Your update on London’s homes and interiors this winter. Words: Karen Tait
Comprising two spectacular and spacious residences, The Penthouse Collection at Parliament House, on the Albert Embankment, offers breathtaking 360 degree views across the capital. Inside you’ll find bespoke parquet flooring, floor-to-ceiling glazing, designer kitchens, opulent bathrooms, audio-visual Crestron control systems and coffered ceilings to all rooms.
The Triplex Penthouse, whose entire top three floors crown the development, also features a substantial private terrace with outdoor barbeque and cedar wood hot tub. Access to each floor is via a bespoke helical wooden staircase, leading to a fully automated glass roof light which provides access to a secondary roof terrace at the pinnacle of Parliament House, offering sweeping views up the River Thames towards the Houses of Parliament.
All residents have access to Parliament Houses’ concierge service and private residents’ gymnasium. From leading London developer Telford Homes, the penthouses are priced at £6m and £3m.
A Dorchester first
The developers of a super-prime residential scheme on Stanhope Gate, Mayfair, have signed an agreement with the Dorchester Collection. This will be the first time the international hotel group provides its exclusive services to private residents. Owners of the 18 apartments at Mayfair Park Residences – which is being developed by Clivedale London – will be offered in-home dining, a 24-hour concierge and housekeeping services provided by Dorchester Collection staff. Room service will be delivered from the nearby 45 Park Lane hotel and the Dorchester Collection will also manage an 8,500 sq ft health club within the development. Designed by PLP Architects and with interiors courtesy of Jouin Manku – the practice behind Maison van Cleef & Arpels in New York and Alain Ducasse at Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris – Mayfair Park Residences spans three adjacent buildings on Stanhope Gate with prices for the majority of the apartments expected to be approximately £5,000/sq ft. The development is scheduled to complete in 2018.
London’s most luxurious offices
An Art Deco marble and gold staircase, gold-plated Armani-hotel washrooms; timber flooring imported from a 16th-century monastery in Tuscany, and in-office dining provided by celeb restaurant La Petite Maison – if this doesn’t sound like your offices, maybe you should encourage your boss to take a look at 54 Brooks Mews in Mayfair.
The result of the most expensive commercial fit-out (a record £500/sq ft) to be undertaken in London, the development has taken over 16 months with some £4m being spent on the project. £3m was spent on furnishing just three floors of luxurious office interiors, £1m per floor.
Enstar Capital commissioned award-winning architects Stiff & Trevillion to design a lavish scheme for the building, which includes a restored Art Deco entrance with a new ‘54’ entrance sign replicating Steve Rubell’s famous ‘studio 54’ nightclub logo of the 1970s.
Did you know…
The average rents for private properties in Westminster last year rose by 28.4%, the highest rent rise anywhere in the UK. Source: Direct Line for Business