New homes, but so full of history
move valuable, delicate panelling. The newly landscaped gardens, with interweaving pathways, have been designed to give a collegiate feel, and a longabandoned 19th-century summer house once used for the study of rare botanical plants will be carefully dismantled and reconstructed by experts.
One of the new blocks is to be named after an old classroom, which itself was named after molecular scientist Rosalind Franklin. There are 156 homes being built on the site, from studios to fivebedroom detached houses. Prices range from £740,000 to £16million and there will be a gym, pool and spa for the residents. Coopers’ Lofts in Wandsworth, comprising 14 apartments, is in the oldest operating brewery in Britain. It is situated at the heart of one of south-west London’s largest redevelopments, the £600million Ram Quarter by Greenland Group.
A small working brewery has been retained in the complex, along with a museum and old machinery on show in the lobby. In fact, the brewing hasn’t been paused once since the Ram’s Inn was opened in 1533, during the reign of Henry VIII.
John Hatch, a former Young’s employee, has been working out of a nano-brewery constructed from scrap metal in the old stable block.
Each pad is a nod to its past, with industrial lights hanging from low timber beams, exposed iron and brickwork, and domed leaded-light windows. It’s close to Wandsworth Town station, and prices start from £480,000. glass block wall spanning two floors, and some that have been added, such as the curved concrete staircase.
It sits just within the M25, and is a 25-minute train ride from London Marylebone. Some of the 154 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments can be purchased using Help to Buy. Prices start from £332,000 for a one-bedroom pad up to £729,995 for the James Bondthemed four-bedroom house. Whitechapel tends to be associated with Jack the Ripper, but the Huguenots had the greater influence. The religious refugees, fleeing persecution in France in the 17th century, bought with them silk-weaving skills and set up shop in this part of the East End.
Until this point silk clothes, drapes and bedding could only be bought from France, and in honour of the Huguenots the Tower Hamlets coat of arms features a sprig of mulberry, a plant grown as food for silk worms.
Mount Anvil, in partnership with housing association L&Q, is building 450 apartments in the centre of Whitechapel, which has turned into a development hot spot thanks to its stop on Crossrail.
The Silk District has been designed with the traditional trade in mind: the vertical lines of the looms can be seen in the tower façade, the developers claim. Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi has been commissioned to create a silk tapestry, which will arrive in the autumn.
From studios to three-bedroom apartments, most will have a balcony or roof terrace and there’s a cinema, gym, spin studio and concierge. Prices start from £445,000, and the first phase of 100 homes launches on April 5. Goodluck Hope is not just a new complex but makes up almost an entire island. The Ballymore scheme is based on the old Leamouth Peninsula, which juts out into the Thames in east London where cargo ships were unloaded as far back as 1297.
Warehouses that used to store tea, spices, silks and Persian carpets are being converted into 804 homes starting from £563,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. The industrial chic interiors are also a nod to its heritage.
As well as shipping, the industrial area was a manufacturing hub that produced barrels and glassware. The southern tip of the island is shaped like the prow of a ship, with seating overlooking the river where the residents can socialise.
There is also a brewery and bar on the site of an old pub. The interesting name of the development has historical origins, too: it comes from the original maps of the river Lea peninsula, which named the peninsula “Good Luck Hop”.
Residents can move in from spring 2020 and will also get access to a Scandi-style spa and gym, restaurant and arts club.
Hampstead Manor, main; Goodluck Hope, below
Coopers’ Lofts in Britain’s oldest operating brewery, at Wandsworth