What makes Lincoln Square so special?
Answers from Freya Watson, Associate Director, London Residential Development.
Before a spade was even in the ground there was a real sense of excitement and anticipation about this development. It’s rare to have something on this scale in this location – most new developments that come to market are much smaller, simply because of the shortage of land in central London. So to have 221 apartments and a full-service set of amenities perfectly located for all the best bits of the capital really is something special.
Tell us a bit about that fabulous location.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields is a sanctuary from the busy streets of Covent Garden, and the perfect base for enjoying all that London has to offer. It’s within walking distance of the city’s best shopping, restaurants and theatre, as well as the work hubs of the City and the West End. The river is a stone’s throw away, and it’s on the doorstep of some of the world’s most famous universities, including the London School of Economics and King’s College London. This area is steeped in history and has long been the heart of the legal profession – there’s a plethora of barristers’ chambers, Inns of Court and the Royal Courts of Justice in the surrounding streets.
How has the setting informed the design of the building?
PLP Architects’ approach was to use contemporary architecture in a way that complements the heritage and character of the locale. They studied the material use and fenestration of the surrounding buildings to produce a sensitive design that feels in context in terms of its proportions, elevation and finish. The north, west and south facades are clad in Stanton Moor sandstone laid out in a regular Ashlar pattern, with fine-scale bay windows and Juliet balconies. The use of architectural metalwork and faience ceramic around the windows contrasts with the buff-coloured stonework.
Who is behind the interior design?
London-based collective Bowler James Brindley took their inspiration for the apartments from the design of the building itself, as well as the grand architecture and history of its surroundings, to create elegant, warm and contemporary interiors. The apartments have two colour palettes: the grey and neutral tones of ‘Liberty’ reflect the Victorian Gothic-style buildings around Lincoln Square; while the warm tones and dark wood of ‘Justice’ are inspired by the nearby Royal Courts of Justice. The materials and finish reflect the overall quality of the development, with comfort cooling, timber flooring with underfloor heating, polished limestone bathrooms and top-of-the-range kitchen appliances.
Award-winning Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola is also involved, making her London residential debut with this development. She has designed the amenities at Lincoln Square, seamlessly melding luxury materials – bronze mesh gilding, wood, marble and coloured glass – to create opulence throughout the building.
What about the outdoor space?
The private communal garden is designed by Gustafson Porter + Bowman, best known for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the Millennium Quarter in London, and the National Botanic Garden of Wales. At Lincoln Square, they have brought light, reflection and animation into the central garden, and created contemporary paved areas inspired by the bold patterns of the historic surrounding buildings. Many of the apartments have lovely terraces and outdoor space, too – the Penthouse and Terrace Collection apartments on the top floors have exceptional terraces, in some cases providing almost as much outdoor as indoor space.
The views from the upper floors must be pretty spectacular?
Every apartment in Lincoln Square benefits from a lovely aspect and outlook. The outward-facing apartments have views of the surrounding buildings, which are full of character, from the Royal Courts of Justice and LSE Library on Carey Street to the Royal College of Surgeons on Portugal Street. The inner-facing apartments, meanwhile, look over the landscaped gardens, which are beautifully tranquil. The Terrace Collection and Penthouses have height, and therefore offer quintessential London rooftop views, some with incredible panoramas over to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and the City of London.
What amenities will be on offer for residents?
Lincoln Square is a place where all your lifestyle needs are catered for within the walls of the development. You could start your day with a morning workout at the state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool, move down to the residents’ lounge or dining room for a meeting, book a massage in one of the private treatment rooms in the afternoon, then have the concierge team take care of your dinner reservations and theatre tickets. There’s more than 17,000sq ft of amenity space in total, including a library, private cinema and games rooms.