The nine-storey water tower in the heart of London is one of the show’s most distinctive projects, but you’ll need deep pockets if you want to call it home.
Over the years, Channel 4’s Grand Designs has featured some truly remarkable architecture. But this 100ft tall water tower conversion in Kennington is one of the most recognisable builds. And now it could be yours for the princely sum of £3.6m.
The 150-year-old, Grade II-listed tower originally provided water to the nearby Lambeth Workhouse from a tank that once held 38,000 gallons, which would last the average person around three years.
It appeared on the show in 2012 to mark its 100th episode, and was bought by property developer Leigh Osborne and his partner Graham Voce for £380,000. They described the project as a 'magnificent obsession', but the couple took on huge debt to finish the building to their high standards.
The transformation of the tower cost around £2m, with presenter Kevin McCloud describing the finished home as “a jaw-dropping, show-stopper of a building.”Above: The first-floor contains a stylish kitchen with room for a large dining table
What’s the home like?
Spread over its nine floors are five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two reception rooms, a gym and an open plan kitchen and dining room. Thankfully, a lift runs from the ground floor to the fifth floor, but to reach the top, you’ll have to climb several more flights of stairs.
A modern glass extension was also added to house a sleek white kitchen and a 10-seat dining table, with the mezzanine above used as a sitting room. Both spaces are flooded with light from five-metre-high sliding glass doors.
All the bedrooms sit within the original tower, and instead of compromising the space by squeezing in bathrooms, they were included in the extension that also contains the lift shaft.
The master bedroom sits on another mezzanine level, with the en suite bathroom accessible through a hidden door in its built-in wardrobes.
At the top of the building is a reception room that functions as a private viewing platform. It boasts 360-degree views of the city that include iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the Shard.Above: The top floor reception room provides panoramic views across London
Where is it?
The water tower can be found in Kennington, South London and is less than half a mile from both the Kennington and Elephant and Castle tube stations.
How much is it on for?
It’s now up for grabs at £3.6m with Sotheby's International Realty, but it has been on and off the market since 2013, so there could be a good deal on the table.
It costs well above the average value for the area, which currently stands at £615,256, according to Zoopla data.
In the meantime, Osborne and Voce have found a way to make the tower pay by putting up one room as a holiday let on Air BnB.Above: Wake up in this tranquil bedroom with high ceilings and trendy blue accents
What is interesting about the area?
Kennington is home to the Oval cricket ground, which was the first place to hold a Test match in England in 1880 and is currently the home ground for Surrey County Cricket Club.
There’s plenty of art and culture on offer too, with the Imperial War Museum and the quirky Cinema Museum on the doorstep.
The area has also been popular for filming in recent years, with big screen appearances in both 'The Iron Lady' and 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'.
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