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Berkeley Homes submits plans for two residential towers in London

16 May 2013 (Last Updated May 16th, 2013 18:30)

Berkeley Homes has submitted plans before the London Borough of Islington in the UK to regenerate a site at 250 City Road, between Angel and Old Street Stations.

City Road development

Berkeley Homes has submitted plans before the London Borough of Islington in the UK to regenerate a site at 250 City Road, between Angel and Old Street Stations.

The project includes the redevelopment of a 1.9ha site currently featuring various commercial buildings.

Designed by the UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners, the mixed-use development will feature two residential towers of 41 and 36 storeys.

As per the plans, the existing 1980s business park will be replaced by a new community with 1,000 residential units, office and affordable workspace, a data centre, hotel, crèche and retail space.

The two residential towers will be built on the south of the site and plans include a landscaped park at the centre of the development.

Plans also include ground level shops, cafes, restaurants and new pedestrian routes, which will link the project to its surroundings and local transport links.

The triangular plot of land is opposite the City Road Basin and Foster + Partners said that the towers have been designed to minimise down draughts to create public spaces.

Sustainable features of the project include a combined heat and power plant, which will be connected to the local grid, and photovoltaic panels will be used to generate renewable energy.

Green roofs will be used to encourage wildlife while rain water will be harvested and used for irrigation.

Berkeley Group initially selected the UK practice Deborah Saunt and David Hills (DSDHA) to develop the plans for the project but the company did not offer required densities, which led to the hiring of Foster + Partners.


Image: After completion, the project will feature two residential towers of 41 and 36 storeys. Photo: Courtesy of Foster + Partners.