Dehavilland Studios
Theydon Road, London E5


Architect: Sir Owen Williams

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"Many of the hallmarks of loft-style living are present, including raw concrete pillars and exceptionally high ceilings."

Positioned on the second floor of Dehavilland Studios, a former Aviation factory, is this expansive two-bedroom warehouse apartment. Originally designed in the 1930s by Sir Owen Williams, the factory was converted and sensitively restored, retaining much of its beautiful Art Deco ornamentation.

Internally, this apartment is configured around an expansive open-plan living area, lined with large steel-frame factory windows, bathing the entirety of the floor in wonderful levels of natural light. Many of the hallmarks of loft-style living are present, including raw concrete pillars and exceptionally high ceilings.

Above the dining area, a master bedroom has been added, incorporating original glass bricks and an exposed steel girder to form a double bedroom with windows looking out over the floor below. Modular storage units line the north-facing side of the apartment and provide elevation for a raised mezzanine bedroom and office. Beneath the raised platform is a family bathroom and a utility room, currently used as a children’s changing and dressing room.

Large glazed doors open out to the south of the apartment onto a deck and private garden, with parking space for two cars beyond the rear gate.

The Dehavilland factory is said to have been constructed in 1938 and used by Dehavilland as a ‘shadow factory’ during the war, working to produce wooden aircraft components for British planes including the infamous Mosquito bomber. While nowadays the factory is emblazoned with the Dehavilland lettering and cream-concrete façade, during the war the site was kept secret so as to avoid the attention of the Luftwaffe during the Blitz of 1940-41.

Sir Owen Williams rose to fame in the early twentieth century as one of Britain’s most effective practitioners in concrete. Trained as an engineer, Williams wasn’t technically a qualified architect, but he showed an exceptional talent for marrying form and function which can be seen in the Express Building in Manchester, as well as the Dorchester Hotel and the Gravely Hill interchange, otherwise known as Spaghetti Junction. His ‘’Palace of Industry’ building in Wembley was the first major public building in Britain to be clad in concrete.

Dehavilland Studios is excellently located, close to the centre of Clapton and a short walk from Chatsworth Road, home to many boutiques, restaurants and cafes, including Botany, L’Epicerie 56, The Hackney Draper and Sanderson and Sweeting Antiques. The street gives way on Sunday to a weekly market with an impressive mix of food stalls and artisanal producers.

The river Lea and the Walthamstow Marshes are minutes away, with a variety of country walking trails on offer. The Marshes are an untouched refuge for local wildlife and in addition to Victoria Park, Millfields Park and Hackney Downs, form one of the many excellent green spaces within walking distance.

Clapton is the nearest station, running London Overground services to Highbury & Islington in one direction and Stratford in the other.

Tenure: Leasehold
Lease Length: approx. 104 years
Ground Rent: approx. £100 per annum
Service Charge: approx. £3,000 per annum

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.

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