Malins Group swoops on famous metal works site for £17m scheme

Former base of arts and crafts pioneer William Bainbridge Reynolds

Malins Group has acquired a fascinating site in south west London for its latest resi scheme.

The developer behind the 2013 reimagining of the former Apple Records HQ on Baker Street has secured the Clapham mews where arts and crafts pioneer William Bainbridge Reynolds plied his craft in the early 1900s.

Vaunted as the pre-eminent metalworker of all time, Reynolds churned out iconic creations including the Kitchener chapel gates at St. Paul’s Cathedral from these very buildings on the east side of Old Town.

Malins MD Lauren Atkins

Malins plans to turn the three-storey enclave into 19 “New York loft style” apartments, inspired by Reynolds’ ethos of “flawless individuality”. The £17m scheme, christened “The Metalworks”, will retain salvageable original features including the classic coach lamps, metal Juliet balconies, vaulted ceilings and ornate fenestrations.

Lauren Atkins, MD of the Malins Group: “From the Beatles’ HQ to the home of another British pioneer, we take pride in our ability to provide stunning luxury developments with a cultural depth gained through the fascinating heritage these buildings offer. The acquisition of this site will help to continue that trend, combining history with style in a hugely popular area with great transport links and plenty of green space.”

Founded in 1972, the developer has delivered a raft of boutique schemes across PCL and currently owns and controls a portfolio of some 600 properties across the UK.