Design flair and a touch of history

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 September, 2011, 12:00am


The western side of London has long been seen as the area in which to find some of the city's most desirable residences, with its parkland, riverside vistas and convenient access to amenities.

That reputation continues with the addition of stylish Augusta House, part of the prestigious Kew Bridge West development, which combines all the attractions of modern living with a touch of history and architectural flair.

Arranged over seven floors, an enticing selection of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments is available, plus a distinctive three-bedroom duplex penthouse. All apartments have generous external space in the form of a private terrace or balcony, while different configurations feature en-suite bathrooms and separate studies.

'Acting as one of the gatehouses for the development, Augusta House is characterised by an eye-catching full-height curved turret,' says Peter Murray, director of residential at Jones Lang LaSallle, which is marketing the project in Hong Kong. 'Altogether, seven apartment buildings radiate in perfect symmetry in a crescent from a private, enclosed inner courtyard. And communal spaces within the development take their inventive design inspiration from the nearby Kew Gardens.'

Murray notes that each home has the high-quality design, layout and finish that are the hallmark of developer St James. As a result, they represent the ultimate in comfort and 'statement living'.

For interiors, the guiding principle has been to maximise light and space. Special thought has also been given to choosing a complementary palette of colours, plus materials and fittings of the highest specifications.

Custom-designed fitted kitchens stand out for their crisp, clean lines. Cabinets and cupboards are in either dark-stained or bleached-style oak, or a high-gloss white finish, all of which neatly match the tiled flooring. There are also glass splash-backs, single bowl stainless steel sinks and integrated appliances including a fridge-freezer, dishwasher and Smeg oven and four-ring hob.

Similarly, everything about the bathrooms and en suites says luxury. They come fully tiled with a combination of modern sanitary ware and classic-look brassware from leading suppliers Villeroy & Boch and Hansgrohe. All benefit from having large frameless-glass shower units, plus handy fixtures and sufficient mirrors.

General specifications include carpeted hallways and living/dining rooms plus a utility cupboard able to accommodate a washer-dryer. Switches and sockets make it easy to install televisions and to hook up to satellite and broadband networks. Thermostat control units and panel heaters allow for easy adjustments to the ideal temperature in all principal rooms and bathrooms. A hands-free video door-entry system is linked to the building's main entrance.

'In many ways, the Augusta House apartments are a master class in design,' Murray says. 'Even so, if desired, upgrade packages are available for all apartments for things such as appliances, work surfaces, flooring and wardrobes.'

Kitchens can also include an integrated microwave, wine cooler and coffee machine. Timber-effect floors can be fitted, while wardrobes can come with a hanging rail and high-level shelves.

Providing security and general peace of mind, outdoor CCTV cameras are monitored at a central point and controlled in corridors, communal areas and the gated basement car park. There too, for the environmentally minded, the estate management company will set up two electric-car charging points and a bicycle storage area.

'Concierge services and a private residents-only gym - for a resistance, weights or cardiovascular session - complete the picture,' Murray says.

'We consider these as must-haves in the best London apartment developments, creating a perfect place to live, relax, socialise and make the most of everything the city has to offer.'