Sager Group and Cain Hoy have announced the residential sales launch of Islington Square, providing warehouse style and newly built apartments in the transformed former North London Mail Centre which is nestled just behind Islington’s Upper Street.
Once complete, Islington Square will form a GBP400 million 4.5 acre Covent Garden style destination for London, providing 263 new homes, 108 serviced apartments and 170,000 square feet of retail and leisure facilities.
With a newly created show apartment, available for viewing, the sales launch is taking place in the Islington Square Marketing Suite at 130 Upper Street from Thursday 11 February from 4pm onwards and 12 to 14 February, daily between 10am to 7pm. Visitors to the launch will be able to view a large scale-model of Islington Square, tour the two bedroom show apartment designed by CZWG Architects in association withDarryl and Jaki Amos of Amos & Amos and look at specification choices in a suite on the upper floor of the marketing suite.
Developed by Sager Group in association with Cain Hoy, Islington Square is designed by award winning architect Piers Gough of CZWG Architects and combines restored Edwardian buildings and new build elements designed around a central pedestrianised boulevard, nestling behind the facades of Upper Street. The grand Edwardian sorting office and related buildings that form the former North London Mail Centre, were originally built in 1904-1906 and designed by architect Jasper Wager. The complex was responsible for sorting and delivering hundreds of thousands of letters and parcels across Inner London.
The central pedestrian boulevard is known as Esther Anne Place and around this are the four buildings that make up the new development. The principal Edwardian building that was once the main sorting office is 8 Esther Anne Place. 11 Esther Anne Place is an entirely new build scheme. 17 Esther Anne Place has a retained Edwardian facade and new basement and upper floors and finally, there are two residential units in the former Mitre Public House.
From Upper Street there will be two pedestrian retail arcades leading to the central boulevard and on the ground floor of the buildings there will be new shops, leisure facilities, restaurants and cafes, opening onto the boulevard or arcades with apartments and penthouses on the upper floors.
8 Esther Anne Place, the impressive six storey Edwardian sorting office building, is being converted into large warehouse apartments including studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, three bedroom maisonettes and penthouses. Ranging from 462 square feet to 2,900 square feet, the apartments and maisonettes have been designed to make the most of the Edwardian building’s grand original features which include high ceilings, tall windows and ornate external detailing.
All the apartments have a spacious reception room with either an enclosed or open plan designer kitchen/breakfast room. The larger apartments have a master bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom. Located over two floors, the maisonettes have a spacious reception room on the lower floor with folding glass walls opening onto a private terrace with external access to the private garden above. The bedrooms on the upper floor open onto a second terrace, overlooking the garden and the terrace on the lower floor.
Hallways, receptions and bedrooms will have engineered timber floors with an oak finish; the designer fully fitted kitchens will have contemporary style wall and base units, stone worktops and integrated appliances. The bedrooms will have fitted wardrobes with bespoke sliding doors and interiors. The bathrooms will have contemporary suites, stone/ceramic floor and wall tiles, bespoke vanity units and heated towel rails.
Facing the historic sorting office are the new build elements of the scheme including the striking curved building at 11 Esther Anne Place, whichis destined to be one of Islington’s most iconic buildings and 17 Esther Anne Place, which retains the redbrick façade of the sorting office at lower levels along with modern distinctive zinc clad upper floors.
On the upper floors there will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom design-led distinctive apartments, ranging from 489 square feet to 1,995 square feet. All apartments will be finished to a high specification, with fully integrated kitchen appliances, and coordinated bathroom and/or shower rooms.
Some apartments will have direct access to outdoor space, with all having access to communal gardens one of which enjoys views overlooking Canary Wharf through to the City.
Islington Square will provide residents with outstanding lifestyle facilities. There will be 175,852 square feet of retail/commercial facilities including shops, cafes, restaurants, The Lounge Odeon cinema and a Third Space health club. In addition, Islington Square fronts onto Upper Street which has restaurants, bars and cafes offering diverse cuisine from around the world including Italian, French, Turkish, African and Asian.
The new 46,922 square feet (4,359 sq m) Third Space health club will include a gymnasium, training space, two swimming pools and fitness studios. The club will have a medical and nutritional suite and a spa with steam room and sauna facilities. The state of the art The Lounge Odeon cinema will be the brand’s flagship ‘The Lounge’ concept providing six boutique screening rooms each with no more than 40 reclining leather seas, with fine food and drinks brought to guests in their seats during screenings at a touch of a button.
Residents of Islington Square will be able to have morning coffee in their apartment then go downstairs and enjoy breakfast in one of the local cafes. They can then visit the Third Space health club, swim in the pool and exercise in the gymnasium. After lunch in one of the local restaurants they can enjoy local shopping before going to The Lounge Odeon cinema to watch a movie. In the evening they can have dinner in one of the local restaurants or enjoy supper at home in their apartment.
Giris Rabinovitch, CEO of Sager Group, says, “Islington Square will provide a new Covent Garden style destination for North London. Residents will have the benefit of living in a spacious lateral apartment with generous ceiling heights and having access to a range of lifestyle facilities. Shops, cafes, The Lounge Odeon cinema and luxurious Third Space health club are just some of the on site amenities available at Islington Square.”
Islington Square is located in the heart of Islington and is just a ten minute walk from both Angel station (Northern Line) and Highbury and Islington Station (London overground and Victoria Line) along with access to an extensive network of buses from Upper Street. Excellent transport links enable residents to be in the City in approximately ten minutes and the West End in twenty minutes.
For those wanting to travel further afield, Islington Square is not far from Kings Cross International Station providing easy access to continental European destinations, and London’s airports.