Brabant Court is an award-winning early 18th century Georgian townhouse owned by Marlin Apartments. It received a commendation by the Georgian Group for Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting at the 2014 Architectural Awards, and was also the recipient of the 2013 City Heritage Award, a prestigious award which celebrates the restoration of pre-modern day buildings. Sympathetic, quality development is at the foundation of what Marlin Apartments represents, and Brabant Court is a testament to these principles.
Brabant Court was built c.1725 and was occupied by the wealthy City merchants and lawyers, from the post-Great-Fire period onwards. In the early to middle years of the nineteenth century, this elegant residence had become business premises. Into the twentieth century, some firms in the provisions and the colonial products trade were at Brabant Court. Constant tenants were present through to the 1980s such as the Tower Club and Goldsteins, followed by periods of vacancy. More recently, the building was acquired by Marlin Apartments, who painstakingly restored the property from poor office space to its former glory as a merchant’s house, completing the project at the end of 2012.
Brabant Court was restored and now stands as one of the finest examples of early-18th century architecture in the City of London. The restoration of Brabant Court was undertaken by architects D’Arcy Associates with contractors PHI Construction.
The original room layouts featuring early 18th century panelling have been restored and the house is furnished with original period furniture and paintings. Many of the original features have survived the neglect over the years, including an exceptionally fine 1720s staircase (pictured right) and much of the panelling.
Presented each year to the best refurbishment project in the city, the City Heritage Award is sponsored by the City Heritage Society and the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers. The 2013 City Heritage Award was bestowed by the Lord Mayor of London, where a commemorative plaque was unveiled to mark the feat. Previous winners of this accolade include St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Monument and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital West Wing, and now Brabant Court has joined this illustrious group.
This magnificent property enters its fourth century with a new lease of life following its restoration. Its main function is residential, but additionally Brabant Court serves as an exclusive venue which Marlin Apartments uses to host events, meeting and client dinners.