The colossal site of Wotton Works was once occupied by Handley Page, one of the UK’s powerhouses of aviation. Fast-forward to 2018 and a sensitive, sustainable renovation by architects Caireen O’Hagan and Base Associates honoured the building’s trailblazing heritage. Divided between commercial and residential spaces that span some 12,700 sq ft, Wotton Works’ expansive footprint is emphasised by carefully chosen…
The colossal site of Wotton Works was once occupied by Handley Page, one of the UK’s powerhouses of aviation. Fast-forward to 2018 and a sensitive, sustainable renovation by architects Caireen O’Hagan and Base Associates honoured the building’s trailblazing heritage. Divided between commercial and residential spaces that span some 12,700 sq ft, Wotton Works’ expansive footprint is emphasised by carefully chosen materials and a mass of glazing.
A 30-metre-long private driveway leads to a five-metre-high roller shutter, behind which lies an arresting triple-height courtyard space. A punchy industrial aesthetic is set in motion with Crittall windows, exposed steel beams and a mix of poured concrete and raw brickwork. A towering living wall brings the outside in, softening the bold backdrop. There’s ample space for bicycles, motorbikes and more than a few cars, plus a dedicated electric vehicle charging point.
A mechanised glass-fronted garage door opens to reveal a versatile Class E office studio, split between working offices on the ground floor and a self-contained suite above with a kitchen and shower facilities, connected by an interior staircase. Downstairs, brushed clay walls add an organic texture to the urban construction. Upstairs, sustainably-sourced oak floors and whitewashed walls paint a minimalist scene. Modern interventions include Smeg kitchen appliances and a marble-wrapped bathroom.
The main office space with a Live-Work Planning Consent is currently being used by creatives in the photography and film industries. It’s a high specification plug and play environment with state-of-the-art infra-red heating panels, mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) units, ethernet CCTV and app door entry systems. A fully equipped kitchen, metro-tiled bathrooms and private rear garden complete this innovative commercial setting. Planning permission allows a residential component making it the ultimate working from home space, with the flexibility to sub-divide provided by three entrances.
Wotton Works’ principal living quarters are contained within its extraordinary five-bedroom duplex penthouse. Hallmarks of its expert design include pitched wooden ceilings, an abundance of glass and inspiring eco credentials – including natural plaster walls from Clayworks, 150mm QuadCore insulation and 162 rooftop solar panels. Volume and natural light are maximised throughout, with interior Crittall windows that look over the entrance courtyard. Floors are a mixture of resin and wide plan oak.
The first floor is tailor-made for entertaining. In the kitchen, a concrete island provides a central focal point, while a second culinary station is finished with stainless steel surfaces, Gaggenau appliances and an Alpes Inox hob with smokeless indoor grill. Light floods the space from expansive windows and a central terrace crafted with full height sliding windows to blur the boundaries between inside and out. Beyond, two reception areas – one larger, one more intimate – also enjoy access to the outdoors.
The palatial principal bedroom suite occupies the entire second floor and offers another lesson in light and space. Expect wood panelling, vaulted ceilings, metal girders, plus a dressing room and study finished with sandy clay walls. A day room with an open shower at one end leads directly onto a second south-facing roof terrace – a secluded spot to capitalise on London’s sunnier months. Three further bedrooms and two bathrooms are located on the first floor, finished in neutral tones that lend a calming feel.
Private gated driveway and space to park six+ cars
Internal courtyard with living wall and EV charger
Five-bedroom duplex penthouse (5,711 sq ft)
Open-plan kitchen and two reception rooms
Principal bedroom suite with day room, dressing room and study
Two roof terraces
Wet underfloor heating and three MVHR systems
Live Work unit (4,191 sq ft) and Class E commercial studio (1,698 sq ft)
Rooftop solar panels, generating 65Kwh of electricity
10-year Building Defects policy
London Borough of Brent
Divided between commercial and residential spaces that span some 12,700 sq ft, Wotton Works’ expansive footprint is emphasised by carefully chosen materials and a mass of glazing.
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Surrounded by the leafy London suburbs of Mapesbury, West Hampstead and Willesden Green, Gladstone Park is a neighbourhood rising in popularity with families, creatives and young professionals. The property is 400 metres from Gladstone Park, a mini-Hampstead Heath, where tennis courts, playgrounds and stretches of greenery give way to views across northwest London. Commuters will benefit from nearby Cricklewood station, which offers easy access into central London and beyond; Kentish Town is two stops away, St Pancras International/King’s Cross three stops, and Farringdon four stops. Wotton Works’ proximity to the north circular also makes journeys further afield convenient – join the M1 or A1 in just 10 minutes, and the M40 in 17. Brent Cross Shopping Centre, with its abundance of retailers, is also a short drive away.
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