Her­itage homes

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Aztec-in­spired mo­tifs. Since 1990, the ground floor has been a Tesco su­per­mar­ket, but the main sec­tion of the build­ing, with a new roof ad­di­tion, is be­ing con­verted into 66 flats priced from £379,000. English Her­itage is su­per­vis­ing restora­tion of orig­i­nal fea­tures such as Crit­tall win­dows and the en­trance foyer’s wrought-iron ban­is­ters and Traver­tine floors. Call IDM Prop­er­ties on 020 7613 6561.

GOR­GEOUS GASHOLDERS

The post-in­dus­trial rail­way lands be­hind King’s Cross sta­tion seemed an un­promis­ing lo­ca­tion for pres­tige homes en­cased in a spi­der’s web of cast iron. But The Gasholders Lon­don, new flats within the re­stored frame­work of three listed gasholders — known col- lec­tively as the “Si­amese Triplet” be­cause their dec­o­ra­tive frames and riv­eted lat­tice gird­ers are con­nected by a com­mon “spine” — are an ar­chi­tec­tural tour de force. New cylin­dri­cal blocks con­tain 145 wedge-shaped flats with curved walls, full-height glaz­ing and bal­conies that feel part of the elab­o­rate frame­work. In­ter­nally, the flats re­veal a “luxe in­dus­trial” char­ac­ter typ­i­fied by con­crete and brass, tim­ber and poured resin floors.

Cir­cu­lar walk­ways over­look a vast open-air in­ter­nal court­yard. One of the gasholders has a com­mu­nal roof gar­den de­signed by Dan Pear­son, while the roofs of the other two blocks form pri­vate ter­races for du­plex pent­houses. Prices from £810,000. Call Sav­ills on 020 7409 8756.

For­mer coal yards along­side the gasholders now of­fer smart re­tail space and restau­rants, while a re­stored gra­nary is the stun­ning new home of Cen­tral Saint Martins art school.

OPEN­ING UP THE RIVER­SIDE

Na­tional Grid has teamed up with de­vel­oper St Wil­liam to build 14,000 homes at derelict gas­works in­side the M25 over the next 15 years. Projects in Ful­ham, Hornsey, Beth­nal Green and Southall are un­der way.

Lots Road Power Sta­tion, built in 1904 to sup­ply elec­tric­ity to the Tube, is be­ing trans­formed into a grand new ad­dress — Chelsea Water­side. Be­fore clos­ing 15 years ago, the eight-acre com­pound blocked ac­cess to the Thames but is now open­ing up with 706 homes, a river­side prom­e­nade, gar­dens and pedes­trian bridges across tidal Chelsea Creek.

The power sta­tion it­self, with its vast arched win­dows and tall twin chim­neys, will yield 193 flats and a cov­ered “high street” with restau­rants, cafés and shops. In to­tal there will be 10 new build­ings. Ameni­ties for res­i­dents will in­clude a spa and gym, un­der­ground park­ing and 24-hour concierge. Prices from £1.4 mil­lion. Call 020 3826 0673.

A BAL­ANC­ING ACT

Sil­ver­town, close to Lon­don City Air­port in east Lon­don, was once a boom­ing in­dus­trial district but be­came a waste­land af­ter clo­sure of the old docks in the Seven­ties. To­day, a £3.5 bil­lion plan for 62 acres cen­tres around restora­tion of Mil­len­nium Mills, a mag­nif­i­cent Art Deco struc­ture once home to sugar re­fin­ers Tate & Lyle.

More than 500 tons of dan­ger­ous as­bestos have been re­moved from the for­mer flour mill, which will be­come a cen­tre for 150 de­sign and tech­nol­ogy “brands” along­side 50 new build­ings, parks, schools and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties. The first phase of 3,000 new homes will be avail­able later this year.

Fish Is­land in Hack­ney Wick was once part of a thriv­ing in­dus­trial sub­urb where in 1865 the Gas Light and Coke Com­pany es­tab­lished a small fac­tory town, now a con­ser­va­tion area. By the Seven­ties, the 50-acre site was derelict, but kept alive by a colony of artists rent­ing cheap stu­dio space. Now the un­der­utilised land and build­ings are a con­ser­va­tion area, part of a mas­ter­plan to create a new district with 5,000 homes, live-work dwellings, work­shops and small busi­ness premises.

Car­pen­ters Wharf, once a fur­ni­ture fac­tory, is one of sev­eral new canal­side schemes. Ar­chi­tects Stu­dio Egret West de­signed an ex­posed frame and tim­ber­clad ware­house-style build­ing with a cen­tral atrium and a res­i­dents’ roof gar­den. Two-bed­room flats cost from £745,000. Call 020 7205 2199.

De­vel­op­ers Pe­abody and Hill are build­ing Fish Is­land Vil­lage, with 580 canal­side homes priced from £432,500. Call 020 3906 1950. The Foundry, an­other new-build scheme, has 121 apart­ments priced from £399,950. Call We­ston Homes on 020 8985 5597.

Close to the Olympic Park mead­ows, this fledg­ling neigh­bour­hood is nev­er­the­less a gritty ur­ban land­scape. And while it is smarten­ing up, there are fears its unique char­ac­ter and arty com­mu­nity could be lost. We must pro­tect both our her­itage and our fu­ture.

From £1.4 mil­lion: flats at Chelsea Water­side, a new ad­dress carved from the old Lots Road Power Sta­tion site

From £810,000: stu­dios, flats and pent­houses at The Gasholders Lon­don in King’s Cross. Through Sav­ills

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