The factory site had been redeveloped in the 1980s, but the developers ran into difficulties, so residents came together, formed a company, sold shares to raise funds and bought the freehold to the factory buildings and the grounds. Around 65% of leaseholders in the factory buildings are also shareholders.
The shareholders elect a board of directors from among their number, and the board manages the company, sets the strategic direction of the estate and oversees all the outsourced services such as the managing agent.
As one of the first ‘loft-style’ developments in east London, Bow Quarter has a close community spirit which is unique for this type of development.
There are a number of Bow Quarter clubs (such as running, cycling and book clubs) and several Facebook groups, including a very popular one for swapping, selling and sharing goods and services
The Bow Quarter comprises a mixture of historic and modern buildings and, because of its size, covers several post codes. This map will help you find your way around.
The Bow Quarter offers a range of facilities and services in a very secure environment.
The mature landscaped gardens at Bow Quarter provide an oasis of calm in an inner-city setting and are popular with all residents.
Bow Quarter’s full-time concierge team is dedicated to keeping residents safe and providing them with essential services. They are available 24 hours a day and are here to help.
On-site facilities include a leisure centre, a food store, laundry services and secure parking – everything residents need to make life easier.
A large proportion of Bow Quarter dwellings are in the former Bryant & May match factory. It was from here that the Match Girls went on strike in 1888.