• 23 October 2018
    Modern Maida Vale townhouses for sale on former petrol station site by award-winning architect Terry Farrell

    Modern-design new houses in Maida Vale are rare, so a project by award-winning architect Sir Terry Farrell, whose HQ and home are in a former Spitfire factory off Lisson Grove, will interest many home buyers.


    Lyons Place is the follow-on project of developer Almacantar from its conversion of Centre Point tower at Tottenham Court Road into snazzy flats.


    Resourcefully built on the site of a petrol station, Farrells has designed five beautifully crafted three-storey townhouses with patio gardens and terraces, plus a sleek block of 24 private apartments and 47 affordable homes.


    This patch is different from the Maida Vale heartland of wide boulevards, neat mansion blocks and cream-coloured terraces.


    Council estates, a bustling street market and the industrial legacy of Regent’s Canal have set the tone where property prices have lagged behind the general area for decades.


    Now Westminster council has unveiled a £1.2 billion regeneration plan for the Church Street ward.


    As part of the project the council has pledged to favour art and antiques businesses, with the aim of making the market a rival to Portobello Road.


    Already Alfies Antiques, formerly Jordan’s department store, is London’s largest indoor emporium with more than 200 stallholders specialising in 20th-century art and collectables.


    Lisson Gallery is a long-established avant-garde presence, while Subway Gallery is housed in a Sixties kiosk in an underpass below Marylebone Road.


    Bounded by St John’s Wood, Regent’s Park, Little Venice and Primrose Hill, this pocket of Westminster borough is arguably the best-value address in Zone 1.


    On the other side of Edgware Road, a police station has been closed down and the land will be a new housing development called West End Gate.


    Berkeley Homes says this new 672-home project’s architecture is inspired by Maida Vale’s handsome mansion blocks.


    Prices from £855,000 to £1,655,000. Call 020 3411 4513.


    This article was originally published on Home and Property by David Spittals on October 1, 2018.

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  • 23 October 2018
    Centre Point developer Almacantar has started work on a new project in Westminster

    Mike Hussey’s firm is now on site at Lyons Place, an “innovative” mixed-use scheme on Edgware Road delivering 76 apartments and townhouses (47 affordable) with landscaped courtyards, balconies and terraces. Designed by locally-based Farrells (Almacantar’s HQ is also just round the corner), the project is also reinstating a petrol station, complete with art deco-inspired pumps. The start takes the number of Almacantar projects in the construction phase up to four – the others being Centre Point, Marble Arch Place and Southbank Place. Rupesh Varsani, Development Manager at Almacantar: “Lyons Place will provide high quality, well designed, new private and affordable housing in Westminster, and offer a significant catalyst for the re-emergence of this Central London location, right on the doorstep of Little Venice, between Regents’ Park and Paddington Station.” Welcome, stewart.taylor Oliver Burns on designing the Brummell Penthouse in Beau House on Jermyn Street

    Almacantar on site at new Westminster scheme
  • 23 October 2018
    Construction work starts today on Almacantar’s mixed tenure housing and retail development on Edgware Road.

    Galliford Try has been appointed as the main contractor.


    Set where Edgware Road, Maida Vale, Little Venice and St John’s Wood meet, Lyons Place has been designed by Farrells, whose London office is also located in the neighbourhood.


    The project consists of 76 apartments and townhouses, of which 47 will be affordable homes, with landscaped courtyards, balconies and terraces. In addition, the scheme will also include the reinstatement of a petrol station, which will feature art deco­inspired petrol pumps.


    Rupesh Varsani, Development Manager at Almacantar said: “Lyons Place will provide high quality, well designed, new private and affordable housing in Westminster, and offer a significant catalyst for the re­emergence of this Central London location, right on the doorstep of Little Venice, between Regents’ Park and Paddington Station.”


    This is Almacantar’s fourth project in the construction phase, joining Centre Point, Marble Arch Place and Southbank Place.

    Almacantar starts on site at Lyons Place