Block Management Custom House
As a specialist Block Management Company we are operating in Custom House.
History of Custom House
Custom House is 8.2 miles to the east of central London. It is situated on the north bank of the River Thames, in the borough of Newham. For a long time, the area was known as "Wool Quay": from the medieval era, a custom house was required to levy the duty payable on exported wool. This building was built in 1382, during the reign of King Richard II (r. 1377-1399).
The medieval Custom House was rebuilt in red bricks in 1559, one year after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I, (r. 1558-1603). Inspectors from the building were known as "tide waiters", and boarded each ship as it arrived, to obtain a certificate of the vessel's cargo.
The Elizabethan version of the Custom House building was, unfortunately, destroyed by the Great Fire of London, in 1666. King Charles II, (r. 1660-1685), instructed the Custom House to be the first building to be rebuilt, after the catastrophe of the fire. The King appointed Christopher Wren, a prominent architect, to oversee the work.
The Custom House was again destroyed by fire in 1715, during the reign of King George I, (r.1714-1727). The building was replaced by one designed by Thomas Ripley, in 1718. Custom House suffered another fire in 1814, along with ten houses, during the reign of King George III, (r.1760-1820). David Laing designed and completed another building in 1817. However, severe cracks developed, and the building eventually collapsed in 1825. It was then rebuilt by Sir Robert Smirke, in 1827 during the reign of George IV, (r. 1820-1830).
The East Wing of the Custom House was badly damaged during World War II, (1939-1945), and was rebuilt in 1966. As the port of London moved further down river, the methods changed by which duties were paid. Custom House was no longer needed for its original purpose. In the 1960s, ships' masters were not required to pay their duties, and the building continued as an office of HM Revenue & Customs. HMRC were due to vacate the building in 2021. Plans have since been submitted for the building to be converted into a hotel.
New developments in Custom House
Chase Evans have on offer Western Gateway, Royal Docks West, Docklands, London, E16. This stunning new development has a 1 bed studio for £400,000, and 2 bed apartments starting at £575,000.
All apartments are bright and spacious, with two large double bedrooms, and master with en-suite and fitted wardrobes. There is additional fitted storage space, and modern family bathroom suite in the hall. A dual-apect living area, comprises a modern, fully fitted kitchen, integrated appliances, and with doors leading to a spacious private balcony.
Residents benefit from a 24 hour concierge service, communal gardens, and secure cycle storage.
The development is close to the River Thames, and the area has plenty of boutique shopping, restaurants and cafes.
CBRE have on offer The Ellipse, Royal Eden Docks, Royal Docks, London, E16. This development is set across two buildings. 1 bed studios start at £415,000, and 1 bedroom apartments start at £500,250.
The layout for a one bedroom flat includes floor to ceiling windows, allowing natural light into the apartments. There is an open plan kitchen/living and dining room, with integrated appliances and a private balcony. The double bedroom has built in wardrobes and a modern style bathroom.
Residents have the benefit of 24 hour concierge service, business lounge, ground floor landscaped green space, a 20m swimming pool, sauna and steam room, gym, spin and yoga studio, rooftop running track and reflexology walkway, and a treatment room. There are good views over the River Thames and Canary Wharf.
Custom House, Crossrail and Docklands Light Railway, is the nearest station, just 0.1 miles away. Royal Victoria, Docklands Light Railway is 0.3 miles away, and Prince Regent, Docklands Light Railway, is 0.4 miles away.
What our CEO, Mary Anne Bowring, likes about Custom House
With my family, I enjoyed a walk along the River Thames, and we were greatly impressed with the Thames Barrier. We got some good perspectives, from the viewing platforms.
Things to do in Custom House
The Thames Barrier, Eastmoor Street, London, SE7, is a retractable barrier system, designed to protect 125 km of Greater London against flooding. This may potentially originate from high tides and storms, moving up from the North Sea. It comprises a series of hidden underwater gates that pivot up when needed. Although you cannot go inside the Barrier, you can enjoy a 25 minute boat trip, around this amazing structure. On the River Thames bank, there are visual displays, a riverside walk, and viewing platforms. The nearest DLR is Pontoon Dock station.
Custom House - Cultural Scene
Zero Sette, 2 Western Gateway, London, E16, is a popular Italian restaurant. Starters include bread and antipasti. Mains offer a good choice of pasta, seafood, chicken, pork, veal and steak dishes. There is a comprehensive pizza menu, and side dishes include salads, vegetables, and French fries. The dessert menu is a real treat, with a good variety of Italian classics. A drinks menu provides a wide selection of wines and cocktails. Set menus are available for parties.
Top 3 Block Management Companies in Custom House
Ringley Group – specialising in the block management of residential flats
Portico - UNIT 3, 19 Western Gateway, London E16 1AT
Madison Brook - Royal Victoria Dock, 20 Western Gateway, London E16 1BS
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