Bright and expansive apartment in a Grade II-listed Victorian warehouse.
UK Sotheby’s International Realty is delighted to present a bright and expansive apartment in a Grade II-listed Victorian warehouse on the banks of the Thames at Wapping. The warehouse was built in 1870 by architects Frederick and Horace Francis and became the first warehouse in Wapping to be converted and was transformed into a fully residential block in 1972. The wharf building is a beautiful example of Victorian Gothic Revival aesthetics, formed of grand brick façades and large arched factory windows across five storeys backing onto the Thames.
The building has been the subject of an extensive renovation by Huw Williams in recent years and is now one of the finest warehouse spaces in the capital. The character of this space is defined by three core elements: exposed brick, cast-iron columns and solid oak boards. This space is a celebration of a combination of the building’s raw and original materials together with the former wharf of which it sits and a contemporary minimal aesthetic approach to architecture, which is reflected in a unique elaboration of a set of spaces and the way different zones are divided.
The warehouse apartment itself is positioned on the second floor of Oliver’s Wharf. Internal accommodation extends to over 2,000 sq ft of lateral space with reclaimed solid oak floorboards and underfloor heating throughout. To one side of the entrance sits a guest bedroom with built-in wardrobes and an en suite shower room. A utility room is located next to this, with a large sink and ample space for a washer/dryer.
Going forward, there is the master bedroom suite which is truly impressive in scale and configuration. It’s designed as a space within a space, semi-circular inner walls conceal the bedroom from the dressing area, which in turn wraps the space with bespoke built-in wardrobes. The en suite bathroom is also curved in its position, wrapping the bedroom and concealing a freestanding bath, walk-in shower, twin sinks and a separate WC.
The majority of the floor plan is given over to a beautiful open-plan kitchen and living room, positioned in front of a row of three full-height factory windows with views over the treetops of St John’s Churchyard, that blossom with beautiful white flowers all spring and summer. These spaces are full of natural light and have a real sense of volume, accentuated by high ceilings and steel pillars. The kitchen is positioned behind an island that serves as a breakfast bar, with textured granite tops and an industrial-style extractor fan. There are integrated appliances by Siemens throughout. An antique mirror-clad box contains a secret bar and Euro Cave wine fridge and conceals, on the other side, a home study and an office space.
The dining room and living room occupy the remainder of the plan. Original loading doors open out from these spaces, creating a wonderful sense of connection with the neighbouring park in the warmer months.
Oliver’s Wharf has lift access across its floors, as well as full concierge service, bike storage spaces and fully integrated CCTV. The lower floor of the wharf is known as the Boat House and backs directly onto the river; it is shared by the owners of Oliver’s Wharf and contains boats for rowing and sailing on the river. Parking spaces in the ground-level garage are free for residents to use.
Oliver’s Wharf is accessed off Wapping High Street, which is around the corner from Wapping Overground station. St Katharine’s Docks and the edges of the City of London are all within walking distance as well. Additionally, the Tower Millenium Pier provides a leisurely River Bus service to Greenwich, the Southbank and the West End.
Council Tax Band: G
Lease Length: Share of Freehold + 997 years 9 months
Service Charge: £6000 per annum