See inside Kentish Town’s first luxury apartment block
- Credit: David Butler
Everyone knows that Kentish Town is now a bit posh but luxury development still doesn’t spring to mind when picturing the area.
That’s all about to change with the launch of the Maple Building, a block of 57 flats in a factory conversion next to the Soho House-stable Pizza East and Dirty Burger on Highgate Road.
The one, two and three-bedroom apartments, along with two penthouses added as a new storey on the roof of the red brick building, are sure to be popular with investors keen to capitalise on Kentish Town’s ever growing population of professional renters (it’s a direct tube journey to Bank on the Northern Line).
The building’s ex-industrial roots may be a nod to Kentish Town’s former grittiness, but inside the only signs of the building’s less refined past is in the carefully restored Crittal windows.
The building dates from the 1890s when it was built as Maple & Co furniture factory, providing bespoke furnishings to royals as well as selling through a shop on Tottenham Court Road.
In the First World War sections of the factory were secretly adapted to produce fighter plane components, canvas tents and other supplies for front line troops.
The building later housed a clothing factory and was most recently used as office space.
Working closely with the developer The Linton Group, who are also developing the Nurses Home building in New End, Hampstead, sister interior designer company Gordon-Duff & Linton incorporated luxury touches throughout, including engineered pale oak flooring with underfloor heating and liberal use of marble in the kitchens.
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They have also created a range of bespoke furniture packages for the apartments, which start at £525,000.
Gary Linton, managing director of The Linton Group who are responsible for the development, said: “This is one of our largest project to date, but one where we have retained our strenuous attention to detail on all of the final works and finishings. Each apartment will feel unique and have a character of its own. We have not looked to create neutral, box-style apartments here; we wanted to create a scheme that adds a real quality of living for prospective purchasers.
“The local area is undergoing extensive regeneration, with a number of new developments and restaurants creating one of the most exciting places to live in London. The refurbishment of The Maple Building will help attract an exciting tranche of new residents, playing a big role in the transformation of the area.”