Breathing new life into old spaces

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Breathing new life into old spaces

From loft apartments in former factories to branded residences in historic buildings, the refurbishment of existing buildings is not just a matter of preserving architectural heritage; it can be a catalyst for broader regeneration. 

These landmark developments breathe new life into neighbourhoods, attracting investment, business, and residents. Often positioned in central, well-located areas due to supply constraints, refurbishments give prestigious, 'status' buildings a new lease on life, transforming them into vibrant destinations and communities.


SLS Madrid Infantas Residences

The transformation of a 1920s building, designed by Spanish architect Eduardo Sanchez Eznarriaga in the 1920s and home to writer Enrique Jardiel Poncela, into 33 apartments with service from the SLS brand. Situated in the cultural hub of Madrid, Spain, SLS Madrid Infantas Residences offers a range of amenities for residences including a roof terrace with outdoor pool and sunset deck. 

Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence

A former tobacco factory in a vibrant new artistic district in the northwest of Florence. One of the largest urban regeneration projects in Italy, this mixed-use community includes homes, the Polimoda fashion school, ateliers, restaurants, concept stores and co-working spaces for local artisans and entrepreneurs.

The OWO Residences by Raffles

One of the most prestigious new addresses in London, The OWO comprises 85 private residences alongside the 5-star Raffles hotel. The development offers best-in-class services and a plethora of private amenities including nine restaurants and a rooftop cocktail bar,  resident’s lounges and garden, as well as a Guerlain Spa and wellness suite by Pillar Wellbeing.

Factory No.1, Bedminster

Designed by Sir Frank Wills, the development is part of the Bedminster Conservation Area and its Grade II heritage buildings are two excellent examples of the many Victorian properties in the area. 

Located on the site of what was once a medieval hospital and then a tannery, the building is better known for being the first factory of tobacco importers and manufacturers, W.D & H.O Wills.


Further information

Contact Tom Bryant


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