A wonderful opportunity to rent a rare three-bedroom duplex in Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s Grade II-listed Golden Lane Estate, presented in immaculate condition. The apartment is situated in Hatfield House and has recently undergone a full refurbishment, whilst retaining the modernist aesthetic of the original architure, by the London based practice Archmongers.
Entered on the raised ground floor, the duplex comprises a modern, bespoke Danish kitchen with terrazzo splashbacks and stainless steel worktops, and brand new high-spec Miele/Bosch appliances—including a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, oven and fridge freezer. Quarry tiles on the floor echo Chamberlin, Powell and Bon's original design. The open-plan living/dining room is filled with light and features the iconic double-height counter-weighted windows, plus the original finger parquet floor. The concrete cantilevered open-tread stairs lead to three double bedrooms, any of which could be used as a study or home office. The brand new bathroom has maximised the space by incorporating a Japanese tub and a modern shower. There is also a separate WC.
The apartment benefits from a south-facing balcony with views towards the Barbican Estate. The refurbishment also included full rewiring, a new boiler, central heating and underfloor heating to kitchen and bathrooms. Access to parking is available in the neighbouring Barbican Estate.
—The property is available from 19 July 2021
—Rent is exclusive of bills and it is offered unfurnished.
*Photographs were taken in 2020
Residents have access to the Golden Lane Estate swimming pool, tennis and badminton courts at preferential rates. There is a Waitrose supermarket close by, and the Barbican Arts Centre is also within walking distance. Clerkenwell, Smithfield Market, Farringdon and Old Street are all within short walking distance and have a fantastic selection of restaurants, pubs and bars.
There are several Underground stations within very close proximity: Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines) and Old Street (Northern Line) and Farringdon Underground (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines) and British Rail station are also within walking distance. The new Farringdon Crossrail Station will be a welcome addition to the area, giving direct access to four of London's International Airports.
Award-winning Golden Lane Estate was the result of a competition, held in 1951 by City of London, to design housing on a heavily bombed site on the southern border of Finsbury. The competition attracted 178 entries, but the winning entry was by Geoffry Powell (1920–1999). Powell joined forces with his colleagues Peter (Joe) Chamberlin (1919–1978) and Christof Bon (1921–1999) and commenced on their first housing project. They later went on to design the neighbouring Barbican Estate.
The architects embraced an innovative approach to design, rejecting the traditional urban forms such as streets lined with houses. The scheme comprises nine blocks —incorporating shops, a pub, a community centre, a swimming pool, tennis courts, courtyards, a fish pond and underground car parking. The first phase of the estate was officially opened in 1957, with the last phase completed in 1962. The estate was popular from the off and the first residents to move in included an architect, a doctor, nurses and teachers.
The estate was given Grade II Listed building status in 1997 with the exception of Crescent House which is Grade II*.