Festival marks launch of new homes

By Marco Cillario - Fri 6 January 2017, 2:41 pm

A 94-home development has launched in Bermondsey, celebrated by a festival which featured local businesses, boutique retailers, artists, musicians and food vendors at The Taper Building on Long Lane in October 2016.

The scheme, on a former warehouse and office site, includes 56 one, two and three-bedroom apartments developed by Shape Real Estate, with private outdoor spaces, a gym, a landscaped central courtyard and a rooftop garden overlooking The Shard.

It also comprises 38 affordable homes provided by Wandle Housing for social rent and shared ownership, as well as 1,375sq m of office and co-working space for small businesses and freelancers, which has been pre-let to Workspace Group. The interiors were designed by Stiff + Trevillion.

Work started in spring 2016 and is scheduled for completion this winter.

The launch event, attended by more than 150 people, featured live Afro-Cuban music by DJ and percussionist Vince Vella, stands exhibiting work from The London Glassblowers and jewellery designer Alex Monroe, as well as a live painting of the local streetscape from artist Ben Mosley.

“The event was more than a launch – it was an opportunity for buyers to have a night out in Bermondsey and experience the qualities that have made this area one of the most fashionable places to live in London,” said Riccardo Dawson, head of Brand and Marketing at Shape. “Anyone can view the development online but it’s important for buyers to get a feel of what life could be like if they lived in Bermondsey.”

The first show homes will be on-site in spring this year. A pop-up marketing suite was open until 13 December 2016 at Unit 4 in Piccadilly Circus underground station, showcasing the development through digital installations such as projection mapping and augmented reality.

“The idea behind the location is to show people who don’t know Bermondsey everything the area has to offer and entice them to make the short 14-minute tube journey to see it for themselves,” said a spokesperson for Shape.