5 ROSEBERY AVENUE CLERKENWELL
READY FOR OCCUPATION SEPTEMBER 2016
In the Middle Ages, Smithfield towards the south was known as Smooth Field and its broad grassy area and access to grazing and water from the River Fleet gave rise to London’s livestock market. Along St John Street, animals were once led by hoof to their fate in Smithfield. Today, the imposing Victorian covered market continues to supply the wholesale meat trade, bustling in the early hours.
The very fabric of Clerkenwell’s history is interlaced with trivia. For example, ‘Little Italy’ emerged here when the Napoleonic wars forced northern Italians to emigrate in the first half of the nineteenth century, settling as they did in and around Hatton Garden. Many of those displaced from Como were skilled artisans, making barometers and other precision instruments.
Is it any coincidence that during the Industrial Revolution, the area became synonymous with the making of clocks and watches as well as jewellery? Brewing, distilling and printing also came to Clerkenwell. The area suffered industrial decline in the aftermath of the Second World War causing many of the premises occupied by former trades to fall into neglect.
It was in the 1980s that general revival and gentrification began. Many from the creative community were attracted to the loft-living habitats afforded by the area’s former industrial buildings. Expansive open spaces were the perfect environments for architectural practices, so it’s hardly surprising that Clerkenwell claims to have the highest concentration of architects and building professionals in the world today. High-end furniture showrooms cater to them with brands such as Knoll, Moroso, Arper, Vitra, Poltrona Frau, Modus and Carl Hansen & Søn all supplying the interior items for the buildings that are designed here.
Whichever nuggets of history pique your attention, Clerkenwell now sits in the heart of the great metropolis of London. The area benefits from the buzzing West End to the west, thriving Shoreditch to the east and Georgian splendour of Islington and regenerated transport hub of King’s Cross to the north. Whilst the brutalist Barbican and booming City financial district are but a short walk to the south east.
Clerkenwell is a place of understated quality and finesse but without the pomp and ceremony of other parts of the city. Its small somewhat Dickensian streets invite you to explore by foot. A welcome calmness lingers throughout the district on the weekends – an unusual attribute given its location in central London.
By weekday, Clerkenwell’s business community comes alive and creativity is abound, albeit often behind closed doors: the sinuous architectural lines of Zaha Hadid’s internationally-acclaimed buildings are created in an old Victorian school on Bowling Green Lane; the avant-garde couture of Alexander McQueen is dreamed up at its HQ on Clerkenwell Road; minimalist furniture and functionalist products by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin are fine-tuned on Britton Street; corporate identities and brands are honed at North’s studio on Northburgh Street; sought-after jewellery by Hannah Martin is conceived and crafted only a stone’s throw from Hatton Garden.
Foodies are kept more than satisfied as Clerkenwell has ushered in a wealth of top quality restaurants, prompted by the invention of the gastropub at The Eagle on Farringdon Road in 1991 and the opening of the no-nonsense ‘nose-to-tail’ dining of St. John on St John Street in 1994. Now Exmouth Market throngs with culinary excellence from the likes of Moro, Morito, Blackfoot and Caravan, not forgetting The Quality Chophouse, The Modern Pantry, Hix, Vinoteca, Foxlow, and Bourne & Hollingsworth elsewhere in the district.
Characterful pubs prevail. There’s the tiny, old and popular Jerusalem Tavern on Britton Street and The Fox & Anchor on Charterhouse Street, which opens at 7am to serve the meat handlers of Smithfield Market. You can enjoy the bohemian atmosphere at The Three Kings or savour a pint at The Crown Tavern where Stalin and Lenin were said to drink in the historically left-wing enclave of Clerkenwell Green.
Under the skin of today’s Clerkenwell are layers and layers of history in an area that has undergone steady change, evolution and reinvention over many centuries. Right now, Clerkenwell commands the cool, contemporary, creative and cosmopolitan within the very heart of the capital.
In the Victorian building, high ceilings and traditional sash windows are joined by high-tech communications and discretely installed air conditioning. On the third floor, an impressive duplex apartment reaches up into the roof. The extension includes three contemporary apartments.
Beyond the redbrick edifice, Clerkenwell’s civilised attractions are close by. A short stroll will take residents to the eclectic delights of Exmouth Market or the epic menus of St John Street and Smithfield. In the other direction, towards Bloomsbury, lies fashionable, well-groomed Lamb’s Conduit Street.
From 2018, nearby Farringdon Station will be the capital’s only rail junction connecting the tube, the east/west Crossrail and the north/south Thameslink. As the ultimate EC1 location, 5 Rosebery Avenue clearly measures up.
The apartments within this 19th Century Weights & Measures Office achieve precisely the right balance. Reflecting their heritage and the ‘here and now’ in equal proportions, the interiors blend traditional features such as oak flooring, Victorian-style skirting and period architraves with contemporary pendant lights, recessed spotlights and discretely installed comfort heating/cooling.
In the main entrance lobby, exposed original brickwork and ornate floor tiles sit alongside striking artworks and contemporary timber paneling. Elsewhere, this well-crafted juxtaposition of old and new continues. Curved head windows have been preserved and the duplex apartment stairway is lined with a glass balustrade.
The interior design theme, also conceived by BuckleyGrayYeoman, features natural materials and a neutral palette. A comfortable fusion of classic and modern, it provides the settingfor residents to express their own style for traditional, mid-century, ultra-contemporary or madly eclectic interiors.
In the contemporary-classic kitchens, splashbacks clad with traditional ‘Metro’ tiles are the backdrops to sleek dark-elm units. Integrated upscale appliances sit below white-grained worktops. Throughout each apartment, from the bespoke fitted wardrobes to clever storage spaces, an uncompromising approach to quality is apparent.
The bathrooms reflect the architects’ ‘modern-classic with a twist’ formula. Traditional taps, shower fittings and hand-basins join a contemporary wall-hung WC and a shower enclosure of frameless glass. Under-floor heating is a welcoming touch of comfort and modernity.
An amalgam of careful refurbishment and modern interpretation, these apartments make 5 Rosebery Avenue the ultimate EC1 address. Designed to hold onto the past and embrace the future, each has tons of character and charm.
8 over 5 is a Victorian former warehouse building which is being extensively refurbished into a boutique, luxury residential development.
Stanhope Plc. We have 30 years of experience and more than £20 billion of completed projects behind us. Our successful track record includes landmark projects such as Broadgate, Paternoster Square, Chiswick Park. Our new projects include Television Centre, White City.
Buckley Gray Yeoman, an award winning architecture and design practice based in Shoreditch.
8 apartments in total over 4 floors: 3 x 1-bedroom apartments 4 x 2-bedroom apartments 1 x 3-bed duplex penthouse.
Completion of the apartments is 1 September 2016 and buyers can move in straight away.
Yes, absolutely (though a few are already sold). Please contact our sole agents Colliers International on 020 7101 2020 to arrange a viewing with one of the New Homes Sales team.
Yes, the apartments at 8 over 5 will be covered under a 12 year BLP warranty and insurance policy.
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31 St James’s Square
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