The Watertower - Monaghan Hardware

Case Study

The Watertower

Location: London

A derelict, former workhouse commercial building in South East London was converted into a luxury home which was no easy task when you consider features such as the six-foot thick walls and a massive steel tank that would have been the source of water for the then inhabitants at the top of this 130-year-old Watertower.

The site near Elephant & Castle in South London, lay derelict for a number of years and the transformation from eyesore to London landmark has been quite a miraculous effort by all involved. Retaining existing features such as the internal staircase and brickwork, together with contemporary construction techniques and finishes, helped to create a comfortable nine-story home and provided a compelling story of the Watertower that attracted the attention of producers of Channels 4’s ‘Grand Designs’ television programme who produced an hour-long edition following its redevelopment that aired on TV on 17th October 2012.

Modis Lever Handle

  • Specified from the outset, the Modis lever handle, manufactured from solid stainless steel with a satin finish, was seen as the perfect combination of design and functionality, a common thread throughout the finish on the build, where the industrial heritage of the building is frequently referenced.
  • The Modis handle uses a discreet insert rose, which allows for the normal usability whilst maintaining a clean design. The unique nature of this feature makes the Modis especially flexible in its use, as seen in the site photo to the right where the handle was used on a door cladded in brick to cleverly disguise the opening.
  •  The consistent use of Modis throughout the project sees the lever handle used in a number of internal situations. The continuity of design in the HAF range ensures all bathroom thumbturns, releases and escutcheons match the specified lever handles.
  • Prompt order and delivery, with simple interactions between the architect, HAF and site made for a seamless and painless specifcation and ordering process.

Architect: ACR Architects