Deptford Foundry, SE14

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Ranked 1st out of 14 in Deptford
4.60 (based on 47 reviews) 4.60 (47 reviews)

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4.72
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4.64
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4.34
Value
4.51
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Deptford Foundry is a mixed-use development by Anthology London. The development is set on the site of an old metal foundry, which was built in the 1800s.  The development offers more than 300 homes with a mix of private and social housing apartments. It welcomed its first residents at the end of 2018. In addition, Deptford Foundry is in the middle of south-east London’s lively Deptford district. It is close to Deptford and New Cross stations, offering easy access to Greenwich.

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Anthology should be proud of what they’ve created here….

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Review Date Jun 2019

Buying in London, no matter how deep your pockets is a challenge. There is a lot of choice and many areas with new builds popping up. I’d lived in Stoke Newington for over 15 years and my wife and I wanted to buy something bigger and in an area that was up and coming (better value essentially). I didn’t know the area at all and like many here we actually put a deposit down on a Deptford Foundry apartment three years before we actually moved in.

We must have seen 10 different developments, different areas and price points. Most off-plan so you are essentially judging a new home from a show home, a model and a well trained salesperson. We knew what we were looking for and it wasn’t till we discovered Anthology that we saw something that felt right. The concept of residential, mixed with artist studios (we have a friend here already who is renting studio space with Second Floor Studios), the quality of the build and the whole approach Anthology take is really exceptional. Small things like the way they’ve’ selected furniture for the show flat was in a different league to many other big developers. You could see they cared about the quality of the build and the thought around how this old Metal works site was being reused was obvious.

Communication was flawless during the years between our initial contact, deposit and then the completion process. I must have seen or spoken to 4 or 5 members of the team and all were extremely helpful. There was a slight delay in our building being completed, but this was clearly communicated and I felt if we had any questions, the team at Anthology were quick to answer.

We completed in April 2019 and our move in was effortless. We’re so happy with our new home, the quality and finish is outstanding. Even though the site is still in a construction phase with other buildings being completed, there is already a nice vibe here. The artist studios mean its not the ghost town you get in other new builds. There are frequent private views and I love seeing the work in different studios appear in the windows on my way home. All the staff we’ve met have been great, especially the concierge at Casting House who go out of their way to help.

There is an intuitive online system for reporting any faults or issues in your home and this has proved extremely helpful with swift responses and excellent work on any snagging, which has been minimal.

We love living here already, especially our daily sunsets over the city. The trains are frequent, but the soundproofing of the windows is really good and we’re used to the flow of them already. I know this area is changing, Deptford Market Yard is a good example of that, It feels good to be a part of all that is happening in in this area and we’re looking forward to seeing how Deptford Foundry develops over the coming months and years.

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We have a Waitrose! Although its a quite a trek from the development its right on the river and with a safe place to lock a bike, its easy to get to with mostly traffic free riding along the Thames path. There are some great places to eat and drink on Deptford High Street and among the arches. Transport links area great, I can get into Shoreditch in under 25mins from here.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

There is no food waste recycling here yet, it would be good to look into sorting that.

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Location
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Marc,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a fantastic review about many parts of the purchase process. You and Stephanie were one of the first to start your story with us so hearing you felt updated and communicated with over the years is exactly how we’d hope Anthology purchasers would feel.

Rendall & Rittner are doing a great job at managing Deptford Foundry – we will pass on your feedback to the concierge team.

We’re really excited to see the area develop even more too and I will ask Rendall & Rittner to put in an enquiry about the food waste options to Lewisham.

Best regards,
Georgia,

Your sunset photos are incredible, we love seeing them on Instagram 🙂

Happy home owner

Review Date Oct 2020

Aesthetically the development is awesome. Very clean and well thought out. I really appreciate the wide open balcony spaces which are quite unique. Internally the finishings are great quality. The outside areas look great, although I would have preferred more green areas. I’ve no had loads of interaction with the management company but everything I’ve seen has been done well.

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The area has great transport links to central London and a real community vibe. Lots of local good valur restaurants on the high street. It would be great to have a supermarket closer to thr development.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Just how to work the appliances such as the intercom…. I bought as a resale.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes, when I was buying the placr, they were very easy to communicate with.

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4
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4
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Great, until you have issues

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Review Date Jul 2020

The properties look stunning and the design likewise. However, bit by bit issues have arisen, in particular the large balcony I have that stretches across the bedrooms. Crack started appearing on the panelling over a year ago now. In that time Moat, R&R and Anthology have passed the buck on it, eventually sending a contractor to repair it at Xmas.
The contractor told me when visiting that the balcony flooring hadn’t been laid properly, hence why the cracks were appearing the flooring moving, causing other panels to move. They repaired the crack…..but wait that’s not the end of it. I informed all parties of what the contractor said, nothing was done. Surprise, surprise, the crack appears a few months later….still waiting for it to be repaired and the flooring redone.
If you’re thinking about buying a place here, do your research on all parties involved, the customer service and communication is a standard I’d expect buying a phone, not a house.
I’m writing this review as I don’t seem to be listened to in the usual channels.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Love how easy it is to get around from here, to Deptford and New Cross. Vibrant area with lots of development happening.

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Who was apparently “managing” this development and how complicated it is to get something fixed or even acknowledged.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Who manages the property and how slow things would be when issues arise. The name “service charge” should probably be changed as I don’t sense any real service at all.

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5
Location
4
Value
1
Management
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Hello,

Firstly, I would like to apologise that you don’t feel listened to over the usual channels.

I believe you are now in direct contact with our Anthology Project Manager who will, alongside your housing association MOAT, work to find a long term solution as soon as possible.

Best regards,
Georgia

Brilliant development

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Review Date Jul 2020

A fantastic development with a real arty edge and history of the roots of the area. Different from a lot of new developments which can be soulless and without any sense of community. Well run, larger than average flats with bigger outside spaces too.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Well connected and plenty of local shops and restaurants.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The only thing that I would like to know is the pub opposite needs to be redeveloped

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I would not change anything about it. It is a great flat.

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Hello,

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review.

We love the vibrancy that the art studios bring Deptford Foundry and it is important that history is woven throughout the design and construction of the development – thank you for commenting.

There is a pub called Lord Palmerston just under the rail bridge which is currently being redeveloped alongside 6 x 2 bedroom homes. The building directly opposite the Arklow Road entrance of the development is called Safa House and has been a storage facility more recently but is of historical interest to the local area. Planning permission has been recieved to class it as residental use but I believe they still await full planning permission for the desired 14/16 flats with cafe space on the ground floor. Fingers crossed though!

Best regards,
Georgia

Could be a great development of Anthology fix the security issues

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Review Date May 2020

Firstly, the development itself and the flats are generally well designed, with finishes I didn’t see in other similar developments. I fell in love with the kitchen and bathrooms, and the amount of space we have in the flat.

We have a concierge onsite 6 days a week from 7 to 7 which has been a god send – especially in the normal times when we’re based in the office.

However, there are some quite major downsides to this development. Rendal and Rittner have done a sub standard job at managing the development (slow to communicate, slow to send service charge demands, heavy handed with small issues but seem unable to fix the quite major issue with the development).

Coupled with this, the security built into the development though looks like it should be good, but is very superficial. We have had countless number of break ins to bike stores (pretty much every bike store in the development has been broken into, and owners / residents bikes stolen). The most recent exposed the vet flimsy mag locks we have on the main doors into the development which were able to be pulled open with just some brute force. These issues have been ongoing for at least the last 6 months of not more, and neither Anthology (who point towards R&R), or R&R seem to be taking this seriously.

It is the responsibility of that developer to ensure that the development is safe and secure, in this they have failed.

It’s a shame, because if this was fixed, there is a great community here and the flats are generally really nice. But, until Anthology step up and fix this – be very wary about buying here.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Being between Deptford and New Cross means you have access to two vibrant areas, with plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants. The area has a quirky vibe to it which I love.

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Would have thought twice if I had realised security on the development was so poor.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Security – we need to feel like we won’t have our possessions stolen when using the facilities we pay for in the development (or god forbid, that someone actually ends up getting into one of the flats which I’m sure is next!).

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Good development, great community, management needs improving

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Review Date Apr 2020

Overall a very good development. The insulation is excellent so you rarely need to heating in winter and the doors are high and wide. You can get really nice morning/afternoon sun at your balcony depending on the location of the flat. However the sound does carry somewhat so you will hear your neighbours a bit if they are playing music/chatting on the balcony or have their windows open. Concierge service is always helpful and available 6 days a week. Building management could use some improvement though- communication has not been clear and consistent and complaints are not well handled. There have been security concerns around the development and these have yet been addressed in a satisfactory manner. However all the neighbours are lovely and there is a great sense of community. Everyone helps and look after each other.

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Location of development is close to 3 train and overground stations, all within 10-15 minutes walking distance and less than 5 minutes to bus stops. If you work around London Bridge then it can be as little as 12 minutes on the train. There are several supermarkets close by, including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Lidle. Also Brockley Market is a few bus stop away and the Little Bread Pedlar (one of the best sourdough and croissant in London) is within 12 minutes bike ride away. There are several nice cafes to grab some coffee or brunch as well as an excellent selection of restaurants to choose from. The area has changed and continues to change so there is always something new to discover and enjoy.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

To look around for conveyancing solicitor instead of just settling on the ones recommended by development.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Response to fix requests have been good but issues raised around security have not been quite satisfactory.

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Five stars!

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Review Date Apr 2020

Fantastic development with great transport links and great sense of community. Artistic vibes, excellent attention to detail and great finish in the flats. Excellent also to be on the Q1 cycle route which goes right through to Greenwich park in one direction and Covent Garden inthe other.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Nothing – we love it! 🙂

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How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Swiftly and carfeully. Always dealt with very professinoally and in a timely manner.

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Thank you for writing a review!

The cycle route is fantastic and it is great to hear you are enjoying it. Hopefully this warm summer will encourage everyone to have a ride along the Quietway at some point 🙂

Best regards,
Georgia

A superb development in a great location

Review Date Jan 2020

Anthology have done so well to create a development that is full of quality and is a place you can feel proud to call home. It immediately has a strong community feel with such a pleasant exterior and layout. One thing I like is that it doesn’t stick out as a new development and actually blends well into it’s surroundings. The properties themselves are finished to the very best level and are great value considering the space that you can get. The development is managed effectively with a reliable concierge and timely replies if you have any issues. I genuinely cannot fault my experience so far.

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This area is full of hidden gems. There’re countless restaurants, bars and cafes close by that all offer genuinely great quality and I was surprised to see such a high concentration. It is clear that money has been invested into Deptford with the Deptford Market Yard being the most visible result of this. On top of this, the walking distance to Greenwich and Greenwich park means you’re never left wanting. Transport is great too with multiple station choices (overground and mainline) that can get you into London Bridge within minutes. Couldn’t be happier with all aspects of the area.

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The noise from the trainline really is minimal. This was something I was concerned about but really isn’t a problem at all.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Fixed very quickly in most cases. Communal problems seem to take a little longer.

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Nice flats. Not good for investors

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Review Date Dec 2019

The property I purchased from Anthology was sold to me by a member of the sales team that categorically lied in the sales meetings. I was informed that I would recieve a stamp duty rebate as a first time buyer as an incentive to purchase early in the development launch. This was not put into my contract and therefore not done. More fool me for not fact checking the sales pitch.

I was also assured this was the perfect hands off investment of which it is not. Anthology have an agreement with the billing company that only the owner can have a payment account or a direct debit for bills. Therefore, on a monthly basis, as a landlord you are expected to send bills to the tenant and chase payment (they can only pay online or over the phone) which can be difficult if your tenant travels a great deal for work.

Regardless of what the sales team say THIS IS NOT A HANDS OFF INVESTMENT and FACT CHECK THE SALES PITCH!!

As for the development itself, it is a decent development apart from the continuous issues with access control. The properties are well built but ensure you carry out your snagging to a high standard!!

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Up and coming area with nice bars and shops

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That it would be on me as a hands off investor to pay or organise bill payments on a monthly basis. Note this is the only site in the area that has this rule!

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

The do not answer emails.

They withhold keys from owners after a tenant has moved out saying its illegal to give an owner a key without the old tenant being there (even though the new tenant is stood outside)

They are rude on the phone.

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Design
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Location
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Hi Dean,

I am sorry that you felt compelled to write this review.

As discussed, we have changed the agreement with Switch 2 so that tenants can now register their own accounts. I hope this solution means that you can have a more ‘hand offs’ approach to your rental and you are happy with your investment at Deptford Foundry.

Please feel free to call me if you would like any other matters.

Best regards,
Georgia

Amazing view, great design and friendly staff

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Review Date Oct 2019

I’m a first-time buyer and have been living here since June 2019. The design of this development is smart and modern (love the spacious kitchen/living room), and the 2-bedroom flats are especially perfect for first-time buyers who occasionally have family visits.

Location: I heard about the Deptford area being ‘rough’ before moving in, and we did recently experience a bike store break-in (thankfully the management quickly responded by applying an extra lock). But other than that it feels perfectly safe and convenient (4-min walk to shops and bus stops). The only downside being it’s slightly far away from any tube (nearest overground is New Cross, 10min walk. Convenient if you’re heading to London Bridge/Cannon Street though).

Service-wise, the sales staff has been very helpful and patient during the quite painful legal process of my flat purchase (more than my solicitor!). After moving in, the customer care team were helpful and responsive, which I appreciate very much. It’s worth noting that the concierge (Terry) is absolutely brilliant and he and the team really helps you to resolve various daily issues.

The repairs of the flats, however, are managed through an online system, and it can be quite slow because you’re not sure when the tickets will get picked up – but eventually things get resolved (just need a bit of patience and chasing). *My flat was a show room, so that might have been the reasons to the various repairs so far (esp window and lights).

Overall I enjoy living here, and I’m sure with the completion of the development early next year, things will get more convenient (hearing about a new cafe and a bar?).

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The view on the southeast (Deptford) and north (Isle of Dog and O2) of this development was the prime reason for my purchase.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Do a thorough check if you are buying an ex-showroom, esp lighting and utilities.

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Hello,

We have continually had excellent reviews on the concierge team and we regularly share feedback with Rendall & Rittner – thank you for your lovely comments.

There are certainly excellent views from many homes at Deptford Foundry and we are delighted that you can enjoy yours everyday 🙂

We will keep you updated on local area information so keep an eye out for our regular Anthologist newletter as well as the My Anthology portal.

Speak soon,
Georgia.

First home, couldn’t be happier.

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Review Date Oct 2019

We’ve had a great experience so far and I’m sure it will continue. Build quality and finish of the development is high, and the pedestrianised central through-way along with the studios in some of the lower floors really makes it feel like its own space.

Building management and concierge service have been good at informing us of things going on with the development, though sometimes forget to update regarding packages being delivered through the web portal.

On the whole, we love our apartment, the development and the area, and are looking forward to seeing it grow as the final few buildings are finished.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Great train links into central London. Also a cycle quiet way which is good for a cycle commute. Some great shops and pubs near to the station and along the Deptford Highstreet and more just around the corner in Greenwich, New cross etc, well worth exploring off the beaten track. Lots of green space close by in the form of Greenwich, Deptford and Southwark parks.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing really. We were well informed and all our questions were answered promptly by the Anthology team.

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