A unique property has been released by multi-award winning heritage specialist City & Country, located at The Garden Quarter, Caversfield.
The property, a former electrical substation originally constructed in the 1940s, has been converted into a contemporary three bedroom house, complete with a top floor atrium with a stylish roof light.
This highly individual property follows the successful and unique conversion of a WWII decontamination bunker, also located at The Garden Quarter in 2014.
Early investigations revealed that The Substation was encased in a reinforced concrete slab in case of electrical explosion. Cutting through this blast proof wall has allowed the creation of windows and doors, whilst approximately 200 tonnes of shingle was removed, mostly by hand, from the blast proof roof. City & Country’s team of restoration specialists then inserted a steel frame into the existing roof structure allowing a new storey to be added to the building. This top floor is flooded with natural light with high level windows running around the entire pereimeter, the bedrooms also boast additional Art-Deco style windows bringing the outside in.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country comments: “City & Country is renowned for skillful, creative and innovative restorations and conversions. The conversion of The Substation into a stylish, modern home is another excellent example of the outstanding homes we create. This inimitable property will greatly appeal to buyers looking for a distinctive home one that can truly be called unique!”
The detached home now features three double bedrooms, including a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, as well as a study. A spacious open plan kitchen and dining room is takes over the majority of the ground floor, which also features a large outdoor terrace. The property is flanked on two sides by an attractive walled garden.
Simon Vernon-Harcourt, Planning & Technical Director of City & Country, says: “The conversion of The Substation presented many architectural obstacles – most notably how to create windows in an enclosed, fortress like structure protected by reinforced concrete and shingle. The outcome is a highly individual home that seamlessly blends contemporary living with a distinctive history.”
Occupying a central position within the tranquil 23 acres of parkland at The Garden Quarter, The Substation enjoys an enviable location surrounded by superb countryside, yet with fantastic road and rail links to local towns and larger cities. Nearby Bicester North station provides regular train services to London Marylebone, with journey times from 48 minutes. The university city of Oxford is only 12 miles away, and by road the A4095 by-pass provides quick access to Junction 9 of the M40, linking the Garden Quarter homes to London and Birmingham.
The Substation is priced at £525,000. For more information visit: www.cityandcountry.co.uk, or call 01869 253 999.
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