Marston Properties is delighted to announce that the Clapham Society has awarded the Green Plaque award to the Grade II-listed Plough Brewery Clapham. The award scheme commemorates buildings that have survived a significant change of use and was initiated by the Clapham Society in 2011, as part of its mission to promote excellence in new developments and celebrate conservation of the best features of the past.
The Plough Brewery, now a community of creative businesses, lists Anya Hindmarch, CBE, English luxury fashion accessories designer, Rob Van Helden, one of London’s top florists, and lifestyle publishing group, Square Up Media, among its famous businesses.
The former brewery was purchased in 1968 by Marston Properties, one of London’s longest family-owned property business (since 1895) and leading site acquisition, restoration and management companies. The building retains a number of listed features.
Caroline Marston, managing director, fourth generation and great-granddaughter of the original founder, says:
“We are so pleased to be recognised by the Clapham Society for our work on The Plough Brewery, 50 years under our stewardship next year.
“When Marston Properties purchased the building from the Courage Brewery in 1968 it was in a derelict state, to the extent that it was soon in danger of being demolished.
“The mash tuns may be long gone but their imprints are embedded in the brick walls. The brewery still has the magnificent vaults, queen post timber truss roof and part of the original artesian well pump, the large steel-and-apple wood wheel is now mounted in the building’s 13ft entrance archway.
“Marstons is dedicated to the restoration and refurbishment of buildings around South West London and are happy to know that our visions for their repurpose have met local needs.”
A spokesperson for the Clapham Society added:
“We are delighted that this fascinating and historic building continues to be used by a wide range of businesses.”
Anya Hindmarch, CBE, regarded by Vogue as one of the world’s foremost accessory designers and who has offices located in The Plough unveils the plaque in a celebratory ceremony for local dignitaries, building occupiers and Clapham Society members.
Marstons has longstanding roots in the area and continues to be an active member of its business and regenerative community. Recent acquisitions have included three buildings within direct vicinity of The Plough Brewery. The Artesian Well Pub, The Lost Society nightclub, and The Mist on the Rocks wine bar (also listed ) are undergoing rigorous studies to find commercially sustainable uses that meet relevant local needs.
Marstons has also started the planning process to seek permission to build nine apartments for rent at nearby Crosland Place in Taybridge Road SW4.
As Caroline continues: “We are a local business, and effectively a neighbour within the community. We know that what we do matters. We are very grateful to the Clapham Society for being commended in this way.”
Marston Properties has been frequently recognised for its merits, winning such plaudits as Development of the Year; Best Small Housing Development at the Brick Awards as well as RIBA-shortlisted.