We discover more about ONE Brompton, a brand new boutique, luxury development from the Thackeray Estate with interiors by Argent Design.
Leading property development and asset management company, The Thackeray Estate, has a long history of regenerating historical sites into beautiful mixed used spaces. Its extensive portfolio includes a range of prime properties within London and further afield – and most recently, the Thackeray Estate has started a new venture: the ONE Brand.
Spearheaded by Antony Alberti and Brett Palos, the Thackeray ONE brand offers London buyers the chance to purchase an apartment in the heart of the city, in one of Thackeray’s boutique developments. At the end of January 2019, the Thackeray Estate launched their premier development under the ONE brand, called ONE Brompton.
“As developers we are attracted to period buildings with historic value; pretty buildings in sought after locations which we can convert and redevelop,” Thackeray’s director, Charles Thompson says, discussing how the developer chooses its buildings. “We felt ONE Brompton would deliver well for future residents, providing excellent community access, restaurants and shops.”
Located on Old Brompton Road in London’s South Kensington, ONE Brompton is a four storey Victorian building, which – after a four year long renovation – features 17 one and two bedroom apartments, as well as a beautiful three bedroom penthouse. “[It’s] a real hideaway in South Kensington,” Thompson remarks. Behind ONE Brompton’s extensive renovation was Argent Design, a practice with over 20 years of experience of creating luxurious interiors.
For ONE Brompton, Argent focused on retaining the property’s original Victorian façade, as well as adapting the interiors to maximise space and create storage solutions. Discussing the design for the ONE Brompton apartments, Argent’s founder Nicola Fontanella says, “We know how essential it is to use every millimetre of space on yachts and boats. We took that logic into these apartments while still using our expertise of luxury residential design and understanding the needs and wants of the purchaser.”
“We have a fantastic relationship with Thackeray, having worked together for many years,” Argent’s founder continues. “We work very closely with them to ensure we deliver the exact product they want. The design process is always a workshop style presentation and all directions are discussed. We will always propose what we feel is best suited to the property and this is the reason we have worked with Thackeray for so long.”
ONE Brompton isn’t the only project Argent Design will work on with Thackeray – the practice plans to help design all of the ONE brand developments. “[It’s] a bespoke turnkey project,” Fontanella explains. “The name ‘ONE’ came from the idea of using one type and design of each material. Throughout [the apartments], there is one type of timber floor, one marble in the bathrooms, one granite in the kitchens. The veneer is the same on every door, wardrobe, and vanity to keep that constant flow of design throughout.”
“We also took inspiration from yacht design to create the effect that these are yacht cabins,” she continues. The inspiration is clear in the design of the apartments; each kitchen has been created bespoke to guarantee efficiency in the space, and to maximise storage options. In the bedrooms, sophisticated, full height storage units mirror the bed; bathrooms have been designed with recessed cabinets and shelves.
“We work with an amazing team and have a phenomenal list of go-to suppliers who we can trust to deliver the finish we expect,” Fontanella comments. “Each apartment is slightly different to ensure we have utilised the space to the best of our ability.” Argent has used a neutral colour palette throughout the project, allowing the luxurious finishes to make reference to the heritage of the building. Argent’s design even flows through the public areas, with all of the corridors featuring bespoke alabaster lighting.
Now that ONE Brompton has launched, what does Thackeray make of Argent’s design? “We are thrilled,” Thompson says. “Argent have used their experience in 5 five star hotels, and on yachts and jets, to deliver a very high standard throughout the building, both in the communal spaces and in the apartment themselves. A truly bespoke approach means all the apartments enjoy beautiful fixtures and fittings, clever storage space, elegant lighting and a warm colour scheme which is sure to appeal to our new residents.”
“We are confident in the development and are sure that potential buyers will feel this a special building in a prime London location,” continues Thompson. “Whether [the apartment will] be a full time home or a London bolthole, we feel sure there will be a like-minded community of owners [at ONE Brompton], who know and love the neighbourhood and who want security, the benefits of a concierge, and an elegant luxury apartment.”