St Albans’ first garden square development offers award-winning homes

PUBLISHED: 10:52 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 25 May 2018

Gabriel Square represents a radical departure from what would usually be expected in a place like St Albans.

Gabriel Square represents a radical departure from what would usually be expected in a place like St Albans.

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Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

The garden at the centre of the award-winning Gabriel Square development in St Albans.The garden at the centre of the award-winning Gabriel Square development in St Albans.

The award-winning scheme of 80 new homes is ideally located just five minutes from the City station, with connections to London St Pancras taking less than 20 minutes.

Arranged around a stunning central garden square, the collection of 52 three and four-bed townhouses and 28 one, two and three-bed apartments and duplexes has been described as a modern classic.

The high-end development is built on the three-acre site of the former print works, Eversheds, and named after the Gabriel Bell in St Albans’ 600-year-old Clock Tower.

Sculpture The Torus at Gabriel Square in St Albans.Sculpture The Torus at Gabriel Square in St Albans.

Features include secure underground parking, Control4 Smart Homes Technology and light oak engineered flooring.

Gabriel Square’s high spec interiors were designed by Conran & Partners and include Poggenpohl kitchens complete with Corian worktops and splashbacks and Neff integrated appliances.

The bathrooms are finished to an equally high specification, with bespoke Laufen basins, wall hung WCs with concealed cisterns and – in the case of the penthouse en suites – Organic Techni freestanding baths.

Gabriel Square is an award-winning development in St Albans featuring townhouses, apartments and duplexes.Gabriel Square is an award-winning development in St Albans featuring townhouses, apartments and duplexes.

From the start, developer Meyer Homes set out to redefine the garden square with this unique new development, blending high quality contemporary and traditional materials with a wide range of plants to create a relaxing setting unlike anything seen before in St Albans.

Inspired by London’s grand garden squares, the result is a green oasis within a city environment that provides a sense of community for residents to enjoy together.

It features specially commissioned sculptures and wall art by renowned British sculptor David Harber, a winner at the Chelsea Flower Show in both 2016 and 2017.

Meyer Homes have referred to Gabriel Square as a game-changer for the local market in St Albans.Meyer Homes have referred to Gabriel Square as a game-changer for the local market in St Albans.

Harber designed the 10.8m long stainless steel and glass sculpture adorning the left-hand wall at the London Road entrance to the development, which symbolises unity and togetherness among the people of Hertfordshire.

He also designed the mirror-polished stainless steel Torus and the eye-catching bronze Armillary sundial within the garden square.

James Moody, managing director at Meyer Homes, said: “Our ethos is to make sure we are connecting our buildings with the local area and its people.

The Torus sculpture in the garden of Gabriel Square in St Albans.The Torus sculpture in the garden of Gabriel Square in St Albans.

“Our collaboration with David Harber at Gabriel Square has achieved just that – there are a lot of cultural values that we share with a garden and the sense of home.”

Crowned Home of the Year (in a multi-unit scheme) at The Sunday Times British Home Awards 2017 and Best Out of London Home (under 100) at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2018, Gabriel Square hasn’t been short on industry recognition.

The prestigious new build development also won gold in the Best Interior Design category and silver for Best House at the national WhatHouse? Awards 2017.

The bronze Armillary sphere by renowned British sculptor and RHS Chelsea Flower Show winner David Harber in the new Gabriel Square development in St Albans.The bronze Armillary sphere by renowned British sculptor and RHS Chelsea Flower Show winner David Harber in the new Gabriel Square development in St Albans.

And where better than St Albans – an affluent cathedral city, with a rich history dating back to Roman times – for such a special scheme?

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The city features regularly on ‘best place to live’ lists, and was named as one of The Evening Standard’s 25 ‘commuter hotspots’ in 2017.

Meticulous attention to detail has been applied throughout the Gabriel Square development.Meticulous attention to detail has been applied throughout the Gabriel Square development.

With its quality houses, thriving high street and vast range of pubs and restaurants it has long been viewed as one of the best areas to buy a property near London.

Buyers can escape the chaos of city life without compromising on lifestyle or transport links in this thriving commuter-friendly haven, which offers Londoners a bit more bang for their buck – and so much more besides.

As well as its many outstanding state schools, it is also home to three prestigious independents: St Albans School, St Albans High School for Girls and St Columba’s College.

A view of the Gabriel Square townhouses from one of the back gardens.A view of the Gabriel Square townhouses from one of the back gardens.

Fine dining can be enjoyed in a host of popular restaurants, including award-winning Thompson St Albans – which has three AA rosettes – and St Michael’s Manor, which has two.

Attractions on the doorstep of Gabriel Square include the restored art deco Odyssey cinema, Prime steak restaurant and Charlie’s independent café.

While the one-bed apartments at the development have now sold out, a limited number of homes are still available for sale, with prices starting from £635,000 for the last few two-bed apartments.

The first residents have moved in to the award-winning Gabriel Square development in St Albans - the perfect choice for people looking to buy a home near London.The first residents have moved in to the award-winning Gabriel Square development in St Albans - the perfect choice for people looking to buy a home near London.

• For further information, contact the Gabriel Square sales office on 01727 226881 or email info@gabrielsquare.com

Alternatively, visit the Gabriel Square website at https://gabrielsquare.com/

The bathroom is notable for its all-in-one sink, shelf and facia unit.  Instead of a flush handle there is a button on the side wall that pipes air into the cistern.The bathroom is notable for its all-in-one sink, shelf and facia unit. Instead of a flush handle there is a button on the side wall that pipes air into the cistern.

Doing things differently: The kitchen wall units don't join at the end to create a traditional L-shape.Doing things differently: The kitchen wall units don't join at the end to create a traditional L-shape.

There has been a lot of attention to detail in bringing Gabriel Square to life.There has been a lot of attention to detail in bringing Gabriel Square to life.

The stunning Gabriel Square development in St Albans.The stunning Gabriel Square development in St Albans.

The designers The designers "took the concept of the space outside and continued it through to the inside".

A luxury bathroom at Gabriel Square.A luxury bathroom at Gabriel Square.

The townhouses are arranged over five floors, including a roof terrace.The townhouses are arranged over five floors, including a roof terrace.

A Gabriel Square balcony.A Gabriel Square balcony.

A niche under the corner unit, created to house the toaster and the espresso machine, reduces clutter and maintains the lines.A niche under the corner unit, created to house the toaster and the espresso machine, reduces clutter and maintains the lines.

The development - and its famous garden square - is winning awards.The development - and its famous garden square - is winning awards.

Conran director Simon Kincaid said his vision was to create an experience akin to Conran director Simon Kincaid said his vision was to create an experience akin to "something you'd find in Zone 2".

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