Boundary officially opened on New Year’s Eve 2008 and is the first project from Prescott & Conran Limited; subsequent projects have included Albion, Lutyens and Château Boundary.
The new-format Boundary building includes three restaurants and bars; 12 individually designed guest bedrooms, plus five suites; a small British food store; and a bakery.
The original building, a late Victorian warehouse, was carefully converted over a period of three years prior to the launch in 2008. During the development period, special attention was given to preserving the most attractive industrial features, from the scale of the various spaces – especially the huge double-height basement with its pavement light wells and alcove areas – to the original brickwork – both inside and out – together with the many sash windows that now provide an abundance of light for each of the bedrooms.
Great care was taken to protect and restore these key features. At the same time, a new two-storey glass, steel and copper extension designed by Conran & Partners was introduced, and two very ‘green’ bore holes were drilled and now help to run the majority of the mechanical plant. Additionally, many bespoke pieces of furniture were created for the restaurants, suites and bedrooms, unusual materials were procured from around the world, handmade beds crafted, reclaimed bathroom fittings restored, custom-made kitchen equipment ordered and a wide collection of art, from special commissions to pieces from private collections, introduced.
The rooftop garden also benefits from two 100-plus-year-old olive trees and a unique humidor that was purchased at auction in Cuba. Terence Conran oversaw all aspects of the project.