Terence Conran’s Butlers Wharf
“Britain has such a rich and glorious heritage. And I feel particularly proud to have played a part in renovating and rejuvenating key elements of our industrial past.” Sir Terence Conran
Terence Conran masterminded the restoration and redevelopment of many of London’s most iconic warehouses. The internationally renowned designer contributed an exclusive feature to the launch issue of Warehouse Home, in which he recounted his remarkable vision for the transformation of Butlers Wharf. He shared his passion for giving new life to old Victorian warehouses and referred to them as “beautiful old ladies”.
“The practice of breathing new life into these beautiful old ladies, taking historic buildings and transforming them for new uses, has been one of the constant threads running through my whole career. The very first time I saw Butlers Wharf, I fell in love. I instantly knew that it was a fantastic opportunity. Curiously, I spotted it from the river in the summer of 1981 on a cruise along the Thames for an office party. You have to remember that in those days Butlers Wharf was a pretty desolate area. There was little reason to visit other than for the views of Tower Bridge. But the moment I saw these wonderful derelict warehouses on the south bank of the Thames, the party was over for me. My mind was doing cartwheels over the possibilities, which were just beginning to formulate in my imagination. The next day, I raced over to visit the site. I was overwhelmed and quite smitten by the rough and robust Victorian industrial architecture. The waterfront buildings and the streets behind had been used to grind and store spices and the air was still richly fragrant with their smells.”
“Gutsy and raw Victorian warehouses and factories have now been sensitively and imaginatively converted in most British cities. Many designers are, like myself, attracted to these robustly engineered buildings that truly reflect the energy and entrepreneurialism of the Victorian era.”
“Butlers Wharf has changed beyond belief since I first caught sight of it all those years ago. The regeneration has has spread to other parts of the area and put Southwark on the London map as a destination for Londoners, tourists and businesses alike.”
If you’re captivated by the history of Butlers Wharf and Shad Thames, then you’ll certainly be interested in these spectacular flats!
1. 3 bedroom flat, Butlers Wharf West, Shad Thames, London SE1, £2,800,000
This 2,035 sq ft apartment offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the Thames, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf from its balcony.
The flat comprises three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large open plan reception, where the kitchen occupies its own separate space. The flat oozes heritage, with plenty of original features. The exposed brick walls and wooden beams in the living room (above) are complemented by a beautiful reclaimed parquet floor.
2. 2 bedroom flat, Butlers Wharf Building, Shad Thames, London SE1, £2,750,000
Another apartment, another amazing view! This two bedroom warehouse apartment also boasts a spacious Thames facing balcony with direct views across the City, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf. This home, however, has been given a slightly more contemporary treatment, offsetting the original features with bright white.
3. 2 bedroom flat, Butlers Wharf Building, Shad Thames, London SE1, £2,000,000
Looking at this tranquil garden, it’s certainly not immediately obvious that it’s sitting above a warehouse conversion! The top floor duplex apartment enjoys views across the Thames to Canary Wharf from this private terrace, and there are even two Juliette balconies from the two double bedrooms on the top floor.
Imagine the view from this roof terrace on a summer’s evening! Pass the wine, please!
4. 2 bedroom flat, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London SE1, £1,500,000
Last, but certainly not least, is this 2 bedroom sub penthouse apartment suite, offering a host of beautiful features. A highlight is certainly the private terrace, which could almost be in Italy or France with its light stone walls swathed in vines.
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