Once an electrical substation at RAF Bicester, this is now a three-bedroom house up for sale
You may think this [upcycling] is just an American word for recycling but it was German engineer Reiner Pilz who invented the term in 1994 when complaining about EU directives that led to Germany’s disused buildings being totally demolished.
Building projects requiring reclaimed materials had to be imported from the UK. Since then upcycling has become a clarion call for Europe’s Green movement, although in Britain we also upcycle old properties just because we like them.
Robin Chatwin, head of Savills South West London, says: “We first saw abandoned former industrial buildings being converted into homes on a significant scale in the 1980s, which started with the vast old warehouses along the Thames around the old working docks.
“The trend for turning these buildings from industrial to residential use probably began slightly earlier in New York but it was a real departure in how we approached unconventional spaces and how they could be re-configured to be lived in.
“Over the years we’ve become very good at it.