This 19th Century brick warehouse in Forest Hill has been converted into a super cool, contemporary loft-style residential home
The three bedroom warehouse conversion has been developed and interior designed by David Chapman and his brother, the award-winning film set designer Harold Chapman, who has worked on documentaries like The Search for Atlantis and Who Killed Tutankhamun?
The building, which faces on to Havelock Walk, a sought-after cobbled mews that houses artists, architects and theatre designers (including Turner Prize-nominated David Mach and Dizzie Rascal’s recording studio), consists of three individually designed floors. It was in a dire state when David found it, used as a storage dump for scaffolding tubes and at the point of collapse. But he knew the amazing space and rich heritage held great appeal for the Chapman brothers, and in digging the new foundations they uncovered vast slabs of buried Portland stone from the old stables that were once there. These we cleaned up and set back in the entranceways. Scaffolding treads were sanded and reinstated as stairs, brick corbels exposed and re-pointed whilst the whole front was taken down and lovingly re-built brick by reclaimed brick.
At all times they are concerned with detail and the integrity of a building, and of course its story. At Havelock Walk they have laboured to create something which nods to the past but looks to the future. The adaptable accommodation offers a great live-work space, comprising three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two reception rooms, a bespoke kitchen and a cloakroom all presented with a mix of contemporary flair and restored original character. This superb home comes with a 10-year build guarantee.
Hidden away, yet in the heart of the town centre conservation area, Havelock Walk is a charming mews set just two minutes from Forest Hill mainline and Overground station, with cafes, shops, restaurants and even a supermarket on the doorstep. The Horniman Museum, winner of The Telegraph’s Most Family Friendly Museum award, is just up the road and each year the street plays host to artists, musicians and performers as part of the Dulwich Festival over two weekends in May.