25 May 2017
Historic Toyshop converted into stylish living at a landmark York address
If you were a child growing up in the Heworth area in the last century and lucky enough to be taken for a treat at a toy shop, chances are, you went to “London’s”.
The London’s story is one of Heworth’s most enduring. Initially opened on East Parade in 1914 by Frederick London, the newspaper and toy shop moved to Hawthorne Grove in the early 30s, and was passed down from generation to generation. A friendly family business, it was a place where locals could be sure of a laugh and a joke with staff, and where children would be thrilled to visit the toy department on the first floor.
London’s traded for more than 100 years. Memories were made here, and the London’s name forever remains in the hearts and minds of many people in York. Due to a fall in trade, the business sadly ceased trading in March 2015 with the building standing vacant since. Seeking to address this, saving the structure from dereliction and providing use for generations to come, North East developer Raven St John is working to sensitively retain and convert the space into homes which will appeal to a variety of discerning buyers.
Securing Future Use
Thankfully, the existing London’s building is structurally sound and, with some thoughtful interior and exterior remodelling to improve its appearance, is being retained. The developer of London’s is working to preserve the name of one of York’s most nostalgic addresses.
Plans are underway to enhance the appearance of the existing building, ensuring it blends attractively with the converted office space next door. In addition to tasteful exterior rendering, the creation of bay windows allows light to flow in and adds aesthetic appeal – while staying entirely in keeping with the character of the local area.
A Coveted Lifestyle Opportunity
The London’s residential development, comprising of seven one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom apartments, is set to appeal to those wishing for manageable yet luxurious accommodation, with all the benefits of living close to the city centre.
Intelligent Planning & Sustainable Development
Breathing fresh life into what was a great part of the local fabric of Heworth, Raven St John is developing London’s to offer residents a high standard of living at an accessible price point, with every last detail well considered.
To minimise energy consumption and running costs, each apartment incorporates advanced thermal insulation and energy-efficient heating and hot water systems. Changes in floor level within the apartments are a special point of interest, adding character and helping delineate space.
As well as deploying local builders and locally-sourced materials, the developer has commissioned renowned Yorkshire companies Richard Day Interiors and Abode to deliver the kitchens and bathrooms respectively.
Pleasurable Day-to-Day Habitation
Accessed from the rear of the building on Hawthorn Grove, residents have use of a freshly-paved, spacious car park with designated spaces. The private rear entrance benefits from natural surveillance from overlooking apartments, for added security. Attractive landscaping to the front of the building featuring an array of shrubs, hedges and grassed areas establishes the property boundary, acting as separation from the public walkway. Free of overshadowing, the apartments are designed to maximise natural light and views, and lie outside of the city’s flood risk area.
A strategic location in ‘the best and most beautiful city’
The former London’s Toy Shop and Newsagents is ideally located just outside the conservation area in the Heworth area of York, approximately ¾ miles north east of the city centre. Close to local shops and amenities and within walking distance of the core of York, Heworth is served by a regular bus service to the centre and surrounding areas. London’s precise location is on the junction of Mill Lane/Hawthorn Grove and East Parade.
Taking pride in delivering homes that are a source of the greatest pleasure for inhabitants, Raven St John shows a firm commitment to high-grade finishes in every project it completes, and London’s exemplifies this rule. Care has been taken to select and implement fittings and features that not only look stunning, but perform beautifully and withstand the test of time.
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