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Abell & Cleland House
John Islip Street, Westminster, London, SW1P
London Borough of Westminster
999 Year lease
One Bedroom Apartment- £600 per annum
Two Bedroom Apartment £750 per annum
Three Bedroom Apartment £1,000 per annum
One bedroom apartment – £600 per annum
Two Bedroom Apartment – £750 per annum
Three Bedroom Apartment – £1,000 per annum
Four Bedroom Apartment – £1,250 per annum
Penthouse Apartment – £1,250 per annum
A general right to park in the secure underground car park is available to purchase for £50,000
Limited ‘oversized’ allocated spaces available at £75,000
A general right to park in the secure underground car park is available to purchase for £50,000
Abell & Cleland is ideally situated to take advantage of excellent international, national and local travel links with close proximity to a number of Underground and Overground stations including Westminster and London Victoria.
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Abell & Cleland House, an Overview
Situated in the City of Westminster’s parliamentary district, Abell & Cleland House is a prestigious, new development that will appeal to sophisticated and discerning movers and shakers. Developed by respected house builders, Berkeley Homes, Abell & Cleland are two developments that offer luxury living in a central London location. With 275 apartments across the two developments ranging from one to four bedroom flats and penthouses, Abell & Cleland offers something for everyone within the affluent, urban demograph.
A History of Abell & Cleland House
The original Abell & Cleland Houses that Berkeley Homes are replacing were two, stark edifices that served as government buildings for many years.
Our research cannot throw any light on why they are called Abell & Cleland, but both names are believed to be of Anglo-Scottish descent. We think it unlikely however that Cleland is named after Scottish footballer, Alec Cleland as he was only born in 1970. It is slightly more feasible that Abell house may be named after George Abell, the English civil servant and cricketer who died in 1989.
Personally, this author would like to think that Cleland House is named after the English novelist, John Cleland, whose most famous work ‘Fanny Hill; The memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure,’ was only published in its unexpurgated form in 1963. It was then banned again and finally legally published in 1970. This is despite the fact that the very point of Fanny Hill is that it is an erotic novel without the use of any vulgar terms.
One suspects however that Margaret Thatcher’s government who would have commissioned the original Abell & Cleland House are unlikely to have dedicated one of them to such an author. Though perhaps somewhat ironically it was Mayflower Books, now dissolved but then based on Vauxhall Bridge Road very close to Abell and Cleland House, who first published the uncensored edition.
A final, tenuous link is that John Cleland was also an ex-pupil of nearby Westminster School but was allegedly expelled for some undisclosed ‘misdemeanour’!
Returning to the developments true history; Abell & Cleland House sits on an area that was known as Thorney Island. The island existed because of the rivers and tributaries that ran all over London down into the River Thames making 18th Century London more reminiscent of Venice than the modern, sprawling metropolis we know now. It wasn’t until the Victorian Era and the creation of the Thames Embankment that London’s marshlands were reclaimed from the Thames and London was given a more solid foundation, literally, on which to build and prosper.
Living & Investing In Abell & Cleland House
Developed by Berkeley Homes and designed by DSDHA architects, Abell & Cleland House have their own identities yet complement the surrounding streetscape. The dark, formidable Government buildings have been replaced with a residential development that uses light, uplifting materials with a triple height entrance lobby alongside a pedestrian route to create a visually transparent vista.
The landscaping of the private gardens by Wirtz International has been designed to emphasise the fluid transition from public highway – through the lobby – into private space resulting in an aesthetic allure with a literal airiness.
Inside Abell & Cleland House, interior designers, Project Orange have produced a series of superbly elegant modern apartments. Taking their cue from the refined exterior and local environment which includes Monuments, Parks and Rivers , Project Orange have combined a palette of golden and neutral hues with metallic highlights, natural materials and a ‘midtown modern’ concept that is reminiscent of a Manhattan apartment mixing luxurious comfort in the centre of a bustling city.
As such, these stylish apartments will appeal to likeminded individuals searching for a London home or wise investment. Buyers like yourself will appreciate the level of detail and will of course expect the best amenities. You will not be disappointed. 24hr concierge, business suite, private gym, pool sauna and private screening room all being part of the development.
Abell & Cleland House & Beyond
Stepping out from the triple height lobby, residents of Abell & Cleland House will be stepping into arguably London’s most important district. But then as intelligent readers you already know that. However it is London’s ability to constantly surprise and reinvent itself that makes it such a world class destination.
Perhaps it is no accident that the architects of Abell & Cleland House used metallic finishes, tactile materials and multi-faceted forms. After all, DSHDA were responsible for the flagship store and workshops of jewellery designer Alex Monroe. Based in the nearby and achingly fashionable Bermondsey Street area, Monroe has built up a reputation as one of London’s most sought after jewellery designers. Indeed, one would not be surprised to find one or two of Alex’s baubles in the trinket boxes of Abell & Cleland residents.
Westminster itself is home to possibly the oldest trinket box in the form of the Jewel Tower. Not to be confused with the Jewel House in the Tower of London, The Jewel Tower is a surviving annexe of the original Westminster Palace and housed King Edward III’s valuables, it being at the time protected by a moat. In the 16th Century it was then used by Henry VIII as a walk-in wardrobe!
Certainly such history implies the pedigree and lifestyle of Westminster resident’s both then and now.
Current residents are likely to be found dining in the well respected Le Caprice or enjoying cocktails in the newly refurbished Mezzanine bar at Quaglino’s. Shopping-wise, London’s famous Bond Street or Sloane Square offer the best designer brands though it may well be that the increasingly discerning London Resident will continue to seek out the more independent shops that London continues to offer in an ever-increasing spread of districts. Whether that be the many boutiques jostling for space alongside Alex Monroe’s Copper clad workshop or the esoteric collection of shops that make up Shoreditch’s ‘Box Park’. Either way, Abell & Cleland House has set the standard for new, urban living.
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- The beautiful view from St. James's Park in London, just a short walk from Abell & Cleland House.
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Why invest in London’s SW1 postcode
Most notable is the Victoria district, which is undergoing considerable redevelopment. No longer noted for sharing its SW1 postcode with the well-heeled neighbourhoods of Belgravia and St James’s, Victoria now has the foundations it needs to develop as a prime residential area.
This is a direct result of Victoria’s transformation into a vibrant centre for creativity, commerce and culture, which will move closer to completion next year when Nova – London’s newest restaurant quarter – opens for business on Buckingham Palace Road.
Nova has been described as the defining moment in Land Securities’ £2.2bn reinvention of Victoria, which began in 2002 when the property developer unveiled a masterplan to clear Victoria Street of office blocks and bring in homes, soft landscaping, open courtyards, squares and passageways.
By the time the regeneration of Victoria from a transport hub serving almost 200 million passengers a year is complete in 2019, a total of £5bn will have been spent making this part of central London a 24-hour city address.
And with an array of new upmarket developments now appearing alongside the cutting-edge commercial premises, now is the time to buy into the developer’s vision.
Where to buy in Victoria
Kings Gate Walk
Sales Prices From £1.150.000
Rental Prices From £650 Per Week
Among the luxury developments in this part of central London is Kings Gate, which offers residents outstanding views of Buckingham Palace and the royal parks to the north.
A total of 100 homes, ranging from studios to four–bedroom penthouses, have been created in this well-designed building, which combines renaissance Italian influences with understated British elegance.
The entrance hall is made of limestone, with a timber entrance door, oak flooring, timber skirting, and the living rooms have 100% wool carpets and fitted wardrobes.
Each of the 26 apartment types enjoys the same high-specification finish, while most homes have secure underground parking as well as private terrace space. There’s also a 24-hour concierge to cater to residents’ demands.
The one, two, three and four-bed apartments in nearby Wellington House have been completed to an equally high standard and also offer spacious balconies or very large roof terraces, secure underground parking as well as a 24-hour concierge.
Meanwhile, the 193,000 square feet of residential space that forms an integral part of The Nova Building have been turned into 170 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments.
The Nova Building
Sales Prices From £710.000
Every home in this development, which has only just been completed, has oak wood flooring, underfloor heating throughout and comfort cooling. As well as a 24-hour concierge, facilities available include a residents-only private lounge, gym, cinema and business centre.
But it is not just the Victoria area that is generating interest among property investors looking to buy homes in London SW1. Westminster is being tipped as one of the rising stars of central London’s property market.
This is because, for the time being at least, this wedge-shaped slice of riverside that shares its SW1 postcode with parts of upmarket Knightsbridge is still viewed as being dominated by the business of government.
However, the establishment of the Government Property Unit in 2010 gave developers the green light to convert public buildings and office blocks – often formerly owned or occupied by government departments – into luxury homes.
This follows the establishment of the Government Property Unit in 2010 to rationalise its property holdings amid concerns about waste and inefficiency in the management of the state-owned estate.
In fact, since 2001, more than 6m square feet of workspace has been redeveloped into over 3,500 new homes.
Where to buy in Westminster
Great Minster House
Sales Prices From £885.000
Rental Prices From £800 Per Week
One of the most outstanding conversions is Great Minster House. A flagship development by Barrat Homes, The 61 luxury homes in this flagship Barratt Homes development – which has underground parking and a 24-hour concierge – have full-height feature doors and individually designed living spaces that work well for both laid-back family time or for entertaining.
The striking design of each apartment showcases the development’s historic features while remaining contemporary. High-tech features include comfort cooling, dimmable lighting plus a multiroom integrated audio system throughout.
Crowning the building, the five luxury penthouses have been designed to provide a wealth of indoor and outdoor space, and include high ceilings plus full-length terraces.
Equally impressive homes are available at Abell & Cleland House – a former government building that has been transformed by Stirling Prize-nominated architects DSDHA.
Abell & Cleland House
Sales Prices From £950.000
Just moments from the River Thames, between St John’s Church in Smith Square and Tate Britain on Millbank, this Berkeley Homes scheme is made up of 275 high quality open-plan one to three bedroom apartments and four-bed penthouses.
When the development is completed next year, residents will benefit from courtyard gardens, a luxurious lobby with a 24-hour concierge service plus a business suite, private cinema, gym, pool and sauna.
Why invest in Westminster?
As well as value for money, Westminster also has better public transport links and a more central location than many sought-after areas of London.
International corporate tenants prefer to rent good quality apartments in Westminster because local travel services and longer distance transport links are so good, and all the cultural and recreational attractions of London’s West End are within walking distance.
Westminster tube station – in Zone 1 of the capital’s transport system – is served by Circle, District and Jubilee lines, which offer good links to the west, east, north and central London. The area is also within easy reach of Victoria Stations, which offers underground and overground services plus a coach station providing links with the rest of the UK and Europe.
For details of how you can secure your property within easy reach of central London’s new and established attractions, get in touch with our Westminster office.