Morris Road, London, London, E14

£1,350,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
The Conservatory Den.

A 3100 square foot flat in a converted Victorian dog biscuit factory. Original factory features, huge multi-paned windows and double height ceilings in a secure gated community make light filled spaces like this desirable with artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs.

Floor to Ceiling Crittall WindowsExposed brickworkRoof GardenSecure gated developmentVibrant artistic CommunityWarehouse conversionHuge potentialSecure Underground ParkingThis beautifully proportioned 4 bedroom factory warehouse conversion provides a bright and expansive living space of over 3100 sq ft. Perfect for the aspiring architect or interior designer the property offers a voluminous open plan living layout with exposed brickwork, iron-clad beams and Crittall windows allowing for superb natural light. This is an inspiring cozy space for the creative entrepreneur who wants to work from home.

It is located in one of the East End’s original warehouse conversions, the Spratt’s. Once the largest pet food factory in the world, the Spratt's Complex in Poplar, East London, was transformed as live-work units initially converted by artists in the 1980s. This was one of the first such warehouse conversions in London. The units were sold as shells to painters and sculptors, many of whom still live and work in the building today. The Spratt’s Factory has a strong industrial heritage and a character that inspires creativity. Every warehouse home within the complex is as individual as its owner. Six substantial red-brick warehouses, set around a series of courtyards, stand imposingly beside the Limehouse Cut canal and still bear original signage. Reflecting the building’s industrial past, exposed brick walls are retained throughout the exterior and interior communal parts of the building.

Spratt’s buzzes with life and creativity of the movers and shakers in one of the most important Metropolis of the 21st Century. The development provides an exciting and vibrant living community.

Award winning fine artists and painters, fashion and celebrity photographers and make up artists, tech industry gurus from Coachella to Burning Man and Shoreditch House, Hollywood directors, influencers, tattooists, famous potters, opera singers, music producers, fin tech and app developers, interior and fashion designers, opera and theatre directors, and multiple million-hit pop stars reside in the building.

Residents of the building have the use of a large private communal roof garden offering an idyllic escape, an urban oasis, with multiple seating areas and tables with far-reaching views of the ever expanding Canary Wharf. Residents are often seen doing yoga and meditation during the sunrise and sunset of the warm times of the year. Barbecues and drinks on the roof, especially during the spring and summer months, are a common and delightful feature adding to the sense of community, friendship and networking with the trailblazers and up-and-comers of the globe trotting influential set.

The studio space is predominantly arranged in a lateral open plan with engineered wood flooring. Ceiling heights of over four and a half meters provide a wonderful sense of volume, and huge original Crittall windows, with industrial factory views of Colman’s Wharf, flood the space with light. Situated on the ground floor, the property boasts the highest floor to ceiling windows in the building. There is a blend of white wall space and exposed brick walls. There are two levels. The ground floor consists of a vast open plan living space with four adjoining spaces and two water closets. This setup offers the flexibility, spaciousness and airiness of open plan living, whilst allowing for privacy for individual expression as well.

Linking the two levels is an industrial spiral staircase leading from the ground floor to the mezzanine. This offers a sense of parallax and spaciousness. There is a kitchen, a shower room, a master bedroom and a smaller bedroom, all linked by the mezzanine. The experience of standing on the mezzanine gives you a sense of expanse and volume of the space and height of the interior and a vista outside to the courtyard. Bar stools placed along the sides of the mezzanine have often been one of the highlights of parties and gatherings which gave guests a sense of being in a salon or a private club.

The property is accessed through a gated courtyard up an ivy canopied walkway into the main reception lobby, giving access to the communal hallway. There are two entrance doors on opposite sides of the studio. The smart gas central heating is very efficient and consists of seventeen radiators all controlled wirelessly through your iPhone. During winter months the space is warm and cozy and during the summer it is cool and airy.

The property comes with a large secure underground parking space. Visitor bays are also available inside the gated courtyard. Ultra High Speed Fiber broadband is available and so is Sky. There are no combustible materials and no cladding issues in the Development. It is EWS1 certified and mortgages can be used to purchase this property. Langdon Park DLR is 4 minutes walking distance from the front door, linking you to Stratford in 8 minutes, Canary Wharf in 9 or Bank in 19. Or you can cycle to Canary Wharf in 7.

This property is perfect for artistic and creative eclectic individuals looking for something truly unique and an opportunity to live in a happening environment and mingle with whizz kids and frontrunners. A young smart family of the creative class, a tech startup or foreign investors moving from Hong Kong, China, France, or Russia to London. It is a great investment opportunity for overseas buyers as this is one of the rare big warehouse spaces in an upcoming neighbourhood offering heritage, value balanced with prestige and community.

 

Ideal for those who want to either move in as it is, or use it as a blank canvas and make their mark. All dividing walls are plasterboard, giving you the opportunity to easily and effortlessly utilise your own vision and craft something truly architecturally remarkable. Pets are welcome and you’re surrounded by like-minded neighbours. It makes the Spratt's a great place to kick back. To relax. To meet. To work. To be. Friendly neighbours, a vibrant world class creative community, wonderful views of the city and and the regeneration of Chrisp street market will always keep adding value to this property.

 

The canal is a minute walk away allowing for walking and running trails along the towpath offering much needed fresh air and respite, through connection to the water element and nature. Willow trees, swans, moorhens and various other wildlife can be immediately experienced.

The apartment is situated on the Limehouse Cut Canal in a vibrant area undergoing major redevelopment. Within ten minutes’ walk are Chrisp Street Market, designed by Frederick Gibberd and built as part of the 1951 Festival of Britain and the recently renovated Grade-II listed Poplar Baths & leisure centre. Chrisp Street Market offers a wide ranging daily fresh fruit and vegetable produce. That includes much that is exotic cuisine. There you will find huge jackfruits, papayas, mangos, avocados, kale, melons, citrus fruits of all varieties, a wide selection of roots vegetables, spices from the east. Many other delicacies can be bought in the middle eastern local shops.There are also local surgery and dispensary, a dentist and a vet clinic minutes away from the property.

Newly refurbished Balfron Tower - Goldfinger's Design Masterpiece of Brutalist Heritage - is on the horizon as you walk towards Chrisp Street and the local Idea store and charity shops. There is even a V&A pop up micro museum next to the Festival of Britain clock tower. The whole area has been undergoing massive regeneration. There is also plenty of street art like the 8-story Chihuahua pampered dog by Irony & Boe which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to its location on the Isle of Dogs.

The new £280 million redevelopment project starting in the beginning of 2021, includes a new cinema and performance space, many coffee shops and hip restaurants, boutique pop up stores as well as stalls. There will be space for one-off events such as live music, ice rinks, vintage fairs and open-air screenings.

This project is transforming this neighbourhood into a thriving town centre - keeping the best of what’s here while providing an improved retail offering; more services and amenities and a greater focus on heritage whilst encouraging a mix of independent retailers, a new supermarket and some high street names.

There is access to a huge Co-op and mini Tescos nearby. Right outside of the property there is a local convenience store stocked with the latest vegan and whole-food delicacies alongside other daily requirements like fresh produce, magazines, newspapers, alcohol, cigarettes and pet food.

The canal path runs to Limehouse Marina, which holds many wonderfully converted canal boats and permanent moorings, in one direction and Bromley-by-Bow and the historic Three Mills Island in the other. There are lots of local parks and green spaces nearby. Langdon Park includes the Spotlight cafe, and a mountain bike piste.

Bartlett park has been newly redeveloped and offers Moo Canoes for canal outings and exploration, and the branch of the artisanal London Fields E5 bakery with a coffee shop and oven baked pizza. There is brand new children’s playground which opened a month ago with amazing views of the Canary Wharf skyline. Bartlett park is also the ideal nearby place to enjoy the warm days of the year and the perfect place to take the dog for a walk.

The famous Grapes pub owned by Sir Ian McKellen is 14’ enjoyable walk away from the property along the canal towards Limehouse Marina.

For those more adventurous souls you may lose yourself in mini nature walk near the Three Mills Island with the world’s biggest tidal mill, a cafe and Wild Kingdom play space with fallen trees, nets and ropes and trampolines for young and old alike. Historical Limehouse cut and the river Lea is also accessible leading to the amazing architectural edifice Abbey Creek Pumping station and Channelsea Island trek adventure. World Heritage site Greenwich park is close by and accessible by TFL and DLR. Mile End and Victoria Park are a short walk away. Waitrose, shops and restaurants of Canary Wharf are nearby, and can be reached on foot or by DLR from Langdon Park. Thames clipper is also located at Canary riverside and takes you on a safe and picturesque connection to Tate Modern and zone 1 of London. Langdon Park DLR is positioned just 0.2 miles away, offering swift connectivity into both Canary Wharf, Bank and Stratford.

The Jubilee Line and London Overground can also be accessed at Canary Wharf, for quick journeys into central London, Stratford and Shoreditch. Stratford International is accessible within 20’ from door to station allowing you high-speed access to the rest of the English Countryside. Coach links to Stansted Airport are available from Stratford. Stratford contains all the big brands, from Waitrose, to Westfield, to the Apple Store and the Aspers Casino and Vue Cinemas to name a few. Zaha Hadid's Aquatic Centre containing the 2012 Olympic swimming pool accessible to the public, located at the Olympic Village in Stratford is only a 15 minute drive away. Tesla Superchargers are ten minutes drive away towards London Royal Victoria Docks for those eco minded with electric vehicles. City airport is also fourteen minutes drive away for your international travel. Good State schools in this area include Mayflower Primary School, Sir William Burrough Primary School, St Edmund’s and St Peter’s. There are a small number of young families and kids ranging from two to six years old ensuring that your kids will have playdates.

The up-and-coming area of Poplar that is undergoing major transformation, which shares a postcode with Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs, is among London’s fast-changing areas in 2020. It is providing good value homes just a hop from Canary Wharf. It is becoming more popular than hip neighbouring Shoreditch and an increasingly desirable and sought-after place to live thanks to a great deal of investment and regeneration in the area. Poplar is excellently situated to take advantage of the high-speed connections of Crossrail. The area is also close to the cultural amenities of the East End, from the Whitechapel gallery to the V&A museum of Childhood and numerous private art galleries, studios and arts trusts. Three Mills Studio in the Lea valley park, is one of the capital’s most important tv studios. It is the iconic production destination in the heart of London’s most vibrant creative community. Situated on an attractive island oasis, 3 Mills is one of the most accessible Studios in the UK helping you set the stage for the next big thing.

Poplar’s proximity to Stratford has also reaped some of the rewards of the 2012 olympic legacy, one of the most successful post-games regeneration strategies ever. Stratford is now a booming destination for art, retail, sports and events, with the stunning architecture and landscaping of the Olympic Park woven into the local area and enhanced with new apartments, as well as the proposed Olympicopolis cultural quarter. To the south, Canary Wharf continues to expand, with Norman Foster’s Crossrail Place opening in advance of the new station that will sit alongside it in the North Dock. In addition new residential quarters, retail spaces and restaurants are planned, especially to the east where 3.6 hectares of new public space and retail will be created on the former Wood Wharf site.

Deeper Understanding of the Building.

The community of artists, mostly painters and sculptors, is a fundamental presence in the building. 

The high demand for the sculptures of Barry Flanagan in the 1960s led to the development of the Arts Foundry, that now continues to cast bronze sculptures, producing the works of Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin, Anthony Gormley, Marc Quinn, and contemporary international artists of similar stature. Next to the foundry there is a conservation and restoration workshop of master craftsman Rupert Harris, carrying out restoration work for the V&A, the Royal collection, and many public bronze sculptures. Mile End Park is a short walk away, with its excellent leisure centre. Many famous actors, musicians and models like Lily Allen, Willem Dafoe, Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Neil Gaiman, David Gandy, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Rita Ora have all crossed the gates of the Spratt’s Complex in the last couple of years.

Notable places in the area.

Bartlett Park only a 3 minute walk from your door is swiftly becoming a destination spot after extensive landscaping, the addition of a beautiful wildflower meadow, an outdoor exercise park, and picnic benches this summer. The new inclusive playground overlooking the canal is now open and complete with a climbing frame, a zip wire, a sandpit area, swings, a trampoline, and sensory play. The equipment in this playground is accessible to all children including those with additional needs.

The E5 Bakery is open and you can currently pick up their E5 Bread, pastries, and in-house roasted coffee from the outside container next to the playpark. They are also selling more fresh products from dried beans to fresh vegetables. 

Poplar Union has the most amazing family activities in the area with a new arts & community centre. Children love coming here.

The Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a local nature reserve. It is regarded as one of the seven great cemeteries of the time. Nestled amongst the high rises and building sites of Mile End is a hidden woodland; a 31-acre space with more species of butterflies than anywhere else in the UK. This is an inner urban green space used as a sanctuary for people and a place of biodiversity. The cemetery now resembles natural woodland, with many bird and insect species making it their home. There are several trails and walks. This space inspires a sense of calm. Besides the distant sound of a passing train, the heart of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park feels like it could be miles from civilisation. The surrounding tower blocks are obstructed entirely by the dense forest and air feels somehow fresher. The Park is within a conservation area, contains several English Heritage Grade 2 listed Monument, is a site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. The site has a varied network of paths that take you on a tour around wonderful woodlands taking in unique and special wildflower meadows. On your tour you will see many birds, butterflies and plants uncommonly seen in London. It won the award of National Britain in Bloom winners 2016 for Wildlife and Conservation. Shuffle festival , an annual, hyperlocal celebration of film and culture now entering its fifth year happens within the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Danny Boyle — film director, Oscar-winner, and greatest living Briton since he staged the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics helped get the festival off the ground in 2013.

 

The Widow's Son

Built in 1848, The Widow’s Son is a historic grade II listed boutique pub in Bow, East London with beautiful original features and a modern twist revealing its heritage. They serve unusual infusion based cocktails, a mixture of delicious burgers, merged with the classic east end boozer featuring variety of draught beers & bottles. This pub renowned proudly serves locals, artists and music lovers.

The Angel of Bow

 

The Angel of Bow is a privately family-owned public house with a pretty beer terrace, wood burning stove, a daily-changing menu and exciting craft beers: they specialise in and are passionate about East London Breweries. Plus a great wine list and the World of Whisky: beautiful whiskies from all around the world! A beautiful place to relax with friends refurbished to the highest of standards, in a site that for many years served as one of the East End’s best-known music venues. Great food and drink, a beautiful setting, warm service, care and hospitality.

Three Mills Island

The Green is the first completed part of an exciting project to create the Lea River Park. The series of proposed park spaces will connect the Olympic Park with the River Thames, and provide a fun and ecologically rich environment for all to enjoy.

Wild Kingdom

It is a unique, innovative rustic play space, designed to give children a taste of natural play in the heart of east London. As is a key part of the 26 mile long, 10,000 acre Lee Valley Regional Park Wild Kingdom is an urban oasis and is designed to give children a taste of the countryside by letting their imagination roam free.

A traditional maypole swing and trampolines add to the uniqueness of this innovative area where children will also be able to make use of natural materials to build their own dens or create their own playground. The whole family can enjoy Wild Kingdom, giving children and adults a chance to play, explore and have fun in an innovative and inspiring environment.

Yurt Cafe is a co-designed project offering craft coffee, delicious homemade food, cakes, pastries, beer, wine and even cocktails – and a very special brunch menu on the weekends.

Westfield Stratford City is just 10 minutes away by car or the nearby Langdon Park DLR offers a great selection of designer and high-street brands, and caters for all entertainment needs with over 350 stores, cafés, bars, restaurants and a multiplex cinema. On top of this, residents who appreciate live performances and world class drama, comedy and dance are in luck, as the multi-purpose O2 Arena and the West End are both easily accessible. For day-to-day shopping essentials, the nearest supermarket is less than a one minute walk from the development. The Chrisp Street Market operates six days a week and contributes to the community feel of Poplar, hosting over 80 stalls as well as a monthly street food market and the occasional music festival for residents to enjoy. For travelling by car, major roads are easily accessible, with the A12, the East India Dock Road and the A11 all close by.

Billingsgate Market

If you're cooking up a seafood dinner, this is the place to go to pick up high-quality and reasonably priced fish - way better than the supermarket.

The Narrow

A great gastropub on Narrow Street in Limehouse with fabulous food and a lovely atmosphere. The terrace has superb views of the Thames and you can go for a stroll around picturesque Limehouse Basin afterwards to walk off all the calories consumed.

Museum of London Docklands

It is set within a nineteenth century sugar, rum and coffee warehouse! It tells visitors all about the history of London Docklands and trade with the rest of the world.

The Gun

A lovely riverside tavern hidden on the east side of the Isle with excellent food. The best place for a Sunday roast in East London and a good selection of real ales too.

Canary Wharf Shopping.

Shop 'til you drop in the two underground shopping malls. Indulge in high-end brands and boutiques and spend that hard-earned cash in style.

Gaucho

The best steak house and part of an upmarket chain. Sumptuous décor, delicious cocktails and perfectly cooked steak that you can choose from a board carried by the waiter.

Crossrail Place 

Not just a terminal for Crossrail, but a mecca for restaurants and shopping. There is also a lovely relaxing winter garden.

The Print House

An airy relaxed with an open kitchen and terrace, for wines, cocktails and a gastropub menu.

Galvanisers Union

A Trend-conscious pub with a chic, Victorian-style interior and a popular comfort food menu.

The Milk Float

Technically a ship, by day, she's a bar & cafe with Moo Canoes available for hire. Serving locally made ice cream, dairy-free sorbets, freshly baked cakes & more, she's a great spot to enjoy the British summertime.

Barge East

 

A 118 year old Dutch Barge moored on the River Lea in Hackney Wick, surrounded by stunning panoramic views of London and the Olympic Stadium. Converted into an exclusive floating restaurant and bar our quirky barge offers one of London’s finest boat dining experiences and alternative nights out. Proudly awarded London’s best rated restaurant on TripAdvisor for 2019.

Mile End Park with the Top Class Leisure Centre and the Arts Ecology Pavillion. 

The Ecology Pavilion is a large modern venue in natural surroundings. The building is buried in a grass bank next to the reed beds of the Ecology Park. The Ecology Pavilion is available for hire for exhibitions, corporate events, wedding ceremonies, receptions and other celebrations.

Tenure: Share of freehold

Lease Length: approx. 967 years

Service Charge: approx. £4,900 (including £1,020 sinking fund)

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. Any services, appliances or specific fittings have not been tested — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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