New homes are being built at the back of Muirkirk Road in Catford. The Soul Kitchen signage has left a lot of people (me included) scratching their heads so I decided to look into it. What has a saxophone playing cat got to do with industrial warehouse apartments? And does soul kitchen have anything to do with food?
The Sax playing cat
Soul Kitchen is the brainchild of property development company Vanquish ID who seem to like to brand their developments around music themes. The Muirkirk Road development is inspired by the song by The Doors; Soul Kitchen and has the lyrics “Let me sleep all night in your soul kitchen.”
Previous developments include Block Lockdown’, ‘Red Rock Apartments’ and ‘Jam Central’ in the Crystal Palace Triangle. Alrighty then!
Actor and entrepreneur, Mark Harris is the founder and CEO of Vanquish ID. He believes “property development should be creative, not bland, boring or ‘for sale’ with the same old luxury heading.” That explains the names then!
Reclaimed, raw-style materials are the foundation for Mark’s design concept, with each home being individually set out by him prior to planning and hitting the architects desk to make a reality.
Harris says: “We’re a family run, independent business, you either get us or you don’t. But we have great passion and drive in what we do and what we design. We develop designer pads that no one else, we believe, can come near to. Not everybody will like what we do but we don’t develop for them. These are all our own ideas and creations.”
Mark and his two sons do everything; from buying the land to throwing in the kitchen sinks.
The Soul Kitchen development
Six iconic homes, all with a signature urban design, within the urban, yet soulful area of Catford. All enjoy captivating, large timber-sash windows whilst some enjoy stylish, private courtyards; an incredibly iconic place to live.
Recycling is the foundation for the signature design of these houses, with each home being expertly crafted with ‘old-school’ materials. From the exposed brickwork matched with the fumed oak flooring, to the blending of quarry tiles with the rustic kitchens, with all enhanced with sleek industrial lighting.
So, there you have it, folks, scratch your heads no more. I have to admit, I think their designs are interesting.
My real concern is that the development looks like it’s crammed behind the shops. If the developers run out of space to build in the borough, will they come for our gardens next? I jest. I’m sure it’s roomier than it looks behind there.
Have you ever thought of Catford as soulful?