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Griffin Place, Welwyn Garden City

Griffin Place, Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3FD



Oakbridge Homes Group proudly announce that our new community at Griffin Place is now complete with all 34 homes sold at this Landmark development, the former Roche Factory building, within a short walk of WGC Town Centre and main-line station.

This iconic model factory building was H Q for Roche Products from 1938 to 2005. The town has enjoyed an eighty year association with the Swiss based company forging strong links with the local community and many who found employment there retain an affiliation with Roche and the factory building today.

In 2005 Roche vacated its Broadwater Road home of 67 years moving into new premises in WGC, consequently, the original building suffered from over a decade of neglect. until in 2018 Oakbridge Homes Group acquired the property. A specialist team, under the guidance of the company’s founder, set about its restoration breathing new life into this iconic, art-deco building , renovating and transforming to create 34 uniquely fashioned 1 & 2 bed contemporary apartments plus fabulous two storey duplex homes with patios.

Declared, ‘Building of the Year‘ in the Architects Journal 1939, the Roche building is a rare example of modernist industrial architecture predating the second World War in Britain.  Designed by Professor Otto Salvisberg, a Swiss architect who created the Roches’ own architectural style globally early in its history, his creations have a timeless elegance, streamlined and balanced with large uncluttered spaces. Otto Salvisberg’s signature pieces were inspiring sweeping staircases, curved glass-blocked walls and travertine limestone floors all of which were present and are being carefully restored here at Griffin Place. The Griffin signet, from which the building takes its name, is the heraldic symbol of Lower Basel in Switzerland where the Roche company originates, the emblem signifies its heritage.

Our Gallery displays include original photographs kindly supplied by the Roche Archive Museum in Basel, Switzerland.


AL7 3FD Broadwater Road Welwyn Garden City

GRIFFIN PLACE is less than a mile from Welwyn Garden City town centre and railway station where frequent East Coast main line services run into London Kings Cross/ Moorgate in as little as 21 minutes via Hatfield, Potters Bar, Hadley Wood, Finsbury Park, Old Street. Services northwards run to Stevenage, Hitchin, Cambridge & Peterborough.
WGC enjoys great connectivity to major road, rail and airport links. The A1(M) passes by the town linking it with M25 (J23) just 8 miles away. Other road links include to the surrounding towns of Hatfield, Hertford, Harpenden, Stevenage and the City of St Albans.
Air travel is on hand from London Luton (12miles) Stanstead (26 miles) and Heathrow (34 miles).

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