Developers have cottoned on to just how much Londoners value their green space and are now incorporating more green spaces, landscaped gardens and public areas than ever into their projects – and it looks like we’re all set to benefit…
Words: Fiona Brandhorst
It seems that every corner of the capital is under construction as a host of impressive development schemes continue to launch this year creating new squares, gardens and plazas. And we can all share in their success as many include public realm initiatives from breakout gardens to commissioned artwork set to benefit not only the new residents, but also existing neighbours and those working nearby.
Developed by Berkeley Homes and designed by Foster+Partners, South Quay Plaza at the heart of Canary Wharf is set to be one of the UK’s tallest residential schemes and will include a 68 storey tower and smaller 36 storey tower offering 888 properties together with cafés, shops and restaurants.
The development’s minimal footprint will open up over 1.6 acres of public space including a new dockside promenade and pocket park. The 56th floor residents’ club lounge is complete with a bar, screening room, business lounge and an enormous terrace with outside bar and dining facilities. The first phase of one, two and three bedroom homes is expected to be completed in 2020 when price growth is forecast to reach 24%. Prices start from £675,000.
Barratt London’s Aldgate Place will create 465 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and three and four-bedroom duplexes across four residential towers. Most homes have a private balcony or winter garden with views across the capital and over 50% of the development’s footprint is dedicated to landscaped gardens and pedestrian streets, along with a four-star hotel, cafés, restaurants and shops.
‘Aldgate Place will make the most of the vast untapped potential of the Whitechapel area,’ says Gary Patrick, Regional Sales Director, Barratt London. ‘We’ve seen considerable interest from owner occupiers, who want to live close to their work as well as the local entertainment cores of East London, and investors that are drawn to the area due to the capital growth Aldgate is expected to achieve.’
Aldgate Place will make the most of the vast untapped potential of the Whitechapel area. We’ve seen considerable interest from owner occupiers, who want to live close to their work as well as the local entertainment cores of East London
Crossrail’s arrival in 2018 has been tipped to support investment predictions as well as the area’s ongoing regeneration. The three bedroom penthouse is priced at £2,550,000.
In ever popular Islington, over 60% of apartments have been sold at Islington Square, designed by award-winning architect Piers Gough of CZWG Architects. The combination of the restored former Edwardian post office buildings and new build studio, one, two and three bedroom homes are designed around a new central public boulevard. Apartments are for sale with Beauchamp Estates, Knight Frank and Savills, with prices starting from £715,000.
Down at Southbank Place facing the popular Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Gardens will have stunning river views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. Developed by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, the 97 one, two and three bedroom apartments are split over 20 levels, including one three-bedroom duplex and two penthouses. Prices start from £1,050,000.
Residents will have access to a private lounge, leading to an opulent outdoor terrace, providing an intimate space for social gatherings and business meetings, as well as space for residents to entertain and relax. The exclusive health club, designed by one of London’s leading interior designers Goddard Littlefair, includes a gym, sauna and a stunning relaxation lounge.
Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and CEO Canary Wharf Group, believes that the scheme will become a highly desirable place to live. ‘Being close to the river and in the centre of London’s cultural hub, the design and outstanding quality of Belvedere Gardens will not only promote a sense of wellbeing, it will combine the vibrant community with the creation of wonderful social spaces and intelligently designed gardens.’
Being close to the river and in the centre of London’s cultural hub, Belvedere Gardens will combine the vibrant community with the creation of wonderful social spaces and intelligently designed gardens
Taking inspiration from the lawns and majestic trees of nearby Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London’s largest residential square, landscape architect Gustafson Porter, known for the Princess of Wales memorial in Hyde Park, has created a courtyard garden at the heart of a new residential development Lincoln Square by Lodha UK.
Comprising four North, East, South and West wings each with ten storeys, many of the studio and one to four bedroom apartments and penthouses have views of iconic London buildings including the Royal Courts of Justice and London School of Economics, and also has access to a 24-hour five star concierge.
Abhishek Lodha, Managing Director, Lodha Group, comments: ‘Lincoln Square is a unique development that befits the area’s impressive heritage. Through careful attention to detail and a focus on bringing residents together we hope to create a visionary scheme and community.’ Prices range between £950,000 and £10m on the market with Knight Frank and CBRE.