Offbeat

By Holly Bone

An 123-year-old water tower converted into a penthouse pad with EIGHT FLOORS and 360 views of London has gone on the market for a cool £2 million.

The 130ft tall historical building in Shooters Hill, Greenwich, once formed part of the Brook Hospital site and could hold up to 20,000 gallons of water but was turned into a plush home with panoramic views nearly a decade ago.

At its base, the five bedroom property has a two-storey pavilion with a kitchen, living and dining area, two bedrooms and a covered bridge into the tower.

Inside the 19th century tower are another three bedrooms, a second kitchen additional bathroom, and even a hydraulic lift fitted alongside the tower stairs – ready to whiz you straight up to the impressive top floor observatory.

The hospital was closed in 1995 when the Queen Elizabeth Hospital opened in the borough, leaving much of the site to be turned into housing, with only the water tower, the main gate entrance lodge, the administration block and the steward’s house remaining of the original buildings.

In keeping with its timeless features, the tower has been sensitively restored with its brickwork sandblasted and chemically cleaned, and damaged terracotta mouldings remade to match and pieced in.

Natasha Gill, sales manager at Fine & Country City Living: “The Water Tower is a fabulous Victorian property with a modern twist, steeped in history and filled with character.

“The 130 foot tower was built in 1896 and retains many of its original features.

“This would make an excellent family home or investment and represents an opportunity to own a piece of history.”