New home owner falls in love with historic character of restored Union Buildings
Sophie Harmer is amongst the first residents at Union Buildings, a Grade II listed building in Aldershot that has been restored and converted into a range of attractive apartments by Annington.
The Jacobean styled property boasts a history spanning almost 400 years. It was originally built in 1629 and it has been a mainstay of the town in the years since, surviving Civil War skirmishes, WWII bombing raids and a fire.
Now sensitively restored, Annington has retained a number of original features including exposed wooden beams, iron frames and detailed brick work, which Sophie loved. She explains:
“I love that the building has such character, it is Grade II listed and I fell in love with its original features, such as the windows and beams.”
Sophie previously lived in Middlesex, and she now commutes from Aldershot to Sunbury on Thames for work. Throughout the building Annington has only made essential alterations to its structural layout, ensuring its historic integrity remains, and Sophie was impressed when she first came to view the apartments. She says:
“When visiting I was impressed at how the building structurally felt. The information provided regarding the building and its history was fascinating.”
Aldershot is a bustling market town that prides itself on a great sense of local community and as a wonderful location to raise a family. There is widespread investment underway and Union Buildings is set to play an important role in the town’s future, a fact that Sophie recognised. She adds:
“I’m impressed by the development as a whole as well as the changes to Aldershot; I can see that it’s being developed. I see myself living at Union Buildings for the long term and I’d recommend Annington to others.”
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