Open House London is a celebration of the city's architecture. For one weekend only hundreds of great buildings of all types and periods open their doors to all and this year Foundry Mews will be part of it.
On the 16th September Foundry Mews courtyard (58 Barnes High Street, Richmond, SW13 9AZ) will be available to wander around from 10.00am till 4.00pm and there may be one of the apartments open and an office or two. The development was built by Marston properties and completed in May 2016. Consisting of 7 apartments and 10 B1 office units the site is fully let and so we are very grateful to all the residents and occupants who have allowed us access.
The duplex apartments with patio terraces are specified with a refreshing Nordic influence with timber floors, Carrara marble kitchen and bathroom surfaces, and white painted exposed ceiling joists to the lower floors.
The self-contained office spaces meanwhile are designed to reflect the industrial feel of the previous uses on the site and are open plan with polished concrete floors, exposed brickwork and concrete ceilings. Each space has large windows looking onto the linea courtyard and have ready to go data connection, kitchen facilities and private WCs.
Foundry Mews is located directly off Barnes High Street on the west side mid way between the River and the Pond. The gated development situated on the site of a former brass foundry offers privacy and yet is close to all the great amenities that Barnes Village has to offer with independent stores selling fresh produce, renowned local restaurants , a local cinema , art gallery, several pubs and of course the River and the ‘village pond’.
Marston Properties has established an affiliation with ZipCar, to which all residential tenants will have continued free membership and those in the commercial units will have free membership for one year. Cycle racks are also installed for use by residential and office tenants. In addition to fast broadband to the commercial units, there is also a green roof and photovoltaic energy that contributes to the water heating ensuring excellent A-C EPC ratings.
Foundry Mews: did you know?
- From 1913 onwards the site was part of a small park, a wireless factory, a chemical works, a brass foundry, a confectionery factory and a dry cleaning service.
- From 1968 to 2005 it used to be an MOT garage where Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt used to resort for rest & relaxation and for sleeping off hangovers.
- To the west of the site is the boundary wall that what remains of St Ann’s House, built by Nathaniel Spriggs in 1765.
To build Foundry Mews, all the construction materials had to be carried through an entranceway the equivalent width of a District Line train carriage, including:
- Soil to fill 40% of an Olympic size swimming pool
- Concrete to cover 20 tennis courts one-metre deep
- Steel equivalent to the weight of 15 Land Rover Discoveries
- Numerous facing bricks to give every resident in Barnes five bricks each
- Underneath the courtyard there is storm water storage to fill 112 standard bath tubs
Also taking place on Saturday 16 September is Barnes Food Fair. The fair will host 100 stalls pitched in a grand marquee and outside picnic area. Cookery demonstrations will take place throughout the day and this year’s line up features chefs from Barnes' favourite restaurants including Marston Properties resident Ian Salmon, the Head Chef of Rick Stein.
You will find an eclectic selection of speciality and organic food, handmade cakes and chocolates. Picnic on street food from India, Italy, Colombia, the Middle East and more whilst enjoying live music which will be provided on the Bandstand all day.
The fair is a BCA fundraising event. The nominated charity for 2017 is Barnes Methodist Church Roof Appeal.