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Farrow & Ball’s colour guru on her converted schoolhouse and four for sale

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You may not be familiar with her name, but Joa Studholme is the person responsible for many of the colours in posh living rooms and kitchens throughout Britain.

Mrs Studholme is the colour curator for Farrow & Ball, a job title that sparks curiosity about what her own living room looks like, and what type of property she lives in.

Her home is an 19th century converted schoolhouse overlooking the hills of Somerset, which has inspired some popular Farrow & Ball colours, including one named School House White.

Pictured: Joa Studholme is the colour curator for Farrow & Ball and has used its School House White colour in the living room of her 19th century converted schoolhouse in Somerset

Pictured: Joa Studholme is the colour curator for Farrow & Ball and has used its School House White colour in the living room of her 19th century converted schoolhouse in Somerset

The woodwork and beams in the living room of her home are painted in a colour called Drop Cloth, which is another of her Farrow & Ball creations

The woodwork and beams in the living room of her home are painted in a colour called Drop Cloth, which is another of her Farrow & Ball creations

She moved to the property four years ago with her husband Andrew and their their two children. The children have since grown up and left home.

The unique property proved to be a perfect blank canvas for the Farrow & Ball colour chart, particularly the spacious living area. 

The room has vaulted double-height ceilings and was once the main classroom of the old school. It is painted in Farrow & Ball’s School House White – a colour that Mrs Studholme created especially for this particular property.

The woodwork and beams are painted in a colour called Drop Cloth, which is another of her Farrow & Ball creations.

Mrs Studholme told MailOnline Property: ‘When one chooses to live in an old schoolhouse, it is the size and the light that is so compelling, so as a general rule I feel that these outsize rooms should be kept a soft white – these special buildings deserve to be left in their iconic simple state.

‘When I moved to my old schoolhouse I mixed a colour to soften the bright white interior walls – now Farrow & Ball’s School House White – and painted the exterior windows in Archive Colour Black Blue to match the cows in the surrounding fields. 

‘Although it felt like a strange concept to me to be living in a white room, I actually find it extremely relaxing. And of course, the smaller rooms have all been packed with glorious colour.’ 

We take a look at four former schoolhouses for sale online, around different areas of the county, which have been converted into large family homes.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘If you’re looking for a quirky property that’s brimming with history, it might be worth considering a converted schoolhouse. 

‘Many of these types of properties are brimming with characterful features and have the potential to be truly spectacular homes.’ 

1. Five-bed house, Oxfordshire, £850k

This former schoolhouse is in the village of East Challow, Oxfordshire, and is being sold for £850,000 via Connells estate agents

This former schoolhouse is in the village of East Challow, Oxfordshire, and is being sold for £850,000 via Connells estate agents

The Grade II listed property is an attractive example of Victorian Gothic architecture and now includes four bedrooms, plus a self-contained annexe

The Grade II listed property is an attractive example of Victorian Gothic architecture and now includes four bedrooms, plus a self-contained annexe

This Grade II listed former schoolhouse was built in 1865 and converted into a family home in the 1960s.

It mixes the old and the new, with a new bespoke oak staircase and oak doors working in harmony with the original fireplace and exposed beams.

The property is an attractive example of Victorian Gothic architecture and now includes four bedrooms, plus a self-contained annexe.

It is in the village of East Challow, Oxfordshire, and less than five minutes by car to Wantage High Street. It has a price tag of £850,000 and is being sold by Connells estate agents.

2. Five-bed house, Cornwall, £795k

This five-bed detached house in the Cornish hamlet of Tresmeer is on the market for £795,000 and is being sold by Open House estate agents

This five-bed detached house in the Cornish hamlet of Tresmeer is on the market for £795,000 and is being sold by Open House estate agents

The original school room is 40 feet long and is now a living room with a wood-burning stove and a dining room with exposed beams

The original school room is 40 feet long and is now a living room with a wood-burning stove and a dining room with exposed beams

The property was originally built in the mid 1870s and ran as a school for about 100 years before closing around 1966 and being converted into a family home

The property was originally built in the mid 1870s and ran as a school for about 100 years before closing around 1966 and being converted into a family home

This five-bedroom detached house in the Cornish hamlet of Tresmeer, near the town of Launceston.

The original school room is 40 feet long and is now a living room with a wood-burning stove and a dining room with exposed beams.

The property was originally built in the mid 1870s and ran as Tresmeer Primary school for some 100 years before closing around 1966. It has since been converted into a family home.

It is on the market for £795,000 and is being sold by Open House estate agents.

3. Eight-bed house, Shropshire, £650k

The Old School House in Telford, Shropshire, is being sold by Purplebricks estate agents with an asking price of £650,000

The Old School House in Telford, Shropshire, is being sold by Purplebricks estate agents with an asking price of £650,000

The living room includes wooden beams and a large solid stone fireplace with exposed brickwork

The living room includes wooden beams and a large solid stone fireplace with exposed brickwork

The Old School House in Telford, Shropshire, was renovated in 2001 and then updated by its current owners between 2011 and 2019.

The living room includes wooden beams and a large solid stone fireplace with exposed brickwork.

The property includes an annexe with large bi-folding doors overlooking the garden. It is being sold by Purplebricks estate agents with an asking price of £650,000.

4. Five-bed house, Berwickshire, £595k

This five-bedroom house in the Scottish village of Ladykirk, Berkwickshire, is on the market for £595,000 and the sale is being handled by George F White estate agents

This five-bedroom house in the Scottish village of Ladykirk, Berkwickshire, is on the market for £595,000 and the sale is being handled by George F White estate agents

The property sits on a plot of just under half an acre and the building was fully renovated by the current owners in 2004

The property sits on a plot of just under half an acre and the building was fully renovated by the current owners in 2004

This five-bedroom house in the Scottish village of Ladykirk, Berkwickshire, dates back to 1859.

The property sits on a plot of just under half an acre and the building was fully renovated by the current owners in 2004.

It is on the market for £595,000 and the sale is being handled by George F White estate agents.

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Verdion starts on logistics development in Nettetal (DE)

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Verdion has started the development of a new €30m logistics facility on the outskirts of Nettetal near the German-Dutch border and Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The speculative project is part of the value-add strategy of the Verdion European Logistics Fund (VELF) 1, which invests in last-mile logistics and value-add assets in northern and central Europe.

 

On completion in Q2 2023, the new facility at Herrenpfad-Sud 40 will offer 21,560m² of Grade A logistics space in up to four units, with 18,575m² of warehousing with 20 loading bays as well as 950m² of office and mezzanine space.

 

Verdion is targeting a DGNB Gold sustainability certificate for the highly energy-efficient building, which will not be using fossil fuels as a primary energy source and provides charging points for electric vehicles and cycle parking for a carbon-neutral commute. Additionally, the roof and electrical infrastructure will be prepared for solar energy generation. The site itself is located in the established Herrenpfad Sud industrial estate in Nettetal between Monchengladbach and Venlo, directly on the German-Dutch border and within striking distance of Germany’s largest conurbation, the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.

 

Florian Stobe, Head of Investment – Germany at Verdion, said: “Within the framework of Verdion’s sustainability strategy, we determined that rather than modernising and extending the existing building as originally planned, a full-scale redevelopment would better serve this market and meet the fund’s ESG standards. We are already seeing a great deal of interest in the new space, based on its strategic location and the strength of demand for last-mile distribution space for customers in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. With this strategy in Nettetal and other assets in the VELF 1 fund coming forward, we are creating value at the same time as providing new space in undersupplied markets.”

 

 

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LaSalle and Accumulata to develop Munich’s first hybrid timber office building (GB)

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LaSalle Investment Management, acting in collaboration with ACCUMULATA Real Estate Group, will develop Munich’s first hybrid timber office building. The building is being constructed on behalf of Encore+, LaSalle’s flagship pan-European fund. Situated on Elsenheimerstrasse in the city’s Westend district, the office building will have a floor area of approximately 16,000m². With dismantling of the existing building on site already underway and construction due to begin in the third quarter of this year, the project is scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2024. Lettings are already being marketed in collaboration with CBRE, the lead estate agent.

 

Designed by the leading Munich-based architectural firm Oliv Architekten, the asset will provide flexible, multifunctional spaces including a ground-floor café/bistro and landscaped roof terrace, as well as various wellness amenities, including a yoga studio and a relaxation lounge. Tenants will also enjoy bicycle parking, electric charging points and a smart underground car parking facility. Furthermore, the building will provide customisable office units and creative collaboration spaces, ensuring the asset is well-positioned for the future.

 

In terms of its environmental credentials, the project meets the highest sustainability standards across all areas, including construction, materials and operations. Having already received a DGNB “Platinum” precertification, the asset will be constructed using concrete reclaimed from the existing building currently situated at this location. All materials used in construction will be documented in a material passport, showing where and how the various components were sourced and installed, ensuring they can be repurposed at the end of their service life. These measures are projected to reduce embodied carbon by up to 25%. Embodied carbon will be low at 366kg CO2e/m², significantly below the RICS Building Carbon Database (offices) average benchmark of 1291kg CO2e/m².

 

The use of timber in the building’s load-bearing structure will ensure that approximately 1,100 tonnes of carbon will remain stored in the building fabric, rather than emitted into the atmosphere. During the course of the asset’s lifespan, emissions associated with the building’s operation will be reduced by 65% in comparison to a typical office building through the integration of a photovoltaic system, efficient heating, cooling and ventilation systems and the use of a ground water heat pump. The building will also harvest and store rainwater, supplying irrigation systems for the benefit of surrounding green areas.

 

David Ironside, Fund Manager of Encore+ at LaSalle Investment Management, commented: “This is an industry-leading and best-in-class project. The first of its kind in Munich, its design in accordance with circular economy principles and resource-conserving operation will serve as a benchmark in sustainable real estate. Located in one of the most sought-after office submarkets in Munich, the property will be extremely well placed to meet the ever-evolving demands of future tenants around sustainability, quality, amenities and infrastructure while providing attractive long-term returns for our investors.”

 

Markus Diegelmann, Managing Partner at ACCUMULATA Real Estate Group, added: “The start of demolition marks an exciting first step in the development of what will be one of the most sustainable office projects in Munich. At ACCUMULATA, we aim to promote the concepts of urban mining and the circular economy within the construction sector and this project is firmly aligned with this objective. By utilising ultra-high-quality and recyclable materials, we are creating an office building that can meet occupiers’ shifting requirements, both in terms of flexible working environments and sustainability standards.”

 

Georg Illichmann, Managing Director at CBRE GmbH, said: “As the first hybrid timber office building to be constructed in Munich, the project achieves all the modern-day requirements tenants demand from office buildings: easy accessibility to public transport, sustainability credentials and working spaces that promote communication, creativity and innovation. The building’s use of timber, unique to the Munich office market, will not only support the building’s sustainability credentials but also the wellbeing of occupiers. At CBRE, we are proud to be leading on the marketing of this unique asset and be involved in ground-breaking project in the German real estate market as the lead estate agent.”

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Cain provides €99.7m for London office development (GB)

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Cain International has agreed an €99.7m (£86m) development loan with BauMont Real Estate Capital  and YardNine for the development of a 95,000ft² highly sustainable, best in class office-scheme at 100 Fetter Lane in central London known as ‘Edenica’. The asset was acquired by BauMont in January 2021 with development partner, YardNine. Located in City Mid-town, in close proximity to Farringdon, the development benefits from easy access to the newly opened Elizabeth Line via Farringdon, as well as City Thameslink and Chancery Lane stations, with a diverse range of cultural, leisure, retail and educational amenities nearby.

 

The asset received planning consent in September 2021 for the delivery of a new 12-storey development, with over 8,000ft² of roof gardens, a new pedestrian route and garden square at ground level, alongside more than 230 cycle spaces. In addition to the light filled workspace the scheme will include a new café and F&B uses.

 

The building, situated at 100 Fetter Lane, has been named ‘Edenica’, a reference to the extensive outdoor spaces which form part of the scheme and adjoin it. The project is targeting the highest environmental standards of BREEAM Outstanding, WiredScore, SmartScore and WELL certifications.  Sustainability, technology and wellbeing are extensively incorporated into the design. This includes voluminous office space with clear heights of over 3 metres, openable windows to enable mixed-mode ventilation, extensive planted terraces to encourage biodiversity and provide significant external breakout spaces, facilities to encourage active modes of travel, and high-performance 100% electric building designed with the Waterman Group to ensure the building uses as little energy as possible and achieves Net Zero carbon emissions in use. Construction work has commenced on site and the scheme is due for completion in Summer 2024. 

 

Tanja Yerolemou-Ennsgraber, Senior Vice President – Real Estate Finance at Cain International, said: “We are excited to partner with an experienced sponsor and developer duo, joining their journey to deliver a best-in class office scheme. The project embraces the needs and desires of the future occupier, being mindful about their experience and bringing it to the fore. BauMont and YardNine have successfully unlocked a fantastic development opportunity and we are pleased to bring our construction financing expertise to the table and see Edenica unfold.” 

 

Damien Pasini, Director at BauMont Real Estate Capital said: “Following the recepit of planning permission last year, securing development financing is another significant milestone for 100 Fetter Lane. We look forward to working with Cain and YardNine to deliver a highly sustainable and innovative workplace in one of Central London’s most vibrant submarkets.”

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