking the highest possible rents, the Estate has attempted to create a balanced and highly distinctive shopping district, packed with independent shops and restaurants: a strategy that is frequently cited as a model of good practice for British high streets. In its other core sectors—residential, office and medical—the Estate is equally determined to invest the necessary time and money to ensure sustainable growth far into the future. This means keeping a careful eye upon the balance of properties both between and within these different sectors, ensuring that the building stock is constantly improved and updated, and making informed predictions as to the nature and needs of potential tenants many years down the line.

All of these core values feed into the manner with which the Howard de Walden Estate carries out its business: with professionalism, integrity and openness.

The Estate wishes to be a positive force in the Marylebone community, and so conducts itself accordingly. When commissioning architects, contractors or suppliers, the Estate strives to ensure that they too will demonstrate the highest possible standards of professional behaviour. Anyone representing the Estate needs to share its values. This culture extends to the value the Estate places upon its own employees. Staff turnover is extremely low, and many of the company’s employees, at all levels of the business, have been in place for a decade or more, ensuring a clear sense of continuity and care.