Henley Space, the residential arm of Henley Investments, has launched a 12-unit luxury boutique development in South Kensington to the open market, after offering the whole project as a done deal for £43m back in January.
“The Arts House” sits between Gloucester Road and Southwell Gardens in the heart of prime SW7 (opposite St Stephen’s Church, where T.S. Eliot was warden). spanning two buildings that used to operate as a hostel. Henley Investments acquired the site as part of a three—property package deal in June 2015, paying £21m for the trio.
Henley’s gone to town with a prestige restoration job, turning the formerly dilapidated buildings into 11 high—spec apartments and a low—rise townhouse. Grand Georgian facades have been retained, with apartments featuring period details including restored elaborate cornicing, original style tiling in common parts, and elevated ceiling heights. More modern specs include acoustically engineered windows, a new passenger lift. and an on—site concierge at the main entrance on Southwell Gardens.
Apartments range from 798 up to 1,879 square feet, and start from £1.895m, with Chestertons on marketing/sales.
An additional two storey, three—bedroom townhouse runs to 2,165 square feet, and sits adjacent to the apartments. The ground and lower ground floor property has been finished as the show home, with interiors by Henley Space’s in—house design team.
The scheme’s name, The Arts House, comes from the area’s general artsy heritage (the V&A, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Academy of Music are all nearby, and the Royal Borough counts around 150 Blue Plaques on its streets). Henley’s tapped into the angle by partnering with The Royal College of Art to “encourage students to create a piece in response to The Arts House”. The winning artworks, by Fred Robeson and Shigetoshi Furutani, have been incorporated within the hoarding design and will be on display in the entrance foyer and the townhouse show home.
Katharine Webb. sales and marketing manager at Henley Space: