The Watertower - HAF International

Case Study

The Watertower

Location: Elephant & Castle, London

Converting a derelict 130 year old commercial building into a luxury home is never an easy task, but when that building is a water tower, with six foot walls and a massive steel tank at the top then nothing is straight forward.

The site, just around the corner from Elephant & Castle tube in South London, is the location of a former workhouse, the watertower being the source of water for the then inhabitants. Derelict for a number of years the transformation from eyesore to London landmark is nothing short of miraculous. The compelling story of the watertower attracted the attention of producers of Channels 4’s ‘Grand Designs’, with an hour long programme following it’s redevelopment airing on 17th October 2012.

Existing features such as the internal staircase and brickwork have been retained, alongside the use of contemporary construction techniques and finishes to create a comfortable nine story home.


HAF ironmongery was specified throughout on all internal doors, with a few clever bespoke embellishments to fit with the unique nature of the project.

Description of the Ironmongery

  • Specified from the outset, the Modis lever handle, manufactured from solid stainless steel with a satin finish, was seen as the perfect combination of design and functionality, a common thread throughout the finish on the build, where the industrial heritage of the building is frequently referenced.
  • The Modis handle uses a discreet insert rose, which allows for the normal usability whilst maintaining a clean design. The unique nature of this feature makes the Modis especially flexible in its use, as seen in the site photo to the right where the handle was used on a door cladded in brick to cleverly disguise the opening.
  • The consistent use of Modis throughout the project sees the lever handle used in a number of internal situations. The continuity of design in the HAF range ensures all bathroom thumbturns, releases and escutcheons match the specified lever handles.
  • Prompt order and delivery, with simple interactions between the architect, HAF and site made for a seamless and painless specification and ordering process.

Bespoke Work

One handle needed shortening to stop it fouling a mirror faced cupboard, bespoke work which HAF were happy to undertake to ensure a high quality consistent finish across the build.

Architect: ACR Architects


Key Services

Unique Designs

Given the bespoke nature of these products, each piece is genuinely unique and therefore quality checked at the end of the process to ensure its smoothness of movement and accuracy of detail and finish. Only when we are satisfied will they be released for issue to site.

Rendered Drawings

As part of the bespoke service we offer, we are happy to produce high quality rendered drawings and have onsite capabilities to produce 3D rapid prototypes to ensure products meet exacting standards.

Diverse Range

We have included a number of our bespoke products that have been produced for a variety of projects including those in the residential, governmental and historical building sectors. Please click here to view these bespoke examples.