Behind the Super-Secure Doors of London’s Very Own Fort Knox

Armitage Vaults offers a state-of-the-art £30million ultra-secure storage facility for the super rich

Bank-style vaults in London’s West End are the storage of choice for the capital’s wealthy

Located in a 10,000 sq. ft. underground bunker, Armitage Vaults offers a state-of-the-art £30million ultra-secure storage facility for the super rich – in Central London.

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Created and managed by Amazon Property, the bank-style vaults cover three basement floors, up to 40ft below ground. Encased in one-metre think ferrous concrete, the underground facility offers high net worth clients a total of 135 steel-lined, climate controlled storage units, ranging from 6 sq.ft. to 100 sq.ft.

Designed to be virtually bombproof, fire-resistant and watertight, the storage vaults are protected by layers of physical security, alarms and video cameras; with each unit individually alarmed and accessed via a state-of-the-art electronic fob and mechanical lock.

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Armitage Vaults provide the perfect facility for storing high-value possessions and investments such as wines, paintings, jewellery, heirlooms and antiques. The facility can also store confidential/valuable business records/products, ski/golf equipment and other personal possessions.

Charles Gourgey, CEO of Amazon Property said: “We were inspired by the famous Fort Knox vault in Kentucky, USA and there is nothing like it in Central London. The Hatton Gardens Depository affair brought into the spotlight the urgent need for a modern secure storage facility in London where valuables can be stored on a short- or long-stay basis. Our secure storage units provide easy, convenient access with constant peace of mind.”

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A complimentary relocation service collects and deposits client’s valuables, while the site’s insurance facility covers stored items typically valued from £50,000 to £150,000. By special arrangement and agreed fees, the insurance can be extended to cover items up to £10,000,000 in value.

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The basement site was formerly occupied by the Edwardian-era library, records office and storage centre for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, originally built in 1920-1921 by architect Claude Ferrier. Items stored here included embossing and print machinery for Braille, as well as prototypes of the Braille alphabet.

In honour of this history, the new storage facility is known as The Armitage Vaults in honour of Dr Thomas Armitage (1824-1890) the founder of what was to become the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

The Armitage Vaults are available to rent from £20 to £150 per week. For further information call Amazon Property on: +44 (0) 20 7383 5952.

The Armitage Vaults by Gina Baksa

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Gina Baksa

Luxurious Magazine Reporter

Gina is a freelance features and lifestyle journalist and regularly writes for international travel and lifestyle titles. From testing supercars to glamping in the Kruger, getting up close and personal with the magical White Lions of Timbavati to experiencing the power of plant medicine in the Peruvian Amazon, her travels have seen her leap out of planes, dive on the Barrier Reef, go walkabout in the Aussie Outback and shark cage dive in South Africa. She interviews celebrities and influencers, and relishes engaging with and sharing the human story behind luxury brands and personalities. An avowed Francophile, she speaks fluent French and German, is learning Spanish, and recently published her first children’s book. She is a world traveller and adventurer with a passion for writing about real estate, gastronomy, film, supercars, spas, travel, boutique hotels, and personal development, as well as covering launches and events. Having lived in Australia, New York and the south of France, she is currently based on London’s vibrant South Bank and regularly travels worldwide on lifestyle and travel assignments.