Ballymore, one of London’s most prominent property developers, launches the second phase of this exciting new development and announces its ground-breaking partnership with English National Ballet. This maiden launch of the second phase of London City Island comprises of 417 new homes ranging from suites to 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed units across two blocks.
The ‘mini Manhattan’ of London boasts a 260ft iconic red bridge linking the island to Canning Town making it one of the best connected developments in the Capital with fast access to Canary Wharf (four minutes), the West End (Bond Street in 20 minutes) and the City (London Bridge in 11 minutes). With the arrival of Crossrail in 2018 links will be enhanced bringing Liverpool Street just six minutes away, Bond Street 13 and Paddington 16. In addition, with City Airport just over five minutes away, the island is connected to Europe and international destinations.
Comprising of 12 acres, the new neighbourhood will include independent artisan restaurants, shops and al fresco spaces used to show public art, design installations and host ad-hoc creative performances. Residents will have exclusive access to The City Island Arts Club, a private resident’s club with screening room, gym, concierge service and a striking swimming pool which is vibrant red in colour.
Glenn Howells Architects is responsible for London City Island’s architectural design, drawing inspiration from world cities Chicago, Tokyo and Manhattan. Bright seafaring-inspired hues have been used throughout the development, with a single striking colour in glossy brickwork chosen for each of the buildings. The apartments themselves are designed with a warehouse aesthetic - with generous open plan living spaces and loft style features they draw design features from the history of Leamouth and the creative energy of East London.
A new artistic and vibrant island metropolis, London City Island will be a destination of culture and contemporary living. The partnership with English National Ballet will see one of the country’s most treasured artistic institutions make a landmark move to London City Island. ENB will occupy architecturally outstanding and unique rehearsal spaces designed to enable passers-by to experience the ballet’s magic as they pause to watch rehearsals through floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition, there will be provision for a new English National Ballet school which will increase student capacity and make use of outside public spaces at London City Island, bringing ballet closer to the lives of these new east Londoners.
English National Ballet’s move to London City Island from its current space in Kensington is a testimony to the cultural vibrancy and ever-expanding arts scene of east London. At the heart of this dynamic corner of the capital sits London City Island, set against an iconic backdrop of The O2, Canary Wharf and the City.
The partnership with English National Ballet is the meeting point between creative excellence and commercial innovation. It signifies English National Ballet’s ongoing commitment to nurturing talent, creating new audiences for ballet and reinforcing the company’s vision as a diverse and inclusive organisation. It further underpins Ballymore’s position as a property developer with an ambition and commitment to creating truly exceptional places to live, work and visit.
John Mulryan, UK Managing Director of Ballymore Group said “This partnership demonstrates our deep commitment to establishing London City Island as one of the most exciting new destinations in London and we are honoured that English National Ballet, a truly inspiring artistic institution, has decided to make its new permanent home there. Recognition and sales for London City Island so far have been outstanding and we are confident that this partnership will help us to create a very special sense of place; a vibrant, dynamic new neighbourhood with creative innovation at its heart”