This represents the most complete work undertaken by GRID’s architects. From concept to delivery, every hinge, tap and vent was considered, developed and specified under a traditional form of contract. Each of the 18 apartments was handed over in a shell finish whose quality was so considered that some occupants left them as they were. Kitchen, bathrooms, floors, doors and all services were fully detailed with many new and unseen solutions debuting in the London market like; service lifts, caterers accommodation, a new generation of refuse chutes and staff accommodation. Even the car park can accommodate the biggest limo to the ground hugging exotic sports car.
The overall procession from entrance gate is part of the architects remit and it’s this which sets up the context for the apartments – mostly large laterals of about 150 m sq net. An entrance lobby overlooks the flooded garden and all doors fold back to connect inside to outside in the summer. The furnishing of this space is by Fox Linton. On arriving at the front door of the apartment via a core which only house one other apartment, the darker lobbies and doors open to large entrance halls and a further route to the ultimate living and terrace space - again with a view of the courtyard below.
The layouts have a clear hierarchy and proportionality. Private and guest accommodation is separated ( culturally sensitive for some ) and the protocols of access from the front door to the view into the courtyard has been lauded by many in the industry. Room dimensions and the relationship of rooms was part of a long dialogue which included Mary Fox Linton as adviser in the emerging London market and the lifestyle requirements of the time. The show apartment was dressed by Helen Green and bathrooms and kitchens were designed by Craig Casci and Laurence Osborn.