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One Tower Bridge
Berkeley is a leading developer of outstanding homes, founded in 1976, and has won numerous awards for quality, design and customer service, including the 2008 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, and the accolade Britain’s Most Admired Company 2011
One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge, London SE1
Phased completions – 2014-2017
London Borough of Southwark
999 years lease
1 bed £750 pa
2 bed £ £1,000 pa
3 bed £1,250 pa
4 bed £1,500 pa
Car park £100 pa
Estimated at approximately £7.50 per square foot
A limited number of underground parking spaces available on selected plots by separate negotiation
399 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses in eight distinctive buildings
Located in Zone 1
Nearest station is London Bridge – for Mainline rail and Underground (Northern and Jubilee line) approximately 8 minute walk
Tower Hill Underground (District and Circle Lines) and Tower Gateway (DLR) approximately 10 minute walk
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One Tower Bridge, an Overview
‘Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves’, ‘Orange and lemons say the bells of St Clements’,
‘Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner’. If ever a single property development embodied London life, British patriotism and yet have truly international appeal, One Tower Bridge must surely be it!
With a view that takes in possibly London’s most iconic landmark, Tower Bridge, and each block in the development being named after one of the great houses of the British Monarchy. One Tower Bridge is truly unique and justifies the developer’s description of being ‘extraordinary’.
With an air of exclusivity that would make any resident feel like royalty and facilities and smart technology that would be the envy of James Bond, One Tower Bridge is surely going to become one of those emblematic developments that neighbours look upon with envy, and pedestrians look at in awe.
A History of One Tower Bridge
With one of the most famous addresses in London, One Tower Bridge residents will wake up every day to see the magnificent bascules of Tower Bridge rising slowly to allow boats and ships to pass through.
Constructed over 8 years from 1886 – 1894 Tower Bridge was like many innovative constructions both admired and derided in equal measure. Designed by Sir Horace Jones, Tower Bridge provided a new crossing for the increasingly populated parts of East London whose businesses required north/south connections but at the same time, a fixed bridge could not be built as tall ships used the Pool of London; situated between London Bridge and the Tower of London.
Tower Bridge was the answer with its magnificent granite and Portland stone clad towers housing some of the 11,000 tons of steel that make up the framework.
Its two high-level walkways proved instantly popular but as with many architectural ideals were somewhat abused by prostitutes and pickpockets who found the dimly lit staircases a handy place to do business.
Today the walkways of Tower Bridge are home to exhibitions and displays with the towers now being a tourist attraction of a more reputable nature.
While the erection of Tower Bridge is to be lauded, there was one casualty of the construction that has now become part of a hidden London no longer accessible to people. Tower Subway – the entrance of which lay very close to the One Tower Bridge site – was an underground tunnel originally designed to take a cable car underneath the Thames. The cable car itself proved too costly and so the tunnel simply became an underground walkway with a toll of ½ d to pass through but the new toll-free walkways of Tower Bridge saw the demise of the tunnel and it is now used as a water mains.
However one legacy of the Tower Subway was its construction method which was later used to build the City and South London Railway, the world’s first underground railway.
Living & Investing In One Tower Bridge
One Tower Bridge is a luxury residence offering five star facilities and concierge services comparable to the most prestigious hotels in the world.
As such it will attract buyers from all corners of the globe. But its style of build, location and almost reverential deference to London Town will mean buyers want a genuine London-living experience.
Architecturally, One Tower Bridge marries together a series of buildings using contrasting light and dark exterior materials to provide a rhythmic ensemble across the whole development yet giving each building a distinctive identity.
Inside One Tower Bridge, the finish and use of materials is as international as the purchasers that it will attract. French and Italian stone and timbers are teamed with bronze casings and dark oak veneers. Ultra-modern fittings and integrated Miele appliances make domestic chores effortless, while smart-home technology adds a 007-esque thrill to everyday living.
The individual layouts of each apartment across the seven buildings vary enormously. The common thread is that each apartment is designed to provide the maximum of natural light, fantastic views, outside space and become an elegant sanctuary from one’s busy life. Whether it is a well thought out, spacious, 600sqft studio apartment in the main tower or the divinely opulent, two-storey, ‘Prospero Penthouse’ in Sandringham House, One Tower Bridge apartments have been designed with the end -user in mind. That being you, the you who demands and expects the best from a world-renowned design team, award-winning architects and five star services in every aspect of your life. One Tower Bridge will not disappoint.
One Tower Bridge & Beyond
Taking its inspiration from European architecture, London’s History and the British Monarchy. One Tower Bridge is an anglophiles dream.
With practically the whole of London within walking distance, this great cities cultural icons, are rarely more than a 20 minute stroll away and there are many mobile apps that will direct you there, as will a friendly London Cabbie.
But what the apps and guidebooks won’t tell you about is the more offbeat attractions. From the old operating theatre behind Guy’s Hospital to the barely known Bermondsey Arts Club just yards away from One Tower Bridge, despite all its redevelopment, London continues to surprise and delight.
While the rich and famous sample nearby restaurants such as the Pont De Latour or the Design Museum’s, Blueprint Café. It is worth noting that many of the ingredients may have come from the fabulously chic Borough Market just moments away from One Tower Bridge.
Likewise, tourists may gawp at the torturous instruments and beautiful Crown Jewels housed in the Tower of London. Adventurous Londoners get a more hands-on experience at the monthly ‘London alternative market’ which holds fetish, bondage and piercing workshops in a popular vodka bar opposite the tower itself!
Admittedly while One Tower Bridge residents may not be purchasing a flat for the above reasons, One Tower Bridge residents will be appreciative of the eccentric, quirky, historical London and will revel in the contrast of residing in luxury apartments in Central London while enjoying the arrhythmic heart beat of everyday life in zone one London.
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Six stylish flats for London students
A new government-backed loan scheme could help thousands of postgraduate students in London cover the cost of accommodation.
The majority of postgraduate students from any EU member state, including the UK, who will be studying full-time in London from 1 August will be able to apply for a low-cost loan of up to £10,000 per year from the end of next month.
And part-time master’s degree students can access loans of up to £5000 per year.
The financial help, which is available from the Student Loans Company, can be used for any purpose – including covering accommodation costs in London.
With the city having a population of about 8.6 million, including an estimated 360,000 students, competition for accommodation within easy reach of your place of study can be intense.
As a leading independent estate and letting agent, Garton Jones advises students looking to move into a high spec, luxury flat for the start of the 2016/17 academic year to set their sights south of the River Thames.
With the cultural attractions of the South Bank nearby and fast, frequent public transport links to the West End and central London universities on the doorstep, the six developments listed below offer the perfect mix of luxury and location.
County Hall From £385pw
This central London development next to the London Eye and Westminster Bridge contains more than 605 luxury apartments.
This elegant Edwardian-style development has secure entry systems, 24 hour concierge, lifts in each of the four buildings, landscaped communal gardens, a residents-only gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room plus secure underground parking.
One Tower Bridge From £500pw
On the doorstep of the café culture and fashionable amenities of Shad Thames, each of the 399 apartments in this riverside development have state-of-the-art technology throughout and many have private outside space.
Other facilities include a residents-only spa with swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gymnasium plus access to fine dining and an elegant bar at the adjacent boutique hotel The Lalit, which is due to open later this year.
9 Albert Embankment From £375pw
Many of the flats in this riverside development, once the headquarters of Decca Records – the label that famously turned down The Beatles – have floor to ceiling windows with access to a large private balcony offering views of the Houses of Parliament and beyond.
Nine Albert Embankment, which also has a 24-hour porter and on-site convenience store, is very near Lambeth Bridge and within walking distance of Parliament Square, the South Bank and the West End. Transport links are excellent with a frequent bus service on the doorstep and the rail/tube links of both Vauxhall and Waterloo nearby.
Embassy Gardens From £400pw
Located next to the new US embassy in London’s new Nine Elms diplomatic district, this development has captured media attention because it features a 27.5m x 5.75m residents-only swimming pool 35 metres above ground level that link the two residential blocks.
Other amenities on offer include a winter garden, residents’ cinema, library and lounge, business centre, leisure suite with gymnasium and 24-hour concierge.
Indoor/outdoor swimming pool at Embassy Gardens
Cinema at Embassy Gardens
Library & lounge at Embassy Gardens
Gymnasium at Embassy Gardens
24 hour Concierge at Embassy Gardens
Riverlight From £400pw
This luxury Nine Elms development is due to start completing in August. Its first residents will benefit from luxury facilities, including a leisure suite with gymnasium and swimming pool, virtual golf, a cinema and digital games room, business suite, communal gardens and a 24-hour concierge service.
Gymnasium at Riverlight
Swimming pool at Riverlight
Communal gardens at Riverlight
Riverlight is well located for access to local shopping facilities and the transport links of Battersea Park, Queenstown Road and Vauxhall.
St George Wharf From £400pw
Also known as The Tower, luxury flats in this this landmark 50-storey skyscraper offers truly amazing views of the London skyline and beyond.
With exceptional interior design, elegant exteriors, an amazing residents’ leisure suite including a swimming pool with direct views of the River Thames, a 24 hour concierge service and valet parking, The Tower is one of the most sought-after addresses on the South Bank.
Buisness lounge at The Tower
Swimming pool at The Tower
Gymnasium at The Tower
Garton Jones has apartments for rent in a wide selection of modern developments on or near the ever-popular South Bank. For further details, complete the Contact Form on the right of this page.
For further advice on renting student accommodation and to see a selection of developments Garton Jones has on offer in Westminster, click here.
The interesting history of Tower Bridge
This week we decided to take a look at Tower Bridge, where we’ve some luxury developments, such as One Tower Bridge, which is an outstanding new development by Berkeley Homes, occupying a key position on London’s Southbank.
One Tower Bridge
Sales Prices From £845.000
Rental Prices From £630 Per Week
Then there’s The Arc, which has brand new 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments, as well as duplux penthouses.
Sales Prices From £550.000
Rental Prices From £500 Per Week
As with all of our developments, these are built in some of the most stunning areas in London, with rich history and culture making the area a strong draw. Here’s a look at the fascinating history of One Tower Bridge – there’s even a Tower Bridge Exhibition you could attend to find out more: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk/bridge-history/
Initially the challenge was to build a bridge downstream from London Bridge – but without disrupting river traffic activities. This is because in the second half of the 19th century, increased commercial development in the East End meant that a new bridge was needed. However, a traditional fixed bridge couldn’t be built as it would cut off the access of tall-masted ships to the prot facilities in the Pool of London between London Bridge and the Tower of London.
In order to address the issue, a committee was formed in 1876 – the ‘Special Bridge or Subway Committee’ and the design for the new crossing was opened to public competition. Lots of designs were submitted – one was finally chosen in October 1884. It was submitted by Horace Jones, the City Architect, in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry, a civil engineer.
The building of the bridge
The bridge took a while to build – but after eight years, five major contractors, along with 432 construction workers, it was finally constructed. The bridge was supported by two massive piers and more than 11,000 tons of steel which provided the framework for the Towers and Walkways. This was clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone in order to protect the underlying steelwork and make the bridge look attractive.
The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales and his wife. It connected Iron Gate on the north bank of the river with Horselydown Lane on the south – known as Tower Bridge Approach – and Tower Bridge Road.
How does it work?
When it was built, Tower Bridge was the largest and most sophisticated bascule (meaning see-saw in French) bridge. These were operated by hydraulic, using steam to power the big pumping engines, with the energy stored in six big accumulators and this helped to make the bridge work.
For the last 40 years or so, the bascules have been operated by oil and electricity instead of steam. The original pumping engines, boilers and accumulators are now exhibits within the Tower Bridge Exhibition Engine Rooms.
Tower Bridge plays a vital role in ensuring that the main areas of London are connected. It is often mistaken for London Bridge – which is the next bridge along. There’s a popular urban legend that in 1968, Robert P McCulloch, who purchased the old London Bridge, thought he was purchasing Tower Bridge! He denied this, and it’s since been debunked by the vendor of the bridge, Ivan Luckin.
1952 – A London bus had to make the scary leap from one bascule to another as the bridge started to draw up when there was the number 78 still on it!
1977 – To celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, Tower Bridge was painted red, white and blue.
1982 – There is a permanent exhibition called The Tower Bridge Experience inside Tower Bridge.