Clapham in London is a neighbourhood of contrasts. Just take a stroll through its leafy streets and you’ll understand. Parts of Clapham have a village-like atmosphere thanks to the large number of street cafés and independent shops.
However, it’s the Old Town that retains a village-like feel and is home to all of the traditional independent shops expected in a quintessentially British village – from the butcher and greengrocer to a local florist who grows her own flowers in a nearby allotment.
For those in search of an active lifestyle, Macaulay Walk is across the road from Clapham Common which has over 200 acres of green space used by sports clubs and for summer events and festivals.
This is were a new collection of homes is launching at Grainger plc’s Macaulay Walk development, Clapham Old Town’s latest premium residential address, including heritage conversion apartments and houses which retain many of the site’s original features.
Located next to Clapham Common on the site of what was once the Ross Optical Works, dating back to 1891, the one and two bedroom apartments and houses have been designed by award winning Assael Architecture and prime residential interior design specialists MMM Architects, both of whom have established a reputation for innovative and inspirational architecture.
The open plan apartments, some of which are duplexes, have been built with high quality materials and feature exposed brickwork, high-ceilings and large windows, providing an abundance of natural light. The houses have a distinctive ‘upside down’ layout, with the bedroom and bathroom spaces on the ground floor, the kitchen/living/dining area on the first floor and a loft-style space on the second floor, which could operate as an additional bedroom, study or living space.
The apartments and houses have large oak doors with bespoke bronze handles which reflect the site’s industrial heritage, marble countertops in the bathrooms, premium lighting and rich wood flooring throughout. Blending the old with the new, existing features such as iron joists and wooden beams have been renovated to remain sympathetic to the building’s history.
Matthew Ratsma, partner at MMM Architects, said: “This is an unusual project for us as we tend to specialise in large private residences, whereas the challenge here was to create designs for each individual space, working with a palette and design scheme that compliments all buildings and layouts. At Macaulay Walk, we focused on balancing luxury with an industrial feel by layering natural textures and organic materials such as wood, stone and bronze.”