Press: One Crown Place Featured In Tatler

This month sees Malaysian conglomerate, Alloy Mtd launching One Crown Place, EC2, a ‘complete destination’ four minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (of Heron Tower fame) the one-acre, £500 million scheme flanks the Wilson Street Chapel and Flying Horse pub, and is located in the Sun Street Conservation Area. A locally Listed Georgian terrace will house a hotel, a restaurant and a clubhouse for residents, while two terracotta-clad towers standing 29 an 22 storeys tall will provide 246 apartments; interiors and public spaces are designed by Studio Ashby and Bowler James Brindley. Beneath the apartments, a six-floor podium office space will provide shops with ‘characterful shopfronts’ at ground level. With properties ranging from studios to three-bedroom duplexes, launch prices are from £700,000, and first completions are scheduled for 2020.

South Quay Plaza is another two-tower scheme ascending 36 and 68 storeys that will deliver 888 apartments in Canary Wharf. Here JLL anticipates price increases of 24 per cent by 2020, when this ‘vibrant, mixed-use and sustainable scheme’ will open its doors. ‘positioned on the front row of South Dock, 64 per cent of the 2.5-acre site will not be built on. To celebrate the waterfront and give a real character to the public realm, we’ve squeezed the footprint right down,’ says Patrick Campbell of Foster + Partners, who maintains, ‘Corners are the cornerstone of good residential design; they minimize overlooking, and draw you to the edge of the building and the amazing views beyond.’ Developer Berkeley is taking prospective purchasers to the virtual edge in the marketing suite, where technology enables you to ‘step inside’ the apartments, experience bird’s eye views from each floor and tour the amenities. These include a health club and spa with a 20-metre double height panoramic pool and a fifty-sixth-floor residents’ club lounge that opens to a large terrace. With half the 550 apartments in the taller tower already sold, prices start from £675,000. Close by, directly fronting West India Quay, the 235-metre tall, 67-storey Spire London is ‘all curves… affording a more panoramic view than an equally tall rectangular building.’ So says Chris Colosimo of architects HOK, who have designed what is Greenland Group’s first development in Europe. ‘As China’s largest premium developer, they recognize community is very important, he continues. ‘Local shops, bakeries and deli’s will be provided in two three-storey retail pavilions topped with roof gardens. There will be another roof terrace with play decks for children at level three and, on the thirty-fifth floor, the super-spec Saffron Residents’ Club., With a GDV of £800 million, spire will offer861 apartments that start from £740,000 and range from one-bedroom flats to three-bedroom duplexes.

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