The Academy, Shooters Hill: 328 new homes
Designed in grand baronial style The Academy has a prestige presence on the leafy slopes of Shooters Hill, between Blackheath and Woolwich in south-east London. Dating from 1741, the listed 21-acre site was a royal training school for commissioned officers, but closed after the Second World War with the transfer of the facility to Sandhurst in Surrey.
This heritage site is a gem with its central tower, a chapel and lodges, and forms the focus of this self-contained conservation area of courtyards, quadrangles, a parade ground and cricket pitch. Some 328 new homes will be built within the grounds, with homes being carved from the former officers’ mess and cadets’ quarters, and new buildings are named after distinguished alumni such as Churchill and Kitchener, though not another more troublesome graduate — Napoleon.
The grounds also have a military-style fitness trail and a children’s play park and the Great Hall is to become a community space combining library and residents club.
Just released are townhouses and apartments in the academy’s original west wing. Due for completion in summer 2013, prices start at £400,000. Call developer Durkan on 020 3689 7823.
Live near Wandsworth Road's new Tube station
The builders are hot on the trail of the £1 billion Northern line extension from Kennington to Battersea. One of two new stations will be at Wandsworth Road, where Sainsbury and Barratt have announced a one million square foot retail and residential scheme with 750 homes to sit alongside railway tracks forming a boundary with Nine Elms. Sainsbury also has consent for 66 apartments above the concourse of the new Tube station.
For many years, derelict Battersea Power Station cast a shadow over the neglected hinterland between the river and Wandsworth Road, a run-down district of rough roads and railway viaducts, industrial premises and council estates. But Nine Elms regeneration is moving on apace and in five years’ time, when the stations open, it will be a very different place.
Redevelopment of a Sixties college into a scheme of 231 flats called This Space proved a hit with young buyers. Now on the same lively strip of Wandsworth Road comes Stewarts Lodge (pictured), 33 apartments priced from £315,000 to £630,000, through estate agent Lauristons.
The Filaments, formerly a gas mantle factory, is a new hub for Wandsworth town centre, a complex of seven blocks with 416 homes and workspaces for small businesses.
The low-cost commercial premises are aimed at local accountants, internet entrepreneurs, lawyers, architects and designers who want to be able to walk or cycle to work. Contact developer Mount Anvil on 020 7776 1800.
London Living rentals extras: a cleaner and a Fortnum's hamper
Targeting the capital’s burgeoning army of renters, Galliard is launching a new London Living rental brand in selected central areas including Romney House, Westminster; Marconi House, Strand (pictured), and Albany House, Bloomsbury.
Rents start at £500 a week and tenants are being offered complimentary John Lewis bed linen, cushions and toiletries, a Fortnum & Mason hamper, 12 months’ free gym membership and a free weekly home clean. Plus they will have access to a range of paid-for concierge services and spa treatments. Call 0800 988 2456.
New office to residential conversions: St Paul's and the Strand
Leaner times for lawyers mean character homes for buyers, as legal offices and chambers in historic parts of town close to St Paul’s Cathedral are sold to builders scooping them up for conversion.
Law firms have shed about 20 per cent of staff since 2009 and companies are relocating from the heartland City and Midtown areas to cheaper Southwark and Canary Wharf. Nimble-footed developers are acquiring vacated buildings for niche apartment schemes.
At 7 Ludgate Broadway, along from majestic St Paul’s, Galliard is creating eight flats and a three-bedroom duplex penthouse, while at Red Lion Court, a passageway close to the Royal Courts of Justice, there are 14 apartments. Prices from £775,000. Call 020 7620 1500.
Ashlar Court, Ravenscourt Park: 68 new homes
The west side of Hammersmith’s Ravenscourt Park is a leafy corner of the borough with pockets of Regency and Victorian villas and terraces plus a pretty square. There, too, is the former Royal Masonic Hospital nurses accommodation, a handsome art deco building which developer Linden is refurbishing into 68 homes.
A four-storey extension with rooftop pavilions is being added and an underground car park. Called Ashlar Court, prices start at £750,000 for two-bedroom apartments. Call 01883 334443.