In Pictures: The £16m Mayfair ‘mega-lateral’

A three-bed on Albermarle Street has just been launched as “Mayfair and the West End’s largest luxury apartment” although we’d probably throw in “currently available” just to be on the safe side.

The 3,588 square foot “mega-lateral” in The Mellier has a 25-metre eight-window frontage and what we’re told are the largest room dimensions and ceiling heights of any new apartment in London’s West End.

Packing a mighty 47 x 25.6 reception room, a separate 24.9 x 19.6 family room and a 21.6 x 17.6 master, the pad takes up the entire first floor of the 17,000 square foot six-storey Beaux-Arts building, which was originally built in 1905 as a grand Edwardian mansion for furniture magnate Charles Mellier. Mellier used the massive rooms and frontage onto Albemarle Street as both a home and as a showroom for his furniture company (Mellier & Co).

Just a few years after it was built, however, much of the building became a car showroom. Lancia moved in in 1908, and then, from 1920, it became the HQ of Buick and Cadillac dealer to Royalty Lendrum & Hartman. The building became known as Buick House, with swish motors showcased on the ground floor; doors, seats and interior samples displayed on the first floor and offices on the upper floors. The head of Lendrum & Hartman, a Captain F. W. Hartman, had a flat on the top floor.  After WWII, the building became a Volvo showroom and then got converted into offices.

Glebe bought The Mellier building in 2011, bagging planning consent for conversion to five lateral residences in March 2012. Eric Parry Architects designed the entrance foyer, interior layouts and remodelled the rear façade, while Sally Mackereth of Studio Mackereth was responsible for the interior design.

The spec includes bespoke full-height doors finished in white lacquer, American black walnut and Ivory, handcrafted Oak parquet flooring, a fully fitted Bulthaup kitchen, an “advanced” lighting system, KNX comfort cooling, home automation, entertainment and security systems.

Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Wetherell: “This magnificent lateral residence has the tallest ceilings and largest room dimensions of any new Mayfair apartment currently on the market. The sophisticated ambience, the attention to detail and the unparalleled quality of the specification combine with the exceptional living space to deliver the most outstanding lateral apartment in London’s West End.”

Wetherell, Savills and Knight Frank have been instructed as joint agents.

Here’s a quick tour…

The Mellier, Glebe, Albemarle Street