London City Island
Joint venture firm EcoWorld Ballymore is known for its innovative residential developments across London, and responsible for three of the most important waterside projects in London’s future, both east and west. With a keen eye for detail, design and ambitious vision, their remarkable projects draw attention on a global scale, as seen in previous editions where we have explored both Embassy Gardens, with its pool in the sky, and Wardian London, a development promising a greener future in the heart of urban Canary Wharf. The third project in the EcoWorld Ballymore portfolio is London City Island, a unique new island neighbourhood, set in the Leamouth Peninsula.
London City Island is inspired by the landscape and heritage of the area – from the early 19th century this was the site of the world’s largest docks, the marketplace of the British Empire. In modern times, seafaring and industry have been replaced by a new age, defined by London’s leadership in technology, culture and finance.
A creative and vibrant island metropolis, London City Island will become one of the capital’s most exciting and inspirational places to live, a mini Manhattan for east London and a destination for culture and contemporary living. Home to 1,700 apartments, London City Island is set against an iconic backdrop of The O2, Canary Wharf and the City of London’s iconic skyscrapers. Comprising twelve acres, the development will include independent artisan restaurants and shops, and alfresco spaces.
The recent announcement that the London Film School intend to move to the island builds on an established reputation for London City Island as a place for culture. It follows an announcement last year that English National Ballet and English National Ballet School will be moving to the island in 2018. ENB’s new home will comprise architecturally outstanding and unique rehearsal spaces designed to enable passers-by to experience the magic of ballet as they pause to watch rehearsals through floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to these institutions, London City Island will also foster a creative hub with artists’ studios and outdoor amphitheatre and performance spaces, allowing the ballet to extend out into the public realm and increase accessibility of the arts for all.
This landmark development will be bold and iconic, a powerful presence on the Thames skyline, with buildings each rendered in a single striking colour with distinctive glossy brickwork. The colours of the Island’s ten major buildings are not just eye-catching, but link specifically to the local area, replicating pigments used throughout Leamouth’s history of artisan and maritime production. The City Island trademark seafaring-inspired red is used throughout the architecture and public realm, with detailed touches such as the striking swimming pool in anodised aluminium that will glow red. Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, apartments have been created with a warehouse aesthetic, generous open plan living spaces and loft style features that draw design features from the history of Leamouth and East London.
Whilst residents will enjoy all the benefits of riverfront ‘island living’, they will only have to cross the iconic 260ft red footbridge, which spans the River Lea, to be connected to the rest of London. This new link, designed by Davies, Maguire & Whitby, and constructed by Ballymore, makes the island one of the best connected developments in the capital, allowing residents to reach Bond Street in just 20 minutes via the Jubilee Line and DLR at major hub station Canning Town. Additionally, it will connect two London boroughs, Newham and Tower Hamlets, a significant move for east London and providing an important link between Canning Town and Canary Wharf.
London City Island will launch its latest phase on September 3. To get in touch please call 020 7118 0400 or visit londoncityisland.com.