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Kings Gate Walk
Land Securities behind many of London’s most significant and ground–breaking developments
Kingsgate Walk, Westminster, London, SW1E
City Of Westminster
Studio – £400pa
1 bed – £600pa
2 bed – £800pa
3 bed – £1,000pa
Penthouses – £1,250pa
100 apartments ranging from studios to four–bedroom penthouses. Each of the 26 apartment types enjoys the same high–specification finish as well as private terrace space, with views to the north and south.
Most apartments benefit from secure underground parking
Parking spaces available at £80,000
Victoria Street offers excellent transport links with Victoria, St James Park and Westminster all within easy reach
|24 Hour Concierge||Secure Underground Parking|
Kings Gate Walk, an Overview
Kings Gate, described by the Evening Standard as a, ‘modern mansion block’, forms part of the new Victoria Quarter.
Developed rather haphazardly in the 1960’s into a concrete office jungle, the area around Victoria Station is now being crowned as the new destination neighbourhood in central London, and Kings gate allows property purchasers to be a part of that.
With nearby neighbours including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral, Victoria offers a vibrant mix of royalty, religion and government. With the addition of commerce, fashion and cuisine, Victoria has now become a trendy central London hotspot, with a lively cultural scene.
Kings Gate is very much a part of this regeneration, with just 96 private apartments and only four penthouses, Kings Gate manages to be both a new architectural icon, yet still be exclusive enough to attract design conscious, property investors for whom individuality and personality is key.
Looking out from the 15th floor penthouse roof garden of Kings Gate, will certainly give you an overview of the London that is host to such a wonderful mix of old and new, commercial and creative, state and stately. However, why not take the lift down to the ground floor, step out from the elegant entrance lobby, and discover Victoria at ground level?
A History of Kings Gate Walk
While property developers, fashionable Londoners and well-informed investors are rediscovering the kudos that living in Victoria brings, it is worth remembering it was Queen Victoria herself that made this SW1 locale so desirable.
Indeed, Buckingham Palace, although built in 1761, was actually at various stages; a ‘house for the missus’, an ‘expensive folly’ and a ‘pied-a-terre’. It wasn’t until 1837 when Queen Victoria decided to make it her official home that it became Buckingham Palace.
The result of such an accolade on the building was Marble Arch was widened and the large thoroughfares of Victoria Street were built. Beautiful, redbrick mansion blocks lined these new streets creating a neighbourhood of fashionable residencies.
It is from these streets, that Virginia Woolf’s character; Mrs Dalloway steps out. A fictional, yet famous character in whom Woolf epitomised the quirks and qualities of the English upper class. It would be easy to dismiss this as a piece of fictional gaiety, but spend some time around Kings Gate and Victoria and you will see why Mrs Dalloway would most certainly choose to live in SW1 today.
Living & Investing In Kings Gate Walk
If the Victorian era was all about baroque and gothic detailing with highly patterned furniture and ornate buildings it is fair to say that architecture and design today is about materials, space and light.
However, in both, within the upper echelons of the market, it is about the bespoke, the individual working with the artisan.
Kings Gate is a fantastic example of how Britain has a reputation for the diverse, for the alternative and for searching out the unsung heroes. So, when seeking an architect for the Kings Gate Development, Land Securities did what many a Victorian patron of the arts would do and put out the tender as a competition inviting design ideas from all architects.
In doing so it eschewed the obvious ‘starchitects’ and instead spotted the understated potential of a design by Patrick Lynch, a boutique, London-based architectural practice. Lynch’s work impressed the judging panel enough for his practice to earn many of the commissions you will see springing up in the new Victoria quarter and I think it is no accident that Lynch has often cited baroque and Italianate influences in his work.
In Kings Gate, these Italianate influences are evident in the structural detailing and materials used. Jura Limestone Pillars decrease in size as the building rises fifteen storeys while Timorous Beasties designs and Rut Blees Luxemburg artworks are printed onto concrete columns around the lobby entrance.
The overall feeling is one of ‘flow’ although built to strict geometric design the building seems to have a literal breeze flowing through its structure giving it a lightness that so many city apartments lack.
Inside, the apartments once again have an airiness about them, the wow factor being more about the details than any one dominant feature.
Lynch’s own designed ‘Vicky’ lever handles adorn grey-brown timber doors, while throughout the specification details, phrases like; ‘warm tones’, light touch’ and polished finishes, suggests a luxurious calm permeates through each apartment whether they are meticulously planned studios on the first floor or one of the four exclusive three storey penthouses.
Private balconies feature in many of the apartments and have been made especially deep to provide shade and privacy at key times of the day, meaning the apartments are naturally warm or cool when required, though under-floor heating and comfort cooling are also standard in every apartment.
In Kings Gate, Lynch Architects have created a new cotemporary form of luxury, designed for this era’s Mrs Dalloway’s, any one of whom would be proud to host a soiree in these surroundings.
Kings Gate Walk & Beyond
In true British style, estate owners Land Securities have let the ground floor out to one of London’s most vibrant chef’s who has opened a casual but upmarket Italian restaurant. Jamie’s Italian, see’s cheeky London geezer, Jamie Oliver, produce high-quality Italian food that is eaten with true Italian gusto, but described as ‘Pukka’.
It has to be such idiosyncrasies that make London so diverse and exciting!
Many development websites and brochures devote pages to the buildings proximity to Harrods or Harvey Nichols and name drop designer labels like a raver drooping acid! But Kings Gate, gets it. It gets that it will attract a young-at-heart resident that likes socialising and mixing with friends and wants to be a part of the neighbourhood. It gets that it local pubs are more appealing than expensive boutiques. While many designers are opening flagship stores in the area and Bond Street, Mayfair and Knightsbridge are all no more than a Jimmy Choo’s throw away, Kings Gate instead points out the Marquis of Westminster, the Cask and Glass, and the Phoenix pubs as being a draw to its residents. Truthfully, none of the pubs can be described as exclusive, other than providing you with an exclusive look into real Londoners lives.
However, I think that is what Kings Gate is about. After many years of the Victoria are being known purely as a place to work, Land Securities recognise that Kings Gate is one of the new mansion blocks of the 21st century that will once again make Victoria a desirable enclave of neighbourliness and social cache. Mrs Dalloway would approve.
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Kings Gate: Victoria’s fantastic new development
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The second significant residential contribution to Victoria after Wellington House, Kings Gate boasts outstanding views of Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks to the North, and is a truly unique, luxury development.
Kings Gate Walk
Sales Prices From £1.150.000
Rental Prices From £650 Per Week
Kings Gate is part of a wider project by commercial property company Land Securities, which is behind London’s most significant and ground-breaking developments in recent years. The developments are about creating a vibrant, bustling and upmarket yet accessible vibe, buzzing with restaurants, amenities, cute bakeries, terraces, royal parks and gorgeous riverside walks.
Long gone are the days when Victoria was known as simply being a ‘stop-off-point’, it’s now changing and is attracting not just international businesses, but also appealing to those looking to be in the centre of London, enjoying all it has to offer.
Victoria is fast becoming a hub of creativity, commerce and culture, with archetypal British heritage living right alongside international businesses and fashion brands.
Each of the uniquely-designed 100 residences has been constructed with luxury in mind. There’s a choice of one up to three-bed apartments, decorated with warm tones and bright touches.
Studio apartments are also available for those looking to buy and rent property in this truly resplendent development. These are decorated in lighter tones, with a variety of textures, with the four-bed penthouses a truly fantastic investment.
The interiors have a rich palette of luxury materials, elegant simplicity and discreet luxury, combining modern sensibility with British design values. 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.
The facade of Kings Gate looks out onto Victoria Street, with grand bronze metal ballustrades. The height opens up amazing views, with the pedestrian thoroughfare creating an excellent sense of space and light.
Most of the apartments enjoy secure underground parking, and have private terrace space, with views to the north and south. There’s also a 24-hour concierge to cater to residents’ demands
Victoria is undergoing a once-in-a-lifetime transformation. Investing in a property in SW1 is a great move for canny investors. The neighbourhood is just a stone’s throw from St James’s Park, close to Strutton Ground market, with upmarket boutiques such as Phillip Traecy and independent hotel The Goring, giving it that special feel.
Kings Gate is set to complete this month, don’t miss out – you can’t afford to! There are plenty of apartments up for sale and for let, make sure you contact us for more information.
Westminster offers the best in luxury living
For the most part, it’s best known as the centre of all of Britain’s political decision-making, and thousands choose to tour the Houses of Parliament every year.
The borough began its expansion when Edward the Confessor built the royal palace just outside the walls of London along with the Abbey which was finally finished in 1065. In 1066, the arrival of William the Conqueror brought with it the new tradition of crowning kings at Westminster Abbey, a practice that still goes on to this day! Almost 450 years later, in 1512, a fire desecrated the palace, and since then it has been used as a meeting place for the Lords.
When the new building became a meeting place for the Commons in 1547, the palace’s transformation into the Houses of Parliament was complete. With such a new community growing up in and around the borough, the need for a school arose and so Westminster school was created in 1540.
Westminster’s landmarks still stand proudly as monuments of the past. However, it’s not just the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Abbey that make the area so fascinating and alluring. Other beauties such as Buckingham Palace demonstrate Westminster’s captivating history of kings and queens, whilst St James Park spans 23 hectares in the heart of the borough. The lake, surrounded by green spaces, stands out as a little bit of tranquillity in an area that is known for its relentless hustle and bustle.
Located nearby, stands a monument to one of Britain’s greatest naval captains, Lord Nelson. His statue towers above us in Trafalgar Square, guarded by four lions and alongside fountains erected in his honour. For even more of a sense of history there’s the Churchill War Rooms where you can discover all of Churchill’s strategies during that troubling part of the 20th century. Or, if art is more to your taste, why not take a stroll round the National Gallery or the Tate Britain and soak up some of these pivotal works of art?
With so much to see and do it’s no wonder that investing in new developments is extremely popular in Westminster. Many are attracted not just by the thought of living so close to London’s financial centre but by the array of attractions located on the doorstep.
The area is noted for its schools and green spaces (one such example is Hyde Park) and for its many conveniently-located tube stops such as Westminster, St James Park, Green Park and Victoria.
Sales Prices From £710.000
New developments are springing up all the time as the area continues to transform itself, one such property hotspot is the Nova Building, Victoria. The building holds 170 spacious luxurious apartments which are expected to be completed in 2016. The complex is handily located directly opposite Victoria station giving you direct access to London’s other top attractions. The development is not just a place that you could call home, it will also house top restaurants, designer shops and cafes giving you amazing resources from the moment you step out of your front door. Each of these fantastic apartments will offer amazing amenities such as 24-hour concierge service, a fully functioning gym, a residents’ lounge and even a cinema. Add to this attractive rooftop gardens that show off London’s skyline and a terrific view of Buckingham Palace and it’s hard to think of a reason not to invest.
Sales Prices From £1.150.000
Rental Prices From £650 Per Week
Kings Gate SW1 is another successfully completed project. Inside the building are 100 stunningly-designed apartments that take luxury to even greater heights. Each apartment is finished using the finest natural materials that create an ambiance of both simplicity and elegance. The apartments range from studios to four-bedroom penthouses, but whether large or small each unit is meticulously crafted from start to finish. Many of the apartment enjoy private terrace space allowing for spectacular views of London both to the north and south, particularly those of the Royal parks and the River Themes. In addition, the 24-hour concierge service and the underground parking will take care of your every need. The building lies very close to Westminster Abby, the Victoria Palace Theatre and the Apollo Theatre, should you feel the need to take in some entertainment in the evening.
Sales Prices From £885.000
Rental Prices From £525 Per Week
One more newly-completed development is the fantastic Drake House. The building contains 61 spacious suites that will take your breath away. As soon as you walk through the door you will notice the magnificently high ceilings and the high end specifications that surround you, giving you reassurance that only the finest fixtures and materials have been used. These luxurious homes also come with a balcony or terrace allowing for great views of Big Ben and the Tate Britain is just a stone’s throw away. These apartments are designed to reflect both style and the individuality of our clients which allows for adaptability and comfort from the residents. The kitchens boast top end appliances whilst the bathrooms play host to natural stone tiles, marble fixtures and polished chrome. For added comfort there is 24 hour concierge and CCTV in operation, lifts to all floors, car parking and communal areas.
So why look anywhere else? Westminster has it all, luxurious living combined with fantastic cultural and entertainment amenities.