New homes in London: Richmond Brewery

Contemporary light-filled apartments in a handsome red-brick arch-window building in Petersham Road.
Sleek, white-walled apartments carved from Britain’s first poppy factory. Opened in the Twenties, the Royal British Legion workshops in Richmond upon Thames employed mostly disabled war veterans to work year-round making the fundraising paper flowers.

Production continues to this day from a neighbouring building, where 36 million poppies a year are made, but the original factory is being split into designer duplexes. The handsome red-brick arch-window building was once a bottling plant and the words “Richmond Brewery Stores”, picked out in blue and white ceramic tiles, are incorporated into the façade, adding to the character and sense of history.
 
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From £1.5 million: homes at  Richmond Brewery come with a terrace and parking space

Banda, a boutique developer that has left its Chelsea and Kensington patch to move to Richmond, is bringing architectural skill to the project. A two-storey glass rooftop extension is being added, while the contemporary design of the light-filled apartments is sympathetic to the building’s industrial heritage. Flats have minimalist kitchens and bathrooms, engineered oak flooring, dressing rooms and hi-tech controls for heating, lighting, security and home entertainment. All the homes also have a terrace and parking space, and some come with the bonus of a river view. Prices from £1.5 million. Call 020 7937 9600.

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