London City Island scooped the coveted award for Best Development of the Year at the prestigious RESI Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night, triumphing over nine other national shortlisted developments.
The RESI Awards, organised by Property Week and now in its sixth year, is the premier celebratory and networking event for the sector, attracting competitive entries from the best of British developers.
John Mulryan MD of Ballymore UK said:
“We are thrilled our commitment to invest in real neighbourhoods where people want to put down roots has been recognised. But London City Island is a more than just a place to live. Our vision was to encourage the cultural energy of east London to thrive and grow so it becomes a destination in its own right. With English National Ballet, the London Film School and the Line all making their home here, we believe we’ve created somewhere truly unique and a new benchmark for modern city living”.
Dubbed the mini-Manhattan of London, London City Island is a mixed-use riverside development with one of the best-connected transport links in London. Phase one, welcomed its first residents last year, bringing the developers’ commitment to ‘place making’ into focus. Phase two is currently under construction.
The new residential and cultural quarter comprises 1,700 homes, independent artisan restaurants and shops, with spaces to show public art, design installations and host ad-hoc creative performances.
The London Film School is relocating to the Island, joining English National Ballet and English National Ballet School, occupying architecturally outstanding rehearsal spaces designed to enable passers-by to experience the magic of ballet through floor-to-ceiling windows.
London City Island has a simple, strong and unique style, inspired by the waterside landscapes of Chicago’s Burnham Park and Manhattan. Bold colours link to the local area, replicating pigments used throughout Leamouth’s artisan and maritime history.
A new Italian deli & restaurant, The Island Grocer by Ballymore, was the first of the island’s leisure offerings to open, with service starting in November 2016. All residents are members of The City Island Arts Club, a residents’ club with concierge services, games room, lounge area, gym and red outdoor pool.
The triumph of London City Island builds on Ballymore Group’s success in winning the award for RESI’s Large Developer of the Year 2016, and was among the nine shortlisted companies for the Award this year.