London City Island

Project team

Client:EcoWorld Ballymore

Architect:Glenn Howell Architects

London City Island is a new housing development for EcoWorld Ballymore in East London. Designed by Glenn Howell Architects the project is located in a tight loop of the river Lea close to the River Thames and although still under construction it has already won numerous awards for its place making.

The scheme has a distinct language of simple building forms ranging in height up to 26 storeys. The design of the regularly punctuated fa├žades is influenced by the industrial heritage of the site and surrounding area.

‘Making’ was a key concept in the architect’s design, with creative and cultural industries incorporated into the masterplan, along with other amenities.

The 1706 new homes are being delivered using cast-in-situ concrete structural frames, with prefabricated brick-faced concrete panels, a different coloured brick used for each of the 11 buildings.

The use of full bricks permitted recessed windows, which were preinstalled off-site, along with thermally broken stub connections to receive external balconies. The installation of each floor was completed in a seven-day cycle.

Photos: © Glenn Howells Architect

Facts

Building type:Houses

Construction:In-situ concrete