This autumn, developer Londonewcastle launches ‘The Makers’ – aptly named after East London’s renowned creative community. Built in collaboration with London Borough of Hackney, the mixed-use development will create brand new homes in the heart of popular Shoreditch.
Situated on Nile Street close to City Road and designed by Avanti Architects, The Makers will provide 175 contemporary, apartments within an elegant 28-storey tower and connected low-rise building. The material palette includes a two-tone precast concrete frame and perforated aluminium panel infills on the lower block and on the tower, aluminium curtain walling with winter gardens at each corner and full height glazing to the majority of the apartments.
The residential units are mostly dual-aspect and range in size from studio apartments through to three-bedroom family duplexes with private roof gardens and penthouses. All are accessed through a spectacular double-height entrance lobby and 24-hour concierge on Jasper Walk, which takes inspiration from 1920s styling with features including terrazzo flooring and brass detailing.
The apartment interiors have been designed by Woods Bagot, using a palette of raw ‘urban’ materials combined with the craftsmanship of finely detailed finishes. Each home enjoys high-quality fittings and fixtures and a neutral colour scheme which creates a warm and welcoming feel. Features including brass inlays, striking black bathroom accessories and smoked-oak chevron floors, provide character whilst still allowing home owners to add their own individual touches.
In addition to the apartments, Woods Bagot approach to the design of the communal areas has been one which pays careful attention to the overall experience of residents and visitors. Each area from the front of house reception to the terrace, screening room, gym and lounge has been expertly designed with bespoke touches throughout. The reception area, designed to be one of the building’s more ‘formal’ spaces showcases a handmade Dutch tile, by Tichelaar Makkum. As residents move through the building, the materiality becomes more sumptuous, adding depth and welcoming them to their homes. An indoor garden room also provides a welcoming alternative to the first floor terrace, with hexagonal ceramic floor tiles, relaxed seating and outdoor garden furniture.
On-site communal amenities to include a screening room, two communal roof gardens (with landscape design by Grant Associates), a gym and separate treatment room, three lounges, and secure storage for 335 bikes. Two commercial units are being created on the ground floor and the pedestrianised Jasper Walk is being improved with new landscaping and planting to create a green walk to Murray Grove.
The new development will also deliver school facilities for the existing New Regent’s College. It will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities including a multi-use games area, sports hall and a dance studio that will all be available for wider community use.
Robert Soning, Founder and COO of Londonewcastle comments:
“The Makers will appeal to locals and newcomers to this vibrant area of East London. As well as creating high quality apartments in the heart of London’s leading creative district and close to tech city at Old Street roundabout, the development is within walking distance of the popular Regents Canal creating links further east to Limehouse Basin, through central London and King’s Cross, up to Little Venice.”
The development is located on Nile Street and close to Regents Canal, Shoreditch Park, Hoxton Square, Clerkenwell and Barbican. Attractions such as Shoreditch House, The Geffrye museum, and The Barbican are also a short walk away or one stop on the tube. Old Street underground station is also a four minute walk from The Makers providing excellent transport links to Bank, King’s Cross, Waterloo and central London in no more than 18 minutes.
Mike Bickerton, Head of UK New Homes at Cushman & Wakefield, comments:
“Shoreditch has long been in high demand among trendy young Londoners looking to be a part of its vibrant community. This location tends to attract a wide range of buyers, from City Workers and those employed within the tech industries to young families and even downsizers, looking to be at the heart of the action. Homes at The Makers have been finished to an excellent specification and provide a range of homes to suit every requirement, from one bedroom apartments through to spectacular duplexes with their own roof gardens.The sheer scale of regeneration around the northern City fringes in the last five years has made the area the number one choice for lifestyle orientated buyers, with an eye on future growth potential.”