London’s bridges make an important statement along the River Thames, and define the importance of the river for the capital’s livelihood dating back to Roman times. Fast forward to the present day and new developments are punctuating the river bank from east to west, construction is moving at a frenetic pace and city riverside apartments can trade for millions of pounds – such is the value of a river view looking out across the London skyline.
Standing proud and majestically between Albert Bridge and Battersea Bridge is the landmark building Albion Riverside. H.Barnes & Co and joint agents Knight Frank estate agents have just brought a spectacular six bedroom apartment at Albion Riverside to market for a whopping £12m.
The building Albion Riverside was originally designed for Hutchison Whampoa Property by multi award winning architects Foster & Partners. The development is a combination of four luxury flats and extends to a very impressive 6,000 square feet of lateral space flooded with natural light through the floor to ceiling windows. A large wraparound balcony provides dramatic views of the River Thames and the London cityscape.
An imposing entrance hall leads to stylishly designed interiors, including generous entertaining space, and a vast reception room extending to 71ft x 32ft. There are six bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms; a guest cloakroom, media snug, temperature controlled wine room, laundry and utility and storage room. Further accommodation includes a self-contained guest flat with private entrance; staff quarters comprising two bedrooms and bathroom.
As one would expect at this level, the building incorporates a high level of privacy and 24 hour security and concierge; the latest technology featuring air cooling throughout, audio surround sound and Creston lighting systems. For relaxation there is a residents’ gym and swimming pool. Secure private underground parking can accommodate up to four vehicles.
Five fascinating facts about Albert Bridge
by Simon Barnes of H. Barnes & Co
Fact 3: Albert Bridge is one of only two Thames road bridges never to have been replaced.
Fact 4: The bridge’s condition is continuing to degrade as the result of traffic load and severe rotting of the timber deck structure caused by the urine of the many dogs using it as a route to nearby Battersea Park.
Fact 5: At night Albert Bridge is illuminated by 4,000 bulbs, these were replaced with LEDs in 2010-2011.