Tall towers in City Road

Tall towers on City Road

We’ve been watching the towers in City Road grow ever higher and we thought we’d investigate. At the end of May we visited the NLA exhibition in Store Street on the changes happening to London’s skyline and in June we made a detailed exploration of the sites on City Road.  Here’s what we found:
Seven towers are in the course of construction, four in Islington and three in Hackney and they’re very tall
Lexicon – Islington
261 City Road 36 storeys residential under construction (200 private, 107 affordable in separate block)
Canaletto – Islington
257 City Road 31 storeys residential under construction (190 private ,some affordable in separate block)
250 City Road – Islington
9 blocks of which 2 principal towers 42 and 36 storeys are proposed: the scheme has been called in by Boris Johnson but seems likely to proceed (995 residential units of which 298 affordable and 190 hotel rooms)
Eagle House – Hackney
161 City Road 26 storeys residential under construction (270 units with  affordable housing in a separate adjacent 7 storey building fronting City Road)
Montcalm Signature Tower-Hackney
151 City Road 24 storeys hotel and commercial under construction
Crown House – Hackney
145 City Road 39 storeys residential and retail approved (309 residential units with affordable housing to be provided off site)
This totals 2071 units not including much of the affordable housing which is to be located off site.
Underground parking can be purchased at a number of these towers but we were assured that residents parking in Islington and Hackney was not available.

The details from the exhibition can be seen on the NLA website: http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org/exhibition.php?id=593

Smithfield market plan rejected

Smithfield Market: office development rejected

Eric Pickles the Communities Secretary has accused the City of London Corporation of deliberate neglect” over the  current condition of Smithfield Market and rejected John McAslan & Partners £160m proposal to fill Smithfield Market with shops and offices following the recommendation of the Inspector .The  developer is Henderson Global.

In a resounding rejection Pickles said the proposals would have ” an extremely harmful effect on the historic buildings which runs entirely counter to national and policy objectives intended to protect such assets from harm”. Whilst not listed,the buildings involved in the Smithfield scheme were “heritage assets which contribute strongly to the distinctive character of the Smithfield Conservation Area”.

The Corporation was singled out for strong criticism ” the deteriorated state of the buildings is at least in part the result of the history of deliberate neglect”.

However the future of these buildings is still uncertain:  Henderson Global are retaining   the site and it remains to be seen whether they will do a deal with Eric Reynolds who put forward proposals to turn Smithfield into a Spitalfields-style market.

Alec Forshaw, Islington’s former Conservation Officer, was an expert witness at the Public Enquiry  :  his cogent Independent Appraisal on behalf of SAVE Britain’s Heritage   to the Enquiry  had a significant influence on the Inspector’s decision.  Read Alec Forshaw’s appraisal