French Property News: For Sale: NW8 Art Deco factory conversion by Hoover building architect
Tue 03 Feb 2015
The Wallis Building, NW8.
A two-bedroom flat is available in this factory conversion through Marsh & Parsons for 1.1 million.
The Wallis Building was built in the early 1930s and was originally occupied by the Palmer Tyre Company, which produced parts for WW11 aircraft including the Spitfire and Wellington bomber.
Wallis, Gilbert & Partners was the foremost Art Deco architecture firm in London, building some of the capital's most distinctive inter-War buildings.
The Egyptian-infected Hoover building in Perivale is propbably the firm's most famous project but it was also behind factories for Wrigley's chewing gum in Wembley, the Gramophone Company in Hayes, Pyrene fire extinguishers and Coty cosmetics, as well as Victoria Coach Station.
The architects labelled their style 'Fancy' and the building boasts some striking fancy features on the facade, including two colourful geometric awnings.
The interiors were given a minimalist makeover in 2000.
Rose Holden, Associate Director of Marsh & Parsons in Little Venice, who are handling the property, said "There aren't many buildings like this in the area. You tend to get mansion blocks or period conversions, so this building and the other Art Deco factory conversion behind it are very popular with architects, designers and media types."
"The interiors are kept quite minimalist with beautiful features like the large windows and the exposed concrete beams."
The second-floor apartment has American oak flooring and double-glazed Crittall windows, which are in keeping with the period of the building.
A communal Sky+ system and CCTV system, lift, underground parking space, courtyard garden and porter provide additional amenities.