Where businesses can grow
Attracting a well-rounded business community to help New Islington develop into a proper mixed-use, self-sustaining neighbourhood.
We’ve made sure that there is a type and size of workspace to suit everyone – from start-ups and maker studios to innovative blue chip businesses – within a campus framework that connects, unites and supports them. Spaces have built-in flexibility and can expand with their occupiers over time.
By utilising an exo-skeleton, with the structural elements pushed to the exterior of the building, we have been able to maximise the useable space and keep the rents down. Even the smallest spaces have their own front doors, accessed via external gantry walkways and staircases, which animate the exterior of the building and provide social meeting points for neighbours.
Our desire to engage with and work collaboratively with the local community does not end here. We recognise that some of our immediate neighbours opposed our proposals and sincerely hope we can move forward positively, working together to co-create the public realm of what I want to be the most socially- impactful property development in the UK.
Creating the healthiest buildings for a post-Covid world means providing lots more event and collaboration spaces, and natural ventilation. And healthy buildings that benefit the whole community, not just the workers. So we’ve included best-in-class cycling facilities, rooftop amenities such as a basketball court and shared open spaces – for visitors and locals to enjoy as well.
The campus is car-free; the New Islington metro stop is on-site and there will be improved cycle and pedestrian routes and 550 new cycle spaces. The campus will be all-electric, using a combination of renewable energy suppliers and we will have our own on-site renewables.
A wide range of social commitments and initiatives have been designed to ensure that the project in its construction and operation gives back to the wider community with around £8m of social value created in the first five years.