One of our most elegant residential projects to date was our work with Mount Anvil on Hampstead Manor, a transformation of existing student halls into 156 high-end apartments. The site of the former Westfield College in one of London’s greenest suburbs, now boasts a grand mix of converted heritage buildings as well as new build homes, and our team has finished works on one of the standouts, Kidderpore Hall.
Dating from 1843, it was built in Greek Revival style by leather trader John Teil upon his return to England from India’s Kidderpore. Teil had made a fortune in the Kolkata neighbourhood’s tanneries and spared no expense in crafting the building. It had, however, since fallen victim to the ravages of time; used as student halls by Queen Mary and Westfield College until 2014, it was put on the market to find a buyer who would return it to its glory days.
Now restored as a lavish 7-bedroom home, it contains a large central staircase with a wrought iron balustrade, lit by a glass roof light adorned with elaborate floral etchings. Generous ceiling heights and detailed cornicing add to make this historic building a thing of beauty.
Our team, responsible for the hard and soft landscaping throughout Hampstead Manor, installed a lush living wall to one side of the building, catching the eye of passers-by. We surrounded the mansion with shrubs, grasses, ferns and perennials, creating a welcoming atmosphere around the main entrance. Shrubs were also planted to soften the look of the waist-height metal fencing, finished in time for the plants to grow root and begin to flourish in time for spring.
Our work on Kidderpore Hall ties it together with the landscaping around the rest of Hampstead Manor. Elsewhere on the site, a verdant wildflower turf with a functional floral display provides a source of pollen for bees and other insects. Unobtrusive artificial green walls disguise a Thames Water reservoir. A new water feature by the wildflower meadow also helps develop the ecology of the site, bringing a slice of paradise to this super-desirable postcode.