Take a look back at where it all began, FROM THE INCEPTION of the cribs to where Vanquish iconic is today…
In 2011, after the financial recession of 2008 was coming to a close, our founder Mark was tired of the idea of what the market had on offer for a home, with every property designed with “luxury interiors” and “high specifications”. He wanted to create something that promoted artistic character in neighbourhoods that were lacking creative properties. After a visit to the Meatpacking district in New York City, Mark set out to create an apartment block with a carefree and central living style seen in downtown New York. And so, CRIB 1 was born. Starting out in the south east neighbourhood of Crystal Palace, CRIB 1 was the first of many apartments showcasing our signature design. The area was beginning its affluent rise at the time of building, and so our properties channeled that rise through the designs of the apartments. These were completed in spring 2012, and to our surprise, we sold out on the day the properties launched to market.
The 2nd CRIB block began immediately after CRIB 1. The character property, known as “Rangers Mansions” was previously 8 self contained flats, however the condition was extremely poor with a dilapidated structure needing desperate renovation. We then acquired the site and made it our aim to restore the mansions to the grandiosity that it once was. The final development consisted of 14 newly built apartments with industrial interiors. Our signature design was implemented in the apartments, with open plan living areas, large floor-to-ceiling heights and industrial-style fittings. These apartments launched in April 2014 and the project was nominated by the LABC for Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion in London of 2014.
We finished 2 incredible apartment blocks in Crystal Palace, but we didn’t finish there. Our 3rd development was bang in the middle of the high street - CRIB 3 on Westow Hill. These were 6 warehouse-style apartments situated above commercial units on the high street. The interiors consisted of our urban design - taking it once again to its maximum potential. We executed this by retaining existing steel columns, exposing original brickwork and using it as features & fitting new industrial extraction vents & sprinkler systems below the finished ceilings. We also fused in elements in a prison (lockdown) environment, with our front doors made from reclaimed cell doors and bulkheads and siren-style lighting across the communal areas. The block was completed the apartments in late March 2015 & the project was nominated by the LABC for Best Small Housing Development in London of 2015. But that wasn’t all we got up to that year…
…we parked up on the Moonlight Drive. The 4th development we created was in between East Dulwich and Forest Hill, a set of 7 townhouses with private gardens. Fusing our industrial design with the Victorian character of townhouses, we gave each home a unique and artistic design, comprising of contemporary fitted kitchens, Smeg integrated appliances, centre island and bi-folding doors to the private courtyard, three double bedrooms and boutique style family bathrooms. The project was completed in November 2015 & the project was nominated by the LABC for Best Small Housing Development at the 2016 awards.
We’re a sucker for mews houses. That’s why the next project we went onto was a set of mews-style houses on a private cobbled driveway. CRIB 6: Catford was the 1st Vanquish development that was eligible with the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme. This was especially important to us as we wanted these homes to be enjoyed by first-time buyers, as well as the creatives in the neighbourhood. Six iconic homes, all with a signature urban design, within the neighbourhood of Catford. To leave our mark, we renamed the cul-de-sac Soul Street, an ode to the soulful character of the area the development was set. We launched the properties in the winter of 2016 and completed in May 2017.
The 7th development took us back to the Georgian character, as seen in CRIB 2. The block, known as Hyacinth House, featured a selection of nine boutique-style apartments encased in a neo-Georgian character building. with interiors that share the same characteristics of our previous developments. Based on the leafy suburb of Sydenham Hill, it was of our best interest to add to the character of The Dulwich Estate, of which the property resides in. And the result of that was shown in the floral arrangements, shrubberies, cast iron railings & oak trees that were preserved for this development. The inside however is where the design took off. All nine apartments were fused with a warehouse and boutique design combining our interiors seen across all the previous projects and giving them a flamboyant flair. Like the Catford project, this development was available with the Help to Buy equity loan scheme. We launched the properties on February 18th 2017 and completed on all of the apartments in May 2017.
We moved the bricks to Brixton. Our first development in South West London saw the creation of eight urban, industrial interior-designed pads & a ground floor gym. All the one bedroom apartments were available with the Help to Buy scheme, which was a necessity for us to provide new homes for the first time buyer. The block launched off-plan on 28th October with 5 apartments reserved on the day & the rest reserved a month after, the 1st development of ours to entirely sell off-plan.
For this block, we wanted to give back a block that not only added to the buzzing neighbourhood of Brixton, but contributed to it too. And what better way to do that, than through a brand new gym. F45 took over the space in 2018 and added to the vibrancy of the block, making this an incredibly iconic development.
The project was completed on February 2018 with the gym opening in October 2018.
Four years ago, we finished our 3rd development in Crystal Palace. Now for our ninth set of CRIB Apartments, we’ve landed in a new part of the Palace; Crystal Palace Park. The block consists of 5 two bedroom maisonettes all with their own private entrance, all available with Help to Buy and all have their own private gardens and parking available. To top it off, each apartment comes with the share of the freehold, with every resident kissing goodbye to unmanageable service charge and ground rent.
We ask all who pass the development to never judge a book by its cover. The character appearance of the exterior sets a presence on the neighbourhood, but once you step inside, you see the incredible industrial design that is a staple on every Vanquish development. The development was completed in June 2019 with one apartment remaining.
Our tenth development has nestled in the vibrant neighbourhood of Peckham, South East London. Formerly a pub known as The Sailor Prince, we have taken over the building, with 10 warehouse-style apartments. 5 one beds, 4 two beds and a three bedroom penthouse with views of the entire London skyline, from Canary Wharf to the Shard. All apartments are fused with warehouse interior design, with an added twist…now featuring exclusive lighting, taps and kitchens made only for this development. Not only that, but all the 1 bedroom flats are eligible with the Help to Buy equity loan scheme, giving the 1st timers a route in to own a 1 bed CRIB apartment.
The block is based on the Dr Harold Moody Park, and is only a 10 minute walk from Peckham Rye, Nunhead and Queens Road stations. We are currently in construction with the development and will be due to launch in August.