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Sir William Pickles Hartley incorporated his jam-making business in 1884 and established a manufacturing base on Rothsay Street in Bermondsey in 1902. When production at the factory ended, the future of this fragment of London’s architectural and industrial history was threatened.
To conserve the factory building, we converted it into a mix of uses to serve a new community.

The result is an attractive new address that combines the best in contemporary high-density living with the heritage values of its site. The existing buildings were sensitively adapted to provide generous apartments, flexible live/work units and space for leisure or commercial uses. The most significant contemporary intervention is the addition of lightweight glazed penthouses that are set-back from the existing façade at high-level. Balconies which face each other across internal courtyards were also added.

Project information

  • Client

    Angel Properties

  • Status


  • Area

    8,000 sq m

  • Start


  • Completion


  • Consultants

    Structural Engineer: Walsh Associates
    Building Services Engineer: Mendick Waring

  • Elements

    Renovation of existing fabric
    Retention of original features
    Lightweight glass roof top extensions
    96 apartments
    35 penthouses
    48 live-work units
    Entrance lodge
    External landscape and car parking