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Boultbee LDN launches mews houses at former Bramah workshop

Thursday 30th March 2017

Boultbee LDN and London developer Shape Real Estate has launched Oldbury Place, a collection of three townhouses in a quiet Marylebone mews, following the transformation of the former workshop of celebrated locksmith Bramah.

29-31 Oldbury Place is set just behind Marylebone High Street in the heart of Marylebone Village. Now one of central London’s most fashionable locations, small independent boutiques feature alongside high-end high street brands like Whistles and luxe fashion houses such as Mulberry, whilst Selfridges and Bond Street are a short 10 minute walk. For open space, Regent’s Park, spanning 410 acres, is a few streets away.

Commenting, Riccardo Dawson, Head of Brand and Marketing at Shape Real Estate, said: “Oldbury Place will appeal to families living and working in London who are looking for a new house in one of the capital’s most fashionable areas. Marylebone Village offers a strong sense of community, farmers’ markets and beautiful parkland on the cusp of London’s busiest district. The development preserves the heritage of a building with an illustrious past and provides three beautiful new homes for families to enjoy.”

For over a century, 29-31 Oldbury Place was the workshop of the capital’s oldest lock manufacturer, the Bramah Locks Company, founded by inventor and locksmith Joseph Bramah in 1784. The Bramah Precision lock, manufactured at Oldbury Place, represented the pinnacle of Britain’s lock supremacy and the company famously challenged anyone who could break it with a reward of 200 guineas. The challenge stood for over 67 years until, at the Great Exhibition of 1851, the American locksmith Alfred Hobbs succeeded in picking the lock after 50 hours of trying.

Involving intricate restoration and redevelopment, the original building has been extended both upward and downward with the space reconfigured to incorporate three contemporary-designed townhouses arranged over five storeys. Each house comprises four bedrooms, a private courtyard, customised leisure facilities and allocated parking for two cars.

Complementing the building’s illustrious history, designers Stiff + Trevillion reproduced an industrial loft-style look. Detail such as the blackened steel stairs with inlaid oak treads is combined with rustic wood and concrete effect flooring, crittall windows, and bronze ironmongery and joinery trims. Transforming the space into family homes, utility services, a shower room and leisure facilities have been provided out of sight on the lower ground levels, whilst ample storage is provided with bespoke cabinetry throughout the living space and floor to ceiling timber wardrobes in the bedrooms. Library frameless glass balustrades leading to the living area and double height Dru balanced flu gas fires add a touch of luxury, whilst a lightwell with living green walls running through the entire house brings nature into the living spaces and master bedrooms.

Once the home of innovation for British lockmaking, the development includes the very latest in home automation and Smart technology. Each house also benefits from underfloor heating, comfort cooling and a heat recovery system to boost energy efficiency and circulate fresh air throughout the property.

Simon Hosking, Boultbee LDN’s Managing Director, said: “This project captured our imagination from the start because of the fantastic location of the buildings and their history. The result is three homes, each with individual character, that combine luxury modern living with a ‘loft’ feel in one of the most desirable parts of London.”

To register your interest or for more information, contact Savills Marylebone on +44 (0) 20 3527 0400.

The show house has been dressed by the interior designer Randklev Interiors.