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Metropolitan Wharf redevelopment completes in Spring 2013

Metropolitan Wharf redevelopment completes in Spring 2013

After three years of renovation work at Metropolitan Wharf in Wapping Wall, the Grade 2 listed warehouse is scheduled for completion in spring 2013.

Metropolitan Wharf is filling up quickly now, with around three quarters of office space occupied, mostly by creative and start-up businesses.

Bottega restaurant and deli plans to open on the ground floor front space in a couple of months.

Works to convert the top floor into luxury loft apartments is nearing completion and this marks the end of a major project to renovate one of Wapping’s favourite warehouses into a new mixed use development.

The ground floor entrance hall stretches from the front door on Wapping Wall to the rear on the River Thames. The original cast iron columns and brickwork have been fully restored and look stunning:

Metropolitan Wharf in Wapping - interior

 

The interior renovation has retained as many original features as possible and small modern additions like this illuminated sign in the front hall blend in perfectly:

Metropolitan Wharf in Wapping - interior

 

All being well, the front retail space, which has it’s own separate entrance on Wapping Wall is expected to open as Bottega, an Italian deli and cafe/restaurant in February 2013.

The rear restaurant space, reached through the main entrance hall on the left is yet to be let, but as the terrace renovation was finished recently, it probably won’t be long.

Metropolitan Wharf in Wapping - interior

 

Metropolitan Wharf is composed of four individual warehouses constructed between 1862 and 1898 and has some of Wapping’s finest cranes, jibs and hoists, relating to it’s original use as a storage warehouse for coffee, cocoa beans, coconut matting, spices, oils, dried fruits and seeds.

The area around Metropolitan Wharf contains the oldest surviving warehouses along Wapping Wall, which includes New Crane Wharf at the end on the corner of Garnet Street:

Metropolitan Wharf in Wapping Wall E1W

 

The impressive cranes at the rear of the building were used to lift cargo from barges or lighter on the Thames into the warehouse for storage and sometimes back out again for onward transportation.

Today, it’s tourist cruise ships, like this one from nearby City Cruises based in Rotherhithe that pass by:

Metropolitan Wharf

 

The cranes on the front of Metropolitan Wharf would have been used to lower cargo into horse drawn carts, driven away through Wapping’s cobbled streets.

Metropolitan Wharf

 

Modern lifts have now been installed, but next to them are the name boards of tenants - sandblasted onto old reclaimed driftwood from the River:

Metropolitan Wharf in Wapping - interior

 

Metropolitan Wharf in Wapping - interior

Paul Haslam Furniture

Family business, Paul Haslam Furniture moved into Metropolitan Wharf early in 2012 and love their new showroom and office, saying

“We have settled in very easily to Wapping life and are happy to see it grow, whilst maintaining the unique aspects and feeling of ‘old’ London”.

Paul Haslam Furniture is a family run company that made the leap of opening our first UK showroom here in Wapping. Originally founded and still based in Jersey, Channel Islands, we design and manufacture bespoke kitchens and other furniture, and are now up and running in our studio in Metropolitan Wharf.

We knew we wanted to open a showroom in the UK within London and after stumbling across Metropolitan Wharf, thought it was a great opportunity. Since we arrived, the building has filled up, with other creative businesses, making it a great place for us to introduce our bespoke designs.

We believe our Wapping studio offers something a bit different from the average kitchen showroom; the studio allows our clients a unique place to view our furniture and run through plans in an inspiring and relaxing environment. With the cobbled roads and small independent shops and coffee bars, Wapping is a respite from the busy city, yet within easy reach for people.

We welcome you to Paul Haslam Furniture, please feel free to drop by and have a look at our furniture or give us a call for a brochure.

The future of Metropolitan Wharf

For more information visit www.metropolitanwharf.com

Renovation of Metropolitan Wharf was left incomplete by it’s previous owners, but since it was bought in 2009 by Nick Capstick-Dale, the future of this beautiful historic warehouse as a new mixed use development is looking like a Wapping success.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/bluesince1994 Gabriel

    impressive building once again. Greatly worked on and will only benefit local businesses big times, well done!