The founder of Store House London, Jamie Chapman, has been bestowed with the honour of Freedom of the City of London.
This is a recognition awarded to individuals who have accomplished success, celebrity or status within their chosen field. This privilege is an acknowledgement of lifetime success and has only been presented to a select number of people since the tradition began in 1757.
Jamie´s recognition is for his contribution to shaping the future of the City of London. We have been lucky enough to work alongside him and Store House London on several of our previous projects located in the capital city.
Hackney Road in Shoreditch, Poland Street in Soho and Robert Street in Westminster are just a few examples of the magnificent constructions we created with Jamie´s development team on board.
He will now join the long list of prosperous individuals who have also received the prestigious Freedom of the City of London. Some of these influential people include Nelson Mandela, Florence Nightingale, Princess Diana, Bob Geldof, Winston Churchill and J.K Rowling.
In England, the most established borough freedom is that of the Freedom of the City of London, it can be obtained by servitude, by patrimony, by nomination, or by presentation via a Livery Company.
Those who receive this recognition are labelled as “freemen”. Nowadays, they are enrolled in a ceremony in Guildhall, when they receive a guide to conducting their lives in an honourable fashion and a sealed certificate.
There are a number of rights traditionally associated with being a freeman that are now considered to be only symbolic. These privileges include being allowed to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge, for a silk rope to be used if hanged, to carry a naked sword in public and that if a member of the City of London Police finds a freeman drunk and incapable, they will put them in a taxi and send them home rather than throw them into a cell.
Although we´re not sure how many of these entitlements Jamie will take advantage of, it is a fantastic achievement and we are proud to be carrying out our latest venture, Riverside Place in Kingston upon Thames, with him and Store House London.
Located in the centre of Kingston-upon-Thames, planning permission has already been granted for the partial demolition and construction of a 5 storey building of 26 apartments and (A1) retail on the ground floor level with a Gross Internal Area (GIA) of 25,769 sqft.
The development will comprise of self-contained residential apartments, of which 16 are 1 bedroom and remaining 10, 2 bedrooms, extending to 16,498 sqft Net Saleable Area (NSA).