9 Albert Embankment and Decca Records16 May 2014
What’s fascinating about the array of luxury developments popping up across London is the fact that there are often very interesting stories behind these buildings.
One such example is 9 Albert Embankment, London SE1, where Garton Jones has just opened our 4th Central London office and possibly our most glamorous!! A residential building consisting of three phases and 13 stories at its highest point 9 Albert Embankment is located on the South Bank of the River Thames between Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridges and was originally built in 1962. There are a range of upmarket properties for both sale and to rent.
The building was re-developed by Berkeley Homes into a mixed use scheme of predominantly residential apartments, back in 2002 and boasts some 208 privately owned flats including 1, 2 & 3 beds and fabulous penthouses and duplexes, many with sought after views of the River Thames and the dramatic and ever changing, London skyline.
The development provides residents with a 24 hour concierge, an on-site convenience store, secure underground parking for most apartments and bicycle storage. Nine Albert Embankment is also just a stone’s throw from London’s trendy shops, bars and restaurants and the many world famous tourist attractions on the South Bank from Battersea Power Station to Tower Bridge. Local transport links include Vauxhall Underground Station (Victoria Line) for connections to the City and West End as well as an overground service straight into Victoria Station. There is a taxi rank next door at the River Park Plaza Hotel, regular bus links servicing London, on the doorstep and Nine Elms Tube Station is due to open in 2020 and will also be within walking distance.
Prior to being redeveloped as apartments, the building was the home to the UK headquarters of British Steel, but was originally the home of the famous sixties record label Decca Records who famously turned down the opportunity to sign The Beatles! The label’s name comes from a portable gramophone called the Decca Dulcephone. It was originally patented in 1914 by musical instrument makers Barnett Samuel and Sons and was eventually renamed The Decca Gramophone Co. Ltd and sold to former stockbroker Edward Lewis in 1929. Within a matter of years, Decca Records Ltd was the second largest record label in the world and called itself The Supreme Record Company.
Decca Records signed up a range of now famous artists in the 1930s and 1940s. This included jazz musicians Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday; swing harmony group The Andrews Sisters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe – the original ‘soul sister’ of recorded music. And of course there were many more. The original Decca became two separate companies in the early 1940s – in both the United States and Britain – until American Decca’s parent company bought its British counterpart in 1998.
Today, Decca still prides itself on discovering talent in a range of new areas – such as rock, folk and Americana. The company focuses on building its classical and jazz heritage and regularly releases recordings from some of the world’s greatest musicians. In 2010 these included former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant; English musician William Orbit; American singer Melody Gardot and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. Decca Records incorporates Decca Classics; Concord Records; Deutsche Grammophon; Philips and Verve Records; Blue Thumb; Rounder Records and UCJ.
One of the many things we love about London at Garton Jones and what makes us so passionate about this vibrant city, is that there’s seemingly a slice of history hiding in every corner. And the Decca Records story emulates this – who would have thought that 9 Albert Embankment would have such a fascinating story behind it?
Lastly it transpires there was already a connection between Garton Jones and Decca House as 9 Albert Embankment was originally known, well before we purchased our new commercial space and moved in. Kieran’s father, Bryan Chalker is a Country Music singer who released a number of albums on Chapter Records back in the 1970’s with his band, The New Frontier and the record labels office were also based in 9 Albert Embankment. Kieran has the album covers to prove it!! Spooky, it was meant to be…..
Contact Garton Jones Nine Elms office, for more information about properties for sale and to rent at 9 Albert Embankment and throughout Nine Elms and the South Bank.