New homes, but so full of his­tory

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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

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