New homes update: Rotherhithe, Albury Park, Clerkenwell, Marylebone
Rotherhithe will be home to 1,046 of new apartments designed by David Chipperfield
Sellar Property Group has unveiled a scheme for 1,046 homes designed by award-winning international architect David Chipperfield in Rotherhithe, a short hop from its Shard of Glass at London Bridge.
Meanwhile, property giant British Land and Tesco have announced a makeover of the outdated Surrey Quays shopping mall, part of the £1 billion Canada Quays project which includes much-improved public realm space and a head-turning new library in the shape of an inverted pyramid.
As well as stylish new homes, the Sellar scheme will bring restaurants, shops and recreational space around a new public square and dock basin (visit sellarcanadawater.com for details).
It will be a while before these homes come to the market but other local schemes have been launched. Marine Wharf, a 529-home development by Berkeley Homes, has interlinking apartment blocks with central courtyards. Duplexes and penthouses, all on 999-year leases, have good-size terraces and the development includes a gym, car club and concierge. Prices from £456,500 for two-bedroom apartments. Call 020 8694 3100.
Luxury apartments in Albury Park Mansion in Surrey
Now this is an address to boast about: Albury Park Mansion, part of the Duke of Northumberland’s 150-acre Surrey estate where 10 magnificent apartments have been created. Few properties set the heart racing as much as these fine heritage conversions, which provide a splendid sense of arrival as well as a grand interior and private gardens.
This is not the first time the old Jacobean mansion has seen massive change. In the early-19th century, “God’s architect”, Augustus Pugin, was tasked with giving the ramshackle house a Gothic-Tudor-style makeover. He added an extra floor and 63 candlestick chimneys. A later addition is Sir John Soane’s head-turning cantilevered staircase.
Like Pugin’s chimneys, every apartment is individual, with a unique floorplan, high ceilings, tall windows and lots of original features. It is a meticulous restoration by specialist developer Michael Wilson, who says country buyers “like a peaceful and secluded setting but don’t want to be too cut off from civilisation”. The commuter town of Guildford is six miles away. Prices start at £1 million. Call Strutt & Parker on 01483 306565.
New homes in a former Georgian courthouse in Clerkenwell
Crossrail construction upheaval at Farringdon has made Clerkenwell a place to avoid. But only for a while. The area, famous for its designer lofts and creative community, will be a much bigger business district once the new east-west rail link is up and running in 2018. As one of London’s key transport hubs with gleaming new office developments, Clerkenwell’s character may change a little.
For the past 30 years, the area’s best building, the splendid Old Sessions House on Clerkenwell Green, has been home to the Masons, but now the secret is out. The Georgian courthouse has been snapped up by Silvertown, a veteran local developer, for a £30 million transformation into a private members club.
Meanwhile, resourceful residential developers continue to unlock historic sites for boutique apartments. Launching next week is Ragged House at Vine Hill.
The handsome Victorian building was once a charitable school offering free education to the destitute. One- and two-bedroom flats are priced from £545,000. Call Hurford Salvi Carr on 020 7250 4950.
Car park in Marylebone is transformed into luxury homes
An ugly Sixties car park in Marylebone has been bulldozed to make way for The Chilterns, 44 luxury flats backing on to a green space called Paddington Gardens.
Designed by architect Squire and Partners, it is a step up for the area, a high-quality, contemporary-style new-build with a “lifestyle package” of extras — concierge services, spa, gym, private cinema and wine cellar — for residents.
Completion is due in 2015. Joint developers Frogmore and Galliard report brisk overseas sales — despite asking prices of £3,000 a square foot — ahead of the UK launch next month. For more information, call 020 7620 1500.