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Developer stages UK’s first ever digital-only launch to drum up orders worth £100m

Fenton Whelan invited 500 potential buyers from around the world and UK to preview luxury development being sold by Savills and Knight Frank

Nigel Lewis

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The UK’s first completely online property development launch has paid off, according to developers Fenton Whelan, with global buyers investing more than £100 million in three weeks.

Travel restrictions meant they and agents Knight Frank and Savills couldn’t visit overseas clients or invite them to a swanky property launch for Park Modern in Hyde Park, so instead 500 guests from around the world attended a virtual event on a cutting-edge viewing platform to watch a documentary and take part in 1-2-1 virtual briefings.

property james fenton whelanFenton Whelan co-founding director, James Van Den Heule (pictured), says before Covid the conventional way to launch a super-prime development in Central London was with a lavish marketing suite, combined with 1-2-1 briefings, both UK and overseas, with principals, supported by marketing and advertising.

He tells The Negotiator: “Over the last 16 months the world has changed. This is why we decided to launch Park Modern via London’s first virtual super prime marketing platform.

“The results speak for themselves – we have had over £100 million worth of pre-sales at values up to £5,000 per sq ft. It was essential for Fenton Whelan to think outside of the box and be truly innovative in our sales and marketing.”

The £500 million Park Modern – set to be completed next year – has 57 one to six-bedroom apartments and penthouses priced up to £60 million, with two levels of luxury 5-star hotel-style facilities.

Fenton Whelan has already achieved forward property sales for all the first phase release at a record price for homes on the northern boundary of Hyde Park, attracting buyers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, making it the most commercially successful prime London apartment building launch since One Hyde Park a decade ago.

Read more about virtual viewings.

June 14, 2021


  1. It’s not just about “virtual viewings”, visionary developers understand that buyers/tenants require detailed information about their properties. Hence there is a move to digitise the “last mile” of property data i.e. things that the BIM does not necessarily include but is needed for occupiers…

  2. Last year 60% of property investors buying in the UK bought ‘off plan’ so virtual ‘digital marketing’ of a development is a perfect solution. The day’s of huddling in a showroom and eating peanuts and cheap wine are long gone, with the digital transformation of how we buy and sell things, turbo-charged by lockdown, you do not need to be in the room to buy new home real estate if the data sets tell you that it is a good bet. Technology is not the enemy it is an enabler and creates efficiencies that drive UX and profits – the sooner that the high street agent recognises this, the wealthier they will be. In lettings I have clients who let over 40% of their stock without a physical viewing. Times are changing – agents are your mindsets?

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