Architect: Eric Lyons
Share of Freehold
Viewing Day: Saturday 19th August
This excellent property can be found in The Priory, one of Blackheath’s most sought-after apartment blocks. Built in the mid-1950s for the renowned Span development company, The Priory was designed by the architect Eric Lyons and contains apartments that are light (thanks to extensive glazing on both front and back), superbly detailed and brilliantly situated within a tranquil setting.
Accommodation is on the first floor and extends to approximately 1,000 sq ft. There are three bedrooms (one currently used as a study), a kitchen, living room and bathroom. There is also a shared store-room that belongs to the property. Owners of apartments at The Priory pay a service charge of approximately £190 per month, which covers (amongst other things) the maintenance of the communal grounds to which owners have access.
The Priory is located on the private Cator Estate, a popular area close to the centre of Blackheath that was established in the late 18th century. The Cator Estate, being free from main roads and any commercial activity, retains a unique and tranquil charm. It is, however, a short walk from the main Blackheath station, which runs services to central London (London Bridge) in approximately 10 minutes. The area is renowned for its outstanding schools, open spaces (the heath itself) and excellent local shops and restaurants.
Graham Morrison of Allies & Morrison Architects, who bought a Span house in Blackheath in the early 1980s, once described the joy of living on the Cator Estate: “I find it hard to imagine a more pleasant and safe place, so close to the city, in which to bring up young children. A shared garden made the making of friends easy and a sensible management structure helped to ensure the maintenance of not only the buildings and gardens but also the aims of the community.”
Tenure: Share of Freehold
Lease Length: approx. 937 years
Service Charge: approx. £190 per month
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Having worked for Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry, Eric Lyons (1912-1980) co-founded the development company Span in 1948, along with Geoffrey Townsend and Leslie Bilsby. Lyons’s Span houses are all about space and light, and blurring the edges between outside and indoor space. He paid great attention to the surrounding landscape, designing and building properties around existing splendid mature trees and creating communal areas that encourage residents to mix. An early Span publication summarises the origin of the name: “It spans the gap between the suburban monotony of the typical ‘spec building’ and the architecturally designed individually built residence.” Outside of his Span work, Lyons carried out a number of other schemes, including public housing for World’s End in Chelsea. He was appointed President of the RIBA in the 1970s.
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