Architect: Eric Lyons
Richmond upon Thames
This lovely two-bedroom apartment, located just ten miles from central London in Ham, forms part of the Grade II-listed Parkleys development built by Span in the 1950s. The beautiful and tranquil setting, together with the quality of light, space and period detailing, make these some of the capital’s finest Modern apartments.
Accommodation includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, living / dining room and kitchen, all with views of the secluded communal gardens. A number of original features have been retained including a reeded-glass partition and doors, and built-in wardrobes. A new combination boiler was recently installed and there is an external store room allocated to the apartment.
Span are perhaps the most celebrated of all 20th-century residential developers and many of the developments that they worked on throughout the south of England are now listed. They are renowned for their outstanding, yet simple, Modern architectural style and considered landscaping.
Ham is a picturesque district in south west London located between Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames. It centres on a large, open common and is renowned for the quality of its period architecture (the outstanding example of which is Ham House, described by the National Trust as “the most complete survival of 17th-century fashion and power”). There is a parade of shops in Ham which has recently gained a monthly farmers market and wider shopping and dining opportunities are available at Richmond and Kingston (both easily accessible by road or bus). Richmond and Kingston also offer fast train services into central London.
Tenure: Share of Freehold
Lease Length: 999 years from 1982
Service Charge: approx. £600 per quarter
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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