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Riverlight Nine Elms, London SW8 5DB
Phased Completions 2017
London Borough of Wandsworth
Leasehold 999 years
Approximately £4.34 per square foot
Secure parking is arranged over two levels of the basement at Riverlight and there are an additional 12 spaces at street level, between Riverlight Five and Six. These additional spaces will be for drop offs and deliveries but will include 4 Car Club spaces and 2 disabled bays.
Unless you have already purchased parking, you can expect to have to pay £50,000 for a right to park or £100,000 for an allocated space, both being subject to availability
Upon completion an estimated 906 apartments spanning six modern and elegant pavilions offering One Beds, Two Beds, Three Beds & Penthouses.
Battersea Park, Queenstown Road and Vauxhall.
|24 Hour Concierge||State Of The Art Gymnasium,||Spa||Swimming Pool|
|Secure Underground Parking||Waitrose Nine Elms|
Riverlight, an Overview
Every so often a development comes along whose name, structure and footprint come together to create a project with integrity, one in which every detail has meaning and is not just tacked on to the development at whim. Riverlight in SW8 is that development.
Six striking pavilions rise up over London like a fleet of glorious otherworldly vessels. The glazed exteriors glister and sparkle off the light of the Thames, reflecting and refracting. How could Riverlight be called anything else?
But then how could a development designed by Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners (the team behind Neo-Bankside and The Merano Residence,) be anything less than a crystallised vision of architecture?
A History of Riverlight
Riverlight while being a brand new development is already making history as one of the most sustainable and well thought out developments of modern times. Part of the largest regeneration of a single area ever seen in the UK, Nine Elms is four times bigger than Canary Wharf.
Seemingly economically implausible, 75% of Riverlight is dedicated to open space, allowing every apartment to benefit from the maximum of daylight, privacy and attractive views. Yet not an inch of space is compromised or given over to architectural ego making this a sound investment for future generations.
Water and light are recurring themes throughout the development, with specially commissioned works of art to reiterate the design narrative of the architects and St James wider cultural ideologies. Those being; that construction and landscaping can enhance the physical and economic well-being of a town’s inhabitants and that the environment and buildings are not mutually exclusive dichotomies.From the very outset the developers St James, consulted with both the local community and cultural and creative practitioners to deliver an area that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike yet always maintaining exclusivity for those seeking seclusion in the midst of an insomnolent metropolis.
Artists Simon and Tim Bloor invite people to interact with sculptural trails using nature and man-made materials to create a variety of stepping stones and areas to be used for fitness and activity or just people watching.
Peter Newman’s, Sky-station is a flying –saucer-shaped seat, its smooth pebble like contours both natural and yet not of this world. It beckons you to sit back and watch the world go by, literally, as clouds scuttle across its surface.
More subtly, Kate Davis and David Moore collaborated to create an artwork that plays on the rivers reflective qualities. A ring of birch trees form a dappled glade and silver leaves hidden in their branches glitter in the breeze and respond to the change in the light.
In a whimsical mood one might almost feel like a child stepping through the doors of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and bursting into a rendition of ‘a world of pure imagination’! Am I sounding unrealistic? Then read about living and investing in Riverlight…
Living & Investing In Riverlight
Six pavilions make up the Riverlight development each with its own distinctive band of colour across exterior surfaces providing a spectral dash of colour across the riverfront.
Each apartment has been finished to a high specification with attention to detail that its world class architects and developers are renowned for. Think Siemens kitchen appliances and Villeroy Boch bathrooms. The under floor heating provides one of the most economical forms of heating while the practical yet attractive interior surfaces ensure durability.
Floor to ceiling windows allow daylight to flood each apartment and the sophisticated ‘inflexion outdoor terraces’ maximise the panoramic views while minimising being overlooked by neighbouring properties.
The footplates show that every inch of space has been used to benefit the layout with no awkward, useless niches or corners that add price per square foot and yet actually reduce space! Apartments range from; suites of around 510sqft, to three bedroom apartments of approximately 1900sqft (excluding the even more spacious duplex penthouses). Riverlight has been designed to cater for every lifestyle ensuring a diverse mix of private residents.
The entrance to the main pavilion plays with the perceptions of space and light. The double height lobby encourages you to take in the magnificent architecture and the dedicated concierge service provides unparalleled five star services. However it is the exclusive resident’s facilities that up-grade this from a standard high-end development into a Wonka-esque vision, albeit a much more grown up one.
A library, business facilities and residents lounge encapsulate modern ways of working that no longer requires you to be tied to your desk at the office yet at the same time provides the respite from lonely home working. (Though we suspect Riverlight residents are a bit beyond setting up business from the kitchen table, many may well have started out that way!)
The holistic spa, swimming pool, and state of the art gymnasium are for residents who exercise their bodies as well as their minds. And in a simple yet thoughtful nod to environmental sustainability and those less agile, a car share service, bicycle station and courtesy bus to Vauxhall Station (which is no more than a few minutes’ walk away for sprightly walkers) provide a way of maximising their transport options while reducing the need for individual cars.
In addition to all of the above is the virtual golf course and fully digital private cinema that provide an insight into how the developers envisage Riverlight residents to pass their time. Understanding that playing hard is just as important as working hard. Riverlight is very much dedicated to lifestyle activities and St James commitment to cultural place-making evidences this.
The bars and restaurants opening within the development prove that Riverlight is not just a place to lay ones head. Nor is it just a series of disconnected buildings with an obligatory water feature. Riverlight is set to become a residential and commercial complex that caters for those seeking the most from their environments and expect the best cultural offering to be part of their landscape. And as for the water feature? Well if the River Thames won’t suffice then we are lost for words!
Riverlight, Vauxhall & Beyond
Residents of Riverlight are a sophisticated, creative intelligentsia that want the best that London has to offer and for it to be within easy reach. Riverlight has it all. Purchasers of Riverlight are part of a club that keeps London at the forefront of global cities; economically, commercially and culturally.
On a day-to-day level Vauxhall already offers the necessities for everyday life including a doctors, supermarkets, dentists and a fantastic transport hub, but with the arrival of Riverlight and the continued regeneration of Vauxhall and the whole new Nine Elms area, more bars, restaurants and leisure pursuits will follow.
That’s means anyone buying in Nine Elms right now may wonder just what the area has to offer, but if you are not a leader or visionary then maybe Riverlight isn’t the right development for you?
With excellent transport links into the City, West End and Canary Wharf as well as trains to all of London’s main airports and to Surrey and the South Coast, Vauxhall provides a central hub for city dwellers, second home owners and the international jet set.
At ground level, Vauxhall is famed for its diverse nightlife, and exemplifies everything that gives London a worldwide reputation for cosmopolitan living. However if you’re looking for uber-cool? Vauxhall is too self-assured for that.
A brief look around the area will confirm this. With the wittily named VauxWall climbing centre, a new Damien Hirst Gallery about to open, the quaintly popular Vauxhall City Farm and the community run Bonnington Square Café, Vauxhall clearly dances to its own beat. Largely ignoring chain bars and restaurants, SW8 residents embrace the quirky, diverse, independent venues.
In Vauxhall expect to rub shoulders with glamorous drag queens, ambitious entrepreneurs, up and coming artists and affluent media types. Its bars and cafes frequented by those who know what they want and how to get it.
Just like the residents of Riverlight.
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- Riverlight offering direct River Views from many of the apartments
- Landscaped Gardens
- Riverlight Landscape
- Landscaped Gardens
- STATE OF THE ART GYMNASIUM OFFERING VIEWS OF THE RIVER THAMES
- CHANGING ROOMS
- LUXURY FACILITIES
- BEAUTIFUL, INTELLIGENTLY DESIGN LIVING SPACES
- GENEROUSLY PROPORTIONED CUSTOM FITTED KITCHENS
- EACH BATHROOM ELEGANTLY BLENDS LUXURY WITH HIGH PERFORMANCE.
- THE NINE ELMS TAVERN AT RIVERLIGHT
Buy-to-let investors face new mortgage stress test
Investors looking to secure luxury apartments in the heart of London’s new diplomatic district face a race against time.
The Bank of England has revealed it wants to bring in new regulations forcing buy-to-let purchasers to pass tougher mortgage affordability tests.
BoE deputy governor Andrew Bailey warns that plans unveiled by the Prudential Regulation Authority could reduce lending to BTL purchasers by up to 20% over the next three years.
LONDON Vs ROME #GJCITIES
London and Rome appear like chalk and cheese but scratch beneath the surface you will find many similarities.
Rome contains a city within its boundaries. Covering less than 110 acres and with just 842 residents, Vatican City is the smallest state in the world by both area and population.
Within Vatican City www.vaticanstate.va are the world famous religious and cultural sites of St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
They both feature some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures. The unique economy of Vatican City is supported by the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums and the sale of books and guides. Remember to dress appropriately though, shoulders and knees should be covered, even if shoulders and upper arms are just covered with a scarf during your visit.
London boasts St Paul’s Cathedral www.stpauls.co.uk and the unique acoustics of its must-visit Whispering Gallery. Stand (or sit if you need to after climbing 257 steps) on one side of the dome, with a friend on the other, and whisper into the wall. The sound will skim around, hugging the wall and be clearly heard by your friend.
If your legs have recovered, you can carry on climbing another 119 steps to the Stone Gallery which encircles the outside of the dome.
If your legs can take it, make that last push to the Golden Gallery, which is the smallest of the galleries and runs around the highest point of the outer dome. Anyone who manages the final 150 steps will be treated to panoramic views of London including the River Thames, Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre.
Once you’ve lapped up the culture at the Vatican or at St Pauls, you are spoilt for choice for an afternoon treat. In Rome you can pick up a freshly made gelato on most street corners, the only problem will be which flavour to choose! If you are a real connoisseur, find a certified Gelaterie Artigianali. These establishments use only fresh ingredients with no artificial colours, flavours or thickeners. Here are three to check out…
1. Fatamorgana – Via Laurina, 10, off the famous Via del Corso by the Spanish Steps
2. Ci Gusta – Via della Palombella, 32, right by the Pantheon
3. Gelateria del Teatro – Via de San Simone, 70, just of the pedestrianised Via dei Coronari.
To get a true ice cream fix in London head to
1. Amorino – amorino.com or Patisserie Valerie – patisserie-valerie.co.uk on Old Compton Street
2. Alternatively, Freggo – freggo.co.uk on Swallow Street is a two-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus. Here, the dulche de leche ice cream with caramel sauce is like a double hit, but fantastic if you have a really sweet tooth or are flagging after walking up all those stairs!
3. A bit closer to St Paul’s Cathedral is Morelli’s Gelato – morellisgelato.com in Covent Garden Piazza. Although there are a few coveted tables outside if you’re footsore, for most it’s the chance to slow down and have a meander around Covent Garden in the sunshine (hopefully) with a delightful ice cream – look out for the flavour of the month.
The Eternal City might have the beating of London when it comes to ice cream, but the British capital did come out on top in TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice awards. Rome, on the other hand, managed seventh place behind Paris, Prague and… Marrakech!
London’s top billing was calculated using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions over a 12-month period.