Grand Designs – Pinks Mews

Ever since Pinks Mews officially launched in October of last year, it has been drawing the gaze of buyers throughout London. This, of course, comes as no surprise. The development has beautifully reimagined its 16th century layout as one of our city’s most exciting collections of boutique properties, but this wasn’t always the case…

The Dyers Buildings

Long before our present-day residents had moved into Pinks Mews, the properties were known by a different name – The Dyers Buildings. Originally conceived as workshops and warehouses for a guild of artisan textile dyers, the buildings that make up the development today were constructed in the 1870s. However, the site’s first incarnation dates all the way back to the mid-16th century, when almshouses were built on the location of today’s court, along Whites Alley.

Greyscale Dyers Buildings, 1950
Dyers Buildings, 1950

Exterior courtyard

Throughout its many iterations, Pinks Mews has always been characterised by the original features of its external walls. Understandably, the developers went to great lengths to retain them. Specialist craftsmen were enlisted to restore, brighten and even replicate bricks where necessary, returning this heritage site to its former glory.

Complementing the development’s historic fabric and Victorian architecture is a carefully curated selection of hand-picked building materials. Yellow stock brickwork laced with a decorative terracotta branding adorns the exterior façade, which is concealed behind an ornate iron entrance gate.

Pinks Mews, view towards the courtyard
Pinks Mews, view towards the courtyard

Construction

The site’s only entrance is a 9ft wide entryway from High Holborn. For our residents, this gives Pinks Mews a welcome sense of seclusion from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. However, for those tasked with delivering building materials and completing the conversion, it presented a challenge. Limited space in the cul-de-sac meant careful consideration had to be given to the methods used to build extensions and dig new basements. Pinks Mews was by no means an easy build, but the results speak for themselves.

Design

At its core, the design process of Pinks Mews sought to both respect and enhance the key characteristics of the Dyers Buildings. This entailed the seamless integration of the existing fabric, from lightwell arrangement to door locations.

To maximise space, a fourth storey extension was sympathetically added, allowing room for the penthouses, and basements were dug to create duplex apartments on the ground level. Both actions enhance the character ofthe apartments, while preserving the heritage that surrounds them.

 Inspired by the magnificent facades, and the buildings’ original purpose as a warehouse for artisans, the interior style is ambitious yet refined. Double-height spaces, generous entrances and large windows create asense of grandeur, all set within the original mews environment. Many of the materials used internally would be more readily associated with sculptural art: cast bronze, travertine marble, stone and wood.

Pinks Mews, loft-style property, upper level

Completed in 2018, the apartments have been finished to a high specification that stands the test of time. Cutting edge technology is employed throughout, handcrafted joinery and bespoke kitchens and bathrooms all of a quality usually reserved for areas of London such as Mayfair and Knightsbridge.

If you’re looking for a stylish home in Holborn, get in touch to view our new show apartments at Pinks Mews.

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