Metro whet their appetite for breweries being transformed into luxurious new homes.
Metro’s property correspondent, Alison Tyler, looks at the “beer-swilling past” of some of London’s “shiny new” apartments, including Barratt London’s Fulham Riverside – formerly the Kops Brewery.
Tyler writes “if you’ve ever dreamed of living in a brewery or pub, these new developments might just whet your appetite”. She goes on to say “looking at the vast, shiny new Fulham Riverside development, you may not guess it has a beer-swilling past”. However, there “is a blue in the form of a blue plaque on the wall – the site was once the Kops’ Brewery”.
A blue plaque honours Kops’ Brewery founder, “Henry Lowenfeld, [who] was famous for brewing non-alcoholic beer”. The plaque was unveiled on 3 September 2014 at Barratt London’s Fulham Riverside development. The “original façade has been preserved and incorporated into the new development”. Complex construction works were undertaken to retain and restore the façade, to ensure the development echoed the brewery’s distinctive architectural features such as the sawtooth roof. This required sourcing special materials and using traditional construction techniques.
Fulham Riverside is made up of 468 “one to six-bed apartments, penthouses and townhouses”, spread across an “eight-acre site, all with balconies or terraces”. The development offers convenient London living at its best. Set around vast, tranquil gardens, the “scheme opens up the Thames river walk and provides new piazzas”, and offers residents a 24-hour concierge service, private fitness suites (indoor and outdoor) and a proposed waterfront café.