Urban village

An exciting and secure courtyard development

17 individually designed 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments located in a popular and established residential community known as Furzedown.

Community spirit

Living in
Furzedown

The open green spaces of Tooting Common are to the north and Streatham Common is to the east. Streatham is a location which attracts City commuters, young professionals and families alike.
Wates Yard is located in South West London, between Streatham and Tooting, to the northern end of Mitcham Lane, in a popular area known as Furzedown. The open green spaces of Tooting Commons are to the north and Streatham Common is to the east. Streatham is a location which attracts City commuters, young professionals and families alike.
Wates Yard is well located for public transport providing easy access to central London. Streatham station is about a 9 minute walk to the east (750m) and is served by Southern Rail trains taking 10 minutes to Farringdon, 11 minutes to Victoria, 11 minutes to St Pancras International and 22 minutes to London Bridge, in the other direction Gatwick Airport takes 22 minutes.
With Tooting Commons and Streatham Common only a short distance away, there are plenty of opportunities for healthy exercise. Tooting offers grassland and woodland, paths for walking and cycling, a Park Run, a lake, a café, a children’s playground, tennis courts, sports pitches and an athletics track, as well as the famous Tooting Bec Lido, the open-air freshwater swimming pool.
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History

The story
behind
Wates Yard

E & A Wates

Wates Yard takes it name from the furniture store of E & A Wates which occupied the site from 1900 to 2021. Founded by Edward Wates who was joined by his brother Arthur in 1902, the store sold furniture and furnishings and handled removals. The delivery vehicle was a four wheeled canvas covered van drawn by Boxer, a mighty black Shire horse who was stabled in the yard.

Younger brothers William and Herbert, who were builders, joined the firm in 1904 and persuaded their older brothers to invest in some land in Purely to speculatively build two new houses, other new houses quickly followed, and this was the genesis of Wates Homes, now the renowned and still privately owned housebuilder.

In 1909 E & A Wates would sell you a house for £635 and furnish it throughout. The store survived two world wars and enlarged its workshops on site. These included reupholstery, French polishing and antique repair, with the related skills of caning, rushing and gilding. They undertook restoration and soft furnishing work at embassies, hotels, businesses and institutions such as the Houses of Parliament and the National Trust. Following the closure of the 120-year-old business, their comprehensive archive as a furniture retailer, furniture restorer, interior design practice and removal company was donated to London Metropolitan University.

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1913
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1950

Wates Yard

The development

Wates Yard comprises two distinctive and individual buildings, the original late Victorian villas to the front (Edward House) which were the E & A Wates showrooms, and the warehousing, workshops and stables in the courtyard to the rear (Arthur House). The new residential development has been thoughtfully designed by BB Partnership, an experienced and forward-thinking architectural practice.

floor plans

Edward House

Edward House dates from the late Victorian era having been built as a pair of semi-detached villas over 4 stories with white stucco elevations and sash windows under a slate roof. Previously the furniture showrooms, the building has been sensitively renovated and adapted to now comprise 8 apartments, being one 1 bedroom, six 2 bedroom and one 3 bedroom. Each apartment is entirely individual, the interiors making the most of the original features including high ceilings, sash windows and architectural detailing.

floor plans

Arthur House

Formerly the warehousing, workshops and stables, these buildings are of predominantly brick over 4 stories and have been renovated and combined to now comprise eight 1 bedroom and one 3 bedroom apartments. The interiors are warehouse-style with exposed brick and Crittall style factory windows.

Specifications

Thoughtful attention to detail throughout

Kitchens

  • Bespoke spray lacquered doors
  • Matt blue colour to base units
  • Matt white colour to wall units
  • Soft close drawers and doors
  • Caeserstone quartz worktops
  • White ceramic tiles to splashback

Bathrooms

  • Contemporary white ceramic sanitary ware
  • Matt Black taps, shower valves, brassware
  • Claybrook semaphore geometric porcelain floor tiles
  • White ceramic stack bonded wall tiles
  • Mirror cabinets with integrated storage
  • Hidden LED feature lighting

General

  • Satin chrome door furniture
  • White MK sockets and switches
  • LED lights under kitchen units
  • Ceiling pendant outlet in living area

External

  • Wall mounted lighting to outside spaces

Finishes

  • Dulux eggshell finish to woodwork
  • Dulux White Cotton emulsion to walls and ceilings
  • Dulux coloured bathroom paint to bathrooms
  • Engineered white oak flooring throughout living, hallway, kitchen
  • Pale grey wool rich 50oz carpet to bedrooms

Security

  • Secure walled and gated development
  • Main entry system - keypad call point system
  • Fire doors
  • Fully intergrated smoke detectors
  • Fire alarm system to all units

Common Areas

  • Main entrance – geometric porcelain floor tile
  • Staircase area – heavy duty carpet
  • Secure cycle and bin storage
  • Feature low-level LED lighting throughout common parts
  • Modern wall lights door entry system

Warranty

10 year warranty provided by ICW

*Specification may vary during build and according to availability.

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