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A FRESH START

Old Brompton Road, SW5

As Paul Newman’s character famously said in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, ‘Boy, I’ve got vision and the rest of the world wears bi-focals’. The owner/developer of this amazing home definitely had vision as he took a former nightclub that had sat abandoned for years and transformed it into one of London’s most amazing spaces. Its 3,000 square feet are mostly subterranean, but you would never guess.

Developer BANDA Property completely gutted and renovated the property which had no running water, gas or electricity when it was acquired. The firm added an extra floor, rooflights and pavement lights as well as atriums to flood it with natural light. The space was transformed into a stunning two-bedroom flat with a gallery area and an open-plan living space. It was also given a spa with steam room, plus a bar, wine store and study.

BANDA Property spared no expense when it came to materials, either. The spa has rustic stone cladding and slate throughout, while the steam room features tadelakt plaster. A Silvan wood floor runs throughout with large Douglas fir floorboards that measure six metres in length and are more than 30 centimetres wide – no wonder it took a special delivery system just to get them in! Those relaxing in this magnificent home could also hear a pin drop thanks to the acoustic layering that features throughout. It may have been a noisy nightclub at one point in its life but once Banda was finished with it, it offered the kind of quiet tranquillity that is exceptionally rare in London. The flat was also conveniently within walking distance of Chelsea, Holland Park and Notting Hill.

“There are elements of playfulness in the property, such as the revolving door in the entrance hall concealed by fun Cole & Son wallpaper and a hidden door in the bookshelf wall leading to the spa,” says Edo Mapelli Mozzi of BANDA Property.

The developer admits it was a tricky build but anyone seeing the final result had to be impressed. Vision indeed.