LONDON: At a star studded event recently, EcoWorld Ballymore, one of London’s most prominent property developers, declared London City Island open and announced that The London Film School will move to the development.
This announcement furthers the area’s creative offering as the home of dance and film. It follows the announcement last year that English National Ballet and English National Ballet School will move to the island.
Spread over 12 acres, London City Island in Leamouth Peninsula is a joint development by EcoWorld Ballymore, which comprises Eco World International Berhad and the Ballymore Group. With the first homes in Phase 1 now complete and residents moving in, the event officially declared the island open and marked the arrival of the first of the island’s amenities. Phase 1 was launched by Ballymore in 2013 and comprises 561 units.
Phase 2 by EcoWorld Ballymore was launched in May 2015 simultaneously in London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to much success. It offers 1,130 private residential units across six blocks with products ranging from suites to 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed units. All blocks have been launched and have been well received by customers locally and internationally. As at 31 October 2016, £379.4 million sales have been exchanged for Phase 2 alone.
Known as the ‘mini Manhattan’ of London, London City Island boasts a 260ft iconic red bridge to link the development to Canning Town. It is one of the best connected developments in the Capital with fast access to Canary Wharf (4 minutes), the West End (Bond Street in 20 minutes) and the City (London Bridge in 11 minutes).
A new creative and vibrant island metropolis, London City Island will be a destination of culture and contemporary living. The London Film School has had unparalleled success in film festivals across the globe and the school’s move to London City Island is a testimony to the cultural vibrancy and ever-expanding arts scene of east London.
Adding on to the amenities at the development is The Island Grocer by Ballymore. It will provide a grocery and restaurant for residents and the surrounding area. The independent, artisan Island Grocer will set the benchmark for the retail and leisure spaces across the site. In addition, the gym and stunning red outdoor swimming pool are now complete, which will form part of the residents Arts Club.
Dato’ Teow Leong Seng, President and CEO of Eco World International Berhad added: “We were excited to welcome so many cultural influencers to celebrate the official opening of London City Island. We’re very pleased that The London Film School is joining English National Ballet and English National Ballet School as island residents, to further the creative offering on the island and add to the area’s sense of cultural space.”
Sean Mulryan, Chairman and CEO, Ballymore Group, also said: “I am delighted to declare London City Island officially open. The first residents have already moved into phase 1 and are starting to enjoy the benefits of island life, including The Island Grocer which opened last week and is already creating a real sense of community. We look forward to announcing more retail and leisure partners in the near future.”
Jane Roscoe, spokesperson for The London Film School said: “We’re really excited about joining English National Ballet at London City Island. Together, we’ll be at the heart of an emerging cultural hub; creatively inspiring our students, practitioners and residents alike, and putting film at the centre of the Island.”
The highlight of the event were two beautiful performances from English National Ballet, the grand pas de deux from Nutcracker performed by Rina Kanehara and Yonah Acota, and an excerpt from Mary Skeaping’s classic ballet Giselle, performed by Alison McWhinney and Ken Saruhashi. In addition, the audience was treated to a vocal performance of Skyfall from The Official Singer of the Rugby Football Union and firm favourite of the Royal Family, Laura Wright; a nod to The London Film School’s relocation to the island. There was also a DJ set from George Lamb. Guests included Nicola Roberts, Vanessa White, Roxie Nafousi, Sarah Ann Macklin and Donna Air.